budget makeup tips

Looking High Dollar on a Low Budget

When you’re new as a Sugar Baby it can be really hard to find your first Daddy, this lifestyle has a steep learning curve. On top of that, when you’re trying to attract money you have to look the part. A girl who looks broke is going to stay broke. Since I have a lot of unused cosmetology training I thought I’d compile a few of my best low budget beauty tips so you can look like the expensive, luxury woman of his dreams.

There are three things that will cheapen any look immediately, no matter how much you actually spent on it. Bad eyebrows, cheap or unkempt nails and skin or hair that’s in poor condition. Keep those three in check and your entire ensemble will seem so much more put together.

Bad Eyebrows

Ooooohhhhhhh boy. There are all kinds of bad eyebrows. The good news is that there are also all kinds of good eyebrows and maintaining them can be super cheap!

So, for the majority of people your eyebrows should enhance your face but not take center stage. That doesn’t hold true for every look but if you’ve got one of those looks that can rock some outlandish eyebrows I’m going to assume you’re an eyebrow goddess and don’t need my advice anyway. For us mere mortals we’re going to aim for a solidly middle ground, they should be groomed but not overdone.

A few things to avoid: 

Over plucking eyebrows. Razor thin eyebrows don’t usually look natural and can draw a lot of attention to themselves. 

Under plucking eyebrows. Take care of those strays! Try not to let those bad boys get too crazy.

Overdrawn eyebrows. Avoid super sharp lines and block-filled eyebrows.

You want to aim for a natural brow shape that flatters your face. There tons of tutorials floating around on the subject so if you’re new to maintaining your eyebrows I suggest looking up some videos on grooming and shaping.

Now, if you’ve got awesome, thick brows to begin with you may not need to fill them but otherwise filling them correctly can really polish off your makeup. Like I said, avoid drawing hard, dark lines when you’re filling your eyebrows. If you don’t have the extra funds for eyebrow pencils you can just use a small brush and some eyeshadow for fill. Try to use a matte color that is a shade or two lighter than your natural hair color, you’re aiming for fullness not darkening. 

And remember, your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. You want them to look similar but do not expect them to be a mirror image of each other. You’ll drive yourself nuts.

Cheap Looking Nails

People see your hands a lot. Every time you shake hands, gesture while speaking, use a fork, touch someone, etc. your hands are in the spotlight. Keeping them looking pristine is one of the BEST ways to make yourself look pulled together. If you don’t have the cash or inclination to get your nails done professionally it’s entirely possible to give yourself an expensive looking mani pedi.

First things first, avoid touching your cuticles unless you know what you’re doing. You can get infections that way and that’s definitely not nice looking. The majority of men will never ever notice your cuticles.

Pay attention to the length and shape of your nails. Don’t let them get too long and don’t trim them extra short. If you like longer nails I’d suggest filing them into an almond shape, here’s handy tutorial for how to do that yourself. If you favor shorter nails give the squoval shape a try, which is basically just flat across the top with nice rounded edges. Here’s how to do that. Obviously you also want to avoid hangnails, ragged edges and such.

I would suggest always going with painted nails. Unless you want to take the time to buff your nails or just have crazy gorgeous nails naturally a few coats of polish just looks nice. The best color choice is going to vary a lot from person to person based on style and skin tone. If you’re really unsure, sheer nudes, reds and pinks are pretty safe for everyone. I like to pick colors based on my wardrobes color pallete. As an example, my wardrobe is black, cream and grey with cobalt and rose gold as accents, I do my nails in cobalt or a sheer pearl color most of the time. If you rock a certain color all over your wardrobe, absolutely incorporate that into your polish choice!

Chipped, cracked polish does not do you any favors. Cheap polish or laziness are often the culprit here and the solution to both is the same. It’s totally fine to cut costs on your color polish. It’s fine. It may be harder to apply but if you’re careful you can make it look good. The one thing that will take make that cheap polish work for you is a really good top coat. If you’ve only got a bit of money to spread around, cut corners everywhere but the top coat, you want to splurge for that. A quality top coat will do beautiful things to the gloss, smoothness and longevity of your nail polish. I personally like Revlon’s Extra Life No Chip Top Coat.

Hair and Skin Ills

Ok, this is a huge topic and I definitely can’t cover everything here. My #1 budget hair and skin solution is coconut oil. I use that shit for everything.

Chemical or heat damaged hair? Dry, frizzy hair? Comb some coconut oil through it, toss a towel on your pillow and sleep on it. Wash it out in the morning and enjoy your shiny, soft hair.

Dry skin? Massage coconut oil into your skin before you hop in the shower. The warmth will encourage your skin to soak it up and you won’t feel greasy when you get out.

Part of my daily beauty routine is a facial massage, it encourages blood flow and lymph movement and helps keep the skin glowing, acne free and keeps wrinkling at bay. I take a dab of coconut oil and spend about two minutes massaging it in small circles all over my face, afterward I wash my face as normal and go about my routine. This is also an excellent way to remove your makeup!

It can also be used for cuticle care, oil pulling, as under eye cream and probably lots of other things.

