Makeup Bag Must Haves

 Clarins instant light lip oil: Comes in 3 different scents, our favorite is raspberry. It’s a gel formula that isn’t sticky, and is the best way to hydrate your lips on the go. It has a huge doe foot applicator that hugs the lips. You can wear it alone for a sheer tint of color or over something like a liquid lip-pie that has been drying your lips out all day. It’s hard to say what we like better about this product, the feel, or the smell, but it has a permanent spot in our makeup bags. $26

MAC Care blend pressed powder: This powder is SO BEAUTIFUL. How can something as basic as a beige colored powder make our hearts skip a beat? Because this powder has a creamy texture, photographs like skin, doesn’t feel heavy, and gives you coverage. It’s the furthest thing from basic. This is a must have for the girl next door and the pro MUA.  Use the satiny sponge to touch up an oily t zone throughout the day, or a brush to sheer out the coverage. They are not only amazing for setting liquid foundation, but are also great to add warmth to the skin. This powder is jet milled so many times that the grains are so fine, making it not look powdery at all. $27


NARS soft matte complete concealer: This is a full coverage concealer. I repeat. This s a FULL coverage concealer. Its creamy in texture, but not sticky, tacky, or heavy. It’s so easy to sheer out, and it stays put on areas like a pesky blemish. Typically, we run for the hills if something claims to be full coverage and matte, because those things can translate to look very makeupy. Not this guy. It looks so seamless, and way more natural then some sheer concealers on the market today. This is PERFECT as an eyeshadow primer as well. It is relatively new product but has wowed us EVERYTIME we use it, which is why we take it with us everywhere we go. $30


Mascara benefit they’re real!: One of the best things about this mascara is the applicator. Its plastic with flexible little spikes that help grab each lash, and coat them root to tip. Wands like this help define each lash without clumping or flaking. Your search is ova this is the mascara you’ve been searching for.$24

Dior universal brow style: There are thousands of brow products on the market today, in our crazy brow obsessed world. We feel that one is all you need. It comes in two colors. One that’s great for blondes and redheads and a darker shade for brunettes. We love that this takes the guesswork out of finding your shade. Both colors have an ashier undertone, which makes them look natural when applied. BONUS! On the end of this pencil there is a brown comb, to tame and manage those brows. $29

MAC warm soul blush: This blush is everything. It’s a warm, peachy bronze mineralize blush. Mineralize blushes from MAC are baked in an oven when they are made, which makes the product go on very soft. This is great for anyone who is a little heavy handed. It has this bronzy shine, which won’t make you sparkle or glittery, but it will give you a dewy j lo kinda look. Who doesn’t want that amirght? This lives in our makeup bags because you can use this as a blush OR bronzer. It also makes a stunning eyeshadow for an all over warm look. Yay for multipurpose products. This is a great blush to put in your kit if you are a makeup artist because it flatters SO many skin tones, and gives a great natural glow. One of our favorite things about warm soul is that it goes with almost any lip color or eyeshadow look! $28


Makeup forever hd foundation stick: Chances are if you are a makeup junkie like us, you have tried this foundation. If you haven’t, GET IT NOW. Run. This is seriously a game changer. Hands down the best foundation on the market right now. And we say this because ANY skin type can use it, it comes in a wide shade variety, it’s fool proof to use, and it travels well. It’s a medium to full coverage cream stick foundation with a natural almost satin finish. We both have done some pretty cringe worthy things like… not moisturizing, slapping our foundation on in the car…I won’t get into the rest. But seriously even when we were super lazy about it our skin still looked flawless. This foundation ALWAYS works, even when our skin is a hot mess. But wait it gets better… it took us almost 6 months to finish the container. A little goes a LONG way with this. If you are in the market for an easy to use foundation that looks natural and still has coverage this is it people. This. $43

Makeup forever ink liner: Ok so get ready. We have asked all our friends, clients, coworkers… what do you want most out of your makeup. And ALL of them said “I want an eyeliner that doesn’t smudge.” Well my friends, here it is. This liner WILL NOT MOVE. If you have a smaller eye, a hooded eye, an oily eyelid, or just haven’t found “the one” yet. Look no further. After wearing most liners for a few hours most people get that weird semi-circle imprint in your crease because oil from your eye broke down the eyeliner. This will NEVER happen with makeup forever’s ink liner. It laughs in the face of oil. This is the blackest of the black and… doesn’t dry out! It is a liquid liner with a triangle shaped felt applicator that you dip into the well before using. It’s my secret weapon for hiding the lash band on clients wearing false lashes because it dries with a matte finish. Also, if you have blonde eyelashes like us it gets that awkward space most eyeliners can’t get to right at the root of the lash. The shape of the applicator makes winging your liner a piece of cake. $23

