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How To Start An Eyeshadow Look

When creating an eyeshadow look…where do you start?

I like to start by asking myself if I want a warm or cool look. When creating an eyeshadow look I like to keep the tones in the same family by using all cool toned eyeshadows or using all warm toned shadows. Sticking with one tone helps the look come together looking more uniform because all the eyeshadows stick to the same undertone.

Cool toned shadows tend to be more ash based like taupes, greys, ash browns, pinks and purples.

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Warm toned shadows tend to be orange and red based like golds, coppers, bronzes, peaches, corals and reddish browns.

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After you’ve decided what color palette to play off of, choose your finishes! Eyeshadow finishes range from matte (no shimmer, flat), satin (slight shimmer), shimmery, metallic, frosty (extremely shimmery), duo chrome (two colors in one, varies with lighting), etc. You can even use cream and liquid shadows for a wet, glossy look. It’s best to use a variety of finishes so they don’t clash. For example, using all shimmery shades will cause all the shades to mush together and just look like a shimmer/glitter mess. Adding some more matte/satin shades breaks up the look so you can see the contrast between shadows. 

From left to right: Matte, Satin, Shimmer, Cream (wet, glossy finish)

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After you’ve chosen your color palette and finishes, you can start creating eyeshadow looks! With knowing the basics of creating an eyeshadow look all your looks will look a little more put together. Good luck and have fun! :)

Check out my post on how to blend eyeshadow here!

How To Become a Makeup Artist

Practice 

  • Practice on friends, family members, etc so you can practice on people with different skin tones, eye shapes and skin types. 
  • Photograph your best looks either on yourself or others and make a portfolio so potential clients can look through your portfolio to get a good understanding of your skills.
  • Getting a job at a makeup counter or store will give you a lot of credibility and you often apply makeup on others as apart of the job. This will give your practice and skills. You can also gain clients this way! A lot of times you can work for makeup companies as their freelance makeup artist. 
  • Start doing smaller jobs on the weekends and slowly build it into a full time job. 

Start a kit

  • You don’t need a million products, invest in a few foundations and concealers and mix them to create the perfect shade for each client. Just make sure to have a very light shade and a very dark shade and a few in between.
  • Invest in good brushes. Good brushes will help makeup apply better and feel & look more luxurious. Sigma, Sedona Lace, MAC, Sephora all make great quality brushes! 
  • Use palettes! You’ll get more for your buck and they take up less room. You can even get concealer, foundation and lipstick palettes from websites like Coastal Scents and Graftobian
  • Have products for every skin type & skin shade.

Publicize

  • Make an Instragram, Facebook, Blogspot, business cards, etc any social platform possible to get your name out there. The more people who see your skills means more potential clients 

Be hygienic and professional 

  • Clean your brushes before and after every client. This just ensures every brush touching your client’s face is clean.
  • Don’t use any makeup of your own that you may have touched like cream concealers or cream eye shadows. It’s best to have separate makeup for your kit and separate makeup for your own use, same with brushes. Although it’s okay to use some of your own products I wouldn’t make it a usual thing.
  • Use lip brushes, mascara wands, spatulas, etc. you don’t want to apply lipstick directly on a clients lips because it’s tricky to sanitize a lipstick but easier to clean a lip brush. Same for mascara you don’t want to use the same mascara wand on more than one person, ever! You can find very cheap disposable mascara wands at Sally’s or online. Spatulas are great for scraping out concealer, foundation, cream products, etc then using a brush to apply. All these tips will help not to contaminate products!image

