Monday, February 9, 2009

It's Been Awhile, But I Have Fun Stuff To Share!!

I know it has been some time since I've posted anything. With the holidays and new year, my life is finally (yes a month *after* the holidays) starting to get back to normal.

My friend Emily, turned me on to this cosmetic store called "Ulta". I was looking for this perfect shade of purple nail polish. She told me she was looking at Ulta and I couldn't resist not going to see it for myself. Well now, a few months later, I am addicted to this store. I even have a membership card.

Over the past few weeks I have been reading a lot about makeup and how to apply certain elements, eye shadow, concealer. I know, seems very elementary right? Wrong! No one has ever taught me how to apply makeup. There are so many techniques and tools. So, after my extensive research, here are a few things that I've picked up that I can really say, this makes a difference:

1. Go Buy a Foundation Brush Today! I Mean RIGHT NOW!

This is what a foundation brush looks like, I bought one of these about a week ago after reading a article about apply foundation. I was able to get a foundation brush/concealer brush combo at Ulta for about $8.00.

The trick is to work from forehead to chin in a outward motion. Remember, that light hits your forehead, nose and chin, so work your way out. I squirt about a half of a pump on my hand and dab the brush in it, sort of smushing it.

This gives you great coverage but with a really natural look.

2. Pencil Eyeliner is the Bane of My Existence:

I hate the pencil eyeliners. I line and get this hard line then try to smudge it to soften. But then I end up with the majority of the eye liner half way up my eye lid because now it's smudged too much. Can you relate?

I decided to be adventurous one day and bought some wet/dry eye liner by Ulta (it's actually on sale right now for $8.00!) and of course a angled eye liner brush

I thought I might try it out wet but decided to try it dry first, what the heck! My days of drawing eyeliner on to my lid are over. I took just the edge of this brush and rubbed it in the brown and started to gently (this stuff is potent!) run the brush along where I usually lined. It wasn't a hard line and it didn't smudge! It gave depth to my eyelashes and I felt like it made my eye color pop.

I have been wearing it for about a week. If you don't believe me, come check my eyes out!

3. It's Like Magical Fairy Dust!

I've been a fan of a few products in the Bare Escencials line for years. Especially the BareMinerals Mineral Veil. I use this after I am finished with my foundation/concealer and lightly dust it on my face. I've never used it like they instruct (you know, buff it into your skin) Not only does it curb that mid afternoon shine, it minimizes pores BUT gives you a really beautiful glow.
Love Your Closet Makeup Artist!
Kristina :)