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- How to Create the Perfect Sexy Witch Makeup Look
Witchcraft and stories of witches go way back into history. The origin of the witch, however, is likely far less sinister than you may imagine. In ancient days there were women who were skilled in the art of natural medicine and who knew a great deal about the use of herbs and plants as forms of medicine. During the more archaic and far less progressive times in history, women possessing such important medicinal skills were highly frowned upon by the male hierarchy of the church. Rumors were started of sorcery and witchcraft, which weren’t exactly true, but were sufficient enough to strike fear in the more naive amongst the local villagers and these healers became labeled as something far more notorious than what they actually were.
The witch is one of the most classic of all the Halloween costume looks out there and with good reason. These days you can find a wide variety of witch looks from haunting and ugly to sultry and sexy. The very pretty and sexy witch look is one of the most popular Halloween looks out there as it combines a clever dichotomy of haunting beauty and spellbinding sex appeal. If you are looking for the perfect makeup look to go with your sexy witch costume, follow our easy, step-by-step instructions.
Here are the items we’re using to create this look:
Follow These Steps to Create this Look
Step One: Begin by applying a foundation to your face with a damp makeup sponge. We have used Celebre foundation in Light Beige, (#DD46) but you will of course want to find the foundation color that most closely matches your natural skin tone. Blend the foundation in well.
Step Two: We have used the Silver Siren makeup kit for the majority of our dark and sexy witch look. (#PM410072) Begin by applying the lighter grey eye shadow to the eyelids, blending well with the sponge tip applicator that is included in the kit.
Step Three: Using the darker charcoal color eye shadow in the makeup kit, apply this color with the sponge tip applicator inside the crease of the eyelid and extend the color out from the corners of the eyes. To add a deeper, dramatic look, wet the sponge tip applicator a little and apply more of the dark color. This will deepen the shadow and create a very haunting, smoky eye look.
Step Four: Using a sharpened black liner pencil, (#DE02) line along the lash line on the upper eyelids. Then repeat this process underneath the lower eyelashes.
Step Five: The Silver Siren makeup kit includes some glitter-enhanced false eyelashes, which will be applied next. Apply a thin stream of eyelash glue to the edge of the lash. Allow the glue to begin to set up for a few seconds and then press the lash gently to the upper lash line using your fingers or tweezers if that is easier. Hold the lash gently in place for a few seconds until the glue is set. Repeat the process on the other eye.
Step Six: Using Mehron’s Cheek Color in Shell Pink, (#DD140) and a damp sponge, lightly apply the cheek color to the apples of the cheeks. The effect should be very subtle as this makeup look is designed to emphasize the eyes and lips so the cheek color should be barely there.
Step Seven: Lightly dust the entire face with Mehron’s Colorset Powder (#DD321) in order to set the makeup and prevent it from smudging.
Step Eight: Using the dark charcoal lipstick found in the Silver Siren makeup kit, (PM410072) smooth the color onto the lips.
Step Nine: Using a cotton swab, lightly press some Pixie Dust (#FW9476) onto the lips for very sexy shimmer and sparkle. Using the puff applicator, gently press some of the same pixie dust onto the cheeks and anywhere else you want to add a glittery effect. Pixie Dust can be especially sexy on your decolletage.
Now it’s time to get into your sexiest witch costume for a truly captivating and beguiling Halloween look! Our model is wearing the Hocus Pocus witch costume, (#RL6489) which has the added bonus of having several different ways you can configure the top in order to find your sexiest, most flattering look. We have accessorized the costume to perfection with fishnet stockings. This costume comes complete with a small broom, glovelets and of course, the perfect pointed witches hat. Cast a spell on your next Halloween with this captivating and sexy witch look!
Give yourself a magical makeover this Halloween with our witch makeup ideas. Witches are one of the most popular Halloween looks. You can be any witch you like from wicked to mystical and even a beautiful one! Any of these ideas is perfect for any spooky event and we have makeup for all skill levels, too. So, take a look and find the perfect makeup that will put a spell on your family and friends!
1. Wicked Witch Makeup
First up, we have this green wicked witch makeup. The makeup artist has painted her face green and the rest of the makeup is simple and dark. This look is complete with a classic black hat. Makeup like this is easy to create and wear and it is perfect for Halloween. You can check out the products used to create the makeup on the page below.
2. Third Eye Witch Makeup
Witches are known for their mystical magic and this next idea has taken inspiration from this. This witch makeup is all dark with black lipstick and black eye makeup. The look is finished off with a third eye. A third eye is believed to be all about psychic abilities, higher wisdom and more. We love this unique and magical idea. You can recreate this or choose a different third eye design. There are lots of tutorials online.
Next, we have a very unique idea to show you and it is one of our favorites! Here we have a makeup look called Franken-Witch. The artist has taken inspiration from Frankenstein and witchy makeup to create this amazing look. Her skin is decorated with different colored patches in all different shades from classic Halloween green to beautiful purple. This is an amazing idea and it is perfect for those who want to try something different.
4. Sorceress Makeup
This next idea is called the Sorceress. It is magical makeup that is also a little scary too. She has bright blue makeup on her eyes which makes the contact lenses look even more striking. The makeup artist has completed the look with symbols on her face and black lipstick. This is a cool and spooky makeup idea and it would be amazing for a Halloween party. There is a full list of the products used to create this makeup on the page below.
5. Witch Makeup with a Mystical Moon
If you want mystical makeup that is easy to wear and simpler to create, then this idea is perfect for you. Here we have witch makeup that features glam eyes, black lips and a magical moon design on her forehead. You can recreate this or you use any makeup design for your eyes. The moon can be created with black face paint. This is a pretty and witchy look. It would be great if you are attending a last minute Halloween event.
