i'm not sure if my question went in the first time because my internet sucks but I'm going to a water park soon and do you think it's okay to wear some light makeup there? and can you please recommend a good waterproof drugstore eyeliner?
I got them all :]
If I were going to a water park, the only thing I’d be worried about would be protecting my skin, since you’ll be out in the sun. So with that being said, make sure to use a sun screen. And with sun screen, make sure to reapply it as it won’t keep you protected all day.
If you don’t plan on getting in any water…wear whatever you’d like, just keep in mind, if it’s hot and you sweat a lot, your makeup stands the risk of ‘melting’ off so make sure you set your makeup.
If you do plan on being in the water I’d definitely stay away from foundation/concealer or any face products like blush, eye shadow, etc. Those products aren’t going to hold up to you being submerged in water.
In my opinion, you’d probably do better going with a water proof mascara and skipping liner all together. Mascara will make sure your lashes are visible and make your eyes look more open and awake.
If you do want to go with a water proof liner, Maybelline as some worth checking out.
What would be the best way to wash my face if I have dry and combination skin?
You have dry and combination skin? Do you mean that you are dry in some parts of your face and oily in others? Or do you mean something like your skin is dry some parts of the year and combination other times?
Either of those scenarios means you have a form of combination skin. Combination skin can be tricky, especially if you skin changes its type depending on the time of year.
A skin care system that I think is great and is tailored for specific skin types is the Clinique 3-Step Skincare System.
They have a liquid face soap that comes in three formulas:
Extra Mild - for very dry to dry skin
Mild - for dry to combination skin
Oily Skin - for combination to oily
Since you said your skin goes between dry and combination, I’d say the Mild formula would be something you might want to check out.
Something to keep in mind, skincare is something that is going to very greatly from person to person because no one’s skin is alike. These are just my opinions based off what has worked for me in the past. You can always go to a Clinique counter and talk to a consultant to get the full details and they’ll be able to fill in any gaps that I didn’t.
Just a note…Always make sure to check with a dermatologist if you struggle with skin issues and they’ll be able to set you on the right track :]
How to use painterly paint pot as a base? Everyime I use it, it comes out cakey or patchy.
MAC Paint Pots have a pretty dry formula and they tend to dry very quickly on you, so when you work with them you need to work really quickly.
I always apply them with my fingers to help warm up the product a bit and blend it into my skin.
Depending on your skin type, it just might not be the best formula for you. Have you looked into any other options? Maybelline makes a cream eye shadow that I think are pretty good dupes for MAC Paint Pots and their formula is creamier and doesn’t dry as quickly.
Foundation is one of those makeup products that cause a lot of us to make ‘beauty sins’. So I thought it was important to compile a list of foundation commandments that help us remember rules around application…
You can also check out this post I did on “Making the Most of Your Lashes”. I talk about the different types of mascara formulas, what formula will work best for you, and for each formula you can see a brand of mascara that might work for you.
I actually did a really in depth post, “Let’s Talk Eye Liner" as well. I give a drugstore and high end version of each type of eye liner, i.e. gel/cream, liquid, and pencil. In this post I also discuss what applicators you can use and the different eye liner shapes you can create. Not sure if you need that much detail, but I definitely think it’s worth check out :]
Hello! I just found you and I think you are one of my favorite makeup blogs! I do have a few questions though. My skin is incredibly dry but also tends to be incredibly oily and break out and I am very fair skinned. I was wondering if you could recommend any good drugstore foundations to use to help with this. Also, do you have a post on preventing your makeup from looking cakey? Thank you so much!
Awww, thank you! I hope you continue to enjoy the blog :]
It sounds like your skin is combination. Do you tend to get oily through your t-zone?
Revlon Color Stay is a great drug store foundation to check out if you haven’t. It comes in two formulas, one that is formatted for dry to normal skin and another that is formatted for combination to oily skin.
What I would try doing is making sure you apply a good moisturizer, especially to the areas that you get dry and then apply a foundation primer. Primers are great because they will help control oil yet lock in moisture. Since you tend to get really dry in certain areas I’d stay away from a primer that has silicone in it and try one that’s silicone-free. If you have any questions about primers, I have a post here you can check out that will tell you everything you need to know.
Also, the areas that you get very oily, make sure you aren’t applying more foundation there then you have to. I tend to get a bit oily in my t-zone, so I try to keep the foundation I apply there to the bare minimum.
After you’ve applied your foundation, you’ll want to make sure you set it. But only set it in the areas that you get oily.
You can also try investing in blotting paper. You can use this to take away any excess oil without removing your makeup.
e.l.f., a brand you can find at Target has a setting powder and some Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets that you can check out:
e.l.f. High Definition Setting Powder
e.l.f. Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets
All of this should help keep your oil and dryness under control and keep your makeup from looking cakey.