The beauty crop pbj smoothie stick: These twist up lip pencils are totes adsorbs. We love that this brand is cruelty free! These pencils taste and smell amazing. They glide on so easy, leaving your lips moisturized with a natural finish and pop of color. What makes this lip pencil a must have is the convenience factor. You don’t have to worry about a sharpener, or a liner. Its s easy, and the colors are all so flattering. This is something we both wear daily, and the low-price point is a bonus! $14.95

No matter what your skill level is these would be a great addition to your makeup bag. Please comment, like or subscribe and let us know if you are a fan of these as well!

Winged Eyeliner Tutorial


The first thing you need to decide when creating your winged liner is what product you feel most comfortable using. Liquid, Gel, pencil or powder. The easiest to use would defiantly be a powder paired with an angled brush. This is best if you are looking to achieve a very natural wing. It’s the easiest because the brush shape creates the angle for you. This method gives you a soft sultry effect. The benefit of this method is that you can use any eye shadow you have at home.

Flip the brush so that the bigger side is closest to your eye. I pressed it against my skin and stamped it down.

I loaded my brush again and flipped the brush working the shadow inward along my lash line. Important to note, I did not close my eye. This is something that most people do when trying to do their liner, however when you close your eye, you’re not only limiting your vision but you’re not getting the right idea of where your wing end.

Gel. This method can intimidate most, however…you’re only a makeup wipe away from starting over! When using gel, we favor a skinny thin haired brush. The first step is loading the brush. When loading, gently saturate both sides and wipe off the access on the inside tip of the jar. This makes the liner brush even skinnier. I like to use a hand mirror at a table or desk so you can steady your elbow on the surface. This way your hand will not shake as you’re applying the product. I arch my eye brows and look down into the mirror. I place my brush where my upper and lower eyelid meet.

With my elbow steady on the table I slowly and lightly drag my brush in and upward diagonal motion until you reach the length you desire. Then I take my brush and place it In the middle of the line I just created (not at the tip of the wing!) and start dragging inwards just moving the brush, not my whole arm.

I load my brush with my gel product again and continue working the product inward toward my inner corner. Sometimes it’s necessary to flip your brush flat as you get closer to the pupil of your eye.

Liquid. Proceed with caution. Only kidding!! This method is very similar to a gel. When you’re using a liquid, you don’t need a brush because the product you’re using will come with an applicator. Whether it be a felt tip, a sponge tip or a brush. When using a liquid liner, instead of resting my elbow on the table I like to rest my palm on my cheek. This allows you to use more of a flicking motion then a pulling motion that you used with a gel. Place your applicator where your upper and lower lash line meet. I begin making light strokes in an upward direction to create a diagonal line. (upward dashes).

Again important to note, don’t pull or close your eye. To get a better line of sight tilt your chin upward and look down into your mirror. With liquid I like to make small inward strokes. Don’t feel like you have to accomplish your look in one fluid movement. Smaller strokes give you much more control.

On no! You messed up! Its ok, we’ve got you covered. Tips to fix your wing. Makeup wipes are your best friend for this step. Take your wipe and wrap it around your pointer finger.

Next clean up your edge by lightly shaping where you want it to be more tapered. Also you can also go back to your trusty black shadow and angled brush to defuse and mistakes and pat the product on top of where your liner and skin meet.

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How Many Makeup Brushes Do I Need?

FACE Powder Brush: (# 1) is the biggest, dense, round-cut make-up brush in the make-up game. It serves for uniform application of the compact powder all over the face.

Blush Brush: (# 2, # 3, # 6) Most of them look just like the smallest powder brush. It can also be found with the square and bevel cut which provides a more marked application of blush. And No. 6, which I call the peacock’s tail (: x), but everyone calls it a broom, in my humble opinion, is not good for blush, I use it, for example, to clean the area under the eye when dust drop shadow and such. Especially when you work with the black, dark shadow.

Foundation Brush: (# 22) has this gradient cut, is for applying liquid or creamy foundation all over the face. Applying foundation with brush is everything in life. Once you get used to it, it’s millions of times better than applying it with your fingers. The same thing goes for concealer.

