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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.

anonymous asked:

Okay so I missed out on concert tickets that I wanted so I have about $500 to spend. What are your holy grail products like I wanna know everything and best eye/face brushes.

OMG so much!!!

Makeup:

  • Brushes: Zoeva & Smith Cosmetics. I like Smith a bit more but they are pricier. 
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Glossier Boy Brow
  • Laura Mercier Loose Power, 01 & 03 matte baked powder
  • Nars Luster, Laguna, Glosses (Chelsea girls), soft matte/creamy radiant concealer & eyeshadow base
  • Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks
  • Bite lip liners, agave lip mask
  • Viseart Eyeshadow palettes
  • Glossier Haloscope
  • Urban Decay Brow Beater
  • Buxom Glosses 
  • Hourglass blushes & bronzer 
  • Nars Sheer Glow
  • Becca Ever Matte, blushes, illuminators 

Skin:

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm new to makeup and I was wondering what products you think every beginner needs. (Please be cheap)

Sorry this took so long for me to reply, I wanted to make sure I got a list of products that were both cheap and up to-par! 

TOTAL: $62 These are all drugstore makeup brands and I tried to find the most affordable products worth the money. I would suggest starting out with foundation, concealer, mascara and eyeliner (It’s what I started with), and then work your way into the other items I’ve listed! You will need brushes and I look at them as more of an investment, which is why I’m willing to dole out more money but the E.l.f brushes are cheap, decent ones to start with! You can also check out Wet N Wild, because they have affordable brushes, too. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more money, I whole-heartedly recommend Real Technique Brushes, they are amazing for the price and last a long time! Hope this helps!!

2017 LOOKS

Looking forward into the New Year, here are three looks/techniques that I hope to see more of!


BLUE/GREEN GLITTER EYE LOOKS

After a year full of mattes and neutrals, I’m ready to see more dramatic eye looks! Blue and green shimmers, glitters, and metallics are so beautiful and flattering on so many different skin tones. Looks can range from using a single shadow and simply dabbing on your eyelid and fading it out towards your browbone to layering it over a dark smokey eye. Either way, it’s beautiful and refreshing compared to your everyday neutrals. 

SEAMLESS SHIMMER 

2016 has been the year of “highlighter” and “glow” and a million horrible puns about shimmer, causing the new standard for highlighting products to basically be as pigmented as eyeshadow. Although highlighting can do wonders for the complexion, it often ends up enhancing the appearance of pores, looking cakey, and ending up unblended, leaving the “highlighter stripe.” In 2017, I hope to see less “blinding highlight” and more focus on the complexion. Blending shimmery blush with a touch of highlight makes for a beautiful finish on the skin. On the same note, entirely shimmer eye looks are absolutely beautiful and lipgloss with a hint of shimmer can do so much for your look. 

FEATHERY/NATURAL BROWS 

The best brows are those that frame your face, whether you’re wearing makeup or not. Grow out your brows! Brushing them up and over and filling in where needed flatters most people, as it brings out their natural brow shape. There are different levels to which you can define your eyebrows, but softer, more natural definition (in comparison to concealer brows) will always meld better with different looks.

~Of course, to each their own; my personal preferences do not matter at all if a certain look makes you happy!~

For @blessedirwin flower blurb night!

The first time Calum brought you flowers, you didn’t even remember it. You were just a few days old, your parents had just brought you home from the hospital, and your neighbors had come over to get a glimpse of you. The Hood family entered your home, two-year-old Calum toddling alongside his mother, holding a bouquet that was nearly as big as him. As his parents settling into the living room, he headed straight for you mother who was holding you in her arms. His mother had told him that the flowers were for the baby, so he thrust them toward you, not quite getting that you were too small to even hold them. Your mother laughed and shifted you to one arm so she could accept the flowers with the other hand, thanking Calum with a smile. Though he was two years older than you, this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The second time Calum brought you flowers was on your very first day of school. Calum was lined up outside with the other first graders, waiting to go inside, when he saw you standing with the other preschoolers. You looked very nervous and afraid, and despite the fact that your mother was standing just a few away you seemed very alone to him. He could remember being in the exact same place just a few years ago, feeling exactly how you were feeling, and he wanted to do something to help. He quickly plucked a few dandelions from the nearby grass, gathering them into a sloppy bouquet as he walked over to you. “These are for you.” He announced as he presented them to you. You accepted them, tucking one behind your ear where you wore it like a badge of pride for the rest of the day. You were too young to know that dandelions are actually weeks, to you they just looked like pretty yellow flowers. “You’re gonna be fine, you know. School is fun. You’ll make loads of friends. And you get to color.” Even though your mother had told you pretty much the same thing, it felt different hearing it from someone close to your age. You thanked him, giving him a smile as the bell rang. Calum headed back to his classmates, where he was teased so relentlessly about girls and cooties that it would be years before he brought you flowers again.

