Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Wear Red Lipstick Like a Champ!


Red lips are the quintessential sexy look, but getting it just right can be tricky. I should know--I've made my share of lipstick blunders. Whether you're just in the mood to have fun with your look, or you're going somewhere formal, red lipstick can make any outfit look extremely sexy and classy. I promise you that no matter what your skintone is, there's a perfect red lipstick out there for you!

Here are some of my current faves (pictured above):
    Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon ($28.00)
    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb ($22.00)
    Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Moulin Rouge ($20.00)
    Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Neo-Noir ($30.00)

Since I'm basically a lip product expert (I think owning over 200 lippies is proof of that), I've learned a few tips along the way. Here are a few simple steps to getting the perfect red lips:

Don't play up your eyes.
Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup.  A little mascara and beige shadow will do just fine. It's very important to only draw attention to one area of your face, because if you go crazy with bold eyes and bold lips, chances are you'll look like a clown. Just let your lips take center stage.

Coordinate your look.

Dot a little smudge of the lipstick on the apples of your cheeks, then blend it with your fingers. It'll really pull your look together.

Be precise.
Take the time to apply your lipstick.  Whether you use a lip brush, or just apply it from the tube, take your time. Remember: Practice makes perfect!

Prevent bleeding.

No one wants to see red lipstick anywhere outside the lines of your lips themselves. To avoid this, apply a little concealer around the border of your mouth.

Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth.
This is the worst, and I've definitely done this plenty of times myself. After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.

Good luck, ladies!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to Find the PERFECT Black Heels



Possibly the most popular shoes in the world, the black pump is simply something that all ladies need to own. Honestly, if you only purchase one pair of shoes in your lifetime, this should be it.

The thing about black heels is that they go with practically every outfit possible. You can pair  them with an LBD (Little Black Dress) for some extra class, or even throw them on with some dark-washed jeans and a cute top for a daytime, non-fancy occasion.

Regardless of the cost, you'll find that you will be wearing them time and time again. Think of it this way: how much money would it cost per wear? Since you'll be wearing them a lot, a pair of $300 heels would end up costing you a couple bucks each time you wear them over the course of a year! (That's a nice little trick I learned to give myself an excuse to spend ridiculous amounts of cash...it works for expensive dresses too!)

Now, for the important part--finding the perfect shoe.

Here are the key points:

Check the Materials
Matte leather not only looks the most classic, and stands the test of time, but it's also breathable. Go for leather uppers and cushioned soles that will mold perfectly to your foot.

Inspect the Quality
Make sure to take the time to examine the stitching, the attachment of the heel to the rest of the shoe, and whether or not the uppers are fully glued to the soles. Well-made pairs won't have any gaps.

Get the Right Coverage
Choose pumps that don't dip too low in the front and show tons of "toe cleavage." It just looks trashy and weird. You want the line to hit just above where your toes end. This will ensure a leg-lengthening look.

Consider the Heel
Keep the height around three inches. Personally, I even go for two inches a lot of the time due to the constant running around that I'm always doing. Three inches is perfectly acceptable, and comfortable to wear for at least a few hours. And don't go for a stacked heel. Skinnier ones are much more versatile.

Don't go too Pointy
The narrower the tip gets, the more of a pinch your tootsies will feel! You want to pick something that has a bit of a slightly rounded shape. It'll end up being much more comfortable, yet still look incredibly polished.

Find a Simple Style
Try to avoid trendy embellishments, embossing, platforms or anything else that goes in and out of style. Though trends can be fun, these particular heels are meant to stand the test of time!

Follow these tips and you'll be sure to find your very own pair of perfectly pretty pumps!

Personally, I'm OBSESSED with the pictured Teddie Pumps from Coach ($198.00). They've got everything a good black heel needs and more! If you're looking for a cheaper option, Payless has some adorable black heels--their Karmen Pumps are fabulous and are under $30.

Happy shopping!

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Keep Breath Fresh for a Summer Makeout Sesh!

First of all, sorry for the delay in posting, lovies! I've been moving (yes...again!) and going crazy per usual.

I did want to share these awesome tips from Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor on how to get an irresistible and kissable smile!

