Beauty For Beginners Series: Beauty Life Hacks

I’ve just finished watching a great episode of Come Dine With me and I have to say, I’m addicted. My heart hurts when I have to write that this is the last feature of my Beauty For Beginners Series, and it has done so well over time. I really want to continue blogging daily and I will, maybe with a day or two off as I am busy studying for exams, I write my mid-year exams which kicks off on Monday but luckily I have great spaces in which I can balance my studies with my blog. Tomorrow I will be uploading my first vlog and it would mean so much to me if you subscribed in the mean time by clicking here xo.

Without any further delay, here it is, my final installment of Beauty For Beginners xo

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  1. You can use your foundation brush to pat on your under-eye concealer if yours does not have an applicator. I have a whole post about Beauty For Beginners Series: Brushes if you’re interested.
  2. If you thought your Beauty Blender was just for blending foundation, you couldn’t be more wrong. You can remove harsh contour lines and remove excess product.
  3. An angled blush brush can be used to contour your face, not just to apply blush.
  4. Messy lipstick edges? Grab your concealer brush to clean it up without ruining the rest of your make-up.
  5. Want your eye shadow to appear more smokey? Try running the shadow below your lash line for a smokey eye effect.
  6. If you need to hide your eyelash glue, try dipping a fanning brush in gel liner and applying it over the glue.
  7. Did you know that if you want a matte lip, you can use a normal lipstick? Simply place a tissue or tissue paper over your lips and apply pressed powder over the tissue. Voila, matte lipstick and it lasts all day!
  8. To appear more awake, use a white eye shadow in the inner corners of your eyes.
  9. To highlight the eye area, add highlighter below the brow bone and in the middle of the lid.
  10. If you want to make your eyes appear bigger, run a nude eye pencil on your lower lash line.
  11. Lipstick can double as a blush if you ever run out. Apply lipstick to your cheekbone and blend into the skin.
  12. To make your eye shadow pop simply cover your lid with white eye pencil before applying the eye shadow.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my series and thank you for everyone who has shown this series so much love. It really motivates me to put out more content on my blog when you get amazing feedback.

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Beauty For Beginners: Highlighting & Contouring

Hi everyone, today I am back with my third installment of Beauty For Beginners. This series was originally just created to help beginners starting out in the confusing world of make-up and I’m really proud to say that this series has done well for itself so far!

Firstly I’ll be defining highlighting and contouring:

Contouring: technique using shading to define and enhance certain facial features. You can do things from enhancing your cheekbones to slimming your nose and even slim down your face as a whole! Comes in either a liquid formula or a powder. I’d recommend powder for beginners because liquid can get very tricky sometimes. As I’ve said before, all up to preference. Some people like to use liquid because it gives them a seamless finish and doesn’t look like make-up.

Highlighting: Simply put, highlighting adds a shimmer effect to areas on the face so certain features appear more sculpted, which in turn makes the contour stand out. Areas known best for highlighting are under the brow, above the cheekbones, the cupids bow and the line of the nose.

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From right to left: my contour powder is actually a pressed powder from Edgars and a steal at R32,95! It’s in the shade Mahogany. Next we have the Beauty Treats LA Perfect face trio which comes with a highlighter, contour and blush which I purchased from Dis-Chem. I accidentally threw in my pressed powder on the left just to make the photo look full, whoops. I will have a full review on the Beauty Treats LA palette soon.

SKIN TONE: If you’re fair only use one shade darker than your skin tone to avoid the harsh colour showing. If you are like me and relatively tan then you go 2 shades darker and so on. Highlighters should be almost the same colour as your skin with just a hint of shimmer. Unless you want to look like Edward Cullen, avoid highlighters with glitter.

BRUSHES: As you all know my first installment was on brushes. I use the fanning brush to highlight and an angled contour brush to contour.

One thing to take into consideration is the shape of your face and I’ve left a chart description down below for the types of face shapes. You can determine which one is yours. Unfortunately, I’m only able to give the basics of contour and highlighting but there are tons of blogs with more in-depth articles if mine does not work for you.

