Could you use sealant for other things too? Like blush, because my blush never stays on long enough and always fades :/
If you are going to use it for blush, you’ll need to decant it into a spray bottle and spritz on lightly after blush application. I recommend adding a little toner into it rather than using it neat, as you don’t want your skin to feel uncomfortable.
You won’t be able to mix it into your blush the way you would an eye shadow, as your blush would go on way too strong!
hey was just wondering if you know of a dupe of mac's saint germain? i need a bright barbie pink that is blue toned and can't find one similar xx
The closest ever is Lime Crime’s Great Pink Planet, but I’m not sure if you are trying to look for a dupe due to price? If so then Lime Crime won’t be the option you are looking for.
Wet n Wild has a matte Megalast lipstick called 967 Dollhouse Pink which has the same tones but is just a bit deeper, so those of you who have more medium toned to deeper skin that find Saint Germain a bit too white will like this.
Hey (: One of my eyelids is much larger than the other and makes my eye look way smaller. Is there anyway I could use make-up to make the eyelids look even?
I get this sometimes, usually when I have a zit around or near the lid (ouch) and previously from puffiness.
Because it’s not extremely pronounced most of the time, what I do is to use a darker matte shadow to make the slightly bigger lid not so pronounced. For the smaller lid, you can extend the shadow past the crease so the overall outer shape of both eyes match. Then apply lots of mascara so the focus is not around the lid area.
But the faster and more effective way is to use lid glue or lid tape to alter where your bigger lid folds. I’m not sure if you can locate this where you are, but maybe check out ebay! (I’m guessing eyelash glue might work as well but I haven’t tried that!)
Just use the chart linked above to see how you need to adjust the smaller eye.
What do you consider complete don'ts in the steps of putting on makeup?
1. Don’t over-strip your skin: Most oil-absorbing primers, etc are just silicones or silica. They don’t really train your skin to produce less oil, so if you are also using acne medication AND an alcohol-containing toner together with those, it’s probably too harsh for your skin. For some people, this means more oil.
2. Don’t apply too much concealer: It’s tempting to want to layer and layer until you can’t see any sign of your blemish or dark circles anymore. Less is more. Let your concealer do 80% of the work and your setting powder do the rest. When you try to cover 100% with your concealer and then set it with a thick powder, you just end up with cakey makeup. (AND it’s a pain when you need to touch up.)
3. Don’t over-apply powder: If you can get away with just powdering the center of your face, do that. I prefer using a blotting sheet as a final step to set my face, as it removes excess moisture or grease but still leaves everything luminous rather than flat and matte.
Can’t over-emphasize how much I prefer blotting sheets to powder over the rest of the day as well. I only use powder maybe 6-7 hours into the day, when coverage has faded a bit and I need to add some pigment back in areas. If you want to keep things matte, it’s much better to use blotting sheets than to keep layering on more powder.
4. Don’t forget to comb out your lashes: This is just a personal pet peeve. I don’t like twig-like clumpy lashes, but I like them full and fluffy, so a clean, disposable mascara wand is my best friend. Hold it ABOVE your lashes and gently roll it outwards and upwards to grab any clumps and separate your lashes without removing too much length. Lash combs are so much harder to use, and never give the same effect.
5. Don’t only match your foundation and powder to your face. Check your neck, check your chest.
6. Don’t be afraid of strong lip colors. Don’t think that just because your lips are smaller, you should stick to soft nudes and pinks and keep the focus on your eyes. It emphasizes your lips, but don’t think you should only emphasize one particular type of lip shape. Some women with smaller mouths (Dita von Teese) have crafted their signature look around full-on red or deep rose. Sometimes it’s all you need to perk up your face without a whole lot of other makeup.
7. Don’t wear a pale shadow and skip a dark mascara. You will end up looking like you have no lashes from a distance, and that gives a rather rabbit-y sort of look to them. They’re lovely creatures but you don’t want to look like them. (Too much.)
8. Don’t drip with lip gloss. It might look nice in photos but for real life, it’s just way too much maintenance and way too much mess. If you’re layering them over lipstick, just a dab around the center is plenty. There’s only so much product your lips can take before it starts to goop and gunk in the corners, in the center, and worse, outside your lip line. If you’re wearing only gloss, try using a nude pencil beneath, or apply a layer all over, kiss a sheet of tissue and then reapply just to the centers for max shine there.
8. Don’t forget to check your blusher in daylight. Period. Under-application is better than over-application.
9. Don’t keep focusing on your flaws. Do what you need to make you feel a bit more confident, but after that, explore. Play with textures and colors, and experiment a little. It’s not all about hiding things and trying to re-shape your face so much that you’re no longer you. (Unless you’re talking about that costume party this weekend; in which case, go right ahead!)
I actually had to struggle to think of some of these because I’m not a “you must follow these rules” type of person when it comes to makeup. Just take what you need and forget what you don’t agree with!
