June 6, 2012 at 12:58 am #29053
I’m a total dunce with make up. As in, I’m capable of slathering on some foundation but that’s about it. I own a good number of eyeshadows, one tube of mascara, and eyeliner but I wear it literally about once per month. I also have a good set of brushes. And I have NO IDEA how to blend eyeshadow. If I wear it I only put one shade on my lids. As a 24-year-old woman I think it’s time I improved my routine a little bit. So, my dear DWers, what are your best makeup tips?June 6, 2012 at 1:16 am #29054
1) groom your eyebrows! bolder, bigger brows are on trend for the next decade or so I would say. Which is great because the skinny tadpole eyebrows of the 2000s were actually pretty hideous. I make mine darker with a brow pencil because I dyed my hair darker than my natural shade, but I should have been doing something to make them bolder all along, it looks so much better.
2) i cant blend eyeshadow either, so I use liquid eyeshadow and its a lot easier.
http://www.covergirl.com/intenseshadowblast <- that is what I use, in brown
and lauren conrads beauty site http://www.thebeautydepartment.com is super awesomeJune 6, 2012 at 2:18 am #29056
Mmm, my best makeup tips are:
1. Go to a beauty counter at a slow time, tell them you have no idea what you’re doing and ask for help. They may or may not be good, but it gives you some ideas.
2. You can use those ideas to PRACTICE! Practice practice practice. When my friends and I were like 18-20, we always wondered why my friend’s younger cousin was so awesome at doing makeup and we weren’t…it was because instead of playing with barbies, she’d play with makeup. So when you have time, just mess around with it. See what looks good. Take pictures. Get some eye makup remover and those face wipes so you can do it multiple times.
3. Youtube. Often on mute. Unless they give good verbal directions.June 6, 2012 at 7:57 am #29090
I like Jane Marie’s videos they post at The Hairpin. This one is for eye shadow, but check out her other ones too!June 6, 2012 at 8:32 am #29093
@Cats I love her! I don’t even wear makeup (you’re not alone, L! I, too am a 24 year old makeup dunce!) but I wanted to make an exception to do her cat eyes. It would have required me to go buy makeup, so I didn’t, but I wanted to for a second!June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am #29096
I usually don’t go crazy with eyeshadow– just a bit of a luminescent peachy/neutral color. I find it easier to apply with my fingertips (though I know that’s not as sanitary)
To easily brighten your face, I recommend filling in your eyebrows (just a little, if you already have full brows) & then applying a highlighter on your browbone. A “highlighter” can really be anything– I’m pretty pale, so I just use a super-light pink or white shimmery eyeshadow underneath my brows.
If you like lining your eyes, you can get an angled brush & tap dark shadow along your lashline. It’s subtle-looking & basically foolproof. Liquid liner can look nice too– usually, I’ll trace along my eyelashes with shadow first, & then apply the liquid. It takes practice, though!June 6, 2012 at 9:30 am #29097
What Zepp Said!!!
Make sure your brows are “tamed”– It changes your whole face. Go get them waxed. Don’t let them take too much off and give you teeny little lines as brows, but just have them cleaned up and shaped.
Also, go to Ulta or Mac and tell them you’re looking for an “everyday” sort of makeup routine, and they will help you. If you go to Mac, be specific in saying that you’re looking for something BASIC, because Mac folks LOVE them some makeup, and might go overboard…June 6, 2012 at 10:41 am #29113
I third (fourth?) the eyebrows comment. Properly shaped eyebrows can totally change how you look (for the better)! It’s definitely worth it to go to a salon and have your eyebrows shaped if you haven’t done it before- after that you can just pluck any stray hairs that grow in to maintain the shape they have given you.
And eye shadow can be kind of over-rated. You can do a lot with good mascara, an eyelash curler and some subtle liner.June 6, 2012 at 11:36 am #29120
For everyday I just wear liquid liner and mascara. I like liquid liner because it doesn’t really smudge, and I think it creates a simple but put together look. However, I love to experiment with eyeshadow on the weekends, and I actually take to youtube whenever I want some advice. There are some ladies (and men, actually) who gives AWESOME step-by-step makeup tutorials. Here are a few of my favorites:
This girl is amazing, she literally does contouring to change her face, but I just watch the eye shadow parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6TPIV9vkwQ
This one is easy to follow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUSBm-q5kqk&feature=related
Just start searching whatever look seems interesting to you, “cat eye tutorial” or “smokey eye tutorial.” My only other advice is proper concealer under the eyes. Seeing a picture of a before concealer and after often looks like a different person, and it’s important to make sure your under eyes are perfect if you’re wearing dark shadow so you don’t look tired. I’ve had friends try to follow tutorials and can’t figure out why it just looks off, and a swipe of good concealer fixes that!June 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm #29121
yes– eyebrows are a big thing. i am an eyebrow judger lol. they really do change your face etc.
for everyday makeup, i use foundation, a bit of bronzer and a small amount of blush. and this works for me. sometimes i use mascara too.
if i am going out for a night, i do the same thing, with more blush and liquid liner.
i’d definitely recommend going to MAC to some pointers. you usually just have to buy one product and they will do your makeup for free.June 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm #29123
Ooo Makeup, my favorite hobby/discussion topic
So, first of all at 24 I think its REALLY important for you to have a good skin care routine because a lot of skin care is about prevention rather than reversal. If you are similar to your mother, I would pay attention to what her major issues are an then start the preventative measures. Like for example, a friend of mine just turned 28 and is noticing similar age spots around the eyes that her mother has. She’s never really paid attention to makeup, and other than daily moisturizer doesn’t really have a skin care routine, I told her at 28, she def needs to be focusing on some anti aging items if thats common in her family. For you, I would def invest in a eye cream, a lot of the drugstore ones can work just as well provided you don’t have any major issues with the ingredients in them. I’ve always had issues with dark under eye circles, but with proper care I’m noticing a difference.