Instant Whitening Tips:

  • Mix baking soda and peroxide and brush teeth to remove surface stains.  Crest Whitestrips are also a good at-home option for whitening teeth and makes them appear brighter.
  • Chew raw, crunchy veggies to help mechanically remove surface stains.
  • Wear lip shades with blue undertones. It contracts the whiteness of teeth and makes them look super bright.
  • Coat your teeth with a thin layer of Vaseline to protect them before drinking red wine or any other teeth-staining food or drink.

Freshen Breath
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove plaque from the fissures of the tongue.
  • Order a cocktail with vodka. (This is my fave tip!) It actually kills bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath.
  • Eat parsley. It's simply magical at keeping breath fresh.
  • Rinse twice daily with an ADA-recommended antiseptic moth rinse.
Remember--a Summer fling can come and go, but bad oral hygiene can last forever.

Check out http://lowenberglituchykantor.com/ for more info.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I NEED THIS BAG!

I've always been a Kate Spade fan.  From the fabulous jewelry to the adorable and whimsical accessories, I'm just a Kate Spade fanatic!

As I was perusing the mall trying to find a cute Summer handbag, I came across the most amazing purse I've seen in a while: Kate Spade's Wicker Car Handbag.

I mean, how crazily awesome is this bag??! Not only is it cute as a button, but the wicker is a neutral color, so it actually goes with almost any outfit you can imagine.

The roof of the car doubles as the opening. For a novelty, small purse, it's actually quite roomy (14" W x 6 1/2" L x 7"D) and has just enough space to hold your necessities.

At $398, the bag's a bit on the pricey side, but for a Summer purse that rocks this much, I think it's definitely worth it!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beauty Boo-Boo: Getting High on Lip Balm


Umm...yes.  This is a real thing. As a lip product junkie, I naturally freaked out when I discovered that teens across the country are literally getting high from Burt's Bees Lip Balm (a product I always have on me).

This stuff is a serious beauty staple, as far as I m concerned. The tinted balms add just the right amount of color, while moisturizing in an amazing way. I've yet to find other balms that work as well.

Unfortunately, people are now using the tingly lip balm in a new way. They call it "Beezin". It’s when you apply a light layer of the balm over your eyelids. Apparently, doing this adds to the experience of being drunk or high. Some also claim that it helps them stay alert.

This is honestly the most ridiculous thing I've heard of in a while.

Not only is the idea of "Beezin" stupid, it also comes with a bunch of potential health issues. The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.  The eye is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Using anything near it, other than specific eye products, is crazy.

So, my lovely readers, stick to using lip balm on your lips. It's not called "lip balm" for nothing.

That is all.

[Story found on Elite Daily. Read more here.]

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabulous Orchid Makeup Set from Sephora!

According to everyone in the makeup world, orchid is the official color of the year--and I love it! Orchid is  flattering color for most skintones, and Sephora has oodles of products to help you embrace the trend.

If you want to try out a few products in this fabulous hue, I suggest buying the Sephora + Pantone Universe 
 Radiant Femme Artistry Set. It has everything you need to give the look a go.

This allover face and nail set contains:

  • Cosmetic Bag 
  • Liquid Face, Eye, and Body Luminizer 
  • Cream blush 
  • Liquid liner 
  • Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick 
  • 0.3 oz Nail Lacquer in Orchid Chrome 
  • Get-the-look beauty card 

Everything in the kit makes the orchid color super wearable, and the "get-the-look" guide is helpful for using the products in the best, and most flattering, way possible.

Each set is valued at $110, but is currently marked down to $75--a total bargain. So get in touch with your fab self and try the look for yourself!

If you don't want to go for the complete set, Sephora also sells a bunch of individual products in the same gorgeous orchid color.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Cutest LBD for Under $15!

Sometimes, Walmart really surprises me and comes up with an amazing garment. That's totally the case with their No Boundaries Sweetheart Neckline Dress.

Though the dress comes in a bunch of fun colors and patterns (the floral ones are adorable!), the black hue is my fave because it can literally be worn for any occasion.

It's also very flattering on any body type. I'm not sure if it's the case with every dress, but I did see a couple that look like they've got removable straps for those of you who want the option. The cut is simply superb. A sweetheart neckline is ultra feminine and always looks classy. Another plus--because the dress nips in at the natural waistline, then flares out into an a-line skirt, it gives the impression of an hourglass figure (which we all strive for!)

