Make up

tips by lexie langan

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Use the Right Tools

Buying even the most expensive cosmetics is a waste of money if you don’t have the right tools to apply them. Some brushes can be used for a variety of tasks, but if you don’t have a few basics like a finishing brush, an eyelash curler, a brow comb and an eyeshadow applicator you’ll never be able to perfect your look.

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Tightline for Natural Eyes

Tightlining is an eye lining technique you may hear often but not understand. If you like a natural look for daytime, tightlining can give you fuller looking lashes while adding definition to your eyes. This technique is best suited for pencil or gel eyeliner (not liquid), and can be done quickly to give you a put-together make up look in a snap.

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Dust for Lasting Lips

The secret to long-lasting lipstick isn’t the brand you use or how you apply it. By dusting on a bit of translucent powder after your first application, you can significantly increase your favorite lip color’s lasting power. Just apply your first coat as normal, separate the tissue paper, and place one half over your lips. Next, lightly dab on some translucent powder, then apply a second coat of lipstick if needed.

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Primer for Lasting Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow primers are an important first step in your eyeshadow application to keep your favorite hue from creasing and fading. But what exactly does primer do and why do you need it? To put it simply, a good primer will control oil issues throughout the day while adding a nice “grip” to your lids. Just apply a light dab to each eye and your eyeshadow will look better than ever.

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Repair Clumpy Mascara

Although I don’t condone hanging onto old mascara that could potentially contain harmful bacteria, I DO recommend that you spruce up mascara that’s become clumpy from either being in cold temperatures or left open slightly too long. So instead of fighting with messy glops, just pour yourself a glass of warm water, place your mascara in there for one minute and … tada! You’re back in business with smooth application.

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Exfoliate for Even Lipstick Application

Your lips a sensitive subject … in more ways than one. Have you ever noticed about a half hour after you apply your favorite lip color you end up with little flecks of waxy looking residue? This is a combination of dried skin and lipstick pigment coming together to ruin your fab looking pout. To avoid this unsightly mess, lightly exfoliate your lips using a gentle scrub made of honey, brown sugar and olive oil and keep your lips flake free.