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By Lauren K
Sure your husband and friends may not understand why you bought a $40 eyeshadow palette when there are far cheaper drug store solutions, but if you can get more than one use out of it, the product is well worth the money. There are some products that are perfect for crossing the barriers created by intended function and figuring out what products can pull double duty can save you time, money, and effort. The first item to think about is eyeshadow, finding the perfect shadow to both accentuate and highlight your eyes can be incredibly exciting, but finding a great neutral brown can also mean finding a fantastic contouring color.
Neutral shadows are wonderful for contouring cheeks, chin, and other problem areas without having to buy a separate contour powder. The same goes for highlighter, you can use a shimmery white or off white to highlight and accentuate your cheekbones and other areas rather than buying another product. Eyeshadow can also be used as blush when you find the right color that flatters your skin. Do not assume that just because it is pink that it works. It is important to try out colors to make sure they work with your skin tone.
Another product that is capable of pulling double duty is a flesh colored eye pencil. If you buy in the correct shade, it can help to conceal spots, make your eyes look bigger, and work great as a primer for intensely colored shadows. Flesh colored pencils are great for widening the eyes and brightening dark areas and they are almost always inexpensive. Still another product that does more than it claims is a good lightly tinted lip balm. This can be used to stain and color the lips as well as add hydration, can help to liven up the cheek as a subtle blush color, and can also add sheen to a dull and dreary foundation. Any of these products can easily pull double duty if you are willing to test them out.
By Lauren K
Taking the time to apply a full face of makeup takes far too long to simply wipe it off at the end of the day or when you are headed out after a night of work. There are some tips and tricks that you can use to transform your makeup and keep it lasting all day no matter what. The start of any long lasting makeup is a good primer or moisturizer. Using primers and moisturizers before you start your application is the best way to insure that the foundation you use really sinks into the skin and sets correctly. If your skin is dry, the makeup will flake and tug as it is applied and if your skin is too oily, the makeup will slip and slide as your face grows in oiliness.
After you get your base lasting all day, you should prime the eyelids to help intensify the color and prevent creasing. The same rules apply to the eyelids as foundation on the face. You need a blank canvas that is the right texture to keep your makeup lasting all day. After you prime, you should take care to apply the shadow generously. Try adding a thin layer at first to help set the primer then build up color as you go to get the intensity and lasting effect that you want and need. The more you blend your shadow, the longer it will last. As you blend, the pigment is pushed further and further into place preventing fall out and keeping the shadow from transferring when you blink. If you blend well your shadow will last far longer than if you simply slap it on and hope it stays.
If you have a good strong base, your face color will stay put as well. Adding things like blush and bronzer to a foundation that has been primed and blended well will not disturb it and your face color will stay as long as your foundation does. With lip color, it is almost always best to add a bit of liner under the color to help the natural wear look better and to keep it in place longer. Adding something like a liner underneath gives the lipstick a foundation that is not your natural lip and therefore it is not as wet, does not have as many factors working against a lipstick, and it helps the lipstick to set and stay put.
With any long lasting makeup, all you should need are routine touch ups like a blend of the shadow here to remove a crease or a light powdering to remove shine from the face. Major reapplication should not be necessary, even if you are going out for the night. To take your look from day to night just add a bit of darker shadow at the edges and lash line of your eyes and blend well. This adds depth and makes your look much stronger. Add some extra mascara to amp up the eyes and consider adding a darker shade of lipstick. If you have a good natural base makeup, you can add just about any colors or extras to take your look from night to day.
By Lauren K
Fallout is perhaps one of the most unattractive things about any makeup and it should be avoided at all costs. Though most people do not have crafty shields for their shadows or blending palettes for their foundations there are some basic tips you can use to avoid fallout that can ruin just about any makeup. The first is to use a good, sticky primer, the stickier a primer is the more product it will hold on to keeping it up and off your face. With a primer that is formulated to hold pigment, it will attach to the shadow that you are using and keep fallout to a minimum.
Another good tip is to make sure that you are constantly tapping out any excess product from your brushes. This will make the color a bit less intense but building up slowly makes a makeup last longer and can prevent fallout. Tapping out the excess means that it ends up on the palette, not on your face. It may also be beneficial to invest in under eye shields, these are shields that have sticky back that affixes to the skin under the eye and forms a tray that catches any fallout. This is great if you are using pigments and glitters as they always fall out, no matter how much you tap. Using a shield can keep tons of fallout from under your eyes and all over your face. If these methods are not for you try using your concealer as a corrector of sorts. Hold off doing your under eye concealer until you are done with your eyes and use your concealer to move away any fallout and cover it up. The same can be done with foundation or your foundation brush with the remaining product that is left over after your base application.
