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If you love your makeup, you have to take care of it.
My personal favorite of favorites is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara! I’ve used so many different mascaras and have yet to find one that compares to this, at the drugstore or at the department store! It provides the perfect mix of volume, definition, and length; it holds curl; looks great alone or with falsies. The way the brush is designed makes this perfect for all types of lashes - short, long, thin, thick, and everything in between. Love love love!
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|Quick question about dupes. When you post dupes, are they duplicates of the quality of the high-end item, or just the color? Both?|
That will vary by the item I am “duplicating” haha… for instance, the lipsticks I just mentioned… I stated that the dupe was close in color, but the texture was different. Normally I will say where the two products differ and in what ways they are similar. ”Quality” is a thing that is in the eye of the beholder. Just because something costs more does not necessarily mean that it is worlds better than a cheaper item! ;)
|I have EXTREMELY dry skin, and I can't going a good, cheap foundation.. Any recommendations❓|
When you have dry skin, look for foundations that claim to be “anti-aging”, because they tend to have more emollient, hydrating formulas. In the drugstore, you aren’t going to find a lot of products that claim to be good for dry skin, but you will find lots for aging skin! Others to look for are cream compacts - they hold a lot more moisture and won’t cling to your dry spots as much.
Revlon Age Defying Liquid Makeup
L’Oreal Visible Lift Liquid Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Liquid Makeup
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact
Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse
Covergirl Simply Ageless Foundation
Revlon Colorstay Whipped
Please remember that makeup does NOT work as skincare. If you have dry skin, you should never rely on your foundation to keep your skin hydrated. Always spend more on skincare products than your makeup, because that should always be your priority. :)
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Build your Makeup Kit as you become more Experienced!
SO many people ask me how to get started with makeup, what products I recommend for beginners, and the staples that everyone should have in their kit. Well, here is an in-depth post telling you what to try and how to use it… in simplified language to help even you complete “noobs” understand how to start out in the wonderful world of makeup art!
LEVEL ONE: Beginner
Start out with the absolute basics, so that you can become accustomed to applying different types of makeup to all the areas of your face.
Tinted moisturizer - gets you accustomed to applying moisturizer before you put on your makeup, and gives sheer coverage to start evening out your skin tone. BB creams are essentially tinted moisturizers, so you could try them as well. Use your fingers to blend a small amount all over your face and down onto your neck to prevent any “foundation lines”.
Concealer - Use this on any areas of your face that you need more coverage, such as over blemishes, under your eyes, and around your nose and mouth. Put a tiny amount on your finger and pat - don’t rub - this onto your skin to blend. Concealer comes in stick, liquid or cream (jar) form.
Pencil Eyeliner - This will help you get used to applying things around your eyes, and will help bring more definition. Draw short dashes along your upper lashline as close to your lashes as possible, and then connect these lines to create a smooth shape.
Mascara - Mascara is one of the most important products you can use. Carefully apply this to your upper and lower lashes, using only one or two coats. Wiggle the brush at the base of your lashes first to add volume, and then bring up through to create length.
Lip Gloss or Tinted Balm - These will just add a little color to your lips without being too dramatic. Gloss will make your lips shiny and add sheer color. Balm moisturizes and creates just a light flush of color.
Mastered all of these products and their application? Now you can move on to the Amateur level and try out new items!
LEVEL TWO - Amateur
Now you can start experimenting with all different kinds of makeup, and more importantly, brushes! You’ve already figured out the bare basics, and it’s time to elevate your look. You DON’T need to (and probably shouldn’t) use all of these products at once, but try them out to see what you like and what you’re comfortable with wearing.
Foundation - Apply this instead of your tinted moisturizer (but make sure you’re moisturizing first!) in one thin layer all over your face, blending down onto your neck to prevent foundation lines. If you need more coverage in some areas, add a tiny bit of concealer and blend it over top. Foundation comes in liquid, cream, stick, and powder form (if you are using powder all over your face, apply concealer first)
Powder - Use a sheer pressed or loose powder in your T-zone to set your foundation and to prevent shininess. *Do not use powder if you have dry skin*
Blush and Bronzer - Apply a light wash of color to the apples of your cheeks. Pick colors that compliment your skin (if you are light skinned, go for lighter colors, dark skin - pick saturated tones). Apply just a small amount at first, and then build up the color to your liking.
