12 Helpful Makeup Tips for Beginners.

12 Helpful Makeup Tips for Beginners.

Because sometimes those pinterest hacks just don't work.

I like to spend a lot of my free time checking out media related to beauty/makeup. This is due to the fact that I have started putting my 100% into applying makeup and it has now become sort of a hobby for me. When I want to wear makeup for the day, I can never just step out of the house with eye liner, mascara and nothing else on my face. I have to take out a chunk of that day to spend it on my makeup. Not to say that that's a bad thing though because doing this allows me to clear my mind while also making me look/feel more self confident.

What I try to do with this new hobby of mine is not wear the exact same look multiple times and I like trying new tricks out to make my makeup application and just all around look, easier to apply and look more professional, as opposed to being done by a college girl who just slapped all of this on in her bathroom. Now the internet is full of "tips" that supposedly can help you with your makeup process and I have of course fallen for them only to realize there are a few that are complete lies, I'm looking at you spoon eye shadow trick!

Granted I am no real "connoisseur" of makeup but I have been playing around with it since 6th grade, so I like to think I can give some advice on the stuff that will actually help.

(My face for proof of makeup application skills)

1. Eye shadow first and then foundation

I didn't ever think about actually trying out this trick until this year, and now I love this idea! Not only did it cut down time but it also helped prevent any irritating eye shadow flakes ending up on perfectly done foundation.

2. This chart on how to get a perfect foundation application (some steps are optional).

3. Use a lip scrub to prep your lips for any lipstick.

I don't think I really have dry lips but for some reason applying lipstick really brings out the dryness in them. After receiving a lip scrub in my Ipsy bag, and once I discovered how to actually use it, I can't put lipstick on without promptly applying the stuff first to get an awesome matte?(I think that's the word) lip look.

4. Q-Tips they're not just for your ears!

We all have that one eye we suck at applying liner to. For me it's my left one. This can get pretty frustrating especially when working on winged eyeliner. My best tip is to get a Q-Tip and apply a small amount of any lotion on it. Then you use the Q-tip to clean up your mistake and even out your eyeliner. Make sure to apply foundation back on the spot you just fixed up afterwords .

5. Concealer+Foundation+Concealer=Bye Bye Zits

My skin is very oily which leads to some bad zits every now and then. The trick I've discovered to mostly hide them from the outside world is to first apply your primer, then dab concealer on those nasty spots, pat them in with a foundation brush (I like to sing while I'm doing it and go pat pat pat pat like they did on Little Einsteins), apply liquid foundation, repeat steps 2 and 3, and voila they are gone.

6. Give those lashes a second coat.

To get big doll like lashes the first thing I do is kind of tease my eyelashes, like you do with your hair. This is done by taking the mascara and coating it along the top of my eyelashes kind of flattening them. Give them a moment to dry, I usually spend this time by applying my lipstick. After that apply the mascara like you usually would and suddenly they are looking fuller and curlier. Also make sure to put mascara on your lower lashes just so your eyes don't look naked.

7. Highlight your brows

As a girl with some thick brows (thanks dad) my ultimate goal in life is to have them as well done as Lily Collins's one day.

This will be highly unlikely of ever happening but I can do my best with them by filling them in and then highlighting them to accentuate their shape. I'm not really sure how it works but some how applying highlighter around them just makes them look a little bit cleaner and defined. My favorite highlighter to use for this technique is from E.L.F which is a dual liquid concealer and highlighter.

8. Apply in good lighting.

Around 8th grade I remember playing around with makeup in my bedroom with no lights on and just using natural sunlight....this was a mistake. My advice, the bathroom is usually the best place to do your makeup because for some reason the light in there always seems the brightest, or invest in a mirror that has lights attached to it. This will allow you to put your makeup on and kind of let you see what it looks like in different kinds of settings.

9. Bring back up supplies if you're going out.

What does mother nature have against makeup? Inevitably all makeup seems to melt as the day goes on, and sometimes it's not a pretty sight. Yes there is setting spray but it can't always help! Bring backup supplies if you are going out anywhere so you can do quick touch ups if needed.

10. Don't be afraid of the cheap stuff

I'm not saying the expensive stuff isn't great. I mean, I love it! Heck I own so many high quality eye shadow palettes that put together they could probably pay for a ticket to Disneyland. However, I also have a wallet and a bank account so I'm not going to spend all of my money on the good stuff. Personally I think more people should buy makeup you can find at a grocery store or Target because when you find something really good, it's like God's little favor to you for being awesome. Not to mention (whispers) some even work better than the high end stuff. My personal favorites are:

*NYX (Their liquid lipsticks are my favorites, and they smell like cake!)




11. This video on tips to take a good selfie.

This taught me everything I know about taking a good selfie.