The third time was when you were eleven and he was thirteen, and he could tell you were having a rough go of things. You were in 6th grade, at the very bottom of the middle school pyramid, and all of the cattiness and drama that came along with it had just started. As was typical, a few students had risen to the top of the social ladder quickly, and they seemed to have it out for you and a few other students considered below them. You began to dread going to school every morning, but you never told anyone about the bullying, convinced that things would get worse if you tattled. But Calum always looked out for you, and he realized what was going on. One morning, you tugged open your locker to find three daisies sitting there on top of your books. They looked suspiciously like they’d been picked from the garden just outside the school. You searched for a note accompanying them, but came up empty. You considered who could have put them there. It had to be someone who knew your locker combination, and you’d only told one person, Calum. On the very first day of school he’d helped you to figure out the lock and you’d told him the code so he would show you how to open it. When you saw Calum later in the day, you were sure to thank him for the flowers. But he’d actually done much more than that. The past few weeks, he’d been paying close attention to the kids doing the bullying, and that morning he’d pulled them aside and intervened on your behalf. Nothing violent of course, despite the fact that Calum was quickly developing muscles from playing soccer, he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Just a few words from and 8th grader at the top of the food chain had been enough to convince them to back off. The teasing stopped that day and never started again, and though you’d suspected that Calum had something to do about it, you’d never had any solid proof and you never knew all that he’d done to help you.

The fourth time he brought you flowers, it was in the form of a corsage. It was your freshman homecoming, and after you’d mentioned how disappointed you were that no one had asked you, Calum invited you. You suspected that you mother had intervened and said a few things to his mother, who had in turn spoken to Calum, but that actually wasn’t the case. Calum knew that if he took you, you would be able to dance and laugh and have a good time as opposed to if he asked someone that he barely knew. Plus, he remembered what it was like to be a freshman, new to high school and completely lost, not really knowing anyone, and he wanted to do anything he could to make it easier for you. One the night of the big dance, he walked the few yards to your house, the clear box with the corsage in it in his hand. You answered the door in a sparkly little dress that was practically the homecoming uniform, with your hair and makeup done all nice, and he knew he couldn’t see you as a just the girl next door anymore. He was so distracted that he almost forgot what he was supposed to do with the corsage until he heard your excited squeal and he remembered that tradition dictated he put it on your wrist. He carefully removed it from the box and gently slid it on your wrist, trying his best to ignore the electricity that he felt as his fingers brushed your skin that hadn’t been there before.

The fifth time he brought you flowers, it wasn’t really him that brought them. It was technically the cheerleading squad. You were a sophomore and he was a senior, and the cheerleaders were holding their annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser for new uniforms. It worked like this: you could purchase a carnation, which the cheerleaders would deliver to the person of your choice on Valentine’s Day, taping it to the outside of their locker. There was a code, a pink carnation for your friends and a red carnation for your crush. They came with cards that you could sign, or you could send a carnation anonymously if you really wanted to torture someone. Calum’s crush on you that he started at homecoming still hadn’t faded, and he knew that if there was a time to tell you about it, it was now. He purchased a red carnation, signed it, and arranged to have it delivered to you. You hadn’t really been expecting any red carnations, though you’d sent pink ones to all of your friends. So, you were surprised when you walked into school on Valentine’s Day and spotted the red carnation on your locker. Though you also had several pink ones, you went for the red one first, peeling it off your locker and opening the card. Your heart began to race as you read the card, which simply read Calum. Calum was definitely cute, and more importantly you knew that he was nice and funny, but you’d never thought that he liked you as more than a friend. But now here you were holding the proof. Suddenly you felt a tap on your shoulder and whipped around to see Calum standing there. “I see you got my flower.” He said, indicating the flower still in your hand. He smiled that familiar smile that you’d seen hundreds of times over the years, and in that moment you knew that you felt the same way. Not wanting to hold back any longer. You threw your arms around his neck and pressed your lips to his in a long anticipated kiss. There would be more flowers through the years, anniversary flowers, I’m sorry flowers, graduation flowers, wedding flowers, and eventually flowers in your daughter’s hair. But for now, the red carnation was a good place to start.

(GN'R hiding Izzy’s proposal to you)

Lately any time you got home after Izzy, when you walked in the door he immediately became skittish and would stop whatever he was doing. In the five years you’d known your boyfriend he had never acted this way; something was up, but you just didn’t know what. You figured you’d find out when all of you went to Axl’s later that night for a small get together.

Walking into your bedroom Izzy practically jumped out of his skin hearing you walk into the room. “Hey, babe, you ready to go to Axl’s? I’m just going to fix up my makeup and we can head out” Izzy nodded his head as you walked into your small bathroom. With your blush brush in hand you walked back into the bedroom curious to see what Izzy would do, as expected when he heard your voice he nearly fell off the bed. “Izzy! What is going on?!”

Izzy looked up at you nervously trying his best to hide it with a smile. “Nothing, Y/N, why do you ask? Hurry up; we gotta get goin’ honey, you look great!”

You knew something was up and you had every intention of fully interrogating the rest of the guys tonight. The ride to Axl’s place was awkwardly silent; Izzy didn’t even try and hold your hand, he kept both hands gripped to the steering wheel and keeping his eyes only on the road not once looking at you.

Upon arriving at the house, you grabbed your boyfriend’s hand, which was clammy and uncontrollably shaky, while you waited for someone to open the door. After ringing the doorbell three times and knocking twice Axl finally opened the door, greeting you both with smiles. After saying your hello’s to everyone you pulled Axl off to the side to talk to him. “Okay, you know Izzy better than anyone. He’s being strange, he’s skittish and can barely stand to be in the same room as me lately… What’s going on with him?!”

