blemish concealer

glouphoeup  asked:

Hi! Can you recommend a concealer if I don't wear foundation? Just to cover dark circles and small blemishes:)

Although I’m a fan of gorgeous, beautiful natural makeup and stunning healthy skin you may be surprised to learn that I’m not a huge fan of skipping foundation when it comes to base makeup. Brows, eyes and lips done, but nothing on the face whatsoever? Love it. Blush, bronzer, contour and no foundation? I don’t love it. Although I will do my best to give you recommendations without my bias for no foundation style makeup it may not be easy.

Skip “foundation”, but don’t skip a “base”

When I say this what I mean is you can skip your regular full coverage foundation, but still put *something* on the skin. I find that concealer doesn’t sit well on bare skin (plus, you should be wearing sunscreen still!)  so I prefer to apply a very light layer of a tinted primer, tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. Products I like for this include: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue (bonus it has a sun protection factor (spf) of 30) TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturiser (has SPF of 18)

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For years I was behind the “girls wear makeup for themselves!!!!” movement, but the more I’ve come to analyse it, we don’t, at least I don’t. I feel forced to wear it because without it I feel ugly and I’ve been taught that ugliness, especially when you’re a woman, makes you less of a human being, that it erodes your value. This isn’t an innate feeling, it’s taught. So when I conceal blemishes and the bags under my eyes, it doesn’t make me feel good or ~empowered~ it gives me a warped sense of assurance that only now am I worthy of taking up space, only now that I look conventionally attractive, am I entitled to exist and be respected. And that’s something I’m desperately trying to unlearn, but it’s hard.

My Korean Skin Care Haul

I finally updated my skin care! For anyone who’s interested in how I prep my skin.

First thing you need to know is my skin type, I’m prone to acne and I have mostly normal to oily skin. I get breakouts on my forehead, my nose, cheeks and my chin. All these breakouts, I hide with concealer, blemish creams and foundation.

To treat my skin and lessen breakouts, here are my favorite skin care products from different Korean brands.

1. Etude House AC Clinic White-Trouble Bubble Cleanser

First thing you need to do is wash your face. For oily skin, I recommend that you choose water based or gel based cleanser. Try to look for products that are mild and won’t irritate your sensitive skin so much.

What I’m loving these days are foam cleansers. They’re already in foam state which means, you no longer have to foam it on your face, hence, less stress on your skin.

Plus, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry and stretchy. It gives a feeling of fresh and dewy skin.

Steps: 

1.Wet your face with warm water to open up pores.

2.Wash your face with cleanser for 2 minutes. 

3.Rinse it with cold water for 4 minutes.

4. Pat dry with towel/cotton shirt or you can pat dry your face with fingers and let the water be absorbed by skin.

2. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

Wonder Pore Freshner is my holy grail for toners. This is because it is still one of the best selling toners among Koreans.

First time I used it, it reduced my breakouts and the appearance of blackheads. It is quite pricey but, I assure you it’s all worth it.

Steps:

1. Apply small amount of toner to cotton.

2. Move cotton in circular motions paying special attention to chin, nose and cheeks (or where you are prone to whiteheads and pimples).

3. Spray it on your face when you need a refreshing.

3. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Aloe Vera Gel are new releases from your favorite Korean brand. I love this one from Nature Republic because it smells so good and it’s the cheapest among the brands.

I use this as a moisturizer and sort of a spot on gel to my pimples. It lessens the redness of my skin and calms it.

You can also use it for your hair and body!

4. Etude House Eye’s Cream

I use it mainly for my under eyes when I feel like my eyes are tired and before going to sleep. It’s a roll-on and its small so it’s very handy to bring.

5. Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Water and Pink Powder Spot

I swear by these two products to remove my pimples. I use the water during the day and the powder spot before I go to sleep.

It dries us your pimples and lightens the spots. Its non-comedogenic meaning, you won’t get breakouts from your other breakouts. Like have you ever experienced a pimple growing beside your existing pimple because you irritated it? That won’t happen because it does not only heals pimples, it prevents them from spreading.

Well I’m happy it works on me. :)

6. Nature Republic Charcoal Mask

I use this once or twice a week, when I feel like I have so much gunk on face even after washing. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean.

This is the perfect mask if you are prone to whiteheads and blackheads or if you want your pores to tighten.

7. Face masks, patches and strips

And last but not the least, you need weekly or even daily pampering by using face masks. You can also try patches for your specific problems. Like if you have puffy eyes, use eye patches. If you have blackheads, you can use pore strips.

And that’s it! That sums up my skin care routine. I hope you learned something from this! And if you could recommend more Korean skin care products, I would love to hear about it!

I will be posting my Korean Make Up haul next. Stay posted! :)

anonymous asked:

umm this is a weird ask. But I noticed on your selfies that you have nice makeup. Do you have any tips? What primer are you using? 🙈 Sorry if this is strange?

It’s not strange at all don’t worry! I feel flattered. Also I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this before but I can’t find it so, I’ll just say it again. (warning: it’ll be long lol).

