I’m a guy’s gal. I am a self-proclaimed tomboy, and I can definitely hang with the boys. That is thanks to the fact that I have four brothers. However, I am also as girly as they come, and not having a sister growing up did not stop me from finding my individual femininity and inner goddess (Fifty Shades reference).
I love anything related to beauty: makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. It’s more of a hobby/interest than a passion because I would probably go crazy if I had to talk beauty 24/7. It’s something that I enjoy but I am not an aspiring makeup artist; at least not yet. I think of it as one of my creative outlets since I am more of a right brain thinker.
Here are the most important beauty tips I have discovered from different sources through the years…
15 BEAUTY TIPS I SWEAR BY:
1. Blend, Blend, Blend! - Whether you’re going for the “out there, with pops of color” look or the “I’m wearing makeup but don’t want it to look like I’m wearing any makeup” look, both require that you blend your makeup so that there are no harsh lines, and all the different products blend together seamlessly.
2. Blend with your ring finger - You can choose to use brushes, but if you end up using your finger to blend anything like concealer or eyelid primer, use your ring finger. You don’t have as much strength in your ring finger than you do in your pointer and middle finger so it works as a strong, but not too strong, tool to blend.
3. Apply gently - Applying products to your face slowly and gently just works out all around. You won’t harm your face with any accidental force (eyelash curlers can be dangerous!), and there is a less likely chance of putting on too much product. It’s better to apply a little product gently, then build it up slowly. Plus, it’s your face—you don’t want to mess up your moneymaker :)
4. The best time to pluck your eyebrows (or any other place) is right after your shower. After your shower all the steam will have caused your pores to open up and your hairs will come off with close to no pain!
5. Find out about your skin – Did you know that there are different things to learn about your skin? Your skin tone can be light, medium, or dark. On top of that, it can be a cool, warm, or neutral tone. When you find this out about your skin, you will find shopping for make up easier. It will be easier to match your foundation (example—I’m a medium, warm tone), and you can search which colors go best with your skin tone.
Aside from that you can find out other needs your face has. Is your skin normal, dry, oily or combination? Do you have sensitive skin? There are products (skin care and makeup) that can cater to your needs.
6. Prime and/or Layer your makeup - If you want your makeup to stay on for a long time, you can layer it. Layer your foundation with powder. Instead of just a powder blush, try a cream blush and layer it with a powder blush for double the wear. Layer liquid, gel, cream or pencil eyeliner with a matching eyeshadow. Primers can go on before makeup to prep the skin into the best possible canvas, to ensure staying power. Lastly, you can spritz a setting spray allover to ensure your beautiful makeup face will not melt off!
7. Beauty community – The beauty community is huge. There are so many women who love makeup, not to mention that beauty is a billion dollar industry. There are many places to learn the do’s and don’ts of beauty. My fave? The beauty blogger. There are girls out there that love makeup so much that they blog about their makeup, almost on a daily basis. They do the hard part for you—they buy and review products; they swatch the colors for you to see; they do tutorials and looks; Take advantage of this even further by finding a beauty blogger with the same skin tone as you. That way, the color of the looks they create can be recreated and look the same on you.
8. Do your research – This one I’ve learned after many bad purchases. I thought that once you bought a makeup product to try and you have opened it, you can no longer return it. In fact, half of my products bought as a teen ended up getting dusty or thrown in the trash because it wasn’t the right shade, I didn’t like the product, etc.
There are definitely things you can do to prevent this:
Google pictures: Just about every makeup product has a brand and name to find it online. Ex: I saw a picture of a lipstick shade I liked. It’s called “bombshell” by MAC. When I google pictures of it there are pictures of girls wearing that shade so I try to find a girl with my skin tone and hair color. I look for swatches. Swatches are when the product is swiped on the skin (usually on the back of the hand) to show how pigmented the product is and what it looks like on the skin.
Temptalia.com and Karlasugar.net : These two blogs are swatch heaven. You can find just about every makeup product/shade there is.
