How to Apply Makeup in the Correct Order (Because There Is a Right Way!)

Is there a right order to apply your makeup? This may be one of the oldest questions in the beauty book. The topic is much debated, even among professional makeup artists. And while there’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to your beauty routine — different things work for different people — there are some general guidelines. So, to help you with the sequence of events, we’ve come up with an easy-to-follow checklist for how to apply makeup correctly.

PREP

Primer

First things first. Before anything else, start with primer. This includes primer for your eyes and lips. This step is key because it creates a clean, smooth working space for the rest of your makeup and will help product stay put longer. We recommend Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer for all of your base needs, a lightweight formula that gives skin a soft-focus effect.

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EYES
Brows
After primer, you want to focus on your eye area. Shape and fill in your eyebrows first — it will help serve as a guide when you’re applying eye shadow. If you’re an absolute beginner, try an easy-to-use pencil like NYX Micro Brow Pencil and create hair-like strokes in the sparse areas of your brows.

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Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow should be done before the rest of your face in case any spills occur and you need to do a little clean up. The last thing you want to do is mess up your perfectly contoured face, right? The eyeshadow breakdown goes like this: lid shade first, followed by crease color, then swipe a little highlighter along your brow bone. For a palette that’ll meet your eyeshadow needs, try a versatile option like Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette, which offers reds, blues and every color in between.
Eyeliner
Eyeliner is much easier to apply when your lashes are bare, so do your liner after your shadow but before mascara. If you want to go for a full, bold wing, try an easy-to-use eyeliner like IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner which offers full control and a bold, matte finish.

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Mascara
The last step in doing your eyes is mascara. After you apply, wait a few moments until you move on to the rest of your routine so the mascara can dry completely. While the mascara you choose largely depends on the desired final look, a classic option like L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara will never let you down.

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FACE
Foundation
Foundation should always come first because it literally creates a foundation on which the rest of your makeup will live. If full-on foundation is a bit heavy for your day-to-day routine, opt for a BB or CC cream. We love the cult-favorite IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, which offers coverage and a host of skin benefits, too (hello vitamins and antioxidants!).

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Concealer
Next, apply concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. Foundation does a good job of covering up, but concealer will get in there and make the any stubborn imperfections non-existent. For a full-coverage option try Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, a buildable formula that comes in 14 versatile shades.

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Contour/Bronzing Powder
Whether you’re doing a full-on contour or just warming up the skin, it’s important to create that definition. To do this, contour the areas of your face where you want to create shadows. Common areas include the cheeks and jaw, the nose and the forehead, but don’t feel pressured to do them all. We recommend a versatile palette like Urban Decay Shapeshifter Palette for contouring/bronzing — a dual-sided product that offers both cream and powder products.

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Blush
Your blush should sit atop your bronzer. Otherwise, you risk getting a muddy, splotchy look as opposed to a natural flush. There are lots of ways to apply blush but one thing is key — blending is your best friend, and you need to use the right blush. Once you’ve gotten that down you can move on to choosing a shade. If you can’t make up your mind, try a product with lots of shade options like Juvia’s Place The Saharan Vol. II Palette, a blush palette you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

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Highlighter
Highlighter is the final step to your face makeup. Apply it to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose — and anywhere else natural light would touch and reflect. The kind of highlighters you reach for is really up to you. Try a colorless, wet-looking option for a dewy, natural finish (we love NYX Professional Makeup Dose of Dew), or something with lots of glow for a bold finish.

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LIPS

Lipstick
Lipstick or gloss should be one of the very last steps, as you don’t want it to smudge while trying to do the rest of your makeup. To make sure it locks in place all day, try a matching lip liner or picking a formula with all-day staying power (cue: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink).

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FINISHING TOUCHES

Setting Spray
Finally, the last step! Spritz on a setting spray like Urban Decay Setting Spray all over your face to help your makeup last all day.
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Easy Mascara Hacks

Presenting… a video by the M Crowd — the wildly talented group of makeup influencers who create exclusive content just for Makeup.com. Here, Heidi shares mascara hacks for the best lashes of your life.

