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Beauty Blenders

​The beauty blenders are shaped like an egg, so that you won’t be left with any lines or streaks when applying makeup, and the differently sized base and tip can offer broader or more concentrated application. Beauty blenders optimizes water-retention, it won’t absorb liquid products that you use with it, but it also won’t dilute your makeup.

Wet it. Simply hold your beauty blender under a tap, and squeeze it so it can become saturated with water. You’ll know it’s done when the sponge has become about twice its original size.

Squeeze it. Make sure the sponge isn’t holding onto excess water by squeezing it out in a towel. 

Stipple it. Use a bouncing or stippling motion instead of a wiping or sweeping motion. You can apply foundation to your face or the beauty blender, it doesn’t matter which way you do it. I normally first swipe the foundation on with a flat foundation brush first. To blend with the beauty blender, use the broader side as it covers more surface area to help speed up the process. To blend in smaller, more concentrated areas like concealer under the eyes or around the nose, use the pointed side of the beauty blender. Use the same bouncing motion as before to help press the product in the face.

Ways to clean it:

Baby wash and warm water. (or soap is fine)


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How to apply Foundation Perfectly…

​Using a brush is a must for an even, flawless finish. 

What I normally do is, I first spread out the foundation down the centre of my nose, both sides of my cheeks, forehead and a dot on my chin, with a flat foundation brush. 

Once I am finished spreading, I use a flat, rounded brush, to buff foundation into the skin with light, circular motions.

This technique also lets you use less product and bold coverage, since it’s easier to add more foundation than to take off excess.

Mix and Match Formulas:

When wearing foundation, you actually want it to last all day, right? So, instead of loading your foundation full of powder, which can look extremely cakey, use a mattifying foundation on oilier areas in the T-zone, and a dewier formula around the perimeter of the face. 

Prevent Creasing:

If you wear eye cream, blot off some of it with a tissue because the more emollient the skin, the more likely that the skin will crease.

For lines around the mouth, after applying foundation, take a fine brush or tissue and just remove it from those lines by dabbing it.

Apply foundation EVERYWHERE:  

Don’t just apply on your face, blend foundation past your jawline and onto the neck Don’t forget the ears as well. Fair skinned completions in particular are susceptible to redness on the ears. Also be sure to blend a light layer of foundation over your eyelids and lips. This will help your eyeshadow and lipstick shades go on truer to their shades. 

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My Cut Crease Look

This is actually the first time I done a cut crease on myself. I must admit, it wasn’t that bad, because I know this eye look can be difficult to create.

What I did was; 

1. I started with the Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base all over the lids right up until the brow bone. Everywhere! I then took my finger and sort of dabbed and spread out the base so that the eyeshadow can cling nicely.

2. With my Kryolan Contour Pencil in brown, I drew a line over the crease line right over the lid. It’s difficult to draw the line as your skin pulls a little, so what I do is kind of dot it so it can form into a line, and I draw the line right out the eyelid sort of making a little wing. 

3. Once you have completed your line, take a small smudging brush and go over it so it can look smooth but also stay in a line kind of shape. 

4. Once that is finished, I took my eyeshadow blending brush and used Absolute Matte Eyeshow medium brown, to blend it in over the pencil line, and on top of the crease line.

5. So again I took my Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base, and under the line I made, I colored my whole lid in, right to were the little wing is.

6. So instead of eyeshadow, I actually used my Foschini for beauty face highlighter as it’s more intense and bright. I used that all over the lid, under the cut crease. 

7. For the tricky part, I did a cat eye to go with my cut crease look, for this I used the Essence liquid ink eyeliner.

8.  And ofcause what’s left is the eyeliner and mascara, which I used again the Kryolan Contour Pencil in brown for the eyeline and the mascara I used  is Essence Lash Princess.

Cut crease can be tricky, but once you done with the look, inspect it afterwards. If the line of the crease is uneven, or out of shape, you can go over it again with the pencil and smudge it and you can always go over with the eyeshadow on the lid if you feel it’s to lightly applied. But remember if you do apply the eyeshadow on again, go over your cat eye again as the little bits of eyeshadow can fall on to it. 

If you want to use other colors, always make sure the cut crease line is darker than the eyeshadow you going to blend it with. So for instance, you use a dark pink pencil for the line, and then you would use a medium shade to shade over it. 

The lid should always be a nice light color, so maybe a white shimmer color, plain white, or very light pastel pink to go with the look. 

Also, it’s very difficult to use a normal Eyeshadow to color the lid in when doing a cut crease because it has to go in line with the cut crease, so the best way is to use a cream eyeshadow, or use the Eyeshadow base like I did to color and shape it with the cut crease and go over it with normal eyeshadow.


