When it comes to removing acne scars exfoliating is the best method (from my experience)! Exfoliating is getting rid of the dead, dull skin uncovering your new, fresh skin. Right now only the first few layers of skin are scarred and discolored, all the skin underneath is clear! So you want to get to that skin by exfoliating regularly once to twice a week depending on how harsh your exfoliator is. Check out my post all about exfoliation and the different methods here.
Personally, my favorite exfoliating product is the Olay Microdermabrasion Peel Kit $20. It’s a pretty intense scrub/at home facial you use once every two weeks or so. This gives me the best results and makes my skin a lot more clear and radiant!
You can also speed this up by using chemical exfoliants to lighten scars/dark spots. Skin care products that are “brightening” or promote “even skin tone” generally have ingredients that help cell turn over aka exfoliating getting rid of the bad skin. Serums are great for fading dark spots because they are really concentrated with good ingredients, just make sure you get a serum that’s specifically targeted at fading spots or evens the skin tone.
Some of my favorite products are
- Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Sleeping Facial $48 (night time moisturizer that fades dark spots as you sleep)
- The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion $21 on sale right now for $12 (Vitamin C is very brightening)
- Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution $88 (Retinol is a great chemical exfoliant)
- Boots Triple Age Renew Facial Serum $16 at Target and Ulta (anti aging products are great for uneven skin tones)
I normally use a face scrub once a week and use a chemical exfoliant/brightening daily in the form or a serum or moisturizer to keep my skin clear and bright :)
You’ll want to use a tinted eyeshadow primer, something that neutralizes the color of your eye lids to make the eyeshadows really pop! You can even use a white or flesh toned base/eyeshadow over your current primer to make shadows look more vibrant.
Some great tinted eyeshadow primers are
- MAC Paint Pots (dupes for these are Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo)
- NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
- Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (tinted version)
- Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
All of these are tinted and almost look like you applied concealer/foundation over your eye lid which will help any color look more intense :)
Some other brands that have bright/neon lip shades are lines like
- Maybelline Vivid’s Collection
- Lime Crime Lipsticks and Velvet Lip Creams
- OCC Lip Tars (liquid matte lipstick)
They may not be all be matte but you can make any lipstick matte by dusting some loose translucent powder or even using your normal pressed/loose powder over top of your lipstick!
Try some shades like
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 110
MAC Candy Yum Yum (recently made permanent)
NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink (Candy Yum Yum dupe)
I’d recommend getting your eyelashes tinted professionally because messing with dye and the eye area is pretty risky! However they do make at home eyelash tinting kits that come with all the stuff you need like safe guards to apply under the eyes and such.
Try something like the Godefroy 28 Day Mascara Kit (comes with enough supplies for 25 uses)
However tinting your brows at home is fairly easy!
- Hair dye
- Q Tips and or spoolie/clean mascara wand
You basically just apply the dye with the Q Tip or a clean mascara wand on the brow hairs, let sit for around 15 - 20 minutes and wipe off with a warm wash cloth. You want to apply the vaseline on the skin around the eyebrows prior to applying the dye to prevent any dye from staining your skin. You’ll want to use a hair dye a shade or two darker than your natural brow hairs, you don’t want to start off with anything too dramatic. They sell brow dying kits but using boxed dye from the store is a little more convenient and totally gets the job done.
After you’ve tinted your bows you’ll have natural looking fuller and more defined brows without having to fill them in! :)
Personally, I think a taped blending brush (217) is way more versatile than a fluffy blending brush (224).
With a tapered blending brush being thin and fluffy at the same time you can blend out eyeshadow, apply shadow in the crease, apply shadow on the outer v. Sometimes a regular fluffy blending brush is just too big!
A great cheaper option is the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluffy, only $4!