Mascara is truly the workhorse of any makeup bag — it’s the one thing you can always rely on, and finding the perfect formula is similar to stumbling across a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or catching a train moments before the doors close. But even the best mascara can be better — or hacked so you get the biggest bang for your buck. Check out the 14 hacks ahead, designed to help your lashes reach their fullest potential.

Hack 1: Bring it Back to Life

Mascara typically has a shelf life of two to three months once opened, but there are those times when you need it to stretch just a little bit longer. Contact solution works in a pinch, breaking up a gunky formula and thinning it out so it will last you a little bit longer. For best results, add a few drops at a time to achieve your preferred consistency.

Hack 2: Fake it Til You Make it

Use a fine tipped liquid liner to draw dashes on dots on your lash line. This will create the appearance of thicker lashes without the help of falsies or fiber mascara.

Hack 3: Turn Up the Heat!

Heat up your lash curler using a blow dryer before curling your lashes. This will give your lashes a better curl and help you achieve maximum volume. When doing this, be sure to check the temperature of the lash curler before using it on your face.

Hack 4: Curl, Baby, Curl

Rather than clamping your lash curler a few times and applying mascara, try this three-step method instead. Start with your lash curler at a 30 degree angle and clamp at the roots for 15 seconds. Repeat this at the middle of your lashes and finally at the end. Do this once or twice until you achieve your desired look.

Hack 5: Prime Your Lashes!

Lash primer is an essential step to getting the longest, fullest lashes possible. Not only will it help your lashes hold their curl, your mascara will apply a lot smoother and last a little longer.

Try: L’Oréal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara

Hack 6: Ignore the Pricetag!

Rule number one of mascara: you can’t judge a mascara by its price tag. Some of the best mascara formulas can be found at your local drugstore, including the cult fave L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara — a formula that is constantly compared to higher end mascara and comes out on top.

Hack 7: Stop Pumping That Wand

It can be tempting to vigorously pump your mascara wand into its tube — let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of it. This actually shortens the lifespan of your mascara by forcing air into the tube and drying it out.

Hack 8: Wipe it Off

Removing the excess product is the best thing you can do for your lashes. This simple step reduces clumping and helps to distribute products evenly on your lashes.

Hack 9: Layering is Key

Start by applying very thin layers of mascara and focus mostly on the ends. Continue to build layers until you achieve desired thickness and length.

Hack 10:

Use your blowdryer on the cold setting and gently dry your lashes in between coats to speed up drying time.

Hack 11: Wiggle!

When applying thin coats of mascara, wiggle your mascara brush as you apply for maximum volume.

Hack 12: Waterproof It

For your bottom lashes, use waterproof mascara with a very thin wand, and apply vertically.

Try:L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara

 Hack 13: Clean it Up

Use a clean spoolie to brush through your lashes once everything is dry. This will eliminate clumps and ensure your lashes are separated.

Hack 14: Q-Tips Fix Everything

Dip your Q-Tip in makeup remover to remove any excess product from your eyelid or underneath your eye. Bonus points if you use a pointed Q-Tip to really get precise.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/mascara-hacks-video

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7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Your Eyes Look Smaller

There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to make a perfect Cupid’s bow, hacks to shape your eyebrows differently and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. That last makeup trick, however, is a bit harder to master than others. Maybe it’s because you go a little crazy with the eyeliner, or maybe you applied too much dark, smoldering shadow. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and how to fix them.

Eye Makeup Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you wear it. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tiny. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner. A light color opens your eyes up, making them look rounder and larger. If you do want to use black, don’t line the inner rims of your eyes. Draw a light line right above the lashes, working the product into the lash line.

Eye Makeup Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes

This almost seems impossible, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. If you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking strips can make your lids appear heavy. Every once in a while, opt for a natural, wispy set for a bright-eyed look. You can even use single eyelashes for a customized effect.

Eye Makeup Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse

Sadly, we weren’t all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. We like IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. A couple coats of this magical stuff and your eyes will instantly look more open.

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Eye Makeup Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes

You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but did you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.

