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What is the best tip or trick you've discovered from other readers' comments?

What is the best tip or trick you’ve discovered from other readers’ comments? Share!

I learned about needing to apply way more than you think for sunscreen through readers. Generally, a lot of great skincare and ingredient knowledge (or jumping off points that inspire more research) comes from the community here.

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KaseyCannuck Avatar

Peach undereye concealer. I was inpired to try it after reading about it here and it is the best shade for me to cover my dark circles. I have huge super-dark hereditary discolouration and finding the right shade that doesn’t have a reverse raccoon-eye effect is a challenge for me. Yellow leaves a weird obvious tint on me no matter how thin I apply it and in the past I’ve used foundation as concealer just to avoid the yellow undertone.

Wednesday Avatar

OMG Where do I begin? Is there a best tip, I can’t isolate just one. Over the years I’ve picked up so many from product use tips to general lexicon to information that lead me to another path where I learned something else. Thinking back to the days where I didn’t know how to blend eyeshadow properly, didn’t know what tighlining was and now I feel so much more confident in my makeup skills and my love for applying makeup has grown along with it.

Temptalia features that help me in my journey (other than the Swatch tool which I use all the time and appreciate so much!!!: Survey Says and Temptalia Asks you (the user questions) as these tend to be most informative and generate more comments and discussion.

I think sometimes people have no idea how helpful their comments have been. Good question, Casey!

KaseyCannuck Avatar

Thank you Wendy! There’s a lot of things I’ve tried based on comments here, but the only answer I could think of first thing in the morning was about concealer! I’ve found excellent products that can resist sliding off my oily skin, great organization ideas, and I’ve added a little colour to my former neutral self!

Joyce Avatar

My answer actually comes from something the Muse said which she learned from one of her readers: to use Wet n Wild Brulee eyeshadow single as a setting powder for concealer. What a great idea!

helen Avatar

The best (and latest) tip just blew my mind (because it works so well!).
Before applying foundation (doesn’t matter if it’s liquid or powder), dust on loose powder, pressed powder will NOT work, with a brush, (doesn’t work with a powder puff or sponge) over the entire face (sounds ridiculous, i know) and THEN apply your foundation.
The foundation stays on longer (and i have combination skin) and looks amazing.
Thank you Wayne Goss!!!

Andrea Avatar

I got my whole skincare routine this way. Used to get such expensive and worthless creams that did nothing for me. Now my skin glows and looks at its best. Also through bloggers and YouTubers learnt about the Beautypedia, and now I can’t live without.

patsyann Avatar

I really can’t begin to list all the things I have learned from readers’ comments. It has been a wonderful adjunct to Temptalia’s reviews. Exploring non-department store brands of make up has probably been the top gift I have received from readers. I have learned about cosmetic lines that I never knew existed and it has been fun tracking some down and trying out their products. My horizons have spread way beyond Macys and Nordstroms. Thank you all.

Kimmy Avatar

There have been so many….the most life changing was probably setting my under eye concealer with powder (learnt that a few years ago. I’ve been an avid skincare enthusiast for a really long time, so it’s more so the makeup application tips/tricks that have been a learning experience for me (not that I want imply that I know everything there is to know about skin care, lol, not at all).

Veronica Avatar

It’s mostly been an introduction to new brands, particularly indie companies. Probably the most helpful tip I ever picked up was from you, Christine – using a blending brush to smooth out undereye concealer! Covering up that area is much easier now that I’m using something gentler.

zena Avatar

It wouldn’t necessarily be a tip or trick but non-sponsored, honest reviews helped me a lot rather than going to the MU counter or drugstore spending a bunch of money on low quality products just because the sales person raves about it or I just like the packaging. I’ve noticed a lot less of this lately though and it saddens me. Also seems like many are now afraid to give an honest review if it is not flattering.

Helene Avatar

It’s mostly learning about brands I’ve not heard of, and the interesting comments form this fantastic community. I’ve also saved a bit of money, reading not only the reviews ant the ratings, but also the comments.
I really like all aspects of makeup and beauty products and I find it so much fun and inspirational to read the “Free for haul” every Friday.

Karen Avatar

I’ve learned plenty from the beauty gurus, their readers and viewing audience. They help me keep up to date on new releases. I’ve searched for lines and products I never knew existed because they’ve been mentioned in the comments. I depend on your reviews to help me decide when to skip on something. Lots of tips and tricks including salmon concealer for my dark circles, nude pencil in shadowy areas on the forehead and around the mouth, always curl my lashes now too.

Think115 Avatar

This is a great question. Just the other day I was thinking about how much I learn from Christine’s reader comments. For me, it’s not so much the tips and tricks, but the favorite products and tools (and comments about the “worst” as well). I would probably not have purchased the Beauty Blender sponge (which I now can’t live without) had it not been for reader comments. And I wouldn’t have tried Inglot’s gel liner (77 is my favorite) for tightlining.

As far as tips and tricks, setting concealer with powder was definitely a winner for me. Now I’m off to try the one about using loose powder being applying foundation. πŸ™‚

zFashionizta Avatar

I learned how to do a cut shadow look on someone’s blog or on YouTube using a piece of tape & realized that using the piece of tape helps me archieve the perfect winged liner look (or as perfect as it can be can because I have two different shaped eyes).

Kristina Avatar

I say most of mine come from Wayne Goss. LORD, he is a genius!!

-tightlining with an eyelash curler
-contouring line
-undereye triangle highlighting

*Best one of all= Let your brush do the work & don’t force it. Applying & blending has never been so effortless and beautiful.

Lakitha Avatar

The importance of proper cleansing, toning, and moisturizing of skin.

The importance of exfoliation of skin to ensure a smooth makeup application.

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