Eyeshadow - Start out with a small quad of neutral colors, like browns and creams. Watch a few YouTube tutorials and learn different application techniques before you go for darker or brighter colors.
Liquid and/or Gel Eyeliner - This type of liner will create very clean, sharp lines. It can be tricky to learn how to apply, but is definitely worth mastering.
Lipstick - Lipstick is a fun, and really easy way to take your makeup look to the next level. Start out with muted pinks to compliment your skin tone before you move on to brighter shades like red, fuschia or coral. Click here to see how to find colors for your skin tone!
Brushes - Brushes are important for applying all of the products I’ve mentioned at this level. There are tons of different types of brushes out there, (click here to see my brush guide) but the absolute basics to start out with are foundation brushes, a powder brush, a blush brush, a flat eyeshadow brush, a blending eyeshadow brush, and an angled eyeliner brush.
Once you’ve mastered these products and their application techniques, you can move on to the more advanced products at the Novice level!
LEVEL THREE: Novice
Lip Liner - Once you’ve fallen in love with lipstick, lip liner is the next step you need to take to make sure your lips look as perfect as possible. Lip liner keeps your lipstick from fading or bleeding into fine lines around your mouth. You can also use liner to create ombre looks, or all over underneath your lipstick to make a different color.
Lip Stain - Lip stain is a great option for when you’re on the go, because it is long lasting. It provides a sheer, matte wash of color, and can be worn alone or with other lip products. You apply this like you’re coloring in your lips with a marker!
Brow Filler - Filling in your brows is important, especially if you’re going for a more full-on makeup look. They don’t need to look gaudy, just natural and full. You can use a brow pencil, or just a bit of eyeshadow with an angled brush.
Contour and Highlight - After you’ve learned how to apply blush and bronzer, you can finally move onto contouring. Contouring and highlighting helps define your cheekbones (and other parts of the face) to create a more defined shape. Use a matte bronzer as a contour, and a shimmery highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones.
Face Primer - Apply this all over your face underneath your foundation to fill in pores and fine lines. Primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup, to help create a smoother, more long lasting makeup look.
Eye Primer - Apply a small amount to your lids and blend in before applying eye makeup. Primer smooths out your lids to help eyeshadow blend more smoothly and show up more vibrant. It also helps prevent creasing throughout the day.
Think you’ve mastered all of these elements and their application? Now you’re completely unlimited! Try out glitter, bright colors, crazy eye looks… test your boundaries. Makeup isn’t meant to be boring, it is an artform! Use it however you like, as long as it is for good.
|what is the best kind of red lipstick for people with pale skin? i see some sites say use red lipstick with coral undertones, and some say blue undertones.|
Both are correct… for the most part. ”Coral” wouldn’t be an undertone as much as it would be a shade of red… a pink-toned orange. If you’re into coral, choose one that is as pink as you can, like Revlon Superlustrous CoralBerry lipstick
When looking for a true red lipstick, reds with pink tones or blue undertones will be your friends. They will flatter the cool tones of your skin. Lipsticks with blue undertones will also make your teeth look whiter!
Revlon Matte in In The Red
Revlon Colorburst in True Red
Covergirl LipPerfection in Tempt (To all of the world, this shade is called “Tempt” not “Tempt Seduction”… “Seduction” is the name in Espanol…)
Maybelline ColorSensational in Red Revolution
Maybelline ColorSensational in Red Revival
Wet n Wild MegaLast in Red Velvet
NYX Black Label in Hebe
Lipsticks with blue undertones are flattering on all skin tones, including those with dark skin.
If you have warm undertones to your skin, you may also choose reds that have a yellow undertone to them (think fire-engine red, or orangey-shades). These will compliment your skin tone as well.
Matte: No shine or shimmer; flat. Very pigmented and stay on great.
Satin: Mostly matte but with a slight sheen, not quite glossy, Good color payout and semi moisturizing.
