Hi! I am 27 but just really getting into make up and being girly. It's never too late, right? I am not sure if you're already done a review of this, but I wanted to know your thoughts on Bare Minerals foundation? I have combination skin and definitely get oily on the Tzone during the day. Would you recommend Bare Minerals?
I’ve used Bare minerals and their matte foundation is not bad but I think you can get equally good stuff at half the price from everydayminerals.com. I like that they have 3-4 finishes and tons of undertones to match every skin.
If you prefer not to shop online and want to try B.M. still then make sure you get the matte foundation and not the regular which can look shiny because it contains bismuth oxychloride. this is also an ingredient which causes some people to itch.
Long Makeup FAQ List: Acne, Facial Hair, Spring Makeup, Yellow Foundations and Makeup for Down-turned Eyes!
have you ever answered the questions in your follower interview yourself? please do if you haven’t, it’d be interesting! thanks :)
I have actually! It’s in the lower section of the page here. :D
Do you have any tips for facial hair. and long sideburns. I have a tad bit of alot along my upper lip, but you can only see it up close. And I’m not going to shave it, it will just grow back longer. and if I wax if, That will be the lightest part on my face, even if make-up will cover it up. It will still come back. Will I just have to keep waxing it?
There are 4 ways to get rid of facial hair;
Shaving - Not recommended. It doesn’t actually grow back thicker, but the blunt tips of each hair shaved strand WILL be more visible than when a new strand grows out. Plus, you don’t really want your boyfriend to feel any stubble when you smooch.
Waxing/Tweezing - Effective, relatively cheap, lasts quite awhile. I use this method. It really lasts for at least a couple of weeks in most cases but you’re right. You will need to re-wax every once in awhile. Your skin will not actually be whiter unless you had so much hair that your skin was not tanning properly in those areas. Waxing it regularly will end this problem. (Not good if you have very sensitive skin though.)
Bleaching - You can buy facial hair bleaching creams in drugstores, but I don’t like the thought of using bleach around the lip area because my lips are so sensitive. You WILL need to touch up and re-bleach quite often as the roots will grow back dark and can end up looking like stubble if you’re not careful.
Electrolysis: The most expensive, but only permanent way to get rid of hair at the moment. You’ll need to go to an aesthetician for this as it involves zapping the roots of your hairs and “killing” them so they never grow again.
Going for the 20’s doe-eyed (down-turned eye) look instead of trying to fight it!
you should post springy makeup!!
I just did, and I’ll be doing more! Stay tuned!
Your skin is amazingly clear, what products do you use?
Actually I just recovered from a bad breakout a week ago (PMS sigh), so I don’t have perfect skin all the time! The rest of the time I do use some products to help keep things as clear as possible. The list is here!
Hey(: so I have to go to my brothers first communion and Im 14 and I need natural makeup (: please helpp
Keep it very simple and pretty, with some definition around the eyes. Tutorial here!
hello :) do you have any relatively inexpensive, good foundations to recommend? I’ve got skin that’s a lot yellower than yours, plus awful acne which got worse recently - which means a lot of redness on my cheeks. Help! ):
i have a question about red cheeks. i have an olive skin tone and i never get sunburned except when it gets really hot, my cheeks get extremely red, i was wondering what i could do to cover it up without using a heavy concealer.
everydayminerals.com has powder foundations that come in very specific golden or olive undertones for those who have extremely yellow-toned skin. The coverage is actually very good, and the products are also very affordable, and fantastic for troubled skin because it contains no active chemicals, and service is great! You can also get a green corrector to apply on red areas UNDER powder foundation, and it will neutralize the redness.
What is the easiest why to do the cat eye look and make it stay. I love using black eyeliner but it doesn’t always stay, half way through my day it will look like a mess~
Wow That Color Pink Is So Pretty I Want One Now. How Would I Be Able To Get One Like That ?
You can get it at Barrym.com! They ship internationally.
I really like to wear red lipstick but my boyfriend likes to kiss me all the time and then I have to re-apply it. Are there any cheap drug store lipsticks that are smudge proof that you like?
