Sunday, January 12, 2014

Make-Up Tips & Product Recommendation for Beginners!

Someone on my Ask.FM asked this question & I ran out of room so I thought, why not just post it on here since I need to start blogging anyway. Plus, I can show pictures! lol :D

Make-up for beginners..I've never really thought about this so this might not be as detailed as keeping your skin clear lol But I'll do my best to come up with some tips & products I enjoy. :)

To start off, I have combination skin so make-up reacts differently depending on your skin type. My forehead is oily, my nose is dry, while the rest of my face is normal.

-Brushes. ELF brushes are only $1 & their studio line is $3. If I had to recommend certain brushes from them for a beginner, it would be the eye shadow brush(packing color on the whole lid), 

-Blending brush (blending a color into your crease as a transition color), 

-Flat top studio brush (Stippling foundation on. Wouldn't recommend for tinted moisturizers or BB creams though.) 

-Those are the essential basic brushes that I think would be more "required" in a sense. If you want to go further, I also like the bronzing brush for contouring, 

-Total face brush for blush.

 -If you want to take your eye shadow a step further, the crease brush is nice for deepening the outer V of your eye. 

-I have yet to try the studio angled eyeliner brush, but I LOVE the Sonia Kashuk bent brush for gel eye liner & the ELF one seems it could be a dupe for it.

-I use the Shu Uemera lash curler & I really love it. I can't recommend any other curlers because I've never tried any others.

-My ALL-TIME favorite palette is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

-I also highly recommend the Naked palettes. If you like warmer tones, Naked 1 is great for that.

Naked 2 is more cooler,

-While Naked 3 is romantic. Personally, out of the 3, Naked 3 is my favorite.

-If you can't afford them, Wet n' Wild makes amazing eye shadows. I just bought the 'Walking On Eggshells' trio & the pigmentation is AMAZING. My only issue with it is all 3 colors are frosts. You can find Wet n' Wild at CVS or Walgreens. I haven't seen the brand at my local Wal-Mart, Target, or Ulta oddly.

-NYX single-eye shadows are also really nice. 'True Taupe' is a color I feel like could work with many skin tones for the crease or outer V. I haven't personally ventured much into the drugstore eyeshadows honestly because I love Urban Decay eyeshadow so much.

-USE A PRIMER FOR YOUR EYESHADOW!!! It will keep your eyeshadow from creasing, & will also help with pigmentation. I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

-I like the L'Oreal Decrease, but for some reason I just prefer the Primer Potion over everything lol Maybe it's the cute packaging. xD

-I highly recommend the Maybelline Color Tattoos. My most used one is in "Bad To The Bronze." It's a quick all over lid product that you can easily pop on everyday. Or you can use it as a base. You don't absolutely need a primer for them but if you're going to be out all day & you have oily lids, I would recommend priming it.

-With eye shadow, try to keep it balanced. If you have a shimmer on your lid, try to go for a matte in the crease. 
-There are 3 different types of eyeliners: Liquid, Gel, & Pencil, listed from most difficult, to easiest. Liquid liner is my favorite type of eye liner. I like to use the Dolly Wink eyeliner. I actually didn't like it at first but I figured out that storing it upside down helps with pigmentation.
-If you are unable to get ahold of DollyWink products, the Stila eye liner is also good. I actually thought it wasn't that pigmented either but I'm going to try & store it upside down next time.

-Drugstore-wise, I like the Maybelline Ultra Liner, for when I really need to blend my false lashes into my lash line. It has great staying power, but it's a brush (The last 2 I mentioned are felt tips which I would HIGHLY recommend for beginners to start with if you want to use liquid liner.) Also, the Maybelline Ultra Liner flakes off when you're removing it, so be careful not to get any in your eyes.
-Gel eye liner, I have tried MAC Blacktrack which is okay for myself if I don't wear contacts. I find it smudges on my because my eyes are always watery from wearing contacts. It doesn't smudge or anything if I'm wearing glasses though. I would recommend it nonetheless just because it works for most people.
-I also have tried the Bobbi Brown gel liner which I find is BETTER with the smudging when I'm wearing contacts, although I like the way MAC Blacktrack applies better then the Bobbi Brown one. This is also another popular one that a lot of people tend to like.