I see a lot of people suggesting exfoliation to keep your skin soft and while that’s fantastic on occasion you don’t want to overdo it! Exfoliating too often or too vigorously damages the skin. Staying hydrated, avoiding sun damage, and moisturizing are much more vital to your daily beauty routine and skin health. Exfoliate about once a week and avoid sugar or salt scrubs, they’re too harsh and cause abrasions that can lead to infections.

The final trick that I’m going to suggest for hair and skin needs sucks. It really does but it works so well. Cold showers are AMAZING for your skin and hair. Dousing yourself in cold water for a minute or two at the end of your shower does a few things. It will close the the cuticle of your hair, leading to less frizz and more shine. It will also stimulate the blood and lymph fluid to move away from your skin toward your organs in order to retain heat. This is great because more lymph and blood circulation means more cell turnover, healthier skin, improved immune response and can actually stimulate changes in body composition by signaling to your body that you need more brown fat (the good stuff) rather than white fat (the harmful stuff). Not only that but cold showers have been shown to help alleviate depression, improve stress responses, help with insomnia, improve mental alertness, aid in digestion and tons of other things. Basically it’s torture and it’s so fucking good for you. Yes, I do in fact use this tip. Every day.

Edit: I forgot to mention, a cold shower will also make your boobs perkier by tightening the skin and increasing collagen production. 

Anyway, I definitely had more to add to this in the makeup department especially but this post has gotten crazy long so I’ll be splitting that into another post. I hope you guys find some of this helpful, feel free to add your own tips and have fun making yourselves look extra fine.

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FOILED METALLIC LIPS!

Can’t get enough of those magical metal-finish lip products? Well you can get the most dramatic effect with just a metallic loose pigment and vegetable oil. 

Yes the stuff in your kitchen that comes in a bottle?

HOW TO: Add a drop to your fingertip (or dip a lipbrush in), dunk into loose pigment, and then apply straight to your lips.

It sounds weird but lightweight oils are the best medium for a truly foiled effect. They give super-smooth glide, grab the right amount of pigment for opaque dramatic coverage, feel super-light on the lips, and don’t change the texture and finish of the pigments. 

Glosses, lip balms, petroleum jelly and typical lip product bases will never work quite as well. That’s a big reason why those metallic liquid lipsticks tend to be a bit duller and not as intensely metallic as you expect.

Staying power is actually pretty decent with these - the oils will condition your lips and then “set” and dry up a bit instead of staying gloopy and sticky, or running. If you’ve ever used Lip Tars, that is exactly what they are. Pigments and hemp oil. If you want extra staying power, just apply over a layer of lip liner. (P.S. This won’t work with matte pigments. Just sayin’.)

To recreate this look, try MAC Tan pigment.

Final Tip: pick a pigment about 2-3 shades deeper than the shade you really want. Metallics throw back light like mad, and that nice beige nude will look a like a crazy champagne silver once it’s foiled and on your lips.

anonymous asked:

Hey I know this is pretty specific sorry but I was wondering if you have any resourceful/cheap make up tips? I get most of my makeup off my sister when she's done with it and can't afford to buy it new, I do stuff like using mascara as eyeliner and lipstick for blusher/eyeshadow even! Thank you, I love your stuff xxxx

thanks! Definitely try and get foundation samples from Ulta or Sephora. If you get the Cover FX drops as a sample it will last you a long time. I’ve done it before hahaha. Checkout brands like Wet N’ Wild. They have some pretty good $1 lipsticks. My favorite is “Spiked With Rum”. My favorite blush from them is “Pearlescent Pink” and I believe it is about $3. They also have $1 brushes (the ones with the pink tips). I just got some and they are soo soft!! Also check out ELF cosmetics. Their Mist & Set setting spray is comparable to Mac Fix Plus. Their Under Eye HD Setting Powder is also comparable to Laura Mercier setting powder and it is $3. My favorite liquid eyeliner of all time is Black Radiance liquid eyeliner (same as the wet n’ wild one). It is $3. I’ve heard great things about their blush quads but they are like $6. You can do chapstick/balm as a highlighter (more glossy finish of course). Light colored eyeshadow works great as highlighter as well. If your mascara is drying out too much, put some eye drops in them. You can use eyeliner or eyeshadow as brow filler. If you’re trying to change lipstick colors try and mix in eyeshadows. I’ve even used black eyeliner to deepen up lipstick colors. Sign up for the sephora beauty insider thing so you can get the free birthday samples!!! They are really good this year (mini marc jacobs eyeliner and lipstick). I’ve also heard that people scrape a spoolie in some bar soap and use that to set their eyebrows, similar to eyebrow setting gel. I haven’t done this but I figured I’d let you know! Then generally if you know what color you want to use to fill in your eyebrows you should be able to find a $1 eyeshadow in that color @ wet n’ wild or ELF. Then you can use it as eyeshadow, liner (angled brush), and eyebrow filler. If any of my followers have any other hacks or favorite cheap makeup please reply to this post!!

also this: “tips & tricks to saving money when buying makeup”

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