How to make your foundation last longer and look better

Is there any specific order when it comes to applying makeup? Oh yes… Most of the time, we start only with the foundation, and we can get a little frustrated because it doesn’t look as fresh and perfect as we would like. There are some steps we should follow before and after the foundation and some hacks to make it last longer and look even better!

 

Always apply moisturizer before starting your makeup, as it makes the application even. Wait a few minutes after your application before priming. Two of our favorite moisturizers are SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer 2 oz ($35.99) and Jane Iredale BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer ($28.99). Remember that by moisturizing your skin, it will allow your makeup to go on smoother and last longer.

 

Whether you wear a full face of makeup every day or you prefer to keep it simple with BB cream and tinted lip balm, makeup primer is a godsend when trying to combat shine or create a smooth base for foundation. The bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer ($20.99) is a great option because it prepares skin for flawless coverage. Plus, it conceals enlarged pores, uneven texture, and dryness while creating a silky, smooth canvas.

Many people often skip this step because they believe they don’t really need it, and are unsure of how to use it or don’t think it’s worth the investment. However, using a primer underneath your makeup will make everything last longer, whether that’s on your skin or in your cosmetics bag.

 

Sealing your pores is also essential! By taking care of this, you will be able to make your foundation even and it will give you that doll-face effect. In order to seal your pores, you should definitely go with Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion ($31.99) this product will take care of sealing pores and creating almost a blanket over them. This hack is extremely important if you like liquid foundations since they can make your pores more visible.

 

If you think it is time for foundation, not yet! Sunscreen protection is a must that your skin will highly appreciate! I know you’re probably thinking “My makeup already has SPF in it, so that should have you covered, right?” Wrong.

Applying SPF is a step we simply cannot miss to have our face fully covered. The John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30.99) is a natural sunscreen that will replenish the skin of vitamins and minerals. It is important that you follow this step carefully before foundation, but allow the product to set and really penetrate the skin.

 

With these hacks, you’ll have that perfect canvas to create the makeup look you want!

Quick Beauty Tip – Traveling With Cosmetics

quicktip-traveling-with-cosmeticsTraveling this Summer? Even better, moving to a new house? Hopefully you haven’t been unfortunate enough to pack your favorite bronzer and eyeshadow only to find that it is cracked into a million shimmering pieces when you reach your destination. As seen here, the easiest quick fix is to lay a cotton pad or cotton ball flat on top of your cosmetics and close the case. This will keep the makeup in place and prevent breakage.

If you feel comfortable because your makeup already includes a pad, let me go one step further to recommend leaving those application pads OUT of your cases. They are great for when you’re on the go, but they tend to soak up the natural oils in cosmetics making them dry out before you can use them. Only use the cotton pad/ball technique for transporting your goods!

Tutorial Tuesday – How to use an eyeshadow palette

TT-Eyeshadow

Cosmetic companies do a great job of pairing stunning eyeshadow colors in a tempting palette. It is hard to choose one because they’re all just so gorgeous! When you make your decision and bring it home you have even more decisions to make… “how am I going to use all of these pretty colors on one eye?”. Here’s a simple tutorial – how to use an eyeshadow palette.

Use the lightest color as the base. Brush this color from the lid up to your brow. Use the darkest color in the crease of your eye. Use the accent color (in this case, the light pink) in the inner corner of your lid. Use the remaining color on your outer lid. Blend them together a bit. For long lasting eyeshadow, first apply a primer or eyeshadow base.

How To: The Perfect Smokey Eye

The Smoky Eye Kit

Do the smokey eye look with Glo Minerals Smokey Eye Kit. Smokey Eyes are alluring, sexy, and mysterious. It’s the perfect way for your eyes to do the talking. Here we give you a step-by-step on the perfect application! Enjoy!

Step 1 – Apply a primer around the entire eye area. Your makeup will glide on and stay crease-free.

Step 2 – Apply a concealer around the eye area. Pay attention to the inner corners of the eyes.

Step 3 – Using an all-over lid brush, apply a neutral color (think vanillas, butterscotch, bisque and champagnes) from lash line to brow bone.

Step 4 – Line eyes with a dark pencil (We absolutely love TIGI Cosmetics Eyeliner – Black eyeliner), gel, or cream liner – something you can smudge. Line the top and bottom. Don’t apply near the inside corner of eye.

Step 5 – Use a Q-Tip or the smudgie of the TIGI Eyeliner and gently smudge. No hard lines should be seen.

Step 6 – Apply a shadow that reflects light. One that you see is shiny on your makeup palette. Apply in the corners of your eyes, and sweep it right underneath your eyebrow.

Step 7 – Use an eyeshadow that is in the same color family as the eye shadow on your lid, but lighter. Apply it above your lid, on the outer edge of your crease. Then, using a loose blending brush, blend the shadow in a circular motion. Blend the crease shade slightly up and inward. The crease should be darkest at the outermost corner – gradually getting softer as you move towards the brow and the center of your lid.

Step 8 – Finish your look by defining your brows. A strong eye look needs a defined brow. Try TIGI Cosmetics Brow Sculting Duo – Brunette.

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