Thanksgiving is almost here and that means spending precious moments with friends and family, delicious food and for some of you, that also means traveling. I know what to bring can seem overwhelming. (If you’re like me you feel a need to bring everything “just in case”) Well relax, as always, I’m here to help! Here are my top five travel makeup must-haves.
These are such a great way to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup. It also removes the need to bring an eye makeup remover and a cleanser and a toner since a cleansing sheet will do all three! I love Shiseido’s Pureness Gentle Cleansing Sheets. They gently cleanse without drying out my skin or making it feel oily. They even remove waterproof mascara, which is great if your travel makeup bag is geared toward pool-side resorts or wet weather!
You want to make sure you at least have a nail file, nail clippers and tweezers in your travels. The last thing you want is to have a broken nail and be without clippers or a file, or to see a huge unsightly hair and not be able to tweeze it! I really like the Sephora Collection Manicure Kit. It includes nail clippers, cuticle nippers, metal file, nail scoop, nail cleaner, tweezers and manicure scissors all in a sleek, black travel case. Everything you need to stay well groomed when traveling.
The reason for this in your travel makeup bag is because you can have countless looks with the same eyeshadow palette (including eyeliner) and you save room at the same time. Yay! I adore the Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Mystic Smokys. It has all my favorite colors in one compact and I can make my eyes as dramatic or as neutral as I want and I only need to bring one compact. Love it!
As you well know, I’m a huge advocate for tinted moisturizer because of its convenience and ease, so you shouldn’t be surprised that I recommend you travel with it! You can use it as your foundation, moisturizer (unless you’re super dry, then you may need to add a day cream underneath) and your sunscreen all in one, fabulous product. Woohoo! My all time favorite is Elizabeth Arden’s Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer in Fair. It blends seamlessly into my skin and evens out any discolorations without being greasy or heavy… just flawless.
Tinted or un-tinted, it’s very important to keep those lips hydrated! Traveling can be really take it out of you… especially the moisture in your lips. So you really need to keep a lip balm on them at all times so they don’t get dry and chapped. Check out Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15. It moisturizes and softens lips while also giving a soft, natural rosy color. You can even use it on your cheeks as a clear blush look.
So those are a few products that will make perfect travel companions whether you’re traveling to the desert, or the mountains! Notice the theme of multi-purpose… you should always try to bring products that can so more then one thing so you can pack less and have a much lighter suitcase. Happy trails and safe journey!
Your eyes are one of the first features people notice about you, and to really make them stand out you’ve got to learn how to make your eyes look bigger. So… let’s play them up! Let me tell you a few simple ways to help your eyes appear even more gorgeous than they already are.
This is such a quick and easy way to really accentuate and bring out your eyes. Use a contrasting color in your eyeshadow, and/or eyeliner to really pop your eye color. For example, blue eyes should try bronzes, golds and browns, while brown eyes should use more grays and blues. Green and hazel eyes will really stand out with purples and plums. Now I’m not suggesting that you must wear these specific shades every day because I encourage you to try all kinds of colors and looks. What I’m saying is to try using a contrasting color from your eyes, I think you’ll be surprised how much it can really bring out the color and open up your eyes! Try doing one eye first and look at the difference.
You may be saying to yourself, “well, duh!”, but I want to talk about the best way to line your eyes for really making them stand out. For me, it’s all about focusing the liner on the outer corner of the eye… darker on the outside, lighter on the inside. Doing this will really help to open up your eyes and make them look bigger. You’ll want to make sure to smudge the eyeliner on the inner corner so you don’t see exactly where the liner starts and stops.
Tip The darker the eyeliner, the better. Using a dark color to line your eyes will make them stand out much more than a soft, light shade. If you’re not used to wearing a dark eyeliner, try building up the color slowly rather then pile it on all at once. Doing so may help to take the fear factor out of it.
Some of you (like my two beautiful sisters) may have been blessed with lovely, long, lush lashes that are naturally curled (I’m so jealous!!), but for those of you that are like me with straight lashes really benefit from the help of an eyelash curler. (My all time favorite is the Shiseido Eyelash Curler) Those of you that have tried it, know what a difference it can make in opening up your eyes. Those of you that haven’t should try it immediately! I know they can look intimidating, but I promise, they’re painless. The best way to use an eyelash curler is to start at the base of your clean, dry lash and gently squeeze up and out. Then follow with at least two coats of mascara.
Alright, my darlings, those are a few of my favorite ways to pop those peepers and make your eyes look bigger. Playing up your eyes is such a great way of bringing out what I think most people feel is their best feature ( I know I do!). When others notice your eyes, they’re getting a glance at the beauty that is you… and that is something that everyone should see.
