My absolute favorite thing about make up is how universal and inclusive it is. Whether you do magazine editorial looks or just a quick swipe of mascara on your way out the door to work, you are a part of a large community. When I first got into make up years ago, I was amazed at all of the information online available to me as a beginner. I thought I would do a quick post all about the small tricks that have made the biggest difference in my routine. Let’s get started!
Highlighting Your Brow Bone
Brows are one of the most important face framing features, and they can really make or break the cohesiveness of a look. I have pretty thick brows naturally so I never spend too much time on them, just some powder to fill in the sparse spots and some gel to set them. I always found myself underwhelmed, even when I felt I had them perfectly shaped and filled in, until I discovered the brow bone highlight. I always skipped it because I never though just a tiny touch of a light color would do much difference, but I was so wrong.
Putting even the slightest bit of highlight under the highest point of my arch just pulls everything up on my face. My favorite product to use is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow in Vanilla, because it is very light and has a satin finish, so it looks natural and subtle on the face. If I really want my brows to pop, I will add a bit of whatever face highlight I am using to the arch to pull everything together.
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Don’t Forget Your Lower Lash Line!
I used to spend so much time crafting the perfect eye shadow look, only to be disappointed when I finished all of my make up. My eyes are on the smaller side and I always wear under eye concealer, and this combo can make everything look off if I only apply shadow to my top lid. I always thought that lower lash line eyeshadow was reserved for super intense smokey eyes, so I always skipped it. When I started smudging just a touch of liner and shadow underneath my eyes (and making sure it connected at the outer corners to my top lid shadow) all of my eye looks suddenly came together. If your eye looks have been looking just a but lackluster, try smudging some of your favorite eye liner on the lower lash line followed by a lighter matte eye shadow.
I love using matte shades underneath, and I usually find myself reaching for my LORAC PRO Matte Palette because of it’s perfect balance of cool and warm shades. Recently I have been adding a touch of the Lower Lash Mascara from Pixi Beauty and they has improved it one step more!
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Curling Your Lashes
Another one of my favorite small eye tricks is curling my lashes. I have very short, straight lashes that don’t do too much even when I add mascara. I was so disappointed with every mascara, but everyone else was always saying they couldn’t leave the house without it! After reading a Bobbi Brown book all about eyes, I decided to give the scary looking eyelash curler a try. I was instantly impressed and haven’t been able to go back to just mascara. I use the Shu Uemura curler (the Ferrari of curlers according to the internet) and it truly is a routine changing tool. I hold it on each lash for about 10 seconds, then immediately follow with a curling mascara. The difference it makes is amazing, it really opens up my small eyes and pulls everything together.
If the larger eyelash curlers seem a bit intimidating, try the Half Lash curler from MAC, which I love using to make my eyes appear elongated for cat eye looks!
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Press In Your Primer
Those of us with large pores know the struggle of trying to hide them, and it was only when someone pointed out to me that pore filling primers are not to be rubbed in that I saw the light. I was using all the cult classic primers with no luck, and was feeling very discouraged, until I simply tried patting them in instead. It seems so simple, but it makes such a huge difference. I like to warm up just a tiny bit of product between my fingers, then slowly press the product into the area where my pores appear larger. Not only are they instantly erased, they product lasts through me apply foundation over top. Because I’m not piling it on, it also saves me a lot of product and it never pills up underneath foundation.
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Last but not least; the multi purpose spray! We have all heard about setting spray, and I could write a whole post about how useful it is, but I feel like multi-talent sprays are sometimes overlooked. Everyone talks about MAC Fix+, but I don’t think people are aware of just how useful products like this can be. I have oily skin so I tend to pack on the powder, and sometimes I end up looking cakey and powdery. A couple spritzes of my MAC Fix+ or Catrice spray just melt every layer of make up together to create a more natural, skin-like finish. These sprays don’t make your make up last longer, but they really make it look flawless.
These can also be used as primer sprays to prep the skin for foundation, or as a mixing medium to enhance the metallic look of eyeshadows and highlights. While the MAC spray is a classic, there are plenty of more affordable options on the market, and if you want to add that extra something to your looks, I suggest trying one out!
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I am always looking for more tips and tricks, so please share your favorite game changers in the comments!