How to make your makeup last

Summer is upon us. Depending on where you are from you can look forward to lounging on the lake, river or if you’re lucky enough the beach! Along with the beautiful long, hot days comes annoying thing like humidity and sweat. One of the biggest problems I have during the summer is keeping my makeup on. This blog will discuss ways to help you keep your makeup on all day during those hot summer days.

The first tip is something I’ve already written about, setting spray. I love setting spray and it is even more helpful in the summer! If you plan on being outside for extended periods of time I would definitely recommend setting spray. This will keep your makeup looking fresh from morning till night. If you don’t remember how to apply setting spray, you simply hold the bottle at arms length and spray. You shouldn’t need to apply more than two squirts.

The next tip I have is to use primer with SPF. This will not only keep your foundation intact, but also protect your skin from harmful UV rays. The best way to apply primer is to mix it with your foundation, then apply to your face. This will keep your makeup fresh all day and your skin protected!

A good look for the summer is also the natural look. For this you can simply wear powder and mascara. This look is perfect for a simply day at the lake or any day. The natural is good because it requires less effort and is a great look! Another way to do the natural look is by simply not wearing any makeup. Embrace the natural beauty that you are and don’t worry about applying makeup!

In the summer something you should constantly be wearing is sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. You should wear sunscreen year round, but you should especially wear sunscreen in the summer. The rays can really damage your skin and lead to awful things like skin cancer. As always, you should be sure to wash your face twice a day. It is also very important to keep your brushes clean to protect your skin.

4 Makeup Tricks Everyone Should Know

Makeup can be tricky, so when you find tricks to help you, it’s important to keep those with you. Today I want to give you five simple makeup tricks that anyone can do. These tricks will not only make your makeup last longer, but also make the application process simpler.

  1. Mix Primer with your Foundation

Squeeze some primer onto the back of your hand then pour some liquid foundation onto your hand as well. Taking your liquid foundation brush mix the two together until they are thoroughly blended. Then apply the mix like you would any other foundation. This trick helps to make the foundation stay longer, it also helps to make your powder stay. By mixing the primer with the foundation you are avoiding having your makeup feel/look caked on. This also helps to make the foundation go on smoother, for a perfect look.

2. Use a spoon to apply bottom lash mascara

All over the internet there have been tutorials about using makeup with a spoon. From what I’ve seen they look moderately simple, but could cause a challenge. Applying bottom mascara with a spoon seemed to be the easiest article I found. You place the spoon under your bottom lashes and then apply the mascara as you normally would. This helps from smudging the mascara on the skin underneath the lashes.

3. Add Visine to mascara

Mascara should be replaced every 3-4 months, but some of them tend to dry out before the normal period. By placing one or two drops of visine (or any drugstore eye drops) the mascara will become more liquid and begin applying like it was brand new. Doing this also helps the mascara to go on smoother and without the dreading clumping.

4.Re-use Old Mascara Wands

When you are done with an old tube of mascara, save the wand/applicator, wash it off and re-use it as an eyebrow brush! The mascara wand makes for a perfect eyebrow brush. Another cool trick you can do with the wand is dust it across your bronzer then run the brush over your eyebrows. This will help to quickly fill in your eyebrows without the hassle of using eyebrow liner and worrying about whether your eyebrows are even or not.

These little tricks are simple and not very time consuming! They will help to enhance your beauty one step at a time! Remember to always wash off your makeup at the end of the night and to frequently clean your brushes.

Concealer Tips and Tricks

Concealer can be one of the most helpful/trickiest pieces of makeup to use. Concealer can, at times, feel like a godsend when a person has unwanted blemishes. Applying concealer isn’t always easy, and finding the perfect match for your skin type can be just as difficult. However, with a little help from the Internet and magazines there is a way to help determine the best concealer for your perfect look!

 

Not only are different colors and types of concealers, but also there are also different types. This can be very overwhelming when going to the store to buy concealer, but don’t worry it isn’t as scary as it seems! If you are wanting to cover up you’re breakouts or redness on your skin, green concealer works the best. Orange/salmon colored concealer is the best for the unwanted bruises or bags under your eyes. Pink concealer covers up all of the blemishes that you don’t want people to see such as: old scars, sunspots and age spots.

 

Now that I’ve explained how to properly use the different shades of concealer I want to discuss which type of concealer is best for your skin type. Much like foundation it is important to find the appropriate concealer for your skin type. If you have oily skin the best type of concealer for you to us is a stick concealer. The stick concealer has clay in it that helps absorb any excess oils and will leave you with a perfect all day look. For people with dry skin the best type of concealer is a creamy one, as always before applying any type of make up make sure your skin is moisturized and exfoliated before putting on concealer; especially with dry skin. If you tend to have wrinkles the best concealer for you to use is a tinted concealer that is bright; the brightness won’t settle into the lines on your face and will leave you with a natural looking glow! If you have allergies that make your eyes and face swell it is best to take an ice cube and place it over the swelled area than tap on concealer.

