mua tips

By the time my shift is over at work I’m like a greasy mess with no blush or highlighter left to be seen
But this combo…. This drugstore combo right here? Kept my shit beat all day. Like I can’t believe I still see blush on my fucking face right now at 5pm with no touch up. Wild.
Also putting powder on your t zone before foundation is the gift of the gods 💕💞💖

I should probably also mention this stuff is dick appointment proof \(*´ ꒳`*)/ so you can do your makeup like a hoe and stay lookin like a hoe

buying makeup when ur broke💄

we all know by now that high end makeup is expensive af and can ADD UP QUICKKK. here’s some tips on saving money on nice ass makeup that i swear by.

⭐️ sign up at ulta and sephora for their membership. it’s free to sign up and you gets coupons in the mail, birthday gifts, special deals, and your points add up for free makeup.

⭐️ tj maxx. lemme tell you, they sell discontinued high end makeup for half the price. check their makeup section and DIG and ur bound to get some deals.

⭐️ resale shops! now, we don’t wanna be using makeup that’s been used before, that spreads bacteria and is just straight up gross. BUT i’ve found a lot of BRAND NEW nice ass makeup at resale shops. bruh i found too faced and urban decay palettes brand new for $10 and i bought em all.

⭐️ ask for makeup for christmas/your birthday/etc!!!

⭐️ the travel size products are always nice to buy when you wanna try something but don’t wanna spend the money on the full size.

⭐️ shop online. you can find some good deals on ebay, amazon, and simply buying from sephora or ulta online gets you free samples in the mail with your package!

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HOW TO REMOVE STUBBORN FOUNDATION & CONCEALER

Bring your makeup brushes back to life by removing that stubborn staining and waxy residue that foundations & concealers leave behind! 

Lots of makeup products contain silicones, oils and pigments that can leave our makeup brushes looking a little worse for wear and not something that you want to be rubbing over your face. 
Using a brush soap and water alone often doesn’t cut it, especially when you’ve been using concealer. That waxy residue can be hard to remove which means you definitely won’t have fresh looking bristles. 

Check out my quick way to bring them back to life! 

Is it Safe to Wash Your Makeup Brushes With Baby Shampoo?

When it comes to makeup application, brushes and tools are sometimes just as, if not more important than the makeup you are using itself. Better yet, the care and cleaning of them is more important than both combined together. Makeup and brushes are two things you’ve probably invested in, so taking care of them is essential. Many people are under the impression that because baby shampoo is safe for babies, it’s safe and gentle enough for makeup brushes, but this couldn’t be further from the truth… Just like how you wouldn’t wash your dishes with hand soap because it is anti-bacterial, or just like how you wouldn’t rub chili powder over your skin just because it’s an edible food item, you shouldn’t wash your makeup brushes with baby shampoo.

Makeup brushes are usually made out of bristles that are either natural or synthetic, natural bristles are usually made from animal hair. As you can guess the genetic make up and compound of both synthetic and animal hair is much different than the hair on a humans head.

The top three reasons you shouldn’t use baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes:

Keep reading

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YOU NEED THIS $30 WIG!!! Bobbi Boss Lyna Wig | Jessica Pettway

OKAY LADIES ERRYBODY LISTEN UP 

for the past month or so i have began using Shea Moistures African Black Soap bar and oh my goodness!!!! if you have acne you need to go and purchase this product!!! it has done wonders for my acne but overall my skin in general is smoother and GLOWING. my makeup has been looking super flawless lately thanks to this magic product. I also recently invested in the black soap face mask ( $13 at walgreens) and saw immediate results! i do still have acne from my not to fantastic diet - but for the most part my skin is the clearest it has been in years!!! 

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Decanting & Melting Lipsticks - Ideal For MUA’s & MakeUp Hoarders

If you saw my last post then you’ll have been expecting this tutorial! 

Enjoy! x

Being A Makeup Artist Today

Becoming a make-up artist 8 years ago to me was exciting, uneasy and very challenging.


I believe the new generation of “Professional” make-up artists now have a strenuous and tiring time to grow and become the artist they wish to be. Is it because there is so much competition & easy for anyone to title themselves as a “Makeup Artist” with the access to social media platforms? This debate is becoming more & more of concern to those that have been working in this industry for years. What are your thoughts on this subject?


Even though it seems easy to label yourself as a “Makeup Artist”, it’s not as extremely glamorous as people believe, being a makeup artist can be anything but. I’ve been working as a makeup artist for nearly 8 years now, and I am here to fully confirm that there are several things that people never tell you about the job. The first being that working in the beauty industry isn’t all frills. There are extremely crazy shoot schedules, a plethora of personalities, and lots of curveballs to prepare for especially keeping your regular clients and keeping regular work coming in with so much competition about today.


