Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The best make-up advice I've ever received

Can we just spend some time talking about beauty products? Because sometimes that's all I want to do. I can't actually do anything cool with make-up or else I'd have my own Youtube channel, but we can't all be winners.

Won't even lie, though--sometimes when I'm alone in the bathroom, I pretend I'm doing a tutorial and I think of the advice I'd give. (And then I remind myself that my boyfriend's sleeping in the next room and he might think it's weird if he hears me talk-whispering to myself about my eyeliner technique.)

1. SET THAT MAKE-UP


I don't actually use setting powders to go back over my entire face after my foundation is on because I don't subscribe to the theory that you should put five layers of shit on your face every day, but setting powders are a godsend for keeping your winged liner in place.

Or any heavy liner. Brush some under your eye and right above your crease (i.e. the point on your eyelid where eyeliner tends to travel) and you can stop that nonsense in its tracks.


2. EMPLOY THE CREASE BRUSH


If you haven't tried to use a make-up brush to apply make-up, you need to buy a crease brush stat. They will absolutely change the way you do your eye make-up. Does that sound dramatic? Well it's supposed to be. That's how amazing crease brushes are.

If you've wondered how some people get their eye make-up to have so much depth and that perfect gradual shading, it's the result of a crease brush. Unless they have magic fingers.


3. SUCK IN, DON'T SMILE


I'm always second-guessing whether I'm wearing too much blush or not so applying it to the cheekbones while sucking in--not smiling--really helps keep it from looking clownish.


4. USE NON-PENCIL EYELINER


If you don't think you're good at applying eyeliner but you've only tried pencil or liquid liners, you need to buy an angled brush and some cake, cream or gel eyeliner. The brush will allow for way more precision than a pencil and the color will go on dark from the get-go, which sometimes isn't the case with cheaper eyeliner pencils.


The Make-Up Store makes my favorite cake eyeliner ever. It goes on dark, stays in place and doesn't dry out during the day and get flaky like gel and cream liners sometimes do.


5. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS WEAR EYE PRIMER


The most important thing about eye primers is that they help to make your eyeshadow stay on way longer than without them. And on top of that, they'll stop the shadow from creasing. OH AND ANOTHER THING: They're good at bringing out the true color of your eyeshadow, so you get more pigment.

You don't want to put them on too thick though and you'll need to give it a chance to settle into your skin or else the eyeshadow might not blend as nicely.


6. APPLY MASCARA TO YOUR BOTTOM LASHES


I feel like putting mascara on your bottom lashes was a HUGE NO-NO when I was in high school, but now I'm thinking it was simply discouraged because no one knew what the fuck they were doing. (And we all know when done improperly, it looks like spidery shit.)

But I've found--especially when doing a bright-eye, simple look--that putting mascara on the bottom lashes can really nicely emphasize your eyes. Sometimes when I feel like I've used too heavy a hand, I just take a damp q-tip and run it under the lashes, which works to break them up and get rid of excess mascara. 


7. MIX ILLUMINATOR WITH FOUNDATION


I didn't actually know this was a thing until someone in the comments section of a blog I read mentioned it, but apparently to get the extra dewy look, some make-up artists mix illuminator with foundation. I'm so into dewy finishes that I'd rather my face look greasy than matte, so this is pretty much my favorite, new piece of advice.

Haven't really perfected it yet, but it's a dream I have.


8. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, DO THE CAT-EYE


You know when you have a favorite flavor of something, and you decide to be adventurous and go for something new and then you regret not just going for your old stand-by? That's how I feel whenever I don't do a cat-eye.

Don't feel bad if you have to tug at your eye to do it. I've been doing this look for a good two years and I'm just now getting to the point where I can get a good angle without pulling at my eye.

The look takes practice, but Chloe Morello has a good tutorial for beginners:


Now it's your turn to tell me your best make-up advice. GO.

7 comments:

  1. Okay I have to admit, when I'm in the bathroom doing my makeup I completely act like I'm filming a tutorial too haha. I keep telling myself I'm not crazy and I'm just practicing for whenever I actually start a youtube channel lol.

    I like that you included videos with each tip. I agree with the crease brush, it makes smokey eyes a lot easier. As for setting powder, I used to set my makeup with mac studio fix powder, but lately I've been skipping that step. I don't know if it's the heat or my foundation, but that extra step was making my skin too dry/flakey so I've been skipping it.


    The best make up advice I've gotten recently has been to wait between 15-30 minutes to apply foundation after applying moisturizer. Before I'd just slather on moisturizer and apply my foundation with a beauty blender right after, but now I wait about 20 minutes and it gives me skin enough time to absorb the moisturizer :)


    Z.

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  2. Omg, I don't know what any of these things are! My eyeshadow (if I use a lot) always seems to relocate to the crease of my eyelid by the end of the day. Do I need setting powder or eye primer? Or both, and then which goes on first?

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  3. I have started putting mascara on my bottom lashes recently and i've no joke thought a few times, is this wrong? if it's wrong, i don't want to be right ;)

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  4. Oooh yeah, I've heard you're supposed to do that! But I've never had enough discipline to wait. I think ideally you're supposed to wait after you put primer on too. I'll have to try it on the weekend when I'm not in a rush or anything.

    And let's just agree to start our own youtube beauty channels in the next year, because clearly we were born for it.

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  5. Haha, go for eye primer! They'll stop shadows from creasing/fading. One of the most popular is probably the primer potion from Urban Decay. I think it's like $20 something but it lasts forever. I only use the setting powder on my eyes when I have heavy black eyeliner and I don't want it to travel around my eye.

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  6. Thank you! I felt like a pro when I figured out how to use eye shadow and not just liner, but there's sooo many other products out there!

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