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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Source:https://www.makeup.com/how-to-apply-makeup

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#BeautyHacks for Girls Who Hate to Paint Their Nails

As if a strict skincare routine, 10-step makeup application process, hair styling, and general primping don’t keep us busy enough, we’ve also got manicures to keep in mind. Seriously, the to-do list never ends. And, whether it means taking a regular trip to the nail salon or attempting a weekly DIY sesh, all that nail business can take hours. So, it’s no wonder that many of us (yes, even the beauty addicts) aren’t big fans of the process. In an effort to save some time and a headache or two, we came up with a few solves for the ladies who dread getting their nails did.

Nail Polish Hacks

Use a Tinted Top Coat Instead

Not ready to commit to color? Hate the chipping process? Or maybe “coloring within the lines” is a lot harder than it sounds. We’ve been there. Try using a tinted top coat instead — like a lip stain, it gives off just a hint of color, is quick and easy to apply, and lasts a lifetime (er, a week or two).  We love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor custom-tinted top coat on their new double-ended polish!

Make Vaseline Your BFF

If your hand-eye coordination is a bit rocky, use a cotton swap to dab Vaseline around your nail beds before nail polish application. This way, you can simply wipe away any fudge ups without making a mess and starting over!

RELATED: Weird Nail Hacks That Are Actually Genius

DIY a Gel Mani

Since leaving your nails completely bare is not an option, what if you could just resort to doing them less often? Give yourself an at-home gel mani by using essie Gel Setter over any nail polish shade to turn it into rock-hard gel or use the L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 nail system, so you can go weeks without having to worry!

Try Nail Stickers

The mani gods must have heard our cries for help because they came back with the perfect solution for those of us who are less skilled in the nail polish department. Enter nail stickers. Forget the spills, the mess and shaky hands because it doesn’t get any easier than literally sticking on nail polish. You can choose from one solid color, full on nail art or something a little more bedazzled like these essie Stickers & Stone.

Go for Glitter

No joke, glitter nail polish can seriously survive the apocalypse. You can dab it on quick without worrying about it being neat, and no matter what situations you find yourself in throughout the day, this stuff won’t budge.

If All Else Fails, Bribe Your Friends

Still hate doing your nails? Bribe your beauty-obsessed gal pal to do it for you and just “pay” her with a home-cooked meal, wine and gossip, or brunch — BFFs love brunch.

Source:https://www.makeup.com/nail-polish-application-tips

4 Genius (and Easy!) Ways to Cover Your Roots

Roots running wild? Unless you’re going for the ombré look, those grown out streaks are in need of some serious camo. Fix them yourself (seriously!). While only temporary, these tricks are super simple and you can do them right at home. Whether you’re skill set includes coloring your own hair or not, Team MDC has you covered on all hair fronts. Now let’s get those roots into hiding!

 tricks for hiding roots

1. Pump Up the Volume.

A salon-quality blowout creates body and volume that can temporarily camouflage roots and strays, so that you can go a few weeks longer between coloring appointments.

2. Color Your Own Roots.

 L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue is a touch-up hair color you can use at home that matches up to your salon color and all it takes is 10 minutes! Or use Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme for an easy root touch-up. Here’s how-to!

3. Dry Shampoo.

Use a dry shampoo based on your current hair color (whitish powder for blondes and brown tint for brunettes), to not only add body and lift, but disguise those pesky roots until your next wash!

4. Smart Styling.

Here’s an idea — how about simply wearing your hair in a style that hides your roots, too? Here are some options!

Slicked Back Pony. Wet looking hair appears to be darker, thus blending in your color mismatch!

Headwrap Hairstyles. If you can’t beat ‘em, hide ‘em!

Hat Hair. Same goes for stylish and chic hats — cover it up, cutie!

Milkmaid Braids. Create some braids around your crown to disguise those bad boy roots!

Flower Crowns. Turn your overgrown hair into an overgrown garden!

What are your tricks to covering up roots? Let us know in the comments below!

Photography: Natalie Faye
Model: Karlee Eldridge

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-cover-roots

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40 Extra Ways to Use Your Blow Dryer

What you are about to read will change the way you look at your blow dryer forever.

Hair dryers are known for transforming wet locks into perfect blowouts, but you might not be aware of the forty other uses of this versatile hot tool. Here’s how you can get the most out of your blow dryer:

Beauty/Body

1. Use to dry wet polish.
2. Dry damp makeup brushes, beauty blenders, body brushes and loofahs for instant use.
3. Use to enhance the absorption of deep conditioning hair treatments. Apply a mask or oil to hair, cover with a shower cap, then slightly lift the sides to fill the bonnet with heat for a DIY steaming effect.
4. Same goes for deep conditioning hand treatments! Simply apply a nourishing lotion and plastic gloves, then add heat for softer skin.
5. To prevent clumping, dry wet mascara quickly and thoroughly before you apply that second coat.
6. Heat your eyelash curler for a long-lasting lash lift.
7. Use to dry facial oils, moisturizer and self-tanners.
8. Slightly dry eyelash glue before application of falsies.
9. Create windblown hair for Beyoncé-inspired selfies and videos.
10. Dry super liquid-y foundations for buildable coverage.
11. Use to remove excess powder or eyeshadow from your face and blow away fall-out from your clothes.
12. Warm up hard pencil liners, so color glides on smoothly and smudges easily when creating smoky looks.
13. Revive second-day curls by applying a curl-activating cream and then using your diffuser on cool setting.
14. Dry your armpits after gel deodorant application to avoid clothing stains.
15. Use to air-out strong perfume from clothes.
16. Dry the inside of your ears after swimming or showering.
17. Dry your face on a low, cool setting after washing sensitive or acne-prone skin to avoid irritation from abrasive towels.
18. Dry wet or damp toiletries, like your toothbrush and face cloth, when traveling.


Fashion

19. Remove creases in your sneakers. Apply heat to the outside of your shoe and gently mold with your hand to reshape.
20. Warm up cold necklaces and bracelets before wearing.
21. Quickly dry wet socks and gloves.
22. Remove wrinkles from clothing by lightly spritzing with water and blow drying with high heat.
23. Stretch out tight leather shoes. Simply wear snug shoes or heels with socks and apply heat to widen.


Lifestyle

24. Clean off dust from your laptop keyboard using a cool setting.
25. Use as a body heater.
26. Use the cool setting for an A/C effect.
27. Dry small paint touch-ups on walls, cabinets or cars.
28. Warm seats and beds for extra coziness.
29. Defrost foggy windows and mirrors.
30. Use to quicken the diffusion rate of room air freshener.
31. Blow dust bunnies out from their hiding places for clean floors.
32. Dry caulking.
33. Defrost ice cream for easier scooping.
34. Reheat pizza without making it soggy. Simply place your slice on a paper plate and heat from underneath.
35. Heat up crayon marks on walls to slightly melt, making them easier to remove.
36. Dry handwritten ink to prevent smudges.
37. Create white noise to block out sound or when having private conversations.
38. Use heat to loosen stickers, price tags, and Band-Aids for easier removal.
39. Dry wet kitchenware if you don’t have a dishwasher. Place plates, bowls, cutlery, etc. on a drying rack and blow dry until spotless.
40. Last but not least, a blow dryer can be the perfect present! Gift the multi-use hot tool with a print-out of this list so your friends and family can enjoy all of the benefits!

Source:

https://www.beautylish.com/a/vzirv/40-different-ways-to-use-hair-dryer