6. Glam Green Witch
Maybe you would rather look more glam than spooky? If so, you need to check out this next look. The makeup artist has created stunning witch makeup. She used classic wicked witch green with sparkly eye makeup and dark lips. Makeup like this allows you to wear a costume but also look beautiful, so you get the best of both worlds. The green was created with Snazaroo green face paints and you can see what other products were used on the page below.
7. Stylish Witch Makeup With Spider Webs
Next, we have a witchy look that is kind of stylish and edgy. The makeup artist has created lips and eyes that you could wear to any event and she has finished off the look with spiderwebs. This is a cool idea that is perfect for those who want to look cute but witchy too. Spiderwebs are quick and easy to create and there are tutorials online. This is another great last minute look.
8. Classic Halloween Witch Makeup
The next makeup idea has taken inspiration from the more classic wicked witch. She has green makeup and the long witchy nose. The look is complete with dark eyes and bright red lips. This makeup is fun and bright. You can buy witch noses with warts and all online, you can just paint it green. If you have more advanced skills, then there are latex special effects tutorials for noses online.
9. Pretty Witch Makeup with Sparkle
Looking for something more subtle and simple? If so, take a look at this. Here we have beautiful witch makeup with a little sparkle. The makeup artist has created glam purple eyes with dark lips. This look is finished off with a sparkly moon on her forehead. It is another makeup idea that will be quite easy to recreate, it is easy to wear and it will suit everyone too.
10. Half Witch Makeup Idea
Illusion makeup is so popular for Halloween and with makeup like this we can see why! This makeup artist has created a half witch makeup look. Half of her face is green and other half is her skin color and it looks like her face is dripping. The look is complete with spiderwebs, black lip color, dark eye makeup and a spooky contact lens. We love this idea and you can see how to create dripping half makeup online.
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- How to Create a Wicked Witch of the West Makeup Look
When it comes to the most classic Halloween characters, you would be hard pressed to find one that goes back as far into history as the witch. Long considered traditional Halloween fare, the character known as the witch has stood the test of time, and to this day continues to be one of the most popular characters to recreate for Halloween dress up. These days, the witch character herself comes in a wide variety of styles. Sexy witches, cute witches, pretty witches, scary witches and ugly witches (just to name a few) are some of the many types of witch characters you can adopt for your very own this Halloween. One of the most notorious and memorable witch characters of all time was the one made infamous in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. This evil, green-faced witch put fear and terror into a girl from Kansas and her odd crew of friends, including a tin man, a scarecrow and a cowardly lion.
If you want to create the look of this truly frightening and traditional witch, (warts and all) we have put together some very simple step-by-step instructions to help you accomplish this. With a few makeup items found at Halloween Express, you can easily make the transformation from just being you to becoming an amazing, scary and authentic-looking witch! Be warned, however, your friends may not even recognize you!
Here are the items we’re using to create this look:
Follow These Steps to Create this Look
Step One: Start with a clean and dry face. Apply some of the green base makeup to the Witch Appliance (#CSEZ128) before applying it to the face if desired. Make sure the witch chin and nose appliances will fit properly before applying spirit gum (included with the appliance kit); trim a little off areas to be glued onto the skin if necessary. Begin with the chin appliance. Apply spirit gum to the edges of the appliance and a little to the skin itself in the area where the appliance will be attached. Press and remove the appliance a few times to make the spirit gum very tacky. Press the appliance into place, gently smoothing out the edges and applying more spirit gum as needed. Repeat this process for the nose appliance.
Step Two: Using liquid latex, (#DD233) brush the product around the edges of the appliance to help blend the edges more seamlessly into the skin. Allow the latex to dry and apply a second coat if necessary.
Step Three: Using Mehron’s Liquid Makeup in Green (#DD204) and a wide brush, cover the entire face area and glued-on appliances with the green makeup and let it dry thoroughly. Make sure all exposed areas of the skin; neck area and ears are painted green. Paint the fingers and hands with the green makeup, too if desired.
Step Four: For the rest of the witch look we have used the Cinema Secrets Witch Makeup kit. (#CSEZMU004) The kit comes complete with light green, purple and black makeup colors along with a thin brush, perfect for lining details and sponges for application. The kit also comes with a colorless setting powder to set the look when finished. Begin with the purple makeup color and a clean sponge wedge. Shade and contour the face as desired under the cheekbones, around the hairline, on the sides of the nose, and on the chin. Apply the purple color on the eyelids and line under the eyes if desired for a more hollowed out look. When applying makeup to the appliance, use care and a light touch.
Step Five: Using the black color found in the makeup kit, add details to the face. Create a high-arched, witch eyebrow over each eye. Line the eyes for emphasis. Apply the black to the lips for a truly dramatic effect.
Step Six: Using the pale green color found in the makeup kit, highlight some areas of the face you want to add emphasis to, such as the warts found on the appliances, the cheekbones of the face, the center of the forehead, etc.
Step Seven: Using a fluffy brush, dust the entire face lightly with colorless powder in order to set the makeup.
We have dressed our model in a very traditionally styled witch costume inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz. (#IC1022) The costume comes complete with a premium quality dress, a tulle slip and press on black fingernails. Our witch is in hot pursuit of the tin man (#RU15477) and the scarecrow (#RU15475), along with their sweet and innocent friend from Kansas, Dorothy. (#RU15473) Dorothy has brought along her beloved Toto, conveniently stowed away from the witch’s prying eyes in a convenient small basket. (#RU583) Dorothy is also wearing white anklet socks (#UA3013), along with the most witch-coveted footwear ever, the Ruby slippers. (#HA105)
Whether you are headed down the yellow-brick road or just to your nearest Halloween party, this epic and truly Wicked Witch look is a startling head turner that is bound to get you lots of ooh’s and maybe even a little Oz.