Cream: Moisturizing and very creamy, but less pigmented and don’t stay quite as well. (think revlon lip butters)
Lustre: Look wet, very glossy and sheer with okay color payout and okay wear time.
Frost: Quite sparkly and shimmery. Okay color payout.
If you’ve explored DrugstorePrincess.com, you’ll see that I’ve tried to make navigating as easy as possible… you can search topics by brand, product type, and area of application. I get TONS of questions on DSP, and unfortunately I simply can’t answer them all. So to help out as many people as I can, I’ve created an FAQ page. You can find the full page here: http://drugstoreprincess.com/faq
For now I’ll be creating posts randomly, discussing some of my “newer” FAQ’s that are filling up my inbox! Hopefully these posts will be helpful to you. Read on and enjoy!
Unfortunately I can’t give you any golden words that will magically clear your breakouts. I really wish I could - I myself battled with acne for most of my life (and occasionally still am today). There are many causes of acne, and most of them are underneath the surface… so often, products won’t help much at all.
If you’re like me, and have tried every anti-acne product under the sun, and still haven’t seen any significant changes in your skin, chances are that you have HORMONAL acne, caused by chemical changes in your body. You can’t control it naturally, and it’s definitely not your fault. Although topical products like cleansers, exfoliants, creams and moisturizers can help soothe and get rid of existing blemishes, they won’t help prevent new ones from occurring. All you can do is regulate your diet and lifestyle. For me, going on birth control pills helped significantly.
For many other people however, a set skincare routine can do wonders. Tips:
Products I Recommend:
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser - $8
This is a fantastic cleanser for all skin types, but particularly those with acne-prone skin. Cetaphil is incredibly gentle and won’t irritate or strip the skin, but it also won’t make the skin too oily. It removes all of your dirt and impurities and really leaves your face perfectly clean.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash - $6
This is a great basic cleanser for those with oily, acne-prone skin. It contains salicylic acid, which is an ingredient known for getting rid of blemishes; it’s also deep-cleaning and won’t add any oiliness to your face.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner - $5
This is a miracle product for soothing acne. Witch Hazel is a plant, that when made into toner creates it’s own natural alcohol (not stripping or drying!). Witch hazel reduces redness, kills bacteria, clarifies pores, and can help with swelling. Apply this with a cotton ball to your face at night, and in the morning your skin will be incredibly soft and glowing.
Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer - $6
As I’ve stated above, keeping the skin moisturized is key! This moisturizer not only makes the skin happy and smooth, but also controls oil production throughout the day, keeping you shine-free. Also contains SPF 15 to keep you protected from the sun!
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer - $6
This moisturizer is great for sensitive skin, and contains natural ingredients to soften the skin without irritation. This feels very light on the skin, and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Clay Masque - $4
This is one of my favorite anti-acne products! This contains a high content of sulfur, which naturally kills bacteria and dries up pimples, however it smells great and feels great to put on! This reduces redness of blemishes, cleans out pores, and helps control oil.
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Fight & Fade Gel - $6
Often, zits can leave behind dark marks, for long after they themselves have disappeared. This gel helps not only fade the redness and discoloration, but also prevents new blemishes from appearing.
Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 - $5
This is my overnight miracle for truly stubborn spots. The high concentration of benzoyl peroxide (my ingredient of choice) kills acne from the start, and can help shrink existing blemishes quickly.
|Hey, how much do you spend on makeup and beauty products each month / how often do u have to replace old makeup? Thanks!|
Hello :) Typically I will spend maybe $20 on beauty products every month, which includes makeup, skincare, and hair products. I have to keep myself on a very tight budget because I do still have to afford rent, electricity, and of course internet ;)
Every different type of makeup has a different expiration date. In fact, if you’ll look at the ingredients list on your makeup, you should find a little symbol that tells you it’s shelf life:
(the 12M stands for twelve months; the number of months after first use that the product is good for. M stands for Months!)
It is very important to throw away your makeup before it expires. Old makeup carries bacteria, and will lose it’s effectiveness as it ages. Don’t keep your makeup for longer than you should, or you’ll see the repercussions reflected in your skin.
