I'm forever in search of the perfect foundation - great coverage, but no cakeyness! Any recommendations?
It’s a little tricky to find a full coverage foundation that will look and feel super lightweight but you can use tricks and tips to make any foundation look less cakey!
Check out my post on how to avoid looking cakey here. This post will teach you how to take care of your skin and different products that will help your foundation look more natural.
Another post you might find helpful is how to get flawless coverage but still looking natural which you can view here. This post is more about how to use a light coverage foundation and concealer to get full coverage without using a full coverage foundation all over your face.
As for foundations i’d recommend that will still give a good medium coverage and still feel light weight id recommend
For touch ups through out the day I highly recommend translucent powders or sheer pressed powders! If you reapply makeup and touch up multiple times through out the day youre adding on more and more makeup which can easily look cakey and feel heavy.
Translucent powders are colorless powders that will take away any shine but still look super natural and light. Translucent powders usually work better at controlling oils and shine than regular face powders! I always apply a layer of translucent powder after all my makeup even if I use a regular pressed powder just to make sure my makeup lasts longer. A lot of translucent powders are loose powders which can be messy for on the go so I do have one pressed one I take with me! Some great translucent pressed powders
MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in the shade Transparent (they also make colored shades)
Urban Decay DeSlick Mattifying Translucent Powder
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Translucent Powder
If you have a lot to cover sometimes your makeup can wear off through out the day so extra coverage is sometimes needed! In these cases you can go for a blot or light coverage pressed powder. Something that will look natural but still give a little extra coverage! Try powders like
hey, do you know any affordable brushes for contouring/bronzing?
That I do :)
Sedona Lace Large Angeled Contour Brush $13. I personally love angled blush brushes because they can be used for blush, bronzer or contouring so you can get many uses out of it! Their small contour brush is also great for a more intense contour!
Real Technique’s Contour Brush that comes in the Core Collection Kit for $17. Their blush brush can work for contouring too but it’s a little too big to be perfect for contouring. Their expert face brush could work too! Sold at Ulta and some Walgreens, Targets and Walmarts.
Out of eye makeup remover or having trouble washing all your makeup off?
Olive oil as a makeup remover is natural, eco friendly, skin beneficial and super affordable! Great for those on a budget or those trying to sway away from using chemicals when unnecessary.
For the eyes:
Use a little olive oil on a cotton pad to use as an eye makeup remover. I prefer letting the cotton pad sit on my eye area for about 30 seconds to really dissolve the makeup. The oil breaks down makeup and leaves your eye area moisturized! Using olive oil as an eye makeup remover is very gentle and non irritating unlike some eye makeup removers that can tingle and burn. Mix olive oil and aloe vera water in a bottle for a more light weight formula!
For the face:
You can even use olive oil to remove heavy face makeup. Oils as makeup removers are quickly becoming popular because the oils break down the makeup for easy removal. I know using oils on your face can seem scary especially those with oily skin. However olive oil resembles your skin’s natural oil production so it won’t clog pores only make your skin super soft. Olive oil has healthy fats which plump and moisturize the skin with Vitamin E and Vitamin A. I would still recommend washing your face with a gentle face wash after and use olive oil as a makeup remover not a face cleanser.
For very dry skin you can use olive oil alone with a cotton pad or wash cloth but for those with more oily skin I’d recommend mixing olive oil with rose water or aloe vera water. Mixing with rose water or aloe vera water will make it feel lighter on the skin and not be as messy :)
I just wanted to say that you do a great job answering questions. Everyone should understand that you can't answer everything. Plus, you never give vague answer they are always thorough and informative! So, I have a question, have you ever heard of Magnetic Lash by Santhilea? Do you think it's worth they hype? Thanks, doll!
Aw I love you! lol
Thank you for totally understanding :)
As for Magnetic Lash i’ve never tried it because it seems to be a UK product (could be wrong) but I always trust makeupalley for reviews!
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Do you have any advice on how to make makeup look flawless?. At times in certain areas of my face it looks caked on. And another problem I have is that my face and body are two different colors, so it always looks like so out of place. (Face is lighter than neck and arms :/)
I have a post under the Makeup Tips link on the top of my page on how to get flawless skin with foundation & one on how to avoid looking cakey :)
how can i make my eyebrows look real, with a pencil instead of looking fake. :/
Personally I prefer using brow powder or an eyeshadow for my eye brows because it looks more natural in my opinion. Although sometimes I do like outlining my brow with pencil and filling in with powder if i’m going for a really strong brow that day :)
As for tips how to look pencil look more natural
Use a light hand, don’t press down too hard or they will look drawn on
Use light strokes to mimic real hairs try to avoid just using one line from the front of the brow to the end
Fill in the beginning of the brow less. The brow naturally has less hair in the front of the brow.
Use a shade a lighter than your hair (unless youre blonde use a shade or two darker) because it will help your brows look less harsh.
Often times brow pencils come with a little brush or comb on the end to brush out the brows, USE IT. It will help blend everything together and make it look more soft. They sell spoolie wands for super cheap as well or you can clean off an old mascara brush and use that!