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Hi there! I feel like even after I apply a moisturizer and a primer and and foundation for dry skin I still look cakey. I use the Laura mercier translucent powder because it's silky and I didn't think that was the problem. When I look in the mirror you can really see my fine lines and what not. I use the hourglass mineral veil primer, revelon color stay whipped foundation mixed with maybelline dream fresh bb cream. Could it be one of these products are causing the problem? Please help!

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You’re definitely doing a lot of things right so i’m guessing the way you apply your foundation might contribute to it looking cakey! Sometimes using your hands or the wrong brush can make your foundation look cakey. Try a flat top foundation brush to really buff the foundation into the skin or a damp sponge. You might want to try switching foundations as well because the Colorstay Whipped is a little more on the heavy side so you should consider switching to a more runny, light weight foundation. Something like Loreal Magic Lumi Foundation or Lancome Tient Miracle, these are really creamy yet more on the runny side.

For dry skin and for getting a more natural finish I recommend the Beauty Blender! When used slightly damp (squeeze out as much water as possible) it can give you the most natural finish. For a more dewy finish you can use the sponge a little more damp. 

You can get beauty blenders at Sephora, Nordstrom and online! Real Technique’s makes a great cheaper alternative :)

Hi! I deal with a lot of redness on my face. It's a bit embarrassing going in public with it on a daily basis. I'm still in school and I feel it's a bit much to pile on foundation every day. Do you know of anything to take away this redness or even a lightweight full coverage foundation???? PS I LLLOOOVVEE your blog

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Hello :) 

I have a few tips!

Use a super gentle, non irritating cleanser if you’re not already. Anything with fragrance, soap and harsh ingredients can attribute to skin redness and make it worse. Try cleansers like Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin, Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser,  Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

See a Dermatologist. Your skin redness could be an inflammation to something or some sort of skin condition that can be treated with a prescription.

Use a green concealer or green primer to counteract the redness. Green cancels out red so you won’t have to apply as much foundation to cover the redness. Try using a thin layer of green primer under your makeup like Makeup Forever HD Primer in Green, Loreal Studio Secrets Color Corrector in Green, ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer in Green or Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in in Green. 

Try light weight full coverage foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear, Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, Rimmel Stay Matte, Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage 12 Hr Foundation. Make sure to apply a thin layer first and slowly add more to areas that need it to avoid looking and feeling cakey!

Good luck babe! <3

How do you feel about the newer Push Up liner by benefit? It's supposed to "hug your lash line" and create an even line every time

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Hello :)

Benefit Push Up Liner is basically a gel eyeliner in the connivence of a liquid liner pen applicator. Most people prefer liquid liners because it’s quick and easy while sometimes gel liner can be more complicated because you need a separate brush. 

So if you like the look of gel liner you’ll really enjoy it because you can get an intense, super black matte line without having to use a gel pot and separate liner brush. But if you’re used to felt tip and brush tip liquid liners this product may be a little too thick and tricky to use, definitely a product you need to get the hang of.

As you can see the tip is thin and angled making it great for winged liner and getting in that lash line. The slit is where the gel like eyeliner comes out.

Could you recommend a good felt tip liquid eyeliner? I just looking for something super black and that makes a wing easily with no bleeding or feathering. Thank you.

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Hi! For super black eyeliner I’d recommend trying brush tip or gel liners because most felt tip liners dry with a sheen so they look more shiny. Gel and brush tip liners dry to more of a matte finish which looks a lot more black and intense :)

Try some eyeliners like

Physicians Formula Eye Booster (semi matte, super thin brush, great for getting a thin, sharp wing!)


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner (super long wearing and smudge proof, semi matte)


Kat Von D Ink Liner (felt tip, super black, semi matte)


NYC Liquid Liner (brush tip, super matte and black)


Rimmel Exaggerate Felt Tip Liquid Liner (matte, felt tip)


I'm going back to school soon and I have no idea what foundation to get. I already have the NARS Creamy Concealer but I don't no what to pair with it. I don't like super heavy foundations, but I like more coverage than the average BB cream. I'm acne prone too. Thanks😊

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Some great school friendly, light to medium coverage foundations are

  • Urban Decay Naked 
  • Revlon Nearly Naked 
  • Rimmel Stay Matte 
  • Maybelline Superstay 
  • Loreal True Match
  • Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast (good for oily skin)
  • Bare Minerals Matte (their original version is a tad shiny, when used with a kabuki brush you can get awesome coverage)
  • Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin (good coverage!)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (less heavy than original version, good for oily skin)
  • Dior Skin Forever 

All these foundations are light weight, a satin (semi matte) finish so they’re more long wearing and have a medium to build able coverage. All easy to apply and easy to wear foundations, nothing too crazy or cakey! :)

When I first put makeup on in the morning it looks great, but through the day I can see it start to dull and my face begins to look flat. Any products or suggestions on how to prevent this?

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Hello :)

Your blush and bronzer are the first things to start fading, this is because your base aka your foundation is slowing breaking down as the day goes on. You want to create a long wearing base so any products you apply over it will last. You do this by using a foundation primer, long wearing foundations, powder, translucent powder. 

Try long wearing foundations like

  • Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear (or their Light version for less coverage)
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Foundation

It might also just be your current products. Some blushes and bronzers just arent that long wearing. You could also go for more long wearing bronzers and blushes like

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
  • Too Faced 16 Hr Wear Bronzer
  • Rimmel Natural Waterproof Bronzers
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Blush
  • The Balm Instain Powder Blush

Laying powder over creams will dramatically help your blush and bronzer stay on longer too! Apply a light layer of a cream bronzer and blush and top it with a powder bronzer and blush. You can even use lipstick as a cream blush or a base for powder blush!