1. Your face is your canvas, prep it properly: This one’s really important wether you believe it or not. I find that washing, exfoliating and moisturizing my face fifteen to twenty minutes before applying does a world of a difference. The foundation application will be much smoother and flawless. Make sure you use a moisturizer that’s not too thick and sinks into the skin quickly and don’t forget to wait those 15/20 mins so it doesn’t make the foundation look streaky.
2. Understand your skin type: Are you dry, oily, normal or combination skin? Your foundation and powder of choice should depend on this. Oily skin-types tend to work better with matte foundations and dry skin types work better with glowy foundations. Personally, I’m combo skin, I love the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation, it’s build-able coverage and in my opinion flatters all skin types, plus it has a wide color range.
3. Apply SPF if you’re going out during the day, protect your skin. If you’re going out at night, this isn’t necessary. I advice to stay away from foundations that have spf in them, since they can make you look ghostly-white in flash photography, it’s better to buy your own spf and apply it when you see fit.
4. Apply primer before the foundation, your primer of choice depends on what you need, want to make your foundation glow? Becca backlight primer. Want to smooth your pores? MUFE skin equalizer in smoothing. Just want a regular primer that will do a little of both? Too faced Hangover FX primer. Primer will also protect your skin by creating a layer between your pores and the makeup and it’ll make the makeup last longer. Apply it with your fingers, don’t swipe it, press it into the skin.
5. Foundation time. One tip I can give you is pump your foundation in the back of your hand and with a (clean) finger make a little cocktail (aka warm the liquid up) and then apply it to the skin. It makes it last longer for some reason. Also, don’t dot the foundation on, instead evenly distribute it on your skin and THEN blend it out with your tool of choice. The finish is much better that way. I recommend investing in a beauty blender for foundation application (specially if the foundation is medium to full coverage, since the wet beauty blender will absorb extra product and prevent cakey-ness, if it’s a light coverage foundation, a kabuki brush may be a better choice since that way it won’t thin out even more) either way, blend your foundation with bouncy motions, not by swiping, it’ll blend more beautifully that way and you’ll get maximum coverage.
6. Time for concealer, if the concealer you’re using is for blemishes on your face, then it should be the tone of your skin (or maybe a shade darker) and you should only apply a dot on each blemish. If you’re using concealer for your undereye circles and to highlight the face (which brings definition and makes your bone structure pop up) then it should be one or two shades lighter than your skin. Good concealers are Maybelline Fit Me! Or Tarte Shape-Tape (the latter has much more coverage). Apply it on your undereye in a triangular shape and bring it all the way to your temples for a lifting effect (unless you want to make your face appear less wide; then contour that area later on instead). Before you blend it out, warm it up with your fingers on the skin and spread it evenly just like you did with the foundation and then blend it with bouncy motions from the outside to the inside and then from the inside to the outside (always bouncing). Also apply the concealer on your forehead, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow and chin (unless you don’t wish to bring attention to them).
7. Set your concealer immediately after, if you’re highlighting and contouring, then do it with a powder lighter than your skin or bake with a translucent powder (like the one by Laura Mercier). You can also bake, which if you want to do that (it makes it last longer) I suggest you watch Jaclyn Hill’s video on how to bake. (YouTube). When applying powder, press it into the skin with your brush or beauty blender, don’t swipe. Apply the highlighting (matte) powder beneath the eyes and basically all the other high points (nose, forehead, etc). Always set concealer so it doesn’t crease on the fine lines.
8. Apply a powder the same shade as your skin on the rest of your face to set it with the same pressing motions. You can skip it if you feel like your face is too dry for that (in this case, a helpful tip is to mix a bit of beauty oil with your foundation to make it more hydrating). I always recommend setting the foundation with powder because it helps blending bronzer and blush later on.
9. Apply your broker, blush and glittery highlight as you see fitting, followed oby eyeliner and mascara.
10. If you’re doing eyeshadow, do it before you do your entire face so the fall out you get from eyeshadow doesn’t ruin your base. ALWAYS blend till it seems like one smooth lie and ALWAYS prep your eyes with some concealer or eyeshadow primer (make sure to set it with a skin tone powder or cream colored eyeshadow so you can easily blend out darker colors later on).
11. Do your brows before foundation and before eyeshadow too. Then clean them up with some concealer and a tiny detail brush. Set them with brow gel. The best brow products are by ABH.
12. Invest in good makeup brushes: zoeva, morphe, sigma, etc.
13. USE SETTING SPRAY. It’ll melt all the powders together and make it look like skin, plus the makeup will last longer.

People who act like subverting gender roles is somehow this huge offense to society and nature really have a misunderstanding of gender.

First of all, gender is not a social construct, but gender roles largely are. What counts as acceptable for one gender or another can vary greatly depending on time, place, and culture, so it’s not set in stone in the same way biological sex is.

Some cultures believe women can propose to men. Some think both parties should split the bill on a dinner date. Some think openly emoting is acceptable in both men and women while others don’t consider it appropriate in either.

Therefore, we shouldn’t act like men are somehow being “neutered” just because some men are more fastidious about personal hygiene, wearing brighter colors, putting on makeup (I don’t even mean drag queen stuff, I mean covering blemishes and putting concealer on) or women are somehow “turning into men” because they want to wear their hair short or not wear makeup or have *gasp* visible muscle tone.

Like…it’s not that deep, fam.

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HOW TO COVER A BLEMISH

A quick and simple tutorial on how to ‘spot conceal’ for days that you don’t want to wear foundation but you need a little coverage on those pesky spots!

This is ideal for the Summer months, when your freckles are on show and you don’t want to cover them up with foundation. Or, when you don’t want to wear foundation for fear of it melting off in the heat.

Spot concealing is the key for flawless ‘natural’ looking beauty!

All the products used are listed and linked in the description bar of the video

High end dupes (e.l.f)