In general, shelf life for makeup is:
Mascara - 3 Months
Foundation (Liquid, Cream) - 12 Months
Concealer (Liquid, Cream) - 12-18 Months
Powder products - 12 Months
Pencil/Gel Eyeliner - 10 Months
Liquid Eyeliner - 6 Months
Eyeshadow - 18 Months
Lip Products - 12 Months
This is, however, just an estimate - IF YOUR MAKEUP EVER FEELS like it’s dried out, gotten too thick, or has a new, funny smell, toss it out. What’s the point of using makeup that’s not going to work well anyway?
Also note that the second you dip your fingers into the product, you cut that product’s life in half. So instead of putting your fingers in your foundation bottle, dump out a bit onto the back of your hand first. And do yourself a favor and don’t share makeup!
To keep your makeup in the best shape possible, sanitize your products regularly with at least 70% rubbing alcohol. Keep your brushes clean at all times!
|I find myself having really chapped lips almost all year round. I use chapsticks but it never seems to go away entirely. Have any suggested lip treatment?|
Chapped lips are very annoying, but often they can be smoothed quickly with proper care. If you are the type who reapplies lip balm over and over throughout the day, that’s probably the cause right there. Most lip balms contain waxes that are intended to lock moisture into the lips, not to add moisture. If your lips are already dry, apply a waxy lip balm can actually make them feel even more dry after a few uses.
Chapped lips are usually a sign of one of two things: Dehydration, or sun damage. It’s very easy to correct both of these things.
Even when your body is slightly dehydrated, your lips will show it. Drink lots of water throughout the day, and avoid large quantities of salty foods.
When you do wear lip products, make sure they contain SPF. Your lips are surprisingly sensitive and will burn quickly when unprotected from the sun’s rays. Even small amounts of time spend outdoors can cause your lips to be damaged for a long time. Some lip products (like gloss) will actually amplify the sun’s rays, so make sure you layer a lip balm with SPF underneath.
When choosing a lip balm, find one that is more oily in formula than it is waxy. These will soften your lips rather than just coat them.
Lip balms I DO suggest: Carmex, Nivea, any salve, Maybelline Baby Lips, Palmers Cocoa Butter Balm
Lip balms I DON’T suggest: Burt’s Bees, Chapstick, EOS
**simply for hydration factor; the “don’t” products are very waxy and don’t provide moisture**
Also, make sure you aren’t constantly licking or biting your lips - this will dry them out quickly and surely. If you have annoying dead skin on your lips, exfoliate them instead… I have a lip scrub recipe *here*, but you could also just use a warm, wet washcloth.
Hope this helps! :)
|I've tried so many drugstore under-eye concealers, and I can never seem to really cover up the dark bags under my eyes. So many eye creams are pricey, even at the drugstore. Please help!|
Dark circles are one of the hardest skin conditions to treat and cover. Most eye creams won’t be able to relieve you of darkness, because it’s not something that’s a topical issue. Although keeping the sensitive, thin skin under your eyes moisturized is key, there are a lot of other things that are most likely causing the discoloration.
Dark circles are actually blood vessels that are visible through the skin. To keep them from being as noticeable:
A home remedy that I find works very well with undereye circles and puffiness is green tea! Brew a bit of green tea in hot water, and then either dip some cotton balls in the tea or remove the tea bag and store in the fridge until they’re cold. Then apply these as a compress to your eyes. The cold and the caffeine will tighten the skin, reducing puffiness and discoloration.
As for undereye concealers, you have a right to be very picky. Thick concealers will be just that - too thick, usually, for the thin skin around your eyes. Concealers that are too thin won’t completely cover the darkness. Also, if your skin is oily, you risk fading throughout the day! So covering dark circles takes a lot of patience, and possibly multiple products.
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer - $6
This is a heavy-duty concealer that comes with two products… a pencil, to be applied first, and a liquid to go over top. The pencil will brighten and keep the liquid in place. This can be a tad thick, but as long as you apply a moisturizer beforehand (which you should!) this blends easily.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - $5
This concealer comes in a good variety of shades, and is easily blended into the skin. It provides medium coverage and has good staying power when set with powder!