That’s tricky! I think you’d need to use a lip stain rather than a lipstick in order for it to be totally smudge-proof. Try Revlon or Maybelline’s lip stains in a cherry-red shade! It’s not going to look as strong as regular lipstick but it’s better to having him wear it along with you!
Hi! Can you do a makeup tutorial for girls wearing a red dress to prom? Or, well, I have no idea what to do for makeup or how to apply makeup for prom/pictures especially w/ the idea of wearing a red dress. Thanks in advance!
You have 2 options depending on the style of your dress and whether you prefer to play up your eyes or your lips:
Go with a red lip that matches your dress. (Try NYX, Maybelline or Revlon as they have many good reds.) This looks very striking with a red dress, but you’d really need to go out there and find something that matches! You can keep the rest of your face very clean, with just a little mascara and black liner, and a bit of pink/peach blush.
Go for a dark, smoky eye using black or dark brown shadows and keep your lips very nude (Revlon Soft Nude or NYX Circe are affordable nudes to get). This gives you a more “mod”, sultry look.
Would you recommend a good brow powder? And how to apply it properly? Im a beginner :| Thank you very much in advance! :)
I actually use a matte taupe brown shadow like MAC Concrete as a brow powder but you can use any brand. The trick is to go for something slightly lighter and more grey than your hair.
Follow this step-by-step and avoid Step 5 UNLESS you really want to thicken up your brows.
Hi. i am a teenage girl with moderate acne. i have a couple breakouts but i get them frequently and it always leaves dark spots. My spots do fade but some dont go away completely. your skin looks flawless and i was wondering if there is any hope for me to have clear skin again. i have just started getting acne recently but i am so insecure about it. my skin is pretty oily as well. could you please tell me if you ever struggled with acne and how bad. i would like some hope that this will pass
I understand totally. My acne will leave marks, and so will insect bites, and pretty much anything that causes inflammation in my skin, and sometimes it gets SO frustrating trying to have one thing heal and another spot pop up.
I actually went to a dermatologist for medication twice, and he told me there are 2 periods in a woman’s life when she would be prone to breakouts. Once during puberty and once when she is near 30. Your hormones change, which cause your sebaceous glands to get reactive and over-produce oil.
GOSSMAKEUPARTIST has a video on how he cured his serious acne but it’s quite a harsh way to do it. I don’t suggest this for everyone, but it works for some.
I know how depressing it can be to deal with it constantly, so if it’s really affecting you emotionally and you want to avoid Wayne Goss’s very harsh method, I highly recommend making an appointment at the dermatologist for a consultation to see if he/she recommends oral antibiotics, topical treatments, or stronger temporary medication like Isotretinoin (this worked for me). A lot of times, this actually saves you more money and stress over the long term, instead of buying product after product to try and fix your skin.
I think that your blog is amazing! I see that your really good at defining colors and putting them together. I am a brown skin girl and i’m really having trouble figuring out a natural eye and lip?? I also was wondering if you knew a way to make your eyebrows look perfect!?? :)
Eyebrow tutorial is above! Rest of tips below!
I really need your help! Im a young african american woman and I am having a hard time finding makeup that could compliment my skin. I want to start wearing concealer, bronzer, and eyeshadow. I wear NC50 for MAC.
For makeup to get a natural eye and lip for brown skins, I actually think you can afford to go for shimmers (no obvious glittery bits!) instead of matte browns and neutrals. This will stand out and look much more beautiful on deeper skin tones.
For a simple eye and lip look, this tutorial would very likely be gorgeous on a darker skin tones. Go for warmer, stronger browns, bronzes and coppers like Maybelline Eye Studio in Copper Chic, rather than typical grey-toned taupes which can look quite dull against deeper skins.
For the lips, sheer frosty pink, bronze, beige, coral lipsticks tend to bring out the contours beautifully (unless your lips are tinier, like mine, in which case it doesn’t really work…), and pop visually as a layer of sheen over very pigmented lips. NYX has a lot of beautiful frosty shades for very affordable prices so you can get a whole bunch to experiment!