Tryout a different look this Halloween with our witch makeup ideas. Witches are not only one of the most popular Halloween looks, but they have also been there from the start. According to Insider, witches dominated Halloween and people have been making their own witch and ghost costumes from the 1870’s to the 1890’s.
Adult Witch Costume Ideas
The great thing about 2019 is that witch costumes no longer have to be scary, ugly or wicked. You can be any kind of witch you like! You can be a wicked, good, magical or glamorous witch! Any of the witch makeup ideas listed below are perfect for a spooky Halloween party or event.
#1 What Kind Of Which Are You?
As you scroll through this list of witch makeup ideas think about what kind of witch you want to be this Halloween. Do you want to be a wicked, a classic green or maybe even a white witch?
2. Glittery Cute Witch Makeup
The next cute witch makeup is a fairly simple look that’s stylish and edgy. She has created a fashionable look that you can wear out to any Halloween event. The simple green stripe and glitter really draws your eye and the lipstick is a more subtle shade compared to some of the other witch makeups here. This is one of those witch makeup ideas that anyone can do, without any special skills or tools.
She has finished off the look by drawing a spider, but you could replace it with any symbol of Halloween. For example, a jack-o-lantern or spiderweb would both look good too. This is a nice idea that’s perfect for those who want cute witch makeup that is quick and easy to apply.
3. Not Your Average White Witch
You don’t have to be green to be wicked. This witch makeup idea is a uniquely wicked application. She has painted her face white instead of green, applied red lipstick and lined the lips in a blood red hue. This evil witch makeup looks great! The pink eye shadow highlighting the dark smudges around each eye is a tell-tale sign of wickedness.
Don’t forget to finish your look off by drawing in fissures or cracks along the contours of your face. This is not the easiest witch makeup idea on this list, but it’s worth the extra work to get an amazingly wicked look this Halloween.
4. Keep It Classic
This easy witch makeup is based off of the more classic wicked witch look. She has a nice layer of green makeup and bright red lipstick. It’s a very simple witch makeup to do but it makes for a fun, bright witchy look. To make your look more wicked just darken it up around the eyes and use a less whimsical green colored makeup.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can buy low priced prosthetics and attach them with spirit gum. Check out the picture reviews on this witch nose and chin set to see how good they look when finished with a little green makeup.
5. Spooky Witchy Glam
Maybe you want to look spooky like a witch, but still want to look fantastic? If so, this next look is for you. She has created a stunning witch makeup that can be used for a white witch or for an evil one. The pale base, dark lips and dark eyes are glamorous enough to wear anywhere on Halloween. Technically, you are wearing a witch costume but the beauty makeup gives you the best of both worlds.
What About The Kids
Here are a few witch makeup ideas for kids. Children’s makeup will usually need to be a simple look that won’t be too high maintenance to wear. Letting your child help apply the makeup can make Halloween costumes a fun activity for both of you.
6. Kids Makeup That isn’t Childish
This look is geared towards anyone who wants simple witch makeup for a child, without it looking too childish. This easy witch makeup look won’t annoy your child or cover their face in a mask of makeup.
There are 3 main features of this witch makeup idea. They are MILD darkening around the eyes, applying dark lipstick and blacking out a tooth. Lastly, you can also draw creases on the eyebrows and laugh lines and then add shadows below the cheekbones.
What really makes this design a simple witch makeup for children is that you can add and subtract from it as much as you like. It doesn’t need a lot of shadows around the eyes, so kids can usually handle getting made up. The overall look is a very mature witch, without the “sexy” that saturates adult costumes.
7. Keep It Simple
Here is another simple witch makeup for kids. This look is fairly basic and involves shading a dark circle around the eyes and then adding extra features for fun. You can paint on black lipstick, make wrinkle lines or even draw simple shapes like the bat on the girl’s cheek in the middle panel below.
• The main features of this makeup are to have fun getting ready, do some parent-child bonding and make sure your wicked witch feels great about her spooky look!
She doesn’t have to be the most glamorous witch trick-or-treating, but she will feel like the luckiest kid out there this Halloween.
8. Evil And Cute Witch Makeup
This witch makeup idea is simple to do but looks super spooky. It’s a great addition to any children’s witch costume and can even be used for adults. As you can see in the photos below, there are a few main points to hit if you want to pull off this spooky look. Draw a design around the lips, the eyes and then add a spiderweb somewhere on your child’s face. After you hit all three of these spots you can fill in optional places on the face like the nose, eyebrows and cheeks if you want to.
It’s a great look that can really make your Halloween witch a hit in 2019.
→ Be sure to check out the best Halloween decorations of 2019 too!
We are kicking off the Halloween season with a wickedly fabulous Green Witch Makeup Tutorial by Beauty in the Shadows. This modern take on a classic look was created with all Mehron products. Watch the video below to see how transform yourself into the iconic villain. Step-by-step directions are included beneath the video for your easy reference.
Green Witch Step-by-Step Directions
1. Apply Green CreamBlend Stick over face, including eyes, and blend with a brush.
2. Follow with a coat of Paradise Makeup AQ in Dark Green, again blending with a brush, applying to the face and neck.
3. Brighten under the eye area and highlight around the jaw line and along the cupid’s bow with CreamBlend Stick in Eurasia Ivory.