But the ultimate best part is the price.  Each dress is a mere $14.88.  A total steal as far as I'm concerned. Buy it in every color! That's my plan.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I NEED These Sunglasses!

Sunglasses are a fabulous accessory to have. I've got about ten pairs myself. That's not much, compared to my mother's collection of about a million (I'm not kidding).

They not only protect your eyes from the sun, they also have the ability to look adorable and can even be the focal point of an outfit, rather than jewelry.

This pair of pink Rubberized Hearts Sunglasses from Pac Sun are calling my name. As a lover of sunglasses and a lover of all things heart-shaped and pink, these stylish shades were practically made for me!

They're also surprisingly versatile. You can easily wear them to the beach, or give a touch of whimsy to an LBD for a daytime event.

Each pair is $14.95.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Lancome GWP at Nordstrom!


Yay!! Nordstrom has the cutest gift with purchase from Lancome! I'm sure you all know how obsessed I am when stores offer up a fab GWP like this...I just can't help it. Who doesn't want a bag full of beauty delights?

And can we talk about the bag for a second? How adorable is it?! As I always say, you can never have enough makeup bags and this one is super cute and perfect for Spring.

All you have to do is spend $39.50 or more on Lancome products and you'll receive the gift for free. You can pick between three different sets: lift, smooth, and hydrate, all of which come with great products.

Personally, I'm loving the lift GWP myself. Here's what's included:
  • Hypnôse Drama Mascara in Excess Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Color Design Lipcolor in The New Pink (0.14 oz.)
  • Définicils Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.)
  • Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (1.7 oz.)
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream (0.2 oz.)
  • Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream (0.5 oz.)
  • Pink Cosmetics Bag

Also, if you spend an additional $30, you get:

  • Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel (2 oz.)
  • Savon Fraîchelle Invigorating Body Cleansing Gel (2 oz.)
  • Juicy Tubes Smoothie Lip Gloss in Tickled Pink (0.33 oz.)
Pretty great set, right? If you're looking for products to buy so you can get the offer, check out the Jason Wu for Lancome collection. Love it!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Top 3 BEST Multi-Tasking Beauty Products


When you're looking to get the best bang for your buck, buying beauty products that can be used in multiple ways definitely helps a ton.

Over the years, I've discovered the absolute best multi-tasking beauty products out there. Trust me on this--you need these three products:

Lip & Cheek Tints, Benefit Cosmetics Benetint - This stuff is amazing. It's a classic product that works well on literally every single skintone out there. It adds the prettiest rose hue anywhere you smear it. Even though it looks dark in the bottle, it actually applies fairly sheerly and you can build up the color depending on the look you're going for. Bonus? This amazing tint is completely smudge-proof and will last the entire day.

Skin Protectants, Aquaphor Healing Ointment - Another classic product that is incredible! It works on even the most sensitive skin (even my super sensitive skin!) and has tons of uses. Obviously, it works on dry skin anywhere you need it, but you can  also use it as a lip balm (smear it over your favorite lipstick!), and a brow-tamer.

Clear Nail Polish, Seche Vite Top Coat - It's no secret that having a good topcoat is a must-have for a long-lasting mani. But it is also essential for preventing one of the most worst fashion emergencies of them all--runs in your tights. If you get a snag in your stockings, whip out a bottle of this miracle-maker and add a touch of clear polish before it gets worse. You can basically think of this topcoat as your embarrassing moment crusher. Chipped nails suck. Torn tights are even worse. This stuff will save the day from both.

Hope these tips help you as much as they've helped me!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get Ready for Spring With This Polka Dot Dress!

I don't know about you, but I am totally fed up with cold weather! Luckily Spring is right around the corner, so I can start shopping for cute dresses in preparation.

Right now, I'm obsessed with this Coral & White Polka Dot Belted Dress from Venus. Coral surprisingly looks great on most skintones, and the white polka dots add a bit of a retro flare to the dress.

The cut is great too--since it cinches in at the natural waistline, it makes everyone look like they've got a fab hourglass figure. What more could you ask for?!

Buying this dress is just the perfect way to get ready for warm weather. And at $42, it's a great deal.