For the cheeks, trust me - it’s much prettier to get a nice strong fuchsia or coral-red blush (e.g. NYX Pinky / Cinnamon blushes) to give you a soft pop of color on the cheeks rather than to search high and low for the perfect shade of bronzer.
hi hi! I saw some acne stuff floating around- my question is: I was gifted a Velocity Cleanser and moisturizer sample set whilst being dragged to a Mary-Kay party. Before I buy the other sizes, is it a good product for combo skin/prone-to-breakouts skin? (it seem gentle so far, 3 days) In fact, is Mary-Kay stuff good at all? :O my friends have been hypnotized! P.S. I love your awesome blog and pinterest~
I can’t really speak from personal experience as I haven’t tried Velocity, but so far, all the reviews I’ve read on it seem to indicate it’s pretty good for problem skin! As with all products, there will be a few people who react badly to it, but I would say if you haven’t had any bad reactions to it after 3 days of use, just continue and let us know if it’s worth buying!
Any tips on getting mascara off without taking your eyelashes out?
I have just ONE tip. Get an oil-based makeup remover that emulsifies with water (like the Shu Uemura ones). All you need to do is gently massage to break down everything, including waterproof mascara. Then rinse with water. Period.
No rubbing with cotton pads and tissue, no tugging at lashes to remove tube mascara….
Affordable cleansing oils don’t seem to easy to obtain outside of Asia though. :/ Check out your local Korean beauty shop to see if they might carry any makeup remover oils there!
How do I make my revolon colorburst in Fushia look like yours? Yours looks incredibly bright and hot pink, but I bought it for that reason and it looks very dark, too dark for my face :(.
You are probably a good deal paler than I am! Also note that I’m taking the pictures with a white lamp in front of me, so the color will look like it does in the bright daylight more than it does in yellow or in-door lighting. If you want to brighten it up a bit, apply the thinnest possible layer of concealer over your lips (or a lip primer that is flesh colored) and let it set for a bit before you apply the lipstick.
How do you make lipstick or lipgloss last long? I have to apply mine every hour, maybe an hour and a half if I’m lucky. This is without eating, drinking, and barely talking. I wear lip liner with it, mattee the edges like you’ve said in a preverious post, and “kiss” off the moisture onto a tissue. I don’t get it! :(
Is this happening EQUALLY for both lipsticks and lip glosses? And does your lip liner also wear away?
It’s hard to tell what might be happening, but my guess is that you probably have a tendency to unintentionally fiddle with your lips a lot more than you notice; this means pursing , pressing your lips together, licking them, rolling them against each other, chewing them, or even touching them with your fingers without noticing.
In general, I don’t like lip glosses for daily wear because they don’t stay shiny for more than about 2 hours tops, before the emollients sort of sink into your lips or wear off, but it usually does not disappear or fade quickly for at least about 2 hours either.
Try this experiment if you haven’t; coat your ENTIRE lips with liner and then apply your regular lipstick with a lip brush, and then blot and reapply. If in an hours’ time, your lip liner is also gone, then you are probably fiddling with your lips unknowingly!
If you don’t see an answer to your question here, it’s because the post is too long and I have to keep them for another FAQ post!
Hello, what blush/bronzer would you recommend for someone with pale skin?
My favorite bronzer is actually MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in a shade 2 tones deeper than the one that matches my skin color! It’s one of those matte-but-not-flat powders that is perfect for contouring/bronzing and doesn’t ever look too dark, too red or too muddy, ESPECIALLY if you are very pale.
i love following this blog but idg why you support lime crime. there are so many negative things out there about the company, how they do business and how their products are created. there are a few honest reviews on youtube about their products that suggest they aren't as good as their photos try to claim they are, too. the proof is there if you do a simple search. i want to think this blog is a bit more reputable than that.
Hi! I believe this post will explain my stand on these things. But then I’m sure you’ve read it before.
