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alannacousland said: What are some good drugstore highlighters?

It’s no secret that I love drugstore products (I mean who doesn’t love getting an amazing product for an amazing price?) Whilst drugstore brands have hundreds of lipsticks, mascaras and foundations they often lack in the extra products, like highlighters. When it comes to the drugstore highlighters are rare, glittery and often look chalky on the skin. In saying this, I do have a few drugstore faves.

Whether it’s a creamy illuminator tapped onto my cheekbones, a dab of shimmery shadow in the inner corners of my eyes or a hint of light reflecting concealer on my cupids bow; on the days I don’t contour I still highlight. Highlighter just has this amazing way of instantly brightening your face and making you look like you’ve had eight hours sleep (even though you’ve really only had two)

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rondyvu-deactivated20140410 said: What drugstore products are good for contouring?

When it comes to drugstore brands there is no lying that they lack in the contouring  sector. Bronzers and contouring products are usually a ghastly orange shade and jam packed full of shimmer,  In saying this, I have tried a couple of drugstore products that do a great job at contouring.

I prefer to use foundations for contouring when I’m using drugstore products, this is because most don’t contain any shimmer (shimmer free is essential for contouring) When selecting a foundation to contour with go two to three shades darker than your skintone.

elf studio moisturising foundation stick

Foundation Stick

Foundation sticks are great for contouring because they are easy to apply, not to mention they’re super blendable. I love the ELF Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick (super creamy!) and the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick (applies as a blendable cream, but dries to a matte, powder finish)

Face Powder

I also love to use regular face powder, it is best to use ones that can be used alone and to set makeup as these are usually semi-sheer, which is great if you are a beginner or someone who isn’t great at contouring. I love the *Revlon Nearly Naked Face Powder

I hope I helped you and if you need anything else feel free to ask.

If any product you use irritates you discontinue use immediately.

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fatitoismail said: Hello! So i wanted to ask you, when i put mascara on my eyelashes, my eyelashes always go back to their old place, and i get black smudges under my eyes. What should i do?

You are not alone; many other fed up individuals are suffering from the very same gut-wrenching conditions as yourself, the diagnosis? “Mascara Woes” of which symptoms include: smudged mascara and droopy lashes, the disease can be potentially fatal to your confidence, but don’t fret; I’ve got the cure.

Smudges:

how to prevent mascara smudging

Mascaras and eyeliners are often attracted to creamy concealers and eye creams so set your under eye concealer with a good setting powder and fluffy blending eyeshadow brush. Also, make sure you ditch the creamy eye creams in your morning makeup routine, they are great and make concealer glide on easily, but sadly they are often the course for smudged eye makeup.

I’d also recommend using a great waterproof mascara and eyeliner to help further prevent smudging.

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primaadonnaa77 said: Hello! Maybe this has been asked before. But any tips on figuring out your foundation color? I can never seem to get it right.

Ahhh, the good old annoying foundation dilemma. It’s either too dark, too light, too yellow, too pink, not pink enough, doesn’t give enough oil control or is very drying. Finding a foundation that matches your skin-tone perfectly sometimes seems impossible. If you’ve been applying foundation on-to the back of your hand to see whether or not it matches your skin-tone; you’ve been doing it wrong.

First of all, I always recommend that if you plan on getting a colour match that you wear no makeup, have your hair tied back and wear an outfit where your chest/decolletage is visible, this will help you find a perfect match.

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dramaqueen2397 said: Hi, just a quick question. When applying your foundation should you put moisturise on before you put foundation on or just out foundation on with moisturise. Also what is a good setting powder ? Thanks you (:

Sukin Cleanser

Skincare is the most important step in any makeup application because without good skin you can’t have great makeup…

Generally speaking you should cleanse your skin and then apply your moisturiser, sunscreen, primer and THEN foundation. However…

Sometimes too many products will cause makeup to “slip” off the skin so using a dual purpose product is a great idea. I like to use a light moisturiser that contains SPF, my favourite is the Ultraceuticals Mattifying SPF 30+ Sunscreen, it is light and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin. Then I apply primer after.