Use the right products for their skin type, shade and environment 

  • Different lip and cheek colors flatter different skin tones there isn’t one blush and lipstick that will work for everyone. One nude lipstick won’t work for every shade, have nudes from pale beiges to darker tans. You can use lip liner to help make a color lighter or darker too, don’t be afraid to mix lip and blush colors to create the best color for your client. You can mix foundation and concealer shades as well, you don’t need a million foundation and concealer shades.
  • One foundation won’t work for every client. Make sure to have foundations, concealers, powders, primers, etc for all skin types from oily to dry. If you use a foundation thats too matte and drying on someone with dry skin it will look flakey and powdery. If you use a foundation thats too dewy on oily skin their makeup will come off within hours. Ask your client questions about their skin type to get a better understanding on which products will be best for them.
  • Consider their environment. If they want makeup done for a dance make sure you use long wearing products that will last through sweat and heat. If your client is getting their makeup done for a wedding use waterproof mascara (crying) and go for a natural glam look nothing too over done (unless they ask for that). Just be sure to match their makeup to what they are doing and where they are going :)

Extra tips

  • Use lashes! They’ll glam up any look and make every look seem more “professional” 
  • Invest in a good train case, black is always the most professional looking
  • Invest in a good makeup artist chair. This looks very professional and gives them the full makeup artists experience. Check out one on Amazon here!
  • Organize your makeup efficiently. You can buy concealer and lip palettes which are more compact than having a million and one products. You can find organizers to put in concealer, foundation, lipsticks, etc. image

Lastly, good luck! Success won’t come right away but dont give up! Theres always more to learn and area to grow when it comes to makeup. I wish all you hopeful makeup artists out there the best of luck :)

Makeup Tip: Olive Oil as a Makeup Remover

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Out of eye makeup remover or having trouble washing all your makeup off? 

Olive oil as a makeup remover is natural, eco friendly, skin beneficial and super affordable! Great for those on a budget or those trying to sway away from using chemicals when unnecessary. 

For the eyes:

Use a little olive oil on a cotton pad to use as an eye makeup remover. I prefer letting the cotton pad sit on my eye area for about 30 seconds to really dissolve the makeup. The oil breaks down makeup and leaves your eye area moisturized!  Using olive oil as an eye makeup remover is very gentle and non irritating unlike some eye makeup removers that can tingle and burn. Mix olive oil and aloe vera water in a bottle for a more light weight formula!

For the face:

You can even use olive oil to remove heavy face makeup. Oils as makeup removers are quickly becoming popular because the oils break down the makeup for easy removal. I know using oils on your face can seem scary especially those with oily skin. However olive oil resembles your skin’s natural oil production so it won’t clog pores only make your skin super soft. Olive oil has healthy fats which plump and moisturize the skin with Vitamin E and Vitamin A. I would still recommend washing your face with a gentle face wash after and use olive oil as a makeup remover not a face cleanser

For very dry skin you can use olive oil alone with a cotton pad or wash cloth but for those with more oily skin I’d recommend mixing olive oil with rose water or aloe vera water. Mixing with rose water or aloe vera water will make it feel lighter on the skin and not be as messy :)

Blending Eyeshadow 101

Blending eyeshadow incorrectly is probably one of the biggest makeup mistakes we all make as beginners. When blending you want to fade out your eyeshadow to create a gradient from dark to light. For blending eyeshadow you want to make sure you have the proper tools such as the right brushes, a transition/blending color and a base/primer!

Eyeshadow Base

Using an eyeshadow primer or even just a skin tone shadow all over the lid will help eyeshadows blend better than trying to blend over naked skin. When blending over just skin eyeshadows can look blotchy and tug onto dry patches making blending harder than it has to be. 

This will also help your eyeshadow stick better and prevent fading, smudging and creasing through out the day!

Blending Brushes

There are a few types of blending brushes. Some are more fluffy while some are more flat or tapered that you can use to blend as well as apply color into the crease. A good quality blending brush will make a WORLD of difference when blending out eyeshadow! 

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How to use a blending brush: Use a windshield wiper motion back and fourth to blend out the eyeshadow using a light hand. Don’t press too hard when blending out eyeshadow you want the brush to gently grace the eyelid this will give softer, blended look. You can also apply eyeshadow using blending brushes into the crease or outer v. Make sure to use lighter eyeshadows first and darkest colors lasts so the dark colors don’t stain the brush so every eyeshadow you use after appears darker. Or you can use more than one blending brush for different shades so you don’t mix colors!

