I think every oily skinned girl can relate: we can literally feel our skin getting oily, which means our face makeup is about to go everywhere but our face. Its extremely difficult to find foundations and powders that not only stay on our face but also keep us matte for as long as possible. It all depends on the products you use, of course. There are some tips, though, so don’t worry!
Winter is finally starting to slowly creep upon us, which means our skin is beginning to need a bit more of protection from the elements. With the nipping cold, dry air, the skin on our body is just begging for more moisture. With some simple tips and tricks, you can kiss dry, flaky winter skin goodbye. (more…)
White liner is never thought of as a secret weapon, but girls, let me tell you: if you want your eyes to look awake, large and open, using white eyeliner is just what you need. Lots of brands have white liner, NYC jumbo pencil in Milk is a great choice, as is the one I’m using by E.L.F. MAC has one (as well as flesh toned ones) and copious others. Using the daytime smokey eye as a template, as it is not quite as dramatic, adding the white liner includes a special flair:
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A key trick to getting your lips to look and feel their best is to exfoliate them. Just like your skin, lips regenerate and need help shedding those dead skin cells, and gently exfoliating them can prevent them from chapping and ensure that your lip balm penetrates them to leave them soft and kissable. Now, before you go running out to buy lip exfoliators, rest assured that you can make your own with things you already have in your kitchen for a fraction of the price. With two simple ingredients, you’ll have the best exfoliator for the best lips.
That’s it! This is a great thing to do in the winter months when your lips are in extra need of moisture as this keeps the chapping away.
TIP: When your lips are exfoliated, your lipstick applies much smoother and actually lasts much longer!
We all know the famous smokey eye. Appropriate for evenings and going out, but usually never welcomed during day time as it is just way to harsh. With simple alterations however, every girl can take her beloved smokey eye and rock it for work, school or just daytime errands.
Using softer tones, like browns and greys, the smokey eye transforms into an appropriate look that will make your eyes stand out under the shining sun. Also, not including eyeliner tones down the harshness of the eye makeup. Let’s get started:
The importance of washing your brushes is, well, important! If you use them everyday, there could be a colony of bacteria having a fun time in the expense of your face (breakouts, anyone?). Makeup brushes should be washed at least once a week, maybe more depending on the products – like type of foundation, blush, etc. The best way is to use a mild soap and warm water. This will keep your brushes soft and in great shape for years to come. Your skin will thank you later.
A key way to make your eyes stand out is by mastering the smokey eye. Another key way is to find out what colors really make your eyes pop. As a fellow member of the brown eyed community, taupes and greens are top tier to making those babies look their best. In this tutorial, I chose a deep taupe and as an accent a wonderful ligher taupe to add some dimension.
Full eyebrows are all over the cat walk and fashion week. So ladies, put down the tweezers and spend a bit more time between waxing/threading. Full eyebrows can bring a lot of attention to your face and frame your eyes beautifully without much effort. To make them look the best they can be and forward with this thread, follow these easy steps:
1 & 2. Groom them appropriately. Take your time tweezing strays and trimming your brows by brushing them up and carefully following your shape.
3. Using a brow powder a bit darker than your hair color, fill in your brows focusing on the arch and sparse areas. Remember: eyebrows aren’t twins, but close sisters, so they do not have to look exactly like each other.
4. To set them in place, use a clear mascara or eyebrow gel by gently using the and through them. (more…)
Although, I am not quite fair right now (hi, summer, how are you?), I still abide by the fair skin colour rules – don’t go too light, yet don’t go too dark… unless you want to. The fact is very light and very dark colors can wash us out beyond belief, therefore I always stick to four families: Berries, Reds, Deep Pinks and Browns. These add just the perfect hint of colour that will brighten up your complexion. My favorite are:
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Let’s bring out our inner child for just a moment, the one who didn’t colour inside of the lines, and let them run loose on your nails. This tutorial allows you to have some fun, in terms of being a bit more free with the design. This nail tutorial is a bit more difficult because you have to forget everything you’ve learned about painting your nails: keeping everything neat and organized. Here, you must keep everything free and fluid, forgoing the notion of being perfect. I’m going to share some tips on perfecting this imperfect nail art.
The cousin to the ever popular ombre is the ever stylish gradient. If we’re talking math terms here, gradient simply means the variation of space by a quantity represented on a slope. And by slope I totally mean your nails. I’m using glitter to create my gradient, three to be exact, as I encourage you to use at least two or more glitters for this look. Now let’s get into it!
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Prep your nails (get it? Because its plaid) for this fun manicure. The technique here is very simple, but fun and innovative. It deals with nail tape! It involves regular tape and the contrast colour for your plaid. This technique can be used for more than just plaid. If you have a hole puncher in fun shapes, the world is your oyster.