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dupes/alternatives masterpost ✨

Hey loves, this masterpost was partially requested and I’m so excited.  I recommend to do your research before buying the dupe, some of the dupes are better than others. Some brands are repeated. Here is a dupe masterpost for MAC lipsticks. Here is a dupe masterpost for liquid lipsticks. Here is a spreadsheet of Coastal Scents eyeshadows to MAC eyeshadow dupes. Most of these dupes I found online so I do not take credit for any of those but some I researched myself. This is under read more because this list is very long. :) If you have any more dupes or questions, feel free to send them in.

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lucy-fur  asked:

There ae SO many different types of makeup brushes. What exactly are they all for? Which ones do I actually need?

You really don’t need too many brushes unless you’re a makeup artist or just hate washing brushes. Many brushes serve more than one purpose, especially face brushes. Brushes used for blush can also be used for bronzer, highlighter, applying powder. Eye brushes can be used to apply concealer, cheek highlight. nose contour/highlight. So I wouldn’t worry so much about which specific brushes to get, but find ones you think you can use in more than one way.

Typically the must haves are…

  • Angled Brush. Can be used to fill in brows, apply eyeliner, use with concealer to clean up brows or lipstick, used for a cut crease, nose contour with cream products, to spot conceal and apply shadow on the lower lash line or upper lash line.
  • Fine Tip Liner Brush. Can be used for eyeliner, spot concealing, can even be used with liquid/cream brow products!
  • Lay Down/Flat Shader Brush. Can be used to apply shadow all over the lid, to apply shadow on the brow bone, use the tip to smudge out eyeshadow on the lower or upper lash line. Best when trying to smudge or apply shadow on a large area.
  • Crease Brush. Best for applying a concentrated amount of color in the crease or outer v of the lid. Less fluffy than a blender brush so you’ll get more color pay off.
  • Blending Brush. Can be used to blend out eyeshadow, to apply concealer, to apply powder in a small area like under the eyes or for nose contour/highlight. 
  • Smudge Brush. Used for smudging out eyeliner or eyeshadow for messy, bedroom eyes look under the eyes or on the lash line.
  • Pencil Brush. Also used to smudge out eyeliner or eyeshadow but can also be used to pack on color in the crease.

When it comes to face brushes it’s good to know duo fiber/synthetic brushes (the black and white haired ones) work best with cream and liquid products while the natural hair brushes work best with powders. Besides that, it’s sort of a free for all! You can use face brushes for many uses. The smaller brushes are usually best for blush, bronzer, setting under the eyes, applying highlight, etc while the larger brushes are great for blending out face products.

Extra Brushes

Advanced/speciality brushes for makeup artists/extreme makeup lovers, hoarders… same thing.

Beauty Blender. This is a great tool for makeup lovers and beginners. Applies cream/liquid face products with ease for a natural, blended finish. Can be used damp to blend out foundation, concealer, cream blush, cream bronzer, liquid highlighter. Can even be used dry for powder!

Artis Brushes. Used for quick and flawless application of foundation, concealer, shadow due to it’s unique brush hairs. These are known to blend out foundation/concealer quickly yet with great effectiveness for a really smooth end result. There are a few knock offs on the market now if you cant justify the price!

Brushes like the NARS Yachiyo and 21 brush. The Yachiyo can be used for a light application of power or used to apply powder in a concentrated area with it’s tapered tip. The 21 brush can be used with highlight and bronzer/counter for precise lines.



it is a small haul but i am so proud of myself!! I’ve never lifted this many things at once and i would like to thank my very friendly mutuals who helped by giving me tips on how to be a better lifter!

i really love the lorac palletes because the eyeshadows are so pigmented and super creamy! my personal fav from the two is the gold one… so pretty.

btw these brushes are my aesthetic. the camera doesn’t really picture it nicely but they are such a pretty rose gold colour.

UNZIPPED GOLD Eyeshadow Pallete - $44


bhcosmetics Powder Brush - $8

bhcosmetics Deluxe Foundation Brush - $3

bhcosmetics Angled Contour Brush - $5

bhcosmetics Small Concealer Brush - $4

bhcosmetics Duo-Fiber Stippling Brush - $6

TOTAL - $114

i broke $100 and i am so happy omg


Hi all. Here’s my highlight contour pictorial, I promised to post. Sorry again, I had to take most with my iPhone 5s because I still do not have a tripod for my camera :( I will be getting that soon though. But lets get started.

NOTE: You can click on the picture to enlarge it to see it in more detail. Please remember that this highlight/contour routine is not recommended for everyday makeup. I only do this for special events or once in awhile when I go out! 

What You’ll Need:
Liquid foundation
Concealer or foundation a few shades lighter than your skin
Concealer or foundation several shades darker than your skin
A highlighter of your choice (pressed powder, cream, liquid, etc.)
Setting powder

MUFE HD Liquid Foundation in N153
Maybelline Instant Age Treatment Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 355
MUFE HD Pressed Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Orgasm Blush 
Highlight from Victorias Secret

The first picture is of course me with no foundation on, just moisturizer and primer. Start off with applying your favorite liquid foundation (not pictured), I recommend applying a light to medium coverage foundation. I’m using Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation in N153 and applied that with a Real Techniques face expert brush. 

The second picture is the first step to this highlight & contour routine. With the concealer or foundation that is lighter than your skin, start off by highlighting the areas that the light naturally hits on your face. This will be the

  1. Center of the forehead
  2. Under your eyes
  3. Nose bridge
  4. Corner of the mouths toward your jaw 
  5. Chin
  6. Cupids bow (the top of your lip)

Blend everything out with a brush (third picture). I used a stippling brush from Real Techniques. Everyone has different preference as to how to apply their highlight but these are just the basic ones that most people highlight. 

The fourth picture is the contouring part. You want to contour the areas where the sun naturally hits your face so you can achieve that sun kissed look. This will be

  1. Sides of your nose
  2. Hollows of your cheeks
  3. Your temples and around the forehead
  4. Jawline (to hide a double chin)

Again blend everything out with a brush (fifth picture), I used a big duo fiber brush from Rite Aid. 

TIP: If you find any difficulty with blending, you can use a little bit of your foundation to help blend.

Remember to set everything with a setting powder. I’m using Makeup Forever HD Setting Pressed Powder. You can stop here but for a more dramatic contour and highlight continue reading.

I am IN LOVE with the Kim Kardashian highlight/contour. It’s gorgeous, so to make this more dramatic I applied more bronzer, blush, and highlight.

1. You want to apply bronzer in the areas that you contoured already. I’m using Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. 
2. After, I applied some Nars Orgasm blush onto the apples of my cheeks.
3. I then applied a highlighter from VS on the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead, and on the highest points of my cheeks.

You’re done! Set your face with a setting spray and voila! 

How to Cook / Bake Your Face -- What is it?

The concept of baking / cooking really originated in the drag community, the term to “cook” or “to bake” your makeup means to let your base sit on the face anywhere from 10-20 minutes so your own body heat melts the makeup into the skin. As the makeup oxidizes, it will change color and texture. The emollient ingredients will absorb into the skin leaving a more pigmented coverage to blend with. This results in a smoother, pore-less finish that lasts longer.

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