Axl dodged eye contact staring at his hands, thinking a while before he spoke to you. “Nothing’s going on with him, Y/N. You’re just over thinking things again, don’t sweat it! Let’s go grab you a drink, that’ll set your mind at ease.”

Axl told Duff to go fetch you a drink, you still weren’t satisfied with the information you were getting from Izzy or Axl. You snuck into the kitchen to sneak up on Duff and ask him about the whole thing, maybe he would know something. You grabbed Duff’s arm and heard him mumble “shit” under his breath before taking a sip of the drink supposedly for you. “Duff, is Izzy cheating on me?”
Spitting out the clear liquid he had just gulped rather than sipped, he looked at you with the most utter disbelief. “Are you kidding me?! Izzy cheatin’ on YOU?! What type a drugs are you on the guy plans on marr…. Shit, here’s your drink, I gotta piss.”

Duff shoved the almost empty cup into your hand as he fled from the kitchen, leaving you there alone even more confused as you’d been previously. Slash and Steven walked into the kitchen together and they stopped talking immediately as they saw you, attempting to turn around and walk out. Before they were able to get both feet out of the kitchen, you pretended you needed help preparing food. “Wait! Guys, I need help with this over here… Please?”

Slash and Steven exchanged uneasy glances at each other before hesitantly coming to help you. “What can we help ya with, Y/N? We don’t know anything about Izzy.” Steven grinned at you pretending he wasn’t hiding something while Slash elbowed him in the ribcage.

Placing your hands on your hips you looked at them with a glare, then stomping your foot on the floor throwing a rare temper tantrum. “Why can’t any of you idiots just tell me what’s going on?!”

Slash tried to hold back his chuckles after witnessing you acting like a five year old before peeking out into the living room; walking back over to you and covering your eyes. Steven made faces in front of you making sure you couldn’t see anything before Slash further guided you into what you assumed was the living room. “I’ll tell ya what’s goin’ on.”

Slash took his hand off your eyes to uncover what all of the secrecy had been about for the past few weeks. Izzy was in the middle of the living room down on one knee, holding a small black velvet box in his hand. Before you had fully even gotten up to your boyfriend, you were covering your mouth and your eyes were filling with tears. “Y/N; will you make me the happiest man, no luckiest man, well happiest man too… Ah shit, baby will you marry me?”

In too much shock to be able to speak you nodded your head for what seemed like forever until Izzy slipped the ring onto your delicate finger. After much celebrating throughout the night; while you cuddled up next to your fiancé admiring your ring, you decided to tell all five how you felt about their secrecy leading up to the action. “All of you suck! I thought Izzy was cheating on me, I thought all of you were hiding it from me to save me from getting hurt, and all of you are fuckers!” You looked up at Izzy and plugged his nose. “Especially you!!”

For a natural looking, flawless base start by massaging your foundation into the skin using your fingertips and then use a brush to “pat” more product over areas where more coverage is needed.
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. 
MAKEUP FOREVER ULTRA HD hacks.

Okay, so as we all know, MUFE decided to shatter the game and create an even better foundation for the new technology in HD cameras. This foundation works in 4K ultra HD and what that means is basically, I can zoom in 4x into your skin and you will still look bare faced and flawless AF. 

However, I ran into a few problems when I first started using the product and really didn’t like it when I first applied it. I was lucky enough to get some insider tips and tricks on the best ways to apply the foundation and why it works best in that particular way. This is right from the mouth of the pro-artists (at least in the NY region!) at Makeup Forever: 

1) If you’re using a Skin Equalizer as your primer, specifically for color correction, apply with a flat foundation brush to make sure the color correcting primer is even throughout the skin and is completely dry before you apply the foundation. Then apply your primer or equalizer for texture. Let them both (or whatever primer you used) to sit for a minute to really set into the skin to reduce redness, sallowness, discoloration, or/and texture. 

2) Less is more, I believe it’s one pump or two pumps is good for the whole face. Start with one and go from there. 

3) THE MOST IMPORTANT HACK/TIP: Use the ‘tap and stretch’ technique. We were trained on this when the foundation launched. This foundation applies best with a flat foundation brush BECAUSE the pigments in the foundation are encapsulated in spheres. The best way to describe it is like, the spheres are like the little eggs you see on top of sushi, if you apply too much pressure, they pop. You don’t want these spheres to pop or you get a less even and airbrush looking coverage. You do not want to use a beauty blender or a buffing motion or else the spheres will burst and the foundation will not lay as evenly on your skin or evenly over texture. SO, subsection of three is as follows:

- Take some product onto your your flat foundation brush and tap it where you need the most coverage, this normally the center of the face or where you carry the most ‘hot spots’. 

- When you’re satisfied with the coverage, take your flat foundation brush and pull from where you just placed the product and stretch the foundation to where you need less coverage. Sort of like pulling from the center of a flower to the petals, the perimeter of your face being the petals. 

- If there are parts of your face the need extra coverage, do not be afraid to tap more where you need it, but stretch the edges out to bled. If applied right, it should all look even. 

4) Give the product a few minutes to melt if you have dry or textured skin. This foundation does the opposite of ‘baking’. The way it’s made allows it to melt itself to the skins temperature and even itself out over time. So if you have dry or textured skin, give it a couple minutes to smooth over the texture and you will see it have a different effect than before. This was my biggest issue with the product! I hated the finish! But I didn’t apply it right, nor did I wait to set it. 

