So we have just about a month left of the summer and before we sign out, I just wanted to let y’all in on these four products that helped me keep my makeup from melting….
Hi, I’ve been M.I.A …I know…I know, finals are here and you know how that goes. So, my niece, (Hi Anita) sent me the cutest message…”You look amazing, really amazing (meaning my Instagram selfies), what do you use? Could you do a tutorial, or that would be too much work?”
Confession…I have wanted to do make up tutorials for the longest time, but I kept holding back firstly, because I am not a professional make-up artist and secondly, I still haven’t figured out a proper way to set up my camera to do make-up tutorials. I’m working on the camera thing though, actually I got a camcorder this week, so yep…very soon.
I have decided to get more frequent with makeup posts mainly because I get plenty of compliments and one I hear quite often is that my skills are appreciated, cos my look still appears natural. That’s usually what I’m going for. Lots of people want that look too, although they don’t know how. So since that’s what I’m good at, that’s what my posts are going to be focused on…Simple, Easy to do make up!
I recently did a shoot with my friend Mariam for her graduation shots and she asked me to do her make up too. Once we were done, she smiled in the mirror and told me the magic words, “It looks nice and natural.” I live for the word natural every time I touch a brush and foundation. I don’t mind over done, but I wouldn’t opt for it. See why and my top 10 make-up tips below.
Fix your skin
This is the first and a very important tip. I can’t say this enough!!! Good make up starts with good skin. If your skin is not well taken care of and you have acne, or lots of black heads, your make up will not look flawless or even worse, the makeup could irritate your skin further. Stick to natural products that have no sulfates, parabens or phthalates. Origins and Juice beauty are some of the leading brands with natural products that don’t have harsh chemicals. Check out my posts on How I Clean My Face and The Importance of Clean Skin for details.
Make up takes time
Putting on make-up is an art. No really, you are literally coloring your face. So it’s important to be patient and also know that you can’t get really good at it overnight. I got serious about wearing make-up four years ago and yet, I still feel like I’m learning something new every once in a while. The more you put make up on, the easier it seems and the faster you can get it done. I can tell you that in January, it would take me a whole 5 minutes to get my eyebrows filled. It’s now December and not only have I learned how to tweeze my own brows, I can fill them in under a minute. So be patient, you get better and faster with time.
Finding the right shade takes time
Finding the right shade of foundation or powder is not easy at all. I feel like every human is inclined to M.A.C because of their variety that caters to so many skin tones, until you take off that blind fold, only to question how you ever gave them a chance. I first got off the M.A.C bandwagon when I started investing in natural chemical products for my face. Truth is M.A.C foundations are not what you might think they are, but that’s a story for another post. A lot of sales girls in stores, are just trying to sell you stuff, so you can’t trust them either. My best advice would be to go to Sephora. Ask for that machine that calculates your skin tone, then recommends the best foundation options. That will help you figure out what tone of foundation you need, whether its red, yellow or pink based and then you can either take what it recommends or try similar tones from other brands to find your perfect match. It took me months to find the perfect match however when I finally did, it was love at first sight and I have never turned back…NARSissist For Life!!! If your not close to a Sephora ask a makeup junkie who’s skin tone is similar to yours what they use and then try different brands around that shade to find your perfect match. My Favorite foundation Brands are NARS and Bare Minerals. Stay posted on the site for the story of my foundation journey.
Instant under eye brightener. Whether you had 20 shots last night, or your dark eye circles just won’t go away, concealer is a life saver. It instantly makes you look brighter and more awake. Some people go all out on concealer and are literally white under their eyes. For the most natural concealer look, use one that is one shade lighter than your foundation. You may not even notice that there’s a difference, but when you look back at your pictures, you will notice that your look is well blended and flawless.
Lip liner makes all the difference when it comes to lipstick blending into your skin tone. One of my make up besties, Samantha (check out the tutorial I filmed her doing here) once told me that you could wear any lipstick if you had the proper lip liner and I did not believe her. I later found out she was right. Lip liners give your lips more shape, help keep your lipstick from bleeding and make your lips appear fuller.
Blush is the one product that will turn your look from great to fabulous! It gives your make up life, and your face shape. Just look at the “before and after” blush look below. I’m yet to find my ideal blush, but for now, I’m dealing with M.A.C Fever.