-I have also tried the Maybelline Eyestudio gel liner a very long time ago. This was a dupe for MAC Blacktrack but I heard that they changed the formula. I'm not entirely sure if it's true, but I would still give it a go.
I have never worn pencil liner on my upper lash line, but here are some that I use on my lower lash line. I don't often line my lower lash line, so my knowledge is quite limited. I will say that I have tried Urban Decay's 24/7 glide on pencil, & the Make-Up Forever pencil, but for some reason, I absolutely LOVE the L'Oreal Extra Intense Eyeliner. The Urban Decay & Make-Up Forever pencils are very popular & loved by many, but I'd say, don't waste your money because the L'Oreal Extra Intense is amazing.

-Do not invest in a high-end mascara. Mascara has the shortest shelf life of 4 months. It is NOT worth buying a high-end mascara when there are already so many good drugstore ones.
-My favorite mascara's are the Maybelline Falsies (Spoon-shaped wand), 

Covergirl Lashblast (Fat, round wand. Might have to get used to the wand), 

& Maybelline One-By-One. All in waterproof, & black.

-I have not ventured into the foundation world all that much but my favorites are the Revlon Whipped,

 & Maybelline Superstay (Super waterproof) foundation.

-My holy grail concealer is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind.

-When applying concealer. apply it in a triangular shape (going down your cheeks like /\ ) for a highlighting, Kim K effect, & use your RING FINGER to blend it out. It is the most gentle finger & will not tug your under eyes.
-I have also not ventured into the setting powder world all that much, but I have heard great things about the Revlon Stay Matte powder. 

The Make-Up Forever HD Setting powder is amazing, & I have heard that the NYX HD Setting Powder is a dupe.

-NYX makes amazing cheap blushes. 

If you're willing to spend more, NARS has amazingly pigmented blushes.

The Benefit Boxed blush in 'Coralista' is also one of my favorites.

I have also heard many great things on the Tarte Amazonian clay blushes.

-Pink blushes are more well suited for lighter skin tones, while peachy blushes suit more tanner & ebony skin tones. This goes the same for lipstick. If you're pale & you want to use a peachy blush, use a light hand because it can make you look sunburned.
-I am just now exploring different eye brow products. I prefer ones in pencil form. I like the Maybelline Eye Studio pencil because it comes with a spooli. Spooli's are a pain to clean so having one that you can just throw away after using up the pencil is really nice.

-Lipsticks..My favorite part aha. I tend to use more lipsticks more then lip glosses. The NYX Round lipsticks are super creamy & feel nice on the lips, but you'll have to touch it up after awhile. 

-The NYX lip glosses are also really amazing. 

Revlon also makes really great lip glosses & lipsticks, but I would not recommend their matte line. I like their Colorburst line & Super Lustrous line.

The Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stains are my favorite stains. 

I also really love the Maybelline Color Whisper's because of the way they feel on my lips (Very slick & moisturizing), & how versatile they are because you can wear them sheered out, or you can build up the color.

 I also really like the Revlon Lipbutters which are also moisturizing, but thicker then the Maybelline Color Whisper's. I would stay away from the super light or frosty colors though.

-Don't swirl your setting powder onto your face (Only acceptable for powdered foundation) Swirling it will disturb the layer of foundation. Instead, roll/tap/dab it. I wish I could demonstrate it because I don't know how to really explain it lol
-Use a setting spray. Urban Decay makes some good ones, but I've heard the NYX ones are a cheaper dupe.

-Use a shimmery eye shadow to high light your inner corners for a more awake look. Also, high light your brow bone for EVERY eye shadow look. That's kind of just a rule of thumb.
-NYX can be found at Ulta in the drugstore section, Target, or online. Note that Target does not carry all of their products though.
-Exfoliate your lips every so often so your lip balm can penetrate your lips better, & then lipstick will go on & look better. 
-Blend that eye shadow. Try to find an eye shadow close to your skin tone for blending purposes.
-Pink toned highlighters generally work better for lighter skin tones, while yellow toned highlighters generally work better for tanned skin tones.
-To get better at eye liner, practice it everyday. How I got better was I would do it everyday before school. I guess I didn't mind waking up a little earlier when I was younger lol
-My technique for getting perfect double-winged eye liner is, you start by just lining both eyes, not winging yet. You draw one wing first on your left eye, then go to your right. THEN go back to your left for the second wing, & then do the second wing on your right. Most people just do one wing but if you ever want to try a double wing, that's my technique for it.
-Rest your pinky on your cheek so it acts as a pendulum while applying eyeliner.
-Start thin & gradually build the eye liner up in case you mess up.
-Don't squeeze your eyes shut while eye liner is still wet ( LOL This happens so much when I'm doing other people's make-up & it pisses me off so much...e-o' )

