Personally, I love layering mascaras for the most dramatic look!
I like to use lengthening mascara first to get my lashes long, then go in with a more volumizing mascara to add thickness and drama.
Some of my favorite, holy grail mascaras are
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara $3 at Walgreens, K Mart and online (volumizing, super black)
- Maybelline Falses Mascara $6 (lengthening and volumizing)
- Loreal Telescopic $9 (super lengthening)
- Maybelline Illegal Lengths $7 (lengthening and volumizing, has lash fibers for added length)
- Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara $26 (lengthening and volumizing)
You might also want to try lash primers! Lash primers go on white and coat the lashes so once you apply mascara over them your lashes look thicker and longer. Something like Loreal Double Extend Mascara (has primer on one side and mascara on the other) or Makeup Forever Lash Fibers :)
A good translucent powder shouldn’t look ashy or white on more tanned to deeper skin tones, just make sure to apply a thin layer.
However they do make tinted translucent powders that still go on colorless but won’t look as stark white.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (they also make a white/translucent one)
Covergirl Translucent Powder
Ben Nye Luxury Setting Powders. These come in quite a few shades, they go on almost colorless and give the skin a more silky, airbrushed appearance like translucent powders.
The new Milani Bella Gel to Powder single shadows $3.99 each, keep an eye out at your local drugstores!
Well first I wouldn’t really recommend MAC foundations and powders if you have acne because MAC is known for not being the best for acne prone skin. Personally, MAC foundations and powders break me out however the blushes, bronzers, etc work perfectly fine so you might want to switch foundations for a while and see if your skin is any different :)
As for helping with acne, I have a whole post on that here.
As for covering acne and not looking cakey, check out my post on that here.
Some other tips I don’t mention in those posts are
- Wash your face twice, once to remove makeup and once to cleanse the skin. Most people do a quick wash and for people like us, who wear more heavy foundation really need to deep clean the skin or else makeup will clog the pores even when you think your face is clean. You can use a makeup remover wipe first to take off the majority of your makeup and then cleanse, or double cleanse!
- Wash your makeup brushes, pillows, hair, etc frequently. Things that touch your face can spread bacteria so wash your pillows and makeup brushes once a week and keep your hair clean so it doesn’t spread bacteria to your face.
I have! If you have super oily skin I would say it’s worth it because it totally sucks up and de clogs oil filled pores. My best friend who has super oily skin and large pores had better results than I did because my skin isnt as oily.
However they make a few different ones and i’ve heard the moisturizing one is fabulous for dry skin. You can always get a free mini sample at Sephora to try it out!
Personally, I love my Mint Julep Mask I get for a few dollars at Ulta, Walgreens & online better :)
Personally, I’d say MAC Pro Longwear! It’s super versatile and can be used under the eyes, on blemishes, mixed with moisturizer to become a foundation. It has such full coverage and is still so light weight on the skin that you only need very little. Plus it lasts on the skin forever!
However if you have more dry skin you might want to go for the Nars Creamy Concealer! It’s a tad less liquidy like the Pro Longwear and more creamy :)
Try foundations like
- Loreal Magic Lumi Foundation
- NARS Sheer Glow
- Lancome Tient Miracle
- Garnier BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin (glowy but a longer lasting bb cream with amazing coverage)
- YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation
- MAC Mineralized Foundation
- Dior Nude Skin Glowing Foundation
You could also try an illuminating primer or base like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer or Revlon Photoready Skin Lights under your foundation that will give a beautiful glow under foundation or mix it with your foundation for an instant glow :)