💓FACE💓
•Smashbox/ Makeup forever studio finish primer : e.l.f mineral infused primer
• too faced better than sex mascara : e.l.f mineral volumizing mascara
•makeup forever hd microfinish powder : e.l.f studio high definition powder in sheer
•Bobbi brown brightening finishing powder in porcelain powder : e.l.f tone correcting powder
•mac fix + : e.l.f studio mist & set
•mac prep and prime highlighter in radiant rose : e.l.f studio radiance enhancer in spotlight
•nars multiple in copacabanna : e.l.f essential all over color stick in persimmon
•nars highlighting blush in albatross : e.l.f studio blush in gotta glow
•benefit moon beam : e.l.f essential facial whip
•nars bronzing + blush duo : e.l.f studio contouring blush & bronzing powder
•laura mercier baked blush bronze : e.l.f studio baked blush in rich rose
•nars in desire, depthroat, angelika and luster : e.l.f studio blush in pink passion, candid coral, fuchsia fusion and peachy keen
💖BROWS💖
•benefit brow zings : e.l.f studio eyebrow kit
•Bobbie brown natural brow shaper mascara : e.l.f studio eyebrow treat and tame
•benefit high brow : e.l.f studio eyebrow lifter and filler
💝EYES💝
•mac fluidline in blacktrack : e.l.f studio cream eyeliner in black
•mac eyeshadow in soba : e.l.f studio eyeshadow in wild wheat
💘LIPS💘
•nars lip lacquer in chelsea girls : e.l.f studio conditioning lip balm in nice & natural
•mac cream d'nude lipstick : e.l.f mineral lipstick in natural nymph
💗CONCEALER💗
•bareminerals blemish therapy : e.l.f mineral blemish kit
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You can literally find e.l.f products anywhere and they are super inexpensive I’m almost positive nothing on this list is over ten dollars enjoy your savings!!

Feminism: A Poem

you call her a slut,
you call her a whore,
you tear her skin into tiny shreds
and then beg for more,
your masculinity is fuelled by the sexuality you stripped her of.
she has no right to be liberated in your eyes,
but your eyes also want to see what is in between her thighs,
your respect for her body only exists as long as she is your possession.

a woman is to you what a table is to a person;
something to use,
sometimes a burden.
a woman can’t be outspoken without being a bitch,
but if she’s quiet you treat her like shit,
you tell us to fight for what we believe in,
but when we do you tell us we’re complaining,
(maybe you think I’m complaining)
while you’re thinking about that
please mind the wage gap,
yes the wage gap MORE THINGS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT!
I get 75 pence for every pound a man makes,
maybe I’m making mistakes?
no, no I am not.
perhaps some people have forgot
that someone’s sex doesn’t make them under qualified,
I think your brain is nonaligned,
because right now in two thousand and sixteen a woman should be respected even if she isn’t the god damn queen.

I hope you can see what struggles women endure,
we may as well go back years and years and knit at home while you go to war.

I’ll just be over here cleaning the entire house,
oh and while I’m at it I’ll clean that glass ceiling while waiting for my husband and feeding my offspring
because that’s all a woman does right?
cook clean and nurture, and give yourself to your husband at night
God forbid you swing the other way!
single, or worse…
no kids and gay!

women have to fit into perfect cookie cutters.
that, and a size 6
but not too skinny though, men aren’t nutters!
big boobs, big bum and a small waist
your extra few inches of skin can be erased with diet pills, exercise plans and corsets!
if not, you can choose the forfeit,
of society telling you that you can achieve your dream beach body,
to catch the attention of somebody
preferably a man who can be the bread winner,
while we can stay at home, look after his kids and cook his dinner.

I’ll stop complaining now and go back to concealing my blemishes and under eye bags,
while you talk to your friend about how we are still just slags.

~T.T

Shrinking Blonde's Guide to Makeup Pt. 2 (Drugstore Brands)
Not only am I a beauty junkie, I work as a style section editorial intern at a magazine which has lead to me to some amazing and some not-so-amazing product discoveries. To save you money, time, and lots of headaches, I’ve compiled a list of the best makeup I’ve tried, both luxury and drugstore brands alike.  DRUGSTORE BRANDS
  • Foundation for oily skin: Revlon Colorstay. The best drugstore foundation I’ve ever used in my life. It applies like a luxury foundation and really stays! It doesn’t make me oily, but it can be shiny so be sure to set with a powder along your t-zone. 
  • Foundation for dry/regular skin: L’Oreal Lumi. It’s incredibly luminescent and sooo glow-y. It’s just gorgeous. I actually just bought this yesterday and mixed a tiny drop of this into my MUFE Mat Velvet and it brought out such an amazing glow. This stuff is a perfect dupe for Yves Saint Laurent foundation. It looks great on everyone, but I’ve noticed it looks the best on really dark skin tones. Literally it looks like you’re glowing from within. Just gorgeous.
  • Undereye concealer: Maybelline Dream Lumi. It is pretty similar to my MAC Prep + Prime stick at a fraction of the cost. They looks really great in the inner corners of eyes as well! 
  • Blemish concealer: Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda. This comes in a little palette so you can treat different skin issues with ease. The really yellow stuff will neutralize dark spots, the light shade will help with redness, etc. You just need a tiny dab on your concealer brush and you can practically do your entire face in one go.
  • Eyeshadow: NYX shadows are by far the best of the drugstore lot. They are sooo silky, easy to apply, and legitimately last. There is a little bit of fallout with these shadows, but this can easily be fixed by doing your eye makeup first and then applying your foundation. 
  • Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner. I use this every single day of my life. There is no other. Like, skip the pencils, skip the luxury brands. Buy this. No really, BUY THIS RIGHT NOW!
  • Lipstick: Maybelline Color Whisper. These come in the prettiest shades ever and are so creamy. They don’t feather either!
  • Mascara (general): Maybelline The Rocket. This is honestly one of my favorite mascaras of all time. The brush is so perfect for strong yet soft lashes. One or two swipes is perfect for day-to-day, but layer it on for the most gooorgeous dramatic lashes of all time.
  • Blush: Milani baked blushes. I’ve only tried these a few times, but they give a really pretty flush. They’re shimmery without being to glittery, so it’s still natural-looking for day time.
  • Bronzer: Milani baked bronzers. I used this bronzer all through college and really loved it. It has the perfect flecks on gold in it, so it will flatter all skin tones. A little goes a long way, so be careful!
  • Makeup brushes: Real Techniques. A lot of professional makeup artists I know have some of these in their kits, so I went out and bought a few yesterday. I got three for like $12 and they feel like good quality. I used the blush and powder brushes today and have been really satisfied so far. 
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What with the 40 degree temperatures, it reeeally isn’t possible to take photos out of doors now, so I thought I might do a makeup look! My inspiration is from the makeup at John Galliano’s F/W 2009-10 show, in particular this image which I found on Pinterest a very long time ago. I love a bit of gold on my face. The highlight of this look is my MAC Superslick liquid liner in Pure Show which is actually the best gold eyeliner I’ve ever come across. I added to the vintage circus-y vibe with my ASOS Denim smock and Flimsymoon Etoiles Collar. 