5. Contour the cheekbones, as well as tip and bridge of nose, with iNtense Pro Pressed Pigments in Mountain Moss.
6. Highlight the cheekbones with iNtense Pro in Electric Green.
7. Draw on/fill in the eyebrows with the Dark Green Paradise Makeup AQ.
8. Apply iNtense Pro in Mountain Moss over the eyelids blending up into the crease. Then layer iNtense Pro in Carbon over the lid, blending out and down under the lower lash line.
9. Line the lower water line with Black E.Y.E Liner Pencil.
11. Using Black Paradise Makeup AQ, draw lines down the neck, across the collarbone, into the chest area, then connect them to create a web. Highlight with White Paradise Makeup AQ.
12. Dab AdGem to the eyelids, then apply Green Paradise Glitter.
13. Apply the wart from the Mehron Witch Character Kit using AdGem, then cover the wart with the Dark Green Paradise Makeup AQ.
14. Fill in the lips with Dark Green and Black Paradise Makeup AQ.
15. Complete the look with Gypsy Shrine Jewels in Black Night around the eye.
If you recreate this look, share it with us on Instagram!
There’s so much more you can do than just green paint.
Idina Menzel established that you can wear full witch makeup and look chic the first time she stepped on stage dressed as Elphaba—green face paint and contoured cheekbones included. It’s a look you can pull off this Halloween, too, even if you don’t have a team of Broadway-ready makeup artists at your disposal. Below, nine witchy makeup looks perfect for Halloween, whether you’re the type to spring for full-on body paint or would rather pop on some glitter and call it a night.
Nobody pulls off equally dramatic and gorgeous makeup transformations like Patrick Starrr. This Wicked-inspired green makeup look is actually pretty easy to follow with the right tools. At the very least, it’s an excuse to rock a stunning green lip look.
Wicked Witch of the West, but make it fashion. This tutorial features a masterful cut crease, a sultry red lip, and a pop of yellow at the lower-lash line to balance out all the green with a dose of glamour.
This quick (and relatively easy) makeup look focuses on witch-inspired shades, like slime green and pitch black. Since hey, there’s never been a better time to bust out the black lipstick.
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Witch makeup is done for the most part for Halloween. There is a considerable measure to do with witch cosmetics. There are hundred of makeup style for witch makeup. When you have a lot of time for your cosmetics you can be more inventive with your witch cosmetics. For witch cosmetics you can utilize shining restorative items and paints. Utilize gleaming bright colors, for example, green, blue, purple, orange and other such shades. Do makeup with these colors, make a bold stroke of eyeliner. For more you can make little outlines all over. Something else you can do in witch cosmetics is bat or creepy crawly cosmetics.
In this make you can make batman or spider web style eye cosmetics. In witch cosmetics more accentuation is laid on eye cosmetics. Be cautious with your eye cosmetics. Offering configuration to your eyes as you skin will break is another eye cosmetics that looks culminate. On the off chance that you would prefer not to accomplish more plans you would simple be able to utilize red shading for eye cosmetics. Demonstrate a ragged looking eye and blood around your face. It looks exceptionally frightening. Any hairstyle is possible in any case. You can keep them free with a witch cap. Or, on the other hand you can make a perfect hair bun. Attempt the best of witch cosmetics to appear to be unique.
by Nikki Van De Car / in Style
Witch costumes are a staple of Halloween and costume parties because they are recognisable and easy to put together. Witch make-up can be applied in minutes and often does not require any special effects make-up. There are many kinds of witch looks, some of which can be achieved with what you already have in your make-up bag.
The classic Wicked Witch of the East is the prototype for bad witches everywhere and easy to recreate. Put foundation or eyeshadow primer over the entire face and neck as a base. Use green eyeshadow, preferably cream based with glitter, over the face and neck. Add some wrinkle lines to the forehead and mouth creases with a brown or black eyeliner pencil. Top off the look with a mole on the nose using a black or green, round stick-on earring.
- The classic Wicked Witch of the East is the prototype for bad witches everywhere and easy to recreate.
- Put foundation or eyeshadow primer over the entire face and neck as a base.
Cover the face, neck and hands with white cover-up or a very pale foundation for your skin colour. Add a black mole to the chin using black eyeliner. Use eyelash glue to attach a few long hairs to the mole. Draw wrinkle lines with a black or brown eyeliner on the forehead, mouth and hands following the veins. Use grey or light brown eyeshadow under the eyelids for under-eye bags and dab a few age spots using brown eyeshadow around the face and hands.
- Cover the face, neck and hands with white cover-up or a very pale foundation for your skin colour.
- Use grey or light brown eyeshadow under the eyelids for under-eye bags and dab a few age spots using brown eyeshadow around the face and hands.
The good witch should be light and pretty, almost like a fairy. Prime the face with your normal foundation and apply a pastel colour eyeshadow like pink or purple on the eyes and regular eyeliner. Use a bright blush on the cheeks and apply normally. Glue on extremely long fake eyelashes and finish by covering the whole face with iridescent glitter powder.
- The good witch should be light and pretty, almost like a fairy.
- Prime the face with your normal foundation and apply a pastel colour eyeshadow like pink or purple on the eyes and regular eyeliner.
The sexy witch is mostly determined by the costume, but the make-up helps to complete the look. Cover the face with normal foundation and use a charcoal or black eyeshadow to accentuate the eyes. The eyeshadow should start at the last line and extend diagonally up past the crease to form a point at the socket. Use eyebrow liner or shadow to darken and shape the eyebrows in a high arch. Use regular blush and mascara. Draw a spider on one cheek with an eyeliner pencil for the finishing touch — or you can use a spider sticker.
