At the beginning of this Summer we had loads of fun with matte pastels (revisit the tutorial here)! But now that the dog days of Summer are here, with humidity and heat scoring off the charts, matte shadows and glistening skin work against each other and don’t do you any favors. Luckily the solution is simple! Switch over to sugar shades! These are shimmery frosted shades of pink, white, taupe and silver and will get you through the final Summer months. There are all kinds of variations on how to apply them; you can do a single wash of color, or try this Pink Cut Crease paired with a Cat Eye! It’s also nice because you can’t really see the cut crease when the eyes are open but when you blink or look down, it’s a gorgeous sweet surprise! Here’s how: READ MORE…
We’re getting really technical today, ladies! I know a lot of you still don’t feel like it’s worth taking the extra step to contour. Or you are intimidated by all of the overly-exaggerated contouring photos floating around Pinterest and Instagram! But I can’t stress enough 1. how important it is and 2. how easy it is! Foundation makes a blank canvas. That can actually make your face photograph heavier than it is! You have to go back and add dimension back in. And you do it quickly and easily with cream foundation one shade darker or bronzer. Revisit my Contouring 101 Tutorial to fully understand the technique. Now for the biggest tip I can give you!! When editors or clients ask me what’s the number one contouring tip, the answer is always the same… READ MORE…
We’ve heard from some of you that you found out your eyes were sensitive when you first tried mascara and it stung, burned or made your eyes get red or watery. Such a huge bummer! I know you’ve tried everything and feel like it’s hopeless, but it’s not! We have a few more tactics to try that just might end your sorrow! Here’s how:
Now that you know you have sensitive eyes, switch to a formula that’s more eye friendly.
OUR FAVORITE MASCARAS FOR SENSITIVE EYES:
- Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara is an incredible natural alternative for those of us who are obsessed with big volume.
- Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested while making your lashes look instantly longer.
- Ecco Bella Black Mascara has pigments that wrap around each lash and is fragrance free.
- Blinc Amplified Mascara is amazing because it creates huge lashes and is clinically tested for sensitive eyes.
- Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara is ECOCERT, has OrganiSoy and Eco-Olive and 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
- Don’t apply mascara at the base of your lashline (at the roots)! You can try with a natural mascara and see if your eyes can withstand it, but with regular mascara, don’t use the wand vertically and try to keep the formula away from the roots (where it’s too close to your eyes).
- If your eyes are really sensitive, you should skip rimming the inner waterline with a pencil. Just keep it clean and bare.
- Don’t apply mascara on the bottom lashes and just leave them bare. You can define the bottom lashline with shadow instead and still get the same effect.
- Apply mascara to the upper lashes by starting a millimeter or so from the roots by holding the wand horizontally then pulling it through to the tips.
Do you have any makeup tips for sensitive eyes that have truly saved you? Please share them in the comments as well!
Cream blush rocks because you can blend and move it better than powder blush, really mimicking a natural flush. But unfortunately, it doesn’t stay on as long… unless you take a second and do this! Why? Because the blotting papers grab any oil or excess liquid (that could become problematic) and leave the pigment/color behind! Genius. Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Cream Blush: We love MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush for its intense pigment and colors as well as YSL Creme de Blush Soft Blush for a gorgeously soft flush.
- Your Favorite Blush Brush: Try Bobbi Brown’s Blush Brush and take good care of it for years!
- Blotting Papers: We’re obsessed with TATCHA Abruatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers because they’re free of drying and irritating pulp, synthetics, powders and fragrances found in most blotting papers.
- Press the brush against the cream blush a few times to load it with a thin layer then always remember to give a couple more quick pats against the back of your hand to smooth it out before you go near your face! Smile in the mirror so the apples pop out then stipple (press) the brush on the top half as our model Taye demonstrated above and continue stippling along the cheekbone as you work your way towards the temple. Continue with the other cheek.
- Now here’s the trick: press the blotting paper against the area that you just applied the cream blush to absorb any excess oil and leave only the pigment behind. You won’t believe how much oil comes out!