One of the biggest things I hear about as a makeup artist is pores….mostly in the form of a question about foundation like “will it sink into my pores?” or “will it make my pores stand out?” and then that is sometimes followed by “what is the best way to make my pores smaller?”—All legitimate questions!!! One of the best ways to explain pores is an analogy that I heard in esthetician school. You have to think of pores as one of those ziplock bags….When you put things in those bags, they begin to gape open and appear larger at the top or “mouth”. Then, when you take whatever you put in out, the gape or top of the bag closes back up. This is a great way to think of pores. You cannot make pores smaller….but you can make them APPEAR smaller by getting the “stuff” out of them. Clean pores=smaller looking pores just like an empty ziplock=a smaller looking ziplock. The upside to you beauties with large pores?-You generally have more oily skin which keeps more moisture in your skin and can help you age better
I generally do not like face primers…I haven’t seen any that make a big enough difference (without interfering with my foundation application) that warrant the $30 or so price tag….until I met this:
I am sorry that I don’t have a before and after picture….I think my only chance for you to see the difference would be with a macro lens…and, well, I don’t have one of those so you are just going to have to take my word for it. This stuff is impressive! While there is nothing on the market that is going to make you look like you have no pores, this does a great job of minimizing them and smoothing out your skin tone. It also has a great mattifying effect! Stop by Ulta or your nearest department store with a Benefit counter to try it out…I think you will love it!
Color correcting is so easy to do on yourself once you understand it…and it is so worth learning!
Counteracts redness in the skin. The perfect color corrector for people with rosacea or a lot of general redness in their skin. Also works on any areas of localize redness such as acne.
Counteracts sallow/yellowed skin. The perfect color corrector for people who have a bit too much yellow in their skin. Lilac will brighten up skin!
Counteracts lilac or purple to blue undertones (you see how this is working ). Perfect for people who have purple undertones that are often found under the eyes. Yellow will also brighten up skin!
Counteracts dark discolorations Perfect for people who have more visible darkness under the eyes. Also great to conceal bruising and freckles or hyperpigmentation. Can give the skin an overall glow. Eve Pearl’s “Salmon Concealer” has some apricot in it and works wonders to brighten!
Counteracts blueish tones and brightens. Perfect for people who have visible veins on the skin or underneath the eyes. This also brightens up the skin. Be careful though as pink and blue make purple…so you want to look for a pink that is closer to the apricot side than the purple/blue side.
This post was inspired by my mom when we went searching for a new color corrector for her this weekend. We settled on this one by Dermablend because it was SUPER pigmented and you could really see a dramatic difference in her redness:
I loooove Dermablend’s products because most of them are sooo pigmented…they are great for tattoo cover! I have a lot of yellow in my skin but not a lot of red so I dusted some bright red blush on my arm so you could see how well this color corrector works. The image on the left is my blush filled arm…the two images on the right are after I applied Dermablend’s corrector to the part of my arm closest to my wrist. Look at the difference:
Crazy good right???
There are so many color correcting primers out there in every price range from Smashbox, L’oreal, Stila and sooo many more that you are sure to find one to suit your budget. This one by TEMPTU is next on my list to purchase!!!
Great right? All the basic colors you need!!! I hope this post helped you with some color correcting basics!!
Happy Monday everyone!!! I have a great tutorial for you today that uses purples in a fabulous wearable way by mixing them with a little brown for softness. I switched up my lashes for you today because these have been lingering around my kit not getting any love and they have an oh so pretty flare at the end that I felt like wearing! In case you love them too, they are Salon Perfect Demi Wispies. If you don’t have these eyeshadow colors from MAC, use a cool taupey brown for “Coquette”, a shimmery pinky purple for “Star Violet”, a true deep purple for “Fig 1″ and a shimmery highlight with some pink in it for “Naked Lunch”.
MAC Eyeshadows in “Plum Dressing”, “Fig 1″, “Naked Lunch”, “Coquette”, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”, MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in “Cherish”
Conceal the entire lid up to the brow, all around the eye and all underneath the eye.
Using a big fluffy brush, apply “Coquette” right above the crease from the outside all the way in. It should look something like this:
Using a big fluffy, apply “Star Violet” to the lid from the outside corner in stopping right past the center of the eye. It should look something like this:
Using a bullet brush, apply “Fig 1″ to the outer V and into the crease halfway across the eye. Apply more “Fig 1″ to the lower lash line and round or “V” it at the outside corner so that it meets up with the “Fig 1″ on the top of the eye. It should look something like this:
Using a stiff brush, apply “Naked Lunch” from the inside corner across to meet your “Star Violet”. Apply a lighter highlight from the brow bone down into the inner corner. Using a big fluffy, blend blend blend. Apply your fake eyelashes. Apply a coat of mascara to blend your fake lashes into your real lashes. Go over any excess glue with your gel liner. Line the your waterline with your gel liner and smudge any excess into your lashline with your bullet brush. Using your bullet brush, apply some “Fig 1″ to the lower lash line. Your final product should look something like this:
I put some Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm in “Cherish” on my lips…I have been collecting them lately..I told you they were going to be my summer favorite!!!