One of the most common questions we get from you guys is how to prep skin for makeup. And we’re always down to share all the dewy & glow tips & tricks up our sleeves, especially when it comes to skincare.
So, let’s get right to it, shall we?
The skin is like a canvas. And when it comes to applying makeup, it’s best to start with bright, shiny, & clean skin . So, today, we’re going to be talking about the steps you can take to prep your face before you apply makeup. It’s definitely worth the effort.
Benefits of prepping your face for makeup include:
♡ Helps makeup stay on longer
♡ Reduced smudging & fading
♡ Smoother texture of face for application
♡ Less need for touch ups later
♡ More even coverage of skin
How To Prep Skin For Makeup
Follow these steps, in order, to prep your face for smoother & longer-lasting application of makeup.
First things first, drink your water. Staying hydrated helps to balance the oil/water content in your skin which directly contributes to your overall skin health.
When it comes to applying makeup, drinking plenty of water can:
♡ Reduce dark spots & uneven tone
♡ Prevent excess oil secretion
♡ Reduce clogged pores & acne
♡ Increase skin elasticity
♡ Reduce dry & cracked skin
♡ Promote vibrant & glowy skin
For an extra boost of hydration, try drinking charcoal-infused water , coconut water , or chlorophyll water . All three have amazing benefits for the skin as well as for hair & nails, energy levels, & the immune system.
Gently remove your makeup.
Start your makeup routine by gently removing your makeup. One of our favorite ways to do this is by double cleansing. If you guys haven’t tried double cleansing yet, you totally have to.
To do part one of the double cleanse, grab your favorite face oil or balm (we love Elemis it’s in the TSC x Elemis kit too ) & massage it into your face. Your makeup should start to literally melt away. Then, take a super soft baby washcloth & gently wipe off makeup & dirt. For more on why you absolutely need to be using baby washcloths on your skin, click here .
And for part two of the double cleanse, you simply use your normal face wash to wash off any leftover residues or impurities. Always wash with lukewarm water & be sure to choose a cleanser that supports your skin type.
Shave your face.
Shaving your face helps to create a smooth canvas for makeup application by getting rid of peach fuzz & unwanted hair that makeup just loves to stick to.
It’s also a great way of exfoliating the face & reducing the look of wrinkles and dry skin. Plus, it will totally leave your face feeling so silky & soft.
You can find lots of tutorials @theskinnyconfidential & in the RAZOR highlight.
And, don’t just use any razor on your face. THE HOT SHAVE RAZOR is specifically designed for women’s faces & gently removes unwanted facial hair and peach fuzz. For the best face shaving experience, be sure to snatch up some HOT SHAVE CREAM , too.
For ultra smooth makeup application, always be sure to exfoliate. Exfoliating the face removes all those gross dead skin cells, shrinks pores, & brightens the skin by increasing blood flow.
Because the skin on the face is usually much more sensitive than on the body, be sure to steer clear of large, rough exfoliants. For sensitive skin, we recommend Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads . They leave your skin feeling so soft without all the irritation that comes along with harsh crystal exfoliants.
Oh, & don’t forget to exfoliate your lips , too.
Ice your face.
To reduce facial swelling & puffiness pre-makeup, ice your face. Icing your face takes no time at all yet makes such a huge difference when applying makeup around the eyes.
There are a few different ways to ice your face, though.
One way is to grab some ice cubes & rub them in a circular motion on your face. If you choose this method, we highly recommend making your own milk ice cubes .
You can also grab your HOT MESS ICE ROLLER & massage your face and neck all over. THE HOT MESS will depuff you instantly, boost your circulation, & improve your lymphatic drainage .
Before applying toner, be sure to pat your face completely dry. Apply toner to the face with a cotton ball as a final cleansing of impurities, to shrink the pores, & to hydrate the skin. We love Holi(Water) Pearl and Rose Hyaluronic Toner , witch hazel, or Darphin’s.
Apply eye cream.
To even & tone the soft & sensitive skin around the eyes, apply a good-quality eye cream after applying your toner. Dab a small amount of eye cream around the eyes & gently pat in.
My go-to eye cream before makeup is the NO MORE BAGGAGE eye-de puffing gel . And if you love skincare, you totally need to check out The Skinny Confidential Team Skincare Guide .
Boost your hydration.
Time to apply facial oil , again. But this time, we’re not wiping it off. Apply a few drops of your favorite facial oil & pat into the skin. Try to pat on your products instead of rubbing. This helps them layer more effectively.
Not sure what facial oil to use? Click here to read about Lauryn’s face oil recommendations for dry, oily, sensitive, & inflamed skin. And be sure to check out THE ICE QUEEN FACE OIL. It’s packed with antioxidants to leave your skin feeling soft & hydrated.
And finally, the last step before applying makeup is to apply a primer. Primers are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines & blemishes, fill in pores & crevices, and provide one more layer of moisturization for the skin.
And viola, you’re ready for makeup!
So, there you guys have it. This routine might seem like a lot of work but once it becomes a habit & all your products are in the same spot it just becomes like second nature. The extra 10 minutes is totally worth it.
If you have any pre-makeup tips, please share below.
xo, The Skinny Confidential team
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Ready for the ball? In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a scary Halloween Cinderella makeup look. I created this Cinderella makeup look a few years ago and it went viral. I’m sharing it again today as your Fairy Godmother to help give you some Cinderella Halloween makeup ideas for your costume!
With this zombie Cinderella makeup, you can really amp up the gore and blood. I’ll show you all my SFX tools and techniques, so you can create a look with Cinderella’s glass slipper wedged into her face too!
