HOW TO MAKE CONCEALER YOUR BEST FRIEND!

by Christina


I've definitely had my fair share of beauty mistakes when it comes to concealer as I know that a LOT of other women have as well! But over the years, I have learned a lot about what concealer brands , types, and tools are best to use for application and I wanted to share some of these super helpful tricks and tips:

WHAT IT DOES:

  • Used to mask imperfections like: dark cicles, blemishes, larger pores, and age spots.
  • Tends to be thicker than foundation and blends imperfections by hiding different pigments into the skin.
  • Yellow= hides dark circles.
  • Green/blue= can counteract red patches on the skin such as rosacea or pimples.
  • Purple= brightens sallow complexions.
  • Pink= evens out fair skin w/"ruddy" appearance AND eliminates purple under eye circles on fair skin.
  • White= great for highlighting certain areas such as inner corners of eyes or cupid's brow.
  • Orange= usually reserved for darker skin tones, used to correct dark circles or severe dark spots and can even help w/hyper-pigmentation.
Use the color wheel above to determine what color of concealer is best to cover that color of blemish! >for example: GREEN concealer works best in covering RED blemishes.

Use the color wheel above to determine what color of concealer is best to cover that color of blemish! >for example: GREEN concealer works best in covering RED blemishes.

TYPES OF CONCEALER:

  1. Concealer Pencilusually wax or cream-based the pin-pointing & covering up dark spots and circles in addition to blemishes.> great for highlighting!
  2. Pen Concealer- often have sheer or luminous formulas = light coverage and will easily help get rid of dark circles.
  3. Stick Concealer- usually thick, high coverage formulas with also easily used for touch-ups! >great for pimples and zits.
  4. Cream Concealer- much like the stick version but can have higher pigmentation and a more full coverage formula> great for larger areas of the face such as your cheeks or chin!
  5. Liquid Concealer- can be lightweight to medium coverage and good to use for the under eye area.

TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY:

  • Try applying during the light of day as this provides the best lighting and ensures your makeup will look good even under natural light when you leave your home!
  • For zits and pimples> use a pointed concealer brush and put a dot of concealer directly on the problem area, while blending it around the base of the pimple as well {you can also use your fingers}
  • For other imperfections> use a synthetic concealer brush and use concealer sparingly & avoid using thick layers or you will look like you have a mask on!
  • Once you are done with your concealer, set it by using putting a thin layer of powder (translucent) over the concealed area.

BRANDS I LOVE:

  1. Tarte >BB Tinted Under Eye Correct w/brush $24. *One of the BEST products at eliminating under eye circles that I have found! Combined w/the included brush, it really does the job well in covering up an area that can be really challenging in concealing. A little also goes a long way w/this concealer too :)
  2. Benefit >Boi*ing $20.*I love taking this w/me for touch-ups! It's small, conceals any blemish including dark circles really well, and lasts all day long with a nice silky finish.
  3. L'oreal> True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer $8.99.*Cheapest on the list by a long-shot but also surprisingly effective-especially for the price! The application also makes it a fool-proof application for anyone.
  4. Cover FX> Blemish Treatment Concealer $25.
  5. Clinique> Airbrush Concealer $20.
  6. Stila> Stay All Day Foundation Concealer {comes w/1.oz Foundation, .02 oz. Concealer, Spatula, & Mini #35 brush} $44

 

 


LEARNING NEW TECHNIQUES: CONTOURING

by Christina


WHAT DOES IT DO?

  • It gives shape to an area of the face and enhances face structure through the use of makeup.
  • Provides subtle definition based on your face shape.
  • Uses artistry and illusion in order to create a beautiful makeup result in your daily routine>this technique is NO LONGER reserved for runways models and actresses!

