Hey, I would like to ask you how you take your pictures for your eye shadow tutorials. I am trying to improve my beauty blog MakeUpForAll and still trying to find the best way to take photo's for my blog. what kind of camera do you use are do you have any lighting tips or any other advice?
Hi makeupforall1, I have a pretty basic setup.
1. Samsumg PL120 camera with the front LCD-screen so you can aim and adjust (I’m considering getting a higher-end camera if this one dies though…)
2. A white table/reading lamp. This provides adequate lighting without changing the color and texture of your makeup in photos. I don’t like how flash sometimes “bleaches” a look and makes things look different from what they are in real life.
3. You need basic image editing software to crop pictures, and do minor Color Balance correction if your camera, lighting, etc happen to make the overall picture appear too yellow, too green, too red, too blue, etc.
“followingfishies said: BeFlurt has fake cosmetics. You should warn your followers before leading them to buy fake products, otherwise, what kind of “guru” are you?”—
I haven’t found anything wrong with the products I got from beflurt so far and I haven’t heard anything bad that would lead me to believe otherwise.
Let me state first and foremost that I am not affiliated with beflurt or paid if any of you buy any of their products. I approached THEM to request for a discount code for readers who might be interested in shopping on their site.
I’m not a “guru” and have never considered myself to be one. I’m just a person whose hobby and passion happens to be makeup, and likes sharing ideas. I certainly don’t “know it all” but I hope to be as fair as possible in terms of the presenting information about companies or products.
If you have any unreleased information regarding counterfeit products by any company, do please share what you have found so everyone can be better informed and make their own decisions about whether to purchase. Until then, I’ll reserve passing negative judgments on any company or brand until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
If I recommend something, I do it of my own free will ONLY if I really think it’s a good investment, NEVER to deliberately mislead anyone for my private gain.
How do you know when an eye primer has expired? Does it start to smell kinda funky?
Hi sc0obysnax, the safest thing to do is to check the number accompanying the Period-after-Opening marker on the back of the package. This states how long the product is expected to stay usable. E.g. 20M means it should stay good for 20 months after opening.
But don’t just use that as an indicator! IN GENERAL, if you’re using a powder pigment or pressed shadow which doesn’t contain any organic fats or binders, it will stay good for an indefinite amount of time.
For everything else, there’s also the:
Expiry date - check this before you buy, please…. If a product is due to expire 2 months from now, don’t get it.
Smell/Texture - Some ingredients can change color and separate without actually going bad. For many oil-in-water or pigment-in-water/oil emulsions, just shake it up and you’re good to go. But if the texture has changed to the point where it’s no longer the same product anymore, or if it smells to smell off, OUT it goes.
The rule-of-thumb is: throw it out whichever comes first; the usage date, the Period-after-Opening date, OR the smell and consistency.
It doesn’t matter how much it cost. It will cost a lot more for you to fix your face.
Hi! This tumblr is WONDERFUL! Your eyeshadow tutorials are practically my go-to place when I need an extra zing for a special occasion. I'm wondering if you can recommand some BB cream? I'm asian (and singaporean too!) and I tan very easily. My skin tend to be oily so I've never really used sunscreen on top of moisturizer. I've tried asking sales ladies at Watsons but they just recommand whichever product of the month to me. ALSO: we really appreciate your efforts with this blog! Thank you!
Hi, nice to meet a fellow-Singaporean!
(Haven’t met many on Tumblr so far.) If you want oil control, I really like the Rachel K CC cream better than most of the other BB creams.
Just make sure you get the “Neutral” coloring, as the “Fair” is WAY too pink for most Asian skins. (Choose a CC Cream by its undertones. Not the shade it is when you swatch it on.) I like Skin79 Hot Pink Super+ Balm as well as it comes in a good tone for those of us who aren’t porcelain-pale, but so far, the Rachel K feels the least heavy/sticky but still gives good coverage.
(Also, the trick is not to rub/smear it on like a foundation, but to just dot a little over areas of your face, and then use your fingers to lightly pat-pat-pat.)
P.S. I know what you mean about the sales ladies. I don’t think most of them even use BB creams or care enough to make a good recommendation!
A student recently contacted me about a beauty-related survey she (I don’t have your details, so I hope I didn’t get your gender wrong!) was doing for a science fair, and as the material and questions were quite interesting, I thought you might be interested in taking a few minutes to give your 2 cents.
Thanks in advance to all you kind people who are about to click below to help out!
Hi, I’m doing a survey about beauty and mathematical proportions- specifically the ‘golden ratio’, phi. I am investigating whether there is a connection between a face’s proximity to the ‘golden ratio’ and how attractive they are perceived to be. I would like to investigate this because I find beauty an interesting topic, as well as phi, human instinct and psychology. I hope to present my results at my local science fair.