I understand everyone has their opinion on these things, but somehow every other person who seems to be on a crusade against various brands always posts anonymously, using different pseudonyms and claiming to be my follower, instead of allowing a mature and private response to clarify my stand.
I do not enjoy responding to these questions publicly because this is not what my blog is about and somehow highlighting it just gives certain topics attention that they don’t really deserve. This is not a blog on whether I agree with certain brand philosophies. It’s about makeup I enjoy, tips and tutorials to help those who want to explore different looks and products. I talk about things that work by my own standards. I do not claim that everyone will love them equally or that they should.
I take close-ups so people can decide independently if they like the textures and colors of every product I use, and I give tips to help people make products perform better.
Let’s stop making a mountain out of a molehill.
This is a hobby site, and I do not get paid to say good things about any brand. I’m not here to defend or vilify anyone because it’s purely about products - NOT people. As you mentioned, there’s already a lot of information out there on the internet that others can read about to make their own decisions, and I credit everyone with the maturity and intelligence to form their own opinions.
This is not a political blog or a hater’s blog, and it is not a platform for others’ personal crusades against things and people they dislike. I do not appreciate emotional blackmailing in the form of saying I’m in any way disreputable when I like certain products because I have a right to form my own opinions, and so do the rest of my readers.
When I say I dislike a product, I am not making a personal criticism of people who DO happen to like it. To each their own.
I don’t think ANYONE here should be pressured into feeling guilty about liking something I don’t, and I respectfully request that the same respect be due me.
hi, what websites do you recommend for buying makeup online, specifically ones that will ship to Australia?
Hi I definitely recommend the below list.
All ship internationally and have good customer service.
In general remember USPS is always the better option for international rates because it’s sometimes half the price of Fedex but places like nonpareilboutique and allcosmeticswholesale charge higher rates for the same weight than beautyjoint etc so be aware when buying brands like NYX that are available on multiple sites.
1. Beautyjoint.com: elf, Milani, NYX
2. Beflurt.com: NYX, discounted high-end brands like Nars, Too Faced and Laura Mercier
6. barrym.com: Lip paints!! I love these; the colors are so strong and they’re so affordable. Check out the eye dusts and lip pencils too. (UK shipping is slightly more expensive than from US sites in general.)
For higher-end products I often shop from:
7. Allcosmeticswholesale.com: limited edition and discontinued MAC products
8. Limecrimemakeup.com: the lipsticks are fantastic and shipping is free internationally if you spend above a certain amount.
9. beautybay.com [update thanks to sweetaholic-beauty] : Free international shipping for specialty brands such as Mario Badescu, Dr Sebagh, etc. Amazing!! I’m going to have to check this out.
These aren’t the only places that ship internationally of course. I haven’t checked out Sleek makeup, etc so I can’t say. If anyone has more to recommend reply to this and let us know which you like!
I also just want to add to the person who was talking about their acne- a lot of medications start out by expelling all of the grime and whatnot in your pores. So if they wait it out a few weeks the acne might go away because that happens a lot of the time. Sorry for the random message, but just an input. (:
I have never really had acne before. Just a few small pimples here and there. I work in fast food, so I make sure I really get my skin in the shower so the grease doesn't make me break out. But I started using proactiv on my shoulders and my face and it only made me break out. I'm going to see my girlfriend for spring break and I don't want to have acne. What can I do?
From time to time, stress or hormonal changes can cause us to break out. It’s happened to me when I was changing jobs, when I was nearing 30 (hormonal changes cause some women to start breaking out around this age) and also when I used something too strong for my skin.
From what you described, seems like you started using Proactiv BEFORE you started breaking out so the entire regimen is probably too strong for your skin and it’s over-reacting by getting inflamed at every little thing (including little clogs that normally don’t cause problems.)
It’s always best to add new products one by one and apply in small doses until you know you can tolerate it well. If you’re using the Proactiv cleanser, stop. The scrubbing combined with drying antibiotics may be too much for your skin.