12. Looking for makeup inspirations? Go to youtube and find someone who has done some looks you want to try out.

My new favorite is Jackie Wyers who does a great compilation of looks I want to do someday, with tutorials on copycat looks from famous films and celebrity looks. She also does a great combo of glam makeup while making look like it's not too much makeup.

Cover Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar

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Pens, Pencils, & Planners = Perfection

The obsession with office supplies is real

Just writing this article made me smile ear to ear thinking about all of the amazing office supplies I own. It also made me a little sad thinking about all of the office supplies I still haven't bought!!

Buying office supplies is the most relaxing and perfect thing you can do, I am sure of it.

I love when I find a new pen that writes smooth, a new pencil that glides perfectly, or a new planner that has all the good vibes flowing!

I hate to admit that I buy more than one planner a year, that sounds crazy when I think about it, but I can not be the only one that will stumble past a planner that is just slightly better than my current one for one or more reasons and I just have to have it. I spend an hour or so copying all of my important dates, birthdays, and info into the new planner. That being said- I think I finally hit the jackpot with the Erin Condren planner I got as a gift for Christmas, I may never switch again.

If I took all of the money I've spend on new pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers and invest it somewhere, I would be so well off. Instead I have a pencil bag in my purse, a container on my home desk, a huge container on my work desk, and plenty scattered around my car.

I've also developed a bad habit of liking a certain brand of pen or marker and having to have the newest ones when they release them. There is never a target trip that doesn't involve looking at the latest and greatest pens and such....... Now this being said, there really is a difference in pens, do not argue with me on this. A good pen and a great pen are totally different. It is all about the glide and slide in a pen, and when you find that pen you have to buy it in every color it comes in.

Does having this obsession mean I am the most organized and planned person ever? Well I would love for that to be true. I do love plans and having my appointments, to-dos, and birthdays planned out and planned for, but sometimes life gets a little messy.

Please tell me I am not the only person obsessed with pens, pencils, and planners?

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6 Splurge-Worthy Makeup Brands & Products For People Of Color

Here are some products that are worth emptying your wallet for.

Being a black woman, it is hard for me to find the right product that works well with my skin tone. Whether it's a drugstore or Sephora, I am troubled by the low amount of shades for deeper skin tones. While there are some brands that do have darker skin tones, they don't go any deeper in having shades for different undertones.

There may be many shades of tan and caramel-tone but not enough of shades that are similar to Gabourey Sidibe's or Lupita Nyong'o's skin tone. Makeup brands are finally catering to people of color since Rihanna, Iman, and others decided that one can not wait around for the mainstream brands to do it for them, so they did it themselves

Here are some makeup brands that are worth every penny:

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay


Out of all makeup products you would expect to be the most expensive, eyeshadow might not have been at the top of the list. Urban Decay’s Naked pallets are pricey but they work wonders with their high-pigmented colors against deep skin tones that stay on for long hours. There are endless eyeshadow styles to work with on each palette.

Concealer: NARS


Nars will always be a cult favorite for people of color. If not the foundation, then it will be their concealer that has no competition. With 22 shades, Nars gives people options to contour or correct small imperfections with their Radiant Creamy Concealer. It has a buildable coverage that easily blends into your skin. The price of $30 may seem steep for concealer but it is worth it since it gets the job done.

Foundation: Fenty


This list wouldn't be complete without adding the most talked about makeup brand of the year: Fenty. Rihanna blessed not only people of color but the whole spectrum of beautiful shades with her makeup brand. Fenty's foundation has 40 shades to match undertones and leave a matte finish. The foundation may not be ideal for those with naturally dry skin, so I suggest you have a moisturizing primer before applying. I must warn you that Sephora sells out quickly (especially the darker shades), so I advise you to buy Fenty on the actual website.

Customizer: Cover FX


We have all had that problem when a foundation is either too light or too dark or makes our skin appear dull. Cover FX fixes the problem with their cover and enhancer drops. This product was not made to be worn alone. Mix in the product with your foundation or tinted moisturizer and it will give you your desired shade. There are many possibilities to choose from with either a dewy finish or mattifying finish depends on what you blend in with the drops. With the enhancing drops, they will bless you with a glowing sun-kissed skin. This product is perfect for fixing dull skin in this winter weather.

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier


Laura Mercier has developed a setting powder that is worth every penny. Having setting powder is a must especially when you have full makeup on. There are two shades of setting powder that are both translucent. Long ago, there was only one shade that was great for ‘baking’ when contouring but now she blessed us with a deep shade of setting powder that blends perfectly with darker skin tones. It is perfect for use with or without makeup that blurs your pores and any other imperfections.

Lipstick: Kat Von D


For people with darker skin tones, it can be hard to find a lipstick that pops, but Kat Von D made it easy for you. She created a line of 43 vibrant shades. From a simple light nude color to a vibrant purple, you can find any shade for any occasion with Kat Von D. This liquid lipstick lasts through eating and drinking with its 24-hour long-lasting color.

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