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Hi! my name is Amanda Elser and I am the Beauty Editor for Seventeen Magazine. We are interested in using you for our College Blogger story in October could you please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMG! Seventeen Magazine!!! Really super cool but it’s really your thing & you deserve the recognition. Good for you chick! PQ
Thank you! I’m excited 🙂
Hi! I have a 14 year old daughter who is interested in using makeup. She has some forehead breakouts she’d like to conceal and just wants a natural look for the rest of her face. Any products you recommend to someone just delving into the makeup world that won’t agitate her skin but give coverage? Thanks!
A tinted moisturizer applied cohesively with a nice, creamy concealer is a great combination for young skin because it looks incredibly natural plus feels light and comfortable on the skin.
A lot of young girls who just get started with makeup have trouble getting used to the feeling of having a full application of foundation on their face so a light- weight tinted moisturizer is a great starter product. I’ve always loved the “Laura Mercier” tinted moisturizer (~$20) as well as the quality “Bobbi Brown” tinted moisturizer ($40) that I’ve used for years.
For a cheaper option, the “Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer” is very nice and only around $8 and is available at most drugstores as well as the “Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer” ($13).
For concealer, I find that reasonably priced products like the “Maybelline Color Stick” ($5) or the Sonia Kashuk Liquid Light Concealer ($9) work wonders. For the ultimate coverage concealer, go for “Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer” ($32)~ It’s my go to concealer for tricky blemishes.
As for application, tinted moisturizer can be applied by simply using your hand because they are so light. Conceal any blemish either using a concealer brush or finger, either one works. Work both products into the skin with a light hand and you’re good to go!
In case your daughter wants to try a full- coverage foundation, I would go for the trusted “MakeUp Forever HD” foundation ($42) or the “Tarte Amazonian Clay” foundation, made with organic ingredients ($38). As for a drugstore brand, I’ve always liked the “Revlon Color Stay” foundation ($10). All these picks should be gentle on the skin while giving that full- coverage look.
“Nars Sheer Glow” foundation ($45) is also workable as it is in between a full- coverage and light- coverage foundation.
Hope this helped! Let me know if any of these products worked for your daughter!
Great stuff as usual chick! When you’re famous, please don’t pretend that you don’t know me! HA! PQ
ha don’t worry Paula, I won’t!
What daily makeup combo would you recommend for someone who is very active? I’m talking school, glass, gym, and work all day and in any order. I find a good mascara also very difficult to find, one that doesn’t run and doesn’t get in the way of my contact lenses.
ps: The blog looks great!
So when you’re super active, I would go very simple with the makeup routine. Tinted moisturizer is a fantastic option because it’s sheer and won’t seep into your pores when you sweat. It also looks incredibly natural~ almost like a second skin. There are many good moisturizers out there and you don’t really need an expensive one as most tinted formulations are fairly simple. (You have pretty nice skin though so you can even opt out of the tinted moisturizer~ If you do that though, make sure you still apply a daily sunscreen)
For mascara, I really like the “Clinique High Impact Waterproof” mascara~ It doesn’t clump out and won’t budge during the active day. For working out, this is my go- to mascara choice.
If you want to add a little shadow, I really like the creme shadow option because it lasts all day and is extremely easy to apply. “Bobbi Brown” makes fantastic creme shadows and for a cheaper option, I really like the “Maybelline Color Tattoo” creme formula. You can just use your finger for application too, they just glide right on your lids.
As for the rest of the face (this is a totally optional step), a nice highlighter applied at the inner corner of the eye, at the top of the cheek bones and brow bone add a little extra life to the skin. There are many good highlighters out there, but for you I would try the “Benefit Watt’s Up!” highlighter because it has a creme base which will not budge when working out.
Hope this helped! oh, and hope you’re having a nice summer in the Hamptons 😉 !