Happy shopping!





Saturday, March 15, 2014

How to Pack Your Beauty Essentials


With Springtime right around the corner (hopefully!!), traveling is something that everyone is thinking about. Now's the time to plan a weekend getaway and go somewhere to relax.

But when it comes to your makeup, traveling with it can be a nightmare. There’s nothing worse than starting a vacation with foundation-covered clothes or crushed eye shadow (both of which have happened to me).

Here are a few tips to avoiding makeup mishaps, and get your cosmetics to your destination in one piece!

Separate Your Products
Before you start packing, separate all of your products into different categories, like lip colors or hair products, and put each into their own Ziplock bag. If something breaks or leaks, at least the problem is contained.

Get a Pill Box
This is a great tip. You can actually use a pill box to carry your lip products in.  Just cut off the tip with a butter knife and place it in each compartment for multiple shades on the go. I'm loving this Fashion Smart Pill Clutch ($3). It's cheap, and comes in tons of gorgey prints.

Pick Up a Pencil Case
Pencil cases are a great way to tote around brushes without bending the hairs. There are tons of cute options out there, but I'm a fan of this Ted Baker Cam Case ($30).

Use Your Socks
Packed all your products in your cosmetics bag and still have empty space? Clean (obviously!) socks make great shock absorbers.

Embrace Wipes
I use makeup wipes daily and love 'em. But if you don't, at least use them for travel. Swap your regular makeup remover for a wipe version. The package won’t leak or break--and they’re great for dirty hands, too. Try Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes ($5.09). They work amazingly well and are made of mostly natural ingredients, so even the most sensitive skin can handle them.

Avoid Breakage
The powder puff or plastic sheet that came in your compact helps the product to stay in place while it travels to the store, so keep it in place for travel, too! Misplaced the puff? Insert a round makeup sponge or flat cotton pad for the same effect.

Slice Your Soap
Can’t leave home without your favorite soap? I hear ya. Slice off a piece with a knife and put it in a baggie instead of lugging the whole bar.

Use Plastic Wrap
If your foundation or moisturizer has a twist-off top, cut a piece of plastic wrap, place it over the top, and then screw on the lid to prevent spillage. And trust me--it totally works.

Bon Voyage!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Never Ending Love Story

I've always been a HUGE Kate Spade fan, but when I saw this adorable Never Ending Love Story Clutch, I instantly knew that the bag itself was my true love!

Made to look like a book, this whimsical bag is perfect for a night out on the town. I absolutely love unique purses, and this one is simply too cute to pass up!

Here's a peek inside the bag:

It's kind of like a big wallet, but trust me--all your essentials will fit inside.

Each bag is $328. I know, I know...it's pretty steep. But a bag like this can easily go with any outfit, and would make the perfect addition to anything in your closet!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Wear A Statement Necklace



It took me a while to really get into this trend, but statement necklaces are one of my new obsessions.

There are so many different options out there, and wearing a bold piece of jewelry can really add some punch to any outfit. 

However, there are some rules that come along with wearing these fab necklaces:

DO
Wear your hair up so it doesn't compete with your statement necklace. After all, you want the piece to shine. Of course, it’s no sin to wear your hair down with a bold necklace, but I love letting the bauble take center stage.

DON’T
Wear a statement necklace with loads of other accessories. It should be the only piece of jewelry you have on. Keep everything else very minimal.

DO
Wear over-the-top brights. Turquoise blue is hugely popular right now, but any bold hue will do. Don’t be afraid to pair bright colors with other bright colors to make your outfit really pop.

DON’T
Go overboard. A statement necklace can get totally lost among the folds of a fancy dress. It's also an issue if you wear other giant jewelry or or a dress with a crazy pattern. Let your bold necklace shine and you’ll make the biggest statement of all.

Pictured above are my fave statement necklaces of the moment. Here's where you can buy them, from left to right:
Forever 21 Regal Bib Necklace, $12.80
Banana Republic Petite Floral Necklace, $59.50
J. Crew Stone Burst Pearl Necklace, $125.00

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

EVERYONE Needs This Dress!