Some blending brushes I recommend are MAC 217, MAC 224, Sigma E35, Sigma E40, Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff, ELF Studio Flawless Concealer Brush, Sonia Kashuk 109 Blending Brush & Sedona Lace Universal Blender.

Blending/Transition Color

It’s pretty difficult to blend out and eyeshadow perfectly so a blending/transition color does some of the work for you. When blending out eyeshadows you want the darkest shade to fade into a lighter shade creating a gradient/ombre. A blending or transition color is an eyeshadow used in between the crease color and the brow bone in order to create a gradient between colors. Using a blending color helps other colors blend more seamlessly into one another. For example when using a black color in the crease you would use a lighter gray color on top of the black and blend up so it looks like the black is fading into a grey creating that gradient/ombre effect. Usually a medium brown works well for most transition/blending shades.  

You can apply the blending color first so when you apply other shadows it will already start to look more blended. 

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How to Get Flawless Yet Natural Looking Coverage

Contrary to popular belief you can get a flawless, full coverage look without heavy feeling makeup! Acne, scars, etc are only on a few areas of your face while the rest of your skin is clear and doesn’t need much coverage. The key to look flawless while still looking like you have minimal makeup on is to keep the coverage only where you actually need it and letting the rest of your skin breathe. :)

Step 1: Moisturize & Prime

  • Moisturize your face for a smooth base prior to applying makeup. Skipping moisturizer can cause your makeup to look dry and cakey. Moisturizer under foundation will help it blend and sit better on the skin. 
  • Using a makeup primer over your moisturizer will create a smooth canvas by filling in pores and creating a thin layer between your skin and foundation. Using primer will also help keep your makeup on longer lasting through heat, sweat, oils, etc. 

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of a light to medium coverage foundation

  • Using a full coverage foundation all over the skin will put full coverage on areas that don’t need coverage at all, why put a thick layer of makeup on parts of the face that doesnt need it?
  • Using a thin layer of a lighter coverage foundation or BB Cream will even out the skin tone but not completely cover blemishes, scars, etc. Remember not ALL of your face needs super full coverage. By applying a light coverage layer first, the only thing you need to cover next is the areas with blemishes so the rest of your face still has minimal makeup.  

Step 3: Spot conceal

  • Use a small concealer brush, fluffy eyeshadow brush or just fingers and spot conceal the areas that need more coverage keeping the extra product only to the areas that need it. 
  • After you spot conceal go in with a small fluffy eyeshadow brush and pat on powder over the blemishes but not the whole face yet, this will set the concealer so it will last all day as well as provide extra coverage.
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Step 4: Apply a light layer of powder all over the face

  • A common mistake people make is applying too much powder. Powder is often a dead giveaway someone is wearing makeup because powder can easily look cakey. Skin is not naturally matte and powdery it often has a slight sheen. Applying a thin layer of powder will set the foundation so it lasts all day without looking cakey. 
  • Translucent powder is best for a natural look because it’s translucent and goes on colorless so it looks like youre not wearing any powder yet still locks the foundation into place so it stays put. Translucent powder is also very finely milled and silky with blurring properties so it makes your skin look extra flawless!

Step 5: Setting Spray (Optional)

  • Using a light mist of a makeup setting spray will help the makeup really melt into your skin and look like a second skin. Some setting sprays like Urban Decay All Nighter also help your makeup last longer! 

And there you go! Everything that needs to be concealed and covered is while still letting all the clear and happy areas of your face shine through looking completely natural! This will feel super light weight on the skin and won’t clog your pores like having thick foundation all over your face. 

Check out more of my Makeup Tips here!  :)

Best of The Best: Drugstore!