Maybelline SuperStay Concealer - $5
This is a good, long lasting concealer that gives nice coverage. It blends well with moisturizer.
Milani HD Advanced Concealer - $7
Said to be a dupe of YSL Touche Eclat, this pretty little pen conceals and brightens the undereye area quickly and beautifully.
ELF Correcting Concealer Palette - $3
This inexpensive little compact provides correcting concealers for all different skin issues (green for redness, etc).
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer - $7
Similar to the Milani version, this covers darkness and brightens the eye area to make your peepers pop!
|Do you know which brand of makeup, do not test on animals?|
Many (I would almost venture to say Most) cosmetics brands do not test on animals, and are completely cruelty free.
You can find a complete list on Peta’s website, which I’ve linked in my FAQ for everyone! http://drugstoreprincess.com/faq
However there are many cosmetic brands that aren’t listed there that don’t necessarily test their makeup products on animals. There are lots of companies that are owned by larger corporations which do test some products on animals (like Johnson & Johnson). The makeup brands themselves may not be tested on animals, but other brands that are owned by the same corporation do, which taint the makeup brand’s name.
Popular Brands that DO NOT Test:
Everybody wants the sexy yet cute doe-eyed look, so here’s some tricks and tips to achieve that.
|What product do you reccomend for frizzy hair?|
There’s a lot I recommend for frizzy hair!
First of all, CURE your hair of it’s frizziness! Hair, no matter it’s texture, shouldn’t be frizzy. Usually frizz is caused by humidity entering the hair shaft because it is broken and damaged, causing the hair to expand. The healthier your hair is, the sleeker your hair will be!
Make sure your hair is hydrated at all times. Make friends with a deep conditioner and use it about once a week:
Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Cream - $5
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask - $6
(More product recommendations and advice here: http://drugstoreprincess.com/post/18369363015/my-hair-used-to-be-super-curly-and-over-the-past-year)
Products with silicones will coat each individual hair and keep humidity out, preventing frizz from happening! There are tons of products out there dedicated to keeping your hair from fluffing. Any “sleekening” “straightening” or “anti-humidty” products will work well!
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum - $4
John Freida Frizz-Ease Hair Serum - $7
When working with your natural texture, use leave in conditioners as much as possible. These will both help prevent frizz, as well as heal your damaged hair. There are many products that will condition as well as help hold the style!
Aussie Catch the Wave Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner - $4
L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-in Cream - $6
I hope these give you a few ideas! :)
The word “undertone” is a little self explanatory. Your undertone is the underlying tone to your skin which can either be warm, cool, or neutral. Your undertone will always stay the same no matter how tan or pale you get during the changing seasons.
Knowing your undertone is important when it comes to makeup. Why? If you get a product that is the opposite of your undertone it will look a bit off. Sticking to products that compliment your undertone is the best way to play it safe in the world of cosmetics.
Cool undertones are categorized by a pink, red, or blue hue to the skin.
Warm undertones are categorized are categorized by a yellow or golden hue to the skin.
Neutral undertones are a mixture of both warm and cold undertones and are categorized by an olive hue to the skin.
How do I determine my undertone?
There are several easy tests you can do by yourself, but if the ones mentioned below don’t yield any definite results there is still the option of going to a makeup counter, a Sephora, or a Makeup Artist.
- The quickest, easiest, and most reliable method of finding your undertone is doing the “vein check”. Take a look at the veins in your wrist. If the veins appear blue, you are cool toned. If the veins appear green, you are warm toned. If you can’t clearly distinguish if your veins are blue or green, you’re probably neutral.
- The next way of figuring out your undertone is also simple. Do you look better in pure white or cream/ivory. If you look better in pure white, you’re cool toned. If you look better in cream or ivory, you’re warm toned. This may prove to be frustrating to pinpoint if you have neutral undertones.
- The last way of finding out your undertone is determine if gold or silver compliment your skin. Silver is cool toned so it looks better on cool toned skin. Gold is warm toned so it looks better on warm toned skin. Neutral skin can wear either metal.