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lookihaveacello  asked:

Okay I never wear makeup, what should I try? What are your golden rules?

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I wanted to make sure that I gave you a really good response. (I literally spent all day working on this but I had a lot of fun doing it) Ok, this is gonna be kinda long but here are the biggest things I’ve learned/things you need to know, plus some of my faves.

1. Find a good foundation that works for you

This might seem like an obvious thing but it’s probably one of the most important things you need to have when doing makeup. “What makes a foundation good?” I hear you ask. These are a couple of things that I look for in a good foundation:

No oxidation (Oxidation is what happens when your foundation reacts badly with the oils in your skin and gets darker and/or turns orange)

Long wear

• Blendability

• Minimal shine

• Easy application

Some other factors that are important when choosing foundation are the color (how well it matches your skin tone), texture (powder, creme, mousse, liquid, etc.), coverage (how opaque it is), and the price. Those factors are all going to be specific to you and your needs so I can’t tell you specifically what will be best for you, but here are some basic guidelines:

Oily Skin - use powder foundations to reduce shine and increase the longevity of your makeup

Dry Skin - use liquid or creme based foundations to prevent increased dryness of skin

Patchy or Acne Prone Skin - use medium-high coverage foundations and concealers to even out and smooth skin tone

Smooth, Even-Toned Skin - use shear-light coverage foundations and concealers (i.e. BB cremes, tinted moisturizers, and light coverage foundations)

I guarantee that you will not find the perfect foundation on the first try but the only way to find what is best for you is to experiment. I only found my perfect foundation 2 weeks ago and I’ve been doing makeup for almost 2 years (but I also have a very weird skin tone and pretty bad acne)

I currently wear a high coverage, mousse foundation from Femme Couture in the shade fair. I think it was about $18 and I got it from Sally Beauty Supply. It works for me because it gives good coverage for my acne, it matches my super pale skin, it doesn’t dry out my skin, it glides on easily, it feels light, it smooths the appearance of my skin, and it isn’t too expensive.

The price also doesn’t automatically mean a foundation is good or bad. I have met people that swear Maybelline is better than any MAC foundation and I have also met people that say the opposite. It is really dependent on what you want out of a foundation.

2. Concealer is your best friend/Always carry some concealer

Concealer is one of the best things to have. It is amazing for covering up pimples, red spots, scars, circles under your eyes, or really anything else you need covered. That doesn’t mean that you should slather your entire face with concealer but just a little concealer under your eyes can help brighten up your entire face. Even if you don’t have acne, or red spots, or dark circles; it’s great to have in case of a breakout or to cleanup your lipstick or eyeshadow.

Concealer is also a great thing to carry around in case of a makeup emergency. Having messed up makeup in public can be one of the most embarrassing things but concealer can be a lifesaver. If you ever forget that your wearing makeup and scratch at your face, concealer can work miracles at covering the scratch marks. That’s just one example but I think you get the point.

I use Femme Couture’s high coverage, creme concealer. I think it was $10. It gives really good coverage, it is easy to apply, it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey, and a very small amount of it goes very far (it lasts a while).

3. Pat your makeup, don’t smear it (Note: this only applies for liquid, creme, or mousse products)

Another beginner mistake that I see is people smearing on their foundation and/or concealer. Smearing your foundation/concealer will cause your makeup to be uneven and streaky. If you have dry skin, smearing can also cause dry patches of skin to flake up. Instead, use your fingers or a beauty blender to gently pat on the product. This will make your makeup look much smoother and prevent any dry skin from flaking off into your makeup.

Protip: If you use a dry beauty blender and find that it leaves patches or picks up to much product, try lightly dampening it. I have found that this helps to prevent patchiness and creates a smoother finish on the makeup.

4. Use a good primer, setting powder, and/or setting spray

Not using a primer, setting powder, and/or spray is a mistake that I see a lot of beginners making. Using one or both of those things is essential for long wearing, good looking makeup. A primer will help prevent oxidation, make your makeup stay on longer, and can help reduce shine, smooth your face, correct your color, and a slew of other things depending on what primer you choose. A setting powder or spray will also help to reduce shine, set your makeup, prevent oxidization, increase makeup longevity, and help prevent your makeup from sweating off. Using a colored setting powder can also help correct and smooth skin tone. Although, if you have very pale skin like me, it can be difficult to find a colored powder that isn’t too dark so I use a transparent setting powder.