I get many questions about best drugstore this, best drugstore that, so why not make a full list of all the best of the best drugstore products! Here is a list of all my favorite & well loved drugstore product recommendations. :) 

Mascaras

  • Maybelline Falsies (volume & length)
  • Jordana Extreme Lash (volume & length)
  • Loreal Voluminous (volume)
  • Maybelline Megaplush (natural look, light weight)
  • Loreal Telescopic (length)

Eyeliners (Gel)

  • Wet n Wild Gel Liner
  • Loreal Infallible Gel Liner

Eyeliners (Pencil)

  • Loreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner (long lasting)
  • Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner (long lasting)
  • Loreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner (super black, intense)
  • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner (long lasting)
Eyeliners (Liquid)
  • Wet n Wild Megaliner (matte black, thin brush)
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto (great for beginners, felt tip)
  • ELF Liquid Liner (super thin brush, great for very precise lines)
  • NYX Liquid Black Eyeliner (matte, thin brush)
  • NYX Super Skinny Marker (great for beginners, felt tip)

Eyeshadows

  • Maybelline Eyeshadows Quads
  • Milani Powder Eyeshadows
  • Loreal Hip Duos
  • NYX Single Eyeshadows

Concealers

  • Revlon Photoready Concealer (under eyes & face)
  • Loreal True Match Crayon Concealer (great for spot concealing like blemishes)
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer (full coverage, sold at Walmart)
  • Covergirl Smoothers Concealer (super creamy)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (for under eyes, light weight not cakey)
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer (for under eyes, light weight, shade “radiant” is salmon toned great for dark circles)
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (hydrating, for those with dry skin)

Foundations (For oily skin)

  • Revlon Colorstay in Oily Skin Formula (medium to full coverage)
  • Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast (medium to full coverage)
  • Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin (light weight, light to medium coverage)

Foundations (For normal to dry skin)

  • Loreal True Match (satin finish, medium to buildable coverage)
  • Loreal True Match Magic Lumi (satin/dewy finish, medium coverage, more dewy than original True Match)
  • Garnier BB Cream (light weight, hydrating)
  • Revlon Nearly Naked (satin finish, light to medium coverage, natural looking)
  • Maybelline Fit Me (natural looking, light to medium coverage)
  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped (medium to full coverage, cream foundations great for drier skin)

Powders

  • Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (matte)
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (matte)
  • Loreal True Match Powder (satin)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder (satin)
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (satin)
  • ELF HD Powder (translucent powder)

Lipglosses

  • Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses
  • Flower Shine On Lipglosses (sold at Walmart)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational High Glosses
  • NYX Butter Gloss
  • Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Gloss (sold at Target)
  • Loreal Color Riche Le Glosses

Lipsticks

  • Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks (matte)
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids (bright, creamy, bold colors)
  • Revlon Matte Line (matte)
  • Loreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipsticks
  • NYX Black Label Lipsticks
  • NYX Lip Creams

Bronzers

  • NYC Sunny (matte)
  • Revlon Photoready Bronzed n Chic (matte)
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Bronzers (slight shimmer)
  • Rimmel Natural Bronzers (slight shimmer)
  • NYX Matte Bronzer (matte)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Bronzers (great for paler skin tones, not super dark)
  • Sonia Kashuk Cream Bronzers (sold at Target only)

Blushes

  • Wet n Wild Blushes
  • Loreal True Match Blushes
  • ELF Studio Line Blushes
  • NYX Blushes
  • Milani Baked Blushes

Brow Products

  • ELF Brow Kit (powder)
  • Rimmel Brow Pencil (pencil)
  • Maybelline Define a Brow (pencil)
  • Wet n Wild Brow Kit (powder)
  • NYC Brow Kit (powder)

False Lashes Tip!

A lot of you guys have told me you don’t wear false lashes because they pull out your natural lashes when glueing the lash strip too close to the lash line. Easy solution! 

