Maybelline vs. Stila Liquid Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: Around $22

This Stila eyeliner is by far one of the brand’s most popular items, and it’s also one of my most re-purchased high-end makeup products. The application of this eyeliner couldn’t be smoother; it effortlessly glides across your skin with zero pulling or smudging, all while leaving behind an incredibly pigmented black line that can easily be built up or kept razor thin, depending on your preferences.

This product really does last all day, and it’s the perfect thing to use when you want to add a bolder touch to transition your look from day to evening (especially since it won’t budge, even during your wildest nights).

And in this corner: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

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Price: Around $5-7

I was blown away with this product the first time I used it. Out of all the drugstore liquid liners I’ve tried, this Maybelline liner is by far the absolute best one I’ve ever owned. When compared to other similarly-priced liners, the pigmentation and lasting power is unreal, plus the application is really smooth due to the brush design.

Unlike other drugstore liners, which I’ve noticed feature brushes that are more like a fine point marker, the bush on this Maybelline liner is like a paint brush. This means it’s much more flexible, and allows you to create more precise and effortless lines and wings.

The Champion: It’s a tie!

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These two eyeliners are honestly so similar that it’s nearly impossible to pick which one is better. I wore each liner on a different eye the other day, and the only difference I noticed between the two was that the Maybelline liner gave me a raccoon eye after I took a shower, while the Stila liner only faded slightly afterwards.

So, if waterproof eyeliner is really a make-or-break quality in your decision, and you’re willing to spend a little extra money on your makeup, then you might want to consider purchasing the Stila liner. However, if you aren’t a mermaid, then the budget-friendly Maybelline liner should work just fine.

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All About Skin

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Oily skin

Oily skin produces more oil than it needs. This oil is a magnet for debris, such as skin cells, makeup and pollution, which then cause congestion inside the pores. Over time, the congestion becomes hardened, just like plaque on your teeth. Look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid or salicylic acid.) This will penetrate into the pores and melt the congestion. Oily skin also needs extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores (so long, blackheads!) But don’t try this at home. Extractions are something your esthetician is trained to do safely as part of your facial.

Combination skin

GDF’s favorite skin type to work with, combination skin, has both oily and dry areas, so these areas need to be treated separately. Enzyme, chemical or even microdermabrasion exfoliants work very well, GDF says. Extractions are also needed (usually in the T-zone) to remove congestion, and a professional treatment mask, such as freeze-dried collagen to replenish lost water and soothe the skin.

Sensitive skin

“We have to be careful working with sensitive skin,” GDF notes. All skin needs exfoliation to remove built-up dead skin, but this needs to be done gently. Facials that use enzymes to exfoliate work very well, because they don’t irritate the skin. Also look for products that don’t have excessive fragrances or irritants in them.

Mature skin

Mature skin can be challenging. It can be oily/acne prone, dry/dehydrated or a multitude of skin type combinations. Mature skin also slows down (cell production, circulation), so there are many issues to address. Your esthetician will first treat the type of skin (oily, dry, combination, normal).Then she will have to focus on that slowing process to increase circulation and saturate the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for healthier, younger looking skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin needs many different treatments, GDF explains. Dry skin lacks natural lipids or oils, making it prone to dehydration. Because of this lack of water, the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle slows down. Facials that include gentle exfoliation (i.e. with enzymes) are a great way to take your skin from flakey to fabulous. Dry skin also needs both oil and water to balance it out, so GDF suggests looking for facials that include masks, which will help penetrate product into the skin. One example is a mask that will rubberize. It may sound a little strange, but any product you put under this type of mask will be pushed into the skin as the mask hardens, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Dangerously Beautiful – Makeup Class

Makeup artistry is a very marketable skill and it is one that you can take with you anywhere you go. It doesn’t matter whether you travel the world or whether you are simply looking for somewhere you can startup your own makeup business, you can feel confident and satisfied knowing that you are doing everything you need to do while still having time for yourself. You could be earning the salary of a professional makeup artist and the job possibilities really are endless.

With Dangerously Beautiful, you won’t need to travel away from home, you won’t need to spend time away from your family and you won’t need to break the bank over tuition fees. So what is stopping you from taking control of your life and doing what you want to do?

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for Makeup class!