Eye Makeup Mistake #5: Applying the Wrong Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape 

Landing the perfect smoky eye takes skill, practice and an endless amount of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

On that note, the way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. If it’s too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can make them look smaller, as well. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes. Get it right with this eyeliner tutorial for your eye shape.

Eye Makeup Mistake #7: Not Wearing Concealer When You Have Dark Circles 

Darkness around your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: Reach for concealer. A concealer like Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and hide dark circles.

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Source: https://www.makeup.com/makeup-mistakes-that-make-your-eyes-look-smaller

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How to Use Highlighter Spray for a Lit-From-Within Glow

At this point, all beauty junkies worth their weight in mascara know their way around highlighter and can differentiate between a powder formula that packs a punch and a cream formula that adds just a little something. Every once in a while, however, a new product enters the category that causes even the most devoted and experienced to pause and investigate. Cue highlighter sprays, a new take on the (now) classic beauty product. It offers shimmer rather than glitter, and differs from pigment-infused sprays meant to be spritzed all over. Spray highlighters are meant to be applied to a concentrated area, which can be difficult to achieve at first spritz. That’s why we tapped celebrity makeup artist and brand founder Patrick Ta to share his best tips and tricks for mastering the look.

It’s All About Focus

The key to getting a lit-from-within glow is concentrating the highlighter on specific parts of the face. Ta’s Major Glow Highlighting Mist works well for this thanks to its super-fine mist, which offers sheen rather than sparkle. When applying, “make sure you target certain areas of the face,” says Ta, whose go-to spots are the tops of the cheekbone and “C” around the temple.

Distance Is Key

To ensure you don’t look like you dipped your cheek in glitter, it’s important to get the distance right. Ta recommends six inches from the face, which will ensure you’re getting the benefit of the product without overdoing it. If you do go a little overboard, however, just use a clean beauty sponge to dab away excess product.

Use Your Resources

If you need help targeting specific areas, use a sheet of paper to block off the area you want to highlight — similarly to creating a wing using a business card. This will help to keep the highlighter in one place and concentrated in the areas you want to glow. If you want to be a little fancy (and have some extra coin to spend), pick up the Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Setting Fan, which can be used to help place the highlighter and set the mist.

It’s Not Just For the Face

According to Ta, the best way to finish off any look is to bring the highlighter down to your neck and décollatege, which helps everything to look cohesive and blended. You can spray the highlighter directly for an extra pop of glow, or buff it in using a brush for a diffused, sunkissed look.

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https://www.makeup.com/how-to-use-spray-highlighter

 

 

This Brand Is Making Makeup More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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The beauty industry is finally becoming more inclusive, and this brand just made another major step in the right direction. New beauty brand Grace Beauty is creating “beauty product add-ons designed to make products more accessible,” and they’re starting with a launch of three mascara handles that will make it easier for people with disabilities to apply mascara (available now).

The easy-to-hold accessories can be attached to any mascara wand, so regardless of whether you’re a YSL-forever kinda gal or a L’Oréal Lash Paradise lover, you can clip it on to make application easier. As Grace Beauty gracefully reminds us, “Anyone, regardless of ability, should be able to use any beauty product they want to.”

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We also love that this brand pitches itself as a platform to share stories. Since the announcement, the brand has already – and quite rightly – received a whole lot of love. One Instagrammer wrote, “I have a declining neuro function and in the last six months I have given up on makeup. I wasn’t even an actual everyday user before, but this makes me so happy I am crying.” While another commenter pointed out that they can be used for any packaged product in this shape, for example, a concealer or lipstick wand.

The brand is also welcoming feedback from its users, asking: “What do you think of it? Can it be helpful and do you like the design?” explaining that they’re “especially interested to hear your opinion.” Users are then asked to join the Grace community via their website and social media platform, and by doing so, users can even gain access to early prototypes and impact future releases and designs.

The Safe Grip

The Safe Grip provides a wide-angled grip that’s easy to hold, allowing for better control. The rubber material is supple yet firm so that it can be more easily held.

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The Ring Grip

The Ring Grip was created to allow for steady and even application so that users don’t have to worry about losing grip or dropping the mascara. The rubber will attach tightly to most mascaras on the market and the width of the ring will fit all finger sizes.