For oily skin you may find it is best to ditch the moisturiser/sunscreen and just opt for a primer instead. I like the *Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer with SPF 30

It is always best to apply some kind of product before you apply your foundation so that your makeup applies evenly and looks healthy.

As for my favourite powders for setting makeup…

*CARGO HD Picture Perfect Loose Powder

This is a new love for me and has quickly become one of my favourite setting powders, this stuff makes skin look flawless and I mean flawless. It isn’t cakey or dry, it doesn’t add any coverage to the skin but it does a fantastic job at keeping shine at bay. Plus it has this beautiful finish that almost blurs your skin so it looks photoshopped.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil

This powder is amazing at gives skin a poreless look and really combats shine without making skin look dry and cakey (I have dry skin and this doesn’t make my skin look horribly flaky and dry) it is expensive but has been my favourite powder for a year.

If you are on a budget I love the Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder isn’t bad either.

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I hope I helped you and if you need anything else feel free to ask.

If any product you use irritates you discontinue use immediately.

*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This does not alter the honesty of this post or this blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own


curvycurlygirly said: Sorry if this has been asked before, but What are your thoughts on powder vs liquid or cream foundation? Should people with dry skin avoid powder, or can either be used on any skin type?

This is a great question! There are so many formulas on the market nowadays rather than just standard powder foundation and it can often be confusing which formula is suitable for which skin type….

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

LIQUID FOUNDATION:

Liquids are suitable for ALL skin types but where possible choose a formula tailored to your skin type. Dry/Normal skin is best with a moisturising formula and Oily/Combo skin is best off with an oil-free mattifying formula. Try: Revlon ColorStay Foundation (for all skin types) and Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (for normal, dry and combo skin)

MOUSSE FOUNDATION:

Mousse foundations are best suited towards those with normal or oily skin, they are generally NOT suitable for skin with any signs of dryness as they have a tendency to cling onto dry patches of the skin. Try: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

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ravenski said: What's your favorite highlight/contour products?

Highlighter, contour and blush are my favourite ways to sculpt the face and since I’m addicted to all these products I’ve managed to build up a few favourites over the years…

CONTOUR:

  • Makeup Forever Flash Color Case (Shade 023 Brown)

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

If you’ve watched my contouring video you’ll know I’m a huge fan of this creamy formula; it blends beautifully into the skin and looks natural.

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This is an amazing matte bronzer that blends beautifully, it is hard to stuff up your contouring with this product. (A good budget friendly option which is in my opinion almost identical to this product is the Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder)

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raindropsonatinroof said: What is cleanser? Is this like a face wash? Why do you have to use it? I have oily skin and live in the U.S.

Cleansers and face washes are basically the same thing; they are just different names… However; face washes are usually of the “foaming” variety and usually contain sulfates which when mixed with water froth up into a very foamy formula, but cleansers can be cream, milk, oil, balm or foam based.

Cleansers are an essential part of every skincare routine, (at least in my opinion) even if you haven’t been wearing makeup…

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stellacarranza said: What's an affordable foundation brush. I am currently using L'oreal true match foundation.

Foundation brushes are great at giving your foundation a different finish and a different level of coverage but my favourite tool for applying foundation may surprise you… My top three tools for applying foundation are:

Fingers

Fingers are my all-time favourite tools for applying foundation (and most cream products in general) clean fingers blend & apply product beautifully as the warmth of your skin helps the product to glide on easier. Fingers often tend to give more coverage too as product is not being absorbed into a brush, the best part? They are free!

Flat Top Buffing Brush

Flat Top Kabuki BrushWhen I want flawless, full coverage, seamless and radiant looking skin I use a Flat Top Buffing Brush; these have densely packed, synthetic bristles and do a wonderful job at working product into the skin and giving a flawless finish. The only issue with these brushes are that they do have a tendency to make foundation appear cakey and can micro-exfoliate dry skin. I love the Beau Make Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush ($9.50 USD)

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