5 Beginner Makeup Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started

Hey guys! Today we’re bringing back to the basics. I’m going to share five makeup tips that I wish I knew when I started. Makeup is all about personal expression, so if you don’t like or agree with these tips, then you do you boo! But I’m just trying to share some tips that I wish I knew when I started. I also tried to give some tips that you might have not heard before as well.

1. Figure out your skin type

Creams are good for dry skin whereas powders are good for oily skin

If you don’t already know your skin type then take some time to figure it out. This can dramatically change your makeup experience because certain products work better for certain skin types. For example, I have pretty oily skin. That means after a couple of hours my face looks visibly shiny and is greasy to the touch. Using powder products helps my makeup stay on my face and reduces that shiny look. Now that doesn’t mean I only have to use powders, if any I’ve come to love a good cream product. But when you’re starting it’s easy to stick to products that work with your skin type. So just take some time to google what the different skin types are and what products work for them.

2. Invest in some brushes

The best way to explain this is to talk about painting. A painter can be using the highest quality paint, but if they’re using dollar store sponge brushes it’ll be harder to do their job. On the flip side, a painter can be using cheap acrylics, but if they had good brushes they can make a pretty good piece. It’s the same with makeup.

Having some good brushes can make all the difference. And you don’t have to spend an arm or a leg to get good brushes. One of my favourite brands is Luxie which I can find at Winners. Real Techniques has a sponge that’s amazing and available at the drug store. I would recommend having a brush for each product face product and at least a few for the eyes. If you want I can always do a follow-up post on the perfect brushes for beginners.

3. Get an eyelash comb

My eyelash comb may look scary but it works!

I know eyelash combs are pretty common if you have lash extensions, but trust me they are great for mascara. If you find that you have the issue of mascara clumping up, then this tool is a life changer. If I notice my lashes are clumping, I just grab my comb and run it through. It helps separate the lashes and gives a defined look. And it’s not an expensive tool. I have the Morphe M221, but there are a bunch on Amazon. It’s a simple tool that can help if you’re struggling with mascara.

4. Use your current face product to find new ones

All three of these foundations are pretty close in shade

If you struggle to match foundations and concealers this is the tip for you. If you have a foundation or concealer that matches you perfectly right now but you’re looking to get a different one, then bring your current foundation or concealer with you to the store. I put the bottle in my purse and will take it out and put them side by side. This is helpful right now when because testing and swatching isn’t available due to the pandemic.

Another helpful tip is to look up the description of the foundation you like and look for those words in other foundations. For example, I usually go for fair/light neutral foundations because that matches my skin tone the best. If they don’t have these descriptions in store they can be found on the company websites.

5. Use face products on the eyes

If you’re on a budget you might not be able to afford to buy every product for a full face. Or maybe you just don’t have a lot of space and can only have a few products. Well, I’m letting you know that you can skip buying an eyeshadow palette and just use your face products on your eyes. Bronzes are a great neutral eyeshadow that can add a little depth to the eyes. Why buy a brown eyeshadow when bronzers are the same? And if you are feeling a little adventurous then try your blush. It can create a beautiful monochromatic look to have the same shade on the eyes and cheeks. Bronzers and blushes are great to use on the eyes are well for beginners because they’re typically not as pigmented as a regular eyeshadow and therefore easier to control. And if you want a bit of sparkle then use your highlight! I often use my highlighters on the inner corner to create a cohesive look.

And those are five tips and tricks I wish I knew when I started. I have so many other ideas, so let me know if I should do a part two! And let me know in the comments what some of your beginner-friendly makeup tips and tricks are.

xoxo

Lea

I tried Tik Tok Beauty Hacks

Hey guys! Like everyone else these days I am obsessed with Tik Tok. So I decided to try three different hacks/tutorials from the app. It’s fine to try new things, and maybe some of these will  work!

1. Foundation Hack

The first hack is from the user Ridaaamat. I have seen a bunch of people use her sound and had a friend ask me to try this out (so Maddie this is for you!). The trick is to powder your face and set it with setting spray before going in with primer and foundation. The trick is supposed to make makeup last longer and not crease.

When I first did this I was skeptical. My makeup didn’t look at that different, and in certain areas it looked like it was sitting on top of my skin. Now I used a dewy primer, so I am curious if a pore filling primer would make a difference. But overall I don’t think it make my foundation look at great.

BUT I am so impressed but how long it makes my foundation last. I used the Bite Beauty Changemaker foundation, which in my review I mentioned that I don’t find it very long lasting. Well this has done wonders. After six hours my makeup still looks great. My bronzer and blush are still there and my highlight it still popping.

I decided to try this technique again to see if using a different primer and foundation would make a difference. The same thing happened where my makeup was sitting on top of my skin. I think it’s because the powder makes a layer on the skin. It helps it last longer but also looks cakey in the process.

So would I do this hack again? Maybe. I will not be using everyday because I don’t love the way to makes my foundation look up close. But if I need my makeup to last all day then maybe I would use this technique.

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Here is the Foxy Eyes and the first time I tried the foundation hack.

3. Foxy Eyes

Now this trend is not only on Tik Tok. But I saw Ruzanna Smbatyan posted a tutorial that I was thought was straightforward enough for me to follow. The look involves having a straight brow and then a wing with a pointed inner corner. There is a gap between the inner corner and outer wing. Now I have a lot of mixed feeling about this look.

First, I didn’t do straight brows. I like my brow shape and I’m not about to shave off my tails to be able to change them for this look. But I think that the way my eyebrows and eyes are shape make this look a little weird. My eyebrow tail and wing are very close together, which doesn’t create the full effect. So while I do like the look, I think I would like the look better if my eyebrows were shaped different.

Doing wings on hooded every is always difficult. I either use liquid for a bold wing or shadow for a baby wing. So it was somewhat difficult for me to do the wing. But I love the inner corner triangle. I think it added drama to my eyes and made them look more almond shaped.

I also liked not having a line in the middle on my lid. Because of my hooded eyes, sometimes liner can take up the whole lid. Without it, I was able to just add mascara and still have a dramatic look.

Overall I do like the look and my mom even complimented me on it! I think in the future I would use a darker shade that matches my hair colour for a more cohesive look.

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Here is my hair an hour after taking out the curls and my second time trying the foundation hack

3. No heat curled hair

I have seen multiple videos of people using a bathrobe to curl their hair. The idea is to wrap your hair around the bath robe belt and leave it over night. It is supposed to create beautiful, heatless curls.

Now I have naturally wavy/curly hair that is also pretty thick. I tried this hack on second day hair to see if it could revive my curls. So I wrapped my hair and went to sleep. While it wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable to sleep in, but neck did hurt the next day haha.

So I unwrapped my hair and it worked on one side but not the other. I guess I didn’t wrap it tight enough on the one side. But almost three hours later the curls were gone.

Now I think this hack isn’t bad, but isn’t meant for my hair type. My hair curls okay naturally (I’m working on that!) and holds a curl from heat well. When I braid my hair it doesn’t do hold after though.

I’m saying this hack is a fail for my hair type but it might work for others. I rather just wear my hair natural or curl it myself than do this hack again haha.

And those are some hacks tested! Let me know if there are any other hacks you think I should try, I had so much fun doing this! Also check out my Tik Tik (@leeleexoxoxo) to see some videos of these hacks!

xoxo

Lea