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How much primer should one apply? I wear a light moisturizer (Mac mineralize) & then a fairly light layer of primer (Mac prep and prime) but my foundation never looks smooth as I see on other people who post photos or in person. My skin's a bit textured (age) & I've large pores in the nose/cheeks area. I've tried other primers: Bare Minerals (balls up my makeup), Dr Brant Pores No More, UrbanDecay, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, & Maybelline Baby Skin. Thicker layer? Benefit Porefessional?

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Try Tarte Poreless Smooth Operator Primer! It’s a pretty thick silicone like primer, made for large pores and an uneven skin texture.

Bu honestly, you should never compare your skin to others! Unfortunately other people just have smaller pores or smoother skin (curse those people!) and trying to achieve semi perfect skin with makeup is unattainable unfortunately :(

BUT, you can improve your skin drastically with skincare! :)

Think of makeup as just hiding the problem, but skincare can fix it. The right skincare routine can make your pores smaller, skin’s texture smoother, help with dry skin, help with oily skin, treat acne, fade dark spots, etc. Everything you’re trying to fix with makeup, skincare can eliminate those problems. 

Since your main problem seems to be large pores and an uneven skin texture you should really try exfoliating scrubs, serums. clay masks, etc. Underneath your current skin you have new, baby smooth skin you just have to get rid of the current layer of skin. This will take time, even months so don’t expect perfect skin after a week.

For my post on how to get smaller pores, check out my post on that here

My favorite exfoliating product is Olay’s Microdermabrasion Peel Kit. Retails for $22 and is a GREAT at home treatment/peel. Microdermabrasion is an expensive treatment you can get to drastically even your skin tone and texture. The Olay one I use is pretty intense it’s not your use every day exfoliation product, I use it about once every 2 weeks maybe 3 :)

Try serums with Retinol and Glycolic Acid. These are forms of chemical exfoliators, they exfoliate without scrubbing at the skin. These can be more on the expensive side so save your receipts incase a product doesnt work for you!

Good luck babe!

Is there a way I can keep my brows from smudging? I use a Sonia kashuk brow pomade and powder over it, but it always seems to smudge especially when cuddling with my lover ;) any tips?

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Try a waterproof type product like Makeup Forever Aqua Brow, Anastasia Dip Brow Promade, Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse or Too Faced Bullet Proof Brows :)

These are all cream type brow products almost like gel liners. They really stick to the brow and don’t budge!

What are your everyday makeup products?

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I wear quite a bit of makeup daily! I either wear makeup from 8 am to 8 pm for school and such or no makeup at all for days when I just do lazy things lol. So I either wear a full face of makeup or nada. On days I wear makeup I always wear

  • Gorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or Garnier BB Cream for oily/combination skin
  • Benefit Hello Flawless powder
  • MUFE HD Powder (translucent powder)
  • Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser Under Eye Concealer
  • NYX Blush in Taupe (for contouring)
  • MAC Blush in Dainty
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Hourglass Mineral Viel Primer (best primer eva)
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Jordana Brow Pencil or Anastasia Brow Powder (usually both)
  • Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose (every day pink shade yet mega moisturizing)

P.s my skin type is combination oily/dry, sometimes normal if i’m having a good skin day :)

Hi!!! I really love your blog, it's my favorite! So, I used to use the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (worked pretty well for my terrible oily skin) and now they changed it to Dream Wonder Powder with a new formula. I was wondering what powder (drug&high end) would work good for my oily skin? It's like a 10/10 if you were to rate it on a scale. Thanks so much! x

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Thanks boo!

You can still buy Dream Matte powder online on places like Amazon! I’d stock up if you really like it :)

I can’t really rate them 1 - 10 because every powder has different coverage, a different finish, etc so they are all different in their own way! But some good oil controlling powders are

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Makeup Forever Duo Matte Powder
  • Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
  • Kat Von D Lock It Powder

You can also try translucent powders over your foundation or even over pressed powder! They are great at controlling oil and great to touch up with through out the day since they never look cakey and give no coverage :)