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Far BE it From Me

Powder, The Unsung Heroine of Your Makeup Bag

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Far be it from me, but...how are you using powder? What kind are you using? Where in your makeup order-of-operations does it fall? How much are you using? The answer to those questions matter more to your overall makeup look than ALMOST ANYTHING. Powder is one of the most under-appreciated tools in a makeup bag, and it just stresses me out that people seem to not know its importance. They just slap it on, reapply throughout the day, whatever, never knowing their face could look so much better if they just honored the potential power of powder. And frankly, the pitfalls of powder. Of which there are many....

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Bounded Creativity=Better Makeup Outcomes

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I am pro-creativity. That said, I'd like to encourage you to give yourself some parameters, streamline your process for the sake of your sanity, for the sake of your personal space. You know the whole Marie Kondo thing? Let's do this to your makeup! As my friend, professional organizer extraordinaire Leah, says: "Let's get rid of the 'bad energy'!" You know how it's depressing to look at a closet crammed with out-of-style or unworn clothes? It's the same with old, germy makeup, it just sits there looking at you accusingly. It says, why did you waste your money on me?? But you still...

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Fun With Personalized Palettes

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Some people have an unlimited amount of time to get ready in the morning. That sounds amazing. It is not my life though. Or rather, I have other things I need to be doing besides spending an inordinate amount of time on my makeup.  Enter the personalized makeup palette, which has saved me a lot of time on even just opening multiple cases of something. Plus, it's slim and fits in my bag really easily! For my palette right now (I switch things up seasonally, it's super easy to pop things in and out), I've got a liner shade (gorgeous, French...

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That's Not the "No Makeup Look"!

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I’m often vexed when I see tutorials for the “no makeup” look. I’m pretty strict with my interpretation of it, as in, I think if you’re going for it, GO FOR IT. Attempt the undetectable--or else why bother? If you’re adding visible shimmer, that’s not the “no makeup” look. If your mascara, liner, eyeshadow, brow makeup, blush or lip color is obvious, it’s not the “no makeup” look. It may be a “natural” look but let’s be clear here! The “no makeup” look is it’s own awesome beast and you need to respect that. So what constitutes a “no makeup”...

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How to Win Against Sugar Chin

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You can’t win with the chin! That’s a little saying I have. I don’t actually (100%) believe it, It just rhymes nicely. What I do believe is that it’s a hard battle, physiologically and psychologically, to win against the chin. Especially psychologically. To illustrate, I present you with a question: How much do your chin breakouts bother you? Scale of 1-10? To get a sense of that, consider… - How often you obsess over your chin in the course of a given day - How often you avoid eye contact because of a huge cyst or a rash around your mouth - How often your eyes zoom straight to your chin...

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