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Don’t Smear It, Brush It

Smearing on foundation with your hands can make your skin break out and even give it an uneven appearance and using a sponge pad absorbs most of your foundation before it even comes into contact with the skin, which is just a waste of make-up.

So what’s the trick to flawless looking skin?

A foundation brush does the trick! I like to dab a little foundation onto my outer hand, coat the brush and use upward strokes on my face to brush on a little bit of make-up at a time. This makes it easier to blend onto the skin for a flawless finish.

For those of you who are curious about this beauty trick, start with a less expensive brush to see the results. I would recommend trying the Revlon foundation brush found at Ulta.com.

Photo found via runningwithheels.com

Perfectly Smokey

Smokey eyes have been a huge trend setting style for so long and if they ever go out of style, one thing’s for sure, I will still be walking around with mysteriously, sexy smokey eyes.

The trick to remember for perfectly smokey eyes is to blend a nice mix of light and dark colors on the eyes. Of course there is the traditional blend of gray and black colors, but don’t be afraid to mix other colors like peach and gold for more of a daytime look. Just keep in mind to always use the lighter color for the base of the lid and the darker color on top.

The Traditional Smokey Eye:

1. Prep the lid. To keep the lid oil-free, without having your make-up from making a mess and melting into your eyelid crease apply a eyeshadow base with either primer or concealer.

2. Applying light eyeshadows. Apply a little light shadow to the entire eye from the eyebrow to the lashes. I prefer to use a pearl or white shade. Then apply a light gray to the lid of the eye, making sure you blend the two colors together with a eyeshadow brush.

3. Apply eyeliner. Apply black liner to the upper lash line to your liking, either using liquid or a pencil eyeliner.

4. Bottom lashes. Use a black eyeliner pencil to the bottom lashes and run your finger over to smudge the line. Also, I prefer to blend a little bit of gray shadow to the smudge line and a pearl or white shadow directly on the corner of the eye that is closest to the nose.

5. The crease of the eye. Smudge on black eyeliner in the crease of the eye and blend in black eyeshadow. Also, blend in a little more light gray shadow with the black shadow. It looks too intense at first, but remember, just keep blending! It’s best to smudge the intense black liner and shadow with a Q-tip.

6. Mascara. Coat the upper and bottom lashes with several coats of black mascara for thick and long lashes.

7. Under the eye. Make sure to apply some concealer under your eyes to make sure there are no specs of sparkly eyeshadows.

Photo found via frantasticmakeup.com.

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