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Makeup has a lot of substance to it, both in terms of use and how many complementary products it has to go along with it. Makeup lovers the world over are up to date on all the new trends and looks the icons love, and thus buying for them for Christmas can get a little pricey and a little confusing! Here’s some ideas that will often blow the competition out of the water because of their simplicity and usefulness.

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Something to Make Foundation Last Longer…

Squeezing out the last drop of foundation isn’t typically possible because of the packaging the formula comes in, and that means we get frustrated every time it comes to throwing a bottle away. But wait! Before you let the person you’re buying for chuck their bottle in the bin, tap your nose and tell them to hang on for it for a bit longer.

You can get makeup spatulas to scrape out the bottom of a bottle, and scoop out the gloop of foundation at the bottom which we know we should be able to use! This way, we can get a couple more days of use at least, and finally the £30 price tag makes sense.

Easier Ways to Keep Brushes Clean!

Everyone hates having to dunk their brushes in the solution, despite how productive it makes us feel, as it takes our much loved tool kit out of commission for a good while and they need to dry off. However, on the other hand, some people rarely remember to do it at all!

If you’re at a loss at what to get someone because everyone else has already bought the experimental palettes they’ve been wanting for a while, and another person has got them a dress to pair their new look with, turn to the technical. Often, the latter option outweighs the former, so getting someone a Make Up Brush Cleaner they can easily apply and acts as physical reminder to clean off the brushes won’t go unappreciated!

Blotting Materials That Keep Makeup Intact

Everyone who uses makeup knows this struggle: you want to get rid of the excess oils that leak out and ruin a look you’ve spent an hour plus perfecting, but blotting them away smudges everything up anyway! Well, here’s the trick for them!

You can get sponges that are made of the same stuff as beauty blenders, which is immediately a good sign. Blending everything in instead of isolating a patch and wiping everything away is what’s needed here after all. Snap up a couple packets of these and wrap them up as a good stocking filler, or pack them in with the rest of the present you’re planning to buy for your favorite person.

Christmas can be just as pleasurable as ever without any torn hairs! Makeup is confusing and so many products exist that do the same things, so think a little out of the box this year. Your effort always goes rewarded with ventures like these!

pssst! If you’re looking for great makeup to go along with these makeup gifties, check out LimeLight by Alcone

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Everyone seems to be looking for the same answers in the summer, and especially when it comes to looking sharp and stylish even though it feels like your makeup is going to melt off your face. When the days are long and bright, the sun is raging, but you still need to make it to the office in style, it’s time for a bit of brainstorming.

Here is a handful of the most genius advice I’ve come across on how to beat the heat and look good on the go – no matter how warm and tired you feel on the inside.

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Embrace a bare face

Your biggest enemy during long and warm days is heavy makeup. If you want to feel as fresh at the end of the day as you did in the morning, you should try to get used to wearing less of it in the summer – or nothing at all. Your skin will be able to breathe a bit easier, you can wipe signs of sweat off without smudging everything up, and might even be able to catch a bit of color on your way to work.

If you’re not used to starting your day like this, start by using your foundation as a concealer instead. Dab a bit under your eyes, at the wings of your nose, and wherever you feel it needs a bit of cover-up.

That way, you’re not sweating off the entire masterpiece before the day has even started, and you still get to look at bright and even skin when you face a mirror.

Keep in mind that your regular foundation probably has a bit of sunscreen in it that you need to substitute, so have a look at these non-greasy sun lotions for your face. Opt for a powder-based foundation, by the way, to absorb any excess oil if you’d like to use the same amount of makeup as you’re used to.

No more chapped lips

If you thought dried out and brittle lips are for the cold seasons, think again. People don’t seem to remember how much the air conditioning in an office is able to dry out everything – and your lips in particular. First of all, spend a bit of time on applying lip liner before lipstick when it’s hot outside; the warm weather is going to smear it all over the place, but a neutral lip liner will keep it where it should be.

Next, remember to apply something moisturizing on your lips first – or you risk drying them out completely. It’s a good idea to bring some of your favorite products with you to freshen up during the day, which I’m sure you’re already doing. Before you grab the usual bag, check out this selection to boost those summer vibes a bit.

Try to achieve that fresh feeling of freedom you have at the beach after a long day in the sun; with a golden face, relaxed happiness, and a casual style to stay cool. It is, of course, tricky to pull off that bikini in the office – and even illegal, come to think of it, but try to apply the same mindset to those extra hot days.

Go easy on yourself and remember that less is more, particularly when the weather can make you more beautiful naturally.

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When the mercury rises and the sun shines, most of us don’t want to feel like our skin is caked in makeup. In spring/summer, natural looks tend to be much more popular, but if you’re used to wearing a lot of makeup, it can be daunting to go au naturel. If you’re feeling brave, and you’d like to give the minimalist look a go, here are some tips to make baring all easy.

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Start with moisturizer

When you’ve cleansed your skin, apply moisturizer to nourish and hydrate your skin. If your skin is dry or flaky, your makeup won’t absorb properly, and you won’t get a smooth finish. Wait until your moisturizer has absorbed completely until you apply any other products.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

Use primer

Most makeup experts extol the virtues of primer, so if you don’t already use one, now is the time to start. Primer gives you an even base on which to apply concealer and foundation, and it can also help your makeup to stay in place for longer. Choose a primer that suits your skin type. You can buy products for dry, normal, sensitive, and oily skin, and you’ll find some recommendations here http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/10-best-primers-clinique-benefit-porefessional-smashbox.

