Tips + Tricks

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  • For a flawlessly finished face, make sure to use a foundation brush and apply from the center of your face outward.
  • Makeup your lips look fuller by putting highlighter on your cupids bow and in the center of your bottom lip.
  • Clear mascara makes a great mixing medium for eyeshadows! It grips the pigment better and lasts longer than water.
  • Primer is essential for keeping makeup intact. Its like the base coat to a manicure. Oil-free versions are the best, and are sensitive skin-friendly too!
  • Hate it when your pencil eyeliner smudges? Apply powder eyeshadow over the pencil to set it in place. Choose a matching or slightly darker shade.
  • A healthy lifestyle is more than just solid gym time and a massive serving of veggies — there's your skin to think about. Bring on the vitamin C to brighten, creams that lock in moisture, and sugar to heal lips chapped by too much running in the wind.
  • Make your lip gloss multitask! Keep a pearly white lip gloss handy at all times. Not only to slick on the lips, but to highlight your brow and cheekbones.
  • Initially, yes, this sounds gross, but both blotting papers and toilet seat covers are made out of similar fabrics and will help sop up excess oil on your skin. So, if you're in a pinch and headed to the bathroom to freshen up anyway, grab one of these covers and pat it over your skin to decrease any excess oil on your face.
  • Put two metal spoons in the freezer at night, and in the morning, place the backs of the cold spoons under your eyes and as close to the inner corners as possible. Apply a little bit of pressure and slowly glide the spoons toward the outer corners. The gliding movement will help drain the fluid that's pooling underneath your eye, while the cold spoon will help minimize any puffiness.
  • Foundation does not need to be applied all over the face, especially when it comes to everyday makeup. Instead, think of it as a way to even out your skin tone, and only apply it where you need to. For most people, this is the center of the face. Now you can choose to use either a foundation brush, a sponge, or your fingers, whichever you prefer. Start applying it slowly around the nose and chin and work your way out and down. This helps to avoid a harsh foundation line at the hairline, jaw, and neck. Generally there will be more foundation in the center of the face and less as you work out. And then blend, blend, blend! Also be careful to avoid a build-up of foundation in your eyebrows as well as in your hairline – or you will look like you are molting.
  • Love the smokey eye look, but stumped on how to achieve it? Mix a little bit of black eyeliner with your concealer, then apply it to your lids. Finish it off with black mascara!
  • After your cream blush it applied, set it with a translucent powder to make it last all day.
  • Make your mascara last 3x longer! Just add 4-5 drops of eye drops (I use VISINE) to the bottle. Make sure you insert the wand and stir.
  • Too much bronzer is a nightmare for pale skin! So instead, opt for an illuminating cream or light powder to get a glow.
  • The antihistamines in allergy medicine dry out the skin, so skip heavy foundation during allergy season. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer.
  • If you’re afraid of red lipstick, I love putting it on and then blotting it off to wear it as more of a stain.
  • When choosing a red lipstick, you just want to remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, then go for warmer reds, if you have a cool undertone, then go cooler.
  • To make your cheek bones appear higher, use a bronzer under the cheekbone and a highlighter on the actual cheekbone.
  • Always allow about two fingers from your nose to where blush starts.
  • FULL COVERAGE: This allows a little of your skin tone to show through. It contains a higher concentration of pigment which downplays any redness.
  • COMPLETE COVERAGE or TOTAL COVERAGE: This type of product masks black and blue discoloration. Because it covers so well, none of your skin tone will show through. For this reason it is extremely important to get a correct match.
  • For a subtle glow (THINK SPRING!) add a small amount of your face tanning product to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Didn't feel like washing your hair today? Well, if your hairline starts to look greasy, get your fluffy makeup brush, and dip it into some loose powder. Tap it once on the back of your hand to remove the excess, then dust it over your roots. It mops up oil and blends into your strands.
  • Breakouts? Camouflage them by applying a yellow-based concealer to counteract the redness. Use a concealer brush to pat it on, then blend the edges with your ring finger.
  • Heat your lash curler for about 5 seconds, then curl away!
  • If you're using a cream or pressed eyeshadow, instead of 'swiping' the color on your lids, tap it on. This will ensure that you're getting the most pigment out of a color.
  • If you are thinking of sporting those lovely false lashes, don't waste your money on expensive, overpriced ones - I personally LOVE Ardell Lashes (which you can find at Walgreens) and Andrea Lashes (which you can find at Sally Beauty Supply) Trust me, your lashes will be happy!!
  • Yes, winter is still here and our lips are not up to par. So, every morning while brushing those teeth, add brushing your lips to the routine! Use a soft toothbrush or a washcloth to "brush your lips" -- Then apply a lip balm for lipstick-worthy lips!
  • Oily skin can be troublesome, and sometimes expensive to tame. So, you will never guess what works great as a primer...and it's not even in the makeup aisle! Milk of Magnesia! Now, it may sound weird, but this will give that matte finish. Also, make sure its 'Sugar Free' -- You don't need to sugar coat your face!
  •  Ever try that pretty looking makeup at those makeup counters? Just remember before you do, use an antibacterial spray or wipe. You will not believe what can be found on display makeup!
  • If you need to neutralize your lips, use a light foundation instead of concealer. Concealer can be too drying, and it looks unnatural.
  • When hiding those unsightly breakouts, never use a concealer that is lighter then your skin, this will only highlight them.