I suggest going to a derm for a quick check to see if they might prescribe a niacinamide or cortisone treatment, or even a cortisone jab to bring down inflammation (depending how bad the situation is).
if you already answered this, sorry, but could you recommend foundations and concealers that are really good? I have pretty good skin except when it gets hot outide my cheeks get super pink, so i want something that can cover that up, but i dont want heavy, cakey makeup. thanks again.
You might want to just use sensitive skin products from places like Clinique, or just add one thing that is specifically for controlling skin that gets flushed!
If you have good skin, a lightweight concealer with buildable coverage like MAC Select Coverup would be sufficient, and you should always try to match your skin tone unless you have very serious dark circles or spots to cover up.
For cheeks that get flushed, try something like Clinique’s Redness Solutions powder (they have a pressed version) that you can simply smooth on over red areas during the day, and this powder helps to calm your skin and cover the redness at the same time. (It’s not available in all countries outside of the US though, so do check with your local Clinique counter first.)
How can you tell what lipstick colors you're really getting? For example, I checked out some of the bright pink lipsticks you posted about the other day, and all the of bottoms and little pictures to show you what color it was were way darker than the pictures you posted, and I'd have never guessed it was super bright. So is there a way to tell so that doesn't happen with other shades? They were two TOTALLY different colors!
I know! It’s really hard to tell when shopping online, since many companies do not take actual pictures of products with consistent lighting and skin tones. Many times, they just take one single picture and use photo-editing to change the color digitally, and that can be really inaccurate.
[Image above: MAC Ruby Woo shown without swatches]
Sites like MAC will try to add descriptions (E.g. Snob is described as lady-like Mauve) but you will still not be able to really imagine with any accuracy how it’d look on your skin.
The best thing to do if you are considering colors online is to ALWAYS Google the product first. E.g. “Ruby Woo swatch" will show you the product worn on many skin tones by various people, sometimes swatched beside other lipstick colors so you can get a good idea how it looks.
I was wondering if you've ever ordered anything from beflurt? Just wondering because I'm often wary of "discount" make up websites, a lot of times they can be a scam. It's AMAZING if it's real, though! <3 LOVE your blog, btw!
I’m still considering which sets I want to get, but I’ll be placing an order soon. The team has been quite responsive and professional in my communications with them, and they’ve been operating for awhile, with all the requisite site systems and communications channels set up, so I definitely don’t get any sense that there’s anything shady about them.
(I’d say you need to be more wary if the shops are on eBay, etc. A scam/counterfeit-goods site generally does not last long enough to warrant setting up active and regularly-updated Tumblr, Youtube, Facebook, etc accounts and getting legitimate encryption for their site.)
Also, I originally heard about beflurt.com from Emilynoel83 on Youtube who recommended the site in one of her recent videos on budget makeup, so you be the judge on that!
If you’re still not sure, I’d recommend giving them a call at (877)717-0576 [Mon - Fri, 9AM - 6PM PST]. I’m sure they’d be happy to respond to your queries!
Lipstick FAQ and more: Barry M, MAC, Egyptian Magic, etc.
drugstore/ inexpensive pale/pinky lipsticks? I LOVE berry m 100 baby pink.. but they don’t see it or i cant get it in canada, thanks!
Barry M Baby Pink can be purchased online here! (I missed out the link when doing my Baby Pink lipstick post.) Otherwise, try Revlon Primrose. A friend was wearing it and it looked gorgeous.
I’m a makeup beginner when it comes to lipstick, but I reallyl want to give it a go! However, whenever I go to look for shades, I get a little lost! Creme, matte, frost, gloss, what does it all mean???? Could you please give a run-down of various lipstick words so I can make a good buying decision?
Here’s a very basic run-down!
Opaque: Can’t see your lip color under it
Glossy (below): Wet-looking finish. Glosses mostly come in a thick, runny, fluid form; in tubes or pots, and you often use a lip brush or finger to apply it.