I’ve been in love with wearing falsies for quite some time now, but they can be so time consuming to put on. For instance, I spent about 15 minutes fiddling with them because the falsie for my left eye just didn’t want to cooperate.
I’d really like to find a mascara that provides me with some volume and length, so I think it’s time to go on a journey to find my perfect mascara.
Any suggestions you have, let me know and I’ll definitely consider giving them a whirl.
Let the hunt begin!
Responses to answers:
I’ve tried Maybelline Falsies which I wasn’t super fond of. I’ve also tried Buxom Lash, didn’t do wonder for me either.
I’ve heard good things about Benefit They’re Real and BADgal Lash, so they’re both definitely on my list to try. I actually have a sample of Benefits BADgal Lash at home that I used FOREVER ago on a friend, so I probably need to toss it and try and get another :\
I am a beginner in makeup completely but I've been trying here and there to practice. I am just having trouble getting proper brushes, where to get them, which to use, and what the differences are? Also is there a good sunblock to use along my make that won't cause breakouts?
So sorry for the delay in response!
I’ve done a few posts as part of a Makeup 101 series and these might be helpful to you.
As far as sunblock goes, for day-to-day, I tend to just stick with a moisturizer and foundation that have an SPF. If I know that I will be outside for an extended period of time and want to give my face extra coverage I use Clinique’s City Block.
hey there! i was wondering what's some really good tinted moisturizers with medium - full coverage? high end or drug store doesn't matter :)
I’m going to be honest, I haven’t worn a tinted moisturizer in AGES. I wore them back when I first started wearing makeup, just as something to give my skin a little bit of coverage, but really more to keep my skin moisturized.
Something to keep in mind. Tinted moisturizers are never really going to provide true medium to full coverage…that’s not what they are designed to do. I think most will provide sheer coverage, but with some you might be able to get light to medium. If you want something that has a full coverage…you should really just opt for a full coverage foundation and make sure to apply moisturizer before you apply your foundation.
With that being said, I have heard that NARS Tinted Moisturizer is supposed to be pretty good. I’ve seen a few reviews of it on YouTube and the coverage is pretty decent.
I have been told it’s a bit pricey, so I’ve held off buying it for that reason.
Here’s a review worth checking out if you’re interested.
Another thing you can also try, is just applying moisturizer to a foundation that you already have. For instance, you could take a full coverage foundation and apply a bit of moisturizer to it. This will help sheer out the foundation a bit so it won’t be as heavy and since you’re making it yourself essentially, you’ll be able to make your tinted moisturizer as opaque or as sheer as you’d like.
Hi:) I just bought some Ardell false lashes in natural 110 I like them but they seem to be a little thin for my liking and I want some lashes I could wear everyday something not too dramatic but yet natural what lashes would you recommend?
Try the wispies or demi wispies by Ardell. They are both natural looking, but these lashes are definitely fuller and longer than the #110’s.
how do you contour your face & what is a good product to contour with for deeper skin tones? every time i go to sephora or mac they give me contouring things used on fairer skin tones, it doesnt even show up on my face!
Here is a post I did on contouring and highlighting. In this post I talk about the areas of your face that you can contour. I also show a few products that you can use to contour with. Each product I suggested should work with some deeper skin tones.
If your skin tone is like NW55+ (think like singer Estelle),
it may be a bit more difficult to find colors that will work, but it definitely isn’t impossible. You might just have to be more crafty, because unfortunately a lot of contour powders/creams just don’t have very dark color options.
One trick you can try is adding a black pigment to your foundation to get a custom color that will work for you. But you can also try different eye shadows. MAC has some dark eye shadows that would work great as highlights for deeper skin tones:
With eye shadows you just want to make sure they have as little shimmer as possible, matte is going to be the best. Also they don’t have to be MAC eye shadows, just want to give you an idea of colors and you’ll be able to find similar colors with any makeup line/company.
When I contour I always blend like crazy and use less product then I think I’ll need. By taking very little product and then really blending it out, I can add more product if it’s needed. It’s easy to add, but hard to fix when you’ve applied to much.
This palette was waiting for me on my doorstep when I got home from work this afternoon and I couldn’t wait to tear it open and share it with you guys.
The reason I purchased this palette is because I wanted to have nice bright matte colors and this seemed like the perfect palette!
Here’s another look at the full palette:
The packaging was good and bad. The good, was the outer case. It seems very sturdy and even though it’s not a very large palette, it has a nice weight to it, which I like. Now for the not so good…I don’t think the magnets on the bottom of each shadow is very strong. When I was swatching the shadows, each shadow would spin or move a bit because the magnet wasn’t holding it very securely. I did do something crazy, I turned it upside down to see if the magnets were really weak. None of the shadows fell out, but I think I’m either going to glue them in or try and apply stronger magnets to them just to be on the safe side.
