"natural foundation" anon - I like to mix my foundation with moisturizer for light coverage and then go back over specific spaces with pure foundation where i think i need more coverage. this helps if i still want to see some skin variation of my cheeks/jaw, but if i still want to completely cover acne or redness around my nose and between my eyebrows. hope this helps get you the look you want!
Wear the correct shade. Depending on the coverage and finish it will make you look flawless or not look like you have anything on at all. I have no idea what kind of coverage you’re looking for or what you consider natural — natural would be not wearing anything at all, basically. Your foundation is supposed to even out redness etc. As long as you are blending it in (with your fingers, a sponge, or a foundation brush) and it’s the right shade you’re fine.
what are your thoughts on hair perfume? i was rooming with a girl for a little while recently and i saw her use it, and it seems kind of interesting, but i don't really know if i should get one or not, or what kinds are good, or whatever. so basically what i'm asking is have you heard of hair perfume? do you like it? and what kinds would you recommend? thank you~
Hair perfume? Nah, I wouldn’t use it, it seems like body spray to me and I don’t like fragrances competing with the one I’m using on my body. I’ve got a sensitive nose, I only use non fragranced products so they don’t compete with my perfume. It’s just another product that will have to be washed out of my hair you know?
Also for the person looking for a good balm for chapped lips/good things for winter-dry skin: you maywant something with both an emollient and a humectant! Since I can't link: googling "emollients and humectants" should give you a good idea of ingredients to look for.
Hi there! I have a question--I use primer, BB cream, and loose powder on my face, and by the end of the day, I find that my makeup looks really flaky. Any idea what could be causing that, and what I could do to fix it? Thanks!
I would say that your bb cream is oxidizing and isn’t ideal for your skin everywhere since it seems to be dry. What bb cream are you using? Also you don’t need to powder your entire face — just your tzone or whatever areas get shiny. But really, you don’t even need powder if you’re experiencing dry flakiness. You might also be using TOO MUCH powder. I suggest: moisturizing, then primer, a bb cream for dry skin (I always, always recommend Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream for this), and not even powdering. Just use some setting spray and then spray again periodically throughout the day.
I have some serious dry skin problems this time of year, specifically chapped lips. I have tried a bunch of different drugstore chapsticks but most of them don't work or make the problem worse. can you recommend any balms or lip scrubs that can help? (I've heard Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is great for chapped lips – would you recommend it?)
Yep, it’s great. Nothin’ wrong with Aquaphor though. My personal favorite is Christian Dior’s Rose Balm but it’s a lil rich $$$$
I bought black OCC lip tar a few months ago, and whenever I have used it, it has come out greyish, feathered out, and just not with the intense pigmentation that a lipstick would apply. The first time I thought it didn't work because I has lip balm on - the most recent time I applied to clear lip tar first and tried again, with similar results. I did have some balm on underneath but I'd rubbed it off. Is it possible I put too much clear on/didn't allow it to absorb?
after awhile of not being used the formula for lip tars can separate which makes it difficult to use and too liquidy. probably that happened, you have to shake it up a lot. also use a very tiny dab. also probably don’t use balm. it’s kind of a high maintenance product frankly. (i do love it regardless).
okay, so i need a good contouring blush. price not terribly important, but i'm a blue-toned white person with pink cheeks and it's basically just for cheekbone enhancement so i can look more intimidating. oh and i'm from the uk and would rather not import. figured you ladies would know best! :) love the blog so much xoxo
I live for NYX Taupe but also Illamasqua’s Eyeshadow in Heroine. They are basically the same thing. Sleek has good contours but I think they are are too dark for what I personally look for. You might want to try those though!
Do you know of a good lipstick/stain that can make it through a date without transferring itself to my boyfriend's face? Because I love lipstick, and he loves when I wear it, but I haven't yet found one that stays put. I don't need it to last the whole night, just through dinner and a movie!
Hi! Any advice on doing interesting eye makeup when one wears glasses? I've historically been a fan of bold eyeshadows (eighties blue!), but right now my eyes are too dry to tolerate contacts. How can I salvage my palettes? Thanks!
Do your makeup as you’d like. Then put your glasses on. Thats what I do tbh. Bobbi Brown disagrees with this strategy but I like red eyeshadow and looking like a zombie goddess so like, whatever Bobbi Brown
These are just my selections — here is a more expansive list.
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EVE PEARL: 40-65% off with code TGBP1113, 11/27 through 12/2. My faves: Salmon Concealer. It’s my HG. I’m on my like, fifth one.
INGLOT: 20% off all products (excludes Freedom System Palettes and Accessories), plus free 77 Gel Eyeliner with any $80+ purchase. 3AM EST 11/28 through 3AM EST 12/4. My faves: I’m a huge fan of their glitters (use them all the time), also their holographic lip glosses are great (though fragranced).
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MAKE UP FOR EVER: Purchase two full-sized Aqua Shadows (either 20E and 28E / 2E and 30E) for $10 at Sephora, 11/29 through 12/1 (while supplies last).
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