Hello! Problems with the under eye area can seem really frustrating. Typically, creams and serums take weeks, if ever, to become effective, and it can be uncomfortable to cake up concealer on that delicate area of your face. There are a few techniques I’ve found that work particularly well on an immediate basis.
First, I suggest skipping the heavy creams and going for a lighter option. My favorite way to get rid of puffiness and discoloration is to use a roll-on gel. These use a lightweight gel, usually enhanced with caffeine that will naturally tighten and soothe the skin, and the roll-on technique cools and drains fluid from the under eye area. The action of rolling something over the skin, starting from the inner corner of the eye, outwards, will help speed up the de-puffing process (do this even if you just apply a regular eye cream, you’ll see a difference).
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller - $11
Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel - $15
Both of the above options have metal massage balls on the applicator which naturally cool and soothe… I like to take that a step further by storing my roll-ons in the fridge!
Once the puffiness has gone down, you will need much less concealer to cover the area. You can easily conceal discoloration, but it’s impossible to cover bags!
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller - $11
(This roll-on helps soothe and contains a nice, lightweight concealer for an all-in-one step)
Another tip I have for you, is that if you notice that your undereye issues are worst immediately after you wake up in the morning, make sure the first thing you do is get yourself a big glass of water and chug it down. Our bodies become dehydrated as we sleep, and that will be immediately reflected by the thin skin under our eyes. You’ll also feel a lot better and more awake after restoring the moisture to your body.
Hope this helps!
Hi, thank you so much!
I almost always use angled blush brushes to apply my cheek color - I like them because they are shaped to the perfect angle of a cheek. They aren’t too large and apply product precisely, and are dense enough to blend color evenly!
ELF Angled Blush Brush - $3 (eyeslipsface.com)
BH Cosmetics Small Angled Blush Brush - $7 (bhcosmetics.com)
If you prefer a traditional blush brush, I recommend EcoTools and Real Techniques on top of the two brands I listed above. The bristles on all of their brushes are amazingly soft and the sizes of the brush heads vary so you can find what you need! I personally prefer smaller brushes.
EcoTools Blush Brush - $7 (walgreens.com)
Hope that helps you! :)
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Check in every day to see if a new prize is available, and to check to see whether you’ve won! Every prize will require a new entry (sponsored by RaffleCopter) and the excitement is endless!
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Hi there! Kat Von D is one of my favorite foundations, I hate that they’re discontinuing some of the shades (that never seems like a smart business move in my opinion).
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation - $36
What I did was I took your shade number into Sephora’s Color IQ (on Sephora.com - if you haven’t had a Color IQ done in store, do it! It’s fun!) and your Color IQ number came back as 1Y01… the rest of your color matches include Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet in #15, which is the closest thing that I could call a “dupe” for KVD. However they’re still offering your shade in the Tattoo Foundation, so I recommend stocking up online if you can’t find any in-store!
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet - $36
I also recommend checking out Temptalia’s foundation matrix! (Temptalia.com) There you can actually look at swatches of different foundations that are close to your color as well!
Hope that helps you and other beauties who have a hard time finding color matches between brands! :)
October/November 2013 - Beauty Hits and Misses!
Let’s try this again! As some of you may have heard, all the DrugstorePrincess social media accounts were hacked sometime in the past two weeks - and although I thought I was posting every day, it turns out that nothing actually made it to publication. Everything is back under my control now, thankfully, and so I wanted to make this post (which had already been long-awaited) a first priority! I hope you enjoy my cold weather and holiday inspired favorites and “not-quites”, and have a wonderful season full of joy!
Click through to see what made *which* list!
Battle of the Brow Products - Which Method Should You Choose?
1. Eyebrow Pencils - Use a pencil to recreate or define the shape of your brows. Pencils create a sharp line, which can create dramatic brows. If you are trying to even out the shape or length of your brows, use a pencil.
—- Use short, brisk strokes with pencils in the shape of hair growth in order to create a totally natural looking brow!