Creme (below): Full coverage, creamy-feeling, but with no visible shimmery particles or glitter (below). Most lipsticks on the market are this texture as it is by far the favorite one for most women.
Frost/Metallic (below): Has an iridescent, glowing metal or pearl (below) finish. Frost lipsticks can give your lips more dimension (emphasize a pout or contour) and used to be really popular back in the 80s. Nowadays, it’s more popular in a lip gloss form than in a lipstick.
Glittery/Sparkly (below): Visible specks and sparks glimmering on the lips.
Matte (below): Dry surface texture without any shine (below). Mattes tend to look very intense because they contain a lot more pigment content and a lot less wax and oils than other lipsticks.
Satin (below)or Semi-matte: In-between creme/creamy and matte. Usually very high coverage and pigmentation, but has a little bit of shine on the surface compared to mattes. Many companies create mattes these days that are actually not completely shine-free, and they look more like satins.
do you have any tips for lipstick? like, what to look for when buying, how to apply, and how to keep it on? i’m new to this makeup thing… love your blog!
Thank you! Some general tips:
1. Take a look at the “glossary” above and see what sort of texture and coverage you are looking for first.
2. The lighter-colored and more sheer the product, the less work you need to do to make sure it is neat and precise.
3. The stickier the texture of a gloss, the more shiny and wet-looking it will stay on your lips.
4. If you have dry lips, stick with sheer, creme, glossy textures. Mattes and satins tend to be quite drying.
5. When swatching in the store, avoid anything that is streaky, patchy, uneven looking. If it looks bad on the back of your hand, chances are it’s going to look worse on your lips.
6. To see how a lip product is going to look on your lips (without trying on your lips), apply them onto the fleshy tips of your fingers. Because this area is usually a bit more pink/pale (depending on your ethnicity) it tends to be a better match to your lip color.
7. Dark, glossy colors have a tendency to “bleed” into cracks around your lip line (called “feathering”), and this can make your lips look fuzzy, messy, or downright older than they are. If you are wearing these types of shades, make sure you have a matching or clear liner applied below it and don’t apply your lip product beyond the liner.
8. If you like how some of the pale lip colors look but they just aren’t showing nicely on your lips, you may need to first apply a lip concealer or primer on to cover up the natural pigmentation of your lips. This allows the lip color to look even and stand out more.
Hello :) Have you ever used Egyptian Magic Cream? If not, what are your thoughts on it?
Hi I have actually. I’ve used it for over a year, and I quite like it. I don’t consider it a miracle cream, and I hate the kitschy, mambo-jumbo Marketing copy on the jar, but what you will find is a VERY effective emollient that can treat sensitive skin that cannot tolerate many compounds and chemicals in other products. This makes it suitable for flaky or eczema skin conditions, as well as use on children and babies.
The olive oil and royal jelly conditions, the propolis is antibacterial, and beeswax helps seal all that in. (Good if you have shallow scrapes or cuts.)
This is more of a skin salve than a cream though. You take a small amount in your fingers and it warms up and emulsifies into an oil as you rub it on, so you can use it for massages as well. I use it under the eyes, on lips, on heels and elbows, as well as cuticles.
Whether it is worth the $30++ price tag is something everyone will need to assess for themselves though. I definitely don’t think the ingredients warrant the price tag, but until I find something else that has the same ingredients for less dollars, I’d still say this is worth checking. The amount in the jar does last pretty long.
good nude but not to fake lipsticks? are there any that wont smudge as in if i kiss my boyfriend? (i want the pale lips with the dark eyes..)
If you want smudge-free nude lips, I think you’ll need to go for longwearing products that set and then don’t come off easily. You can try using a lip pencil as a lipstick (most brands will have a nude shade), or if you want a fuller coverage and a more creamy texture, something like MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Dress It Up. Just note that nothing is 100% smudge proof. These may not transfer if you lightly kiss someone, but if you rub it hard, they will still get smeared off.
Hi, I have been reading your blog for quite some time. I really love your tutorials where you attempted so many makeup styles, very beautiful and inspirational! I really like collecting makeups but I think the numbers have grown a lot in these two years. I’m wondering how you store your makeups and tools.
