you may have answered this already but: good skincare products to combat redness? i use MB drying mask and it's great for me in terms of redness/pores but it's not something i can do every day.
The dryness mask is good for breakouts but you would probably be better off with the Calma Mask from them if you’re focusing specifically on redness since it won’t dry you out but it will focus on redness. But using masks everyday can be annoying.Bioelements Urban Detox works great for redness — I’m using it instead of my favorite face oils right now and it’s a great antioxidant. Anti-Redness Serum from First Aid Beauty is also a thing you can consider. I haven’t tried it myself but I have a lot of products from FAB and they’ve never disappointed. I can grab a sample and review it in the future if you’re really curious about it — but in lieu of that, Urban Detox is a product I recommend in the interim.
Ok, question. I'm extremly pale, as in only 6 foundations at Sephora match my exact skin type pale, so when I tan, would I change the color of my foundation, or just use a bronzer/highlighter on top of my foundation?
It would depend on how much color you ended up getting. I would think it’s okay to use bronzer liberally but if you’re several shades darker it’s going to look weird.
I finally caved and purchased the MUFE camouflage cream concealer palette and I chose the lightest shade with the green correction color. What is your opinion of the best way to apply it (I.E do you warm it in ur palm? Or with fingers/brush/apply before or after foundation?) thank you!
I usually apply concealer with a a synthetic, rounded brush, like the Real Techniques Deluxe Blending Brush, or the Sephora Multitasker Brush. But I think warming it up in your hand and applying with your fingers is perfectly fine. I actually prefer using the Angled Buff Concealer brush (or the smaller version) from Sigma, but I’m too lazy to clean it all the time hahaha.
Most people put on concealer after foundation. I do it before.
hi! i'm kinda new to face make up (foundation, bb cream, powder, etc) and lately i've been breaking out -- i think because i'm not taking it off properly. my current skincare routine is just using Shea Moisture African Black Soap and then moisturizing. do i need something additional to take off face make up, and if so, when do i use it in my routine? thanks! x
It probably is that, yes. I would suggest makeup remover wipes for now. I really like Simple Makeup Wipes and they’re very affordable. I don’t want to recommend you an additional cleanser ‘cause overcleansing might exacerbate your breakouts. Wipe off your makeup and then wash your face, and then use a toner-soaked cotton pad on your face. This will tone your face but also remove any excess makeup you might have missed before.
hi! I'm looking for a super pigmented orange lipstick that translates as very orange-as in not coral or red on the lips. I have lip tar in beta and it is not orange enough without layering a concealer underneath. Thanks in advance!
helloo, can i ask a question about moisturizers? i have pretty dry skin, which i know means i should use a really rich moisturizer, but something about my skin chemistry means a lot of moisturizers just sit on my skin and make it feel sorta gross, so i often avoid moisturizing. i really like serums and gel formulas, but i feel that a lot of those don't moisturize enough? are there any products you can recommend? thank u ^_^ this blog has saved my face
You are indeed correct that many gel moisturizers do not do a good job moisturizing. This could be because they contain hyaluronic acid, which is water binding. This can be good if it is drawing water from the environment but on some occasions it just draws your moisturizer from deep inside your skin. Kind of like a beauty product water vampire. Here’s more on that.
That being said, I totally love and have been happy with the effects of hyaluronic acid on my very dry skin and I have very dry sensitive skin in the winter. So sometimes I just stare at the science that goes against me and say NAHHHHHHHH.
But if you want to avoid it and think your gel moisturizers aren’t doing the trick, I can recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. It’s more of your traditional cream, and it hyrates my skin so much that like, it tingles? But not unpleasantly, just like it’s forcing moisture in. That, combined with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (a daily moisturizer) your skin should be good. I honestly skip daily moisturizer sometimes and just use an overnight masque and I’m okay. I recommend both these products to my friends with severe dry skin and eczema.
I'm short-sighted so I always have to go up really close to the mirror when I take off my glasses to do my makeup. Full size brushes with really long handles are always a nuisance because they keep getting in the way. Do you know of any good brush sets that have shorter brushes? (like probably a travel set or something) p.s. this blog is SO COOL thanks for running such a cool blog <3
I just recently started using the Physicians Formula Super BB Cream and found that it provides great coverage, better than Maybelline's BB cream, which I used to use. It comes in a regular cream and a compact. I would highly recommend it!!!
I totally hated that one! Found it greasy and quite orange.
Would you know where I could find a matte blue/indigo lippie? Also, I'm looking for a bb cream that gives a little but of coverage. I currently use Maybelline's but sometimes it's a little too thin, but I also don't want to start using foundation.
I don’t think there’s a better coverage BB cream over Maybelline, outside of Dr. Jart+ which has a terrible shade range. You can mix a moisturizer with a foundation to thin it out though if you’d like. As for blue lips — Illamasqua is the only matte blue that comes to mind, but it’s dry as hell.
Lipstick! Any recommendations for high quality mattes? Looking to venture out of my nude-pinks into some berries and reds. I'm neutral-cool (oranges look silly but peaches look great?) Blonde hair (and lashes and brows) and blue eyes.
NARS Train Bleu is my favorite matte. NARS Matte Lip Pencils in general are great. Velvety! It’s a dark dramatic “fall” color but the entire range is great.
For a drugstore matte, the NYX Matte range is pretty great. I prefer it to the Illamasqua mattes which are much more expensive. They’re also stranger colors, which is great if you want a matte teal lipstick, but it is the hardest formulation in Sephora… very chalky, almost.