10. Don’t be constrained by beauty rules that say you’re a Winter and you can only wear this or that; you’re olive toned so you should only wear warm reds; or you should never pair a warm eye with a cool lip etc. It’s not going to please everyone but life isn’t about that is it? We’re going to get criticized for being too wild, too conservative, too different, too safe; no matter WHAT you do anyway.
In the end, whatever you think looks good, gets you feeling confident, and is fun and enjoyable for you without causing harm and inconvenience to others, DO.
We’re not all meant to look identical, and life is too short to keep worrying about whether you’re breaking too many rules!
@sexorchocolate: I’m going to go against the grain when I say skip the matte textures and go for something deeper, glossier and maybe slightly sheer so your lips look like juicy cherries! (Apply a clear gloss THEN stroke a deep wine-red lipstick over a few times.) And this is one of those cases where you NEED a strong eye so your lips don’t take over your whole face. If you worry about it looking a little over the top, keep this for evenings!
Hello! I have a quick question. I made an appointment to get my makeup done for prom at two places. One was in case I couldn't find another place. I made appointments at Smashbox and Bare Minerals. Smashbox is 50 dollars while BM is 35. The only problem is that I've never used BM so I'm worried that I might have an allergic reaction. I don't have sensitive skin though. I was wondering which brand you think is better.
Product-wise mineral makeup definitely tends to give less potential issues but do request for the matte BM foundation rather than the original formula as that photographs better and doesn’t contain bismuth oxychloride (the original foundations do) which causes sensitivity in some people.
But then again if you don’t have allergies in general Smashbox does have some great products so don’t just dismiss them outright because they aren’t a mineral brand.
If you’re not sure get some samples from both brands and test then on your inner arm for a day or so to make sure you don’t have reactions to either.
Quick Note on Animal Testing and Cruelty-free Makeup
Gossmakeupartist on Youtube has a very good video on this topic, as it is hard for anyone to say for certain if a product or brand is cruelty-free if:
they did not do testing for a new product, but the ingredients used within were PREVIOUSLY tested on animals (by this or other companies, recently or even decades ago) for general skin safety
they do not test on animals but they do not require their ingredient suppliers to adhere to cruelty-free practices
they support cruelty-free cosmetics in most cases, but testing is mandated by law in order to ensure public safety (more in the case of skincare products)
the brand is cruelty-free but owned by a huge conglomerate that condones animal testing in other arms or sub-groups
the product contains animal derivatives or products but these might have been obtained in a manner that IS/NOT harmful or painful to the animals
Everybody’s comfort level is different and you’ll need to be your own judge where your stand is on the above. There’s also a lot of conflicting information online and the last thing I want to do is to make any false or misleading claims about a company and its products based on faulty info because that would be really unfair!
Hey- question. Is surgical spirit good for blackheads and spots?
Please don’t unless you’re only temporarily disinfecting an area of skin! A quick swipe of alcohol does clean skin and strip off the oils from the skin surface for a few minutes but it’s not going to help in the long term because it’s very harsh and overuse can destroy your lipid barrier and give you sensitive, reactive skin.
For some, this can even make it worse as your skin tries to repair and protect itself by producing more sebum, thus worsening the problem.
If you want to take care of
spots it’s better to treat the root of the problem (clogged pores and acne bacteria or even hormones) because surgical spirit isn’t a solution to those problems.
Try over-the-counter products like persagel / proactiv (benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria), mario badescu (sulfur to kill bacteria), garnier (niacinamide to bring down inflammation) and salicylic acid (to unclog pores and reduce blackheads). But if these aren’t working for you, you should go to a doctor who can set you up with something that suits your skin.
Have you ever used this before? I’m thinking of buying some as it’s a big bottle and I’m curious to see what it’s like. I won’t be paying full price either so this is why I am highly tempted to try it out. I just wanted to know your opinion :)
It’s a great lightweight, natural-finish base if you like a dewy look or barely-there cover just to even out your skin tone and perfect your skin just a bit more.
But if you don’t like foundations that you can sort of “feel” like they are sitting on your skin, you might not like this that much. It forms a sort of “film” when it sets, which is great because it stays on quite well and can give dry or mature skins a beautiful glow (fabulous on the legs), but this means you will feel it on your face even though it’s not oily.
If you tend not to care about these things, then it’s great!
[Update to queries below]: It is transfer-resistant, meaning it stays on through light wear and tear, but it isn’t transfer-proof, but no makeup really is!
Do you have any makeup ideas for prom? I'm wearing a dusty rose dress and I have a light tan. It's an "Old Hollywood" style dress, so I was hoping to maybe base my makeup ideas off of that style, but I've yet to find any luck on makeup that works.
Oh gosh it’s really prom season! (I was walking down Fisherman’s Wharf in SF a couple of weeks ago and watching all the prom-goers roaming around along the wharf dressed to the nines! It was surreal, I tell you…)
If you were there in your prom gear, you might have walked right past me!
