So I haven’t done this in a while, lack of time and such. but I’m about to fuck you up with some great DIY face masks, it’s the weekend so pamper yourself, pal.
You need to clean your pores?
This one great for acne. All you need is apple cider vinegar and some bentonite clay, which you can get at any Trader Joe´s. Mix equal parts of each ingrediet and leave on your face till it hardens and wash off with warm water to make it easier. The benotine clay will soak up impurities and with the ACV in the mix, it’ll draw out toxins. I always try and rest while doing this one, put cucumbers over my eyes and all just cause the ACV is kinda rough and it hurts my eyes a little. Your face will be red after this so do it at night, or at least 30 minutes before you go out. It goes away and leaves your skin flawless.
Acne? (for oily/combination, acne prone skin)
You need 1/4 of an avocado and some egg whites. Mix it until you’ve got a paste and apply it to your face for a good 15-20 minutes. It’ll leave your skin moisturized, but not over moisturized. Trust me, it’s amazing !
You’ll need a cucumber, half a cup of plain yogurt and a spoon of milk powder. You’ll need to peel the cucumber and then cut it up into small pieces. Get rid of the seeds in the middle and then put it into your blender or food processor. Add the yogurt and the milk powder. Mix it all until you get a smooth, yet thick substance. Nothing too thick or runny cause that’s annoying and it’ll make a mess, we don’t need that in our lives haha. Now put it on your clean, dry face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. RINSE WITH COLD WATER.
After all of these, you’ll wanna close your pores with an ice cube or just cold af water. I cannot stress this enough, PAT YOUR FACE DRY, it avoids wrinkles and the spread of bacteria.
TEST: Start off by testing the brush on the back of your hand on the inside of your wrist. If the bristles feel scratchy, stiff, itchy or annoying when you brush it on your skin, ditch it. If the brush doesn’t feel nice on your hands it definitely isn’t going to feel nice on your face.
BRISTLES: When you first test a new brush try gently pulling at the bristles, there is no need to be aggressive. A few bristles may come out (which is completely normal for new brushes) but if you find the brush sheds more than a few times it’s not very well made.
PRESSURE: You need to be able to apply pressure to a brush in order to get the best results with your makeup, if you can’t the brush will be useless in makeup application. Try pressing the brush on the back of your hand or drawing imaginary lines, the bristles should have some flexibility to help with blending, but they should not “fan” out or move a great deal.
BALANCE. This is one of my favourite tricks for testing out the quality of a brush. Hold the brush on the back of your hand with the bristles facing down and lightly bounce the brush, this test the strength of the bristles. It is perfectly normal for the bristles to have a slight bend, but if they splay or flatten out they will not be any good for applying makeup.
FERRULE: The ferrule is a key factor in makeup brushes and needs to be good quality.When testing out a brush try applying large amounts of pressure to the ferrule with your index finger. If the ferrule melts, moves, dents, changes shape or looks any different after you’ve applied pressure, give it a miss as it is likely the brush will fall apart. Try and opt for brushes which have “dents” in the ferrule as these are often stronger.
MAKE: The brush head (the tip, bristles and ferrule) should not be loose, spin easily or wobble on the handle if they do; it means the brush is poorly made.
NATURAL VS SYNTHETIC: Natural bristles vs synthetic bristles have been in debate for a very long time, but in the end it all comes down to personal preference. Natural/Animal hair bristles contain a “cuticle” around them which helps them grip onto powder products more effectively and are fantastic for blending. Synthetic bristles on the other hand are cruelty free and great for liquid and cream products.
Chilli-Red Lips and Soft Winged Eyes: Armani Lip Maestro 402 and NARS Cordura + Kalahari
Haven’t had time to do a pictorial for awhile, so I was happy I managed to squeeze one in last night, using a few of my favorite things in the world.
Armani Lip Maestro 402 - a rich creamy warm chilli-red.
NARS duo in Kalahari - I actually only used one of the shades in this taupe duo, but I love both.
This is one of my go-to looks when I want to look “done-up”, but still soft. There are no hard precise lines around the eyes or lips.
I don’t usually do lip tutorials because - well, it’s just slapping on lipstick. But I included one in this case as I apply my Lip Maetros in a very specific way. With nude liner instead of red. I want to retain that soft look, without a hard border and opaque finish you’d get with red liner.
If you’re kinda new to this type of stuff and need a more detailed step-by-step walk through, (or you want to see what else I used on my cheeks) hop on over here.
Spring is here and the weather is heating up. Here are a few easy tricks and tips to help keep your makeup from sweating off your face (we’ve all been there) and to help keep it in place during a dip in the pool or a swim at the beach.
1. Prime: Before applying makeup, prep with primer. This sets your face you up for a fresh, dewy complexion for the rest of the day.
2. BB or CC cream:It’s lighter than foundation, but gives more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. They also have several skin benefits, such as sun protection and anti-aging effects.
3. Eyeshadow Primer: Even if you’re wearing a barely noticeably eyeshadow color, it can be clearly visible as the weather warms up. Avoid the crease of excess color gunk and prime your lids with a good primer!
4. Waterproof liquid liner or mascara: Whether you plan on going for a swim or just going for a walk, a good waterproof liner or mascara will keep everything in place!
5. Set with translucent powder: Find a compact powder with brush set to stash in your purse to touch up as oil tends to build up throughout the day!
6. Lip stain: Rather than a thick gloss or lipstick, a lip stain is gives off a more natural and springtime appropriate look.
Use a Felt Tip Liner to Create Twiggy-Esque Lashes
Everyone wants big, thick lashes and what better example is there than twiggy? For voluminous, thicker lower lashes one of my favourite techniques is to dot inbetween the lower lashes with liquid liner.
