For a long time I was STRICTLY against doing any kind of “don’ts” lists because I am all about not having rules because no rule really applies to everyone and I hate the idea of people worrying about “breaking a rule” and feeling less confident about their makeup skills as a result. Since then I’ve softened on that rule because many women have told me how helpful they can be.
Sometimes demonstrating a common mistake that is made can really be beneficial especially for women who are just starting out.
These are just ideas and suggestions, at the end of the day it’s most important that you feel confident and beautiful!
A. The Tweezing. Before you tweeze you must take the eyebrow OATH:
FIRST, DO NO HARM.
When you look back on yourself years from now I promise you will most likely regret the hairs you pulled, not the hairs you didn’t. I hear 5 times a day women telling me that they wish they hadn’t over plucked in high school because the hairs never grew back. Full brows are in style! So clean them up in the middle and grab the stray hairs if you like but other than that, I bet they look pretty great:)
B. The filling. Filling your brows can really be a fun way to frame your face (HERE is an in depth tutorial on how to do that) The products you use are important though. The quickest way to make your brows look like they are drawn on is to get a color that doesn’t match properly. Most of the time the brow products available are too warm . The hair on our face is usually much cooler than the hair on our heads. So be sure to find a color that reflects that. I also use a angled brush and shadow( I use magical MAC Brun on pretty much everyone) in short brush strokes rather than a pencil. It’s sooo easy for a pencil to go on too harsh and angled, shadow does take longer but I think its definitely worth it, especially for beginners.
2. Foundation. I’m partial, of course, to IIID foundation and I think it’s PERFECT for teens because it looks so natural and let’s their skin shine through. But if they choose traditional foundation there are two things that stand out to me the most:
A. Always err on the side of less is more. Don’t feel like you need heavy coverage on your whole face because of a breakout or a couple of blemishes. You can cover that with concealer and then use a little tinted moisture in addition to that and it might be just right! Your skin is beautiful so you want to let as much of it show as possible!
B. Make sure your foundation matches well. Meaning you don’t want your face to be a different color than your neck and chest. If you are looking to get a little more color instead of using a darker foundation try using bronzer – dusting some on your cheeks and forehead.
I always recommend starting out with glosses or sheer lip colors for two reason, one they look more natural & two they are easy to apply. You don’t have to worry about applying it perfectly or that it might be getting on your teeth or you’re eating it off with your lunch. Baby lips are so inexpensive and so cute! Once you get really comfortable with those it will be easier to transition into whatever lip colors you want!
Start simple. For your eye shadow This tutorial on the EASIEST and possibly prettiest eye shadow technique is a perfect place to begin. I also love to use eye shadow instead of eyeliner as well because it is soft and you don’t have to do it perfectly. I demonstrate that HERE.
5. Have fun!
Don’t take makeup too seriously! Experiment with it and have fun, if you don’t like how it looks the good news is it washes right off.
Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!! I’l headed to North Carolina Charlotte/Raleigh with my boys so if you have any suggestions for things to do/places to eat while I’m there please share!!