5) You don’t need hella powder, just roll the powder on with either a soft kabuki brush or a big powder brush. But remember, I said roll. You wanna be super gentle when setting so it doesn’t get gross. Like I said before, wait a little bit to set so you can really let it meld to your skins temperature and type. Let them become friends. Be one with the Ultra HD, BE THE ULTRA HD. 


So yeah, this is your friend Stef telling you how to live your cosmetic life and be the HD glamour god(dess) you always knew ya could be. 

anonymous asked:

My face looks horrible right now and its only getting worse. I have acne on literally every part of my face right now and since I have a Mom of Color™ she refuses to let me go see a dermatologist and keeps telling me that my acne is my fault. I've cried so much about this and I really don't know what to do. I finally got enough courage to talk to this guy and now I don't even wanna be seen in public anymore bc I look so bad! Any tips on what I can do and how to not let acne control my life?

Oh my God I’m so sorry hun, acne is like the worst shit ever :/ 

I’m sorry your mom is telling you it’s all your fault - I’m white, so I don’t really understand  Mom of Color™ problems,  but if you wanna talk about it my chat box is open. 

Even though you can’t see a dermatologist, there are still things you can do to try to help clear up your skin. If you’re not drinking a lot of water, now is the time to start. Drink as much as you possibly can. It helps flush toxins from your body and will help clear up your skin.

Change out your pillowcase every few days if you aren’t doing so already. You want anything your face touches to be as clean as possible. It can help to buy and extra pillowcase or two if you can afford it so you’re not doing laundry 24/7.

CLEAN YOUR PHONE SCREEN. Don’t be putting a dirty phone that’s covered with dirt and makeup and oils from your hands on your face. That’s just acne waiting to happen.

Always wash your face before you go to bed and when you wake up. The product you use for this will kinda depends what your skin is like - if it gets dry easily, I wouldn’t use a harsh acne product twice a day - use something milder in the morning and use the harsher one at night or vice versa. 

There are a lot of acne spot treatments in stores. I like ones that have 2% salicylic acid, but that’s just what has seemed to work for me best. It could be a different active ingredient that works for you - or, if your skin is dryer or more sensitive, get a product with only 1% salicylic acid. 

This can help you try to figure out the sources of your acne - while this guide isn’t perfect and doesn’t work perfectly for everyone, it can give you some good tips and ideas to target your problem areas:

I don’t know if this applies to you bc idk if you have a menstrual cycle, and since your mom won’t let you see a dermatologist, I’m assuming that seeing a doctor to get birth control is out of the question as well, but I figured I’d mention it. I’m on a hormonal birth control called Quartette that I LOVE - I only have periods 4 times a year (every 3 months) which is amazing because my acne always flares up with my period, and my back issues get a lot worse. 

Tea tree oil is also a widely-used natural treatment for acne, so that is an option for you as well. 

If you use makeup, it might be a good idea to go a few days without foundation/concealer (like on a weekend or something when you know you won’t be going anywhere) to see if it helps. Take before/after pictures if needed. You might simply need to switch to another product.  

Let your skin breathe. Take off your makeup as soon as possible when you get home.

CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES. Like your phone, over time your brushes will get full of old makeup, dirt, and oils from your face. If you use makeup on the regular like me, I wash mine about once a week but I’m not really sure what most people do - this is just what I’ve found works best in my case.

Also, I know acne can make this hard, but work on your self-confidence. Your beauty is not related to whether or not you have clear skin. You are beautiful regardless. Tell yourself this every day. Live it, even if it’s hard and eventually you will start feeling it. 

I hope this helps babes <3

xx 

Ben Nye Powder in Banana is the BEST product for dark under eye circles, uneven skin tones and for people like me who want to lightly contour your face with little to no effort and time. Kim Kardashian blogged about this and my dark circles are concealed just as good as hers! Use a flat powder brush, dab on your T zone and under the eyes, let sit for 5 minutes and brush outwards and blend. AMAZING results, don’t let the yellow color fool you- it works for all skin tones!

eccentricute  asked:

"wait are you jelly" FOR CALUM PLS

(#5: “Wait a minute. Are you jealous?”)

It wasn’t the first time, and certainly wouldn’t be the last, but it still stung every time a girl left Calum’s room with sex hair and rumpled clothes, her makeup smudged all over her face. You weren’t anyone special to Calum, but for some stupid reason your heart raced whenever you were around him. It was torture when it was his turn in your chair; your job as the band’s makeup artist becoming harder and harder to be professional at as your attraction and frustration grew towards Calum.

Being the makeup artist, you had first hand access and knowledge to basically everything in the boy’s life; the dark circles under their eyes from lack of sleep, the redness of their noses when they had colds, the dryness of their chapped lips in humid cities, and unfortunately, the hickies dotting their bodies. Your job was to make the boys look as presentable and “normal” as possible, meaning all their imperfections were to be covered up.

This morning, Luke and Ashton had been a breeze. Both of the boys had recently been spending less time going out in whatever city the tour was stopped in and as a result, sleeping more. Their makeup was done in less than five minutes, and even Michael with his dark circles from playing his video games to three a.m. were easy to deal with. Calum… not so much.

“Damn,” Luke remarked, glancing at Calum’s neck and chest area after you asked him to take off his shirt. “That girl did a number on you.”

