Yes we love buying new lipsticks every season, but there’s no real reason to in the Summer if you try this quick trick! Just sheer out your dark and rich Winter lipsticks, converting them into lighter version of themselves! I included a side-by-side of Lexie above to show you how it looks on its own then how it looks when you sheer it out. It’s nothing groundbreaking and you might have already figured it out on your own… but it’s a good one! Here’s how: READ MORE…
We’ve been schooled to believe that if we have oily or acne-prone skin, everything we buy needs to be “oil-free” or it will break us out. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Period! Ceansing oils are actually non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
Here’s the deal: A lot of oil-free cleansers out there strip our skin of natural oils, leaving it unbalanced and causing it to create more oil to rebalance it. Excess oil production equals more problematic skin. So I dare you to go against conventional wisdom and try the oil cleansing method. If you have oily skin, wash it with a cleansing oil. If you have dry skin, wash it with a cleansing oil. If you have normal skin, wash it with a cleansing oil. Get it? It’s the answer a lot of you have been looking for. It calms your skin down. Tells it everything is going to be ok. Keeps its natural pH balance without disturbing its natural moisture barrier. Prevents it from having to go into oil production overload. Essential oils in the cleansing oils are naturally antibacterial. It’s a win-win situation. Try it for a month and let us know if it works for you too. Here’s how:
- Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil — great for oily skin, it washes away impurities without causing breakouts.
- Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil — great for all skin types and wipes away not only makeup but pollutants too.
- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil — great for dry skin because it hydrates as it removes impurities.
- Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil — especially great for sensitive skin.
- DIY — use avocado oil, jojoba oil or extra-virgin raw non-GMO coconut oil!
- Pump the oil a couple of times into the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together so it spreads across your fingertips as well.
- Rub your hands all over your dry face starting wherever you want to (Carissa started on her cheeks above).
- Gently massage it across your stubborn eye makeup.
- Continue massaging it over your face.
- Don’t forget to rub it over your lip area too.
- Fill your hands with warm water and splash it over your face area.
- Continue with a wet wash cloth then pat dry.
Leave your favorite DIY cleansing oils in the comments below. Or if you’re going to take the leap of faith and try it for a month, make sure to come back and tell us how it worked!
There’s nothing wrong with using eye makeup remover to take it all off… And you know my favorite to get the most stubborn liner and mascara off in one swipe is coconut oil (check out my DIY Waterproof Makeup Remover Tutorial if you missed it). But when you need to perfect your cat eye, straighten out your liner or remove any smears/fallout, this is a better alternative to using makeup remover (that can be too oily). Not only is eye cream formulated specifically to hydrate the eye area and help prevent fine lines, it also works as a corrector and erases any mishaps! Especially paired with a pointed cotton swab. And since you probably already own it, you have one less thing to purchase! Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Eye Cream — Our favorites are Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel (de-puffing genius), MAC Fast Response Eye Cream (instant hydration) and DDF Protective Eye Cream (Broad Spectrum SPF to fight future skin aging).
- A Pointed Cotton Swab — We love Eye Tees Precision Makeup Applicators and Q-Tip Precision Tips.
- Squeeze a seed size of the eye cream onto your finger (or dip your finger into the cream pot).
- Dip the tip of the cotton swab into the eye cream.
- Place the tip at the beginning of the smear/mistake.
- Swipe the tip across the makeup mistake while slightly rolling it as well.
This little gem of advice for applying blush might seem trivial but I promise you it’s not! Accentuating our cheeks really brings the face to life and needs to mimic what happens when you either fall in love and are naturally blushing or the flush you get after a great workout. If you study it (like I have because I love nerding out), you’ll see it starts a good half-inch from each side of the nose. Never closer. It’s not flattering anyway if you bring it all the way in to your nose! So try this method until you know it by eyeing it. Here’s how:
- Your Favorite Cream Blush — I used Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy. Or…
- Your Favorite Powder Blush — I’m obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion.
- Your Favorite Blush Brush — My clients and I have been dying over the new and revolutionary Artis line of 100% animal-free brushes like the cheek brush used in this tutorial and this one is especially great for cream blush. For powder blush I love MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Artisan Brush #156 because its wavy fibers work beautifully with powder formulas.
- Swipe the blush brush along the cream blush or swirl it in the powder blush.
- Place your index finger next to your nose. You can hold it vertically or do what I prefer and hold it slightly diagonally following the natural nasal-labial fold (as demonstrated by Carissa above).
- Place the blush brush directly next to the nose.
- Stipple (press multiple times) or swirl at the initial point on the the top half of apple of the cheek.
- Continue stippling or swirling as you work your way along the cheekbone.