  • Completing fun and practical hands-on assignments
  • Sharing your work online
  • Receiving evaluations and feedback on your work
    • Pimple coverages. Black spots.
    • Cool eyeshadow technique
      • Life saving tricks for makeup artists
      • How to be a successful makeup artist
      • How to get Makeup Pro Cards and Discounts

INTRODUCTION TO MAKEUP ARTISTRY & FOUNDATIONS

  • Makeup kit overview
  • Makeup brushes guide
  • Makeup artist appearance
  • Understanding the clients needs
  • Base matching
  • Color correction
  • Concealer

DOING WHAT YOU LOVE

They say that once you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. If you truly love being creative and have a passion for makeup, this is a field that will always satisfy your true desires. This is more than a job, it’s a true career.

CONVENIENT & FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Until you’re ready to do this full time, you need the flexibility to learn at your own pace. That’s why you’ll have the ability to watch videos and practice as much as you want, long before you submit your work to be critiques by Mariana. Practice, practice, practice!

Makeup Mistakes That Are Aging You

Let’s face it: Makeup makes us look and feel good. But if you’re applying it incorrectly or using the wrong products, makeup may just be aging you — rather than making you look fresh and youthful. From neglected brows to over-made-up eyes, we found 10 easy ways to nix the mistakes you just might be making.

Here are dos and don’ts to improve your makeup game and easy ways to get out of a beauty rut. Celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, creator of LORAC Cosmetics, offers her advice and expertise on common culprits. Are you guilty of some of these beauty blunders?

DO skip face powder

Here’s why: Most of us reach for powder to set makeup, but it also tends to magnify lines in the skin, aging us. If you can’t give up powder, try switching to a sheer translucent powder or a mineral-based one, which illuminates and brightens the skin. Expert Advice: Carol Shaw says: “As we get older skin can get very dry. Powder absorbs oil and moisture, which can be drying for women with dry skin.”Try this instead: Skip the powder or opt for a more moisturizing mineral version.

DO opt for brown eyeliner over black
Here’s why: Eyeliner is an excellent tool to open up the eyes and make them appear wider, but the color black can be too harsh. Switch to a softer shade of brown and avoid lining the lower lash line which can look overdone. Avoid a heavy hand with eyeliner – a thick liner can make upper lids look heavy.
Expert Advice: “Brown eyeliner is soft and natural-looking. Dark makeup can sometimes make you look older,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Opt for a light color liner or a neutral brown shade that’s universally flattering. We like CARGO Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach, $18, available at Ulta.com.

DO make blush your friend
Here’s why: The right color blush can add a youthful look to a tired face, but the key is finding a shade that is just right. Women with fair and medium skin tones should look for rosy pinks and peaches, and darker skin tones look best with coral and berry shades.
Expert Advice: “A pop of healthy, rosy color on your cheeks is very youthful-looking —like a young child’s flush or like you have been working in the garden,” notes Carol. “But bright blush can look a bit harsh and unnatural, if not applied properly.”
Try this instead: Avoid bright colors and looks for a shade that is neutral, soft and sheer. We like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer Duo, $12.49, available at drugstore.com.

DO wear the right foundationHere’s why: No one can claim to have “perfect” skin, and foundation can work wonders on uneven skin tones. The key is the right product and the right amount of it. Using too much foundation, especially one that’s too thick, can cause the product to settle into fine lines. Avoid anything matte and be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizer and primer before applying. Expert Advice: “Choose a foundation that is right for your skin type (moisturizing, oil-free, good for sensitive skin, etc.) with the coverage you desire,” says Carol. “If you want a very natural look with sheer/medium coverage, try a CC Cream or a Tinted Moisturizer. If you want to cover imperfections look for a medium/full coverage foundation.” Try this instead:For a product that provides natural coverage and offers sun protection, we like Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, $55, available at PerriconeMD.com.

DO fill in sparse brows
Here’s why: Eyebrow color fades as we age, so filling in over-plucked spots or fairer hair is a must in any makeup routine. Keep brows shaped and defined, and choose a pencil or gel shade that is one or two notches lighter than your natural brow color.
Expert Advice: “Brows are the frame to your face and complete your look. A fuller brow is modern and youthful,” says Carol.
Try this instead: Pencils are great for precision, but gels have longer lasting staying power. We like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (offered in 5 shades), $18, available at Sephora.com.