About your question regarding eye shadows–well if you’re into the natural look, I’d def stick with various shades of brown that are a few shades darker than your skin tone and blend them. The key to blending eye shadows is having good brushes. The main ones you work with for eye shadows are a flat paddle shaped brush to pack on color and a fluffy dome shaped one to blend. Also, the thing to remember is the color range (all from the same family for a natural look) from brow bone to lid should be–light shimmery color for the brow bone/highlight area. DARKEST color blended out with the fluffy brush for the crease and the med. color for the lid just patted on.
Wet N Wild has some awesome 3 pan palettes that are labeled browbone, crease and lid available for like $3. They’re cheap, so they do fade if you don’t prime the lids first and eyeshadow primer can be found at the drugstore for pretty cheap (ELF at target has one for $1!) or even a bit of concealer on lids does the trick.
I know you mentioned you’re starting your first grown up teaching job soon, so Its really important to have the right professional look for work. I’m not sure what the cultural/geographical professional makeup preferences are for your area, but I think a naturally pretty look can be done in as little as 20 min in the am and it makes a difference in the work place for sure All that involves is a bit of a light coverage foundation, some light attention to the brows with either a pencil or shadow (brow zings by benefit is my go to brow product, anastasia stuff is a bit pricey for me and not as simple in my opinion) a few natural looking shadows blended together and mascara. I would skip a dark or black eye liner for daytime, because it seems heavy. White or flesh toned liner on the water line helps one look more awake though. A little bit of natural blush on the apples of the cheeks, and done!
Without knowing too much about your skin tone and undertones I can’t really recommend any specific products, but I think thats a start!
Also, I know people mentioned asking the cosmetics counter people for recommendations, but I would advise you to take their suggestions with a grain of salt. They’re trying to sell you stuff to make a commission. If they know you aren’t a makeup person and will rarely wear it, I’ve seen salespeople sell the priciest stuff that really doesn’t work with the client’s skin tone. The sales girl is banking on the fact that you’ll just throw it in your makeup bag and rarely use it, so it doesn’t matter if she sells you the RIGHT product. Honestly, a little part of me dies when I go to makeup counters and/or Sephora and interact with a sales associate who tries to get me to buy a product that I KNOW doesn’t work for me. At all.June 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm #29124
Lili: can you recommend me a drugstore eye cream? I’m 24 and I think I need to start (I can see some fine lines and I’ve always had issues with dark circles). I want to try the clinique eye cream but it’s a little out of my price range at the moment.June 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm #29125
Caitie–This one is working well for me http://www.target.com/p/boots-expert-sensitive-hydrating-eye-cream-67-oz/-/A-12734673.
I bought it after my Origins Ginzing eye cream ran out and I needed a cheap eye cream til I had the $ for the ginzing, now its become a staple and I haven’t bothered to buy the origins one! I would save the receipt in case it doesn’t work with your skin. Drug store creams are a bit of a gamble that way, but its the trade off for the price! Oh and a trick I have for when I’m in a rush in the am (it happens, but I keep a makeup bag at work!) is getting an eye cream sample from Sephora and just stocking that in my purse at all times. Eye cream is so so so important!June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm #29126
@Catie–Hmm. For lines I would also look into this one: http://www.target.com/p/olay-age-defying-system-anti-wrinkle-eye-cream-5-oz/-/A-11161408 if you haven’t had any issues with Olay products, I’d actually go with that one instead of the Boots. I’m pretty lucky in that I rarely have issues with new skin products. I am not sensitive, nor allergic, so I do branch out a lot. If your skin isn’t like mine, I’d def stick with brands that have worked well for you.
Also, a home remedy I picked up is to shred a raw potato and place that on the eyes for some help with under eye circles. I can’t really speak to the effectiveness on it alone, but it helps with puffiness after a night out for sure!June 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm #29132
Whoa! Thanks, Lili! You have some great recommendations! As to my skin type…I have both oily and sensitive skin, which are my main skin concerns. I also tend to break out occasionally (nothing major) and my pores seem to be oddly large. My natural skin tone is really pale so I often have some redness in my face. I did experiment with blush once upon a time but even with foundation you couldn’t tell I had it on because my cheeks were already rosy. Ha.
I should probably up my skin regime too. Currently I just have a good cleanser and moisturizer. As for my mom’s skin issues, she’s getting some age spots all over her face. Lili — who I now consider the ultimate make up guru — what would you recommend for that? Anti aging cream? Any brand recommendations? I’m headed out for a Target run later this afternoon and you can bet I’ll be perusing the make up/skin care aisles.
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