  • Apply your foundation in downward strokes. This will prevent your little 'peach fuzz' from sticking up!
  • Instead of lining your waterline with a dark liner, line them with a white Khol Pencil (everyone needs a Kohl Pencil, it's a MUST!!) to create the illusion of bigger eyes.
  • Tired of getting mascara where it doesn't need to be?? Use a plastic spoon to easily apply mascara to your bottom lashes without getting any on your skin under your eyes.
  • After your lipstick is applied, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder with your powder brush. This will crate a matte look that lasts much longer.
  • To make your concealer blend completely, apply a thin layer of foundation over it.
  • Foundation should be used to even out your skin tone, not change the color of it.
  • Have a little bit of a problem?? If you’re out of concealer, use a small amount of dried up foundation from the lid! Hey, we've all been there...
  • Highlight the brow bone, and the middle of the eyelid with a white eyeshadow. When the light hits your eyes, they will be sure to pop!
  • Looking tired?? Don’t dot concealer on under the eyes, as it can make the area look puffy. Instead, apply your concealer in a reverse triangle shape using your ring finger to pat the product into the skin.
  •  After a long night out, keep it simple by cleansing and moisturizing your skin with a light weight moisturiser. Alcohol and/or lack of sleep tends to congest the skin -- So its best to avoid heavy, rich moisturizers.
  • Eyebrows are one of the most important features of our faces - and yet they are often the most neglected.
  • To make shadows appear more intense and last longer -- use a white eyeliner pencil as a base all over the lid.
  • After cleansing your skin, apply a hydrating mist/toner with a makeup brush; this will help to really lock the moisture into your pores. Happy skin=A Happy you!
  • To achieve a more sculpted look, try using two or three different shades of bronzer to warm your skin. This will look more natural and radiant.
  • Who doesn't want to make a statement?? When you want that statement lip, do it on a fresh face before any other makeup is applied. This way you will be able to coordinate your lips with the rest of your makeup.
  • If choosing a blush with shimmer, go for a golden based shimmer rather then a silver one. Silver based blushes can often look unnatural. After all, you don't want to look like an extra from the wizard of oz!
  • Lip plumpers should be thrown out after a year. They loose their plumping abilities -- which then makes the formula become tacky and sticky.
  • Im a huge fan of bronzer!! If you wear bronzer around your hair line and are wearing your hair up, make sure to apply some on your ears, otherwise your makeup will look uneven and blotchy. Happy bronzing
  • If you make a mistake with your eyeliner, rather then reaching for the makeup remover; clean it up using a small amount of liquid foundation on a Q-tip.
  • Avoid using waterproof eyeliners on your waterline. Although it will last longer and won’t smudge as much, they are too tough and too dry for the waterline.
  • When traveling, use bottled water to cleanse your skin. Reason being, different locations have different tap water, and that can take a toll on your skin.
  • If you have oily skin and find your makeup slides off during the day -- even when you use a primer; skip the moisturiser and just use primer. Most primers provide enough hydration for oily skin. They are moisturisers with added silicons, etc.
  • When it comes to eye creams, less is best! Only use a very small amount where you need it. Applying to much product can actually cause it to build up under the skin and give the apperance of puffiness.
  • If you love your lipstick shade but find it’s too bright -- mix it with a small dot of liquid foundation. This helps to sheer down the color as well as making it last longer.
  • Have at least one makeup free day a week, this will help your skin stay healthy.
  • Get the length, fullness and darkness you've always wanted -- in just 4 to 8 weeks!! Try Nutraluxe Lash MD -- This is a natural eyelash growth. Its Parben Free, Chemical free, Alcohol free and Fragrance free.
  • When creating a dark, smoky eye, finish your eye makeup BEFORE applying concealer and foundation. This will allow you to wipe away any dark shadow that might fall under your eyes BEFORE applying your concealer and foundation. It's a great technique that not only saves time, but product!
  • Want to look 10 years younger?? OF COURSE YOU DO! Buy the brightest blush at any makeup counter -- swipe it on the apples of your cheeks -- there ya go, 10 years gone!
  • To give yourself a "fresh face" natural look -- skip the eyeshadow and apply a little bit of peachy pink blush on the lids! It wakes up the entire face!
  • Match your eyeliner to a color you are wearing for a pulled together look. Teal looks awesome
  • Many women think they cant wear lip gloss as they get older, but gloss if great for older lips because it makes lips look plumper by catching the light. Don't knock it till you try it!
  •  If too much green beer has left you looking a little green try a little concealer first to wake up your eyes. Skip the shadow, it will only draw attention to your tiredness. Follow with a coral cheek and lip to bring your face back to life.
  • Want to extend the life of your mascara? Never pump the brush into the tube. Turn it instead! Pumping pushes air and bacteria into the tube. This will cause it to dry up and flake much sooner.
  • Use a highlighter just above your brows near the temple for an instant eye lift!
  • Use a primer before applying makeup! This will ensure a smooth canvas to start with and your makeup will last much longer
  • Brighten your eyes by using a white eyeliner on the bottom lids
  • Store your lipstick in the fridge, it will last weeks longer
  • Put your eye pencils in the freezer for a few minutes before you sharpen. This will help to keep them firm.
  • When curling your lashes, make sure you maintain eye contact with your pretty little self in the mirror. If you close your eyes, you can very well pull out your own lashes.