STEPS TO GOOD CONTOURING:

  1. Make sure to start with a foundation that matches the color of your skin > this will even your skin tone and provide a base that can be built upon when contouring with lighter and darker shades.
  2. Get foundation that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone > for highlighting, you want to use foundation that is 2 shades lighter that your base foundation!
  3. Choose a foundation that's a few shades darker than your skin > if you go more than 2 shades darker than your skin tone, the makeup will NOT look natural! The darker tone is used to shade parts of your face that you want to draw attention AWAY from :)
  4. Get a good blending brush > you want to choose a brush that is a big, bushy foundation brush or a type of blending brush instead of a small brush- this helps the makeup blend smoothly.
  5. Make sure your hair is not in your face > this keeps it out of the way so you can see what you're doing and without it actually get in the way of what you are doing!
  6. Start with a clean AND moisturized face.
  7. Apply foundation in your regular skin tone and any concealer you need on under-eye circles and blemishes.
  8. Next, apply the lighter foundation > start with the center of your forehead, along top of brow lines, then along bridge of your nose, on the apples of your cheeks, on your cupid's brow, and finally in the center of your chin.
  9. Apply the dark foundation > use your finger or a foundation brush to apply this darker foundation where parts are naturally shadowed from the sun> below your hairline @ the top of your forehead, on the rt. and lft. sides of your forehead-near your hairline, along the rt. and lft. sides of your nose, in the hollows of your cheeks, and finally along your jawline- from your ears to the tip of your chin.
  10. Blend your makeup well!
  11. If needed, considering adding highlighter> apply this in the same places that you already applied the lighter foundation.
  12. Follow with blush >apply on the apples of your cheeks.
  13. Use a matte setting powder> sets all the contouring in place and leaves a smooth finish!
  14. Save your eye and lip makeup for LAST!> contouring can result in a bold look -you want to choose either heavy eye makeup or a bright lip, but not both!

HOW DO YOU CONTOUR BASED ON YOUR FACE SHAPE?

This is a VERY good video for how-to-contour! 

TOP CONTOURING KITS:

  1. Tarte- Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette $34
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills - Contour Kit $40
  3. Make Up For Ever- Sculpting Kit $48
  4. It Cosmetics- My Sculpted Face $38
  5. Smashbox- Step-by-Step Contour Kit $45
TARTE Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

TARTE Tres Chic Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Make up For Ever Sculpting Kit

Make up For Ever Sculpting Kit

It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face

It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face

Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit

TOOLS FOR CONTOURING:

  1. Tarte- The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush $32
  2. Sephora- Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set $48
  3. Make Up For Ever- #158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush $53
  4. Nars- #21 Contour Brush $42
  5. It Brushes for Ulta- #315 Velvet Luxe Soft Foucus Sculpting Brush $34
Tarte The Slenderizing Bamboo Contour Brush

Tarte The Slenderizing Bamboo Contour Brush

Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

Make Up For Ever #158 Sculpting Brush

Make Up For Ever #158 Sculpting Brush

Nars #21 Countour Brush

Nars #21 Countour Brush

It Brushes for Ulta- #315 Velvet Luxe Soft Focus Brush

It Brushes for Ulta- #315 Velvet Luxe Soft Focus Brush


A LOOK AT SERUMS...

by Christina


Why we need them:

They contain the most potent doses of anti-aging ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, and brighteners and are therefore excellent in combating the signs of aging!

Pros:

  • Weightless product feel.
  • Highest concentration of active ingredients = super efficient.
  • Long-lasting!
  • Penetrates the skin faster and more effectively.
  • Helps fight the signs of aging.

Cons:

  • Usually very expensive!
  • Can cause irritation and allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin.
  • Not a good match for individuals who have Eczema or Rosacea, as they have a weakened skin barrier and usage can cause flareups of the skin condition.
  • Designed normally to only treat a specific problem.

What's the best way to apply?

  1. Start with cleansed and toned skin.
  2. Use very little amount-a pea sized amount is good!
  3. Spread on your face and neck area.
  4. Follow with moisturizer, 
  5. Try to use overnight, as serums tend to be absorbed better during this time period.