If what I said throughout this blog confuses you a little, please feel free to ask me any questions and if you would like to know what I used for my whole face, be sure to ask. I don’t bite. 😉 Haha…

Hope this blog inspired you to try and do a cut crease. Might be scary at first, but you know practice makes perfect and there’s a first time for everything… 
 

 

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Bold Lip Colors for Every Skin 

Whether you go bright and eye-catching or dark and moody, aquick swipe of the right color is guaranteed to instantly transform your look.

Check out my four favorite bold lip colors and decide for yourself.😉

MAROON

A little goth and a lot bold, this 90s inspired trend has everyone crossing over to the dark side. Maroons and burgundies favor warmer skin tones while deeper plums, oxbloods and wines better suit those who have skin with cool undertones.

PURPLE

Lilac can easily be substituted for any soft pink and a more concentrated purple is just as bright as your favorite berry or fuchsia. Deeper, more pigmented shades work better on darker skin and lilacs look natural on lighter complexions.

NUDE

They key to getting this look is to choose a color that is one shade lighter or darker than your natural lip. This keeps your lips from completely disappearing and creates a polished finish. If you’re not ready to take the leap, choose a shade with pink or taupe undertones for more color.

RED

Every woman needs a go-to red lipstick. If you have warm, honey skin with yellow or gold undertones, take a page from Leighton Meester and try an something that leans orange. If you have porcelain or dark skin with cool undertones, blue-based, deeper shades look best. Wear it matte or glossy, either way it’s a classic.

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How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly

​Keep your liners ready for practice! 

I will be telling you different eyeliner application techniques based on your skill level. So what if you’re new to the whole eyeliner and makeup game??? 

The Simple And Chic Liner Look (Lashline):

Can’t draw a steady line with your jerky movements? No problem girl! All you need to do is use your pencil liner to draw dashes along your lashline. Once you’re done, use the pencil liner to connect the dashes to each other. And BOOYAH, you have yourself perfectly lined eyes! 😉

The Smoky And Sultry Liner Look (Lashline):

Worry not dolly, if you can’t manage to perfect the classic lined eye look, here is a trick to help you. After you’ve applied the liner over your lashlines, instead of reaching for the makeup remover, reach for a smudging brush. Work the smudging brush from the outer end of your lashline to the inner end, gently smudging the liner for the ultimate smoky effect. 

The Simple Kohl Rimmed Look (Waterline):

Lining your waterline can help you achieve a stunningly sexy and gorgeous look. Achieving this look isn’t that difficult also! Use a pencil liner to line your waterline, drawing short strokes from the inner to the outer end. For a softer and more playful vibe, you could even choose colors like mint, white, or teal to line your waterline. 

The Winged Liner Look (Lashline):

Winged eyes is a HUGE beauty trend for as long as can be, and I doubt it will ever fade. Stick two tiny pieces of tape angling them from the corner of your eyes to the end of your brow. Glide your eyeliner (preferably felt liner) neatly along your lashline and drag it to the outer corner of the tape. Line it along the same path again and remove the tape to reveal your flawless winged eyes!

The Dual Drama Look (Lashline + Waterline):

The idea here is to line both your lashline and your waterline. Begin by lining your lashline with a liquid or a felt liner from the inner corner to the outer corner. Now, use a pencil liner to line your waterline, starting close to the tear duct to the outer corner. To add that extra bit of boom, you could even line your lower lashline and smudge the liner using a smudging brush.

The Super Dramatic Liner Look (Lashline + Waterline):

This style takes kicks iy up a notch. Start by lining your lashline, extending it slightly past the outer corner of your eyes, and ending close to the crease of your lid. Use a pencil liner (or a felt pen) to do this. Now, from the spot you ended lining the lashline, draw another line across the crease of your lid, joining it back to the spot you began lining your lashline. Fill in the outlined area. Line your waterline, joining it to the lined portion on the top. Dab on some shimmer eyeshadow on the liner if you like.

The Cat Eye Liner Look (Lashline + Waterline):

Use a liquid liner to apply a thick line along your lashline, extending it beyond the outer corner of your eye. Draw another line across your waterline starting close to the tear duct and ending way up to connect it to the upper line. Fill in the empty spaces left in between (if any) with a pencil or gel liner.