DON’T over-conceal under eyes
Here’s why: While concealer seems to be the answer to erasing under eye circles and combating the look of fatigue, if used incorrectly, can actually make you look older. Too much makeup around the eye area can highlight wrinkles and lines in this delicate area. Be sure to prep the skin with a moisturizing eye cream and keep the touch light.
Expert Advice: “I like to use my finger to melt the concealer into the skin. If you pile on the concealer without blending it in, it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles,” Carol advises.
Try this instead: Look for a concealer with a lightweight texture and bonus points if it offers sun protection. We like Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Concealer SPF 15, $12.95, available atPhysiciansFormula.com.

DON’T skip primerHere’s why: Primers are just what they sound like: They create a base by smoothing skin and ensuring that makeup stays put. Mix with foundation or tinted moisturizer or apply a light layer as the first step in your makeup routine. Expert Advice: “Primers help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a silky-smooth finish, plus it helps your makeup last longer,” notes Carol. Try this instead:A thin layer of a silicone-based makeup primer can fill in lines and pores, but so can natural ingredients like oatmeal and cocoa butter. We like Lush Feeling Younger skin tint, $18.95, available at Lush.usa.com.

DON’T overdo lip liner
Here’s why: Not only is the look of heavy lip liner dated (hello, ‘90s!), it can also emphasize the fine lines around the mouth. Soften the look with a liner that closely matches your lipstick or use a creamy lipstick pencil for easy application.
Expert Advice: “Overdoing lip liner can look harsh. Choose a shade that is a little darker than your natural lip color,” Carol says. “Follow your natural lip line, and if you want to make your lips look bigger, just draw slightly outside your lip line.”
Try this instead: Keep your application clean and easy with a chubby stick that has the precision of a pencil, but has the staying power and look of lipstick. We like Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Rosie Posie, $9.98, available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

DON’T skip lip color
Here’s why: As we get older, we lose the pigment in our lips making lipstick that much more indispensable. That said, steer clear of anything metallic, glittery, or too dark and avoid a heavy hand when it comes to applying. Less is more.
Expert Advice: “Lip color instantly brightens and changes your whole face! Lip color is the fastest and easiest way to make yourself look pretty,” says Carol. “If you have very small lips, then darker colors might make your lips look smaller. Otherwise, I love dark lipstick for fall and winter.”
Try this instead: When in doubt, opt for a nude lipstick and look for one that offers sun protection, anti-aging, and collagen-boosting properties. We like LORAC Cosmetics Breakthrough Performance Lipstick, $22, available at Amazon.com.

DO go easy on the eye shadowHere’s why: While we’re not opposed to adding color to eyelids, it’s best to avoid bright or dark eye shadow shades, which can draw the wrong attention to the eyes. A more subtle way to play up your peepers is to play up the lashes and a precise wand ensures a non-clumpy, non-spidery lashes. Expert Advice: To be sure, Carol isn’t against shimmer or shadow on the eyes, “I think wearing eye shadow with a little soft, reflective pearl or shimmer is very pretty on the eye, at any age. And matte eye shadows are very wearable without accentuating any fine lines or wrinkles.” Try this instead: Play up your eyes by emphasizing lush lashes, but skip mascara on the lower lashes. We like CoverGirl Last Exact Mascara, $7.29, available at drugstore.com.

Meet the Expert
Having worked on the faces of Naomi Watts, Teri Hatcher, Nicole Kidman, and Debra Messing, Carol Shaw is one of Hollywood’s most called-on makeup artists. As a teenager growing up in the beauty business, Carol knew makeup artistry was her calling, and later developed a makeup and skincare line, LORAC (Carol spelled backwards). LORAC launched with 10 shades of oil and fragrance-free foundations back in 1990, and Carol’s products have built upon a reputation for being both effective and easy-to-use.

 

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them. Because there is no skin, they’re open to the air and the top layer of gunk oxidizes and turns them to the darkish black color. There are many ways to get rid of them.[1] This article provides instructions for a number of different methods that you can try.


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Acquire some simple, non toxic glue. You can use the type you would have used for elementary school art projects, such as P.V.A glue or Elmers glue.

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Steam your face over a sink or a bowl or with a wet face cloth. This is optional, but can be very beneficial. Try to get the steam as hot as possible, but make sure it is comfortable for you!
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Apply glue to troubled areas. Then, leave it alone until it is completely dry.