The setting powder that I currently use is NYX’s transparent, studio finishing powder. The primer I use is NYX’s shine-killer, matte-fying primer. I find that they help my makeup to last all day and I never have shiny makeup. I get from target and it’s very affordable so if you need a transparent powder or an anti-shine primer, those work really well. You can get those here and here

I would honestly recommend any NYX setting spray, setting/finishing powder, or primer. They all work great and are very affordable.


Despite what YouTube might make you think, contouring is not a necessity. Yes, it can help to shape your face and give you depth but a lot of days you just don’t need it. A lot of times using just a little blush can give you all of the depth that you need. Contouring is something that everyone needs to learn for the days when you wanna do full on glam makeup or for a day when your getting pictures taken, but it’s not essential for every day makeup. I’m not saying that you can’t do it everyday, it’s just not something that you have to do.

Also, when you do learn to do contouring, don’t follow just any YouTube tutorial. Most of the time, beauty gurus aren’t professionally trained in makeup. Their tutorials also may not work for your face shape, every face shape is different. Find a tutorial from a professional makeup artist that will show you how to contour based on the structure of your face. Here is a good tutorial on how to contour for different face shapes and here is a good tutorial for contouring different nose types.

6. Learn what color and application of blush works best for you

Blush is something that can easily look very over done or just plain bad. When doing blush, you need to find a color (or colors) that work with your skin tone. A pretty pink blush might look good on somebody else but look like clown makeup on you or a warm, neutral toned blush might look like dirt on somebody else but look amazing on you. It just depends on your skin tone.

It is also important to learn how to apply your blush to accentuate your best features. Despite popular belief, there is not one way to put on blush that works for everybody. There are a ton of different ways to apply your blush and it’s important to find the way that looks best on you. Here is a good tutorial on how to apply blush for each face shape, here is another one, and here is a guide of the best blush colors for each skin tone.

I like using L'Oreal Paris’s True Match, Super-Blendable blush in the colors Baby Blossom and Bare Honey. You can get those (or any other shades) here for $10.

7. Lipstick color and application

This is basically the same as the last one. Not all lip colors are gonna look good on you, and that’s okay. Some lip colors don’t look good with certain skin tones, you just have to find what works for you. And don’t be afraid to try different types of lipstick (liquid lipsticks, lip cremes, lip crayons, etc.). The only way to find what you like is through experimentation.

“How is a lip creme different from a lipstick?” I hear you ask. Here is a quick guide to the difference between types of lip product:

Lip Gloss - liquid to gel consistency, usually translucent or semi-opaque color, good for dry lips, does not wear for long and usually needs re-applied several times a day

Tinted Lip Balm - sheer color, good for dry or chapped lips, longevity differs but averages at about 2-3 hours (without eating), satin finish, is usually very natural looking

Lip Stain - sheer to medium coverage, last for 10-12 hours after drying, matte finish, can be difficult to remove, can dry out lips and can draw attention to wrinkles and dry spots

Lipstick - full color and high coverage, good for most lip types, needs to be re-applied after eating and drinking, traditionally matte but can also have a glossy or satin finish, has the most variety in colors and finishes

Long-Wear Lipstick - full color and high coverage, can be drying and are not preferable for dry lips, last 8-10 hours, can come in liquid or stick form, comes in matte, glossy, or satin finishes, usually have 2 steps (a base and a color or a color and a top coat)

Liquid Lipsticks - similar to long-wear lipsticks, full color and full opacity, can be very drying, needs to be re-applied after eating, thick liquid or creme consistency when applied, dry into a matte or satin finish

Lip Crayon/Creme - sheer to medium coverage, waxy consistency that is similar to lipstick, good for most lip types, usually needs re-applied after eating, glossy or satin finish

Lip Liner - high color and coverage, pencil form, lipstick like consistency, good for most lip types, can be slightly drying, last 6-8 hours, matte finish, traditionally used to outline the lips in combination with other products, can be used to completely fill lips

How you apply your lip color is also important. The key is to accentuate the best parts of your lips. If you have an awesome Cupid’s bow, accentuate the fuck out of it. I see a lot of people that over draw their lips to try and make it look like they have something that they don’t. Usually that ends up looking stupid. The best thing to do is to accentuate what you have. That will end up looking 100x better.