The Dual Toned Winged Liner Look (Lashline + Waterline):

This one’s a great look for an evening do. Start lining the lashline using a colored liner (metallic shades look great at night) and extend it outward to create a wing. Now, use a gel liner of another color to line your waterline with an angled brush and extend it to create another wing below the top wing. It will create double the magic! Booooooyahhh…

The Multicolored Liner Look (Waterline + Lashline):

For this look, you need to have at least three different liner shades (other than black) in your makeup case. Divide your lashline into three parts using dots. Start off by lining your lashline with one color ending at the first dot. Then use the second liner to draw a line along the lashline, ending at the second dot. Now, use the third liner to line the lashline, extending the flick beyond the outer end of your eye to create a wing. Line your waterline with black pencil liner.

Some Tips To Keep In Mind:

💠      The best and the non-messiest way to apply liner is by sitting down with your elbow resting on a sturdy, flat table, placing your pinky finger on your cheek, and then lining your eyes.

💠         Choose a liner color which will complement your complexion. Colors like gray, brown and white look nice on lighter skin tones while black looks great on dark skin tones.

💠         If yours is the kind of skin that always causes makeup to bleed, make sure you begin the makeup drill by setting base with a primer.

💠        If some parts of your eyeliner get messy, you can dab some Vaseline on an ear bud and remove the smudged/blotchy bits with it.

 

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Foundation

The foundation of your look deserves extra attention. While the idea is simple — to create an even surface and conceal blemishes, it requires a bit more attention in practice. Once you know the basics of undertones and the properties of different foundations and concealers, you can achieve your goals with ease.

Steps:

Find colors that match your skin tone. Foundation should be as close to your natural skin tone as possible. When picking out samples to test, go for the one that seems to match best, plus the options one shade darker and one shade lighter. Most makeup lines have a numbering system in place to help guide your choice, but each system only applies to that particular line. Most brands go with numbers from 10 to 50 or 1 to 10, with the higher numbers for darker skin. Check your undertone. Most foundation is targeted at a particular undertone, summarized as “C” for cool, “N” for neutral, or “W” for warm.[2] Picking the wrong one could leave you with an ashy or coppery appearance. This is especially important for people with dark skin color, but everyone can benefit from this test: Examine your skin without makeup on, under daylight or neutral white light. Hold a piece of yellow fabric or gold jewelry under your chin. If this gives your face a healthy glow, you have warm undertones. Hold a piece of red fabric or silver jewelry under your chin. If this complements your face well, you have cool undertones (which can range from red to blue). If it’s hard to tell, you likely have a neutral tone, or you may need different foundation for different areas of your face. Or for a quick but unreliable test, check the veins on your inner wrist. Blue means cool undertones, green means warm, and bluish-green means neutral.Test the foundation on the jaw and chest. This is easiest with department store samples, but you can get a rough idea at the drugstore by holding the bottle up against your skin. Makeup fans argue quite a bit over where to test the foundation, but each side makes good points. If you want to be extra secure, test them both: Your jawline will be at the edge of the foundation. If the color matches here, you’ll have an easier time blending it in. Your chest (if regularly exposed to sun) is usually close in color to your face. Testing it here also ensures that your face won’t end up a completely different tone than your body. 

Test the color under natural light. Unless you spend your day under bright department store lights, what you see in the store won’t be what you get.[8] Head outside with a mirror while you have the samples on your skin. The sample that blends in to your skin tone almost invisibly is the perfect choice of foundation. Give the foundation a few minutes to soak into your skin before you judge. If you plan to apply bronzer and blush, your face will end up a bit darker than the foundation. In this case, it’s sometimes preferable to go one-half to one shade lighter with your foundation. If nothing is quite right, mix two foundations together on your skin.

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Blushing Babe

​Blush helps make your beautiful face glow and look lovely. Application is fairly straightforward, though it’s important to avoid overdoing the look.

Steps to applying blush:

Choose your blush type. Powder and gel blushes are good for oily skin, cream is best for normal to dry skin. Whichever type you choose, its shade should match your natural coloring, so try to pick one that reflects your colour when you blush normally. Avoid cheap brushes, they’ll ruin you look.

Apply blush once you’ve applied all your other makeup.

Prepare. If you’re using a powder, lightly sweep a medium-sized fluffy brush through the blush and then tap it to remove any excess. If you’re using a cream or gel, dab a little on your ring finger. Start with just a little blush, it’s easier to add more to your face than to take off too much of it.

Do a fish face (Or like you’re about to whitsle), and apply the blush. This help you find the apple of your cheeks. Don’t smile, that bring your cheeks up, and can make your blush too low. The apples are the round rises where you naturally flush.

Repeat on your other cheek, taking care to match the placement and color of the blush on both cheeks. Aim for symmetry.

Dust your face with a translucent powder to set your new look. The translucent powder brings inner warmth into the cheeks.