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I've avoided wearing makeup the majority of my life. I tried wearing it, but it always feels so girly. I'm androgynous and really want something that goes along with the style of girls on my blog. Any tips/tutorials? Consider me a makeup newbie because I have very little experience. I just know makeup doesn't have to be this scary! Hahah.

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Makeup has all styles! It can be girly, glam or edgy. Thats the beauty of makeup in my eyes, it can bring girls (and guys) of all personalities and styles together. Hence “makeup lovers unite” ;)

For the style of makeup youre going for i’d suggest

  • Bold brows. This will define your fine and give you a bit of edge without looking overly girly or made up.
  • Contouring. This gives your face a more chiseled, sculpted look.
  • Mascara. This will bring out your eyes and define them, go for a more natural looking mascara look like Maybelline Mega Plush mascara. 
  • Berry/red lips. Even just a tinted lip balm will add color to your lips so you look healthy and alive but won’t look too glammed up. Dark lips are SUPER in right now like deep purples, reds, even blacks. A great way to make a statement with lipstick without looking “girly”.
  • Natural looking blush. Something like a mauve or deeper pink shade will add some color the face without being too flashy.
Check my Makeup Tips link on the top of my page, it’s great for beginners! You can learn how to apply foundation flawlessly, how to contour, how to fill in brows, etc.
You should also try youtubing “edgy” makeup looks.

Not everyone wears makeup to look “pretty”. Makeup is fun and can really express who you are! So just have fun with it! :)

Hi, Your blog is absolutely fantastic! I was wondering if you may please recommend to me the best drugstore primer? Thankyou :)

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Thanks boo! :)

Well there are two main kinds of primers. Some help pro longwear your makeup by controlling oils so your makeup will last longer. Others are more smoothing primers by filling in pores, fine lines, etc making your skin texture more even and smooth so your foundation will look more flawless. The primers to make your makeup last longer are usually liquidy like a lotion while the smoothing primers are thicker. Some do both but not always! Usually those with oily skin go for the long wearing primers and those with dry/normal skin go with smoothing primers.

Long Lasting Drugstore Primers

  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
  • No 7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base (sold at Target)
  • Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
  • Milk of Magnesia (not a makeup “primer” but will help with oily skin, a lot of controversy over this product so i’d suggest do your research and decide if it’s a good fit for you)
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer (sold at Walmart)
Smoothing Drugstore Primers
  • ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (sold at Target, one of my favs)
  • Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Brightening Primer (sold at Target)
  • Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
  • NYX Studio Perfecting Primer (sold at Target, Ulta or online)
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer (sold at Walmart)
  • NYC Smoothing Primer
  • Monistat Anti Chafing Gel (not a “primer” but a great affordable dupe to the Smashbox Photofinish Primer)

What setting powders would you recommend for dry skin? Drugstore or high end is okay :) Thanks!

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For dry skin I really recommend translucent powders!

They are very finely milled and silky so they won’t accentuate dry skin like other really powdery, chalky powders can. It’s colorless so it won’t add any extra coverage but it sets foundation like a dream because it has blurring and perfecting properties making your skin look more flawless.

ELF makes a very affordable HD Translucent powder for only $6 you can buy at Target, Walgreens or online if neither of your stores have it! My favorite high end translucent powders are ones by Makeup Forever, Laura Mercier & Tarte.

If you do want extra coverage try a powder like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Powder, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, Benefit Hello Flawless, Laura Mercier Mineral Powder or Koress Wild Rose Mineral Loose Powder. These powders are more on the hydrating/glowy side and not too matte.