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What is a good eye cream and how often should I apply it?

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It depends what sort of eye cream you’re looking for really. Some are mainly just moisturizing and some have more potent anti aging ingredients or ingredients to fight under eye circles. You cant go wrong with a basic, hydrating eye cream because you mainly want to keep the area hydrated so it stays firm and supple as you age. Eye cream should be applied once or twice every day. I only use it at night :)

I think the most important thing to know is how to apply eye cream. Applying eye cream incorrectly can do more damage even though you’re using an eye cream! You want to apply eye cream very gently in dabbing, never rubbing or tugging, motions gently pressing the eye cream into the skin. Bring some of the eye cream up to the brow bone, this ensures that area stays moisturized and doesn’t sag as the years go on. Getting the crows feet on the side of the eyes is important too so you don’t want to miss that area. Don’t apply eye cream on your eye lids unless the eye cream says to do so, our eye lids naturally produce oil so that area is already moisturized. 

As for eye creams I recommend a basic hydrating and brightening eye cream, a well hydrated under eye area will keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh and supple for years to come :)

  • Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream $35
  • Clinique All About Eyes Rich $30
  • Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment $28
  • Burts Bee’s Radiance Eye Cream $12
  • Loreal Advanced Revitalift Eye Cream $13-$17

Should I line my lips when I wear nude colored lipsticks

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Personally, I think yes!

I think using a darker beige nude lip liner will give the lips some dimension because some nude lipsticks can make the lips look flat. The darker nude lip liner look is actually really in right now and is great for not letting your lips disappear when wearing nude lips. If you’re using a flesh tone, pale nude lipstick sometimes it can make your lips look smaller and blend in with the face. This tip also helps your lips look fuller! 

You can use a darker nude lip liner all over the lips and place a lighter nude lipgloss or lipstick in the middle of the lips or you can just outline before or after, just make sure to blend the line in with the lipstick you don’t want a harsh line :)

How are you supposed to use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders?

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They are setting powders or subtle highlighters, depending on how you want to use them! 

Some are more shimmery than others but Dim Light and Diffused Light are meant to be used more like setting powders. They provide little to no extra coverage and give a slight sheen to the skin and have “perfecting” properties to make your skin look as if it is in dim lighting, hence the name Dim Light :)

Think of them as fancy translucent powders. They are great if you want a more radiant, non mattifying finishing powder. Gives your face an all over glow without using shimmer/highlighter. 

Hi what's the difference between a normal brow and a gradient brow?

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A gradient brow fades from light to dark, sort of like an ombre. Creating a gradient brow is great for natural looking brows because naturally our eyebrows are more sparse and not as full in the beginning of the brow. Sometimes a brow that is too dark or boxy at the front can look “drawn on”. You might have seen a lot of makeup artists and people on Instagram use this method :)

Ways to get a gradient brow

  • Use a lighter and darker brow shade, use the lighter shade to fill in the front of the brow and use the darker shade to fill in the arch and end. Just make sure to blend the two shades together and not have a noticeable line between the two shades.
  • Use a super light hand when filling in the front of the brow. Since you want the front of the brow to be lighter you want to apply very little pressure when filling in the front of the brow so only a little of the brow product is applied. 
  • Outline the top and bottom of the brow with your brow pencil, powder, etc and fill in between your outline keeping most of the filling in towards the end/arch and using a light hand in the front. Outlining your brow first will keep definition in the front of the brow yet not make them too dark since you’re not completely filling them in.

Using pencil, gel, powder, etc doesn’t matter so use whatever you’re currently using :)

I'm not sure if this is a weird question or not, but every time I put concealer on under my eyes and do the triangle thing that Kim K is famous for, and then add foundation like normal and contour, my face still looks super pale compared to my body. Could you tell me why/how to fix this? Because my foundation is the same color as my body definitely, but when I add extra concealer it just makes my whole face look pale. Thanks so much!!

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When trying to highlight your face either all over or under the eyes some things to keep in mind are

  • Use something light weight, using a super heavy full coverage concealer to highlight can be tricky to blend out
  • Don’t use a concealer/foundation/cream too light for your skin tone, keep it one to two shades lighter than your skin tone
  • Blend, blend, blend!

The problem might be using too much concealer or using a concealer/highlighter thats too pigmented. Often times when people highlight their skin they use something thats a little more brightening and sheer so it blends out easily not looking extremely pale. If you use a really full coverage concealer or foundation to highlight it will be a lot harder to blend it out. Try using a more light weight concealer/highlighter like MAC’s Prep & Prime Highlighting Pen (comes in 3 shades), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer, Loreal Magic Lumi Concealer, etc. All these are super light weight so when you go to blend it out they will still look brightening but not too pale :)

Also it seems like you’re concealing under your eyes then applying foundation over which I wouldn’t really recommend because you might be applying more concealer than needed. Go in with a layer of foundation and apply a small amount of concealer after, this way you’re able to add more if you need it letting you control how light you want the under eye to be. It’s also a lot easier to blend your concealer into your foundation when applying over it.

When blending out under eye concealer or face highlighting I like to use a fancy sponge that meant to be washed and used over and over like the Beauty Blender, Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, Real Technique’s Sponge or even the cosmetic sponges that come in bulk for super cheap (but they are one time use sponges). The trick is to use them wet, squeeze out as much water as possible so they are slightly damp and blend out. This creates a really airbrushed effect and does all the blending for you.