MY TOP SERUM PICKS:

  1. Lancome- Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
  2. Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer
  3. Tarte- Maracuja Oil {this is really a treatment oil but it's the price, feel, and ingredients it made the list!}
  4. Benefit- Instant Comeback Specialist Facial Serum

 

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WHAT MAKEUP BRANDS HAVE THE BEST LOYALTY CLUBS?

by Christina


  1. Sephora
  2. Ulta
  3. Tarte
  4. Julep
  5. Lancome
  6. Smashbox
  7. Bare Escentuals
  8. Stila *upcoming in 2015!


SEPHORA:

  • 3 Levels: "Beauty Insider", "VIB", & "VIB Rouge"
  • Free to join!
  • Points for every $1 you spend = 1 pt.
  • The more points you accumulate, the better the rewards/samples.
  • Each time you move up a level, you get a bonus reward!
  • Spend over $360 in a calendar year to reach VIB status.
  • Sephora sends you a cute deluxe size sample gift set on your birthday.
  • First "dibs" on new makeup items not yet available and special deluxe sample offers with purchases.
  • FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders once VIB Rouge status is reached!

(above) Sephora's Bday Gift

ULTA:

  • Free to join!
  • Earn one point for ea. $1 you spend.
  • Redeem points on anything you want!
  • Points DO expire after an entire year.
  • Free gift on your birthday and double points all month long during same month!
  • Spend more than $400 in a calendar yr. and upgrade to Platinum status = earn points 25% faster and they NEVER expire once you reach this status
Free Beauty Samples Bag

Free Beauty Samples Bag

TARTE: 

  • Free Samples.
  • Discounts like free shipping and 25% off coupon codes!
  • Treat on your birthday.
  • Earn points for ea. $1 you spend at Tart.com AND for ea. product you review at tarte.com >up to 10 points per month!
  • Earn points for inviting a new member to make their first purchase at tarte.com.
  • Bonus deluxe sample given with every 100 points earned!
  • 20 % on purchases made on your birthday.
  • Reach 500 points = $50 to shop at tarte.com! *must redeem w/in 90 days of date of issue
(above) Tarte Gift Kit

(above) Tarte Gift Kit

JULEP:

  • Earn "Jules" or points that you can spend on a monthly Maven Box at Juelp OR use towards the "Jule Box" section on the Julep site OR they can be used towards add-ons on monthly Maven boxes.
  • Reach 2000 Jules = 1 free Maven box & 5000 = 1 free Maven Luxe Box.
  • Use a referral link for friends = ea. time a friend uses your link you earn a $15 credit to enjoy on julep.com
  • You get 100 points just for joining Maven!
  • Earn 300 Jules ea. monthly Maven box you take and up to 1000 Jules depending on which box you choose!
  • Get 200 Jules on your birthday and 500 on your anniversary month!
  • If you cancel your subscription, you will forfeit ANY Jules you have in your account! 
  • You can't pay for part of your Monthly Maven box> it must be @ least the min. 2000 points in order to get the free box>BUT you can use towards add-ons w/your Maven Box as the items avail. are under 2000 points!

LANCOME:

  • Earn 10 points per every $1 you spend.
  • Earn up to 50 points every time you connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Foursquare.
  • Earn up to 100 points when you add your birthday, phone ,number, and addy.
  • Earn 50 points when you join and 50 BONUS points with your first purchase!
  • Redeem for skincare, makeup, and fragrances!
  • You can turn your points into private beauty consultations, all-inclusive spa services, & even products from Lancome's VIP partners!
  • Membership IS free! {OMG!}

SMASHBOX:

  • Earn 5 points for every $1 you spend!
  • 500 points = $10 reward certificate *can only be used on your next purchase and points are earned 30 days AFTER your purchase ships!
  • Get a bonus deluxe sample w/every order!
  • Special gift offers w/purchase of $35 or more every Tuesday & Thursday!*must checkout during 9am-2pm PT on those days and free gift will automatically be added to your shopping cart
  • Free Birthday Gift during your birthday month!
  • Fantastic Deals & Sales for "Last call chances" on beauty items before they disappear for good.
  • Free to join.

BARE ESCENTUALS:

  • Free present your birthday!
  • Free to join.
  • Once you complete your profile and select your own Personal Sale Day to get 15% off anything.
  • Spend $150, get $10 off a future purchase.
  • Get special invites to members only events in your area.
Bare Minerals Starter Kit (also Bare Escentuals)

Bare Minerals Starter Kit (also Bare Escentuals)

STILA:

  • Program launching in 2015!
  • Promises to deliver more points, exclusive offers, & more members-only benefits to reward you for your purchases and loyalty.
  • A special announcement is promised on their site *will update this info once it becomes available!