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How to Build Your Own Eyeshadow Palette

How to Build Your Own Eyeshadow Palette

Building your own eyeshadow palette is easiest when you understand your own preferences. Examples: If you love mattes and only use a few shimmers, the number of mattes vs. shimmers in your palette should reflect this. If you prefer less smoky looks, then you want to make sure you have less deep...

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How I Understand Colors & Undertones in Makeup (Part 2)

How I Understand Colors & Undertones in Makeup (Part 2)

Here's part two explaining how I look at, classify, and understand color, which reflects how I describe products in reviews and how they're classified in the Swatch Gallery (which is truly a work-in-progress as I refine and get a better understanding of depth, undertone, and how relative that is...

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How I Understand Colors & Undertones in Makeup (Part 1)

How I Understand Colors & Undertones in Makeup (Part 1)

Describing colors and undertones is a challenge. It's something that I've been working on for almost 15 years, especially because no matter how well I might calibrate my colors on my end... I can't control how they're viewed on a plethora of devices, screens, and lighting conditions. (Seriously,...

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This or That | Critical Comparisons for Mindful Purchases

This or That | Critical Comparisons for Mindful Purchases

Have you ever seen two products and thought it was impossible to decide between the two of them? Do you have two similar shades in your stash but haven't been able to explain why one stands out to you over the other?

There are more obvious ways to compare between two products, like looking at the...

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Making Sense of Chaotic Eyeshadow Palettes

Making Sense of Chaotic Eyeshadow Palettes

Yesterday, I shared my methods for breaking down an eyeshadow palette into more digestible pieces to see color combinations more readily. I also shared some more advanced methods that built off of those basics. All of those techniques work across all palettes, even more chaotic ones, but let's try...

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How to Choose Eyeshadow Color Combinations from a Palette

How to Choose Eyeshadow Color Combinations from a Palette

Have you ever looked at an eyeshadow palette and just been lost at how to start using it? Sometimes the color combinations jump out at us but other times, they're harder to spot. I have a very methodical approach to initially looking at an eyeshadow palette to visualize the types of color...

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How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Eye Makeup | 26 Looks to Try

How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Eye Makeup | 26 Looks to Try

Multiple Pops of Color

One of the easiest ways to add pops of color is to the inner and outer portions of the eye area or as an eyeliner (either on the upper lash line or lower lash line). You'll notice that there's a trend in these looks: the color is on the inner and outer portion with more of a...

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Curate a Makeup Collection You Love with More Mindfulness (2020 Guide)

Curate a Makeup Collection You Love with More Mindfulness (2020 Guide)

If you find yourself prone to purchasing on impulse or often feel like you purchase products that are well-reviewed, popular, or buzzed about but don't actually find you love them like you feel you should, this list of tips might help you figure out how to better understand your own preferences and...

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How-to Buy Less Makeup: Guide to Makeup No-Buys & Low-Buys (2020)

How-to Buy Less Makeup: Guide to Makeup No-Buys & Low-Buys (2020)

With the beauty industry releasing more and more products and with greater accessibility to those launches, it's no surprise that some have felt like they've overindulged or have reached a point of saturation and are approaching 2020 purchases with a more critical eye.  Whether you're on a makeup...

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How to Apply Blush – Everything You Want to Know!

How to Apply Blush – Everything You Want to Know!

Blush can really add a lot to a look, but it can be easy to over-apply color and be unhappy with the end result. A lot of blush application is in the technique and adjusting that technique for different types of formulas, especially more pigmented formulas or shades that offer more contrast from...

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