That's all I can really think of right now. Sorry if it was a lot. I always have a lot to say when it comes to make-up & product recommendations aha. Hope this helped! :)

-♥ Li

How To Keep Your Skin Clear

Someone on my Ask.FM asked this question & I ran out of room so I thought, why not just post it on here since I need to start blogging anyway. Plus, I can show pictures! lol :D

I was actually planning on making a video about this but ehh. At least I have everything written down now aha! xD Brace yourself, this is gonna be long lol

Tips for clear skin:
-Cleanse your face when you wake up, & after you take your make-up off. 2-3 times a day, depending on your schedule of when you shower, & brush your teeth. I've been using Cetaphil for about 4 years now & I really like it!

-Moisturize after you cleanse your skin, no matter what skin type you have. If you have oily skin & you don't moisturize, your skin will actually produce even MORE oil from being so dry.
-Pay attention to the way your skin reacts when you eat certain foods so you can learn what breaks you out. Try to eliminate fast food & soda from your diet completely.
-Pamper yourself & use a face mask. I love to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask once a week for 20 minutes.

-DO NOT sleep with make-up on & if you do, change your pillow case. This goes the same with sleeping with product in your hair like hair spray. It will transfer to your pillow case & will eventually end up on your skin which can break you out.
-Honestly, if you come home & you're not going out anymore, take your make-up off right away. A lot of people believe that make-up is bad for your skin, but it's only bad if you leave it on a really long time. I use a make-up wipe (I like the Neutrogena make-up wipes) & THEN I cleanse my face to thoroughly clean my face.
-For removing hardcore make-up, like theater make-up, or if you don't have the Neutrogena make-up wipes, I like using the Sonia Kashuk Make-up Remover. You have to shake it up before using because the product separates like oil & water but it's an AMAZING remover.

-If you're going to be wearing make-up all day, try not to have the same make-up you have on ALL day. Redo it. Ex. I wake up at 5:30AM for school & get out at 2PM. If I have to go somewhere else in the evening, I normally redo it but you CAN go a whole day with the same make-up if you don't have time to redo it. I forgot the reason why it's better to not have the same make-up on your face all day, but I know it's best to redo it if you can.
-Get enough sleep. I tend to break out when I don't sleep enough because it stresses me out, & stress can break you out so try not to stress about things too much! c:
-If you have oily skin, make sure to blot your face. You can purchase them, or make your own out of tissue paper.
-Exfoliate, no matter what skin type you have, but I believe people who have oily skin don't have to exfoliate as often as people with dry skin. I am currently using the St.Ives Fresh Skin but I would highly recommend the St.Ives Green Tea scrub if you can find it because it's very gentle. DO NOT over-exfoliate. Once a week max.

-If you have dry skin, Gold Bond aloe lotion is my all-time favorite lotion. It might be too heavy for people with oily skin though. I personally don't use a separate lotion for my face & body.

-Clean your make-up brushes once a week. I am SO BAD at this aha. But bacteria can build up in your brushes which will transfer to your skin, causing you to break out. For spot cleaning, I use the Sonia Kashuk one, though if you plan on getting it, smell it first because I feel like the smell could bother a lot of people.
-Use a spot treatment. I like the Ole Henriksen Roll On Acne Solution.

-But the Ole Henriksen is pretty pricy so lately I've been trying out the Neutrogena Acne Eliminating Spot Gel. I find it takes 2-3 days for it to dry the blemish up. I prefer the Ole Henriksen one though but this one is still good. 

-If you use a product that contains salicylic acid, ONLY USE IT AT NIGHT. Your skin will become sensitive to sunlight after using it. It is meant to dry a blemish out so do not put it all over your face.
-I have heard that drinking milk can break you out because of the hormones in it. I don't like milk so I've never had a problem with it, but I think it's something to be aware of.

I hope this helped. I've been studying the way my skin works & researching how to keep my skin clear for YEARS because I am extremely particular about my skin aha. But really study the way your skin reacts to things. I'm always making assumptions like "Oh that pimple is probably from when I ate that cheese burger." Sorry if this was long. xD Thanks for the question. I'll be working on the post for your other question now! :)