I’ve always been obsessed with makeup. The beauty section was always the first I devoured whenever I picked up a magazine. I tried all their tips. I experimented with their tutorials. I stalked makeup counters to keep up with the latest launches.
I thought I was pretty makeup savvy.
Then, in my mid 20s, I discovered beauty blogs. And I realized that I still had A LOT to learn. All of a sudden, I discovered lots of products and secrets magazines had never mentioned, but that made a huge difference in my makeup life. Here are my top 5:
1. A primer is a girl’s best friend
I’ve always loved experimenting with eyeshadows. I used to spend ages trying new colour combinations and blending everything well, only for all of my hard work to disappear within 3 or 4 hours. I thought that was the best eyeshadows could do. Then, I discovered primers. I swear I heard bells ring and angels sing when I first tried Urban Decay Primer Potion. For the first time, eyeshadows stayed put. No more creasing and fading throughout the day. Yay!
Although I’ll always have a special place in my heart for UDPP, these days I much prefer to use Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It’s so lightweight it feels like you haven’t applied anything, yet it keeps everything in place from morning till night. If you want a very intense colour payoff, you can try a white base, such as NYX Eyeshadow Base In White. If you use pigments a lot, give Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy a try. It gives them a foiled look, but without the mess.
2. Using eyeshadows as eyeliner
Talking about eyeshadows, who knew they could double up as eyeliners too? You can use them dry for a soft look, or wet for a more intense effect. I use this tip mostly when I’m on holiday. I like to travel lightly, so I leave my eyeliners at home and bring only one small eyeshadow palette I can use to create an entire look. Easy and convenient.
3. Scotch tape for sharp, clean edges
So, you’re getting ready for a night out on the town and want to wear a dramatic smokey eye look, but with a clean, sharp edge. Stick some sellotape along the line that joins the outer end of the brow and the outer corner of the eye. Then, blend away. A word of warning: if you apply the tape straight to the face, removing it can be painful. Instead, apply it first to a less sensitive area, like the arm. That will remove most of the stickiness.
4. Buffing brushes for a flawless look
I applied foundation with my fingers for years. I tried one or two flat foundation brushes but they never seemed to work that well for me, always leaving streaks on my face. Then, I discovered buffing brushes. This way, application takes a bit more time (you need to stipple the foundation all over your face, and then lightly buff using small circular motions), but the results are so worth it. You get a better coverage, but with a more natural finish.
5. Paint brushes can be used for makeup too
A good set of brushes makes all the difference! But you don’t have to spend a fortune for one. Just head to your local craft store and start browsing the paint brushes section. Paint brushes are available in different shapes and sizes, so you’ll surely find something that suits your makeup needs. Opt for brushes with soft bristles. You don’t want anything too harsh that can hurt your skin. Loew Cornell makes some great ones that are perfect for makeup application too. My favourite is the 7450 Chisel Blender Size 6, which I use to apply eyeliner. Works a treat.
Thanks, beauty bloggers!
What have you learned from beauty blogs?