Peel it off. Peel the glue off and see results on the dry glue.
Squeezing Them

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Warm your skin. Warming your skin makes the pores expand, making it easier to squeeze out the blackhead. You can do this by taking a warm shower or applying a hot compress to the affected areas.

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Grab a pinch of skin with one or a few closely-spaced blackheads in the middle and squeeze. You’re trying to apply the pressure from underneath the blackhead. This method works best if the blackheads are not tightly or deeply embedded, and if your skin isn’t easily bruised or damaged by stretching.

You can also use an extractor tool or bobby pin to force it out. Be careful with these methods, and if you experience serious pain, try something else.

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Cotton ball Cure

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Use a mild exfoliant to remove cells and expose.

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Pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.

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Place a slightly warm compress on your face for approximately 10-15 minutes in order to soften the blackhead, making it easier to remove.

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Pat your face again.

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Place a cotton-ball on the tip of each finger. This will help you to avoid slipping, which could tear the skin and cause further damage.

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Gently apply even pressure to both sides of the blackhead by pushing down, then up around the blemish.

Toothbrush And Toothpaste

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Apply an inch-sized amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
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Wet the toothbrush and wet the affected area.
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Gently with your toothbrush, scrub the affected area for a small amount of time.

Make sure you do not apply too close to the eyes, as the vapours from methanol toothpastes can irritate the eyes.

If you have nose blackheads, apply an even smaller amount of toothpaste, and keep well clear from eyes.

This method has also been known to work on spots, but is not guaranteed.

Always sterilize the toothbrush with boiling-hot water after using this method.

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Repeat daily until the affected areas are clear.

AHAs (Extra)

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Purchase a cream containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids).

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Apply a small amount of cream to the affected areas. This will clear away any dead skin cells and “expose” the blackhead.

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Repeat about every 4 days. These products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. Discontinue use if the irritation becomes severe.

AHAs are also known to increase sensitivity to the sun, so be careful if you are going out in bright sunlight after using this treatment.

Lime Juice

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Make a lotion with equal parts of lime juice, almond oil and glycerin.

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Apply your lotion to your face. It will not only cure blackheads but the discoloring spots on the face too.

Honey Trick

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Warm a small amount of honey.

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Apply on the trouble area.

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Wash off after 10-15 minutes.

Pros & Cons of Being a Makeup Artist

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

New student makeup artist dream! Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then what a makeup artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional makeup artist from my experience.

A professional makeup artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Makeup artists may work for some organization such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realize until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

  • It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn
  • You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!
  • You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love
  • We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients face and the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the makeup images in your email box this is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a makeup artist)

Disadvantages:

  • The competition between makeup artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas
  • There is no working schedule, so a makeup artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.
  • There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful makeup artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theater you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my makeup world and I have learned so much… your contacts grow and grow. I choose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee makeup artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favors in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today, getting paid jobs.

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Fantasy Girl Contest

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Contest Information

 Join Here

Email – makeupmafiainfo@gmail.com send me your name, number, address, and website.

Deadline: Dec 18, 2015

 Winner will be announced Dec 19, 2015 on all social media and advertised on “Makeup Mafia Memphis” website.

Prize: $100.00 worth of cosmetics mailed out to the address given in the email under your name.

Fantasy Girl Contest 

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Fantasy makeup offers an opportunity to use vivid and extreme colors and ideas. It’s creative design at its best. There are no limitations and you can draw inspiration from anywhere. The key ingredient for visual impact is to use bright colors that contrast and then add an unexpected element. Discover the fabulous looks you can create.

 

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Fantasy Makeup Designs

In this section of the Makeup Notebook you’ll find a number of techniques to push your design skills beyond limits.

The emphasis is on using cosmetics to create your designs.

With a few simple tricks you can alter your favorite colors and use them transform your look for photos and special events.

Then use wild colored contact lenses to enhance your look.

Take your vivid colors and your cosmetic brushes and get started today.

Go wild with eye makeup and colored contacts!

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Fantasy Makeup Looks

Fairy Makeup – For the little girl in all of us the new focus on fairy looks bring back memories of enchanted childhoods. Learn to create fairy designs with vivid eyeliners and eyeshadow colors.