Alright, you’ve got your fabulous makeup brushes and now you’re wondering what to do to take care of them. And if you’re not, you should, because it’s important to keep your brushes like new.
If you take proper care of your brushes, not only will they last longer, but keeping your brushes like new will keep your makeup application looking flawless. Listed below are some of the common care and maintenance routines associated with taking care of your makeup brushes.
I like to keep my brushes standing in a glass in my bathroom, or when I’m freelancing they always have their own little bag with a special pocket for each brush. I do this so my brushes will keep their shape and the bristles won’t get frayed. Plus, getting ready is so much faster when I can see my brushes instead of digging for them in my makeup bag.
Yes, you do! You can wash them with your facial cleanser as long as it’s a foam or a gel. A creamy cleanser can leave behind a residue or film and cause streaking or uneven application of your makeup. You can even use a gentle shampoo like a baby shampoo to clean your brushes, or you can head down to your local beauty supply store and get soap specifically made for cleaning makeup bushes.
TipCleaning your brushes only takes a few simple steps:
Once a month at the very least. You don’t need to be obsessive about it, but it’s important to clean your brushes not only to remove the residue of old makeup, but also to get rid of bacteria that can live on the brush and transfer to your skin causing breakouts and other problems. If you have oily skin you’ll need to clean your brushes more because of the excess oils and bacteria on your skin, but no more than once a week.
When traveling with your brushes, you want to take care that they don’t get smashed and deformed. Once a brush’s shape has been compromised, it’s almost impossible to get it back the way it was, although you can sometimes get the shape back by wetting and reshaping the brush depending on the bristles and how badly it’s damaged. To prevent damage while traveling, you can either invest in a travel case for them or carefully wrap your brushes in a washcloth and put them inside your makeup bag.
So that’s it for makeup brush care 101! I wish you and your brushes a very long and happy life together. Remember, if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you!
Have you ever wondered which makeup brushes are worth your hard earned money? Maybe you’re wondering if there’s something better to use than the brush that came with your compact or a Q-Tip? No worries, I’m here to shed some light on the subject.
In all honesty, no, you don’t “need” to use makeup brushes. Unless you want your makeup to look good, and in that case you do! One of the biggest secrets of flawless makeup is blending, and using the right makeup brush will make such a huge difference in giving your makeup even application and seamless blending.
I’m not saying you have to run out right now and buy every makeup brush ever made, but here are a few that every girl should have:
You can blend foundation and concealer with your fingers or a sponge, but for smooth and even application you’ll need to use a brush. You can, in a pinch, use the brush that comes in the compact, but I think you’ll find the shape and size of the brush, as well as the quality of the bristles, to be a hindrance when trying to put your blush on evenly.
What you’re looking for is a brush with soft bristles, and preferably with a “dome” shape (having a bit of a curve in the bristles) like the Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush. An angled brush will also work well, as long as it’s not too skinny.
TipFor blending, the fatter a makeup brush is, the better. Why? Because you’ve got a larger surface area to blend your makeup on, and a wider brush distributes the product in a more even fashion. Of course, this applies only to powder blush, powder foundation or for a setting powder. If you use a cream blush, just use your fingers.
Ideally you would have two brushes for your eyes. A large one with looser bristles for blending, and another, slightly smaller version, with the bristles tighter together for applying color like the Sephora Retractable All Over Shadow Brush.
The shape of these aren’t as important as the texture of the bristles and how they pick up the eye shadow. The bristles should be soft and not shedding. If you can only get one brush, get the blending brush. You can always apply the contour color with a Q-Tip or the applicator in the compact, but you’ll find it more difficult to blend eye shadow without a brush.
The only other must-have brush I would recommend is either a flat or angled bush like the Makeup For Ever Eyebrow Brush. This brush will fill in nicely for anything that the blush and eyeshadow brushes above don’t cover. You can use this makeup brush for many different purposes such as applying brow color, eyeshadow contour, eyeshadow as eyeliner, or blending your eyeliner pencil for a softer look. Be sure to pick a brush that’s on the skinny side with stiff bristles that are tightly compacted together.
TipCheck out the drug store brands — I’ve seen some really nice quality brushes there. Of course, there are amazingly fabulous makeup brushes in the prestige lines, too. When looking for a brush you don’t need to spend a ton of money; you should be looking for quality. A good brush shouldn’t shed its bristles and should give a smooth, even application when used.
As a makeup artist, I’ve never met a brush I didn’t like, but you should do some shopping and see what you like, what fits your style, and most importantly what’s within your budget. Remember that a decent set of makeup brushes will, if taken care of properly, last you a very long time and will be an important tool in your makeup bag to achieve glamarific makeup! Happy painting!