Get a Q Tip with makeup remover and gently rub where the eyelash glue meets the skin to break down the glue. After you see the lash band starting to lift up remove the rest of the strip. This prevents any of your real lashes coming out with the lash glue from just tearing the lash and glue from your eye lid. :)

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Dry Skin Tip!

For those with flakey, dry patches try using a flat top foundation brush to press and pat the foundation into the skin instead of swirling and buffing.

When you press and pat the foundation into your skin you’re less likely to aggravate any dry patches. When youre continuously going over dry patches while buffing and swirling the flakey, dry patches can look more noticeable. Patting will give a more airbrushed, smooth and poreless finish. This goes for using powder as well. Patting/pressing powder or foundation also gives more coverage. :)

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Dry Skin 101

When it comes to dry skin you want to add that glow and moisture back into the skin.

You can do this by a few of these tricks

  • Exfoliating
  • Rich, thick moisturizers
  • Hydrating/luminous primers
  • Dewy, hydrating foundations
  • Liquid, cream or powder highlighters
  • Setting sprays
You don’t need to do ALL of these steps, you can pick and choose which ones work best for you :)
Exfoliating
You want to exfoliate dry skin (and all skin types) about once a week to scrub away the dry patches and flakes so your moisturizer can sink in better and more effectively penentrate the skin for maxiumum hydration as well get rid of flakey patches. Check out my post all about exfoliating here!
Moisturizer
A thick, more hydrating moisturizer is best for dry skin. It’s like a comforting hug to the skin when your skin is flakey, tight and dry! 
Don’t be afraid of oils and serums! Oils like Josie Maran’s Argan Oil (any pure 100% argan oil will do) or Tarte’s Maracuja Oil is GREAT for dry skin because it absorbs quickly to moisturize on the spot. Serums with ingredients like retinol and vitamin C work well on dry skin.
Some great moisturizers for dry skin are First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream, Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion Ultra Hydrating for Dry and Sensitive Skin, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Eucerin Calming Creme, Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin & Clinique Moistuire Surge for Dry to Very Dry Skin.
Primer

Silicone like primers that smooth over the skin are great for covering dry, peeling patches so your foundation goes on more smooth and doesnt grip onto any dry patches. Primers like Smashbox Photofinish or a cheaper alternative like Monistat Chafing Gel work wonders! I know, I know Monistat Chafing Gel on the face? Trust me it works if youre on a budget.

Using light reflecting, luminous primers will add a glow under foundation if you your skin is looking a little dull. Try primers like Loreal True Match Magic Lumi Primer, MAC Strobe Cream, Tarte Clean Slate Brightening Primer, etc.

Powder

If you have dry skin, skipping powder is usually the best option to keep a dewy, hydrated look. However if you want to use powder go for a powder like Maybelline Fit Me, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural or translucent powders! These powders are light weight and not too matte. Translucent powders are great because they are SUPER silky so they don’t accentuate dry patches and make you look cakey.

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams

When it comes to foundations you want one that adds a glow to the skin, moisturizes and a formula that blends smoothly. A foundation that is too matte and dry can cling onto the dry patches making them look more noticeable and cakey. Also, don’t be afraid to try “mature” foundations that have claims like good for wrinkles and etc, they are great for dry skin because they are moisturizing and blend like a dream.

Try foundations like

  • Loreal Magic Lumi
  • Loreal Visible Lift
  • Revlon Colorstay for dry/normal skin
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin
  • Cover FX Total Cream
  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream
  • Garnier BB Cream
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme
  • Chanel Vitalumiere 
  • Lancome Tient Miracle 
Setting Sprays

A setting spray after all your makeup is complete will help the makeup melt into your skin and look less powdery and add an overall more hydrated finish. Some setting sprays like Urban Decay All Nighter will help your makeup last longer, sort of like a spray on primer, however some setting sprays like MAC Fix Plus, ELF’s Setting Spray, NYX Dewy Finish, Evian Finishing Spray, etc will only add a hydrated look.

