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I wear red lipstick all the time, but I have a terrible time getting it to stay put in the corners, even after using lip liner underneath to line my whole mouth and apply the lipstick itself with a lip brush. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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I’d recommend using a matte red lipstick, using the apply and blot method and setting your lipstick with a translucent powder! You might even want to try using a red lip stain under your lipstick and in the corners of your mouth so even if the lipstick fades you’ll still have the red lip stain peeking through.

Your lipstick could be too creamy! Using a matte red lipstick shouldn’t fade and transfer as much as a more creamy, glossy red lipstick. It fully dries on the lips so it won’t go any where. Setting with a translucent powder will make the lipstick more matte as well as set it so it doesn’t budge.

Blotting method

You want to apply a layer of matte red lipstick, blot some off with a tissue, apply another layer of lipstick and blot again. This way you’re somewhat staining the lips. This should help the lipstick last longer even in the corners of your mouth.

Setting with translucent powder

After you’ve blotted the lips a second time place another tissue over the lips and dust translucent powder over your lips, this makes it so you’re not applying too much powder. This trick will help any lipstick last longer and make any lipstick matte.

Oils for Oily Skin

Don’t let the title scare you away… Using a face oil is a fabulous new trend to help combat oily skin as well as hydrate and soothe the skin. Think of it as fighting oil with oil!

Lately i’ve been obsessed with facial oils and my skin has never been more soft and happy!

Why use an oil?

For those with oily/combination skin you want to go for a dry oil. A dry oil is a little less “oily” than a traditional oil. They tend to feel more silky and dry on the skin rather than greasy. 

Using a facial oil under moisturizer or as a replacement to your moisturizer can help your skin produce less oil. Sometimes those with oily skin use skin care that is too drying, stripping the skin of it’s natural oils only to cause your skin to over produce more oil to balance it out. Instead of trying to take away oil, you can add oil to sort of trick your skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce as much oil because it’s already properly hydrated. Face oils also make great moisturizers for oily skin because they sink in super quickly because it’s they’re so light weight so you’re not left with a greasy film over the skin that some thick moisturizers can cause. A lot of the facial oils I’ve tried have had awesome healing properties that help fade acne scars and sooth acne!

How to use an oil?

A facial oil can be applied under your favorite moisturizer or as a replacement to your moisturizer. Oils, especially dry oils, make great light weight moisturizers that absorb into the skin super quickly. I prefer to use an oil at night and a more light weight gel moisturizer in the day time. 

You only need a few drops, about 3 - 5, to cover the entire face. Applying too much might cause you to feel a bit greasy so start with 3 - 4 drops.

Some dry oils I love are

  • Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Detox Oil $52 
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46
  • Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil $50
  • Pai Bioregenerate Rose Hip Oil $35 (available at Whole Foods or online)
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil for Face $8 (not my favorite because it’s not as potent and has more fillers but great for those on a budget)


Hi! What do recommend you clean your brushes with? I am thinking about getting the Coastal Scents 22 Brush Set to start myself off with, but a lot of people say you must definitely wash well before use. What do you think? Thanks!

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Hi there :)

It’s generally good to wash new brushes before you use them to wash off any chemicals or anything that might have gotten on them during production. It’ll also help make them a little more soft.

I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo because it’s super affordable, gentle and lathers up nicely to deep clean my brushes!

What's a good drugstore highlighter that will make my cheeks look dewy but that isn't too sparkly?

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Try cream/liquid highlighters! They tend to be more dewy and less shimmery. I’ll also add a few powder highlighters that will add sheen but not chunky glitter :)

Revlon Photoready Skin Lights Illuminator. Comes in a few shades. You can even mix it with foundation for an all over glow!


Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (similar to Benefit High Beam)


Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls.


ELF Gotta Glow.


HI! My makeup looks pretty in normal lighting and then when i go outside it looks really cakey, is it supposed to do that?

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Hi babe! 

You’re probably not applying makeup in the best of lighting and/or not doing makeup close enough to a mirror. Keep in mind though direct sunlight is never all that flattering on makeup so on really sunny days i’d suggest going for something more light weight like a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer :)

When applying makeup you want to use natural lighting. day light or near a bright light. If the lighting is too dim when applying makeup you’re not really seeing an accurate representation of how your makeup looks. For example. in dim lighting you’ll apply blush and think it looks good but then when stepping out in natural lighting you’ll see you’ve applied way too much. So you could be applying more makeup than you need and/or intended because it looks okay in dim lighting. 

You also don’t want to be too far away from a mirror when applying makeup. Same problem as applying makeup in poor lighting, if you’re applying makeup too far away from a mirror you’re not really seeing what you’re doing resulting in applying too much makeup and looking cakey. You can get makeup/cosmetic mirrors for really cheap at places like Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. Some can even be mounted to the wall or have built in lights to adjust in the lighting you’re in. If you apply makeup in a room without good natural light you might want to invest in a makeup mirror that has pre fit light settings like day time, night time, etc.