Calum smirked in reply but said nothing, the quirk of his lips only growing larger as the other two hooted in agreement at him, his chest puffing out in pride.

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sorry--notsorry  asked:

“Whenever I apply foundation on my dry skin it always looks dry and flaky. What’s the trick to preventing that? ”

Having dry skin I know the struggle of flaky, dry, unnatural looking foundation all to well and it’s something I used to constantly suffer from on a day to day basis. Luckily over time I’ve found a few cures to fixing flaky skin and making makeup look great.

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okayjun  asked:

sorry if this is a lot of trouble or if you've already done something like this, but I was wondering if you could maybe do like a "products for dummies" type list of good makeup in general? cuz I live off of random drugstore products but have no clue where to start trying to Pull Myself Together..

Okay you’ve got it I’m going to teach you how to do an easy, full-faced makeup look using only drugstore products!

First, the face. Start by really scrubbing your face down with cleanser and then apply a sheer layer of moisturizer and let it dry. 

Then you follow this pattern, 1) concealer 2) foundation 3) concealer 4) powder.

1) Apply a concealer in your skin tone or a shade lighter to any red marks on your face (Except if you’re extremely fair, then pick a light color with a yellow tint to cover the redness). This will make it so you don’t have to apply a whole lot of foundation which clogs your skin after a while. A good option is Maybelline’s “Fit Me” concealer because it’s really the same formula as a lot of “luxury” brands. You can apply and blend this with clean fingers or a plain old cosmetic wedge sponge (it’s getting covered anyway).

2) Find a foundation that matches your skin type. For example, if you get oily, find a matte foundation (L’oreal’s pro-matte foundation) and if you’re very dry pick a dewy foundation (L’oreal’s pro-glow foundation). If you’re in between, then just pick the finish that you want. A really good starter foundation is L’oreal’s Lumi Cushion foundation, because it’s buildable, which means you won’t over-apply and can put as much on as you’d like PLUS it comes with a puff to apply it so it’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of tools yet. (This foundation doesn’t come in very light/fair shades though, and most shades are made for medium skin tones). It’s very important to swatch the foundation in-store before you buy because this is going to cover your ENTIRE face so if it doesn’t match the rest of you, it will look like you’re wearing a mask. Most stores have a tester to try it. To swatch it, blend a little bit on the inside of your arm bc this is closest to your face’s complexion. The goal is to watch it “disappear” almost, that should be your shade. Once you have your foundation, you can either apply it with a brush or a sponge. Wet n Wild has a FANTASTIC vegan brush range and every single brush costs somewhere from 99 cents to $3. Their flat-top foundation brush seamlessly blends the product into your skin. That being said, you can use trusty old cosmetic wedge sponge too. Just make sure you PAT it into the skin, don’t drag it across your face, this will give you maximum coverage. Don’t forget the sides of your face and your neck either. Very important! If you find that redness is still peeking through, just apply the foundation to THOSE spots, not the whole face.

3) Concealer again. Use your concealer under your eyes in a triangular formation (the top point of the triangle should be parallel to your nose). Pat that in just like you did with your foundation. This covers dark circles, but the triangle shape always makes your face look higher, brighter, and more awake!

4) Powder (my favorite honestly)! This sets your makeup and keeps it in place for the whole day. Now depending on your skin type, either pick a loose or pressed powder. Loose powder is best for dry skin whereas pressed is better for oily skin. That being said, loose powders are usually a translucent, universal shade which doesn’t have much coverage. If you still want to cover something like acne, pressed powder is the way to go because you buy it in your skin tone. For loose powder, apply it with a brush and sweep it over the face. Wet n Wild’s vegan powder brush is incredibly soft & perfect for this. Elf also has a great powder brush from $4 to $6. A good loose powder is from NYX and it’s their mineral powder. For a pressed powder, pat (don’t sweep) this in with a round applicator sponge. Rimmel’s “Stay Matte” powder is awesome and I’ve seen it ranging from $2-$5.

NEXT EYES: aka 1) shadow 2) eyeliner 3) mascara 4) brows

1) Shadow can be the most difficult part of makeup, it really can. But it’s also incredibly easy to fake a very profession look too. All you need is one shadow that’s a medium brown color that’s matte finished w/ no shimmer (NYX and L’oreal both have a lot of great options). The lighter your eye color, the shade of brown should be cooler (more gray in it) and the darker your eyes, the warmer brown to pick (more of a reddish tint). Use a brush that tapers at the end and is fluffy. I like using Elf’s flawless concealer bc it’s BIG and really saves time. Apply most of the color onto your lid and blend whatever is left on the brush into the crease of your eye. Next sweep this under bottom lashes with a shader or smudger brush. The more noticeable you want it, like if you’re going out at night as opposed to going to the office, the more you repeat this process over and over. Boom, done, smokey eye.

2) Liner. This takes practice, that’s the truth. Pick a kind of eyeliner that you’re comfortable using. Maybelline has pen-type options that are easy to hold and Revlon has a great gel liner that comes with a brush if you really want to be precise. Liquid liner is the hardest to use, but if that’s what you want to try, Elf’s liquid liner in great and it’s $1! (One dollar!!!) Basically keep the line as close to the lashes as possible and build up as you wish, trying to make the line even and smooth. (CHEAT: if the liner just won’t come out smooth, smoke it out with a gray or black eyeshadow, aka run a small shadow brush over the line over and over and it should look smooth and smokey). For a wing, lightly flick the liner up towards the end of your eyebrow, connect it to the line you have drawn on your eye already, and fill in the gap.