If you’re slightly tan and are going for Old Hollywood glam, just go for “the Megan” and go with curled hair, rosy cheeks, rose-red lips (get a shade between deep pink and scarlet) and TONS of mascara (or a fluttery set of false lashes).
Don’t forget arched, groomed brows (if you’re not sure how to do them, I suggest going to a professional and INSISTING you want full but groomed brows so they don’t over-pluck).
hey there! your advice is really great, so i was wondering if you could help me out. :) I'm clueless as to what to do for prom makeup, my dress is a tangerine colour with a bit of silver/jewel detailing and it goes nicely with my nc45 skintone (yaayyy). however, i don't want to incorporate silver into my eye look because silver shadow don't look good on me :S any suggestions?? thanks <3
You don’t have to do silver!
Think of everything (your hair color, skin color, dress, etc) and go for something equally rich and warm for the lids. Just let the jewel details be a contrasting counterpoint to the overall rich warm tones of your skin, hair and dress, instead of trying to match it.
I highly-recommend you just go for that smoldering chocolate brown smoky eye J-Lo is wearing above (don’t forget to sweep a bit along the lower lash line), and tons of black liner (the bonus is you don’t need to worry about keeping everything super neat because the smudgier it gets, the sexier it looks).
This would look so much more fab with a strong tangerine colored dress.
Other than this, you just need a bit of bronzer or terracotta colored blush, and a touch of nude gloss.
My grad banquet is coming up (which is like the Alberta Canada version of prom) and I have no idea what to do with my makeup. I'm wearing an ivory and lilac coloured dress, but since I'm very ginger I don't know what makeup would be appropriate. Any suggestions?
Since you’re wearing a light coloured dress and you’re likely quite porcelain (as most red-heads are), I suggest playing with soft colour on the eyes rather than going all smoky and strong, as this will bring out your natural tones nicely, and still work with your dress.
1. Starting about 1/2 an inch away from the inner corners of your eyes, sweep a purple shadow similar but deeper than the purple on your dress along your socket line about the inner corner of the eye (but not all the way in) outwards into a slight wing at the outer ends. (Suggestion: Try Wet n Wild ColoriCon Eyeshadow Single in Kitten)
2. Sweep a soft ivory along the inner 1/3 of your lid under the arch of the soft purple you applied earlier. This will brighten the inner portions of your eyes and work beautifully with a pale colouring.
3. Run a white/pale-yellow/beige pencil along your waterline
4. Apply a dark brown or black mascara to finish the eyes
5. For lips and cheeks, I suggest getting a soft peach or papaya shade that echoes the tones in your hair as it works beautifully with lavender/lilac as well.
Could you give me some advice for prom? I'm wearing an aubgerine color dress and I have light Asian skin, and I'm just so confused as to how I should do my makeup. I'll most likely be doing my own. I want to go for something classic and elegant, yet still very pretty, but I'm not sure about which colors I should lean towards. Any ideas? Thank you!
Purple/aubergines are rich enough that you don’t have to really do a whole lot on your face.
As you’ll be eating and drinking and talking during prom, I think it’s much easier to just go easy on the lips and go for a soft pink/beige gloss that won’t look odd if it wears away. You may not have time to run to the ladies or reapply your lipstick when someone randomly decides to snap a picture.
Keep the focus on your eyes by applying black liner, smudging it out a bit, and then layering a soft shimmery beige or silvery-grey over the lid area. This gives that very sexy, soft smoky eye but doesn’t look overdone on Asian eye shapes.
Then just warm up your cheeks with a matte blush in a sweet peach or pink (shimmery may look very oily in flash photos, so keep your blush low-sheen if you’re worried about that).
just like someone would put a primer on the eye before the eye shadow, is there anything to add to the lips before you apply lipstick to make it last longer? mines always fades quickly.
It depends on what type of lipstick you use!
Most lip primers on the market are designed to fill in lines or plump up your lips rather than make your lip product last longer, so I don’t recommend them for your purpose!
If your lipstick is very glossy or creamy, you can try applying a lip liner beneath because anything more matte and dry than your lipstick will generally help your lip product to grab and stay on a little bit better.
But if your lipstick is matte, you don’t really need a liner to make it last longer. In fact, it’s sometimes best to keep your lips as clean as possible before you apply lip products, because these harder, waxier textures will stick better to dry, clean lips than to any primer base.
Budge-proof lipsticks go on like a liquid/creme but set to a dry finish, like poster paint, and again, you should apply them on clean lips or they won’t stick. Try not to use any lip liner with these as lip liners are long-lasting but not budge proof.
To make regular lip products last longer, there are companies that make sealers that you apply on top of lip products but these are quite uncomfortable to wear and can make your lipstick flake off when you eat and drink, so I don’t like using them much.