It’s a bit of a mess I think! I keep my things on open shelves in a shaded corner of my room (strong light and heat can spoil makeup faster) so I can see everything. You know how it is when you have a lot of makeup; if you don’t see it, you don’t use it.
So if you have glass cabinets or open shelves in sections of your room that are not very warm or bright, I recommend using those.
For brushes, I keep them in pen holders on my vanity so I can reach for them in the morning when I’m standing at the mirror. My frequently used skincare products are on that vanity shelf too.
But this is just the very first post I ever made on this blog, when I just reorganized my products, so I’m afraid the mess has grown considerably in the past year. There’s a lot more areas in my closets etc where I keep backups, pigments, etc, but the above is just an idea!
I don’t know if you answered this before but I am going to a MAC store soon (in the us) and I was wondering what products do you recommend me checking out?
It’s hard to recommend colors or textures because I don’t know whether you have oily skin or dry skin, whether you like color or subtle makeup, etc. But there are some things I think MAC does well in comparison with other brands, and that you can check out.
Most of their face powders
Lipsticks of course
Dazzleglasses (if you like sparkle)
Viva Glam collection (great lipsticks and a lip balm, 100% donated to charity!)
Fluidline (pot) liners
I like a lot more items than this of course (lipgloss, pigments, eye shadows), but sometimes I buy these just because they’re good and they’re readily available, and not because I can’t get equally good or more economical ones from other brands.
My name is Tara, I’m a 17 year old Australian beauty blogger with not much of a fanbase, but a huge love and collection of makeup
1. How would you describe your makeup style? (i.e. classic 40’s pin-up, etc.) I generally go for a casual look with mild inspiration from pin-up looks – I love doing winged eyeliner every day, and work my eye-shadow around my mood from that, and then add my lips!
2. Lipstick or Lipgloss? Mascara or false lashes? Lipstick for sure. I cannot handle it if my lips feel like there’s heaps on them! And mascara, false lashes just make me look so made up.
3. You are late for a hot date and you have not done your face. You have space for only 3 items in your purse and these are… Mascara, foundation, and red lippy. I can definitely deal with having no liner and shadow if I have a nice red lip :)
4. What is your biggest beauty challenge/hurdle? (e.g. applying blush without looking like a clown… applying liquid liner…etc) - Ooh, I’m not sure. I always seem to mess up my eyeliner or mascara by smudging it with my finger or something like that. And sometimes I can go a bit overboard with bronzer, i tend to stay away.
5. What beauty product do you have way too many of? - Lipstick and nail polish. A person cannot wear that much!
6. What are your beauty pet peeves? (List 1-3.) People who wear winged liner that can’t actually do it, but wear it out anyway. Practise at home until you get it, ladies. Also fits into the category of people who let their eyeliner smudge in their inner corner, ick! Unblended eye-shadow, and orange face come close.
7. Who is/are your favorite beauty icon(s)? Kristen Stewart. She’s so edgy but in such a nice way. Also, Katy Perry always flawlessly pulls off such fierce looks!
8. What beauty product do you regret buying in the past half year? (List 1-3; hopefully you don’t have too many…) I bought this one eyeliner that pretty much crackled off, which made me sad, but apart from that I only regret buying bad foundation.
9. What (1-3) items is/are on your current Beauty Wishlist? I want the Maybelline 10 hour lip stains, they look to die for! All the drugstore make up brands that we don’t have here, like elf and wet n wild, but apart from that, pretty much every lipstick in the store.
10. If you were an animal/creature, you would probably be a.. A cat, not only are they my favourite animal but just look at their eyes!
Candice: LOL… I totally get what you mean about wanting pretty much every lipstick in the store… (ok maybe not so much the frosty ones…)
can you give a small (or large!) tutorial on the liquid liner cat eye? not the runway super wild one, just something real and wearable but that will still make an impact. i’m going to a wedding tonight and i’d love to wear my make up that way. thanks so much!!