Highlighters

Using a powder, cream or liquid highlighter on the cheek bones will add a luminous glow to the skin. You can even mix liquid highlighters like MAC Luster Drops, Loreal Magic Lumi Primer or Benefit High Beam with foundation on the back of your hand to create a more luminous foundation. Some great powder highlighters are MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana, Hard Candy Tiki (sold at Walmart), Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls, Lorac Perfectly Lit and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer!

Check my Oily Skin 101 post!

Makeup Storage 101

Wether your makeup collection is big or small, we all need a place to put it! Here are examples of different makeup organization ideas for all collection sizes and all budgets :)

Acrylic/clear drawer organizers

These are popular because you can see the products in them and look very sleek. They tend to be on the pricier side of makeup organizers. You can find these from places like Muji, Original Beauty Box, Sherrie Blossom or Amazon.com. 

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Lori Grenier Spinning Tabletop Cosmetic Organizer.

This is great for easily accessible makeup and brushes. Holds lipsticks, mascara, eyeliner or brushes at the top and powder & liquid in the compartments. You can buy it on QVC or Amazon.com for $30!

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Small Plastic Drawers

I started out storing my makeup in these small platic drawers you can find in the office section at places like Walmart, Target, etc. They are great for beginners or those on a budget because they are very affordable! 

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Large Drawers

For a larger collection tall plastic, metal or wooden drawers hold large amounts of makeup or beauty products. Ikea makes many different large drawer units. 

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You can seperate products inside the small or large drawer units with little crate dividers you can find at places like the dollar store. You can even use utencil dividers sold in the kitchen department! 

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Train Cases

Train cases are great for those who may not use makeup every day to store away or for traveling makeup for vacation or makeup artists. You can find basic train cases at places like Ulta, Sephora, Target, Walmart, etc. For more advanced train cases for makeup artists try places like Zuca or Yazmo!

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Brush Storage

You can fill up clear cups, vases, jars, etc with beads, sand, etc and place your brushes in them so they don’t move around & stay put. You can organize them by foundation, eye, cheek, etc.

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Lipgloss/Lipstick holders

You can store lip products in lipstick holders from places like Ebay and Amazon. Some can hold up to 50 lipsticks! 

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How to Get Smaller Pores

When an excess amount of oils and dirt are clogged into your pores they become enlarged. Unfortunately there is no one trick that you can do to solve big pores for life. However, you can make them appear smaller and tighter through a good skin care routine and with a few makeup tricks!

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Way to shrink your pores through skincare

  • Pores can become bigger when they are filled with dirt, oil and makeup so make sure to wash your face properly! Day and Night, twice a night if youre wearing a lot of makeup. Use a makeup remover wipe to take off the makeup, then use a face wash to cleanse your face and clean out the pores.
  • After wash your face, rinse with cold water or even use an ice cube, this will help tighten the pores.
  • Baking Soda. You can create a baking soda mask at home mixing 2 TB of baking soda and 2 TB of warm water and make your own DIY pore shrinking mask! Baking Soda also helps fight acne. 
  • Exfoliating. You want to make sure to use a face scrub to exfoliate once to twice a week. Exfoliating will help unclog pores as well as make your overall skin feel more smooth, help with acne, make your skin more radiant and help your skin care work more effectively. Exfoliation is vital for skin health!
  • Toner. A face toner applied after face wash and before moisturizer with a cotton ball have many pore shrinking properties. Toners also help remove any makeup you have missed as well as deep clean your pores. Some great toners are Murad Clarifying Toner, Witchazel, Nuetrogena Pore Refining Toner, Olay Oil Minimizing Toner, La Roche Posay Effaclar Toner, Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning toner or Simple Soothing Facial Toner (for sensitive skin).
  • Clay Masks. Clay masks draw out oil and water from your skin so you are less oily and your pores are smaller. 