Step 1. Take a felt tip liner and gently dot inbetween your lower lashes.
Step 2. Continue dotting between your lashes until your whole lower lash line is covered with little dots, gradually build up the intensity and the amount of dots.
Step 3. Wiggle a coat of mascara onto your lower lashes.
Step 4. If necessary clean up any mess and then you’re done!
yo do you have any tips for a guy looking to get into makeup? where do I even start pls help (( also ur hot af ) )
Start off simple.
*before doing ur makeup, priming your face can help so like and tips on that will be located at the bottom of this long ass answer*
If you want a natural look and nothing extreme, I suggest getting a basic powder foundation that matches your EXACT skin tone. I suggest Bare Minerals they have a great selection of skin tones. It’s also got a pretty decent coverage but nothing too extreme or noticeable.
I suggest these two:
ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum (on the left) is good for dry to normal skin. The MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum (on the right) is good for normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin i suggest you not use this one, it could look cakey.
IF YOU WANT A MORE YOUTHFUL FINISH
You can mix this into your foundation powder shown above^:
I seriously vouch hardcore for Bare minerals. But if you want to go on a cheaper side, i’m sure you can find a drugstore dupe.
Simple contouring and (or) bronzing, and highlighting aka “bringing life back to your face”
*IF YOUR’RE WANTING A MORE NATURAL AND ‘REAL’ LOOK, I SUGGEST SKIP HIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURING AND GO STRAIGHT TO BRONZING.
No matter what, if you’re wearing foundation you NEED to bring shape back to your face. Foundation can flatten your face and can kind of high the natural highlights and contours on your face.
You can use a lot of things to contour. Eyeshadow, blush, setting powder, or just something from a contour kit (so many companies are coming out with these). But it’s important that no matter what you choose to contour with, it always needs to be MATTE. Meaning no shimmer or glitter.
Here’s an example of where your contour should be placed:
"How dark of a shade should it be to look natural on my face?"
A shade or two darker than your natural skin tone.
(products used in the above photo: “FOUNDATION” - Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation in 110 ivory, their palest shade. “YASSS” - MAC’s ‘Baby Don’t Go’ blush. “SLAYY YASS” - ‘Fawn’ in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit palette. It’s the middle shade in the kit.)
Another HUGE thing you need to understand is it needs to have a grey undertone. Grey undertone proves a natural shade. You know how when you walk around your shadow is always black? Well the grey undertone provides that kind of shadow effect. Red undertones or yellow undertones can make it look muddy and out of place.
Examples of grey undertones:
light shade with grey undertone
darker shades with grey undertone
RED UNDERTONE (BAD FOR CONTOURING):
YELLOW UNDERTONE (BAD FOR CONTOURING)
NOW TO HIGHLIGHTING
Highlighting is the reverse of contouring. You’re bring forward features. You want to use something one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. For me, since i’m so pale, it’s literally just white.
IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE: The undertone of your highlight should match the undertone of your skin color/foundation. You can youtube how to figure your undertone.
Where to put highlighting:
Bronzer does nothing but add a sun-kissed glow to your complexion. it shouldn’t be used as a way to contour unless the bronzer has a greyish undertone. But most bronzers have a red undertone. When dealing with cheek bones, bronzers should never be placed on top/over the contour, but only slightly above it.
ALSO PLEASE BE CAREFUL OF HOW DARK THE BRONZER IS. It should only be a shade or two darker as well. If you went two shades darker with contouring, i suggest doing one shade darker with bronzer. If you’re not doing contouring, it’s up to you on how dark.
(Products used: “YASS” - Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in the shade light/medium matt. “Hell Nah is just benefit’s hoola bronzer)
NOTE: YOU ARE ABLE TO APPLY ANY OF THESE TIPS WITH LIQUID FOUNDATION TOO. IF YOU WANT A MORE FULL COVERAGE LOOK, I STRONGLY SUGGEST USING LIQUID FOUNDATION. AS WELL AS CONCEALER AND SO ON. YOU CAN YOUTUBE THIS STUFF FOR MORE INFORMATION. ALSO, ANY TIPS MENTIONED CAN/DO APPLY TO GIRLS TOO. IF YOU’RE STARTING OUT WITH MAKEUP THIS COULD HELP.
Priming & Skin care **important as heck**
You need to take care of your skin. The better the skin is, the better the results will be with any finished makeup look. But don’t worry, you don’t need flawless skin to wear makeup or look good af with it on. But keeping it clean and healthy is so important. If you don’t nurture your skin, makeup can break you out.
Skincare & basic prep
Face masks, creams, exfoliates, acne treatments, and etc. All of those will help keep your skin awesome. Plus, if your skin reacts poorly to a certain makeup product, you’ll have these in hand.
THE ABSOLUTE MUSTS:
You must clean your face EVERY DAY before putting on makeup.
You must remove make up from your skin thoroughly, and then clean your face again after wiping off all the makeup.
BUY A CLEANSER AND A MOISTURIZER AND BUY ACCORDING TO YOUR SKIN
LOOK UP ON YOUTUBE HOW TO DO THAT CAUSE THIS IS GETTING TO LONG
With red lipstick, pick blue-based formulas over orange-y reds to make your teeth look whiter. It’s a matter of color wheel logic: Blue and orange/yellow sit across from each other on the color wheel, so blue tones tend to cancel out orange or yellow tones when juxtaposed together, and vice versa. Therefore, lipsticks formulated with a blue base will help cancel out any orange or yellow tones on your teeth.
Interested in pink, nude, or dark lipsticks? The color to choose to make your teeth look whiter here.