Saturday, November 7th, 2009

30 Must-Read Posts from the Archives

Whether you’re a long-time reader or this is your first time, navigating through our archives is near impossible to make easy. With 5,000 posts, there are definitely a few that stand out! Some of the must-read posts listed below are actually a series of posts or even a post that goes on to list numerous more posts (almost like a guide within a guide!).  Ultimately, we feel these are all posts that have stood the test of time and really continue to be relevant, useful, or interesting articles.

Makeup Tips

  • 16 Tips on How-to Apply Eyeshadow features sixteen of my favorite application tips and tricks to getting more out of your eyeshadow–from blending to brushes to color.
  • Eye Diagram/Reference will teach you about the different parts of the eye and how to identify them — from the crease to the lower lash line to the inner lid! It’s particularly useful if you are a frequent Temptalia reader, as I reference each part of the eye based on this chart.
  • Best Eye Makeup Brushes (Video) is an updated, video version of my must-have brushes are for doing my eye make-up. The video features six core brushes as well as two additional brushes I really like.
  • 7 Must-Have Eye Brushes features seven of my must-have brushes to create gorgeous eye looks. My picks were all MAC brushes, but the idea is really more about the shape and type of brush–the brand is up to you! If you have problems with blending in particular, you may also want to check out our blending how-to.
  • Best Face Brushes (Video) is a six minute video featuring Temptalia’s must-have brushes for applying blush, highlighters, and foundation.
  • 8 Must-Have Face Brushes for Flawless Skin features detailed explanations and reasonings as to what brushes you need to create your look.
  • How-to Clean Your Makeup Brushes (Video) explains how to best clean your brushes to keep them bacteria-, dirt-, and build-up free so those brushes you’ve invested in will last you years and years.

Tutorials

  • How-to Apply Blush for Glowy Cheeks (Video) is a quick, two and a half minute video on applying blush, where to apply it, what kind of technique I’ve found to work best, and how to bring it altogether for beautiful, glowy cheeks.
  • How-to Contour & Highlight (Video) is a short, five-minute video showing one method of contouring and highlighting your face for everyday wear.
  • How-to Apply Liquid Foundation (Video) is a tutorial on how-to apply your liquid foundation using a brush (like the MAC 109) for a flawless look.
  • How-to Apply Red Lips is a photo-based tutorial wih step-by-step photos to help you with your application of bold lip color, such as red, for a gorgeous, flawless looking pout that’ll have everyone on their knees!
  • How-to Line Your Upper Lash Line will show you with step-by-step photos and detailed instructions on how to create the classic cat-eye look with black gel liner.
  • How-to Fill In Your Brows (Video) is a quick, three minute video showing one method of filling in your brows using an angled brush and pressed powder to create fuller, more defined brows.
  • 5 Minute Eyes (Video) shows you how to create an easy neutral look in just four minutes.
  • Tutorial: Smoky Eyes will take you step-by-step with close-up, detailed photos on how to create an easy, timeless smoky eye. As an added bonus? A little help with creating cat-eye liner, too!
  • Tutorial: Black Smoky Eyes is a classic Temptalia tutorial (in fact, one of our firsts!) all about creating a very dramatic, very dark smoky eye.

MAC

  • MAC Makeup: Your Guide to Everything MAC Cosmetics is pretty much the most comprehensive listing of all of our must-read posts about MAC and all that MAC is. It includes a breakdown of posts that focus on brushes, must-have products, product photos, and swatches. To date, this Everything Guide features over 70 must-read posts about MAC Makeup!
  • Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Collections is a comprehensive listing of the latest collection releases as well as upcoming launches that we know about. We update it every few weeks with links to new information or reviews, swatches, and the like for recently released launches as well.
  • MAC Eye Brushes Guide includes detailed reviews as well as close-up product photos of most of MAC’s currently available eye brushes. Seasoned MAC artists also talked to Temptalia about their favorite brushes to use on the eyes, too!
  • MAC Face Brushes Guide contains detailed reviews, including product photos, of just about every face brush currently available by MAC. Also, get expert advice from MAC artists as they tell you what their favorite brushes are and why.
  • MAC Eyeshadows (Product Photos) is a photo montage of the majority of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows. Detailed, close-up photos were taken of as many permanent eyeshadows as possible. Psst, don’t forget to check out part two, as well.

Series

  • 30 Days of Make Up For Ever was a month long series in July 2009 that featured a myriad of product reviews, swatches, looks and even tutorials featuring the Make Up For Ever brand.
  • My Recommendation Guide is all about helping you find the best eyeshadows, best lipglosses/lipsticks, and best blushes based on your skin tone. This series consists of three parts: fair skin, medium skin, and dark skin. Recommendations are given both by Temptalia as well as readers!
  • The Best of… is a series of posts devoted to highlighting must-have products from different brands. The idea is to give you a snapshot of a brand’s best products if you haven’t yet tried that brand. You read our “Best of” for: Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Dior, and Guerlain — with more to come.
  • The Scarlet Season focuses on a variety of different shades of red lipsticks and lipglosses from various brands for the holiday season. (Please note, this series is currently in progress, so it is not finished yet.)
  • Temptalia’s Stash & Storage will keep you up-to-date on any posts, photos, or storage tips I have based on my own collection of beauty bits and bobs.

Get to Know Us

  • About Temptalia & the Founder is a quick intro into how Temptalia was created, what it wants to be, and who’s behind it.
  • How-to Contact Us with any feedback, questions, or suggestions.
  • FAQ which may help answer any questions you’ve always wondered about the blog.
  • Our Disclosures & Policies in regards to how we review, what we disclose, how we disclose, what some of that mumbo jumbo actually means, and the like.

Is there a post that you’ve always really enjoyed? A post you have bookmarked or one you continue to keep going back to? I’d love to hear what you might have found helpful or useful!

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16 thoughts on “30 Must-Read Posts From the Archives

  1. Kristina

    I have been trying my darndest to find the post of the MAC lipstick collection swatches on the back of your hand. I find it difficult at times to navigate for something specific here so this post is great.

    Can you show a link to that post?
    Thanks

  2. glitter princess

    liking this :) X

  3. Sarah

    Hey! Just wanted to let you know that when you click on the “The Scarlet Season” link, it takes you to the best of bobbi brown.

    I love the post though! Very Helpful!!

  4. Anja

    This is so handy to have all these links gathered together. Thanks Christine!

  5. Melissa

    I’ve been a daily reader and fan of temptalia.com for several months. I recently noticed that the site is more professional, easier to navigate and more ‘pulled together’ than before. This has made reading the posts even more enjoyable. I look forward to your insight and swatches as new products are released. Thank you for providing a valuable educational and entertaining resource!

    • Thanks, Melissa! It’s really great that you’re actually enjoying the site more as it’s become more professional and the like :D I’m always worried that that will work against us at times.

  6. Sass

    The 30 Days of MUFE are my favorite posts. That’s what got me to subscribe to this blog in the first place. Thanks the reminder.

    • I’m glad you liked them! I kind of wish I fell more in love with Make Up For Ever while I was doing it, but I just never fell head-over-heels for the brand!

  7. Gwyneth

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks so much for this post! I just started reading your blog not too long ago and your website has been a dream for anyone looking to learn more about make-up application and up-coming collections. I can’t thank you enough :)

    Much love & gratitude, gwyn