I am absolutely in love with Victoria's Secret's new Faux-Wrap Dress. I've probably said it a million times, but wrap dresses (or "faux" wrap dresses), are super flattering on every figure out there. Because it cinches in at the natural waistline--the tiniest part of most ladies' bods--the eye is immediately drawn to it. Not only do you look tinier because of this, you also look like you have the perfect hourglass figure that we all strive for.

I'm also loving how this dress can be worn for basically any event. You can dress it down, with flats and minimal jewelry, or glam it up! Any time you can't think of what you want to wear, this should be your go-to dress.

Because it has long sleeves, the dress is also seasonless--another win in my book! Wear it now with tights, then wear it in the Summer on its own with some cute, strappy sandals.

Another bonus? You can get the dress in four colors: black, plum, blue, and pink. Personally, I think that it's impossible to have too many little black dresses, but the other colors all look fabulous too.

The dress is $79.50. A little pricey, but totally worth it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fashion Faux Pas: the Miracle Bra for Men

Yes, this is a real thing. FunkyBod.com is selling ridiculous bra-esque "muscle enhancers" to any guy who wants a bit of a lift.

The site claims that the Funky Bod Muscle Enhancer Top is basically the best thing since sliced bread. It is supposed to accentuate the pectorals, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. And that's not all! Funky Bod also says that the top gives the effect of improved posture.

But the bottom line is that the top is padded. They even say on their website that, "Worn as a normal undershirt garment, the Funky Bod top is a great confidence booster for men in the same way a padded bra works for women.".

Am I the only one who thinks this is incredibly crazy??!

The guy in the picture looks stupid, and if I ever saw someone wearing one of these man-bras, I'd probably go on a shooting spree.

Men: Please refrain from purchasing this. You will look like an idiot. I promise you that.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let's Go Steady


Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching...I'm lucky enough to have a few valentines in my life, but even if I didn't have people to drop hints to (yes, Dave--this is a hint), I'd probably be my own valentine just so I could get this super cute Let's Go Steady Necklace from the ever-classy Kate Spade.

I mean, what's not to love about it??! The necklace is dainty, and goes with every outfit imaginable. I'm honestly obsessed with it! And think about it: if someone gave you this and actually asked you to "go steady", wouldn't you basically have a seizure of delight??!

I really wouldn't mind going steady with myself, if it meant getting to wear this gorgey bauble. I'd probably go steady with just about anyone, even the fashion-challenged, if they bought this for me.

Each necklace is $78. But the cuteness is priceless!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Nail Polish--it's Not Just for Nails!


I own a ridiculous amount of nail polish. The picture is probably about 5% of all the different polishes I have in my collection. I love painting my nails--I do it almost daily--but there are also bunches of other ways to use nail polish that doesn't involve giving yourself a fab mani or pedi.

Prevent Jewelry from Tarnishing
I love fun costume jewelry, but seeing that hint of green that winds up on my fingers isn't pretty. Prevent this faux pas by painting a clear coat on the inside of that goegey ring you just bought, and you'll be good to go.

Color Code Objects
Use different colored polishes to paint objects that look similar so you can tell them apart. Paint different shades on your set of keys so your roommate stops grabbing yours by mistake!

Paint the Sole of Your High-Heels (think Christian Louboutin):
One of my friends did this, and it's actually a fabulous idea. It's a super easy (and cheap!) way to model your shoes after the highly coveted brand, and give them a fresh new look. You don't have to go with the classic red, either. Revealing a glitzy purple hue on your soles looks just as great.

Stop Runs in their Tracks
This is a classic use for clear nail polish, and it works better than anything else. You can stop runs in stockings by dabbing polish at both ends. This way you can get more wear out of your fave tights, even after a tiny tear.

Cover Up Your Scuffs
Cover up a scratch on scuffed shoes or boots by applying a coat of black or brown (or whatever color your shoes are) nail polish to your shoes. Make sure to apply a top coat so that the polish lasts.


There are tons of other ways to use your polish, but these are the things I tend to do most often. It's also a great excuse to go out and buy another pink polish when your boyfriend simply doesn't understand that owning 20 different pink hues is totally necessary.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Everything You Need for Perfect Skin

For me, wintertime means having crappy skin. If you're an avid reader, you know that I have ridiculously awful skin. I have fairly severe eczema, I'm pale, and my skin is just constantly dry and lifeless. Over the years, I've found some products that help my numerous skin issues, but if you're someone who wants to take extra care of your skin, but don't know exactly what products to use, try out Sephora's Skin Bender set.