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The steps below may sound a tad bit confusing but if you would like an in-depth tutorial I won’t mind putting one up on my YouTube channel. You can find my channel, just click here xo

Areas to contour would be the corners of the forehead and then the hollows of your cheek. If you can’t seem to pinpoint the hollows of your cheek, simply suck in your face as if you were making a “fishy face” and it should be more visible. Next, move on to the jaw bone to shape the face as a whole. Contouring your nose is optional, some people prefer to have a slimmer nose and that’s okay. If you feel like yours is fine you don’t have to worry about this step.

When highlighting the main areas to focus on are above and below the brow bone. If you contoured your nose you can highlight down the middle and on your cupids bow. Then above the cheekbones and you’re good to go!

I only have 1 more post for my series of Beauty For Beginners unless anyone has any requests which you can leave in the comments and I’ll be sure to help out. I’m really excited to announce that I have a VLOG coming on Thursday so you definitely want to head over to my channel and subscribe so that you’ll be notified when it goes up!

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Beauty For Beginners Series: Foundations & BB Creams

Hi everyone, so here I am with part 2 of my Beginners Series and today I’ll be discussing Foundations and BB Creams. I feel like there isn’t nearly enough posts and once again I’m not trying to say that I’m a pro, but I hope you’ll find my information useful.

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Pictured above are my holy grail foundation products and my all time fave, the BB cream.

From left to right: Garnier BB Cream in the shade Medium (light coverage), Yardley London Foundation in the shade Natural (Full coverage but lightweight) and Black Opal cosmetics foundation in the shade Honey (full coverage, heavy).

 

There are various aspects to foundation such as the right shade, the amount of coverage, the feel on your skin, how long it lasts and most importantly how well it works for you. It can be really daunting using foundations and if not applied properly, it may look cakey (a term used when too much product is visible on the skin) and not blended properly, so your neck doesn’t match your face, which can be really embarrassing. Last night I posted my introduction to brushes and in this case I would recommend a foundation brush and a Beauty Blender or sponge.

Foundation:

There are 2 types of foundations: liquid and powder. Liquid foundation has grown considerably over time and has developed into products such as BB cream, tinted moisturizers, CC creams and so much more. Simply put, the difference between liquid and powder foundations is that the one is in the form of a compressed powder and the other comes in a liquid or cream. The cream versions are products like mousse or paste. You can use either or both, I personally like liquid foundations and prefer to set with a pressed powder.

Finding The Right Shade:

Oh how I wish I had known this before I went out buying make-up for the first time. You can’t judge the colour of foundation by looking at the bottle, you need to test it out. I prefer asking a cosmetics consultant to help me when choosing a foundation due to the fact that it is free of charge and you may ask them for advice such as the coverage you need, which products would suit your skin best etc.

Your Skin Type:

This is extremely important when dealing with foundations and the reason I prefer to speak to a consultant. If you have oily skin, you don’t want to use a shiny, illuminating foundation because that will make your skin more shiny. If you have really dry skin, you don’t want to use a matte foundation because that will make your skin appear more dry and in turn dry out your skin. If you struggle with acne, you should look into a foundation that contains blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid.

Coverage:

Basically, coverage is how light or heavy your foundation is. The lighter your foundation, the less coverage it is likely to have for example a BB Cream. The heavier a foundation is, the more coverage it provides so for acne and skin problems you’d look for a foundation with excellent coverage whereas for everyday use and just brightening up the skin you’d use a lighter coverage. I prefer a medium coverage because I hate the feeling of product on my face especially for the whole day.  There are light, medium, and full coverage foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC Creams (light) foundations will provide a very light, natural look. Medium coverage will be slightly heavier to cover up blemishes and dark marks. Full coverage is usually thicker and hides basically everything. Foundations can also have different finishes like matte, illuminating, satin, and more. Matte finishes will finish without any shine. Illuminating provides a sort of shimmer effect that looks dewy. Satin provides a sheer finish for a healthy glow.

