What is your favorite red lipstick? Who makes it? What is it called? Tell us why it’s your favorite!
I love Red No. 5 by MAC, which came out awhile ago; it’s a raspberry red, and it’s dark enough so it isn’t fire-engine red, but it’s still bold for the right occasion.
What’s your favorite base to use for eyeshadow? What base helps your makeup from creasing, eyeshadow colors to pop, and keep you looking good all day?
I actually tend to use pigments applied with water-based mixing medium as a base – I’m a total odd ball on that account!
What eyeshadow do you swoon over, but never wear? What eyeshadow is just gorgeous to look at, but you don’t wear – whether for fear of using it all up or that it might look bad on you or whatever?
No eyeshadow color is off limits! I use everything I buy thus far, and I want to keep it that way. I’d probably say matte yellows are my least favorite, as I feel they make my skin look a bit sallow!
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Q: Where is the best place to apply eyeliner under your eye, above or below the lashes? I generally use it below the lashes but i wonder if it would look better if I put it above the lashes.
A: Above the lashes is called the waterline, and below is the lower lash line. Either one is acceptable – waterline lining doesn’t usually last very long, because of the nature of it, with how it’s slightly watery at all times. Most do both!
Q: What is the best way to clean brushes between various applications? Let’s say I have to do 5 girls’ makeup back to back, what is the quickest way to do this?
A: The best way is to invest in a brush cleanser, like MAC’s, which is meant to dry quickly. Professional makeup artist Billy B recently shared a tip with Karen from Makeupandbeautyblog.com that using Anti-bacterial Wet Ones makes a great quick cleanser for brushes in between doing models.
Q: I want to avoid buying tons of foundation at this moment. What is the most feasible way to get various shades of foundation using the most minimal approach?
A: I would try to purchase three warm shades, three cool shades. Go for the lightest and darkest in both ranges, and then pick a middle-of-the-ground one. This will allow you to mix different shades together to achieve the best shade. You can start out light, add a touch of a deeper color, and so on. Many artists end up having to do this, even if they have a whole range of shades available to them, to create the most flawless skin.
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What 5-10 eyeshadows should every beauty addict own? What 5-10 eyeshadows (any brand) does everyone need to have in their collection?
Some of the shadows I’m always using are: Carbon (matte black), Espresso (deep matte brown), Goldmine (true gold), Bronze (warm chocolately brown), Ricepaper (shimmery neutral highlight), Stars ‘n Rockets (shimemry purple-magenta), Sumptuous Olive (olive green), Shimmermoss (shimmery teal), Juxt (light frosty green), and Gorgeous Gold (gold with green undertones).
What do others think of your beauty/makeup love? (Okay, perhaps addiction is a better word!) Do your family or friends love it or hate it? Support it, fund it, or scoff at you?
I’m so lucky that my mom supports all of my hobbies–not financially, unfortunately (!)–but she loves that I’ve turned a passion into something productive (the blog), and she’s always bragging to people that her daughter is a blogger, actually! Now, nobody thinks I should be spending as much as I do by any means, though. I just moved back to my hometown, but none of my friends are here, so I’ve not encountered anything from that side of things. Thank god I met Karen of Makeupandbeautyblog.com, who I can gab about makeup and beauty all day and night long My boyfriend was afraid I’d turn him into a girl with all my beauty talk nonstop!