3) Mascara, one of my favorites. Basically, just use L'oreal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara. This is incredibly flattering, affordable, and can even make it look like you’re wearing false lashes. It combines the lengthening aspect of their telescopic mascara w/ the darkening and thickening of the carbon black mascara. Honestly better than any $30 mascara  I’ve ever used. Apply two coats to the top and bottom lashes and your eyes will pop!

4) Brows. Basically, just fill in any spots that are sparse in your brows to start. Use a light hand and make short, hairlike flicks going in the same direction as your hair. To shape, place your brow pencil against your nose and tilt it so it crosses over the middle of your iris. The end of the pencil should point to where the arch in your brow should be. Add more hairlike strokes there to arch & shape your brow. NYX’s microbrow pencil is great and very luxury-brand-like. Pick a shade that’s 1 shade lighter than your hair if you have dark brown to black hair and 1 shade darker if you have light hair. Start with a medium color if you’re not sure! Set this with a brow gel and honestly I’ve tried the scope of drugstore brow gels and they’re all more or less the same. If you have sparse brows pick a gel that’s the same color as your pencil, if you have dark, thick brows then a clear gel is fine.

Onto the cheeks! 1) Blush. (Yes, that’s it.)

1) For a beginner all you’re going to want to do is apply blush. Don’t worry about contouring and highlighting, just, don’t worry about it. Adding a flush to your face will heighten the cheeks and give your face a more shapely & radiant appearance. The color you pick is really up to you! A soft pink, a coral, a fuchsia, pick whichever you think will flatter you best. If you find that you’ve applied too much, just use your powder over it to lighten the color. Both NYX and Hard Candy have great blush options. 

Finishing step: Lips.

Honestly, drugstore lipstick is super super impressive! You can pick whichever you want to try and it should be pretty nice. If you want to apply that on-trend, matte liquid lipstick, try NYX’s soft matte lip creams. Personally my favorite shade is “san paulo” because it can be worn to class, to work, out on the town, to a concert–the shade is that versatile. Covergirl has really nice tinted lip balms if just like a very slight wash of color is for you (they’re identical to Fresh’s lip tint line and cost 3X less). Maybelline’s matte lip collection is great as well! Just try out different shades & have fun. Lipstick is the easiest product to take off so don’t be afraid to try new shades!

And you’re done yay!!!!!

Tips for Clear Skin!!!!

1. Change your pillow cover.
2. Clean your foundation brush once a week, to get rid of old bacteria.
3. During breakouts do not wear makeup . It will make the breakout worst because it’s clogging your pores.
4. Try to give your face a break from time to time, from makeup.
5. DO NOT sleep in your makeup!
6. Wash your face day and night.
7. Stay hydrated. Water is your skins best friend.
8. Keep your skin moisturized, if you’re oily use oil free lotion.
9. Don’t POP your bumps, that’s nasty!
10. Exfoliate, so you won’t have dead skin caking on your face.
11. Eat healthy or at least try. You are what you eat!

Welp, I hope that helps some of y'all who wants clear skin!!!!

to everyone going back to high school!!

alright y'all, I’m gonna tell y'all about my super handy school survival kit! this thing has helped me time and time again and i wanna help you guys too! 

so this is pretty much everything and it may seem like a lot but you probably have most of this stuff in your house. I’m just gonna go through each thing and tell you what it is/why you should bring it ok! aight lets go!

the first thing I’m bringing is an extra set of clothes – jeans, tshirt, underwear, bra, and socks since I’m such a HUGE WHORE at my school apparently, i get dress coded a lot! and sometimes they make you change into your ugly pe clothes and i will NOT stand to wear my pe clothes around the rest of the day! so I’m bringing all those so at least my outfit can be kinda cute but if u think its very unlikely you will need all this stuff then don’t bring it. however, if you have periods, then an extra set of underwear (and maybe pants) will be helpful if you happen to leak a bit! (I’m putting all this into my locker, not my backpack obviously!) 

next are pads, pantyliners, (tampons if u use those) and advil because i have periods. if you have periods or (if you haven’t gotten it but you are able to get one) this shit is very important to have! also i have advil for cramps but its just pretty useful to have for headaches and stuff too, even if you don’t get periods. 

next in the clear bag we have oral hygiene! I have a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, toothpicks, and breath strips. if you just ate garlic, forgot to brush your teeth in the morning, or sucked dick in the bathroom you deserve to have minty fresh breath afterwards! so bring this stuff it can and will save you

ok also bring a thing of tissues bc some teachers don’t have them in their classroom and if your nose is stuffy then you’ve got a lifesaver!