The Square Grip

The Square Grip accessory fits both ends of the mascara and makes opening, holding, and application easier while the rubbery texture helps with grip.

What do you guys think of this? We’d love to hear from you!

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8 Stunning Makeup Tutorials That Have Taught Us the Most

We’re always giddy when we learn about new things in the realm of beauty: an amazing (and strange) Korean powder hack for perfectly set foundation; how applying glitter polish with a sponge yields much better results; and how applying only a dab of bronzer underneath your lower lip creates the illusion of a fuller pout. While we’ve gleaned these tips from makeup artists, friends, and the dark corners of the internet, there’s one steady stream of beauty we can always count on as a source: YouTube makeup tutorials.

The numbers don’t lie: millions of women and men, including us here at Byrdie HQ, flock to the site to learn how to create stunning new looks. There’s something oddly satisfying about watching someone go through an entire makeup routine from start to finish and seeing the transformation unfold, so to give you all a bit of eye candy, we rounded up our favorite tutorials (with a few of our own makeup hack videos thrown in for good measure). Watch the best makeup tutorials below!

Gilded Fall Makeup

Sona Gasparian has a smart tip for applying dark lipstick: When working on the upper lip, tilt your head down so you can catch any areas you may have missed, and vice-versa for the bottom lip (tilt your head up). When completed, Sona’s created a stunning cold-weather beauty look, complete with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22) in Goldrush in her tear ducts for a gilded accent.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Everyday Look

When a makeup artist posts a video of them doing a celebrity’s glam session, we feel like we’ve been let in on a big secret (even if millions of other people have access to the video, too). As such, we pause, rewind, take notes, and test the looks out ourselves with a hope and prayer that it’ll turn out at least half as good.

Take, for example, this perfect everyday tutorial created by the fabulous Lisa Eldridge on supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Bronzed eyes? Check. Subtle highlight? Check. Stunning finished product? Double-check. Rosie even lets us in on a beauty secret of her own: She usually only lines her upper lip before applying lip balm to “cheat the edges slightly.” (Though it’s safe to say the pillowy-lipped model doesn’t need any cheating whatsoever.)

Elevated Drugstore Eyeshadow

You can make any drugstore eye shadow perform like a prestige shadow by placing a white pencil on your lids first. This way, the pigment has something to grip onto (think of it like paint primer).

30-Second Full Brows Tutorial

Do your arches ever look, well, too over-arched? Brush your brow hairs down instead of up before filling them in with pencil so that you’re following closely along the top of your brow instead of extending past its natural pattern. Then, brush them back into place and apply a bit of concealer to any patches that still need filling. Finally, use brow powder on top of the concealer (doing this allows the powder to have better grip), et voilà! Full, thick, and natural-looking brows that aren’t overdrawn.

Bella Hadid’s Anti-Jet Lag Routine

This video of Bella Hadid walking us through her quick anti-jet lag beauty routine nabbed a spot on our list of the best makeup tutorials because it’s so delightfully simple. With only a few well-placed products, Bella’s got a fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.

Kim Kardashian West’s 10-Minute Beauty Routine

A rare, candid glimpse at Kim Kardashian West doing her own makeup imposes so many nuggets of wisdom. Tip one: She brushes on some Giorgio Armani liquid Illuminator underneath her foundation for a subtle glow. Tip two: She applies foundation all over her face, lips included (this helps prime the lips for color later on). Tip three: She bakes her concealer (a Kardashian beauty routine staple) with pink powder and sets the concealer around her mouth (to fill in lines) with yellow powder. Tip four: She dots a bit of highlighter right underneath her eyes (playing coy and not telling us what she’s using because she has some “exciting things coming out”) to illuminate her under-eyes.

Smoky Eye Look With Monika Blunder

We love that this evening look tutorial featuring two Byrdie faves, celebrity makeup artists Joey Maalouf and Monika Blunder, employs Blunder as the muse. Maalouf is a genius at manipulating the makeup to complement what Blunder deems “mature” skin and proves that a smoky eye is incredibly versatile.