If you’re like me, and your eyebrow hairs are very thin, you would rather be late for a test than show up without filled eyebrows (just kidding, but you get it). Visible eyebrows are very important to your face in general as they shape your eyes and face. I’m obsessed with the dipbrow pomade from Anastasia.
Caked make up is so yesterday. Make up comes in different formulations, of sheer, medium and full coverage. If you wear powder on top of your foundation, I would highly recommend using sheer products so that when you put them on together, it would give you a look that is medium to full coverage. If you like full coverage foundations, a little goes a long way. A lot of times people that do the caking are going for a look that is very different from their real selves or are trying to hide bad skin. Again, fix your skin.
Eye shadow primer
There’s primer for everything these days. I’m not too big on primer for an everyday look. I save it for long eventful days. The one primer I would definitely recommend for daily use would be eye shadow primer. Too Faced Shadow Insurance works wonders. I put it under my eye lids before applying my eye shadow. Not only does the shadow go on smoothly, it sticks nicely and lasts all damn day, without creasing.
Keep it simple
The best make up tip I could give is to keep it simple and classy. Simple doesn’t have to be plain, Simple can be a red lip or winged liner. You just have to balance and moderate how much you apply in order to keep it classy. Remember, If your “before and after” are unrecognizable, you’re probably doing too much. Make up should accentuate, not change your features. This the beginning of a very exciting journey with me. Hold tight…
Hey there, so this is the second installment of the Matte Madness series of posts about how I handle the mega oiliness on my face. Like I said in my first post, I only use three products for maintaining good skin, Origins Never A Dull Moment Facial Cleanser and Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist every morning and night, and on the weekends I add Origins Active Charcoal Mask. Yes ma’am, no moisturizer!!! At first I was skeptical about dropping the whole moisturizer thing, but I tried it and I’m liking it a lot. The products I’m using are nutrient rich which eliminates the need for a moisturizer, which is why I have no regrets for making my decision.
So as usual, I start with a made-up face.
I then wet it with water (sorry for mean mugging lol).
I just need a penny size drop of the cleanser and evenly apply it on my fore head and both cheeks. I then wet the brush and swirl it in round motions on my face. The cleanser foams upon contact with the wetted brush so you don’t need much cleanser. I exfoliate for 40-60 seconds to give the cleanser time to get in there.
As I wash it off in the sink I spread the foam on my eyelids and it takes all the eye make-up right off…like magic! On weekends I apply the mask before the cleanser for about 40 minutes (I put it on then tidy up my place/scare my neighbors while i wait). It washes right off.
I then spritz my face with the hydrating mist and voila…I’m all done. In the mornings, I let it dry and then make up.
That’s my squeaky clean face #iwokeuplikedis!
It starts off looking a bit dry but you know how oily skin goes, it softens up soon but doesn’t get irritatingly oily like it used too before. My ultimate dream would be to find a hydrating mist that has some SPF cos this doesn’t, so I avoid the sun as much as humanly possible.
I would love so much to lie to you that I carry the mist with me all day in case my face needs some hydration because that’s the right thing to do…But who has time for all that…not me! Happy Tuesday!
Just a few comments on the products:
Smells awesome!!!!! I don’t think I will ever get used to it. Rich in nutrients from fruit extracts so take your time using it so that all the goodness can enter your skin. It’s a great cleanser and skin brightener…and using the brush helps with exfoliation. Talk about 3 in 1.
Soooo I have owned one of those hyped $50 exfoliating brush looking like machines. Anyone that has tried both will tell you what a rip off those suckers are. The only plus about them is that you don’t have to do the swirling by yourself…that’s it…for $45-$100 extra bucks…how do those people sleep at night with all that rip off money!
Also made with fruit extracts. It feels a little tingly on my face when I spray but that fades off after a few seconds. It also works as a toner. So more nutrients and evenness…check!
Dries up tight on your face. Oh and its dark grey in color soooo…in case you can’t afford a Halloween mask??? Anyway its job is to suck out everything from your pores, leaving your skin right and ready to receive all the good stuff. Let me say this again, whenever I’m going to use the mask, I use it before the cleanser.
You know how you can be seated peacefully and suddenly just feel all this light bouncing off your face? Yea that’s how oily my skin gets. I have “mega” oily skin and yes I know what they say about oiler skin taking longer to age, but my goodness…make it stop….
Ruby Woo by Mac Cosmetics, was the first matte lipstick I owned. I remember wondering to myself 20 minutes after applying it if I had bought an expired one!…