This survey is about how people perceive beauty. Results will be analyzed and will go towards research for an experiment about beauty and mathematical proportions. All results submitted are completely anonymous. I would love to have as many submissions as possible and would greatly appreciate it!
“Skin Exfoliation: It’s Not What You Do. It’s How You Do It.”—
Who doesn’t want clear, glowing skin?
Exfoliation is one of those things that many women and some men actually enjoy doing on a regular basis and most of us have at some point been fans of those countless varieties of gritty apricot kernel scrubs used to voluntarily sand our faces.
It felt strangely satisfying to imagine sloughing off dead cells, dirt, oils and bacteria, and hope for miraculously clear skin thereafter.
Now that I’ve grown a little older and wiser (and my skin a little less tolerant of such physical abuse), I’ve learnt one thing:
It’s Not What You Do. It’s How You Do It.
For us lay-men, you can think of skin exfoliation on 2 very simple (and very unscientific) levels; macro- and micro-exfoliation.
I classify macro as what you do to the surface to improve the immediate appearance and texture, and micro as what you do on a less visible level to encourage more regular turnover, and just as importantly, clear out pores. I’m not referring to the size of the scrub grains.
Macro-exfoliants tend to slough off more skin and may make more of a visible difference to your skin. Examples include:
Regular grainy scrubs that roll over your skin and lift flakes and dead cells. (Notice I say lift. Not remove. Its like ruffling a bird’s feathers with a wide-tooth comb. You can make them all stand up but you may not be able to remove them.) Probably not good for sensitive skins in most cases.
Chemical peels where various forms of acids are applied to your skin surface and literally “eat away” at the top-most layers, to reveal fresher, younger skin below. Not for very sensitive skins.
Micro-dermabrasion or exfoliant creams: Super-fine particles are “blown” or rubbed against the skin to “buff” away surface cells much like sand-paper would (but a lot less harsh of course). A lot of times, when you use newer-generation scrub creams, the granules are so fine that they may not even feel like scrubs
My current favorite:
Honey and black-sugar scrub. I buy a pack of dark muscovado sugar, scoop some into my palm about once or twice a week, add a dollop of honey, and then gently press and roll it into my skin, until the sugar grains sort of start dissolving. Then I leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off.
The benefits are:
rich mineral content in muscovado sugar
sugar dissolves as your massage it with honey or a dash of water (I don’t recommend using it totally dry) so it’s less harsh than other traditional scrubs
natural glycolic acid content in it can help to eat away at dead cells without being as harsh as applying concentrated glycolic acid treatments, so this takes care of a bit of micro-exfoliation as well!
adding honey helps to heal and disinfect the skin even as you exfoliate
it’s extremely affordable. If you hate the smell of muscovado, you can get a light brown sugar or even white sugar
I differentiate micro-exfoliants from macro-exfoliants because most times, these aren’t something that get applied to the skin temporarily and slough off cells in a short period of time.
A lot of micro-exfoliants work for a longer period of time on your skin, and at a more microscopic level, to loosen dead cells (desquamation), speed up cell turnover, and maintain a smoother, more even texture and tone.
Popular ones include:
Leave in acids like glycolic acid lotions from brands such as Peter Thomas Roth (note that these come in various concentrations and the typical “effective” level is about 10% for at-home treatments)
Enzyme treatments derived from fruits and plants, which are a gentler and more natural way of eating away at the bonds which keep dead cells stuck to your skin (Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel is one)
Salicylic acid. This one is a must for me as part of my exfoliation regimen because it’s the only one that goes INTO your pores to clean out the inside surfaces. Other acids don’t work this same way. If you have oily/combo skin or are concerned about blackheads and spots, this is the one you have to incorporate into your regimen at least every other day or so. (Not just when you have a spot.)
My current favorites:
If you’re expecting me to suggest another D.I.Y treatment involving pineapples, papayas and juice extraction, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed! I don’t like messing around with active ingredients too much, especially when it comes to acids and other stronger chemicals.
I like both the products I mentioned above, but if you’re into organic, vegan products, try Paul Penders Citrus Fruit Exfoliant as well.
Other than this, I use a salicylic acid product around my oilier areas (nose, inner cheeks, chin) at least about 2-3 nights a week. Not only when I have spots, as that’s already too late.
IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE WHEN USING ANY EXFOLIANT IS TO MAKE SURE YOU APPLY PLENTY OF SUN PROTECTION. Especially with the micro-exfoliants as they tend to work longer on your skin and exfoliate it more than is visible. You can end up with a lot of hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone if you do not make sure to protect your skin well.
