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The beauty lesson that took me the longest to grasp was learning to accept that I have fair skin. Ladies, don’t paint your face with blush and bronzer to somehow mask the porcelain. Beauty comes in all complexions. Less is more. Natural, porcelain skin is just as beautiful as the so-called “healthy glow.” Halloween is over. Let the Oompa-Loompas take a holiday.

My worst skill has got to be(and has always been) painting my fingernails, FAIL! I am getting better though, I just have to do it regularly. My left hand seems to hate doing anything except opening jars… it’s really good at that!

Lots of things, since it is I am involved only for the enjoyment. It’s all about trial and error and learning from a few good peeps who enjoy helping others try. False eyelashes and me do not get along. It usually involves the loss of my own eyelashes. WTH do they put in Duo lash adhesive.. my eyes water like a SOB.

Eyeshadow and eyeliner. I’m still bad at it. I can’t get a straight line with eyeliner and eyeshadow just…I never know how to use what colors where, and my eyelids are kind of wrinkly to begin with, plus I wear tinted glasses, so most of the time I just don’t bother. If anyone has tips for getting eyeliner right, I’m all ears.

Hi! I used to struggle for such a long time with eyeliner and watching countless tutorials didn’t seem to help either. I ended up getting myself a small roll of micropore/surgical tape and stuck it from the outer corner of my eye to where that line would meet the end of my eyebrows, and practised with applying using a magnifying glass to see where I was going wrong. I still use tape when I do my eye makeup now, but I don’t need to keep wiping and reapplying because one side is completely different to the other! Hope that helps x

Liquid/gel or pencil?
Liquid – I stand really close to the mirror and put the elbow of the arm I’m using against it, it provides extra stability. I like a thin line so I don’t use much pressure. if you want a wing draw the bottom line, then the top line, then fill in. And practice, I used to spend time practising before I went to bed so if I made a mess of it I didn’t matter and there was no pressure.

Pencil – the key for me were good pencils that are soft enough to deposit colour but hard enough to hold shape. Check reviews and test on your hand, I like ones that will leave a reasonable line without having to use any pressure.

I would start with pencil. As Jax said, soft/creamy are best. If you don’t want to invest too much money to “practice”, L’Oreal or Milani have good ones. I find with a pencil you I have more control, and if it doesn’t look even, or it looks too harsh, it can always be blended out. You can also try lining your upper lash line with a darker eyeshadow. HTH

If you choose liquid or pencil, you don’t have to actually DRAW a straight line. You can dot liner: draw dots across the lashline, and then connect the dots. Or draw a ton of tiny line–one after the other. Sounds like a lot of work and time–but it’s extremely easy and doesn’t take more than a minute to line both eyes once you get used to it. Once you get used to the feel of your chosen liner, you can practice actually DRAWING straight lines by making the dots further apart from each other.

Magnified mirrors help if you wear glasses like I do.

If the idea of a potted gel liner and a brush doesn’t intimidate you, I know people who find a flat liner brush much easier to use than an eye pencil or liquid liner. There are tutorials on youtube for this method.

False lashes as well! Gosh, at least I’m decent at it now and they look good unless you stand very close to me. But I always end up with one pointing up and one slanting downwards!

I’ve just been using individual lashes lately, much much easier.

I find individual lashes to be incredibly finicky too. I’m much better at strip lashes. The key with ALL false lashes is to let the glue dry for about 30 seconds, or until it’s “tacky”. If you put it straight onto your lash line without waiting, it will just slide around.

I think falsies and cat eyes are the most difficult things for me as well – and getting my eyebrows to look even. I get so many compliments on them now because I quit overplucking them but I think one looks way different than the other. XD
Anything overly graphic or artistic is difficult for me as well. I know I’m good at pairing colors and making ‘pretty’ looks, but edgier things are far more difficult for me.
Although to some, rainbow eyes are edgy even if they are blended out and “soft”

Your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins anyway! At least that’s what I tell myself. Mine are never even either! My problem is winged eyeliner. Can’t do it to save my life!

When I first started wearing makeup, I was nervous about putting pointy objects near my eyes, so I’d have to say lining my waterline, followed by a lash curler. For some reason, I never seemed to have an issue with mascara. Everything else seemed pretty basic; I just followed the natural contours & planes on my face.

The hardest thing to learn was how to apply liquid eyeliner precisely and how to paint my right hand nails using my left hand.

blush because i have chubby cheeks, and cat eye style eyeliner (i still can’t do it lol my eyeliner doesn’t match and i get frustrated

Learning to love my skin color. In all it’s bronze glory. It was really hard to accept that some brands and some products are just completely off limits (*cough* Benefit *cough*) because they don’t make anything dark enough for me.

Winged liner was definitely the hardest skill for me to learn. False lashes are annoying too, but I don’t wear them on a regular basis like I do cat eyes so they’re not as frustrating to me.

I’ve been wearing makeup for many years now, and just this summer I decided to start wearing black gel liner on my upper lashline (for years I was out of touch with eyeliner) I didn’t neglect eyeshadow though. Getting the line even is…. hard lol. Some days it turns out perfect with no effort, and other days no matter how hard I try, it looks less than stellar. I also want to try lashes but that will probably take me a while lol

It took me the longest time to learn how to apply eyeshadow in a way that doesn’t look muddy. I guess part of the problem was that I started out using drugstore eyeshadows with the little sponge tip applicators and that can only get you so far. It was a great revelation when I figured out that the right tools can make all the difference.

I’m a pro at it now, I would have to say liquid and cream eyeliners, what I still haven’t mastered yet is false eyelashes

Took me forever to feel comfortable with my eyeliner application!

Wore false eyelashes for the very first time last weekend, for a halloween party. Got them on first try, I was very proud. Next day, severe reaction from them. Don’t know if it was the adhesive or the fact that there were feather bits on the lashes. Neither my skin or eyes are particularly sensitive, so never again!

Blending. I’m can do it well enough to get by, but I wish I was better at it. Eyeliner is also a bit of a challenge, sometimes I get it right and sometimes not. I do find that eyeliner brushes make that a bit smoother.

I would look at your brushes, to be honest. I thought I wasn’t very good either, then I bought a few blending brushes and now it’s really easy!

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