Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Prevent Lip Color from Feathering or Bleeding

Share your best tips and tricks for keeping your lip color on your lips and not outside of them! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Lip liner!  Whether it’s a lip liner that’s similar to your natural lip color or the one you’re applying, it can help keep the color from moving outside of your natural lip lines.
  2. Clear lip liner works a treat around the outer edge of the lips to prevent it from migrating!
  3. If you’re very prone to feathering/bleeding with your lip colors, opt for more matte formulas – more emollient/glossier products have a tendency to slip and bleed more.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Cream Eyeshadows

Share your best tips and tricks for applying cream eyeshadows! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. For a wash of color, a flat, firm brush is great to get the product to the lid, but then using your finger tip or a fluffier eyeshadow brush works well for dispersing the color more evenly as a wash of color.
  2. For more intense color, a firm, flat brush works well for applying, patting, and packing on the color without blending it out too much.  Use a fingertip or a fluffy brush to soften the edges as you work.
  3. If you are more prone to creasing/fading or have oilier eyelids, while some eyeshadows may last, you may still want to apply primer underneath for extra hold.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Conceal Acne

Share your best tips and tricks for concealing acne or post-acne marks! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like using pencil concealers or more liquid-y concealers.  Pencil is great, because the tip makes it easy to be precise and can easily be carried with you on the go, while liquid ones can help to hydrate and minimize the look of dryness/flakiness on the affected area.
  2. My goal is always to minimize the look but concealing entirely sometimes just doesn’t work depending on the severity of the spot (and sometimes, how dry or flaky it is!).  I apply concealer in a thin layer initially, then apply a slightly thicker layer after that.  I like to use a flat, firm concealer brush for this initial application.
  3. Sometimes you need to do reverse contouring if it is a raised spot, so that it looks flatter and less raised.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Dark Eyeshadows

Share your best tips and tricks for applying your favorite dark eyeshadows! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like to apply the darkest eyeshadows with a fluffier brush, because it helps with blending from the get-go — it’s easier for me to lay down a softer, sheerer application and then build up in the places you need it than having a super intense, dark area that needs to be blended out a lot!
  2. Use a lot less than you think! Unless it’s a really poorly pigmented eyeshadow, even moderately pigmented eyeshadows can go on too dark too quickly, so don’t be afraid to go back to the pan a few times to achieve the right darkness for a shade you’re not familiar with yet!
  3. Soft, feathery, circular strokes–like you’re ice skating across the lid–super light-handed movements will do more for blending than more heavy handed, quicker movements.
  4. Don’t be afraid to use a lighter color to blend out the edges; you may want to use a separate blending brush for this purpose, too!
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Conceal Under Eye Circles

Share your best tips and tricks for concealing under eye circles, tiredness, darkness, etc.! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like to use a concealer that is slightly peachy (or salmon) toned to help to counteract darkness.
  2. I prefer a creamier concealer that’s not too emollient but not too dry to maximize effectiveness in terms of concealing and smoothing out the area while minimizing settling/creasing.
  3. I like to pat on with finger tips, and then use a fluffy blending brush (like for eyeshadow) to blend the concealer.  Then set with translucent or pressed powder!
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Play Up Your Natural Beauty

Share your best tips and tricks for play up your natural beauty! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Natural beauty to me always makes me think of skin, so I think base products can often do the most for enhancing the canvas by evening out the color, hiding any slight imperfections from acne (or post-acne) and the like, but one that is light to medium coverage still lets the natural skin come through.  I like a buildable foundation, as I can use it lightly all-over and then use more moderate coverage just in the areas I need it.
  2. Finishing powders do a lot to add life to skin that can be tired or dull without making it look really shimmery or highlighted, and they’re very much my secret weapon to faking beautiful skin.
  3. I like to pick one or two features and then bring them out, like if you have really lovely eyes, then bringing out their shape by defining or contouring can be a great thing to do.  If you have great cheek bones, lightly highlighting and contouring can really make them pop.