I have come across many people that wish to be a makeup artist professionally. They ask me; where do you begin? So with everyone wearing the title, how can you really set yourself apart and cut your teeth on our side of the beauty industry?  I’m not talking the Youtube side of things..I’m talking a strong body of work you can be proud of, TV, campaigns, editorials, magazines, movies etc and really earn a living from what you love to do!


“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”


Why would you want to be like that other make-up artist ON Instagram or YouTube? To become a true artist you must have your own unique style, own direction, goals and most of all to be YOU!  Expect more from yourself.

For those wanting to become a makeup artist today here is a check list to help you get started:

  • Work on building a professional portfolio of images, after all, this is your C.V.
  • Manage time
  • Learn the art of the business
  • Learn to market yourself
  • Be humble
  • Learn to be a collaborative art director with your client
  • Find your niche. Whether that be you becoming the best bridal makeup, editorial, TV or film artist.
  • Assist other artists. Breaking into the industry may require you to work unpaid at first, by assisting established makeup artists. This is a fantastic way to pick up skills & build contacts.
  • Real-life work experience is everything, so take advantage of opportunities that will add credibility to your CV.
  • Know how to take direction from authority
  • Know how to use social media & web development
  • Know communication skills
  • Networking is vital to building up contacts and discover new opportunities.
  • Keep Learning: Study the real beauty experts, NOT YOUTUBE OR INSTAGRAM artists (I use these as inspiration)
  • Read Makeup Books
  • Keep practicing your make-up skills
  • Be on trend. Every fashion week is a great opportunity to keep an eye on makeup trends & new product launches.
  • Invest in a decent camera(images to be used on social media to market your work, people love behind the scene images!)

Today everything is here and now! And I guess you want to be a famous make-up artist right now? That’s because you see the generation of instafame, getting what you want and coddling. But guess what? It doesn’t work like that. Just remember that Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath, and Lisa Eldridge didn’t make it overnight. They are the true beauty experts who started their careers back in the 90s!


“Overcome your barriers, intend the best, and be patient. You will enjoy more balance, more growth, more income, and more fun!”


I created this note on Facebook and had some fantastic feedback which encouraged me to post it on my blog. I hope this blog post can help you achieve your goals in becoming a Professional Makeup Artist today . The next generation of make-up artists excites me and if there is anything I can do to help those achieve their dream as a make-up artist that makes me happy,  please do message me for any guidance you may need. In my eyes I’m new to this industry and believe this is the start of my career for me, however the experience I have had may help those along the way.

Karla
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HOW TO STOP FOUNDATION SEPARATING ON YOUR FACE

If you are having issues with your foundation separating, moving or rubbing off of your nose, chin, or forehead then watch this tutorial and check your products to see if you are using them correctly. 

This is the first aspect to address when having foundation application issues as it’s a quick and simple way to determined whether it’s the underlying cause of the patchiness.
If you are using your products correctly the next thing to look at is your skincare; if your moisturiser is too oily it could be causing a premature breakdown of your base makeup, if you’re of an oily skin-type then you may need to change your skincare routine to specifically target excess oil.

Using a liquid exfoliant that contains Salicylic Acid (BHA) in will help to remove any dead skin cells that build up (particularly on oily skin) and prevent pores from clogging. Using an Oil Control Primer over the skin prior to makeup will help to absorb excess oil, minimise the appearance of pores and aid the longevity of your makeup. 
Paula’s Choice is a favourite skincare brand of mine - I’ve not been sponsored to mention them in anyway, shape, or form, my personal experience purchasing their products has always been positive, and I would highly recommend them. 

Decanting & Melting Lipsticks

As a makeup artist, it can be a pain trolling through endless tubes of lipsticks to try and find the right colour.
And don’t get me started on organising your kit to travel with SO many lippies! You end up trying to choose your favourites just so you don’t have to pack all of them.

My go-to method for having them all in one place and preventing having to leave any behind when travelling is to decant and melt them down into 1 convenient palette. 
I am over the heartbreak of not wanting to demolish a perfectly moulded lipstick, the novelty wears off when you go through so many.
But no doubt many of you will watch my tutorial on this method and go into sheer panic! 
Fear not… It doesn’t ruin your lippy, or change the consistency. The lipstick was originally melted when poured into the mould, we are just re-melting it and setting it into a new shape. 

As a makeup artist, this is super convenient, sanitary and makes life so much easier as you can see all the colours through the clear plastic lid. 
PLUS… If you are decanting MAC lipsticks, you can take 6 empty tubes back to a MAC store and they will give you a free lipstick. 
You can also combine eyeshadow pots, foundation bottles, etc…

The tutorial on this method will follow this post later!