Preventing Make Up Melt Down!

  • The heavier the moisturizer the easier make up can slip off, try a lighter formulated moisturizer during the summer.
  • Look for long wearing foundations and don’t forget to use primer!
  • Let your moisturizer set for 2 to 3 minutes to fully absorb, then apply the primer and allow it to set for at least a minute, and then apply your foundation.
  • A common mistake is applying your make up in a rush!
  • Use long wearing powder or cream blush and eyeshadow.
  • Avoid moisturizer on you upper eyelid or blot your lid a few times before applying primer. Oil can settle in the fold of the lid.
  • If using gel or liquid liner, use a powder shadow in the same shade over the liner to set it.
  • Use mascara that is either waterproof, tube mascara (ex. Blinc), or set with a water resistant top coat (ex. Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara).

  • Line your lips, then apply your balm, lipstick, or gloss.
  • Try a lip stain or long wearing lip color.
  • Prevent feathering around your mouth by applying concealer or clear lip liner around the edge of your lips.

  • Set with very fine loose face powder (ex. Make Up Forever HD) then set your entire face with make up setting spray (ex. Urban Decay All Nighter).

Refreshing Tips: Put these in the Fridge or Freezer then Use to Soothe!

Foil – use on face to reduce puffiness and redness

Spoon – lay over eyes to depuff

Cucumber slices – drape over eyes

Eye Drops – I always keep my eye drops in the fridge it really makes the drops feel great when my eyes are irritated

Eye Cream 


Wet Wash Cloth

Wet Herbal Tea Bag – such as chamomile rub on face or drape over eyes


Make Up Tips To Keep You From Looking Older!

Avoid using powdered makeup anywhere you have wrinkles it settles into the lines emphasizing them.

A hair oil or shine serum used with a very light hand makes your hair seem more youthful.

Drawing eyeliner so that it creates a slight wing up and out past the end of the lid aka cat eyeliner. Make sure to soften it by getting the liner between your lashes and stippling instead of drawing a heavy line, you’ll achieve a subtler more natural effect.


Don’t wear a nude lip when you want to look younger try a rose or berry shade instead to make your lips look softer.

Avoid making a sharp demarcation line from a lip pencil.

Square tips with rounded edges also called squoval make your hands look more youthful. Avoid square, coffin, ballerina, stiletto, almond, mountain peak, or talon nail shapes. Rounder nails soften the appearance of your hand.


Fill in your eyebrows using a brow gel, mousse, or powder. Make sure not to use pencil the friction from using the pencil can damage the hairs.

Apply a lighter shade, a touch of gloss, or highlighter to the center only of your bottom lip after applying your lip color. Slight blend into the bottom lip so it is subtle.


DIY – Contouring, Blush Placement, Braiding, & Lash Application!






Great Celebrity Make Up Artist’s Tips!

Favorite Cream Foundations and Tips on How to Apply Them!

Photo: Alex Beauchesne

Cream foundation is more versatile than you think!


 «»To get the best out of any foundation product, skin needs to be perfectly prepped. Always moisturize the skin with (optional: a brightening serum) moisturizer. Then lightly apply a layer of primer.«»


You can wear cream foundation as is for opaque, full coverage, or translucent.  Mix it with it with some primer to make it translucent. This is a foolproof way to retain the foundation’s coverage without looking caked on.  It helps the makeup blend seamlessly with the first layer of primer that you have already applied.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation

Japonesque Luminous Foundation


For dry or combination skin types, use your foundation brush and buff the foundation onto the skin, concentrating on the center of your face, which is typically where your skin has the most discoloration. The further you get from the center, the less coverage you want.


Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

For a natural, healthy-looking flush to the cheeks, I like to apply color directly to the apples of the cheeks with cream blush after the cream foundation has been applied and before powder is dusted over the skin.

When I want cheeks to look more defined and polished, I will sweep a powder blush along the cheekbones after the cream foundation has been set with powder.

For that ‘no-make up look’ where the skin looks radiant, apply cream blush sparingly to cheeks. Blend blush to a fresh finish. Cream foundation is then layered over blush.

Shiseido The Makeup Stick Foundation

Shiseido Advanced Hydro-Liquid SPF 15

Remember with cream foundation less is more!

A little bit goes along way!!!

Dot a small amount of foundation onto face and blend.

Maybelline® Dream Matte® Mousse Foundation

Inglot AMC Cream Foundation

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick


Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Ageing Foundation

You can use a liquid foundation, first, to create a smooth, even and radiant canvas and then blend a little amount of cream foundation on to the cheeks and forehead to give skin more coverage. Making your skin look super-polished and never cakey or heavily made up.


Having Problems Mastering Liquid Liner? Here’s a Tip That May Help: Girls in the Beauty Department:

Having Problems Mastering Liquid Liner? Here’s a Tip That May Help: Girls in the Beauty Department:




Make Up Trick: What to do with all those business cards laying around!

Here is an eye makeup trick that I picked up over the years.

Use business cards to keep your mascara from getting on your skin when applying by holding a business card against your skin.

This works above and below your eye for both your top and bottom lashes. The cards are just the perfect size.



Foundation Mistakes…

Reblogged From Tres Savage by JakeCheck out his Blog!

Foundation – or more, the entire art of perfecting your skin is the most important part of the whole process of applying makeup. Today we’re going back to the basics and talking about the 3 biggest mistakes to avoid when applying your foundation. Let’s face it – throwing on some lipstick or mascara isn’t really rocket science…but making your skin look both natural and flawless, well – that’s another story. Here’s what you shouldn’t be doing!

1. You’re not using primer underneath your foundation.

   OK, so welcome to the blogosphere – you’re obviously new around here because I feel like we talk about these all the time! Most people look 110% better with a primer – no seriously, they do! Most primers  are silicone-based…and silicone is larger than the pore so it’s almost like it creates a “second skin” that helps your makeup to go on smoother and last longer (since the makeup isn’t traveling into the pore). Not to mention the fact that a lot of companies are now adding skinvigorating ingredients into their primers to help delay the signs of aging, combat acne – whatever!

Korres – Pomegranate Mattifying Face Primer


Korres – Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing Primer


MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Microperfecting Primer

MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD Microperfecting Primer

Silicone based

2. You’re applying your foundation with your fingers or a sponge.

   I’m sure most of you are longtime finger users – that’s all  about to change though! The reason foundation brushes (check out my favorite foundation brush here) are so superior is because they blend your foundation effortlessly and use much less product. This obviously leads to a smoother, more natural finish – and a lot less money down the drain! The biggest issue with sponges is that they tend to only be good for stippling product into areas for extra coverage; they have a lot of issues with blending out those tight edges – not to mention the fact that blending can take forever with a sponge! Finally, to finish this up, the reason you don’t want to use your hands is because all too often the heat from your hands causes your foundation to oxidize and change color (not to mention the amount of product wasted when you slather it on with your hands) – that being said, are you going to break your bad hand habit?

3. You’re applying concealer under and not over your foundation

   This one doesn’t make sense to me – you’re putting concealer on the areas you’re most concerned with then going over the whole face once again with foundation…don’t you think that’s a little bit pointless? When you apply your foundation over your concealer you’re adding extra layers of coverage where it might not be needed – which means a heavier, less natural finished look. The key to perfecting the art of foundation is to apply a light layer of foundation first (remember, if you need more coverage you can always mix your concealer and foundation) and then to follow-up with concealer on the areas that need it most.

Check another related post by CT Esthetic:

Skin Primer the true skin base


Diagram on How to Apply Make Up to Compliment your Eye Shape!

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