I love Duo’s Lash Glue in Waterproof! I always make sure to get waterproof when getting lash glue because I think it works a little better than non waterproof :)
Hi! I have a few links you might find helpful :)
Makeup Starter Kit Guide (high end and drugstore)
Drugstore: Best of the Best (great affordable finds, good for beginners)
All those posts and more are in my Makeup Tips link on the top of my page. You can find a bunch of useful in depth posts there, great for beginners!
I really like both! :)
MAC Fix Plus is great for setting your makeup so it doesnt look too powdery or cakey, great for spraying on an eyeshadow brush then dipping in shadow to apply the shadow wet, good for a mid day spritz to freshen up makeup. However it won’t really help with the longevity of the foundation like some other setting sprays.
The Makeup Forever HD Powder is great for making your skin look more airbrushed, controlling shine, acting as a super natural looking setting powder. It can leave a white cast in flash photography so I use it for more every day but not If I plan on taking photos at night or something. ELF & NYX make similar ones if you’re not willing to splurge.
First off, stop using the MAC foundation! I’d recommend buying something else that will give you full coverage for the time being like Revlon Colorstay for dry skin, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Makeup Forever HD, Cover FX Cream Foundation or even something more natural like Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage foundation. Continuing to use it will only make your skin worse and create more dark spots that will take months even years to fade.
You might even want to try an acne medicated foundation that will help treat your skin as your skin transitions through this process by using a foundation like Clinique Acne Solutions foundation orNeutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation or use a primer/moisturizer with acne fighting properties like Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer or Cover FX primer with salicylic acid.
As for going about clearing your skin i’d recommend
- Exfoliating once to twice a week with a face scrub or a face brush. Exfoliating is super important for healthy skin in general but this will really get rid of the dead skin on the face so your skin care can get deep in the pores and treat the acne. Also great for getting rid of dry skin because your moisturizer will sink in better and your dry patches will be buffed away! Exfoliating also helps fade dark spots quicker.
- Use a clay mask once to twice a week. This will help dry up the existing acne and give your skin a deep clean. I highly recommend the Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask which you can get for a few dollars at Walmart, Ulta and Walgreens. But any acne/clay mask will do!
- Use a spot treatment like Clinique Spot Clearing Gel or Clean and Clear’s Spot Treatment on any acne you have. This will help clear them up quicker.
- Use a gentle toner like Witch hazel or Clinique Clarifying Lotion. This will help make sure the skin is extra clean and clean deep into the pores. Stay away from anything that says astringent or has strong doses of acne medication.
- Use a gentle face cleanser nothing too strong with acne fighting ingredients. Your skin is irritated and dry and needs to heal so you don’t wash to shock it with too many harsh ingredients. Harsh face washes can really dry out the skin. Try Cetaphil’s Facial Cleanser!
- Use a rich, deep night cream. Any moisturizer thats thicker will work fine. It will help calm your skin overnight and fix any dry patches. Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream is great and gentle.
You don’t have to do all of these tips but doing a few of them will definitely help!
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Any full coverage foundation can easily look cakey so sometimes the answer isnt finding a full coverage foundation that won’t look cakey but learning how to apply a full coverage foundation so it doesnt look cakey.
A few tips on how to make a full coverage foundation not look cakey
- Use a moisturizer under your foundation, this creates a smooth base so your foundation will slide easily over pores, fine lines, dry areas, etc. If you don’t moisturize first your foundation will settle into your pores, dry areas, etc and just won’t be that flattering.
- Use a primer. Same reasons for using a moisturizer, it just evens out the texture of your skin so your foundation will look better and helps your makeup last longer.
- Use concealer! Try to avoid using a thick layer of foundation for full coverage. Instead try using a thin layer of foundation all over the skin and then going in with concealer or a little extra foundation to spot conceal any acne or blemishes. This way youre only applying product where it’s really needed so the rest of your face will look like youre barely wearing any makeup.
- If using setting powder, use very little or skip it all together. Usually powder can easily make you look cakey if you apply too much. Using very little or using a translucent powder will keep that skin like finish. Anything too matte can look cakey.
- Use a flat top foundation brush or a sponge to apply foundation. A flat top brush will help the foundation really buff and blend into the skin instead of just sitting on top of the skin. The trick to blend the foundation into your skin really well so it looks more like skin instead of just makeup. Using a damp sponge to apply foundation works great too because it sheers out the foundation a bit making it look more natural and airbrushed.
ELF Flat Top Brush (left), Sigma Flat Top Brush (right)