I would recommend using NYX’s Plush Gel Lipstick (or honestly any NYX lip product) or e.l.f.’s Matte Lip Color. You can get those here and here, they are both very high quality for a cheap price.

8. Be patient with eyeshadow/eyeliner

Learning how to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner can be very difficult. It’s tedious. One wrong move and BAM!!! You look like a raccoon. It really is an acquired skill that takes a lot of practice. If you are anything like me, you’re gonna want to do complex, beautiful eyeshadow with winged eyeliner right off the bat, but you’ve gotta start simple. If you try to do difficult eye makeup before you’ve got the basics, you’ll end up frustrated and disappointed. Here are a couple of tips for learning to do eye makeup:

get some brushes
 - they don’t have to be expensive or anything, basic brushes work just fine. Having even a couple of basic brushes will make your life so much easier

get some decent eyeshadows
- it doesn’t have to be super expensive but decent quality eyeshadow will bland and apply so much easier than really cheap stuff (I’m not saying it even has to be Sephora quality, just better than $2 makeup palettes)

get some neutral eyeshadows
 - neutrals are a must have and I personally think that it is easier to learn with neutrals than with bright colors

have your first eyeliner be pencil or a gel stick
 - (At least for me) learning to apply eyeliner will be much easier with a pencil or gel stick. Once you have mastered that, you can start using felt tips eyeliner pens or gel eyeliner with an eyeliner brush.

master a basic eyeliner line before trying winged eyeliner
 - being able to draw a basic straight line of eyeliner will make it much easier to do a winged eyeliner, cat eye, etc. (this sounds easy but it was v v hard for me to learn to do the basic straight line).

scotch tape can be a life saver
 - when doing winged eyeliner, you can use scotch tape to make a straight line. Just lineup the tape along the lower lash line and past the eye, then draw your wing along the tape. The tape will serve at a barrier for if you go out of line. Once you pull off the tape, you will have a perfect winged eyeliner. (I used this trick for at least a year before I learned how to do winged eyeliner without it)

9. Experiment with your makeup

Don’t feel like you have to stick to the same thing every time you do your makeup. Try new things. Try different products, try different techniques, do something completely new. Experimenting with makeup is the only way to find what you like. You’ll make some mistakes, you’ll do some horrible eye makeup, you’ll buy a lip color that looks like shit but that how you learn. It’s how you learn what you like. That leads me into my next tip…

10. Do your makeup however you want!!!!

That is seriously the one thing I wish I would have known when I started doing makeup. I though I had to do super subtle, natural looking makeup because that what I was told I was supposed to do. The thing is, I like doing bold, interesting makeup. It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I really started doing my makeup how I wanted it to look.

It’s your makeup. It’s not anyone else’s. Do what you like. Do what makes you feel beautiful. If you like doing natural looking makeup, go for it!!! If you like doing bright colored makeup, do it!!! If you want to do bold, intense makeup, you go!!!! If you want to cover your face in glitter, do it!!! Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do you makeup in a certain way. Makeup is, in my opinion, the ultimate form of self expression. So express yourself through your makeup. Do your makeup however you want!!!!!!!

So that’s it. My biggest tips for doing makeup. I hope it helps and if you have any other questions, send me an ask or feel free to message me (and that goes for everyone).

***** The last tip sounds a little hypocritical considering I just told you how to do makeup but that’s not my intention. I just wanted to give you tips, from my own personal experience, that might help you on your makeup journey. I in no way am saying that you have to use them, they are just things that I wish I would have known when I was a beginner

arabiangoddess  asked:

Any recommendations for translucent powders? Preferably high end products.

For my oily peeps out there I really recommend the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Translucent Powder. I’m guessing it’s the Amazonian Clay in it (which makes all their products super long lasting) that keeps your skin shine free for significantly longer than my other translucent powders. However it’s a liiiittle more chalky than others so I wouldnt recommend this so much for drier skin. 

For my darker skin ladies or those who always feel like translucent powder leaves a white cast or makes their face look too pale try Laura Mercier’s Loose Translucent Setting Powder. It’s slightly tinted a pale beige color but goes on transparent. Like most setting powders it’s super buttery and makes your skin look like silk. Great for all skin types.

One of my trusty favorites is Makeup Forever HD Powder. Makes your skin look like silk, blurs imperfections, keeps your makeup on longer and sets to a demi matte finish. 

Also, quick tip!

