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If you’re anything like me, you hear a makeup tip somewhere out there and tell yourself that you will remember it next time you are in front of that mirror; only to apply your makeup as normal, all while swearing you thought it had something to do with a brush that you’re not even sure you own.

I have compiled a few of the most useful tips, at least the ones that have actually stuck.

In order of how I actually apply, here are a few of my favorites:

Concealer:

 Use a color the same color as your skin tone to camouflage dark cirlcles.  Use a concealer with a brightner to reflect light but if your color is too light, it won’t blend and will instead enhance your circles.

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Favorite: Smashbox – Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Foundation:

I prefer to use a lighter foundation or just a bronzing lotion in the summertime and  a heavier one in the winter to provide better coverage.  Max Factor movie makeup artist Ronnie Specter says  “The heat from your hands melts the foundation slightly, rendering it easier to spread. Smooth the color all over your face, including your eyelids, and extending it to the base of your neck so you don’t look two-toned.”

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Favorite: Summer – Glo Minerals – Sheer Tint Base Winter – MAC – Studio Sculpt SPF 15

 

 Brows:

I use a powder and angle brush because I think a pencil makes a greasy, noticeable thin line and I prefer my brows to look natural.  I feel there is more control and it has a softer effect than the harsh line of a pencil.

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Favorite: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

  {I use Leather (brown) for my eyebrows, second from right and when my hair is darker, I mix it with the black}

Eyes:

Always start with an eyelid primer, this ensures your color to not only stick, but last through the day and into the night.  Ever since I started using this, I have not applied a shadow without it.

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Favorites: Primer – MAC – Paint Pot Eyeshadow – Nars – Night Clubbing

I use this on my lower lid, then highlight up to the brow with the lightest color of the Kat Von D palette.  I have a hooded lid, which means my crease is covered, so I apply the darkest shadow on my lid instead of the crease for added drama.

 Liner:

I am a cat-eye fanatic.  Since I have a hooded lid eye shape, I feel like the winged effect helps make my eyes look larger.  The best tip I ever got for this was to not start at the edge of my eye, but to work down; meaning to start where you want the tip of the wing to be, then bring it down to the eye.  This worked great for me, I also pull on my eye slightly to create a smooth surface.  This helps perfect that line.

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Favorite: Two Faced – 3 Way Lash Lining Tool  {3 prongs create a fuller lash line}  

Cheeks:

Only apply blush color to the apples of your cheeks.  The best way to find the color best suited to you is to pinch your cheeks and find a shade similar to the color your cheeks turn.

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Favorite: Glo Minerals – Begonia

HAC {Highlighting and Contouring}

HAC is art, it is shading and blending creating an illusion of a chiseled face shape.  By highlighting and shading the right spots, you can change shapes, enhance and recede.  This gets really deep and every face shape is different, needing different contouring.  The few places where you always want to highlight are the inner corners of the eyes, the brow bone {directly under your brow}, cheekbones, and on the cupids bow of your lip {upper middle lip}.  Highlighting your eyes in those spots will open your eyes and on your cupids bow, it will give the illusion of a fuller lip.  Shading, on the other hand, is going to make the area recede.  That is why it is best used under the cheekbones, under your upper lip and around the outline of the face {again, this can depend on your face shape.}

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Favorites: Highlighter Glo Minerals – Diamond {I love this eyeshadow for its slight shimmer and light reflection} Shader Bahama Mama – Bronzer {I have not used this yet but want to try it, it doesn’t seem to have that orange-y effect}

Lips:

My best tip for lips is, when wearing a bright or dark color, always moisturize first.  This will ensure a plump lip that will hold color and not look dry and aging.  I first line my lips and fill in just slightly before applying the color of choice.  When going light or nude, pick a color complimentary to your skin tone.  When picking a color, go to a department store where you can actually apply different colors and there should be somebody working behind the counter happy to help.  Try on as many as it takes to find your perfect shade(s).

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Favorites: Nude – MAC – Cremesheen d’Nude  Light Pink – MAC – Snob {When using the lighter colors, I always highlight my cupids bow, this ensures a bigger, brighter pout} Dark Pink: Sephora – Forever Fuschia Lip Moisturizer – MAC – Lip Conditioner

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3 Responses to “Making Up”

  1. Sarah

    Okay, I am so clueless about concealer and foundation. You use both? I have only been using concealer. So concealer first then put foundation on top?

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  2. Breanna

    I LOVE concealer. Lucky for me I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes so I need something to help make it look like I sleep at night. I just found an amazing concealer by IT cosmetics. I literally just found it about a week ago and it conceals great. Plus they are a mineral based cosmetic so I love that.
    I do my eye makeup first so I don’t get any eye shadow dust on the wet concealer, or it would have the opposite effect.
    After the eyes, I do concealer then my foundation. I also use the IT cosmetics foundation and it is amazing as well.
    Hope that helps!

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