 

As always, it is super important to wash off your makeup at the end of the day. Yes makeup is nice, but you need to give your skin a break and show off your natural beauty! Cleaning makeup brushes, though tedious, is also really important in helping keep your face clean and healthy.

 

Here are some examples of the types of concealer:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/383368987012255769/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/383368987012258247/

 

Tips for Longer Lasting Makeup

By now I’ve talked about two different ways of applying makeup, now I think we should discuss how to make makeup stay. The two best ways, that I have come across anyway, are primer and setting spray. Primer and setting spray are very helpful, depending on what brands you get, some sprays and primer have been known to last for up to twenty-four hours.

Certain primers can have more value than just making your makeup last for long periods of time. There are primers that have SPF in them to help protect your skins from harmful UV rays given off by the sun. There are also primers that have moisturizers in them to keep your face from drying out. Not only do primers have different ingredients in them to make your makeup stay longer and to help your skin; there are also primers for just about every part of your face. A few examples are eye shadow primers and lipstick priers. The ones that I find most useful are primers that you apply before foundation and eye shadow primer. I am very busy throughout the day, as I’m sure most of you are as well; and my foundation and eye shadow tend to wear off quickly by the end of the day.

When applying foundation primer be sure to apply a thin-even layer all over your face. When applying primers for the eyes make sure you apply a thin-even layer from the bottom of the eye-lid to the eyebrow. When choosing an eye shadow primer be sure you are clear on the color; some have shimmer and match skin tones, you don’t want to spend money on something that doesn’t match your skin and won’t be able to use.

After you apply your primer and make up then comes the setting spray! Setting spray can be tricky, when spraying your face you want to make sure it isn’t too close. You should typically keep the spray at about arms length (make sure your eyes and lips are closed) and spray. It is better to spray your face at an angle so for example turn your face slightly to the right for the first spray; then angle your face toward the left for the second spray. Two sprays should be enough to cover all of your face, you don’t want to clog your pores. When looking at any type of setting spray or makeup in general, it is important to read reviews on products to make sure they are gentle on your skin and do not clog your pores.

These products are great for an event or if you have an important day planned. They also save time because you aren’t constantly applying makeup touch-ups throughout the day. Anytime I know I’m going to have a big day ahead of me I use both of these products to make sure I am prepared for the day.

Contouring? Help!

The craze in make up right now seems to be contouring. Everyone is doing it, especially with Kim Kardashian West and the rest of the Kardashians posting pictures on their Instagram and other social media about contouring. So what exactly is it and how do I do it? Is it hard? Have no fear all of these questions will be answered and more just follow this post and you will be contouring like Kim K. in no time!

So, what exactly is contouring? Basically all it is doing is highlighting and darkening certain parts of your face to get that definite shape. Contouring can make your face look more polished and help to accentuate parts of the face that might not otherwise be noticed. For example when you contour you darken underneath your cheek bones to make them more prominent.

Contouring is tricky because there are so many different way to contour and different products to use. You can contour with creamy products for a very defined and heavy contour or you can keep it simple and contour with powder. I like both of these looks and they are both relatively easy. I contour with my powder every day, but I usually only contour with creamy products when I have big plans. Sometimes for a very defined look I will contour with my liquid makeup then go back over it with my powder for even more of the “wow” factor. What I mean when I say “creamy products” is cover up or foundation. They have kits where you can buy the creamy contour products, but I personally think contouring with cover up work just as well (this is also the cheaper way.)

When contouring with creamy products, I’ve found that coverup sticks work really well, but so does regular liquid coverup. Mainly it is all about what you feel more comfortable with and how well you are at applying the product. Either way you should have one product that is two shades darker and one that is two shades lighter. When doing this it is important to look for a matte (not shiny) product, the matte will give it more of a shadow effect. When you contour with powder it is basically the same principles, but with powder, be sure to blend evenly no matter which contouring you decide.

If you have ever looked up contouring I’m sure you’ve seen these girls and think they looked so weird with all of those lines of dark and light makeup all over their faces. It is hard for me to explain where you should darken and where you should highlight because every face shape is different and it is important to make sure you are contouring correctly for your face shape. Because of this dilemma I have posted a link at the bottom of the article about contouring correctly for your face shape!

