Makeup Tips That I Swear By

17 March 2015

It's taken quite a bit of time, 22 years of my life in fact, but I finally have down pat quite a few makeup tips for looking fab. I didn't come by them all myself of course, I have friendly advice and pinterest to thank for that.

I don't want you to spend your life searching for all the answers. When I can just hand them to you right here and now.

Blend Blend Blend Your Foundation. Use a brush, use your fingers, use a sponge. Your fingers will provide perfect coverage for foundation, but the oils from your hands with make your makeup not last as long. Your sponge with probably absorb some of the makeup and won't give you as thick of a coverage. Brushes can be a bit streaky, but you can use a larger one to "stipple" your foundation, which is basically lots of little circular motions to really blend that foundation in and give you a flawless finish.

Embrace the magic of contouring. Bronze, Highlight and Blush. There are some basic all around face guides to follow, but for specific areas that you want to work on you might need to do a little searching or ask a professional makeup artist. They can map out a contour guide perfect for your face shape.

Eyebrows are super important. Obviously. If they're so pale you can barely see them, go to an expert, get them plucked, get them dyed. You will immediately notice the difference, and it will be a good one. Find a style you're happy with, whether it's pencils, eyebrow mascara wands, or powder. Follow tutorials, and own it. Don't overdo it. Or do.

You don't want blobby mascara. Dab your mascara wand on a tissue before every application for flawless lashes.

Longlasting lippy.
When you foundation your face, include your lips. Powder your lips, not too much. Apply the lipstick (pencil first if you like) blot with a tissue. Apply lippy again. Tada.

Learn to line your upper waterline. It feels funny and it makes your eye twitch when you start. But when you can do it, it's a heck of a lot easier than lining your eyelid. It gives a different and more subtle look, but if you still can't draw the perfect cat eye, I would give this a shot.

Exfoliate & Moisturise. I use a scrub at least twice a week. My nose peels constantly and it's hard to get on top of it. I moisturise in the morning, one with an SPF+ (very important) and before I go to bed. My skin is pretty dry, so look for a moisturiser that matches your skin type. You shouldn't have to worry about making your skin oilier.

Learn a great eyeshadow trick and adapt it to a lot of different shades and colours. This one is my new favourite, it's super simple, and you can mix it up with different colours and using shadows instead of a pencil as well.

Have a signature scent. I have a lot of perfumes, but I wear my Marc Jacobs Daisy one on the daily. Of course don't be afraid to mix it up! Spray your wrists, neck, your chest, and one puff to your hair.

Learn what order to apply your makeup. Everything works a lot better if it's applied in what is generally accepted as the "correct" order. Moisturiser. Primer. Foundation. Concealer. Bronzer. Highlight. Blush. Powder. (You can powder before or after contouring, but I use it after to help with the blending.)

Keep Learning! Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas and good advice. So are your friends. I've learnt new tricks watching my gal pals get ready for a night out.

On that note, to continue learning. Please tell me your very own beauty tip so I can add it to my personal repertoire!

Cya! xx

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  1. Great post! I would LOVE some product recommendations! Foundation, concealer, and your favorite pen to line your upper lash line! (It always freaks me out when I see people do this, but at the same time I've always wanted to try.) // US Lifestyle Blog

  2. Thanks for your tips, They're great !

  3. Thanks for the awesome tips - didn't know the longer lasting lipstick tip! :)

    Gabby xo

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  4. This is a super helpful post!
    That trick with the eyesshadow blew my mind, I've always struggled with getting the perfect "dark" shape... I never thought of applying that first and the light color on top! Go figure ha...

    C O C O N I C O L E

    1. Right! I gave it a go, and was like wow I can do makeup haha. x

  5. Love your tips! Totally agree with them all! I only just started linking my top waterline/feathering the liner through my top lashes and it's such a subtle but worthy difference.

    1. It's good once you stop twitching whilst lining! haha x

  6. I have accumulated pretty much the same tips so they must be right! Great post :) xx

  7. Some important tips, some I forgot hehe but the ones I do do (mascara, lip blotting and eyebrows) I swear by! That eye shadow trick is just lovely. Will be giving that a go :) Thanks for sharing x

  8. These are all such great tips! Some of them I already know, but it was great to learn something new!

    Bridget xx

  9. Girl I love your blog!! You seem so awesome and I love the things you post about! I can't wait to read more!!!

    Keely // Life, Love, and Exploration

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  11. That was so useful, thankyou!!


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