Finding the perfect pink lipstick can be soooo hard. You see somebody recommend a color that looks amazing on them….. then you try it on only to find out that it washes you out or is too dark for you….*sigh. I may not have all of the answers but I have compiled a list of my some of my favorite MAC pink lipsticks for you!!! Don’t worry if you don’t just LOVE any on this list….there are plenty more to come in the future!
This color is like the perfect nude and the perfect pink melted together into one wonderful tube. It is a matte color so it goes on pretty thick.
This is a MAC cult favorite if there ever was one. It. Is. Pink…..it is a fair pink with blue undertones as well so you have to be careful with it if you don’t want the “frosted Barbie” lip look because it can definitely wash your lips out. On the flip side-it is an awesome pink and there really isn’t another one that compares…hence the cult following. Even though it is hit or miss on people…I think it is a must have in the world of pinks because it is a great one to have on hand to mix with other colors.
This color is a touch lighter than both “Pink Plaid” and “Please Me” ….I tell you this because they don’t look that different in the tube when you stare at them for a long time. It is on the glossy and shimmery side because it is from the frost collection. Just an overall nice, soft pink.
Love this color! This is a very pretty what I would call “bridal” pink. It is going to be very close to a fair-medium skin toned person’s natural lip color….I love lipsticks like that because they just give a nice “boost” and enhance your lips while still looking pretty and natural.
“Girl About Town”
This is a killer fuschia pink…..It is bold and beautiful! Definitely the darkest color on this list but it is such a “showstopper” color and it looks great with a cat eye…it’s great blue undertones will make your teeth look whiter too!
I ADORE this color right now and I find myself reaching for it more than any other…..It is the perfect mix between a soft pink and a bold pink….Kind of like a mix between “Girl About Town” and ” St. Germain”. It is a very wearable color and I love it.
Here they are swatched on my arm….no flash, natural light:
From top to bottom: Pink Nouveau, Girl About Town, Pink Plaid, Angel, St. Germain, Please Me
I hope this helps if you are looking to purchase some MAC pinks and needed to see them swatched!!! More to come soon!!!
I know I have done many smokey eyes before…but I realized that I hadn’t featured one that used a lot of black…and what is a true smokey eye without a lot of black? I know it is no secret that I love a smokey eye…but I especially love ones that feature black AND brown because the brown softens it up sooooo much. I use MAC Paint Pots in brown and black in this tutorial because they create a good, primed base for dark color to adhere too. If you don’t have paint pots, you can get a similar look by using a good cream shadow for your darker shadows to adhere to. I have also heard good things about Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo Gel Shadow…but I have yet to try it…maybe next week If you don’t have these exact eyeshadow colors then use a matte black for “Carbon”, a rich and deep mulch brown for “Espresso” and a lighter brown with red undertones for “Brown Script”.
MAC Eyeshadows in “Carbon”, “Espresso”, “Brown Script”, MAC Paint Pots in “Blackground” and “Quite Natural”, MAC Lipstick in “St. Germain”, Julie Hewett Lipstick in “Biba”, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”
Apply concealer to the eyelid up to the brow, all around the eye and underneath the eye. Set with powder.
Apply your MAC Paint Pot in “Quite Natural” to the eyelid…stop right after the crease where the brow bone starts. I used my finger to do this so it is messy but you can use a brush if you choose. It doesn’t matter if it is a little messy because we will be adding other colors on top of it. It should look something like this:
Apply your MAC Paint Pot in “Blackground” to the lid of the eye stopping right at the crease. I used a brush for this because it is a smaller area to work with. It should look something like this:
Ok I am not going to lie…I got a little carried away with this look and forgot to take pictures in between applying “Espresso” , “Carbon” and “Brown Script”…Thankfully they are really easy steps and you can see the definition in the pictures. Sorry-I got excited. Using a stiff brush, apply “Carbon” to the entire lid…right over the area that you applied the MAC paint pot in “Blackground”. Using a bullet brush, apply “Espresso” right where “Carbon” ends back and forth over the crease of the eye. Wipe off your bullet brush. Using your bullet brush, apply “Brown Script” above the crease where “Espresso” ends. What you now have is a sort of gradual ombre effect starting with “Carbon” at the bottom and then “Espresso” above that and “Brown Script” above that. Whew!! It should look something like this:
Using a stiff brush, apply your highlight color from the brow bone down into the inner corner. Using you big fluffy, blend blend blend your dark shadows until you get that nice ombre/blended look. Apply your false eyelashes. Go over any excess glue with your Maybelline Gel Liner. Apply a coat of mascara to blend your real lashes into your fake lashes. Line the upper lash line from the inner corner to outer corner. Smudge the line a bit with your bullet brush. Line the lower waterline and lightly line the lower lash line. Using your bullet brush, apply “Carbon” to the lower lash line and “Brown Script” to the outer lower lash line below “Carbon”. You can make this part as smokey as you please by carrying the eyeshadow color down further below the lower lash line. Your final product will look something like this:
I applied some MAC Lipstick in “St. Germain” and then layered my Julie Hewett “Biba” over it to soften the look. It is hard for me to wear “St. Germain” by itself unless I use it very sparingly because it can be too shocking….but it is a great color to layer with! I hope you can use this look for a night out!!!