Please feast your eyes upon the new layout I’ve been working hard on, and also the triumphant return of Makeup Monday! (I know you’ve all missed it dreadfully.) Let’s dive right in! And, as always, let me know if you have any questions.
Question 1: How do you keep dark lipstick in place? — Lady S.
Well, Lady S., the first thing you need to consider is the finish of your lipstick. In general, matte lipsticks stay the best, while satins move more, creme/sheen/glossy/etc. move the most. So while a creamy dark lipstick might work in shorter situations, for all day wear, move toward matte finishes. Secondly, mattes can be tricky. Make sure your lips are conditioned and smooth, so that the less forgiving formula can glide on effortlessly. Thirdly, lining your lips will help keep the lipstick in place. Urban Decay makes a clear lip liner, Ozone, so you never have to worry about shade matching. To REALLY set your lipstick in, you can lightly place a tissue over your ‘sticked lips, and brush a translucent powder over the tissue with a fluffy brush. Happy vampy lips!
Question 2: What is your foundation routine? — Queen B.
My Queen, I have been using the same foundation routine for over two years. Which is like, a million in Kaitlin years. I have been toying with the idea of switching, but I have full bottles left to use and much research to do before I commit to a switch. Currently, my routine is All Smashbox All the Time. I use:
1) Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I will sometimes switch it up to a different Smashbox primer. Love them all.
2) Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer. Which I only use if I have time/am looking particularly ratchet. 3) Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. Love. This. Stuff. <3
4) Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer. It’s a good concealer. Nothing to mortgage the house for.
5) Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder. This stuff is amazing. I think it has real gold in it. Putting it on top of foundation takes you place you never knew full coverage could go. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin (see: Hydrating), but it’s fine for my oily combination, though in the Texas summer it can be a bit much. Also worth noting, for those that like less makeup on their faces, this powder can be worn alone, and still gives a beautiful, glowy finish. Love.
Question 3: How do you choose the right blush for your skin undertones? — Lady S.
Assuming you want your blush to look natural, and not a constructed cosmetic statement, the easiest way is to take note of your natural coloring when you flush. After a shower or workout, look at your naked skin in the mirror and take note of what color is flooding your cheeks. Then mimic that. When in doubt, choose coral. Coral is a universally flattering shade, as it combines pink and yellow tones, and therefore looks great on everyone! A cult favorite is NARS’ Orgasm, though it has a strong shimmer element. Other personal favorite blush brands include NARS, Benefit, Clinique, Tarte, and MAC.
Question 4: How do you conceal under-eye circles without breaking the bank? — Mrs. L.
Make sure your skin is primed. This, to me, means clean, moisturized, primed, and foundationed. Always put your foundation on and give it a minute or two to set into the skin. Then take your concealer that is ideally one shade lighter than your foundation/skin tone, and dollop on the back of your hand. Warm it up by patting with your ring finger, then gently apply under your eye in a triangle. This means you aren’t doing a windshield wiper smear under your eye– extend the area from each corner of your eye down onto your cheekbones. Make sure to blend well, and set with a powder. This method helps mask the separation between unconcealed and concealed, and draws others’ eyes to the natural highlight of your cheekbones. A master of this technique is Miss Kim K (or, her makeup artist, at least.) She sometimes over-does it, but THERE AIN’T NO DARK CIRCLES! Keep in mind that you won’t be paparazzi’d wearing this look. Or maybe you will. I don’t know your life.
5) How do I contour my face? — Mizz C.
Answer: Do not Pinterest this. There you will find ridiculous photo shoot-appropiate, 30 minute application techniques that use way 3 shades of foundations, too many products, and try my patience. You do not want to look like a striped alien when you turn your head. Instead, I follow the “E3” method. Get a matte bronzer that looks natural on your face (favorites are Benefit Hoola and NARS Laguna), a smallish fluffy brush, and starting on your left temple, brush a big E on your face: Temple to under cheek bone, about halfway in, back out the cheekbone, then down your jawbone to under your chin. Repeat on the right cheek, in the 3 shape. (It’s the same shape…) Blend with a big, fluffy brush, and you’re contoured and out the door in a minute!
Loved y’all’s questions! Leave any additional in the comments below, and have a FABULOUS Monday!