French Party Makeup

Ah, French beauty. It’s so impossibly effortless, it makes us wonder if there’s a magical beautifying potion floating in the Seine that warrants femmes Françaises to skip the heavy makeup. Even in what she’s dubbed “party” makeup, vlogger Maripier Morin has created a glam look that’s still natural (not a dose of baking or strobing to be seen here). To top it all off, each product is from Revlon (read: inexpensive).

What are some of your favorite beauty tutorials? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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https://www.byrdie.com/best-makeup-tutorials-2016

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Glitter + Makeup = Adorbs!!

If glitter still reminds you of middle school arts and crafts, you’re in for a sparkly surprise. Turns out glitter makeup isn’t just for Halloween, New Year’s Eve or Coachella. It has evolved into some of the brightest, most magical makeup looks that can be worn almost anywhere.


Still skeptical? Here are two glitter-packed looks that will stand out in a crowd without making you feel like a disco ball. We used the following to create unique, sparkly looks that are easy to recreate and super wearable.

Pro tip: given the current summer heat, we recommend trying the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Base Water-Resistant formula.


Look One: Out-Of-This-World Glitter Freckles


Faux freckles are still trending, and if you’re going to give this look a try, why not add a pop of sparkle? Follow these simple steps to shine your brightest.


  1. Start by applying a sheer foundation all over your face. We used Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation in Porcelain on our model, followed by Hourglass Lighting Powder in Radiant Light for a luminous, sunkissed finished.
  2. Next, apply any cheek products prior to glitter application to add some natural color.
  3. Use a setting spray, like Cover FX Dewy Finish, all over the face. This will set the makeup and serve as an extra adhesive to ensure glitter stays in place.
  4. Now, let’s get to the glitter! Use your fingers or a sponge to gently press Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Commander in Glitter into skin as a highlighter at the top of the cheekbones. Be sure to smooth out any glitter clumps that form. Remember, a little goes a long way with this all-over glitter formula.
  5. Next, use your fingers to spread Lit Cosmetics Glitter Base across your cheeks, cheekbones, and anywhere else you want to apply the star glitter. The clear, liquid formula will keep the glitter in place without creasing or smudging, so this step is essential.
  6. Finally, time to apply Lit Cosmetics You’re A Star Glitter Pigment using a toothpick or tweezers. Whichever you choose, make sure to dip the tip in Lit Cosmetics Glitter Base. Then, start sticking the stars on, one at a time, using your finger to slide it into place on your face. Spread the stars across your cheeks and cheekbones, going as subtle or sparkly as you want!

Other products used for this look:


EyesCharlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise JeanJeffree Star Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette (Entitled, Undertaker and Flourishing), Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette (Splash), Tom Ford Eye Kohl Intense Crayon in 02 Onyx, and Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Beyond Mascara


LipsAnastasia Lip Glosses in Parfait and Freya.


Look Two: Starry-Eyed Glitter Wings


There’s nothing like a unique spin on a classic, timeless look. For this edgy cat-eye, we extended the glitter a bit further to create an extra-sparkly, unexpected look. Here’s how you can make your eyes shine:


  1. Start by applying a sheer foundation all over the face. We used Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation for a flawless, soft-focus finish.
  2. Next, apply any desired eye shadow before the glitter. We used Jill Stuart Iconic Look in G302 for a completely celestial look.
  3. Use a setting spray to set your makeup. Plus, it’ll act as an extra adhesive to keep the glitter in place. We used Cover FX Dewy Finish for a dewy, hydrated glow.
  4. Now, time to shine! Use your fingers to spread Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Commander in Glitterand Sargent Sparkle as a base, applying to the inner corner of the eye as well as the outer edge. Smooth out any glitter clumps before spreading the glitter onto skin, and remember to extend further than the eye itself to create the “winged” effect.
  5. Next, stick Lit Cosmetics You’re A Star Glitter Pigment over the Glitter Camo Commander in Glitter using a toothpick or tweezers. Apply the stars one at a time, both in the inner corners and outer edges of the eyes.

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https://www.beautylish.com/a/vzams/shine-your-brightest-the-easiest-glitter-makeup-looks

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