Here’s what I used for my face

  Sleek makeup Be Beautiful Blemish Balm    Benefit Boing concealer  

   Benefit Cha Cha Tint    Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Rumour has It    MAC Superslick Liner in Pure Show 

 Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner    Rimmel Scandaleyes Rocking Curves mascara   Maybelline Brow Drama eyebrow mascara   

anonymous asked:

Is it true that the Muslim community tends to not talk about mental health and view it as something we don't talk about? That is kinda becomes a blemish to be concealed? My parents don't really acknowledge mental health so I just wanted to see if this was common among other Muslims as well? And if so, why do you think that is?

It’s definitely true unfortunately, not something just in your family but very ingrained in many cultures across the countries where many Muslims live.

I have no idea why this is 😒 It could be that as new knowledge was discovered regarding the scientific and medical background of mental illnesses, counties that contain predominantly Muslims weren’t caught up technologically for whatever reason? Or it could be based on religious beliefs about relying upon God. Or it could be based on cultural stubbornness. Or a combination of so many things.

But yeah, there’s nothing shameful about mental illnesses and they most often do require medical attention as they are a medical disorder

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Review: Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB and Micro Blur Skin Perfector!

If you love the lightweight, silky texture and effectiveness of Kiehl's  Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ (I believe it’s called Super Fluid UV Protection SPF 50 PA+++ in the US), you’ll be excited to know they finally came out with a BB cream which has the same sun protection rating.

I don’t know about you but I’m kinda glad at the return to old-school BBs with an emphasis on skin treatment, after the slew of later bandwagon products that claim to have 6-in-1, 8-in-1, 10-in-1 properties, but mainly just give coverage and hydration with minimal skincare.

Kiehl’s promises theirs has not just immediate color-true coverage but also clinically-proven results to protect and improve skin tone over time. 

Pros:

The key ingredient is the high level of stabilized Vitamin C, which can prevent oxidative stress on the skin and also clarifies uneven skintone. I haven’t used this long enough to see a noticeable difference yet but I would pick 3 straightforward promises rather than 10 gimmicky benefits. 

The coverage is very lightweight, as you might expect of a tinted sunblock, but as shown above, it IS buildable and stays natural-looking when layered. 

It’s extremely lightweight, but stays dewy and moist-looking. I would think this might be a great product for adding some natural looking radiance to dry or mature skins. 

Cons:

The first one I can mention would be the strong medicinal smell. This is completely fragrance-free but the smell might get to you. It does fade away a minute after applied, but I’m just letting you know!

There are only 3 shades available (4 in the US) and I - at NC25 - am wearing the deepest shade available in Singapore, Natural. The pigments are a nice neutral tone and seem to be quite forgiving so I believe it will fit a pretty good range of skin tones, but I’m just not sure it can cater to darker skins.

This is not greasy, but the dewy finish can be problematic for very oily skins. You will probably need to set with powder if you have oily/combi skin.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB retails in Singapore for $52 (US$37).

Another product that might be exciting for those who are concerned about grease and visible pores is the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, which will be launching in May 2014.

Unlike most mattifying primers which don’t really do more than just layer a lot of silicones and silica on the skin to absorb a bit of oil and create the illusion of matte skin, Kiehl’s again expects their product to be dual-function. Besides mattifying the skin instantly, it also contains lentil extracts to tighten pore walls and Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) to support gentle exfoliation, which automatically reduces the appearance of blackheads. 

The thing this geek is most interested in is Lipo Hydroxy Acid, which is a popular surface exfoliant for those with sensitive skin. If you haven’t heard about it, It’s an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory acid like Salicylic Acid but structured slightly-differently so it doesn’t penetrate as deep or have the same irritation potential. While it’s not as good at pore-clearing, it does give cleaner and more even surface exfoliation so it allows women with more sensitive skin to do gentle exfoliation for radiance.

Long term use also has been show to stimulate cell renewal and to strengthen the extracellular matrix, so definitely look out for this ingredient!

Kiehl’s recommends Micro-Blur Skin Perfector as the final step in the skincare regimen, to be used after application of UV or BB Cream, in place of primer, before foundation.

What I found is that:

  • it takes a couple of minutes to reach maximum “matteness”. When you just pat it on, it still looks dewy. Resist the urge to keep applying more and more. (I was surprised when I took a photo a couple of minutes later because I initially thought, “It’s not mattifying at all!” but it did become more matte after awhile.)
  • Even if you use a patting motion as recommended by Kiehl’s, there’s no avoiding the removal of some coverage. The red/brown spots on my skin became more visible after I patted this on, even though skin texture was noticeably more matte. You’re probably going to need to follow with some concealer if you have any blemishes to conceal.

Cons: 

It does work as a mattifying primer, but only slightly. Don’t expect dramatic matte results, and don’t expect to stay matte for many hours either. 

That said, this is not a problem for me because I don’t use primers for their mattifying effect anyway. It’s just a temporary effect and a blotting sheet is my preferred choice. Remove the excess oil, don’t hide it.

Pros: 

I would still pick this over regular primers in a heartbeat, just cos of the additional skin regulating properties. A good primer should either make your foundation look better and last longer, or help treat/protect your skin. It shouldn’t JUST look matte.

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector will retail in Singapore for $52 in May 2014. (I don’t have details on the US release at this time!)

Cosplay female to male make-up tutorial (featuring my Bain cosplay xD)

Hey c: So I’ve been asked by a few people now about how I apply make-up to change my face! I’m not an expert or trained or anything, this is all just found out through experiments and online guides. The easiest way was to do a step-by-step and hope for the best so here goes… (Sorry it’s so long (tagged with ‘long post’ though so..) and I apologise for my face.)

