beauty advice can be hit or miss

Mar 17, 2016

I really didn't take a great interest in makeup until college. I was very much a tomboy growing up, and really only put makeup on for cheer competitions. Other than that I was running around cleaning horse stalls. My mom was pretty strict on the makeup thing as well. Mascara was okay, blush, and lip gloss. No heavy eyeliner, no over the top eye shadows, and I guess going to a private school also helped because, I mean there were rules! So I didn't embrace makeup until I was on my own. And then shit got cray. Like I am talking I tried every look under the sun. My hair color changed with my mood. And I did some pretty damaging things to my face. Tanning beds, over plucking my eyebrows, not wearing sunscreen, and really not sticking to a regular skin care routine. Shame on me.

So over the years I have received a lot of beauty advice as I have tried to remedy my mistakes. I thought I would share some of that with you. You know, just in case. 
The best beauty advice

-Let's start with eyebrows. The best thing I ever did was go see an eyebrow specialist when I lived in Scottsdale. Not someone you go to just to wax your eyebrows. Someone who is trained in helping you create a shape for your face. You would be surprised at how your eyebrows change your entire look. At the time I was trying to rock that skinny high arch look, and let me tell you, not many people can pull it off. (sorry if this is your current eyebrow situation). Stop the plucking. Fuller eyebrows have been making a comeback for years. The hardest part for me was letting them grow back in. But I did, and my whole face shape changed. The super skinny eyebrows and high arch can actually do the opposite of making you look more youthful and awake. It ages you. So, if you have a specialist in your area, I highly recommend making an appointment. 

-Next is blush. I would say that blush is as important as mascara in your makeup routine. Nothing makes you look more drab than a full face of foundation, with little to no color on your cheeks. It is actually kind of a vampire-ish scary look. But, find a blush that fits for you. A color that gives you a little sun kissed light glow. But, that also brightens your face, and complements the undertones of your skin. 

-Foundation! Your foundation is your base to everything. The age old try your foundation on the back of your hand trick is awful. You should be matching your foundation to your neck. That way you are avoiding any lines, and your makeup looks uniform and flawless. 

-This next piece of advice was huge for me. Brown eyeliner. Black eyeliner is just harsh. Like way to harsh for most people, and a little much for daytime, unless you are rocking a killer winged look. (Let's be real, only Adele is pulling that off day to day). But more than likely a pretty chocolate brown will work wonders. Black eyeliner is great for a date night smokey eye, but not for everyday. 

-I really can't justify spending a lot of money on most beauty treatments. But one that I do recommend to anyone is a facial with microdermabrasion. Having small pores has to do with age, and genetics. But microdermabrasion helps to reduce the size of your pores, ultimately helping your skin all around. It is a splurge, I can understand that. But once you try it, you will want to keep it up. 

-Save money on facial waxing treatments, and do them at home. Once I let my eyebrows grow back, the upkeep is pretty minimal. I just use wax to clean up the above and below areas, and the middle. But one trick to this is numbing. I use teething gel to numb the area before I wax. I know....it sounds crazy, but it makes it so much less painful, and a lot easier to do myself. Trust me on this folks. Grab your baby's teething gel and help yourself. 

-There really is no better beauty advice than moisture. Know your skin type. Oily, dry, combination. Getting  facials can also point you in the right direction as far as what products you should be using. Then get into the habit of cleansing and moisturizing morning and night. But one area that you also need to focus on is your d├ęcolletage. My mom always told me, that you can do anything you want to your face, but your neck will show your age. This is SO true. If you look at all the celebrities with their fillers, and botox, and face lifts, it is doing nothing for their necks. The only way to help that area out is to moisturize. You can even use a firming cream, or anti-aging serum starting now.

-This is probably hands down the best beauty advice. Drink water. I can always tell when I haven't had enough water by the feeling of my lips and face. And for someone who LOVES lipstick, this is huge. So pound water my friends. One thing that helps me is to drink a bottle of water before my coffee. Then another bottle after. And a bottle before every meal. It is hard for me to remember to drink all throughout the day, but easy for me to do it right before I eat.


What are some of your best beauty secrets?


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these, I'm not a huge fan of makeup but these are great.

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    1. You know I love me some makeup.... :)

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  2. i am so bad for this, but i don't use anything to clean my face but water!!! UGH! I need to change this ASAP!

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  3. Oh god if only I could go back in time and smack the tweezers out of my hand. Ughhhh. Excellent advice! The water. Yes!!

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  4. That teething gel suggestion is a great one!I'm such a slacker with my eye brows, but I totally notice the difference when I have them done. It's HUGE!

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  5. I have been using Nivea men's sensitive skin post shave balm as a primer under my foundation! It is seriously amazing! The smell (a manly aftershavey smell) goes away after it dries on your face before you put foundation on. But seriously...my make up stays put through sweat and long days!!

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    1. I have heard a lot of people doing this lately. Mixed reviews on it. I have a couple different primers I ice right now, but I might have to try this, just to see ;)

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  6. Drinking lots of water and getting a solid night's sleep, even if it means going to bed earlier! Oh and...you only get one skin! My mom used to tell me this as a kid and I'd be like yeah, yeah..pass the tanning oil. Now I'm a psychopath about sunscreen, hats and facials!

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