Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Matte Eyeshadow

Share your best tips and tricks for applying matte eyeshadow!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply matte eyeshadow.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Softer mattes can often be powdery and easily blended out – but sometimes they will blend to nothing all too soon!  After you grab the color with your brush, lightly tap the brush handle against your forearm; this will help loosen any excess powder before you apply it to your lid.  Then, pat, rather than sweep, the eyeshadow onto the lid, exactly where you want it.
  2. When using multiple matte shades together, I prefer to apply them first, then blend after I’ve determined where each shade is going.
  3. For firmer, stiffer matte textures, use a fluffy brush and lightly stab at the eyeshadow to loosen the color, and then grab the color and apply.  Use very fluffy brushes to blend out these stiffer textures, too.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Gel Eyeliner

Share your best tips and tricks for applying gel eyeliner!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply gel eyeliner.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. The applicator is important!  My preference is for a very thin, angled brush (I like MAC’s 208)  The thinner brush allows me to do both thin and thicker lines.
  2. Look up to see how close the eyeliner is to your lash line, because ultimately, you want to the eyeliner to get between the lashes, too, for a very solid, crisp line.
  3. If your hands are unsteady, try stabilizing yourself by resting your elbow on a flat surface.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Red Lipstick

Share your best tips and tricks for applying a beautiful red lipstick!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply red lipstick.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. If you have problems with the lip color bleeding or feathering, lay down a matching lip liner first, or an invisible lip liner along the edges, to help maintain a crisp line of color.
  2. Apply with a lip brush for precision, as this will allow you to layer on the color and apply it evenly, and it will also let you control and ensure it stays within your natural lip line.
  3. If you’re wearing a really matte formula, apply a hydrating lip balm about a half hour prior to applying your lip color.  If there is excess that hasn’t yet absorbed, blot it off (I usually just kiss the back of my hand) before applying.  (Lip balm can often shorten the wear of a lip color!)
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Blend Your Eyeshadow

Share your best tips and tricks for blending your eyeshadow to perfection!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to blend your eyeshadow.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Always take a step back! It’s all well and good to have your nose to the mirror, but make sure you’re also stepping back throughout the application to see how everything is looking from a “normal viewing distance” as I like to call it.
  2. Pull or push colors into the neighboring color.  Depending on the finish, blendability, and lightness/darkness of a shade, I’ll either lightly pull a lighter color onto a darker one, or lightly push the more matte shade over a more shimmery one.
  3. Soft, feathery strokes are better!  Use a very light hand with soft, quick strokes to diffuse color.