Archive for November, 2011

Learn how to organize your makeupAt some point, every woman looks in her makeup drawer and wonders when it all went wrong. With so many different types and sizes of products, it’s difficult to find a method of organization for all your cosmetics, so it easily becomes a jumbled mess. Here are a few easy tricks for how to organize your makeup that anyone can do on any budget.

1. Divide your products by type

The first thing you have to do is take all your makeup out and separate it into 3 categories: face products, eye products, and lip products. Within those three, you can divide your makeup into any number of subcategories. I would suggest sticking to 2 or 3 subcategories each, depending on how many products you have. For face makeup, separate it into base makeup (primers, foundations and concealers), face powders, and blushes/bronzers. For your eye makeup, divide it into eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras. And for lip products, make a separate pile for glosses and lipsticks.

2. Pick your tools of organization

Bamboo Drawer Try for Organizing Makeup and JewleryThe best tools you can have to organize your makeup are bins. Plastic, metal, or wood – they come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes at all price points. The small plastic bins from the dollar store are great for separating makeup if you’re on a budget. If you have a bit more money to invest into your organization, check out the Container Store, Target, and other home goods or office supply stores. My favorite trick is to use cutlery divider bins from the kitchen section because they have built in sections where you can keep certain types of products together. Or, you can get pretty bamboo organizing trays like these ones from the Container Store.

3. Make the most difficult decisions

The last thing to do before your start putting all your makeup into the bins and back in the drawers is to go through and decide what to keep and what to toss. A key to keeping your makeup organized for good is to always get rid of products that you don’t like, don’t use, or that have gone bad. Always throw out your mascara after 3-6 months, and toss your foundations after a year. Powder products like eyeshadow and blush will last longer, but if they start to get a chalky coating then throw them in the trash.

I hope these tips helped you if you have been struggling with a messy, disorganized makeup collection. Taking the time to reorganize your makeup makes getting ready in the morning much easier because you know where everything is and don’t have to waste time searching for a product. And now that you know how to organize your makeup with these quick and easy tricks, you’ll have a stellar cosmetics collection within hand’s reach in no time at a low cost.

How to Use Concealer as Foundation

How to Use Concealer as Foundation - try MAC Select Cover Up as one waySometimes when I wake up in the morning, I really don’t feel like using foundation or have the time for it, but I still want to look polished and cover up my acne and redness. Can you tell me how to use concealer as foundation, or if this is even ok to do?

On some days, doing a full face of foundation is just too much of a hassle. On days when you want to look fresh and natural without using foundation, but still want to cover up your problem areas, concealer is the perfect solution.

To use just your concealer as foundation, you will need two different concealers: a peach-toned one for under the eyes, and one that matches your skin perfectly to cover blemishes.

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MAC Strobe Cream foundation primerThe first step is to start with fresh, moisturized skin and use a primer to even your skin’s texture – I would recommend MAC Strobe Cream to add a fresh finish. Then, with your fingers or a concealer brush, blend the peachy concealer under your eyes to conceal dark circles.

MAC Strobe Cream primerMAC Strobe Cream primerNext, use the concealer in your skin tone with your ring finger to cover up any blemishes. If you have larger areas of redness or acne to cover, mix a liquid concealer like MAC Select Cover Up with a tiny bit of your moisturizer and blend it over the problem area with a foundation brush or a damp makeup sponge.

Lastly, set your face with a translucent powder, or a powder foundation for extra coverage, and you’re good to go! One of my favorites is Bare Escentuals’ Mineral Veil. This is a great option for mornings when you’re running late, or days when you just want to look flawless and natural without using foundation.

P.S. One other way to use concealer as foundation is to take a powder foundation that’s also meant as a concealer. I use Benefit’s Hello Flawless and dab it on over the areas that need concealing. Then I use the brush to lightly go over my whole face. It doesn’t provide as much coverage, but it does the trick if you don’t have much acne to cover up.