Concealer Brush: (# 15 and 16) some even have the same cut and shape, but are smaller than the base brush; the ones in the photo are thin and the 15 has the rounded cut, which in my opinion is better than the 16, the cut is square. It serves to apply concealers and the like in the eye area.

Lips: (# 5): It’s the only one that appears in this picture, but you may end up with other cuts. It serves to outline the lips and apply lipstick or gloss.
Applying eye shadow: (nos. 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 19) wide, flat and rounded, are used for applying eye shadow on the entire moving eyelid.

Charades: (nos. 10 *, 18 and 20), have this diagonal cut and serves to delineate the upper and lower lashes. * No. 10 just not having this cut provides the same effect.

Concave outline: (# 21) How hard it was to find a picture of this brush, creed! It is thinner, fuller, with rounded cut and if you put it aside, it is all round, unlike those for shadow application that are flat, serves to apply shadow on the concave and smudge.

Smudge Shadows: (Nos 12 and 14) have the same shape as the traditional shadow application and also fit the same (and I even classified them as shadow application as well) their only difference to the shadow application ones is that they are fuller, more serene. So they are both for applying shadows and for smudging them.

Little Sponge: (# 17) I see no need to have it, but it’s for shadow application too.

Eyeliner: (# 7) Small and very thin, they say it provides a firm and precise trait, I don’t like it very much, the eraser are very long and for me it doesn’t provide any firmness.
Eyelashes: (# 4) Another one that I see no need to have, after all, applicators already come when we buy the eyelash masks, right? (;Comb / Brush: (# 8) on one side, comb to separate the eyelashes and on the other, a brush to comb the eyebrow.Well guys, that’s it. The main ones we can say.
The ones you need to have: 1 powder, 1 blush, 1 foundation, 1 for shadow application, 1 for concave, 1 for smudging, and 1 for chauffeuring.
I see no need for several, not for those who are not addicted to make, professional and etc. I myself have several for so when I make makes of various colors I don’t have to keep cleaning the brush all the time.

Alê Tip: For the application of powder shadows, give preference to brushes with natural bristles and for shadows in mousse, stick, cream and the like, synthetic bristles, ALWAYS. Synthetic bristles do not absorb product and you do not spend them for nothing.I hope I helped, I tried hard, see?

A Few Tips For Applying Makeup – A to Z

Learning how to apply makeup is an art and Science in itself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn some of the basics when it comes to applying make-up and making yourself look and feel beautiful. Let’s review a few steps for how you can set a checklist with a few simple steps and learn to apply makeup.

 First, you are going to want to make sure your face is nice and moisturized with a high-quality moisturizer. There are a few different types such as face Mists, serums, lotions, creams and oils. The type of moisturizer that you will use will all depend on your skin type and how oily or dry your skin naturally is.

Whenever you apply your moisturizer, make sure to put a small amount across multiple fingers and spread the moisturizer across your forehead, face and cheeks. Make sure you apply the moisturizer evenly across your face to avoid any clogging of your pores. I personally like to spend 5 to 10 minutes relaxing or sitting in front of a ceiling fan to help the moisturizer sit in before I apply any makeup.

After the moisturizer has fit in nicely, I move over to applying a primer. Primer is a base for any makeup and Foundation that you apply afterwards. It is best to use a makeup brush or sponge when applying the primer. Just like the moisturizer, make sure you apply the primer across your entire face evenly.

 next, choose whichever Foundation you prefer. Many people prefer a liquid foundation because it applies to the face very quickly and evenly. You will need to use an applicator brush or a beauty blender to apply the liquid foundation evenly.

 After you have finished with the foundation, you will need to use a concealer. Liquid concealer is also a great option as it applies evenly across all areas of your face, including your wrinkles. the color of your skin tone will determine which shade of concealer you purchase. The color of the concealer can also help to cover facial blemishes, such as dark spots from pigmentation or acne.

 Next, you will want to apply foundation powder and then a bronzer. Next comes the blush and highlighter, what you will need to apply with a clean makeup brush. lastly, you will need to use an eyeliner or eyeshadow to touch up around your eyes. You Can also use fake eyelashes or curl your lashes, depending on your preference. Don’t forget to finalize your new face with some lipstick and setting spray. make sure you allow a 5 to 10-minute cooldown period so all the makeup sets in.

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