Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Keep Lips Nourished

Share your best tips and tricks for keeping your lips in their top shape! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Hydration — both in the form of lip balm as well as drinking plenty of water!  For me, a really good lip balm is one that hydrates even when it’s not on.  If I wear a lip balm but feel like I need more as soon as it’s faded away, it’s not hydrating enough in my book.
  2. Regular exfoliation is helpful for keeping lips soft, smooth, and supple.  A simple sugar scrub (a mix of sugar and an oil, like jojoba or olive oil) works well once or twice a week.
  3. Avoid really drying lipsticks and glosses; when you find one that is, it’s probably just not the right formula for you.  If it’s a formula that’s long-wearing and slightly drying, you might want to pat a little balm on top here and there throughout the day to combat it.  I like to give my lips a break or use more hydrating formulas between some of the more long-wearing ones (that can be drying).
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Find Colors that Flatter You

Share your best tips and tricks for finding the right colors for your coloring! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. Experiment!  First and foremost, it’s about playing with different colors and seeing what you like and what you don’t like.  You can even mix colors to create shades you don’t own (but maybe will!).
  2. A general rule of thumb is warmer complexions look better in warmer hues and vice versa. I think it’s a good starting point, but just because you have cool undertones doesn’t mean you can’t wear a warm color.
  3. Sometimes it’s not about that one color as it is about how the color works whatever else you have on (both in terms of makeup as well as clothes, accessories, etc.).  There are some colors that don’t work as well with my coloring if that was all I wore, but if I pair it with another color, it can work.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Fill in Your Brows

Share your best tips and tricks for filling in brows! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like using an angled brush that is no thicker than the thinnest part of my brow (which works out to be MAC’s 266 for me).
  2. I have darker brows but full-on black looks unnatural and very, very dark on me, so I opt for something a little lighter with a touch of warmth.  You do have to experiment with shades sometimes to find something that balances well with your natural hair color.
  3. When I have first grabbed product onto the brush, I apply in the middle, not the ends, as a lot of product will get applied on that initial application, so it’s better that I can blend it out to the rest of the brow than start at the edge where it might be too strong.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Applying Setting Powder

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

My Tips

  1. It’s important the powder is pressed into the skin, not merely feathered, if you really want to set the underlying base products–just use less than you think as you don’t need a lot and too much can look caky!
  2. I like translucent powders when I have a foundation that matches me, but I also keep a setting powder that is slightly darker so I can fix any foundation that might be slightly light.
  3. I like to mist my face with water (or if you prefer, an actual facial mist!) afterward, which helps to take down some of the excess powderiness.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Care for Oily Skin

Share your best tips and tricks for caring for oily skin! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. This is all readers!  I don’t have oily skin, so I don’t have any TRIED and true tips.  Ones I’ve heard often are: don’t skip moisturizer, just use one that’s appropriate for your skin type; mattifying powders and primers help; keep blotting powder or papers handy.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Hydrate Dry Skin

Share your best tips and tricks for hydrating dry skin!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

My Tips

  1. I like using products that help give an added boost to dry skin like hydrating serums/gels along with a really heavy duty moisturizer that I can use a spot treatment, so it won’t necessarily feel heavy or too much all-over but just right for those drier areas.
  2. Spend a little extra time working your moisturizer (both AM and PM) into the skin–make it more of a ritual.  At night, make sure you’ve let your moisturizer absorb before laying on your pillow so your pillow doesn’t get half the hydration!
  3. Don’t over-cleanse or over-exfoliate.  Make sure the products you’re using aren’t stripping your skin of its natural oils.