Read reviews: Go online where the product is sold—sephora.com, ulta.com, macy’s.com, walgreens.com, etc. and read the customer reviews. These people can shed some light on how the product worked for them. *But don’t write off a product just because it doesn’t have 5 stars. Just because something didn’t work on one person doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
Sephora & Ulta: Sephora and Ulta are two of my favorite stores. I love them almost as much as Disneyland and AT&T Park. They have most of their products out and open for anyone to try. You can swatch, spray, try, whatever! The alcohol, disposable wands, wipes and sponges are for disinfecting and trying on.
Sample: Sample, sample, sample! Sephora, Ulta and other beauty counters will provide a sample for most items if asked. You can then take that sample home and try it as long as the sample lasts to see how you like it! Companies like birchbox and myglambag are sample subscription companies that offer a set of deluxe samples (bigger than regular sized samples) that are sent to you every month. Sometimes they even throw in a full sized item. Each box is well worth over the price they charge.
Avoid ebay and other unreliable outlets: Yes there is such thing as counterfeit makeup. Especially when it comes to high end products, you don’t want to risk buying something fake or expired.
If all fails, keep the receipt: I love places like Sephora and Ulta because they have an awesome return policy. You can pretty much return an item, even if it has been opened. Always keep your receipts. If you don’t like an item, return it. If they have a policy against open items, try taking it to another location and say it gave you an allergic reaction. You have the right to love the item(s) you purchased!
9. Perfume – I love perfume so much. Don’t trust magazine ads or sniffing the bottle at perfume counters to judge your potential signature scent. Go to a store where you can get a sample (Ulta, Sephora, some Macy’s locations). Take it home and wear the scent for a couple of days to test out how your like it. Your body chemistry reacts with the scent. Something that smells lovely on your best girlfriend may not necessarily smell as flattering on you.
10. Try out different looks - Beauty is a form of art and there are many different looks to try. There are many different colors for this purpose. Go for the “pin-up”, “The Hollywood siren” or a smoky eye. Express yourself!
11. Fix your foundation – I don’t mean your liquid foundation. Fix the groundwork in which your makeup lays upon. Yes makeup is like painting with colors, but I like to think makeup enhances rather than covers our faces. If you have acne or acne scars, makeup will cover it up, but it is best to treat the real problem. I can’t stand girls who pluck their eyebrows super thin only to realize they need a ton of product to make their eyebrows look full. Makeup is used to enhance our beauty. You don’t want to look like a completely different person without any makeup on. Treat your acne. Cut your split ends so they grow out healthier. If you mess up your eyebrows, pencil them in for the meantime, but think about letting them grown back and leaving them be.
12. Have a night time routine – I love a night regimen because if you apply something at night, it’s as if you wake up beautiful! Well something like that. When you sleep that is the best time to apply lotions, mosturizers, cream, even chapstick. These products will sink and really penetrate into your skin and you won’t even feel it working. I love putting on lip products at night. I wake up with the softest lips ever.
13. Snap a pic – A good way to ensure your makeup is applied the best way possible is to snap a picture. It’s hard to see the finished product from inside your body so take a picture to see if everything looks the way you want it to. It would be weird and tedious to do this every single time you do your makeup, but I like to do this before parties or big events when I really want my makeup to look effortless and its best.
14. Mix high and low end makeup – I love high end makeup. I think some products are just amazing and are worth the money. But, not everyone (myself included) can afford high end products, and there are some products that are just better off being purchased at the drug store. I love both high and low end products. I LOVE drugstore makeup. There are ways to achieve a certain look by using cheaper alternatives. In fact if you really like a shade, you can google to find a very close “dupe” duplication. Ex: going back to that “bombshell” MAC lipstick. I could try to google “bombshell mac dupe” to see if there are any cheaper alternatives.
15. The most important rule of them all: Beauty is only skin deep. Self explanatory, and very true.
I thought very seriously about making my blog into a beauty blog. I think I’ll keep it as is, but here is a glimpse of what I’d write if I had a beauty blog.
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