Vampire Makeup – Vampires are back! The vampire craze is hot and you can go subtle or dramatic. It’s a look that will take your breath away. You can even combine it with Gothic style for a romantic version. The choice is yours.

Gothic Makeup Tips – This edgy style offers lots of creative opportunities. It’s daring and you can morph one design into a variety of looks. It takes smokey eyes to a whole new level. You can easily transform it into a vampire look in just seconds.

Face Painting Cheek Art – Yes, you can do face painting cheek art with makeup! You’ll learn simple face painting tips like what to use in place of glitter and how to make your body art last throughout the night.

Halloween Makeup – These are Halloween looks for adults. When you’re in a rush and have only a few minutes the best fantasy makeup tip is to focus on your eyes. Adapt your favorite designs for year round wear.

Fantasy Makeup Inspiration

Where do you draw inspiration when you want to create face art? Anywhere!

The best tip for creating stunning designs is to think vivid color. Color that makes people do a double take and glance twice. Look around you for incredible color combinations.

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Take clues from nature for colorful designs.

For instance, take the colors from a favorite butterfly photo and then adapt them to yourself. Yes, it’s bizarre and that’s why it looks so striking on the human face.

When the color is applied in a small free-form design it will naturally look more subtle. If you want drama use vivid or dark color and use more area for the design.

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Digital Cameras Capture The Fun

When you create looks you love remember to capture them with your iphone or digital camera. It makes it easier to refer back to. You can either recreate the same look or modify your designs. Plus, if you’re face painting with children then you are creating memories for a lifetime. Document your favorite designs with a digital camera for your own Makeup Notebook. Remember to note the colors you used, brushes, temporary tattoos and glitter eyeshadows. If you adapted an airbrush stencil then note which one worked the best.

Simple Steps for How to Use a Foundation Brush

Use a tapered foundation brush to paint the foundation onto your skin, starting from the center of your face and working outwards. Stipple and pat in the foundation afterwards to blend in any streaks. Beauty sponge: For a sheerer finish, use a beauty sponge with your cream foundation.

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Foundation Brush

If you haven’t used a foundation brush before, it’s important to know the basics so that your makeup can be applied easily and flawlessly.

Flat foundation brushes: Require a skilled hand to “paint” on product, otherwise you’ll be left with streaks or lines. My abilities with a flat brush extend only to using it to apply liquid foundation before then working it in with a buffing brush. However, I’ve seen pros wield this brush alone to apply and buff in foundation—practice (and great lighting) makes perfect.

Buffing brushes: Have densely-packed bristles cut at an even length, which enables you to buff the product into your skin. Buffing brushes can work powders, liquids, creams and gels into the skin for an airbrushed effect. They do all the hard work for you—just gently swirl the brush over your face and watch your makeup blend beautifully. For extra coverage, try tapping the brush on your skin to add more product—you may not even need concealer!

Fingers: Great for cream products, since your body heat warms the product to help it blend easily into your skin. Your fingers are also good for hard-to-reach spaces, such as around your nose. Dab the product in a diamond shape on your face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then use your index, middle and ring fingers to blend it into your skin, making small, circular motions.

Cream blushes:  Lashundra has some tips for this click blog http://www.leastonmua.blogspot.com… my brush of choice is a stippling brush. Stippling brushes give a super-light application, so you end up with a translucent glow rather than a blocky slick of colour on top of your foundation. My favourite type of stippling brush is duo-fibre (also called the ‘skunk brush’ due to its black and white appearance). Duo-fibre brushes are amazing at delivering sheer application, because they pick up a minimal amount of product.

Preparing the Face

Before you begin the foundation application process, prep your skin so the foundation has a smooth and healthy canvas to adhere to.

  1. Wash the face and gently pat dry with a towel until completely dry.
  2. Rub a lightweight moisturizer on to the skin (this is important even if you have oily skin) and let dry for several minutes.
  3. Apply a foundation primer to your skin. This can be done with your hands or with a small foundation brush. Apply an even coat to the entire face and let dry completely.
  4. If you need to add concealer to any problem areas or under the eyes, do so now. A small foundation brush, concealer brush or even an eye shadow brush make the ideal brushes for applying concealer. When applying concealer, always dab on and then blend.

Applying Foundation

Once your face has been prepped, it’s time to apply the foundation. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to follow these simple tips and create a smooth and even application.