Ways to shrink your pores through makeup

  • Face Primer! A foundation primer like Benefit Porefessional, Smashbox Photofinish primer, or a cheaper option Monistat Anti Chafing Gel (sounds weird, trust me it works) will help fill in and smooth over your pores making your skin texture more even. Once you apply makeup over your primer your skin will look poreless and airbrushed!
  • Using a flat top foundation brush. Using a flat top kabuki brush for foundation works best because you can pat and press the foundation into your skin instead of just swiping back and fourth. By using a patting technique you can press the makeup into the skin to hide the pores, instead of just swiping makeup over them which wont help conceal them as much. Pressing/patting your face powder into the skin helps as well! Some of my favorite flat top foundation brushes are the Sigma F80,Sonia Kashuk Flat Top brush (sold at Target), Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffing brush & ELF’s Flat Top brush sold at Target! You can find some at Sephora too.
  • Stay away from super shimmery products like highlighter and shimmery blushes they draw attention to your pores and make them look bigger. 
  • Don’t cake up the powder, too much powder can make your pores look larger and your skin look cakey.

Check out more of my makeup and skin care tips here! :)

Powder: Less is more!

Too much powder can make your foundation look cakey and thick. No one’s skin is naturally super matte or powdery so too much powder is an obvious sign that one is wearing face makeup.

Powder does help your foundation last longer so if you have oily skin I would still recommend using a light layer of powder on parts of your face where your skin can get oily like on your nose and cheeks.

Instead of using a super matte powder try a more natural looking powder that will give a satin finish like MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural or Maybelline Fit Me powder. :)

The most naturally looking powder on the market is translucent powder, a white loose (sometimes pressed) powder that applies clear/translucent. I’m a huge translucent powder hoarder I use it every day because it not only sets your makeup like a traditional powder but it’s much more silky & finely milled so it looks airbrushed on your face and has blurring properties making your pores look smaller and your overall skin look more smooth. Translucent powder is also great at keeping your face shine & oil free. Beware if you apply too much it can cause a white flash in flash photography. Some of my favorite translucent powders are Makeup Forever HD powder, MAC Prep & Prime, Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing powder, NYC Translucent powder & ELF HD powder.

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Check out more makeup tips here! :)

How To Get Your Foundation To Look Flawless

Here are some tips to get a flawless face! :)
Moisturize before foundation.
  • You want to apply foundation on freshly moisturized skin because applying foundation on dry skin can look flakey and cakey. Moisturizer will help the foundation blend & sit on the skin better!
Primer.
  • A primer is applied after moisturizer and before foundation. A primer glides over your skin, pores, acne, etc creating a barrier between your skin and your makeup. A primer acts a second skin by smoothing over any imperfections to make your skin look more smooth and even. Smoothing primers like Benefit Porefessional, Tarte Clean Slate Poreless, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base, Loreal Studio Secrets Professional Base, ELF’s Mineral Primer or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer will all have smoothing, perfecting effects. 
Translucent powder.
  • Translucent powder is a super silky white powder that applies clear/translucent all over your face after your pressed powder or after foundation. It not only helps keep your foundation on longer and controls oils but also has “blurring” effects and almost airbrushes your face because the powder is so finely milled. MAC, Makeup Forever, Tarte & ELF all make great translucent powders.
Exfoliating your skin.
  • Using a face scrub or an exfoliating product once to twice a week will make your skin smooth and even ready for makeup application. Exfoliating your skin has many benefits which I explain in my post on exfoliation here.
Don’t look too matte!
  • Use a highlighter on your cheekbones or a setting spray to take away any powdery look. A super matte, powdery look can accentuate pores and dry patches and look too fake/cakey because no one’s skin looks like powder. If youre an oily skin gal like me I know powder is a must, so just don’t over do it & apply a light layer. Translucent powder is best because it looks more  natural and flawless but still helps control shine.
The right foundation brush.
  • My personal favorite brush to achieve a flawless face is a flat top foundation brush. It really buffs & blends the foundation into your skin instead of the foundation just sitting ontop your skin skin. Sonia Kashuk (sold at Target), ELF (sold at Target), Coastal Scents & Sigma all make my favorite ones! I also really like Real Technique’s Expert Face brush for foundation sold at Ulta and some Walmarts and Targets. Makeup sponges like the Beauty Blender work great too! image

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Oily Skin 101

As a fellow oily skin gal, let me share a few tips and products I use to help with oily skin!