oil absorbing sheets are great cause i have really oily skin so i always bring them so that i can take the oil off my face without my makeup coming off. clean and clear is apparently the best brand but i only have the cvs brand which works fine too

q-tips for makeup under your eyes or something else, idk. these will probably be handy

compact mirrors are great for checking up on your makeup or spying on the person behind u or something. idk man like u don’t wanna have to go all the way to the bathroom just to see if ur makeup or hair are still on fleck so having a mirror is good for quick checkups

bobby pins and hairties, if you have long hair then you will probably want it out of your face sometimes! especially if you’re doing a lab in a science class, you don’t want your hair to get into some weird substance and explode the school

lotion, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and soap: lotion for weird dry patches (also to ward off bad b.o. – there was once this guy in the bio class before me who always left weird smells behind and he sat in my seat so i put on some lotion and the smell of the lotion overpowered the smell of the b.o. so this shit saved my life!) hand sanitizer because its school and there will be weird gross substances that you may touch and if u can’t get to the bathroom, hand sanitizer will save the day! deodorant bc u don’t wanna smell nast after pe and since i take dance and pe i sweat a lot during the day so. deodorant! also soap cause idk about y'all but at my school there are showers with no soap? so if I use the weight room and I’m all sweaty and gross i wanna shower off with soap. soap is not necessary if you have enough at your school

thread, buttons, safety pins, needles, needle threader thingy, measuring tape, and tiny scissors are all part of this mini sewing kit my friend gave me. this will be useful if you tear your clothes or something. idk. sewing stuff is useful and its tiny

a hairbrush or comb is good to have so that u can fix unruly hair especially after exercise also if you get electrocuted and ur hair gets crazy then u can tame it again with a brush! also if u usually use hairspray or mousse or gel on your hair then you may want to carry an emergency thing of that

emergency money is good if u forget to bring your wallet but you still wanna buy lunch or something

dark chocolate because if I’m in school and I’m sad then dark chocolate will make me happy and seriously. like. if I’m stressed or sad or angry or anything then dark chocolate can be there for me 

cough drops are helpful for surprise sore throats. y'all know what they’re for

gum/mints (not pictured) are good for freshening up breath and they’re just something to put in ur mouth which is good if u bite ur nails or something also gum is fun and mints are fun also yes i did put gum in this picture twice i just realized this

lip balm for those darn lips that get chapped all the time also if u need to kiss somebody u don’t want gross dry lips no u want soft and nice lips that are freshly balmed

(solid) perfume for after pe or dance or something or if u just smell gross then perfume is good and solid perfume is useful for like if ur in class but u don’t wanna spray perfume all over the classroom like thats almost as bad as a fuckboy sprayin axe everywhere so u can just casually put some perfume on plus it stays on and smells delicious

nail file for all those gross hangnails or sharp nails or if ur nails just look whack. this is very useful and important and yes u probably will need this

tide pen is sometimes helpful for stains but honestly like more often than not it doesn’t really do much and once it actually made the stain worse so idk. i mean i guess 

for all my makeup wearers I’m bringing concealer, mascara, eyeliner, and an eyebrow pencil so that in case u have to take your makeup off or it comes off or something u can put it back on

sunscreen just in case you forget to put some on in the morning bc taking care of ur skin is very important and not having sunscreen on can be very bad so always having some is probably good

pen and pencil in case you lose or forget your pencil bag because if u don’t wanna borrow writing utensils from people for the day then you’re good because you have extra stuff! maybe also a highlighter and a red pen for correcting would be good to have as well 

tiny lint roller (not pictured) handy for getting cat or dog fur off of clothes bc u don’t wanna have a gross hairy sweater or something weird like that. seriously one time i wore this white sweater and i picked up my black cat and i went to school and i didn’t realize it but there was cat fur ALL over my sweater and i was so pissed it was really gross and i was wishing i had one of those. idk where u can find one but they’re bound to be somewhere 

bandaids (not pictured) good for if u get a paper cut or something and ur classroom doesn’t have bandaids like at my school u have to go to the front desk to get bandaids which is super lame so its probably gonna b helpful to bring some 

little notebook (not pictured) in case you forget paper or something and u need to write down notes or just for reminders or anything. this may come in helpful but this is def not necessary cause you can always just ask someone for paper or ask the teacher idk. if u get anxious asking ppl for paper then this is good

don’t forget a little bag to put all this in! i can fit pretty much everything (except for the clothes and the hairbrush) into this bag which is about 8 x 2 x 6 “ and theres still a little space so yeah!

anyways i hope that this was helpful and pls let me know if theres anything else that u bring to school that has saved your life before also let me know if i helped u! seriously most of this stuff has helped me before! <3

Justin Bieber - Normal

The clicking of my heels echoed in the house as I made my way into the living room where Justin was chilling on the couch enjoying his day off. I stopped right next to the couch, but he didn’t even looked up at me from the bloody horror movie that I refused to watch with him.

“What’s up babe?” he mumbled with his eyes glued to the huge screen in front of him and a female scream was heard behind me. Someone must have died.

“Can you explain this?” I said holding the bags up that I found in the bedroom. He took a quick glance of them and then turned back to the TV.

“I told you, I went shopping with Za yesterday,” he shrugged, but this wasn’t what I meant.

“No Justin. I mean, what’s this?” I emphasized and grabbing a plain white T-shirt from one of the bags I held up the price tag that read 700$. I repeat, the T-shirt was fully white.

He slowly turned to me and as he saw my quite irritated face he stopped the movie and looked up at me with the guiltiest look ever.

“A price tag?” he asked trying to get away with it, but hell nah! I wasn’t up for his bullshit.