By Lauren K
Most children find themselves wanting to use makeup because they have seen someone else use it or because of peer pressure. It is important that parents do not shut down immediately and forbid it as children will find ways around harsh rules. It is far better to understand what products and applications are best for younger children and help them through it rather than forbidding it and coming up against dire consequences. There are some forms of makeup that are alright for children to use, using products that are intended for adults is not the best option but there are tons of brands out there that offer kid friendly products to help ease any child through the beginning stages of makeup.
The first product that is perhaps the easiest to let your child wear is something like a tinted lip balm or a lip gloss. This is not quite as harsh as say blue eyeshadow but it still gives the feeling of being a bit more grown up without going overboard. There are tons of great brands like lip smackers, bonne bell, and more that offer tinted balms for the budding adult. It is best with children that if you do let them use makeup you avoid giving them colors that are going to be too intense, try giving them palettes of whites and pastels to play with and experiment with rather than bright blues and blacks. If you are uncomfortable with your child wearing makeup in public, as most parents are, let them play with it at home and get the desire out of their system rather than cracking down on even fun play at home.
By Lauren K
There are ups and downs to any makeup product but especially to something like false lashes. It is important that if you are considering using false lashes, you understand some of the benefits and drawbacks. While many say that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, it is important that each user makes their own decisions. Looking first at the pros, false lashes can quickly amp up any style, they last longer than mascara on its own, they can be used more than once, and they are a great way to draw attention to your eyes by using any one of the hundreds of different styles that are available. Each of these pros must be weighed against the obvious and not so obvious cons of this product.
The glue can be a bit irritating to people with sensitive eyes, it may cause puffiness and swelling and should be tested on skin before being applied to the eye area, false lashes can be clumsy and uncomfortable, they can come unglued during the day or night, they are not all that cheap, and they can be difficult to apply. All that being said, false lashes are somewhat awkward when you first apply them, after applying several sets and taking the time to test out several shapes and designs; you may find that wearing them is not all that bad. With the glue issue, there are several different formulas of lash glue out there that you can try until you find one that is safe for your skin and is comfortable to use and apply. With practice, even the most difficult of tasks can become easy and it is important that with something like false lashes you are comfortable with both the process and the end result before you depend on them for a look. If strip lashes are too uncomfortable, you can opt for individuals which are small bundles of three or four lashes that are a bit more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
By Lauren K
Finding the right makeup for that special occasion can be difficult as some looks just do not work with every occasion. That being said, here are a few different occasions and looks that are great for them. The first occasion to consider is something that everyone has gone to at one point or another, the party. With party makeup you can be a bit bolder, more out there, edgier, it does not matter if you wear a bit of glitter or a couple extra coats of mascara because it is a party, you want to be noticed. For party makeup you can go a bit heavier on all the elements that you love for day time to amp up the look without being over the top. Try adding dark shadow at the corners of your eyes and lash line to define and make your eyes look bigger and more awake. Also, add a set of false lashes or a bit more mascara to really frame your eyes.
The next occasion to consider is a formal event. This is a bit trickier, you certainly do not want glitter and heavy black shadow as this can seem a bit immature at a formal event. Opt for soft metallic shadows to add a bit of sheen and interest and a sharp liner. Smoky eyes are not the best look for a formal event as they can seem heavy and slightly night time. Try using a liquid liner to get a precise line or even try using shadow on an angle brush for a subtle line. You also want to go light on the mascara, though you can add enough to frame your eyes, adding seven coats until you look like a raccoon can be incredibly problematic. Try adding individual false lashes just at the corners of your eyes for a bit of elegance rather than a full strip which suggests party.
The last occasion to consider is a day time event, this can be a birthday party for the kid across the street or even your kid, a picnic, or a social event that is being held during the day, perhaps outside. With this event you want to keep the makeup simple. Opt for a neutral color like the universally flattering taupe and avoid harsh liner. Something like a soft grey or brown would be great to softly line eyes. Also, avoid heavy mascara and cheek color, try for a couple of coats of brown mascara to give you the easy, put together look without all the muss and fuss.