If you haven’t seen my other Disney Princess Halloween makeup ideas, take a look at my Ariel Little Mermaid Halloween makeup and Beauty and the Beast Halloween makeup tutorials too.
Tools and materials:
- Clip-in bangs
- Hair tube
- Plastic heel (mine is made by Gorilla Props – you find them on Instagram or Facebook)
- Foundation in pale medium color
- Lip liner in red
- Lipstick in pale pink
- Blush in pale pink
- Makeup brushes
- Gel Sculpt flesh tone A, B, and C
- Metal spatula
- Sigma FX brushes
- Skin illustrator FX palette
- TV blood in dark
- Spirit gum
- Splatter blood (optional)
- Witch hazel
- Cotton pads
- Blue Cinderella dress
- Blue headband
- Black choker
1. Make Cinderella hair
First, I put on the clip-in fringe. Then, I pulled my hair back into a low pony.
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Gold is the color of royalty, wealth, and luxury. Therefore, many of us love this highly sought-after and precious metal. Similarly, there is nothing quite like wearing a gold eye makeup look when getting dolled up for a party or big event.
Eye makeup trends keep coming and going, but this all-time classic look never runs out of style. From light golden tones to sparkly eyeshadow looks, gold eye makeup is not going anywhere. A hint of gold makes your eyes pop instantly, and it can be your go-to look if you want to stand out from the crowd.
In this post, we discuss some easy gold eye makeup tutorials that will transform your look. Keep scrolling!
Simple Gold Eye Makeup Tutorial
- Base shade
- Gold eyeshadow
- Dark brown eyeshadow
- Liquid eyeliner
How To Apply Gold Eye Makeup Perfectly?
Step 1: Prime Your Eyelids
Prime your eyelids so that they are smooth. This step is extremely vital, as it helps the makeup to last for a long time and prevents it from creasing.
Your search for the best drugstore contour stick ends here. One beauty editor shares how NYX Professional Makeup’s Wonder Stick changed her makeup routine for good—plus, how to contour in 60 seconds or less—ahead.
As a beauty editor with access to top celebrity makeup artists and industry experts, you’d think I could pull off a red carpet-worthy contour, or at the very least, color in the lines when applying red lipstick—but, I can’t. With the exception of slapping on some BB cream and applying a coat of mascara, my makeup routine is practically non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup—I just don’t know how to do my makeup the way that I want to (and don’t exactly have the time to figure it out). Fed up with not knowing how to contour like my fellow beauty editor friends, I did what any sensible Millennial would do: I searched the internet for video tutorials. That’s when I discovered the beauty product that would change the way I did my makeup forever. NYX Professional Makeup’s Wonder Stick is more than a drugstore contour stick that can help you achieve the perfect amount of definition and highlight—it’s a beacon of hope for those who have no idea what they’re doing (hi!) and want to learn how to contour without the time commitment. Keep reading to find out why this is the one beauty product I can’t live without, plus how to contour in 60 seconds or less.
Concealer sticks are heaven sent—seriously, what would we do without them? They’re portable, easy to use, and help mask anything from under-eye circles to blemishes. That being said, I can think of something better: a 2-in-1 concealer stick that can help you achieve a flawless-looking contour. NYX Professional Makeup’s Wonder Stick is the ultimate dynamic duo. Available in six color-coordinated shade pairings, the creamy concealer stick glides onto the complexion for a sleek-looking contour and an illuminated highlight.
After discovering this drugstore beauty product last summer, I became obsessed with mastering the art of contouring in as little time as possible—because the way I see it, the more time you spend on your makeup in the morning, the less time you have to sleep in (#priorities). What I love about the Wonder Stick from NYX Professional Makeup is that you don’t have to spend time fussing over the compatibility of the contrasting shades—the brand does it for you by pairing together color-coordinating shades in a 2-in-1 concealer stick. On top of that, the creamy formula is easy to blend on top of your BB cream or foundation and can give you a professional-looking contour. And the best part is, you don’t have to be experience the art of contour to use it. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
HOW TO CONTOUR IN 60 SECONDS OR LESS
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
- After applying an even coat of foundation (or BB cream) to your complexion, reach for your Wonder Stick and remove the cap from the contour side (the side with the darker concealer shade).
- Apply the contouring concealer to the hallows of your cheeks, sides of your nose, jawline, and anywhere else you want to add some definition to.
- Reach for a damp beauty blending sponge and blend outward.
- Next, remove the cap from the highlighting side (the lighter shade) and apply it to the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and under your eyes in the shade of an inverted triangle.
- Using your damp beauty blending sponge, blend the highlight into your complexion until you can no longer see any seams.
- Brush on some setting powder and follow up with the rest of your makeup routine.
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Shrink your pores, absorb oil, and fight the signs of aging with the all-natural toner.
If you’ve been on the prowl for ways to fine-tune your skin care routine—say, by adding more natural ingredients to your repertoire—you may have noticed that witch hazel is starting to make a comeback.
Best known for shrinking pores and easing inflammation, witch hazel is already a key player in a variety of beauty products. “Its unique properties offer medicinal anti-inflammatory and anti-viral qualities that are often used as a topical botanical in skin care,” says Joel Schlessinger, MD, Omaha-based board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.
But is witch hazel worth the hype—and more importantly, should you create a spot for it in your medicine cabinet? Here’s everything you need to know about the potential skin benefits of witch hazel.
What is witch hazel, exactly?