Hi Candice :D I have many eyeshadows from Everyday Minerals and I would like to make them into cream eye shadows. Do you know how? The pigments in the pots are very messy and keep spilling into the cap, the sifters are not much help. And they are so messy! But I love all the shades I have and I don't want to waste them. Also, I find that even with primer, they do not last very long on my lids, so I guess turning them into cream would be better in most ways?
I’ll do a tutorial soon on what I use to get creams/gels out of loose powder pigments! Those of you who are interested, go out now and try to get hold of a few cheap ingredients.
1. Denatured alcohol (isopropyl or rubbing alcohol etc from drugstores would work. Just make sure it’s at least 70% alcohol.)
2. Silicone oil or jojoba oil. This aren’t oils actually despite the name. Not quite as easy to find for some people. You want a binder that isn’t too runny and preferably won’t go rancid. If you can’t find these get a little mineral oil.
3. Empty containers or pans
4. A small spatula or coffee stirrer.
5. A dropper or clean eye dropper bottle.
I don't mean to bother, but I was hoping to ask if you could post at the end of each tutorial a list of what was used, brand name and colors? I know it is more work but it would be really appreciated!
Sure I can start to do that! I was a little hesitant to sometimes because I don’t want anyone to think I’m automatically recommending everything I use. But I understand how it can help when you see that EXACT shade and texture you want and know where to go to find it. :)
I Have to say, I absolutely adore your blog. Very interesting to me and very helpful. But, I have only just followed. So I'm not sure if you've already answered this or not, but I think I'll ask anyway: I'm just now getting into make-up. It's actually VERY late in the game for me (or at least I think) and I almost know nothing. So, what can you do with different colored eyeliners? I've only ever used black because I'm scared to try anything else.
Sure! I love colored liners and here are some ideas for how you can wear them; just try them out, experiment a little and pick what you like best!
I love that you encourage everyone to wear bright pink. I love pink lipstick, and generally described as olive skinned I should be free to wear it all. But thanks to my Irish mother, I have a very yellow undertone. It sorta scares me away from most of the bubble gum shades I love. Any tips? Can you suggest some good pinks for me?
Hi, I am VERY yellow-toned seeing as I’m Asian, and I’ve found that going slightly deeper (as opposed to bubble-gum shades) when you are wearing blue-pinks tends to be extremely flattering. Think of shades like MAC Pink Nouveau, or even deeper fuchsias like MAC Quick Sizzle, etc. rather than Saint Germain.
But if you like the paler colors, just make sure to wear a blush with matching blue-pink tones.
We can get away with a lot of colors as long as there’s a bit of an “complementary tone” on the cheeks to balance out the color a bit. This stops the skin from looking sallow or worse, jaundiced, in contrast to the very blue, very bubble-gum shade on the lips.
Other than this, one other problem you can get with pale pink lipstick is your lips sort of “disappear” because your lip line disappears. (This is for everyone, including those without yellow undertones.) Use a deeper blue-based pink liner to line your lips first, and make sure the line is soft and not too hard. Then apply your lipstick RIGHT to the very edge until you can’t really see the liner without zooming in really close. This gives you a discernible lip-line, but doesn’t look like OBVIOUS darker lip liner.
The final tip is not to go too light. The lightest you should go is a pink that is no deeper than the skin surrounding your mouth.
Hi ja5m1n, there are a lot of tips all around the blog, so it really depends what sort of ideas you are looking for!
Tags at the bottom of each post are the BEST way to navigate around blogs, so below are some examples of what to look for here.
First of all, check out “FAQ” as it leads you to questions others have asked previously. I highly-recommend checking this out first if you have a makeup or skincare question, as there are a lot of repeated questions, and it gets hard to manage when there are 20 different people asking the same “I have brown eyes. What makeup would make them pop?” (I’m reluctant to spam readers by repeating the same answers over and over and I don’t want your question to remain unanswered.)
If you’re looking for makeup looks and tutorials, check out the makeup tutorial tag and scroll through to find what you like. Otherwise, check out the tags at the end of each post for specific brands and things like “green eyes”, etc.
“Makeup tips" will direct you to posts with makeup tips in them.
“How to" gives you more specific tricks and tutorials.
“D.I.Y." leads you to makeup and beauty products you can get your hands dirty and create.
“Face of the day" shows you quick snap-shots of looks I’ve done quickly and worn out.
“Swatches" shows you posts filled with comparison swatches of products.
Or if you want to start in order, just go to Archive and let it all load slowly!
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.