1. The tools

I use a matte eye shadow palette with a small brush for most of the detail work. I also use a foundation (either one matching to your skin tone, one shade light or one shade darker if you’re trying to look a bit different), a powder with a big brush and concealer for blemishes. c: Eyeliner is something I never use when cosplaying a man, unless it’s an anime dude with big eyes, or heavy eye lines. Eyeliner for beards however…

2. Wash your face

it’s always best to have clean skin when you put make-up on imo. I always moisturise too, and put on some lip-balm because dry skin sucks. I usually stick my hair up too.

3. Foundation/Base layer

I literally just slap on a layer of foundation. Make sure it’s evenly spread. I apply it with my fingers, and make sure it’s all smoothed out. Also, I put foundation over my lips as I naturally have very bright lips, and as a stereotype, dudes don’t. As long as it’s even it doesn’t matter too much :) After this, you can use concealer to hide any blemishes, spots or bags-under-eyes etc too. Use your powder with the big brush after this just to take the shine off and make it stay better!

4. Shadows/highlights - the beginning of the fun stuff

4a. Eyes

Shadows on the insides of the eyes, with the darkest part towards the bridge of the nose, fading to lighter as it goes outwards. The shape is a diagonal here across the lid from the bridge to the centre of your eyelid. Don’t highlight along your eye and build outwards in a gradient. Bain is a particularly extreme example of this, but the lighter you do this the more delicate it will look so for younger males, lighter colours. Left is done here, right is not.

4b. Eyebrows

I admit my eyebrows are pretty thick anyway, but I always go over them with some eye shadow to make them look thicker and darker. You can also do this to give brows a more defined shape, and if your brows are shaped in a more feminine way you can block them out. (Eyes are finished in this picture too)

4c. Hairline

I’m lucky to have very dark hair anyway, so I can use a dark eye shadow to even out my hairline, or add bits in like I have here. Make sure you smudge it in a bit to make it look natural and not like a clear-cut line. A wig will also fix this issue.

I also usually add a couple of lines of dark eye shadow down in front of my ears to give a manlier 'sideburn’ kind of thing going on. Don’t go all the way down past your ears though unless you’re connecting it to a beard.

4d. Forehead

Men have bigger brow ridges than women. You want to shadow the temples and highlight just above the eyebrows to accent your brow ridges.

For this, I also added extra shading to give the scowl a little more oomph. To do this I literally just scowled, and used the small brush to stick some extra shadow where the shadow naturally fell. Ta-da scowl when not scowling!

4e. Cheeks & Nose

So for this I’ve gone for the very lined features of Bain, so shadowed in some bags under the eyes. Use a lighter colour first and if you feel it needs to be darker, add a darker shade over the top - means you don’t have to use a wipe to take it all off and start again if it looks too dark.

I also usually put some shadow under my cheekbones if only to emphasize my face shape a little.

I also always add a touch of shading to the 'smile line’ things either side of the nose if I’m cosplaying someone older than myself. It really adds to the age of the face, and can be done very faintly and yet still give a good affect.

For the nose, you want to shade a bit either side of the bridge and depending on the nose shape of the character maybe a bit underneath it as well.

4f. Chin

You need to make your jaw appear wider and more striking. Shadows underneath the jaw, highlights on the actual jawline itself. I’m actually going to do a beard here so this is less of an issue.

5. Beard (Don’t kill me, MUAs reading this.)

Okay so I know I don’t do this the 'proper’ way. I don’t have any idea how to do anything fancy. What I can do though, is a beard that, whilst not realistic, will certainly do for cosplay pictures and dicking about (which is what I like doing best).

Start with a base layer of eyeshadow. You’re gonna use this as a guide for the eyeliner in a bit. Try not to veer from where your 'beard’ should be.

Don’t forget under your chin because it looks weird if you do. (This is the stage I go to with my Ilija cosplay  v)

Now make sure to have a sharpener to hand and very carefully draw some tiny lines on. It might be worth looking at some beardy men or something so you can see the directions these lines go. As I say, it’s unrealistic but it does the job for photos.

You can match the colour to your hair/wig, and white eyeliner works really well for blending in some greying hair (as I found on my Dallas cosplay);

but make sure you put the grey on BEFORE the main beard colour. And REMEMBER TO KEEP SHARPENING THE PENCIL or it’ll be all fat lines and weird.

Put  on some clothes that are appropriate… And there we go :)

Any questions, askbox me!

 

webeatonboatsagainstthecurrent  asked:

Hi! First of all, I love your blog. Everything you put out is fantastic! I was wondering if you could give me advice on a good, everyday makeup routine/face. Particularly a look that I could wear to work (I work for an international NGO so nothing too wild). I have a routine but I'm looking to improve it. Thanks so much xx

Thank you! I’d be happy to give you some advice. So what a good makeup routine is is different for everybody. I’m going to try to give you as much information as possible following a typical routine but I encourage you to customize it to what seems best for you. 

Base

So every good makeup routine starts with a good base which means a good skin care routine but it also means before applying any sort of makeup you apply moisturizer, sunscreen, and primer in that order. If you apply sunscreen before moisturizer it won’t properly sink into your skin as it should. Another thing to note is it’s best to let the moisturizer  sink in for about 5 minutes before applying anything else.

Foundation

So after creating a base to start off with you will then want some sort of Foundation. When picking a foundation there are a few formulas you can choose from and you should try to pick one that works best for your skin type. I’ll give a brief list of all the different types and then tell you a little more about what they do/ how they are different. If there is anything you want more information about you are more than welcome to send another ask

Liquid foundation : this is the most common sort of standard type of foundation most people use. It comes in a variety of different coverages from sheer to full coverage and it can work for a lot of different skin types 

Cream foundation: Cream foundation usually has more coverage than a liquid. It works well for oily to normal skin because it tends to have less oil and dewiness. A down side is it can feel a little heavy on the skin sometimes and it doesn’t work so well for dry skin because it can sometime emphasize dry patches.