“Witch hazel is a tree-like plant indigenous to North America and parts of Asia,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Products that offer benefits from witch hazel generally contain witch hazel extract derived from either the bark or leaves of the plant.” Once it’s harvested, the bark and leaves are distilled to bring out the active chemical compounds of the plant.
Unfortunately, much like other herbal remedies, there are very few scientific studies backing the skin benefits of witch hazel. But because it’s pretty easy on the wallet and, in general, doesn’t cause adverse effects (unless you’re allergic or have a pre-existing skin condition, such as rosacea), it might be worth giving it a whirl—particularly, if your skin’s on the oilier side.
The benefits of witch hazel for your skin
Wards off signs of aging
The polyphenols witch hazel contains may help fight premature aging: “Theoretically, witch hazel may have antioxidant effects that help mitigate and prevent free radical damage to skin from UV [rays] and oxidizing air pollution,” says Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD. Plus, its astringent properties can make your skin look firmer.
“Witch hazel is a rich source of constricting compounds that make the proteins inside skin cells come together,” says Deborah Longwill, DO, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Miami Center for Dermatology. The result? It temporarily makes your pores appear smaller.
The natural tannins that witch hazel contains may temporarily calm the appearance of red, irritated, or blotchy skin, says Dr. Shainhouse, making it a handy product to have around when breakouts, insect bites, or a pesky sunburn are cramping your style.
Sops up oil
Witch hazel is extremely antioxidant-rich with tannins, which act as a natural astringent on the skin that can help to sop up excess oil, says Dr. Schlessinger. This is why it’s such a popular ingredient in toners and mattifying products.
Besides witch hazel being an astringent that decreases oil and redness, the antimicrobial properties of tannins can reduce bacteria growth on the skin, says NYC-based board-certified dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules. So not only can it show acne bacteria who’s boss, but reduce the irritation that can strike when breakouts do happen.
Soothes puffy eyes
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, witch hazel may reduce puffiness and soothe the under-eye area, says Dr. Longwill, while also providing a tightening effect.
Improves skin tone
Because witch hazel’s various properties refine the appearance of pores, reduce inflammation, and tighten the skin, this trifecta of perks adds up to a more even skin tone, says Dr. Longwill.
How to choose the best witch hazel for your skin
Go alcohol-free: Witch hazel is typically extracted with alcohol to create an astringent toner; however, “if the alcohol content is too high for your skin, it will dry out or cause disruption to the skin’s barrier function,” says Dr. Longwill. For this reason, dermatologists recommend choosing a witch hazel product that’s alcohol-free—especially if you’re planning on making the ingredient a regular in your skin care routine.
Check for moisturizing ingredients: When purchasing witch hazel, Dr. Longwill recommends looking for products that also contain hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or aloe vera, so that the delivery of the product isn’t too drying to the skin.
Do a patch test: To avoid an adverse reaction, read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain any ingredients that you’re sensitive or straight-up allergic to, says Dr. Schlessinger. If you’re not sure, test the product on a small, concentrated area of skin first—say, on your arm—to see if a reaction occurs before using it on your face.
Put your best face forward.
Dressing up for Halloween is what the holiday is all about, right? (Well, besides the best Halloween candy and turning your house into a haunted one with the best outdoor Halloween decorations on the block.) There’s just something about transforming yourself into a scary creature, your not-so-secret alter ego, or wearing your favorite tv show costume that is just plain fun.
To elevate your costume to the most memorable ever this year, don’t stop at the clothes and shoes. Plan to go above and beyond—we’re talking epic—with the coolest, prettiest, spookiest, and scariest Halloween makeup ideas. Think about it—what’s a vampire costume without the best vampire makeup ideas? And let’s face it—a cat costume just isn’t all that interesting without some creative cat makeup ideas. While you’re at it, try some special Halloween nails, too (go the extra mile—it’s Halloween!).
Halloween makeup applications range from fairly simple (think green face paint for an ultra-creepy witch) to professional-grade (that detailed mermaid look takes some time and talent!). Whatever skill level of Halloween face paint ideas you feel comfortable tackling or look you want to achieve, here are 19 Halloween makeup ideas and step-by-step tutorials for kids and adults.
Get a seductive siren look this Halloween with our step-by-step mermaid makeup tutorial.
Mermaid Halloween Makeup 04:30
Follow this video guide to create cool mermaid fantasty Halloween makeup.
- loose powder
- pink blush
- fishnet stockings
- blue and light blue creme foundation
- silver/white mineral shimmer eye shadow
- blue, aqua and purple eye shadows
- bright blue liquid liner
- blue eyeliner pencil
- eyelash curler
- eyelash glue
- dramatic false lashes for top and bottom
- stick-on pearls
- blue lipstick
- mermaid fantasy wig
- fluffy eye shadow brush
Cover imperfections with a natural foundation and matching concealer, and set with a loose powder for a soft finish (Image 1). Brush a pink blush over your cheekbones (Image 2).
Applying Foundation for Mermaid Makeup Tutorial
Cover imperfections with a natural foundation and matching concealer, and set with a loose powder for a soft finish.
Applying Blush for Mermaid Makeup Tutorial
Brush a pink blush over your cheekbones.
Create Fish-Scale Design
Cut one leg off a pair of regular fishnet stockings, then cut off the foot end to make it into a tube. Gently stretch the widest part of the hose over your face. Using a brush, sponge or your finger, dab the blue creme foundation around eyes, brows and cheekbones, making sure to keep the fishnet from shifting as you work (Image 1). Add light blue creme foundation, fading it out above the brow and down under the cheekbone (Image 2).
