Underestimated “Little Nothings”

Hello everyone! I am back! To all of you who have been checking with me on why I stopped blogging & have been encouraging me to keep writing, BIG HUG!

This one is dedicated to little things we generally tend to ignore or underestimate, but can actually turn out to be the most amazing tools while doing your everyday makeup… especially if your routine has limited number of brushes. That’s right… I am taking about Q-tips/ Cotton Swabs/ Ear Buds/ whatever-else-you-may-be-calling these:

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Believe me, just try the following tips while doing your makeup and you will never look at these little nothings in the same way again.

1)The Perfect Flick

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I am sure I have mentioned this in one of my earlier posts… If you never get your cat-eye flick right, simply dip the Q-tip in a makeup remover & gently swipe the line to get the cleanest flick you will ever make.

2) Stay Where You Are

If your lipstick tends to have a mind of its own & feathers everywhere, take that Q-tip dipped in makeup remover & first use it to create a precise line around your lips. Now dip a clean Q-tip in translucent powder, trace it around your lipstick & it will stay where it is.

3) Quick Smoky Eye, DIY

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Apply your favourite eyeliner (pencil/gel) on your eye lids, & use the Q-tip to gently smudge it out. No brushes required!

4) Bye-Bye Cakey-Creasy

4-5 hours down, and your makeup starts falling apart… What do you do? That’s right, dip the Q-tip in your eye cream & gently sweep it where it’s creasing & see the magic.

5) Fat Lash, Here I Come

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Worry no more. Use a Q-tip dipped in translucent power over those sparse thin lashes & sweep from root to tip before applying your mascara as usual. Notice an instant thickening effect.

Have more ideas to use these for everyday makeup? Do share here.

Oh… and lookout for my next blog post next Sunday!

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Mastering the Eye Shadow Application

Cut-Crease-PhotoThere is no right or wrong when it comes to makeup. It’s all about the techniques you use. For instance, there is a little more technique involved in applying eye shadows than simply swiping the powder across your eyes. There are a few things listed below that we tend to do, but if avoided, can help achieve that professional makeup look.

Mistake 1 – Using foundation on your eye lids instead of eye shadow primer

I know… its convenient, right? But foundations and primers are used for different purposes. You will notice that your eye makeup won’t last long enough & will crease faster when you use foundation on eyes. Always use an eye shadow primer to ensure longevity of your eye makeup. Of course you can skip this step if you don’t find it necessary.

Mistake 2 – Using a sponge applicator

Lots of eye shadow palettes come with these mini sponge applicators. These pick up a lot of pigment at once & so are quite easy to use, but can make the eye shadow look caked on. It’s advisable to invest in a separate eye shadow brush that allows you to gradually add the product for an effortless look.

Mistake 3 – Not defining the crease

The “crease” is the line that separates mobile eyelid from the immobile one. This is an important step to achieve that flawless eye look. While you can use any colour depending on your skin tone & the look you want to go for, using a nude matt brown on the crease accentuates the eye shape & works as a border for your eye shadow application.

Mistake 4 – Not blending

Using different colours on your crease, eye lids & brow bone surely adds depth to your eyes. But if they are not blended well, it looks messy & undone instead of smooth & sexy.

Mistake 5 – Not applying / applying excess of shadow below the eye

Applying the eye shadow closely along your lower lash line finishes your eye look. But applying too much of it can drag your eyes down. It’s important to use the right brush here & blend it out.  Check out this link to know more about which brushes to use.

Do try & let me know if you found these points valid & useful!