“Oh, really? And why does it read 700$ when it’s a shirt that I can buy anywhere for about 10$ too?” I asked raising my voice and threw the bags to the ground. He sighed shrinking lower on the couch.

“Babe…”

“Don’t babe me!” I warned him. “Justin, I get that you are wealthy, that if you wanted you could wipe your ass with gold, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy unnecessarily expensive stuff!”

I sighed and sat down next to him on the couch as he gave me those damn puppy eyes that I could never resist. But this time I didn’t want to let go of it just like that. We had already talked about his shopping problems and he promised me he would hold himself back and not spend a whole cost of a college tuition next time he wants to buy something, but he apparently didn’t keep his word.

“I know! But I wasn’t in the mood to find a cheaper one and I had to go to the studio, so I thought I would just buy this one…” he explained and it just made me even madder.

“Then you shouldn’t have bought it! How many white T-shirt do you have in that big ass closet?” I asked raising my eyebrows at him.

“I don’t know…” he mumbled with his eyes fixed on the floor.

“Oh you do, baby. Just say it.” He sighed rolling his eyes.

“Three hundred and sixty-one,” he mumbled like a little child that was caught red-handed.

“Exactly. That’s three hundred and fifty-nine more than the amount you need.”

“That’s not true, I need more, because I wear them a lot and what if they get dirty?” he tried to defend himself.

“Then I’ll introduce you to the washing machine, baby. It’s not a monster, but it surely makes your clothes clean again!”

I got another eye-rolling. He hated when I was trying to make him live normal, which I didn’t understand, because all he did was bitching about how much better it would be if he was just a normal guy. He couldn’t just skip parts of the normal life and I made him remember it every time he acted like a spoiled brat.

“Justin, you are dreaming of a normal life but then go on and live like a king. Don’t you find it controversial?” I asked softening my voice. I knew he had a lot on his plate, but that didn’t mean he could forget about himself and talk against himself.

“I know, but I like enjoying the perks of having money. Is it so bad?” he sighed letting his head fall back to the back of the couch and then turned to me. “How comes you couldn’t get spoiled since we started dating? Everyone around me got carried away when they had some money in their hands. But not you.”

I smiled at him kindly and leaning closer I kissed his cheek.

“That’s because I know better. Money is not everything, Justin. And I want you to be able to be a normal person in case you lose all of this,” I said gesturing around. I knew that he had enough money to live nicely for the rest of his life, but you could never know what will happen next.

He looked at me in awe and his hand found my hand between us and held it.

“You can’t imagine how much this means,” he quietly said lifting my hand up to his lips and kissed the back of it. “And would you stay when all of it is gone?” he softly asked.

“Eh, nah,” I shrugged teasing him.

“Oh really?” he smirked raising his eyebrows at me. “So you’re just here for the free stuff?” His arms found their way around my waist and he pulled me to his lap and I immediately put my arms around his neck smiling down at him.

“I’m here so I can sleep in 700$ worth shirts after sleeping with my man,” I giggled making him chuckle.

“So my expensive shirt is not good enough for you to buy, but good enough to sleep in it?” he laughed brushing a few locks of hair behind my ears.

“For what else would you use it?” I joked giving him my best innocent look.

“You’re right. They look better on you anyway, I like seeing you in my stuff and nothing else in the morning, with your messy hair and makeup less face. That’s my favorite.”

He buried his face in my neck kissing the soft skin under my jawline and I couldn’t hold my giggle back.

“Do I get to sleep in one tonight too?” I asked playfully as I started playing with his short hair at the back of his neck.

“Don’t you have work tonight?” he mumbled between the kisses.

“I do, but my wonderful boyfriend could maybe pick me up after it and I could sleep over at his place,” I suggested innocently.

“Your wonderful boyfriend likes the sound of it.  Deal,” he stated and then his lips finally met my lips.

How to make your Makeup Last

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How do I make my makeup last?” Long wearing formulas are great and all but for makeup that lasts the whole day a little more effort is required. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know and every step you need to complete to keep your face makeup in place all day and all night. 

Start off by cleansing your skin. I find regular facial wipes work best before makeup application but a good proper cleanse never hurt anyone.

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anonymous asked:

What is the point of water in a can? Like is evian water in a aerosol can a setting spray?

It’s pretty multi purpose!

You can use it to

  • Get rid of a powdery finish after your makeup is done
  • Use it to dampen the skin for cleansing if the water in your area is really hard/not the best for the skin
  • Use it before certain skin care steps 
  • Spray it on a warm day for some heat relief 
  • Use it to damp brushes to help foundation spread easier to to wet eyeshadow

I’d say my favorite use for ~fancy~ water in a can is to use it before moisturizer. When I apply oil and moisturizer to damp skin the products sink in quicker and they can trap that moisture/water in. Most moisturizers are formulated to lock and trap in water content. Oils also feel a lot less oily on the skin when applied to damp skin. You can do this with rose water or even regular sink water but it’s nice that the fancy water in a can is purified and even PH balanced. 

Most of the water in a can products out there are French because some French girls tend to use the water to cleanse their face because it’s a really pure and gentle water. You just spray a bit until your skin is damp and then wipe off the cleanser with a small hand towel or muslin cloth. This would be a good method of cleansing for ultra sensitive or dry skin when paired with a cream cleanser.

Examples of fancy water in a can is Evian Mineral Water Spray


Avene Thermal Skin Water