Skin Care for oily skin  

  • Toner. Toner is a liquid you apply with a cotton ball all over your face to help control oils, clarify skin, treat acne, etc. Different toners have different claims and uses but generally they help with acne and controlling oil. You apply a toner after washing your face and before moisturizer. My favorite toner is Murad Clarifying toner, but great affordable options are Witchhazel or drugstore toners like Neutrogena Pore Refining toner! :)
  • Moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisturizer! The less hydrated your skin is the more oils it will produce to try to balance out the skin. For the day time stick with a light weight moisturizer, an oil controlling moisturizer is best. Moisturizer will also help your foundation go on smoother, blend easier, and look less cakey. Some great moisturizers for oily skin are Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Boots 7 Oil Control Lotion (sold at Target), Murad Oil Control Moisturizer (my personal favorite), Cetaphil Oil Control moisturizer, Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer or Clean & Clear Mattifying Finishes.
  • Clay Masks. Clay masks can be used once to twice a week to help shrink pores and control oils. One of my favorite masks is Queen Helen’s Mint Julep Mask sold super cheap at drugstores!
  • Exfoliation. Exfoliation is vital for good skin health. Exfoliation will help shrink pores, keep acne away, create a smooth skin texture and keep your pores clear and clean which will help with controlling oils! Check out my post on exfoliation here.
Makeup for oily skin
  • Primer. Primer acts like a layer of glue between your moisturizer and foundation, primer helps keep foundation on your face longer by giving your foundation something to stick to. Primer also has other benefits such as making your skin texture more smooth & flawless by creating a thin layer all over your skin under foundation, good for large pores! There are different primers for different skin types, so not ALL primers will work for you, primers that claim to be oil controlling, makes your foundation last all day, etc are the ones to go for! Try primers like Smashbox Photofinish Light (white formula), Clinique Pore Refining Solutions, MAC Oil Control, or a cheaper alternative such as Phillip’s Milk Of Magnesia. Phillip’s Milk Of Magnesia isnt a “beauty product” but it’s an amazing affordable primer & reeeally helps with oily skin!
  • Foundation. There are many foundations for different skin types, not every foundation will work on oily skin. Some might even make your skin much more oily! Sticking to foundations that claim to be matte, long wearing, etc are ones targeted for oil skin. Some great foundations for oily skin are Estee Lauder Double Wear, Revlon Colorstay, Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, NARS Sheer Matte, Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation.
  • Powder. Setting your foundation with powder is crucial for helping your makeup last all day. Powder will keep your makeup from sliding off your face. Pressing the powder into your skin with a brush rather than swirling all over your face will give you the most coverage and will control oils better. Powders like Makeup Forever Duo Matte, MAC Blot Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte or Maybelline Dream Matte will be the most control controlling. Translucent powders are amazing at controlling oils as well. Translucent powders are white powders that apply clear, they provide no extra coverage but are incredible at making your foundation last longer and makes your skin look more flawless because translucent powders have blurring properties. Usually I apply my regular pressed powder lightly all over my skin and then apply my translucent powder after. You can do one or the other but I prefer to use both for extra oil control :)
  • Setting sprays. Setting sprays will also help your makeup last longer as well as make your makeup look less cakey by taking away any dry, powdery look. Setting sprays create a thin barrier around your foundation, powder, blush, etc so sweat, head, oils, etc won’t mess up your makeup. You can apply setting sprays before and after makeup for extra protection. I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter after my primer then again after all my makeup is complete.

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