Try using masks with clay! Clay is awesome at drawing out all the gunk deep into the pores like blackheads and oils. Just make sure to follow the directions on how long to keep the mask on. Many people (myself included) want to leave the mask on for as long as possible thinking you’ll get better results but since clay masks are drying you don’t want to over dry your skin and cause premature wrinkles. Just a heads up :)
Try masks like
Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask $9 at Target and Walgreens
Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask $3 at Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta and online (cult favorite)
Freeman Clay Mask Mint & Lemon $4 at most drugstores
YSL Glossy Stains ($35) vs Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish High Shine Lip Stains ($3.99)
Glossy stains are great if you want a long wear lip color without any drying and cracking that some lip stains give. The gloss and shine fades a bit a few hours in but the color definitely stains the lips. The main difference between the YSL and Wet n Wild gloss stains is the YSL ones are more sheer while the Wet n Wild ones are more pigmented however you can get a sheer look with the Wet n Wild ones by applying a thin layer.
These lip stains are apart of the Fergie Wet n Wild line and Wet n Wild is sold at Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target and online!
Hi there :)
Two things, exfoliation and primer!
Exfoliation will slowly fix the problem making your skin more smooth, even in texture, helps with acne, helps eliminate dry patches, helps shrink pores, etc. Exfoliation will help your skin look and feel better overall. If your skin is uneven in texture due to dry patches, acne scars/indented scars, large pores, acne, etc exfoliating will remove the dead, dry and not so nice skin. Exfoliation will make your skin more smooth and radiant with one use and over time help eliminate dark spots, shrink pores and overall skin health. Try using something like Olay Microdermabrasion Kit, one of my all time favorite exfoliating products. It’s not even every day scrub it’s an intense, once a week or once every two weeks type a deal, your skin will feel like a baby’s bottom! However any face scrub or chemical exfoliant will do the job.
Primer is great for creating an even surface under foundation. Silicone, gel like primers are great for smoothing over the skin, almost creating a second layer of skin under your makeup. A smoothing primer glides over pores, dry patches, acne so your foundation will go on more smooth and even. Try primers like Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer or ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer.
- Translucent powder instead of pressed powder. Translucent powder is super silky and finely milled which can help blur imperfections and make the skin look more smooth. Some pressed powders can look too cakey and make the texture of the skin look even worse!
- Use a flat top foundation brush or makeup sponge to apply foundation. Using a traditional foundation “paint brush” or fingers isnt always the most flattering if you have uneven texture you want to cover. A sponge or flat top brush gives the most flawless, blended finish.
- Pat and press. When applying powder press the powder into the skin instead of swirling all over. This helps conceal uneven texture a bit and look more flawless.
I have both Sigma and Sedona Lace brushes and i’d say their quality is very, very similar. Sigma is a little more expensive and they’ve raised their prices within the last few years because they got so popular.
What I like about Sigma more is their wide range of brush styles and brush kits they have so many unique brush kits from ones just for eyes, just for face, several starter kits, etc while Sedona Lace only has a few kits and more standard brushes. So they are both great quality, i’d say go with any brush kit you like best that you think fits with your makeup needs :)
After your promo for instagram is a picture of someone's eyebrow/eye makeup! How in the world do you get your eyebrows to look like this? Do I use a pencil or powder? A stencil? How should I pluck my brows to mimic this look? I'm at a loss. I've tried everything and it seems nobody has done a tutorial to get a look like that. Please help if you can :)
Hi! I’m guessing you want that fierce, sharp brow look. Usually to achieve this you need to use a pencil or brow gel something creamy that has strong color pay off. Sometimes powder can look too soft which is good for a more natural look but not everyone wants a natural look which is the fun part of makeup! :)
As for the shape, you want to put strong emphasis on the arch of the brow and keep it more natural in the front. You can even create your shape first with a gel or pencil and then fill in with powder so it’s still soft but you’re getting that intense shape. Outlining your brow first allows you create your shape first and basically filling in the lines making it a little easier.
You could also outline your brows with a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone to make your brows pop a little more and look more sharp. Just make sure to blend out the concealer well!
A great product to get strong brows is the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. It’s basically a gel liner for your eyebrows. It’s dries to more of a powder finish and is extremely long lasting which is why it’s great for brows.
Hi there! I have a few tips on how to get your foundation to look as natural as possible :)
- Use a damp sponge to apply foundation
- Use a lightweight, liquidy formula
- Use a foundation with a satin, slightly dewy finish
- Use little to no powder
Using a damp sponge like the Beauty Blender ($20 at Sephora) is fabulous way to get a really natural finish. Since the sponge is slightly damp it will sheer out the foundation a bit making it look and feel more light weight and natural. Using a sponge gives a really smooth, airbrushed finish while some brushes can leave streaks or cake up and not be as flattering. I find using a “fancy” makeup sponge as opposed to the more affordable, use once and throw away ones give the best finish. You can find more affordable ones at Ulta or Target.
I find using a foundation that’s more water based or runny gives a more natural finish. They look and feel weightless on the skin so it won’t look caked up over the skin. You might want to try a water based foundation, water based foundations tend to be more runny while oil based foundations can be more thick. Some great water based foundations are Makeup Forever Face & Body, Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, Covergirl Clean Makeup, Loreal True Match Lumi.
You want to avoid being overly matte! Sometimes in an effort to be matte we apply too much powder and go for a matte foundation causing the skin to look dull and dry. Naturally, our skin has a little sheen and healthy glow so you want to mimic that with foundation. If your skin looks powdery it can be obvious you’re wearing makeup. So opt for translucent powder instead of pressed powder, or apply a super thin layer of powder or skip powder all together!
I just got my first makeup job!! I'm excited, but I've never been great at eyeshadow, mainly because I have hooded lids and its hard to experiment on myself. I have a naked 3 palette and naked basic, but those are more brown based and I wear a lot of black. What palettes and brushes should I look into so I can expand my collection?!
Aw, congrats!! :)
Some great investment brush sets/brush lines I recommend are
Sigma Mr Bunny Brush Kit
Sedona Lace Brush Set (comes with brush belt)
Some palettes I recommend to create more fun, yet still wearable looks are
Lorac Pro Palettes 1 & 2! Fav palette of all time, the colors are so creamy and a palette that actually has more than a few matte shades is rare. Matte shades can create a totally unique look so i’d definitely recommend trying out some all matte eyeshadow looks. The Lorac Pro Palettes do a great job at adding some color in there too like a deep navy, an emerald, a cranberry shade, etc.
Urban Decay Electric Palette. Great high quality, bold colors to create some really fun looks!