I got matte black loose eyeshadow from Fyrinnae (Snow White) but I need a primer. Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy says it will make eyeshadow look foiled/shiny, and I want to maintain the matte look. I hear good things about Urban Decay's Primer Potion - is it worth the price? Any other recommendations?

Asked by
astrarai

Yeah I think it’s rad and it’s been part of my makeup collection and kit for years. I have many other primers but I use UDPP on a daily basis. Just make sure to get the non-shimmery ones obviously, ‘cause there are several formulations and you don’t want to get the shimmery one that will mess up the matte effect you’re going for. I think the NARS Primer is even better for oily lids, and Too Faced has a phenomenal glitter adhesive primer, if you’re ever in the market. 

I've tried a few green primers and my face is still very pink. Any recommendations? Slightly hesitant to spend $40 on the Smashbox one because I've seen mixed reviews.

Asked by
ossacoxae

Yeah I honestly think the Smashbox primers are overrated — I prefer the L’OREAL drugstore color correcting primers over them actually! Have you tried them? I’m sure you have but just in case. Though lately, I’ve been using Clinique’s Anti-Redness primer, and it’s really grown on me. I liked it immediately more than the Smashbox one from the get-go, though I think it’s not the best choice for dry skin, it’ll emphasize flakiness in patches. The L’Oreal ones are good.  I think when you prep your face with a cooling toner (like cucumber water!)it does tone down redness a lot more efficiently before you even slap makeup on. 

Primer alone Primer with mascara

There are many monthly beauty boxes available  dabbled in most of them. Here is a product from yet another: Starlooks, which is $25 a month, though you can also purchase items from each box individually. This lash boosting mascara primer is $13 on it’s own and I quite like it, in fact, the packaging is one of the most beautiful makeup related things I have seen in awhile……probably because I’m also a fucking pervert and it totally looks like a vibrator. I’m just….saying….you can consider that unfortunate or funny, I choose the latter. 

The actual primer seems to be a lightweight, fiber cling base. You can’t really tell it’s on your lashes at the root but you’ll notice the fibers clinging to the ends of your lashes. I chose to wear colored mascara (this is “Majestic” by Medusa Makeup, reviewed here) so you can see my lashes more prominently. If you’re wondering about the purple mascara, for like, $5, it’s adequate, but it’s definitely not waterproof as it claims to be. 

Anyway! Back to the primer. I do like it a lot, not only for the packaging, but it also doesn’t dry heavy like other primers I’ve tried, and I do think using it made a difference in this case. This purple mascara is mediocre with no real lengthening abilities, but the primer makes the end results much better color and length wise without ending up spidery. I’ll be reviewing Starlooks more in depth in upcoming posts, as a monthly box and the products individually. For this product, specifically, I give it a thumbs up. You get free shipping on orders under a certain weight, so give it a shot if you’re curious.  

Full disclosure: This product was a PR sample, but quite obviously does not impact my honesty regarding the product.  

Hi! I am doing the make up for a perfomance group and am really excited. The thing is... I am not a make up artist. They just liked the thing I do to my face and asked me to do it. It's been a great experience but I am a bit concerned because there will be a lot of action, sweating, shouting, dipping their hairs into paint, etc. Do you have any tips to make the make up last a bit longer? It will eventually melt, I know, just wanted it to last a bit longer.

Asked by
isquintiwink

You can use:

  • A primer. Since you aren’t a makeup artist, and you might not have a primer already and don’t want to invest in one, E.L.F has one. 
  • Setting powder (SET. EVERYTHING!!!!!) - I think this would be a good investment product, one you could use on everyone there but also for your own use afterwards. Dermablend has a nice one — they have good, heavy coverage products — and MUFE is always used on me on photoshoots. On the more affordable end, NYX has one as well. Make sure it’s a translucent one though, not everyone has the same skin color and using a colored pressed powder on the wrong skintone would look bad.
  • Setting spray. Urban Decay is my preferred, however, MAC Fix+ is popular as well. 

However, Graftobian and Ben Nye are brands specifically formulated for theatre & performances and are probably your best bet for stuff like this. If you have a Ricky’s near you you can buy ‘em, or else online. They are really great, pigmented, heavy duty sweatproof brands. 

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Girl, you gotta help me out. I consider myself to be pretty skilled at the art of makeup, I can pretty much handle anything....but glitter gel. It confuses me! Any products that you can recommend? I have a Hard Candy shadow in green that could be described as a glitter gel but it's finicky and usually ends up around my temples and just pretty much anywhere else but my eyelids by the end of the day. Any advice?

Asked by
jazn

Can you clarify what you mean by glitter gel? Glitter liner? What do you want it for, lining, as a shadow, pigment… Graftobian has a nice sparkly one. Glitter is super finnicky in general, it’s so important to have a good base for it to adhere to. So I’ll talk about that specifically.

I am super fond of Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue, it’s very tacky and glitter sticks to it so well, compared to clear gel based glitter primers. For TFSI GG you PAT the glitter on, don’t brush it on (I mean brushing on glitter is a terrible idea anyway). Also, when applying glitter or pigment in general, it’s a good idea to cover the rest of your face or at least the cheek area with a little bit of tissue paper to catch any fallout or glitter so you don’t ruin any makeup you’ve already applied.

So far I haven’t found any glitter liner that I like enough to recommend, whenever I use glitter in makeup, it’s usually a glitter from Naked Cosmetics (I have QUITE a few!).

Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 
Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?
OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing
What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

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Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 

Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?

  1. OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
  2. Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
  3. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
  5. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
  6. Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing

What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase them, we’ll get a small commission — less than 10%. These aren’t advertisements and are products we actually like and use though. Read more about our disclosure practices here. ^__^

Even when I use a primer and set it with powder, my top liner always ends up in my crease. Is there a way to fix this or do I just have broken eyelids?

Asked by
pineap-plesauce

You don’t have broken eyelids. That is so dramatic! You likely have a combination of oily lids and the wrong eyeliner. Chi-Chi, you have oily lids, what do you recommend?

:O Ohai there! o/ Hmm, for primer, the two that work best for me are NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base ($24 | link) and Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue ($18 | link) when I’m using glitter (duh) and shadows with a lot of fallout. I also like the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadows (~$5-7 | link) as good color drugstore bases (swatches here and here). For liner, we both love Tarina Tarantino liners, my liquid liner of choice is the Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner and favorite gel liner switches between Bobbi Brown and Maybelline. My last recommendation would be to wait a while for the primer to fully set and then wait even longer for the liner to fully set.

Hello! I was wondering if you could recommend some products (concealer, foundation, etc) that are durable against sweat? I always have problems with my makeup running during the summer and really need an alternative.

Asked by
sp00kybum

It’s not so much the products you’re currently using as much as the fact you probably aren’t using a primer with them. You can still use your current products, just use a primer underneath them and set with a setting spray. 

Eyeshadow Primers: UDPP, TFSI (best for oily skin if you don’t like UDPP), E.L.F Primer, NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Face Primers: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer, Too Faced. There are plenty of primers out there, I don’t really use it myself. You’ll have to try some and see what doesn’t break you out. (*cough* o/ Chi-Chi’s answer if you want to invest? Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. This is the only face primer I have found to actually keep my makeup in place when it gets hot and humid and my face begins to melt.)

Setting Spray: UD/Skindinavia, MAC Fix+