Try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch! However it does have a rep to break people out, but everyone’s skin is different and reacts to certain ingredients differently so I can’t really say what will and won’t break you out. This dries to a matte finish and feels super light weight, plus it’s affordable!
My all time fav is La Rochay Posay Ultra Light Facial Sunscreen, a little more pricey but at SPF 60 I would say it’s a great investment. Also super light weight, non greasy!
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Synthetic brushes are best for cream and liquid products while natural hair brushes are best for powder products :)
Generally, synthetic brush hairs are too soft to pick up powder products causing things to go on too sheer or not very pigmented, however they are soft enough to blend out creamy products like foundation, concealer, cream blushes, etc. You can also use synthetic brushes for a light wash of a color for a sheer application.
Natural hair brushes are a little less soft which helps powder stick the hair so you can get a better color pay off. Natural hair brushes are best for apply and blending out eyeshadow, applying powder blush and bronzer, applying face powder, etc. Natural hair brushes are usually all brown, black or white.
Synthetic brushes are super soft the touch, their brush hairs are shiny (cause they are plastic/synthetic) and often come in “skunk” patterns fading from one color to another. Once you get a little more familiar with brushes differentiating the two will be easy :)
I went to Walgreens this morning to buy ibuprofen (and of course I took a shortcut through cosmetics). I found the new Milani Gel Powder Eyeshadows. I bought three, went to work and then came back on my 15 to buy four more. The packaging is so cute! Just like the blushes and pigmentation is 👌
I love that look! For a really rosy, pink lip I love using sheer deeper roses, pinks and plums that give your lips a wash of rosy pink but still looking natural and moisturizing, almost as if thats your natural lip color!
Try shades like
Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in Plum Prospect (sheer pinky plum)
Revlon Sassy Mauve
Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
A good brush can make a world of difference! I think there a few brushes you should invest in and the rest could be more affordable. People say you should invest in a brush kit which is good if you have a hundred or so to spend but most people don’t so splurging on one or two brushes every couple of months is a more gradual way to build up a good brush collection :)
I think it’s best to invest in
- A foundation brush
- An eyeshadow blending brush
- An angled brush (great for bronzer, blush, contour, highlighting)
A good foundation brush is a little tricky to find at the drugstore or relatively cheap. A good foundation brush is really dense and the brush hairs are tightly packed together, this will give a more airbrushed and blended finish.
A good blending brush should be soft, dense and relatively stiff. If the brush is too floppy it won’t blend properly.
A good angled brush will be dense and stiff. You can use an angled brush to apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, use the thinner side to contour, use it to apply highlighter on the cheek bones, used for a light dusting of powder, etc. It’s a great brush to invest in because it can be used for many things.
Try products like
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Light $37 (more light weight version of the original)
- Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream $39
- NARS Sheer Matte $42
- Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream $38 (slight glow, not matte)
- Garnier BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin $13 (slight glow, not matte)
- Rimmel Stay Matte BB Cream $7