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How to Apply Matte Eyeshadow

Matte eyeshadows are popular because they are often more forgiving than shimmers when it comes to emphasis of lid texture and lines, while they're a classic way to add definition and depth to any eyeshadow look.  Previously, I published my tips on working with shimmery eyeshadows, and now, I'm sharing my tips on how to apply matte eyeshadows. For general tips on eyeshadow application, check out this guide.  If you need help with blending, this post should help. If you're looking to learn more about applying liquid eyeshadow or cream eyeshadow, well, that's covered, too. ☺ What to Know Before Continue Reading…

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How to Apply Lipstick on Dry Lips

Drier lips need a little extra attention--TLC, if you will--and prep to get the best lipstick application.  Lipstick simply goes on more smoothly and sits better on hydrated, more supple lips.  In order to apply lipstick to dry lips, the key is proper preparation and ongoing maintenance of your lips to keep them from getting painfully dry, and it is followed by choosing more hydrating formulations that sit better on drier lips. Proper Prep is Key! Good prep always helps, but if you have drier lips that suffer from flakiness or feel cracked, proper preparation will go a long way Continue Reading…

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Makeup Troubleshooting: My Eyeshadow is Too Powdery!

Powdery eyeshadows are the type that have a lot of excess product that gets kicked up in the pan whenever you go to use it.  They'll often look messier when housed in a palette, so you may feel like you have to wipe away excess to avoid colors mixing.  Sometimes, this powderiness results in eyeshadows that sheer out when applied (but not when you want them to!), fallout, and fading faster than normal. Here are some examples of more soft, more powdery formulations that I've tried: Anastasia Eyeshadows (particularly mattes, less so with shimmers), LORAC Eyeshadows (particularly the Pro palettes), Continue Reading…

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Makeup Troubleshooting: My Eyeshadow is Too Hard or Too Stiff!

Firmer eyeshadow formulas are pressed more firmly into the pan, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, but firmer eyeshadows require some modification of techniques and tools in order to get the most pigmentation and blendability out of them. One upside is that firmer formulas tend to work best for building up coverage and often don't suffer from fallout.  Below, you'll find my best tips and tricks to get the most out of your firmer/stiffer formulas for better results! Here are some examples of firmer, denser, and/or stiffer formulations that I've tried:  Make Up For Ever Artist Continue Reading…

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How to Apply Cream Highlighters

It's well-worth learning how to apply cream highlighters for a dewy, luminous finish that gives a lit-from-within glow!  This guide will help you learn how to work cream highlighters into your routine, when and where to apply them, and how to master the art of application. There can be a bit of a learning curve, especially if you're trying to get a more intense effect or if you tend to wear a lot of matte foundation or heavier coverage base products.  Liquid highlighters share a similar application method as cream highlighters, but I've separated the two as they can be Continue Reading…

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