Powder/ mineral foundations: Powders work especially well for oily skin as it is the most mattifying. It usually has a range of coverage from light to medium. So if you need more coverage it might not be the best option. Like cream it’s not so great for dry skin because it can emphasize dryness.

BB,CC,and tinted moisturizers: So these tend to have a lighter coverage ranging from sheer to medium. Most will have a sheer or light coverage however. These are good if you mostly just want to even out your skin tone and cover minor blemishes. These are very light on the skin so they are good for warmer months. Because they are very moisturizing they work well for dry skin types, but there are some products that can work for oily skin as well. It’s just not the most mattifying. 

Concealer 

So after whatever foundation you apply you can use a concealer to help cover whatever your foundation wasn’t able to hide. For most people this means concealing under eye circles and blemishes. It’s always best to use concealer after foundation except when you’re using a powder foundation. If you’re using a powder then you should conceal before rather than after. 

Depending on what you are trying to conceal will determine what concealer you should use. If you are covering blemishes you’ll want a concealer that matches your skin tone, but if your covering under eye circles you’ll want a concealer that’s slightly more yellow or orange in tone and a shade or two lighter. 

Some helpful links: 

After you apply concealer if you’re not using a powder foundation you’ll want to set your concealer with translucent powder. You should also set your t-zone with powder if you tend to get oily at all.

Blush, bronzer, and Contouring and highlight : 

once you’ve evened out your skin tone, and covered any imperfections you can then add some color back into your face and or define you features a little more. you would do that my using blush, contour, hightlight, or bronzer. There is absolutely no reason you need to use all of those things or any if you don’t want to. Pick what you think you want.

Bush and Bronzer : Blush and bronzer are similar because they are both meant to add color into your face. Blush is to add color into your cheeks giving you a more rosy look. Bronzer is applied to the high points of the face and meant to add warmth to your face making it look like you’ve gotten some sun. 

Contour and Highlight: Contour and highlighting is supposed to define your features and face shape. Contour is applied towards the sides for the face and hollows of the cheeks to visually push them back while highlight is applies to the high points such as the tops of cheek bone and bridge of your nose to bring those features forward visually. exactly how you apply highlight and contour will depend on your face shape  There are both cream and powder contour kits but for everyday natural application powder is the easiest and best to use.

Helpful links:

Eyes and lips:

For an everyday routine I like to stick to a neutral pallet. Neutral pallets are particular good because they work for all skin tones, and they are good for professional situations because you will still look very put together but without drawing to much attention to your makeup. They also work really well because it’s easy to introduce some color without changing up your whole routine. 

The easiest way to add some color would to be to play around with different lipsticks. If your eyes a more toned down with neutral shadows than you can wear whatever lipstick you want without fear of it competing with your eye makeup.

If you’d like to introduce some color into your eye makeup then you can either do that by playing around with some colored eye liners or by using a more colorful shadow in the outer v of your eye while still using neutral shadows on the lid and crease.


Sorry this ended up being super long I wanted to try and give you as much info as possible. Like I said before if you still have questions or want to know more about something you are more than welcome to send another ask. 

Foundation 101

(Disclaimer: I am not a professional! If you have other tips to add, feel free to share them with me and they’ll be added to this list, as it is in no way comprehensive, just a general overview. Please let me know what you think!!!)

Here are your basics to the base of your face makeup, a.k.a. foundation. 

There are several different kinds and you’re totally free to choose whatever works best for you. 

Foundation evens out the skin tone, hides blemishes, and reduces discoloration. I find that if I put foundation on, I automatically feel a lot more confident and refreshed. 

Foundation is typically higher priced than other types of makeup because it’s usually what is used the most. It is much better, I’ve discovered, to invest in a quality foundation that does its job and then skimp a little on other products. 

Important Tips

  1. Always make sure whatever you are using to apply your makeup is clean or else it can lead to breakouts. Also, it will just feel much better to have clean brushes/makeup sponges/fingers. 
  2. Always use primer or moisturizer before applying your foundation. It will help the makeup to go on your face much more smoothly and it will look a lot more natural. 
  3. Blend. A lot. It is easier to start with a little and built up than it is to have too much and have to start over. 
  4. Don’t forget your jawline or close to your hairline if you are applying it all over your face, otherwise there will be a ring of your natural skin around your face.
  5. If possible, test the color before buying the product. Places like Sephora and Ulta will have samples out, or you can ask a salesperson to give you a sample. If you are buying from a drugstore, check in with their individual policy. Test different colors by swatching the makeup on your jawline like you would swatch paint on a wall; the color that disappears is the one that matches your skin the closet. 
  6. Foundation does not have to be used all over the whole face. For example, I only use it on my T-zone (my forehead, nose, and chin) because that’s where I need the most coverage. I don’t put it on my cheeks because I feel like my face needs to breathe and I don’t need much coverage there. 
  7. If you live in a place that has different seasons, you will probably need two different shades of foundation, one for winter when your skin is paler and drier, and one for winter when you have a tan (or a sunburn) and you may be sweating a lot.
  8. Foundation types can be mixed! If you want to use liquid foundation for one part of your face and cream for another part, then go ahead! 
  9. Set your foundation with loose translucent powder and a big fluffy brush to make your makeup last longer. 
  10. Practice! Don’t be afraid of not getting it perfectly right away! 
  11. Watch a lot of YouTube tutorials. There are also plenty of makeup reviews as well, so if you’re contemplating buying a specific product but still want to know more about it, you’ll probably be able to find it on YouTube, or a beauty blog. Here’s a list I compiled a while ago to get you started. (It is, of course, incomplete and not as diverse as I’d like it to be yet, but I might make it a regular features thing.)
  12. Always wash off your makeup at night. You will be prone to breakouts and infections if you leave it on all night, it will get all over your pillow and sheets, and also it will feel icky in the morning. 