Try applying your translucent powder before blush and bronzer. Your blush and bronzer will go on super easily and blend out flawlessly :)

octoberspirit  asked:

Hi! I'm sorry if someone's already asked, but I was curious, how did you do the tattoos for your Cecil cosplay? They look really awesome. The whole cosplay is amazing, actually; yours is probably the best Cecil I've seen so far. :3

Hello! Thank you so much for appreciating my Cecil to such an extent! Oh, no worries! I’ve only answered the question as a response to some comments over at my page and since a lot of people seem interested, I’ve been meaning to make a post about it. So, for everyone who was wondering:

Since I planned to put markings on my forehead and neck too, I used a creme-based face paint, applied very thinly with a small brush. I use as little product as possible so that it looks like part of my skin, and also because less product means a smaller chance of smudging. After I finish a section, I pat on some transparent setting powder to, well, set the pigment. There are flesh-toned setting powders but I recommend the white sort that looks like it disappears into the skin once it’s spread out. It doesn’t look like it makes much of a difference but it really helps keep the paint from budging!

The process takes a lot of time and a lot of patience. I need around 3 hours to do my left arm, and then my partner (who cosplays Carlos, hahah) draws on my right. I can’t do my arm where my drawing hand is attached, hahah.

My tattoo designs come out different every time, because I keep forgetting to make some sort of template. I should probably fix that. Then again, it’s kind of fun that they change. I imagine Cecil’s move around and that they’re not really tattoos but markings that grew on his skin one day and he didn’t mind.

When we had an event to attend and knew we had to get there early in the day, we drew my tattoos on during the night before. (We were kept up pretty late and nearly both nodded off during the process). We covered my arms in cling wrap secured with a bit of tape so that I don’t get them all over the sheets. If you plan to do this, let the cling wrap stay a little loose. When we wrapped too tightly on the first try, I could feel my arms getting sweaty despite keeping the room temperature cold. Even with the looser wrap I felt like my arms were sweaty, but everything was intact the next morning. Whew! I drew on the extra details on the back of my palm and such on the next day since those don’t take too long to do. I kept the creme makeup and setting powder with me too so that I could touch up if needed.

I guess I should mention that you should probably take a good long bath before drawing tattoos on the night before an event. You can do the cling wrap tighter and other such precautions to shower the next morning, but it is tricky.

The tattoos that we drew late at night lasted well into midnight of the following day — that’s after a full day of convention activities, some time under sunlight and stage lights, and through dinner and stuff after the event when I wasn’t being too careful with them anymore. It took a fair amount of effort to scrub them off as I prepared for bed.

There are probably more efficient ways to go about this, but this is how I did it. Hahah! I’m still refining the process as I go along. 

More on this, as it develops.

anonymous asked:

What is your face makeup routine? I have been using the Mac mineralize foundation because it's the only one I've found light enough (110) and just a NYC transparent powder to set it, again only thing light enough, but my makeup ends up sliding off or I perspire through it. I want an airbrushed finish like your skin that will last a long time but I have no idea where to start..

Oh damn gurl okay. First thing u have to moisturize!!! I use Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion (good for all skin types) primer is Tarte Timeless Primer, holds my oil and gives me the silkiest base EVER, I like to try a new foundation at least once a week but I always go back to Givenchy Eclat Matissime(all skin types). I LOVE that one, its expensive but I still feel like I can touch and even rub my face and it wont move one bit. Holds my oil the most from anything I’ve tried other than Hourglass Immaculate. Thats really it, I always forget to set with a damn powder but I would say Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and Tarte Amazonian Clay Translucent are the best I’ve tried! 

anonymous asked:

Hi Jin! I wanted to start off by saying that your cosplays are amazing >u<!! I'm planning on cosplaying Cecil on Halloween with my bestie as Carlos and I was wondering what brand/color of paint/makeup/sealer did you use for your tattoos? They look absolutely amazing and I wanted to do something that was a safer method than Sharpie since it's covering a lot of skin. How easily does it wash off anyways? And you're one of the best Cecil cosplayers I've seen aaaaa

Aww, aren’t you sweet! Thank you so much! And I highly approve of that plan for Halloween!

This is what I’m using for Cecil’s tattoos now! It’s eyeliner so it’s definitely safe for the skin. I seal it with transparent setting powder and it holds up really well! It washes off with a bit of makeup remover, or a good scrub in the bath!