Hi i just started following your blog which is really superb & was wondering if u had any advice for people with acne. I use MAC but i still find that my skin looks cakey where my acne is most prominent (my cheeks). I have combination skin, plz help
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 :)
Kim Kardashian usually has a more gold, beige highlight something that makes the skin glow but isnt too light so it almost blends into the skin looking like her cheeks are naturally glowing. Sometimes using a highlighter thats too pale will make it look more like you applied highlighter rather than your cheeks are just defined and glowing. Some pigmented, intense highlighters for medium/tan skin I recommend
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal $38 at Sephora. Opal is more golden/beige than Moonstone which is more of a pale gold better suited for lighter skin tones.
Josie Maran Illuminizer in Light Bronze $28
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige $44 (you mix all the shades together to get a golden beige)
Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki $9 at Walmart
Revlon Photoready Skin Lights in Bare Light $13
Hello! I'm sorry to bother you, but you always seem so sweet and nice! :) I'm getting married, and I have never worn make-up in my life, and I'm much too shy to go to a local booth and get lessons or whatever...What can you recommend that is simple for under eyes, eyes (water proof!) and lip gear that wo'n't smudge or brush off that isn't crazy colours... Thank you so much!
Not a bother at all, it’s wedding season so I’m sure many people have this question!
First off, congrats! I love weddings and I love wedding makeup even more :)
You will most likely want to buy these products weeks in advance to test them out and see how they work for you. Even try attempting your wedding makeup a few times before the big day to see how the products wear and to get the skill down. You can learn some makeup skills by going on Youtube and searching “Wedding Makeup Tutorial” to get a little inspiration. I took the liberty to find some videos I recommend and linked them below.
Look 1, Look 2, Look 3
For under the eyes try something light weight but brightening. From the drugstore I recommend and love Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer because it never looks cakey under the eyes and makes me look awake and refreshed! I’d recommend getting a shade one shade lighter than your skin tone to really brighten and open up your face in pictures. If you want to make sure your concealer won’t budge i’d recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath your concealer (Loreal DeCrease is good) or using a long wearing concealer like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer or Lancome Effacernes Waterpoof Undereye Concealer.
For wedding makeup I think a light shimmery champagne shadow all over the lid with a light matte brown in the crease is timeless, easy and super flattering. If you have oily eye lids you’ll most likely want to use an eyeshadow primer underneath like Loreal DeCrease or NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer. For extra glam try using a waterproof liquid liner or using black or brown eyeshadow to line the upper lash line, you might want to skip on the flick/cat eye and just line the upper lash line to add some drama and make the lashes look a little more full. Using brown shadow or a brown liquid liner will look more natural and less dramatic. I wouldn’t recommend using pencil as they tend to smudge. Try waterproof liners like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (they make a black and brown shade) or Loreal Telescopic Waterproof Liner (comes in black and brown).
For lashes try a waterproof mascara like Loreal Double Extend Waterproof Mascara (one of my fav waterproof mascaras) or Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara. You may want to try false lashes! Okay don’t be scared… I know as a beginner false lashes probably seem really scary but they are gorgeous for brides! You can cut the lashes in half to only apply them on the outer half of your eye for natural, wispy look. I’d highly recommend Ardell Demi Wispies ($3) which have wipsy, uneven in length hairs to look more natural and less “perfect”. I’d recommend youtubing how to apply false lashes but my main tips are cut off the ends of the lashes, let the glue dry and get tacky on the lash band for a good 30 seconds and use tweezers to apply and hold down the lashes.
For the lips try something like Revlon Balm Stain in Honey, it’s a great nudey pink shade that’s easy to apply, easy to reapply through out the day and slightly stains the lips. The shade is a your lips but better shade, nothing too dramatic just something light and pretty.
Lip liner is great for brides as well. Lip liners are much longer lasting than lipsticks and can be used all over as a lipstick or under lipstick!