Makeup has definitely been a learning process for me throughout the years. Clumpy mascara, clown-like contouring, scary-man eyebrows… I’ve done it all. Through my own trial and error and watching my favorite beauty gurus, I’ve learned a thing or two. I’m still no expert, but I’m here today to share some beauty tips that I wish I’d known a long time ago.
1. Don’t Overdo it on the Eyebrows
I didn’t even start plucking and filling in my eyebrows until I was a freshman in college, and when I look back on photos, it’s obvious I was a novice. It’s so, so crucial to get a pencil and brow gel that are both lighter than your hair color to ensure that your brows don’t look like you drew them on with a Crayola. I love the Benefit Gimmie Brow in the lightest shade and the Maybelline Brow Satin pencil! This video by my favorite YouTuber, Bonnie Hoellein is a great resource for both brow newbies and experts!
2. Be Sure to Blot Excess Foundation
There’s nothing worse than having your foundation look flawless from a distance, and then when someone gets up close, they see clumps of flesh-colored goo on the sides of your nose and in the ridges of your forehead. This is such an easy fix. Simply take a piece of tissue after applying your foundation (preferably with a beauty blender!) and blot around your face and be sure to get the sides of your nose, right around your nostrils especially good!
3. Don’t Apply Cold Mascara
Cold mascara? What the heck does that even mean?? I’ve learned that mascara goes on so much better, and wayyy less clumpier if applied warm as opposed to just room temperature. How do you get it warm, you may ask? I usually stick mine in my armpit while I’m doing my brows and eye makeup. Sound gross? I promise, the tube is closed and plus, it’s not as if you’re leaving it there while you do a workout… Although, in many cases doing winged liner can feel like a workout, LOL. Don’t knock it till ya try it! I’ve found that since doing this, my mascara goes on 100000x better and I’ve had minimal clumping. My favorite mascara for the past several months has been the L’Oreal Telescopic!
4. Exfoliate Lips with Toothbrush
I’m not willing to pay for a Lush lip scrub, even though I hear they’re amazing, and I’m too lazy to do my own DIY lip scrub on the daily. I’ve found that using your toothbrush right after brushing to exfoliate your lips really helps get that dead skin off and prep them for lipstick. I’m not really a fan of wearing lipstick but I still think this is a crucial step in your daily routine to keep your lips from being flaky!
Have you tried any of these? What are some parts of your beauty routine that are musts? Let me know!