TIPS:

Prime your face with a primer, gel or moisturizer. This acts as a barrier between the skin and the foundation and gives the foundation something to hold on to.

Use a good brush, or your fingers to apply the foundation.

Blend well, I love using my Beauty Blender. More information can be found in my previous post.

Lastly: Set your foundation with either a setting spray or pressed powder.

Hope you enjoyed!

 

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Beauty For Beginners Series: Brushes

Hi everyone! I trust that you all had an amazing weekend, and that you’re excited for today’s post. Today I’m going to be starting a new series on my blog, Beauty For Beginners where I talk about my all time favourite holy grail products and what I think would be great things to use, especially if you’re starting out. I only started experimenting with make-up when I was in my senior year of high school, and 2 years later I’m not a pro, but I’ve learned a few great things along the way. Today’s topic is brushes and what I feel you should be starting out with, what the purposes of the brushes are and how you can use them to the best of your ability.

An important tip to note when it comes to brushes: Natural bristles work best with powder products and synthetic bristles work best with liquid or cream products.

The Foundation Brush:

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The foundation brush is used to smooth out liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application. Alternatively, it can also be used to pat on under-eye concealer. My favourite brush is from Cala Cosmetics and it’s the 303 brush, purchased from Dis-Chem. Really affordable but not a must-have. Some people prefer to put on foundation with their fingers, but in the end it’s really about what works for you.

The Beauty Blender:

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A beauty blender is a sponge which you use the sponge’s broad sides to smooth out product on your face. You can use the tip to reach creases around the nose and to pinpoint small areas. Alternatively you can apply cream blush, blend out harsh makeup lines, and remove excess product. I unfortunately do not own a real Beauty Blender although I wish I did, but I do own a similar sponge from Big Apple Cosmetics which I purchased a while back. You can also purchase sponges from Dis-Chem but I found their sponges extremely harsh on my skin.

Blush Brush/Angled Contour Brush:

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Truth be told, on the packaging of the image seen above it did say blush brush but it is actually an angled contour brush. It can however be used to apply blush. The slanted bristles make it easier to apply products perfectly to your cheekbones. Alternatively you can apply contour powder (two shades darker than your skin tone) below your cheekbones to emphasize your natural contours. This brush is from Pupa cosmetics

Concealer Brush:

I have unfortunately forgot to add my concealer brush to the mix, but basically a concealer brush is used to pinpoint specific areas that need extra coverage. Alternatively you can clean up messy edges when it comes to filling in your brows and lipstick. I purchased my concealer brush from Ralo Cosmetics.

Eye Shadow Brush:

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An eyeshadow brush is used to evenly apply powder and cream shadows. Dab on shadow under the lower lash line for a smokier eye. The eyeshadow brush pictured above is from Pupa Cosmetics. This is a great brush and I would definitely recommend it.

Blending Brush:

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This brush has changed my life in so many ways. Essence Cosmetics is a very underrated brand and their brushes are nothing short of amazing. The fluffy bristles diffuse eye shadow in the crease of your eye and give shadows a softer finish so that there are no harsh lines. This brush has the cutest doodles on it and comes in the colour lavender. What’s not to love?

Fan Brush:

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Use this to clean up fallen product or gently apply powders. Love using this to highlight on my cheekbone and give my face a glowy finish. This brush came free in the Cosmopolitan magazine and I have no issues with it, except that it was originally supposed to be a foundation brush but the bristles were way too thin and loose to apply foundation. It’s always important to note that you don’t HAVE to own every single brush there is, being a student I understand the struggle and make the best with what I have.

Powder Brush/All Over Brush:

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Simply put, this brush is used to apply powder to the skin for a smooth finish and also to clean up highlight, contour and blush. My powder brush isn’t the best, but does the job pretty well so I can’t complain.

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Stay tuned for a great week of tips for beginners!

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