Liquid liner is usually considered the most difficult liner to work with, compared to pencils, powders and gels. But it does give the most intense, opaque and dramatic lines, so if that’s what you’re going for, the below might help make things just slightly easier.
Step 1: If you have oily lids, then no matter whether you’re wearing shadow or not, it’s best to apply primer and some powder onto the lids to keep them dry so your liner does not smudge or break down over the day.
(Shadow used: Grey/gold shade in the Wet n Wild Greed palette)
Step 2: This is the cheater’s way of doing it.
I use a black shadow and a small flat angled brush to draw in a guiding line first. This line should be parallel to the curve of your lower lash line, and almost look like an extension of it. This is where you adjust the angle and length of both eyes until you’re more or less satisfied that they’re even. A powder is easier to rub off and correct than a pencil.
DUMMIES’ TIP: Always draw THE EYE YOU ARE LESS COMFORTABLE WITH first (if you’re right handed, start with your left eye) as you can match the angle on your main-hand side much easier than if you did it the other way round.
Step 4: Clean off your liquid liner brush so that you have a minimal amount of liquid on your brush (or felt tip) and then go over the black powder flick carefully.
CHEATER’S TIP: Don’t worry about going all the way to the end. Just use a finger nail to scrape the base of the liquid liner and pull it outwards for that razor-sharp flick.
Step 5: Finish by drawing a very thin band of liquid liner from the inner corners outward in short strokes until it reaches the wing. If you make any mess, just quickly wipe it away with a finger before it dries.
Step 6: Slowly thicken the outer half of the line (from center of eye outwards) if you want a more dramatic, slanted wing. If you want a simple kitten flick, you only need to thicken it very slightly.
Last tip: Practise makes perfect! If you get comfortable using a felt tip, stick with felt tips. Brush tips are generally better for thinner and more precise lines, and felt tips better for overall control, but not as much precision.
Do you have any tips or advice on how I can make my blush to stay longer? It doesn't need to stay vibrant and fresh all day but I just wish it wouldn't disappear after a few hours. I also find it to be a hassle to touch it up and bringing a brush along with me it takes up space in my makeup bag. Thanks ever so much <3
This usually happens if the blush is very powdery (it does not contain any oils or emollients to help it cling to your skin) and your cheeks are normal or dry. The powder particles just sort of “fall off” over the day.
Do you wear anything under your blush to help it stay longer?
Some people use a cream blush under their powder blush as a base, but I personally find that makes the color too strong. What I prefer to do is to avoid applying any setting powder on my cheeks after I apply my foundation. Instead I use only blush on the cheek area, so the color has a bit of moisture from the base to stick to.
The other thing you can do is to spray your face with an alcohol-free toner or something like Urban Decay All-Nighter or MAC Fix+ spray after you finish your makeup. This also makes powder blush “set” into your base better if you have dry skin.
Hi, yes! You can apply them and then powder/mineral foundation on top. They will help the foundation to stay on better and help to protect and balance the skin as well, since powder foundations tend to wear off after awhile.
I don’t really recommend using them as a primer for other liquid foundations.
why dont you recommend putting liquid foundation on top of bb creams?
That’s because the moisture in another liquid product will break down the layer of BB cream you have below and mix both products, so you end up with a color that isn’t exactly a good match to your skin tone. Also, you don’t really need a separate BB Cream if you are using liquid foundation, since liquid foundation has no problem sticking to your skin in the first place.
When you apply a powder foundation on the other hand, you DO need a bit of a base for it to last longer, and powders set and sit on TOP of the BB cream. They do not mix into it, so they stay true to whatever shade they are originally.
bb creams are big with the asians, aren’t they? would they work on non-asians or would they just look a bit strange?
Yes, they’re huge in Asia, but actually I think a lot of the tones will suit pinker or more neutral skins more than olive Asian skins. BB creams are supposed to have originated in the west anyway!
The only skins that would not be suitable would probably be darker skins, as BB Creams tend to run quite light.