Liquid 

Liquid foundation is best if your skin isn’t too naturally oily, although you can buy oil-free formulas.

It is usually applied using a foundation brush or a makeup sponge, but using your fingers works as well.

Find the formula that works for you - there are some that are heavier coverage, and if you have a lot of redness you want to reduce or many blemishes you want to conceal, then you may choose a heavier formula. However, be wary that heavier coverage can feel and look a lot less natural and can get a little cakey.

If you don’t want to use foundation at all but still want some kind of coverage, try a tinted moisturizer (make sure it has SPF!). 

Here are some guides to applying foundation:

What I use: Currently, I use Nars’ tinted moisturizer. It is a little expensive, but it’s lasted me for over seven months, so it’s well worth it. It’s a slightly thicker formula than other tinted moisturizers, so I use a regular non-tinted moisturizer beforehand anyway. (My regular moisturizer is Neutrogena, oil-free, SPF 15.) 

Cream

Cream foundation can be a bit difficult. It tends to have heavier coverage, but is less messy to apply than liquid foundation. Cream foundation is personally my favorite (next to liquid moisturizer) because it works best for my skin type and has the amount of coverage that I like without looking unnatural.

It is usually applied with a makeup sponge or a stipling brush. To prevent your makeup from looking too thick or cakey, dampen your sponge with a little bit of water before you apply your foundation and it will dilute the formula just a little and make it a bit more sheer. 

Guides to get you started: 

What I use: My favorite cream foundation is L'oreal True Match. The coverage is perfect for me, the application is simple, and I just really like it a lot. 

Powder 

Powder is used if your skin is already pretty even and smooth and you just need some slight extra coverage, or if you don’t want to bother with the application process of the other kinds of foundation. It can come as a loose powder or as a compact powder and it’s up to you to decide what you like best. 

It is typically applied with a brush or a powder puff. With a brush, the makeup is simply lightly dusted all over the face. With a powder puff, the makeup is patted into the skin. 

I’ve found that mineral powders are much better quality than other kinds of powder foundations.

Tips on how to apply powder foundation: 

What I use: I love (again) L'oreal True Match. I also really liked Clinique’s brand of powder foundation, too. Oftentimes I will only wear powder foundation because it’s all I need for the day and I don’t want to bother with anything heavier. 

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1. Prime skin with the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective base. Doing this will moisturize, fill in pores, cancel out redness and give you sun protection.

2. Apply the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer anywhere you need it (under the eyes, on blemishes, and discoloration). I love this concealer because it’s light enough to use under the eyes but opaque enough to cover blemishes. Blend the concealer in with your fingers or a beauty sponge.

3. Set your face with MAC’s Skinfinish Natural. Doing this will help prevent your skin from looking oily and add a little more coverage.

4. Contour and add warmth to your face using the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.

5. Fill in and shape your brows using the Maybelline brow powder.

6. Apply ELF’s Wet Gloss (clear mascara) over your brows to lock them in place, and, since we aren’t using actual mascara, you can apply a coat to your lashes as well to perk them up.

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Shu Uemura “the lightbulb” oleo-pact review (plus a preview of a couple of Fall 2014 “Brave Beauty” products)!

Here’s a quick peek at 2 products from the upcoming Brave Beauty collection, which features intensely strong colors and beautiful printed packaging. But this post is really about the lightbulb oleo-pact!

I’ve spoken about Shu Uemura’s the lightbulb foundation and powder foundation before, but I’m not joking when I say the new oleo-pact launching in Sep 2014 is my favorite of the bestselling series so far.

The original Lightbulb foundation is better for dry skins and dry weather; I loved it when I was traveling in Japan. In warmer weather or on oily skins, it can feel slightly heavy cos of the different oils in the formula, doesn’t really set and has a tendency to shift or smear off after a few hours.

The Lightbulb powder foundation I’m afraid I never quite liked as much because I personally don’t like matte full-coverage powder foundations, and I could never get this powder “glow” with the buffer sponge.

The oleo-pact combines the best of both worlds. It isn’t as dewy as the liquid foundation, isn’t as matte as the powder, and comes in a convenient portable compact for touch-ups on the go. 

Texture:

Satin finish (natural-looking glow)

Lightweight feel; not as heavy as the liquid, but not as weightless as the powder of course

Coverage:

This has less coverage than the original liquid foundation, but it’s still buildable to a respectable medium coverage.

Lasting power: 

I tried this on normal/dry skin in humid weather without any powder and it stayed quite fresh for the whole day (about 10 hours) without oxidizing; no oil-control but it didn’t get dry or cakey on my skin either.

Pros:

  • Sustained natural glow and good skin-evening coverage without being heavy or unnatural
  • Reasonable lasting power for normal-to-dry or combi/dry skins
  • Lightweight and non-greasy feel
  • Skin-conditioning
  • Stays fresh-feeling even after experiencing some humidity and sebum over the day; didn’t bleed, streak, or cake up after sweating even without setting powder
  • Good for normal to slightly-dry or even slightly-combi/oily skins

Cons:

  • Contains oils so it won’t last extremely well on oily skins, although it would do ok on combi skins if set with some powder
  • Won’t be hydrating enough if you are extremely dry
  • The dense slightly-domed bouncy sponge is a PAIN to clean, just like the other lightbulb sponges. 
  • Not enough coverage to cover more prominent blemishes; a separate concealer would be needed
  • Not refillable; I’d like to purchase a refill for a reduced price instead of throwing out the compact and paying full price each time

The Lightbulb Oleo-pact will launch in Singapore on 1 Sep for $75.

mornings with him | Austin Mahone

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Austin never failed to wake up before you. He claimed that he wanted to be the first and last things you see in the morning and to reassure that it was going to be a good day and night. That Saturday morning was no different as your body came to its senses and began to feel gentle fingertips gliding along every part of your face. It didn’t take but a second to know that it was Austin.