I finally got to catch up on your stuff. Love it & congrats on the article! The next time I see you, will you sign my copy? Smoochie! PQ
Thank you, thank you!! … and of course 😉
I currently do not wear makeup, but I’m a dancer and a musician and sometimes am required to wear stage makeup. I want to be able to wear light makeup on a regular basis or when I want because I just have no idea how to do it. Can you recommend some easy-use products and brushes and stuff like that. Is the best way to get better just to practice?
I love to recommend cream shadows to girls who typically don’t wear a lot of makeup. Cream shadows are incredibly easy, accessible to use and don’t require a whole lot of blending. Marc Jacobs makes excellent quality shadow sticks in all different colors.
To start off, pick out one light shadow stick and one darker- Marc Jacobs has beautiful shades that are suitable for all eye colors. Simply use the lighter shade all over the lid and the darker shade at the end of your lids in a kind of “v” shape. Then use your finger to blend it out- you don’t need any eye brushes Or primer with creame shadows so it’s great for beginners!
As far as foundation, it’s important to consider your skin type- do you have oil-prone skin or dry skin? I personally have combination skin (both oily and dry)… Once you know your skin type, you can choose the proper foundation. I would suggest going to sephora and asking for assistance with this- the employees there are trained to help with all skin questions and they will choose the proper shade for you.
As for application, I would go with the trusty “beauty blender”, available in Sephora. It’s a workable sponge that works wonders on the skin, especially when you dampen it slightly with water.
Makeup comes easier with practice- im going to do a “natural makeup look” very soon on the blog, so stay tuned!
Miss Jackie! What is Dry Shampoo? Do you recommend it? Why or why not? If you do, which brand should I buy? Washing my hair after every heavy workout day is getting to me haha – is this the solution?
Your Hamptonite 🙂
HEY! so dry shampoo is a MUST HAVE product for anyone. There’s many different formulas, some better than others, but the basic premise is that it is a powdered mineralized form of regular shampoo. I use dry shampoo practically everyday, especially since it isn’t healthy to wash your hair all the time. Dry shampoo also leaves a cool texture to your hair that many say is actually nicer than freshly cleansed hair.
I have some personal favorites when it comes to Dry shampoo, I’ll list them from least expensive to most expensive:
1.) Suave Dry Shampoo- gets rid of grease, leaves a white film that is easy to blend out ($5-6)
2.) PSSSSsst! Dry Shampoo- no white film, very easy to use, no smell ($5)
3.) Batiste Dry Shampoo- comes in many different scents (my favorite is the original), easy to use, white film that is easy to blend out although they also carry a formulation that is specific to dark hair that doesn’t spray out white ($6)
4.) Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($27) – light powder that you can easy blend into hair to soak up those unwanted oils, helps extend hair style
5.) Oribe texturizing spray- FANTASTIC product, works like a dry shampoo but adds insane volume and texture ($42)
I’m thinking about doing a whole post in dry shampoo, but for now, that should be a good start!!!
Thank You!! I can’t wait to start using it 🙂
ps: Hope to see you soon!
Hi! My name is Marley and I love your blog! I have a blog here on wordpress too [its called marleyslifeblog.wordpress.com ] but I just recently started and don’t have many followers. Do you have any tips to gain followers. Also I love makeup and I am making like a beauty/makeup area in my room any makeup must haves?
Congratulations on starting your blog! WordPress can bring an amazing amount of opportunity. As far as getting followers, the best thing to do is to create consistent content weekly. I was really good at this when I first started the blog though lately I’ve been so busy, I have been posting a little less. I do notice though, the more frequently I post, the more follows I receive. Also, consider sharing all of your posts to your personal social media pages! Facebook brings in a pretty large audience especially.
As far as makeup must haves, take a look at my past “Monthly Favorites” posts, or my latest 2015 Skin Care Favorites! Anything I recommend are “must haves” in my opinion ;). Thanks for visiting! Good luck on the blog! XX, Jax.
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