Another important part of contouring properly, or when applying any makeup really, is using the correct brushes. One of the most important parts of contouring is blending and it is important to have either a blending brush or a beauty blender. Fan brushes are also really nice to have because they help to “fan” the makeup out to the jaw line and down the neck. I know there are so many brushes out there, so I posted a link to which brushes are used for what. I know I posted this in last weeks post, but having the proper brushes is crucial when applying makeup properly.

The last thing I want to focus on today is how important taking off your makeup is! Your skin is something that you have from the day you are born until you die and it is very important to make sure it is healthy. Yes it is fun putting on all of this makeup and dressing your face up, but it is just as important to keep your face looking just as nice without makeup. Make sure to wash your face at least twice a day and keep your brushes as clean as possible, you don’t want bacteria building up and breaking out your pretty face! Thanks for reading this week, come back next week for more makeup tips!

Contouring for face shape: http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=1955469229&group=0&frame_type=fb&blog=2673694&link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tYXNrY2FyYS5jb20vMjAxMy8xMS8yNS9mYWNlLXNoYXBlcy8_dXRtX3NvdXJjZT1yc3MmdXRtX21lZGl1bT1yc3MmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPWZhY2Utc2hhcGVz&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Perfect Brushes: http://diycraftsmom.com/pictorial-guide-makeup-brushes/

What you need when contouring: http://www.hairsprayandhighheels.net/2013/12/contour/

All Natural

I know how busy I am most of the time, so I can imagine how busy every one else is. The natural look is the best way to look your best and it is very simple. With just a few simple strokes and a few products, you’ll be rocking the natural look in no time.

When doing the natural look you always want to start with concealer. Concealer covers all of the blemishes that you don’t want everyone else to see. Concealer is also great for the morning after long study session, when most of us have those dreaded dark circles under our eyes. The best way to conceal these dark circles is to make a triangle shape under the eye and to slowly fill it in, then blend it in with your skin. Below I have posted a link that shows the correct way to do this and some other tricks that concealer is good for.

After using the concealer next is liquid foundation. Liquid foundation is probably the most important part of makeup, in my opinion. You can do so much with the correct liquid foundation, it can also effect how clear your skin is. When applying liquid foundation you want to have a proper foundation brush. Some people feel more comfortable using their fingers to spread the foundation; this is okay but make sure your hands are very clean and instead of using your index finger use your middle and fourth finger. These fingers are the most weak and are not as rough on your skin. If you feel comfortable using a brush, this is probably your best option. Once you decide how you want to apply the foundation, apply a thin layer to cover your entire face; making sure to get the edges of your face and even going down onto the neck if need be.

After applying the liquid foundation you move to loose powder. Loose powder helps to illuminate the skin and to keep your face from looking “shiny.” Again, it is important to use powder that not only matches your skin tone, but does not cause your skin to break out or become very dry. When applying powder it is important to use the proper brush. Below there is a link that shows different types of makeup brushes and their uses. When I apply loose mineral powder I pour/shake the powder into the lid of the case, this way you are not getting too much powder on the brush and the powder will not look grainy on your skin. I then dab/swirl my brush on my skin to help cover the “shiny” look I was talking about earlier. I continue this pattern until my entire face is covered. Once your face is covered make sure your neck still matches my face and if it does not take apply powder around the neck area until your face matches your neck.

Next we use blush, with blush it is very important to find the proper shade of pink. You do not want a pink that is too light or too dark for your face. To apply blush simply swirl the brush in the blush pallet, then apply to your cheek bones. Cheekbones are weird, they are in different spots for everyone, the best way to find your cheekbones is to make a fish face and the bones that stick out are your cheekbones. Apply the blush by moving your brush only upward, never downward. Continue this until you start to se a light shade of pink, do not apply too much blush because that defeats the purpose of the “natural look.”

To finish off this look we will use mascara. You can, but do not have to, curl your eye lashes. If you have an eyebrow brush you can use the prickly side to brush your lashes upward to continue to make them look longer. I have very short eye lashes so I always have to work with mine to make them look longer. When applying mascara you take the mascara wand and move it in an upward motion to make your lashes look longer and thicker.

One last thing to remember anytime you apply makeup is to be sure to wash it off every night. Skin is very sensitive and very important to take care of. Another important tip is to make sure you wash your brushes regularly, if you do not do this bacteria can build up into your brushes and only be harmful to your skin.

There you have it! This is the best way to get an all natural look that will last you all day. This look is best when on the run or in a hurry. Below I have posted links on which makeup brushes to use and helpful tips for concealer. I hope you have enjoy reading and be on the look out for my next post on how to contour like a Kardashian!

Concealer Tricks Link http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/beauty-hair/makeup/how-to/a31545/concealer-hacks-makeup-tricks/

 

Brushes and how to use them http://www.itcosmetics.com/brushes-and-tools