As your eyes fluttered open, the first things your eyes met contact with were his gold, brown, and green irises that pooled together to make hazel. His lips were pursed in concentration as he continued to admire and soak in every last detail on your face. The intensity of his gaze caused your cheeks to burn a bright crimson hue.

“Stop it,” Your voice croaked for the first time that morning. You were positive that your locks of hair appeared to be a rat’s nest, your face was clean of any speck of makeup, and as disgusting as it was, you could taste your own morning breath. It was safe to say that you did not want the love of your life staring at you at such an ungodly hour.

A smile broke across Austin’s face. You knew that the morning was Austin’s favorite time of the day with you simply because it was your most natural state. No cosmetics concealed every blemish or flaw your face held, your eyes fluttered in a sleepy state, and your body only wore one of his plaid flannel shirts. He could never take his eyes off of you in the morning.

“Stunning,” Austin murmured as he drew you closer into his chest and nuzzled his nose into your hair. You could feel his soft lips leave feathery kisses onto the skin of your neck before they eventually trailed back up to your own lips. However, you stopped him before he could capture the first kiss of the day.

“I have morning breath,” You said quietly as a faint crimson spread onto your cheeks.

Austin’s breath fanned against your lips tauntingly. “I don’t care,” he whispered against your plump lips before they finally met and his top lip slotted between your two like a missing puzzle piece.

Every kiss that you and Austin shared always felt as if it were the first. Tingles spread from your lips, all the way down to your toes. It always resulted in you having to curl your toes in pleasure from the pure ecstasy of kissing the guy that you loved. After every kiss that you two parted from, both of you grinned like fools as if you were on drugs.

When the kiss ended, Austin rested his forehead against your own as you could release the tension in your toes. A smile bloomed along yours and his faces before he pecked your swollen lips once, twice, and three times. That only made a laugh slip from your body which was exactly what Austin wanted.

“I love you,” your soft voice murmured to just the two of you.

His fingertips brushed a stray hair from your face, smiling softly at you. “I love you more, princess.”

Tingles shot from the tips of his fingers, transferring all over your body. All he had to do was merely graze your arm and a fire was released in its wake. Everything he did had an effect on you; the way he smiled his crooked smile, how his muscles flexed whenever he moved, his kisses, touches, and just glancing your way sent your body into a frenzy. It felt as if you were always high on some sort of medication that you never wanted to wear off. That beautiful feeling was love. You loved this boy more than life itself and you would never stop.

“Can I make you breakfast?” Austin asked as his wandering hands slid underneath the warm fabric of the flannel shirt you wore and began tracing circles along your bare skin.

A laugh slipped from your lips. “You know you can’t cook to save your life, Austin!” You exclaimed with a few giggles as you swung your bare legs from the warmth of the duvet and planted them on the carpet.

Austin’s eyes watched your every move. As you stretched and cracked your numb limbs, the fabric of the shirt on your upper half rose up above mid-thigh and he couldn’t help but admire how beautiful you looked. Your hair fell down your back in loose waves, maroon knee-highs pulled up onto your legs, and he was awestruck by you. Every day he found himself wondering how he managed to snatch up a girl like you, but somehow he did.

“Quit drooling, pretty boy, and come help me make breakfast,” You demanded with a playful edge in your tone. The look in your eye almost appeared to be seductive as you raised an index finger and began to do the ‘come here’ motion.

The corners of his eyes crinkled from the large smile that spread onto his lips. He loved the moments when you were playful with him. It never failed to make him smile, so in an instant, he was off the bed and striding up to you before he had you cornered against a wall. Your smile grew to one of innocence as you gazed up at him hence the few inches of height difference.

“You’re killing me baby,” Austin groaned with a bit of a raspy tone. His lips pressed against your own, moving as one, as you smiled into the kiss from his previous statement. Pretty soon, you had him grinning like the Cheshire cat as he kissed you.

“You can’t even make it to the kitchen without kissing me,” You stated with a smirk against his lips.

“Stop being so gorgeous and maybe I could,” Austin shot right back in the same playful act. However, that time around, his hands roamed to your backside and lightly pinched.

You were quick to part your lips in surprise and shove him backwards. Austin was only more amused by your innocence, releasing a few bubbles of laughter as he watched your expressions change. Your cheeks were burning cherry red and words weren’t forming in your head properly.

“Pervert!” You squeaked and pivoted, running downstairs to avoid any more embarrassment.

Austin’s laugh emitted through the hallway and all the way down the stairs as he chased you into the kitchen. With nowhere to hide, you ducked into the laundry room before closing the doors as quietly as possible. You were too late because just as you had, Austin entered the room and flung the double doors wide open. There you stood before your boyfriend, hair a wild mess, and chest heaving at a more fast pace from the adrenaline.

Before you managed to comprehend it, you were sat on top of the washing machine and Austin was tickling you ferociously. Screams of laughter bounced off the tiny room’s walls, into the kitchen, and spread along the entire house. Your eyes squinted from forming tears, blurring your vision, as Austin watched you with adoring eyes and a wide smile.

“Stop!” You wheezed out between giggles, “I’m g-going t-to peee!”

“Say that I’m not a pervert!” He demanded with a grin.

Through the many giggles, you managed to utter out a few words. “You’re n-not a p-pervert!”

Austin’s fingers halted abruptly just as you finished your sentence and pulled your body close to his bare chest. A smile was lingering on your lips, foreheads pressed together, and your two hands rested on his cheeks. Slowly, his head tilted to the right, yours to the left, and lips met in the middle in a passionate embrace.

When Austin chased you around the house, it always ended in many kisses and giggles. This time was no different, and as you parted from the boy you loved, you giggled out of pure happiness.

“Can we make breakfast now?”