Now let’s look at the colors up close:
These are the official color #s and names from Coastal Scents website:
1. CM001 Light Yellow
2. CM002 Bright Yellow
3. CM003 Light Tangerine
4. CM004 Bright Tangerine
5 CM005 Neon Red
6. CM006 Neon Bright Pink
7. CM007 Deep Purple
8. CM008 Magenta
9. CM009 Indigo
10. CM010 Electric Blue
11. CM011 Teal Green
12. CM012 Shamrock Green
Now let’s look at the swatches!
Here’s the colors swatched on me by themselves (no primer):
I figured the yellows and oranges wouldn’t show up very prominently on my skin tone since it is deeper. Fairer skin tones might have a bit more luck. I was pretty happy with swatches 5 - 11. They all showed up well. #12 Shamrock Green did not show up very well at all on me without a primer. You can barely see it. This surprised me a bit.
Now since these colors are so bright, I knew that I was going to have to wear a primer/base with them to really get more a sense of their true color especially on my skin.
Now here are swatches with a white base underneath each shadow:
As you can see the colors are much richer. My least favorites are 1, 3, and 12. They just don’t have as much color pay off as I’d like. For those, I’m going to have to use a base that is their color to help pop and stand out more.
Overall I’m happy with my purchase. I haven’t gotten to really play around with the colors to see how they blend, but I’m definitely excited to try them out!
With a smokey eye, the key is to blend, blend, and when you think you’ve blended enough…blend some more. Blending will help the colors will really help to achieve that smokey look we’re going for.
With a smokey eye, you also want to really make your lash line very dark and smudge out.
Since we want to keep this smokey eye natural, I’d opt to go for browns instead of the traditional black. This will make the smokey eye much more wearable for daytime.
This is the natural smokey eye look I created:
Here’s how you can achieve this look…
1. Always prime your eyes first with some type of eyelid primer. If you’re unsure of what primer you should use, check out this post.
2. Apply a shadow the same color or a shade lighter than your skin tone all over your mobile lid with a flat shader brush.
3. Then you’ll want to take a dark brown on a fluffy blending brush and concentrate the color on the outer corner of your eyes. When applying this color, use small circular motions. This is going to help blend and give you that smoked out look on the corner of your eye.
4. Next take a color a shade or two lighter than your skin tone and apply it to your brow bone and blend it down a bit.
5. Then take a brown a shade or two darker than your skin tone and blend it through your crease using windshield wiper motions with a fluffy blending brush. This step is going to help blend all of the colors we’ve applied together.
6. Now apply a cream pencil or gel liner to your upper lash line. If you have fair skin, I’d go with brown, if you’re medium to dark skin-toned, go with black. Don’t worry if the line is even, we’re going to be smudging it out. Also make sure that the line is very close to your lash line and isn’t too thick.
7. Now, here’s the step where we add the smoke to our lash line. You’ll take a pencil brush and smudge the eyeliner that you applied to your upper lashline. This is going to soften the line and make it appear more smoked out. Do this until you desired look you’re going for.
8. Take that same pencil brush you used on your upper lash line and smudge the excess liner on the brush onto your lower lash line.
9. Apply mascara and/or false lashes.
That’s it! Have fun creating this natural smokey eye.
I’d love to see your results if you try this look! :]
I have very little brow they are hooded I would say but not sure. I guess I am looking for a colorful day look. I have just bought a huge set of colored eye shadow and a huge brush set. so I have all the tools and colors. Thank you. I posted a photo of me with out make up on to my tumblr.
I can see that your brow comes down a bit out the outer corner of your eye, so you’re right that it’s slightly hooded. But you can see the inner corner of your mobile lid so that’s where you’ll want to focus the color.
Give me a day or two to come up with some ideas and then I’ll have something posted shortly after that.
I dont have awesome exotic eyes like you so doing my eye shadow is a bit different I feel like I am wearing to much when i put on half as much as tutorials say to. Can you do a tutorial for girls with eyes like me? My eyebrows are blond and a bit sparse as well.
You’d be surprised how much eyeliner really helps to change the shape of your eye. My eyes are much more round without winged eyeliner on :]
But anyways, back to your request. I’d be happy to do a tutorial for you. Let me get a few more details from you:
1. What’s your eye type? i.e. Do you have hooded eyes, deep set eyes, protruding eyes, etc.
2. What’s your eye color?
3. What kind of look are you going for? More dramatic, every day and natural, bright colors, etc.
Hi there! You recently put up the "arabic" makeup post..i was wondering how you did the black around the eye? Ive been working on it, and it seems im doing something wrong. Any tips in the matter would be appreciated! Have a beautiful day!
That liner was very tough for me. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted…it was much thicker.
Here’s a tutorial that VintageorTacky does on arabic liner.