Post # 1
Can someone give me a basic primer on makeup? I have been wearing it on a very minimal basis since middle school, but I don’t think I have a good grasp on how to properly apply it and what additional products I need. My makeup bag currently includes mascara, an eyelash curler, concealer (stick kind and the acne-curing kind), tinted lip balm and some expensive powdered blush (and a blush brush) that I don’t really know how to apply.
My skin is pretty even in tone generally (I have my bad days though). I use concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, but I never feel like the concealer quite blends properly into my skin tone (I am fair with a pink undertone- all concealers are too porcelain or too beigey). I do okay with the mascara and curler although the curler is kind of the wrong shape for my eye (tips would be appreciated though) but I feel like the blush never sticks and I don’t really do anything else with my eyes. I don’t want to start wearing heavy foundation but maybe a tinted moisturizer? Any recommendations?
Basically I want to still look natural but with a more grown-up look (I’m 22 but want people to stop assuming I’m in college- I’ve been in a career for 2 years.) Product recommendations would be awesome too- I need a new mascara for sure (I have brown hair and lashes).
Post # 3
@kgirl91: Go to sephora and ask for a free consultation! Say you need it for your wedding and ask them to color match you and then provide a tutorial! It is free and all you have to do after is buy the product. I highly suggest them because they can give you in detail what you need and don’t push only expensive products on you. I fyou ask about application products the they can show you the ropes on those too!
Post # 4
Pinterest is your friend! TONS of makeup tutorials there.
I have really sensitive, fair/red skin, so I wear a mineral foundation (Everyday Minerals) in a neutral undertone to neutralize the redness. I make sure my skin is clean and moisturized before I put it on. I use an eyelid primer (ELF/Eyes Lips Face), a shimmery shadow (brown shades, generally, since I have blue eyes), brown eye liner, and CoverGirl Lash Blast waterproof mascara (in black). I use a bright pink blush (ELF), just a little, on the apples of my cheeks. Takes me maybe 5 minutes total, but it makes a huge difference.
Post # 5
I just whiled away a half hour of work time on Pinterest reading tutorials! Oops. Thanks for that. haha.
Post # 6
I went to the MAC store. They were great. The woman that helped me showed me all the products I would need for my wedding, the brushes to apply them and how and wear to apply each product. I was shocked how good they made my look from my normal plain jane self! I would highly recommend doing this.
It was expensive to purchase everything, but I now get to keep all the makeup and will wear it whenever I go out after the wedding.
Post # 7
@kgirl91: Check our Michelle Phan’s tutorials on YouTube.
I’m more of a natural beauty myself… I just don’t like piling on heavy makeup. It’s ok to not use a lot so don’t feel like you need to layer it on or anything if you don’t want to.
Go with neutral eye shadows.. you can’t go wrong. So anything beige/grey/etc. the Urban Decay Naked palette is excellent.. expensive but worth it. Their eye shadow primer is great too, to keep the shadow from budging.
Post # 8
My first purchase would be Maybelline BB Cream. You can apply it with a sponge, or beauty blender, which is a cone shape sponge available at drugstores. It’s cheap and one of the best. Apply the stick concealer with your fingers to warm it up and help it blend. Don’t just put it under your eyes, also use it on the around your nostrils where there can sometimes be redness, and down the bridge of your nose. Use the concealer AFTER the BB cream. It may seem like overkill, but invest in a translucent powder (I like covergirl mineral powder) and put it all over your face after those two steps because it will keep it from fading off your face as the day goes on. I’m not sure what kind of blush brush you have, but use slightly more than you think, as it will brighten your face, and tends to wash out in natural light. Just blend well with the brush. If you have pale-pinky skin, I recommend a color like NARS Orgasm (a good drugstore dupe is Milani Luminoso). That and some mascara and you should be good to go! Hope that helps!
Post # 9
Have you tried any other BB creams for comparison? I have done a ton of research and I’m thinking of trying either Tarte’s BB cream or Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. You are soo right about the blush- I always use just a tiny bit because I’m not used to seeing it on me, and I’m sure it’s not obvious to anyone else. I have a powder blush that I like okay, but I have NARS Orgasm on my wishlist so thanks for the confirmation! I also picked up some new mascara and a few brushes, but I am searching for an eyelash curler that will fit my eye (hate wearing mascara with uncurled or badly curled lashes because they all stick together when I blink).
Post # 10
Between the two, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is the way to go. It’s one of the best! That said, I’ve used a lot of Sephora-brand BB creams, and I still prefer the Maybelline. Wish I could help you more with the eyelash curler, but I’ve actually never used one. I know they make some heated curlers though, so that might be a good alternative!