2. Tinted Brow Gel - Use tinted gels to alter the color of your brows and keep them in place. This method is best for people who already have shapely, even brows who just want a bit more oomph! Great option for people who have dyed their hair a different color and need to quickly alter the color of their brows to match.
—- Sweep brow gel through the brows in the direction of natural hair growth. For a really locked-and-loaded brow, first sweep all hairs up toward your forehead, trim uneven hairs, and then set in the desired shape.
3. Brow Powders - Powders are easy to use and are ideal for simply filling in sparse areas of the brows and adding a little extra color. Use powder to disguise holes or mistakes in your brow shape, but using them to create a whole new shape may look less natural.
—- Use a small angled eyeliner brush to apply brow powder to sparse areas. If your lines get messy, use concealer to clean up the edges of your brows. Use a gel or wax to keep powder in place longer.
4. Stencils - Use stencils to create perfectly symmetrical brows. Although eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins, some people have severely different shapes, and would like to correct that. Using a stencil can be tricky but provides great looking brows.
—- Hold the stencil in place over your natural brow (stencil must be similar in shape to your current eyebrows) and use a powder or pencil to fill in the shape. Flip stencil over to create the other eyebrow.
5. Tinted Wax - Wax generally provides a bit of color and helps to keep brows in place at the same time. This method is ideal to use in conjunction with powder, and is mainly used for filling in sparse areas rather than creating a whole new shape.
—- Use the same small angled liner brush to apply wax as you would powder. Apply wax over or under the powder (experiment to see which order you prefer).
6. Gel Eyeliner/Brow Mousse - Use these options to create a very defined, bold eyebrow. These can be used for filling in sparse areas as well as creating a whole new shape. Can be used with stencils, and can be set with brow gel.
—- Apply these cream products to the brow with any eyeliner or brow brush that you feel comfortable with. Clean up messy lines with concealer.
Remember that your eyebrows are the foundations of your face! A clean, defined, well-groomed brow will instantly make you look more put together and help your makeup look more fierce! Bold brows are IN so don’t be afraid to embrace your natural shape and size!
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Hello! Thank you so much, this really made my morning. I’m not sure of ALL the places that will be having Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on drugstore makeup quite yet, but next week I’ll have a big post featuring all of the best deals around, in-store and online. Promise! And just off the top of my head, I know that drugstore.com will most likely have some killer deals, they feature almost all the drugstore brands for makeup, skincare, and hair products! I’m not sure of any other stores yet, but I’ll be sure to let you all know! :)
Thanks again, and have a lovely day! Stay Beautiful!
They’re from the Too Faced Natural at Night palette! It’s a gorgeous, dark neutral collection of buttery eyeshadows. I highly recommend it!
Too Faced Natural at Night Eyeshadow Palette - $36 - Sephora or online here
Best Holiday Beauty Sets for Your Money - 2013
'Tis the season, my beauties! Just about every brand you’ve ever heard of is coming out with one (or twelve) bargain sets, perfect for gifting to your best friends or to yourself! These sets are meant to be convenient and cute, as well as a huge value for what you’re getting. I’ve been shopping around since the first inkling of the holiday season began, and here is my list of my personal favorite gift sets! From makeup to skincare, these collections will be sure to please every beauty lover on your shopping list, and are such a bargain you’ll be buying one for yourself as well! Keeping all price points in mind, I tried to group similar items together for easier splurge/save navigation. Happy shopping!
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Hi! Wow, that’s really awesome, thank you!! <3
Bronzer is applied along the perimeters of the face (hairline, temples, jaw) as a part of the contouring technique. Contouring shouldn’t just be done in the hollows of the cheeks, or it will look fake. Blending the contour color out into the areas of the face that would also naturally have shadow is a part of making it all look more natural. A face without some kind of color will look flat and one-dimensional! :)
*Note that the dark “stripes” are bronzer, or contour color, and the white “stripes” are luminizer, or highlight color*
Hope that helps, thanks for being such a loyal follower! It really means a lot to me <3
That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing… I’ll be checking out my Kohls tomorrow for sure!!