  1. Pour a small amount of foundation (assuming you are using a liquid) onto the back of your hand.
  2. Pick up some foundation with the brush. If you prefer light coverage, dip only one side of the brush in the makeup. If you want fuller coverage, use both sides of the brush to pick up the makeup.
  3. Start applying the makeup in the center of the face so that you can blend outwards and avoid noticeable makeup lines.
  4. Use broad, downward strokes to sweep and blend the makeup onto the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin.
  5. Use the tapered edges of the brush to blend the makeup into those hard-to-reach areas, like the corners of the nose, hairline and around the eyes and mouth.
  6. Check for tiny makeup lines that are left behind after the foundation has set. If you see any of these lines, use a clean end of the foundation brush and lightly blend these areas with small, circular motions.

If you’re using a cream or powder foundation, simply run the brush over the product in its container and follow the above steps. Several companies now offer brushes designed specifically for use with cream foundation, such as the CoverFXversion available at Sephora. Its soft texture and short bristles allow for perfect application without streaking.

Caring for Your Foundation Brush

Once you know how to use a foundation brush, you’ll also want to take note of how to keep it clean. Cleaning all of your makeup brushes is imperative in order to keep them bacteria-free. Lingering bacteria not only poses the risk of causing acne breakouts, it also generally suggests that there is excess makeup building up on the brush.

Most high-end lines offer their own foundation brush cleaners, such as Clinique’s Brush Cleanser or the one from MAC Cosmetics. If you’re a frequent traveler, consider a handy spray, like the Japonesque Brush Cleaner found on Ulta. A great low-cost alternative to these products is plain and simple baby shampoo. Simply swirl the brush’s head through the shampoo and rinse. Pat dry.

Perfect Application

knowing how to properly apply foundation with a makeup brush, you can get the amount of coverage you want and flawless-looking skin. Practice the application steps until you’re comfortable, and your makeup will look professionally and beautifully applied every time.

How to Start Your Own Brand

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own brand of beauty products? Have no idea where to start? This list will help get you started on the path to your new business.
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1.  Concept

First you will have to decide what will set your brand apart from the rest. There’s always room for more beauty products on the market, but starting with a niche product can sometimes make things easier. Areas that are really hot right now include products for curly hair and all-natural products.

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2.  Branding

Next you will have to come up with a concept for your brand. If you’re handy with the computer, there are tons of resources out there that can help you with creating a logo,website and marketing materials. If you prefer, you can hire someone to help you with this also.

A great website that can help get you started on your own is weebly.com

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3.  Finding a Lab

All great beauty products first start in the lab. There are several labs in the US that specialize in developing beauty products. You can contact a representative to discuss your plan of action and what type of ingredients you want to be using in your product.

Once your beauty product has been developed, they will send you samples that you can test out and then make changes to if need be. In my experience, the lab doesn’t usually get it right the first time. Make sure to discuss with your representative what their policy is about how many times they will tweak the product for you. Below you find links to two reputable beauty development labs.

Concept Laboratories

Cosmetics Lab Inc.

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4.  Packaging

Picking out packaging is my favorite part of the process. There are manufacturers that specialize in beauty product packaging, or the lab that you are working with will probably have some packaging options for you also.

Packaging is an opportunity to really set yourself apart from the pack. Consumers are suckers for beautifully packaged products so don’t be afraid to invest a little money up front for something that looks nice. It will really pay off when it comes time to sell your beauty product.

Check out cosmopak.com for help with packaging.

5.  Distribution

Next you will have to decide where you want to sell your products and who your customer will be. Are you selling exclusively online? Will you be selling a boutique product that can only be found at exclusive stores? If you hope to see your products in a store window, you’ll want to find out who the beauty buyer is for each retailer that you hope to be featured in.

Beauty buyers can be jaded. They’re constantly being given new products to try and you really have to have something unique to get them to take notice.

6.  Marketing

Now that you have your product, it’s time to let the world know they exist! Create a facebook page and twitter handle for your new beauty product. Start reaching out to everyone you know and send free sample products to anyone you think might be able to get your brand in front of the right person.

Contact beauty bloggers and writers and send them packages of your product to try. Hopefully they’ll love it and blog about it to their readers.

If you work in a salon, ask your salon owner if you can keep some products at your station to sell to your clients.