Some of you may have noticed that I always apply eye liner first and eye shadow second. Why is that, you wonder? Doesn’t the shadow cover the up the liner? Why not do it the other way around?
Well, let me answer your question with a question. Are you capable of applying your eyeliner perfectly in one try without any adjustments? No, you’re not? Yeah, ME EITHER! Most people aren’t, even the most skilled and seasoned makeup artists.
If you’ve applied your eye shadow, taking the utmost care to get it perfect, wouldn’t it be a shame to ruin all your hard work by then messing up your liner? I certainly don’t want to take off and reapply my eyeshadow because I couldn’t get my liner perfect on the first try. So I simply swap the two steps. Apply your liner first so you can use any trick to get it perfect (i.e. a Q-tip with makeup remover) without compromising your eye shadow. Then apply your shadow. If the shadow mutes your liner too much just go back over your liner once you’re finished applying the shadow. Then all you’ll have to do is trace the initial line, nearly diminishing all room for error.
I use this method on my self and when I’m applying makeup on other people. Who knows what could happen when you’re applying liner; you blink, your hand slips, it’s just not as even as you’d like. Don’t hold yourself to some crazy standard of perfection by applying your shadow first. Seriously, swap these steps and you could be saving yourself a lot of time, hassle, and frustration.
AM: The black hoodie from Uniqlo that’s furry on the inside. I get really cold. And Uggs! People really lash out on Uggs for being unattractive, but listen, those people don’t know how cold I get. I will defend Uggs until the earth freezes over, at which point my toes will be toasty warm.
Tell us your most beloved and most despised trends right now.
AM: I’m not really a trend person, I just have a specific style I tend to like. I like over-the-knee boots, those seem to be popular right now, but I think of tall boots as a classic. I don’t like to name things that I hate because I think that’s a matter of personal taste. I wouldn’t wear a pastel cardigan sweater, but that doesn’t mean I hate them, it just means they’re not for me. The only thing I’ve really disliked were Harem pants, but thankfully those went out as quickly as they came in.
How To Buy High Quality Makeup Without Going Broke!
Makeup is expensive, like way too expensive. I’m a makeup artist, so I have a lot of it, but that doesn’t mean that you need a lot of it. Owning as much makeup as I own would be crazy, trust me. For some, dropping 50 bucks on Chanel bronzer is worth it, while others might think this is insane, both opinions are totally valid. In general there are some products where quality and price are directly related and others where it’s not so important. I don’t believe that the more money you spend the better you will look, so here are my tips on how you can get good makeup without going broke.
Know what to splurge on and what not to. - If you’re on a budget don’t shell out a lot of cash for expensive mascara. This is even a luxury for me. I use Voluminous by L’Oreal in my kit and for years and years and years on myself. It’s not just good mascara for drug store makeup, it’s flat out good mascara. Plus it’s about $9.
- If you wear eyeliner, spend the money on MAC Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack. In my opinion it is the best eyeliner on the market. You can get a very precise liquid-esque line with it, or you can get a smudgy look. It stays on without moving or fading until you wash it off. It’s $15, which is not that expensive, but you will need a brush to apply it, which could take your purchase to between $30 and $35. But trust me, this is what you splurge on.
- You probably don’t need 30 dollar concealer. For a lower price point I recommend Neutrogena concealers and eye products. I used them for years and years, they work really well and are not expensive. Use the money you save to buy a higher end product that you really like!
Be crafty with your eye shadow purchases. Eye shadow is probably the easiest product to spend a lot of money on. Why’s that? Because when you go into the store you have so many options that you end up thinking, “I need that color and that color and that color and that color and that color and…” If you have a lot of money to spend on makeup, that’s great, go crazy, buy every color you like!! But, if you don’t, figure out how to play the eye shadow game.
- Invest in a Quad palette from MAC! This lets you put 4 colors of your own choosing into a small palette. It costs $38, but for that price you get 4 colors AND eye shadow lasts a long time. Try and pick colors that work together or alone. For example, if you’re on a budget don’t get a palette with 4 crazy shades of blue and green! A good rule to follow for a 4 palette is: 2 light shades and 2 dark shades that can be worn with the light shades. Here is an example of a good 4 palette that will get you a lot of different looks: Shroom, Satin Taupe, Rice Paper, and Romp. You can use Shroom and Satin Taupe together and you can use Rice Paper and Romp together. Also, all four of the colors look good on their own. If you’re more adventurous with color, sub in Cranberry for Satin Taupe or Sumptuous Olive for Romp.
- If you’re dying for some NARS shadow, invest in a Duo, don’t by a single. A Duo is $32, which is expensive, but you get two shadows instead of one. Again, pick wearable colors. My favorite Duos are Bellissima and Kalahari.
And look, even in these examples there is a money-saving game to be played! If you’re on a budget splurge on the MAC quad, not the NARS Duo, you get 2 extra eye shadows for only 6 more dollars.
Spend money on the products you use the most. - Some people are really into eye makeup, some are really into lipstick, others are just interested in getting glowing skin. So buy your makeup accordingly. If you are a lipstick person, don’t buy a million eye shadows, just invest in high end lipstick. I like NARS lipsticks best.
If you almost never wear lipstick (like me), don’t buy multiple shades of expensive lipstick that you will never wear. Instead find one or two shades that can be your go-to colors (like a neutral and a red) and then invest your money in eye makeup, i.e. good liner and shadows.
- I HATE wearing makeup on my face, so for my personal product stash I save money by not buying foundations and bronzers. I have only two blushes and one highlighter, which allows me to spend more money on the things I wear, eye shadows and liners. If you love face products, it might be worth it to you to splurge on that expensive Chanel bronzer, but if you’re on a budget skip the shadow or lipstick.
So, there are some of my tips for spending less money on makeup, while still getting quality where you want it. I don’t want anyone living on ramen noodles just to support a crippling addiction to high-end makeup! Oh also, look back at old Daily Face posts; you’ll notice that I use a lot of the same makeup over and over. It’s important and helpful (and fun!) to know how to create multiple looks with a limited number of products. Don’t forget guys, the holidays are coming up, so if you’re looking to build your makeup stash ask for gift cards to Sephora or MAC! I did this all through high school and college and I ended up with a lot of makeup I never could have afforded otherwise!