Is there a way to stop your makeup from transferring onto clothing(hope I make sense)
don’t rub your face on your clothes and it’ll stay on your face. besides that — setting sprays keep makeup on your face but if your faces touches something it’s.. still… going to come off. setting sprays are really for like, so you don’t sweat your makeup off. there’s nothing that will make your makeup impenetrable, that would be scary. if you’re worried about getting makeup stains on your clothes as they come off or whatever use a makeup guard. high end retail stores sometimes have clothing guards you can use so you don’t get makeup rings on the clothes. they’re a bit ridiculous looking though.
never feel bad about not knowing about makeup or skincare okay, we’re here to help and have fun and think about beauty in new and positive ways not shame u about any of it. no question is stupid and you’re not a bad girl for not knowing how to apply stuff and you’re not a freak if you’re a boy if you wanna wear some and if you’re genderqueer or nonbinary or identify in any other way this is the space for you and i’m happy to talk about beauty with anyone! it’s okay! don’t be scared!!!!!
Hello. I want to start off by saying how much I love your blog. I am a new follower, and I'm so glad I found this. I love make up, but I know nothing about make up. I don't even know how to pick the right foundation shade ( I always pick the darkest one they have at the store). I don't know what my actual skin tone is, but I use the maybeline BB cream medium-dark. I also have dry skin with dark spots, freckles and discolouration. I just don't know how to deal with it. I don't know what the right
cont… products I should be using. I need intervention.
Hiya! It’s okay, we all start somewhere. What I suggest is that you go in store to your nearest Sephora if you can, and have them color match you. You aren’t obligated to buy anything when you get color matched, so no worries. After you find your shade, you can plug it in to this foundation matrix and find dupes and similar foundations. This video talks about correcting pigmentation etc for dark skin. If you want a shopping list sort of thing, I think just using BB Cream is totally fine if it works for you! You might want to get a concealer to deal with dark spots and discoloration. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer comes in a lot of shades and would be good with dark spots. Keep in mind — you actually don’t need a gigantic arsenal of products. BB cream and concealer are just great places to start. If you have any more questions I’m happy to advise you further tho.
When I do just one color on my lids, I still can’t help but use a gradient of that single color — a darker hue at the outer corner, a lighter shade near my inner corners. It just brings some dimension to my eyes which are more on the flat side because I’m Asian. Here’s a video on different shadow techniques you can utilize.
Hi Powder doom! I've been going thru a lot of ur posts & they've been so helpful so thank u so much! I'm a newbie to skincare & I just purchased Bio Oil. I would like to cleanse my face & remove makeup, but I'm not sure one drop of the Bio Oil is enough to do all that? I do two cleanses like Lisa Eldridge, but I'm still worried about residue or over-cleansing. My question is when using a face oil do you combine it w/ other cleansers? & what do u follow it with?
Bio Oil is not a cleanser. I mean there is oil cleansing but you can also be using oils as serums or treatments. Bio Oil is not gonna be an effective cleanser. Consider it more of a after-cleansing serum. Here is what I do when I cleanse, feel free to substitute with your products:
I remove all my makeup using a wipe (Simple is great and cheap!! I just use MAC because it gets rid of heavy duty stuff effortlessly) and eye makeup remover, if I’m wearing any. ******Half the time, I don’t do this, but I’ve been breaking out near my hairline which tells me this step is necessary for thoroughness.
I wash my hands, then use Tatcha One-Step Camellia Oil in downwards and outwards motions from the inner part of my face outwards. Massaging it in. I do this for at least a minute, just being thorough. This does remove makeup as well as cleanse.
Wash that with warm water, then with cold.
Then I tone my face. I don’t use cotton pads for this, I splash it onto my face and pat it in.
Then I use another oil as night serum! I use Artemis, but you can use Bio Oil. If I don’t wanna use an oil for some reason I really like the results I’m getting from Bioelements Urban Detox. It’s 1/3 the price of Artemis, too.
So you see I use an oil to cleanse and then I use an oil as a serum. The cleansing oil is really more of a dry oil and not like EVOO or something, and Bio Oil is more of your oily…oil. I know you can formualte your own cleansing oils tho, I just have no interest lol. I hope that helps!
Love Supergoop, carry it with me everywhere. But I think Shiseido and its drugstore version from Kose are the best because they’re super absorbent. Asian formulation of sunscreens tend to be more watery and less greasy and generally way better. They care a lot more about skincare than America….my grandma and all my Asian relatives have like, shrines to Shiseido near the beds and they don’t even have freckles because of it. Skinceuticals is also a cult beauty editor favorite and it’s very watery, but I prefer Kose because I’m a snob and I like to have things no one else does.
i accidentally deleted all the questions in my inbox
i was trying to delete the ones on my personal account but i messed up >_> so i lost about 100 questions <_< if you have a makeup / skincare / beauty related question please feel free to ask it and i’ll get to it as soon as possible. sorry yall
hi guys, i love the smell of jasmine but it's always just a side-note in perfumes. do you have any recommendations for something stronger?
Here are some jasmine top-note perfumes I’m incredibly fond of. My first few perfumes had jasmine notes so I explored a little bit.
Serge Lutens a la Nuit - Contains three kinds of jasmine, with a depth of dark vanilla. Drydown is actually pretty refreshing which you wouldn’t expect — I feel like florals kind of just die off pathetically or get very musky and dark and almost too dark. A nice conclusion with this one.
There is of course the Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge……because I’m never not shilling Tom Ford. Pahaha. Here’s a thorough review. Not my favorite TF scent but you might like it.
Jean Patou Joy is one of the original old school Jasmine blends and it honestly smells like what I imagine Kate Winslet to smell like in the Titanic? Idk. Like, old world bougie charm.
by Kilian Love & Tears - The best jasmine formulation but there IMO. LIstening to Kilian describe it is also a privilege I cherish so much. Long live Kilian, etc etc etc.