How to Keep Your Skin Glowing Through the Cold Weather Transition

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Image Source: The Glitter Guide

Well, here in New England we’re certainly feeling that fall weather now! The seasonal change sure is exciting, but the cooler, drier weather can easily do a number on your skin. You may find yourself already reaching for lotion more often or itching some dry skin. While it’s a somewhat easy fix for your body, what about for your face? You want to keep it moisturized without completely blocking your pores. Plus, we’re in the in-between weather where it’s freezing in the morning and at night, but gets pretty warm mid-day and occasionally brings on that little bit of face shine no one wants. Girl, we’ve got you covered.

Three words: Moisturizing Matte Primer.

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Image Source: Ulta

If you don’t usually use a primer in your daily makeup routine, we suggest trying one out now. Our pick is the CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer. Why do we love this primer? For one, it’s great at doing what a primer is intended to do -- hold your makeup in place all day long. It’s a great matte option so that even if you have oily skin, your face should stay shine-free throughout the day. But the key for this transitioning weather is picking a primer like this one that will keep you moisturized, too!



Up Your Makeup Game with These Essential Tools

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Image Source: @queenlashesofficial

They say a craftsman is as good as his tools, and the same goes for makeup! It’s remarkable how much your makeup skills can improve by using the right brushes. Here’s how to differentiate between different brushes and our picks for essentials!

Let’s start with foundation.

Synthetic Buffing Brush

A brush like this can help create an airbrushed finish to your foundation. Aim to get a brush that is dense and fluffy, and synthetic so it won’t soak up all of your foundation!

Beauty Sponge

Using a damp sponge to apply your foundation will leave you looking flawless! Blending is so seamless and the pointed end helps get the under eye perfectly.


Moving onto face powders.

Setting Brush

A tapered fluffy brush like this is perfect for setting the under eyes and rest of the face!

 

Contour and Blush Brush

An firm angled brush like this gives you a precise contour and can also be used for blush.


Highlighting

When it comes to highlighting you can either choose a wide fan brush or a small domed brush. It comes down to personal preference, but in the end either brush will leave you glowing!


Eyes

Fluffy Crease Brush

A fluffy tapered brush is the secret to blending! One like this is the perfect size to seamlessly blend the crease.

 

Detail Brush

This slim brush can be used in the crease to get more precision and detail.

 

Shader Brush

This dense brush is perfect for packing shadow on the lids.

 

Highlighting Brush

A small precise brush like this is perfect for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.


Finally, the brows and lips.

Eyebrow Brush

This dense brush helps fill in the eyebrows with ease, plus it has a spoolie on the end to help blend in the product!

 

Concealer Brush

This synthetic concealer brush helps carve out the brows and correct any mistakes!

 

Lip Brush

This pointed lip brush helps create a precise application that most applicators cannot get!

DIY Brush Pad and Soap Cleaner

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Before we begin to embrace the colorful leaves falling, pumpkin spice everything, and curling up in your favorite sweater, we unfortunately have to let go of summer. A good way to start off the new season is with some clean brushes! This is our secret tip on how to clean your makeup brushes quick and without having to purchase expensive soap or a brush pad.


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image source: five two beauty

A DIY brush pad is so simple, all you need is a flat and plastic surface and some hot glue. You can use a clean lid to a container, a plastic plate, plastic cutting board, or even a plastic clip board! Once you have the item of your choice ready you can use the hot glue to create different patterns across the plate. We recommend doing some various sized dots, chevrons, straight lines, and a grid pattern. Once the glue is dry it's all good to use!


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image source: makeup tutorials

Now that you have your own DIY makeup brush pad, why not make some DIY brush soap too? All you need to do is pour two parts antibacterial dish soap with one part extra-virgin olive oil into a small glass/plastic dish. Next, you simply dampen your brush with lukewarm water, dip it into the soap, and swirl it around on the various patterns on your pad. Once the brush is clean you can gently rinse the excess soap out with lukewarm water and place the brushes slanted with the bristles down on a paper towel to dry. And voila! Your brushes are clean and ready for whatever makeup look you’re ready to tackle next!

How to Find a Perfect Foundation

We’ve all been there—helplessly staring at all the products the eye can see, lost in the vast land of foundations, and completely and utterly unsure of which to buy. To make decisions easier, there are a few steps to take in order to find that ultimate foundation that is just right for you!  


Understanding your skin type is a huge part in the decision process of buying foundation that’s right for your skin! If you have dry skin, try using double-duty liquid foundations that not only smooth out your skin’s surface, but also hydrates it, giving you that glow your skin so desperately craves. If you tend to have more oily skin, stick to either mineral powder foundations or oil-free liquid foundations. Powder foundations help control shine without adding any excessive dryness to your skin! 

 

This step might be a little more difficult, especially if you aren’t purchasing from a department store that allows you to sample different foundations and shades. One helpful tip is to choose 2-3 shades that look similar to your skin tone, and try to hold them up to your face in an available mirror with natural lighting. As the seasons change, you may need to buy different shades depending on if your skin tends to darken in the summer and lighten in the winter. 

Now that you’ve determined your skin type and shade, you need to know how to properly apply the foundation! To avoid the obvious makeup line around your face, try using a foam sponge to easily blend the foundation throughout your face. By doing so, the makeup appears more natural to the eye. To finish, lightly dust your face with some loose powder, and you're ready to go!