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Hey, hey! 'Love your blog a ton; it's a total dream for someone who wants to become a make-up artist (: ANYWAY - really random - but how do you feel about Estee Lauder? Are there any specific products of theirs that you love?

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I actually really like Estee Lauder! I think their brand is more aimed towards “mature” women so I think the younger crowd tends to disregard them.

Their Double Wear line has probably the most longest lasting products for oily skin i’ve come across! They make their Double Wear foundation in three versions 1) Double Wear Light - for light coverage 2) Double Wear - medium to full coverage 3) Double Wear Maximum Cover - very full coverage so theres a foundation for everyone! They even make a Double Wear BB Cream, Double Wear Mineral Powder and DW Concealer i’ve been wanting to try out. If you have oily skin or want a foundation that will stay put through everything definitely try the Double Wear line.

Their Illuminating Powders have also been super popular lately! 

Hii, first off just want to say i love your blog! But my quest for you... No matter what i do/try my eye shadow always looks sooo messy! I know it takes prac but is there anything you recommend for a more even/flawless look?

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Thanks babe! :)

I think to get a really flawless, blended eyeshadow look you need three things

  • Good Brushes
  • A Transition/Blending Eyeshadow Color
  • Mixture of Matte and Shimmer Shadows
  • Having a Good Base/Primer

Brushes can make blending SO much easier and basically does the work for you! I’d recommend investing in one or two good blending brushes like the MAC 217 or the Sigma E25, a cheaper option is the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff which you can get here.

A transition/blending color is an eyeshadow you use to blend out another eyeshadow. Sometimes it looks messy if you blend out eyeshadow alone but by using a blending color it will help the previous color fade. For example if you’re doing a brown smokey eye using a light, almost skin tone colored brown in the crease will help any other browns fade into a lighter brown. A lot of eyeshadow beginners don’t have many transition/blending colors because they are matte and “boring” but they really help pull eyeshadow looks together! Blending shadows are usually matte medium browns, skin tone shades, greys, taupes. A lot of people put their transition color in the crease before any other shadow! Your transition color depends on the eyeshadow look being cool or warm, on a warm eyeshadow look you’d use a brown blending color on more cool looks you’d use a light taupey brown or grey shade. 

A mixture of matte and shimmery colors ties into using a blending/transition color. All shimmery shadows will look really mess and just sort of mush together. Using matte colors in the crease to the brow bone can usually help eyeshadow look more neat and put together!

Having a good base or eyeshadow primer will help the eyeshadow blend easier on the skin. Sometimes eyeshadows won’t go on as pigmented or blend as smoothly looking chalky/powdery on bare skin. Any veins on the eyelid will show through as well making the eyeshadow look less flawless. Try using an eyeshadow primer underneath to help the eyeshadows stick to the lid and blend better better.

Good luck hun! <3

I love your blog so much!<3 What setting powder(s) would you recommend? xoxoox

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There are 3 main types of finishing powders/setting powders that you can use over foundation 

  • Translucent Powder. Translucent powders are white powders that go on clear and provide no extra coverage. They are great for those who want their foundation to look “invisible” and natural because powder can often look cakey and look like youre wearing makeup. They still set your foundation so it lasts all day and is super finely milled so it blurs out imperfections and makes you look more flawless.
  • Light Coverage/”Natural” Looking Powders. These sort of powders give a very light coverage and feel light on the skin. Good for those who still want a little extra coverage.
  • Full Coverage Powders. These powders are often powder foundations used over liquid foundation. This gives super full coverage. Not really recommend because it can clog pores but if you have pretty problematic skin I get sometimes super full coverage is needed.

Translucent powders I recommend are Makeup Forever HD Powder, ELF HD Powder, NYX Studio Finishing Powder, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (great for oily skin) and Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (not completely white so good for those with darker skin).

Light coverage powders I recommend are Maybelline Fit Me Powder, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, Rimmel Stay Matte and Urban Decay Naked Powder.

Full coverage powders I recommend are Loreal True Match Powder, Benefit Hello Flawless, MAC Studio Fix Powder, Milani Multitasker Powder and Makeup Forever Duo Matte Powder.

Hope you find a powder that works best for your skin needs :)