Rather than buying full-sized products to try (and end up hating half of whatever you bought), this kit delivers deluxe samples of Sephora's best selling skincare products that cater to any skin problem you may have. It's especially great for this time of year--no one has awesome skin in the middle of Winter. And if you do, then I officially hate you.

Here's what comes in the set:
- 0.23 oz Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil 
- 1.9 oz Bliss® High Intensity 24-'Heaven'™ Healing Body Balm 
- 0.17 oz Dr. Jart Ceramidin™ Cream 
- 1 oz First Aid Beauty Ltd. Ultra Repair Cream 
- 0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil 
- 0.67 oz Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial 
- 0.3 oz L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 
- 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation® 
- 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash 
- 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream SPF 30 in Light-Medium 
- Cosmetic bag 

All of these products promise to deliver gorgeous, radiant skin. Each kit is $48 (and is a $115 value), so it's a fantastic deal. If you find a product that you love, you can buy the full-size version.  And if you hate anything in the kit, it's not like you wasted oodles of cash on it. Win-win!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Makeup Mishaps: 5 Mistakes You Might Be Making

We've all made makeup mistakes in our past. It's just something we all do. But what you might not know, is that you could still be making little mistakes that make a huge difference in your appearance.

Okay, so the picture to the left is a bit extreme. I highly doubt that there's anyone who looks like this that is currently reading my blog. But the picture shows just about every possible makeup mistake you can make.

I've learned a few things over the years, so I'm passing my knowledge onto you. Here's a list of the most common problems (most of which, I've made myself):

1. Caked On Foundation
This is the worst. When your skin is acting up, it's super tempting to just slap on tons of foundation to try and mask any issues you may have. The problem is, you're covering up all the good along with the bad! Foundation should really only be used to even out your skintone. Concealer should be doing all the heavy-duty covering on blemishes and other areas that need it. Make sure to only dot it on the areas that need help, and blend a lot. To ensure your foundation doesn't go on too thick or cakey, try a tinted moisturizer, or foundation that has has a sheer finish. Try out Olay Fresh Effects Flawless Finish BB Cream.

2. Harsh Eyeliner
Eyeliner is a great way to define your eyes and really make them pop. That said, it's easy to get carried away and apply way too much. The result?Iit can actually make your eyes look smaller, which is probably not a look you're going for. To avoid making this mistake, stay away from black liner in general, and go for shades of brown, gray, or even a muted purple instead. It makes it more difficult for you to apply more than needed. Another trick--try using an eyeshadow s liner and apply it with an angled brush. It's easier to blend that way, and looks great. Try out L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe--bronze is a fab color for any skintone.

3. Overdone, or Underdone, Eyebrows
Eyebrows make a huge difference in the look of your whole face. Honestly, if you don't take care of your brows, it's basically pointless to do anything else to your face--they make that much of a difference. The best way to bring natural definition to your brows is to fill them in with a matching brow powder or eyeshadow and an angled liner brush. Eyebrow pencils usually come out looking way too harsh, and don't blend well. NYC Browser Brush-On Brow Kit is my pick for a brow-tastic look.

4. Mismatched Foundation
Yes, another foundation faux pas. We've all seen it and we've all been that girl at least once.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the right shade for you. Finding an exact shade match is not easy by any means, but it can definitely be done. I'd recommend going into your local department store or Sephora and getting shade-matched by a professional. If you can't do that, try out L'Oreal's True Match Foundation (it comes in liquid and powder forms). You can get pretty close to an exact match because there are so many colors, and they even cater to the undertones in your skin.

5. Skipping Skincare
Before you even apply makeup, or do anything else, please please please take care of your skin! Wash off your makeup at night and always use a moisturizer--it creates the perfect "canvas" for your makeup. Remember: All skin needs hydration and there are plenty of oil-free formulas out there! Trader Joe's Nourish Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer is fantastic. It really works for all skintones.

Of course there are tons of other makeup mistakes that occur on a regular basis, but these are the big ones. If you do everything on the list, you should have a face that looks absolutely gorgeous!

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