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Choose your foundation carefully

There’s nothing more important than choosing the right shade and type of foundation when it comes to achieving a flawless natural look. If you’ve got a color that’s too light or dark, you’ll be able to tell that you’re wearing makeup straight away. The color of your foundation should blend with your natural complexion. Always test shades before you buy, and make sure you try the product out in natural light. Go for a shade that complements your skin tone. If you have cool skin, don’t buy a golden shade. Instead, go for something with pink or peach undertones. If you need advice on shopping for your skin type or tone, take a look at websites like beautyambition.com or ask a skincare expert or a beauty assistant for advice. Most people end up trying a whole host of products before you find their ideal match. In the summer months, when you tend to have a bit more color in your cheeks, it’s wise to go for a slightly darker shade than you would use in the winter. Layer the product, rather than applying a large amount in one go, as this makes it easier to blend.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette

Adding blush or bronze

Once you’ve finished applying your foundation, you can define your cheekbones and inject a little color by adding a sweep of bronzer or a flush of blush. Use a brush to apply bronzer to the areas that the sun would hit, for example, the end of the nose, the forehead, and the cheeks or add blush to the apples of the cheeks. Go for subtle shades rather than bold contouring.

Summer will be here before we know it, so are you ready to be daring and bare all with minimalist makeup? If you’re keen to give the natural look a go, hopefully, this guide will give you confidence, and help you recreate the look with minimal effort.

 

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Is there anything that’s rougher than trying to maintain a healthy, sleek look through the winter? (Other than the feeling of winter itself, of course. Sleet in your face and snow leaking through your favorite boots are not experiences that anyone wants to go through very often.) Winter is rough on your appearance – but luckily there are some ways that you can fight against it…

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Keep Hydrating

As we all know, the skin is an organ, which means that it’s made up of cells, which are, of course, mostly made up of water. The eight glasses of water each day thing that we’ve all read about countless times is largely a myth – but it is crucial that you keep drinking it in order to make your skin look bright and full. Drinking plenty of water also ensures that your hair keeps its full, glossy look all winter long. If you find that it looks thin or lifeless, talk to your doctor as you may have a vitamin deficiency or a problem with your thyroid.

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Protect Yourself From The Elements

If you want to keep your hair looking good through the winter as well as the summer, it’s time to invest in a hat. ‘What’s that?’ I hear you say. ‘Risk hat hair all winter? Is she crazy?’ Not crazy in the least, my friends. Rain, wind and cold temperatures can damage your hair by making it more brittle and easily breakable – particularly if you go outside with hair that’s still wet from the shower. (But of course that’s a whole other issue – do you want to use heat products on your hair every day?) Make sure that you cover your hair with a hat or a hood and protect your skin by pulling your scarf up over your face. Go for high quality skincare and hair-care products like the ones at NaturalHavenCo.com – they’ll be extra enriching and full of ingredients that are great for you. It’s important to find a brand and a formula that suits you.

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Change Your Makeup Routine

Orange foundation is probably the most appalling of all makeup sins, and it’s way too easy to make that mistake in the winter when you’re at your most pale and interesting. Go for a paler shade of foundation and concealer than you would in the winter, and make sure that you blend it in carefully to your neck and hairline. Beauty blenders can help with this, or a fat, soft foundation brush with short bristles. You might think that foundation brushes with longer bristles are the best – but the truth is that they don’t blend your foundation into your pores as well, and instead spread it over your skin like a paintbrush, which is not a good look. It may be winter but you can still go for a little gleam with blusher with a slight sparkle in it – try out NARS Orgasm for a traditionally excellent look that suits everyone – along with a little highlighter on the point of your face that the light hits, like your brow bone, your cheekbones, and the bow of your lips.

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We all make mistakes, don’t we? Even those of us who like to think we are perfect are, in reality, just better at hiding those mistakes. From the perfect house-spouse who hides a burn on their tablecloth beneath the salt to the singer who ad-libs when they forget a lyric. There’s no shame in it as long as you learn from it.

It’s worth remembering that when you have a beauty disaster. As you sit in front of your mirror, horrified at what you’ve just done, remember. Although you may need to spend the next few weeks wearing an increasingly elaborate range of hats, you’ll get through this. It may not feel like it, but you will. And you won’t make that mistake again.

Our mistakes usually come when we try to do something we have little experience in doing. Dyeing your hair a new color can result in it going an even newer one. Trying a new style of eye makeup can end up with you blind in one eye and looking like you applied it while blind in both. Keep these little errors in mind when you decide to strike out and be bold. They could save your sanity.

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Straightening Your Hair When It’s Not Fully Dry

Some people make the mistake of thinking “well, I’m applying heat, and heat dries hair. So I’m in a hurry, can I not just straighten it dry?”. The answer is no. If you hear a sizzle, stop. What you are doing is boiling the product – whether it’s chemical or just water – into the hair. It’s not a good idea.

If you’re not used to straighteners, why not try here for information on the best ones for beginners? You’ll pick up other tips on how best to use them.

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Overdoing The Foundation Before Applying Makeup

Not just foundation as in the specific product, by the way. A lot of makeup tutorials show people laying down a layer of blush before doing the rest. It’s called “warming up,” and it works well in small doses. It is, though, all too easy to do more of it than is needed. Once the whole face is done, it looks like you’ve just run a marathon.

People will be asking you all day long if you’re embarrassed, and by the end you will be.

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A Smoky Eye Is Seductive, But Smoke Can Be Harmful

If a room fills up with smoke, you can inhale so much it makes you very sick. If your smoky eye make-up has too much smoke, it has a similar effect. By going for too heavy a color to start with, you can end up looking like you’re going to a fancy dress party as a panda. Start small, with lighter shades. Then, if you need to build on it, you can.

Makeup tutorials are extremely useful. They are highly lucrative for those who do them well. But there are so many of them, and some tutors can make it look simpler than it is. It’s better to do too little of something than too much. At least then, you can layer.

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