My 7 Favorite Tricks of the Trade

I’m always getting asked what some of my beauty and make up tricks are, so I’m going to try and keep this post short and simply for all you people who are wondering what my usual beauty routine consists of!

1. MOISTURIZE

Yes, I know this one is pretty simple and self explanatory. I personally have extremely dry skin, which means if I DONT moisturize before using make up, I will look like a hot cakey mess. For me, moisturizing always makes my face look 10 times better. Seriously, don’t skip this part of your routine because it makes all the difference.

2. PRIMER IS A MUST

I really can’t live without primer .. I don’t know how I ever did in the past. Primer always helps me out because it keeps my make up on for a longer period of time, which really cuts down on how many times I have to touch up my face. It always prevents the make up from sinking deep into my pores, especially if I’m using full coverage make up, or getting really decked out. Primers allow for your face to have a smooth surface to apply make up on while filling in the wrinkles and smoothing out bumps and blemishes on your face.

There are some really great primers out there, and I highly recommend doing some research before purchasing one! Some that I love are Smashbox PhotoFinish, Sephora Base Zero Brilliance Anti-Shine Primer, and Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment. I also ALWAYS wait for my moisturizer to get fully soaked into my face and dry properly before I apply any type of primer just so my face doesn’t get oily and this also makes my foundation application easier.

3. USE AN EYELASH CURLER

I always love my eyelashes to be full of volume while being extra long. However, I get pretty lazy when it comes to using my eyelash curler; but when I’m going for a full face of make up, I definitely whip out my eyelash curler and use it to make those bad boys extra long and beautiful. ;]

4. HIGHLIGHTING AND CONTOURING

This is something that I seriously have an obsession with. Highlighting and contouring is something that REALLY makes a difference when applying make up. The whole point of this technique is to create a more chiseled and slimming ¬†look along your cheekbones, jawline, temples and sides of the nose by using a darker colored foundation or bronzer which adds depth and shadows to your face. Highlighting does the opposite because it enhances other parts of your face and makes them stand out – such as the bridge of your nose, your cupids bow (above your lips), the middle of your forehead, and the undereye area. You can highlight and contour more or less depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. (I’ll be creating a seperate post on how I Highlight and Contour my face soon!)

5. FILLING IN EYEBROWS

Yet another obsession I have. WARNING: Once you start doing this little trick, it may be hard to stop! (seriously tho, it’s addicting). I absolutely love the look of full, thick eyebrows, regardless of whether I’m doing a full face look or just a quick make up routine. I start off my combing and brushing my eyebrows (with those small mascara wands from sephora and ulta), just so they look clean and tidy and then I usually take whatever is left on my brush after I apply my gel liner (I use a standard angled gel liner brush) and use that to lightly fill in my brows. I fill them in by sweeping my brush in the same direction that the hair falls in. For Example, if the hair is standing UP (like the hairs closer to my nose), I move my brush vertically, and for those that are closer to my arch, I move the brush horizontally. I try to go darker where my arch is and lighter closer to my nose just so it seems more natural that way. After I’m done with that, I go back with the little mascara wands and brush out the brows again just so the eyebrows don’t look to harsh and dark. I have naturally fuller eyebrows so I don’t fill them in too heavily, but again, this is something that you can tweak depending on what you want the final product to look like.

Personally I use Blacktrack Gel Liner from MAC to fill in my eyebrows just because its fast and it works just the same as everything else I’ve tried. bBut you can also use a darker shade of matte brown eyeshadow, or an actual eyebrow pencil with the same technique for similar results!

6. THE OCCASIONAL LIP SCRUB

This is something that I do every other week, just to exfoliate my lips which makes them look healthier and fuller. I take a little bit of honey and mix it with sugar and use that to scrub my lips lightly. It really makes a difference when you apply lipstick or liners. I also use this technique before applying any Matte lipsticks because it just makes the lipstick look so much better on the lips. P.S. Don’t forget to put some chapstick on after you do this! :]

7. CLEAN BRUSHES ARE HAPPY BRUSHES

This is something EVERY girl needs to and should do. One of the main reasons you should clean your brushes is to get rid of all the bacteria that can build up and accumulate on your brushes. I clean my make up brushes about every two weeks with regular shampoo and conditioner. I try doing it more often but I get pretty lazy, and I have a LOT of brushes so it literally takes forever. I know some people go out and purchase an actual make up brush cleaning solution but I find that if my shampoo and conditioner cleans my hair and leaves it feeling soft and lucious, it can do the same for my brushes. Basically I lather up my brushes with shampoo and rinse them and then do the same with conditioner. I let them dry overnight and the next day they’re clean, soft and ready to use (plus they smell amazing). Clean brushes can make all the difference when you’re trying to get a flawless finish with your make up, even though cleaning them can be a pain in the butt sometimes!

So that’s pretty much all the things I do for my make up routine! (even though I’m sure there are a few things that I forgot to mention!) If you have some techniques you love and you want to share them with me, leave a comment below :]

Until next time!

– Preksha :]