Set the creme foundation with shimmering eye shadows in similar shades. Use a fluffy eye shadow brush to lightly dust the color, mimicking the fade effect you created with the creme foundations. Start with blue eye shadow first, then fade to aqua eye shadow. Use silver/white mineral shimmer eye shadow to dust over the entire design to reflect light like real fish scales (Image 3). Make sure to apply plenty of the shimmering eye shadow at the edges of the design where it fades out. Gently remove the fishnet to reveal fish scales (Images 4 and 5).
I love going natural and homemade when it comes to makeup, and that applies to my DIY face primer as well! I save money, yet get a bang for my buck.
If you also have sensitive and delicate skin, you understand the difficulty of finding primers that cater exactly to your skin type. That’s why I scoured the internet and found this perfect recipe!
I’ve got here a DIY primer recipe for all skin types.
Here’s the Only DIY Primer Recipe You’ll Ever Need
DIY Natural Primer for Oily and Acne Prone Skin
Fret not if you’re neither oily nor acne prone, this is just a base recipe.
Later on, we’ll see how we can tweak the ingredients of our DIY primer to cater to different skin types. I made sure to break down the primer ingredients list for you to understand what to expect from your natural makeup primer and what will need modifying based on your insensitivities or intolerances.
What You’ll Need:
- Spray bottle
- I love using spray primers because it’s a much more sanitary dispenser, but if you prefer brushing on your DIY primers grab a glass jar instead. If you do choose to go with a glass jar, make sure to dip your brush only once and wash it before every use.
- 7 tbsp distilled water
- Water will be our carrier ingredient, allowing for a water-based and fluid consistency perfect for a spray bottle. If you think you overdid it with your glycerin and oils, feel free to add another tablespoon of water.
- 5 tbsp witch hazel
- Witch hazel does an amazing job of soothing inflammation and alleviating irritation, and combats acne while it’s at it.
- There are skin types that dry out with witch hazel. This will be one of the ingredients we’ll switch up with later on.
- 3 tbsp glycerin
- Glycerin is a master of hydration when it comes to skin care, making it a popular ingredient in cosmetics. With continued use for approximately two weeks, we can expect smoother and supple skin. We can’t do without glycerin in our DIY primer since this will help smooth the texture of our skin for better makeup application.
- 3 drops tea tree oil
- Tea tree oil is more popular for its acne-fighting properties, but it can also soothe inflamed skin and is an all around cleaner keeping skin healthy.
- You can opt out of this essential oil if your skin reacts negatively to tea tree oil.
Step 1: Combine the Water, Witch Hazel, and Gylcerin Into a Glass Bowl or Cup
Combine the water, witch hazel, and glycerin into a glass container. We add the ingredients with thicker consistency first for the other ingredients to mix more easily later on like how we separate dry and wet goods when we bake.
By using a glass cup now, it will be easier to transfer the DIY primer into a spray bottle later on than if you used a glass bowl.
Step 2: MIX Thoroughly Until It Becomes a Cohesive Mixture
At first, your DIY primer will look white and murky, but it will turn into a clear, water-like consistency if you keep mixing for approximately three minutes. If after a while that consistency is still thick, try to add water in small increments until you get the thickness you want.
Step 3: Add the Tea Tree Oil Into the Mixture and Continue Mixing
Add the tea tree oil into your DIY homemade primer and continue mixing. The mixture should still be clear and colorless.
Step 4: Transfer Your DIY Makeup Primer Into a Spray Bottle or Jar of Your Choice
Transfer your DIY primer into a spray bottle and shake once again to make sure that all ingredients are blended.
DIY Natural Primer for Dry Skin
If you suffer from dry skin, mix in four tablespoons of glycerin instead of three. Instead of adding three drops of tea tree oil, incorporate three to four drops of lavender oil which is hydrating and carries a delicate scent.
You can opt out of the witch hazel and add aloe vera, which is just as soothing but is more hydrating and is less likely to dry out your skin.
DIY Natural Primer for Very Oily Skin
If you have very oily skin but aren’t acne-prone, this DIY primer recipe for you. Retain 5 tablespoons of witch hazel, which is a natural astringent and causes pores to shrink, but lessen your glycerin to one to two tablespoons. You’ll end up with a more watery, and less slick DIY primer.
You can get add a moisturizing oil since oily skin is the result of our skin’s over-correction for dehydrated skin. By making sure our skin is always hydrated, our skin will produce less sebum over time. However, if you prefer oil-free solutions, you need not add any essential oils at all.
Check out Alexandra’s complete tutorial for DIY natural face primer:
Now that you know how to make homemade makeup primers, I hope this provides you with a better canvas for your makeup. This DIY primer will melt completely into your skin, and will provide enough tackiness for your makeup to cling to.
I love that these recipes aren’t just makeup primers, but double as effective skin care as well. The best makeup base is clear skin anyway, and this DIY primer recipe will help you achieve just that. On days when I just stay at home, I still use this as a mist toner and spritz it on once in a while.
Enjoy your DIY primers, beauties!
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There is no denying that false eyelashes make a big impact on your overall beauty look. Whether you’re in the mood for full, natural-looking lashes or prefer a more dramatic fringe, the right pair will get the job done. While you may be accustomed to tossing your false eyelash set after a night out on the town, we’re here to tell you that you can totally reuse them as long as you know how to clean false lashes. That’s right, if you clean your fake eyelashes properly, you can flaunt your falsies a few more times. Intrigued? Follow along as we give you the 4-1-1 on how to clean and reuse false eyelashes.
HOW TO CLEAN FALSE LASHES
If you’re wondering how to make your fake eyelashes look new again, it’s time to listen up! Below, we’re sharing a step-by-step routine to help you learn how to clean false eyelashes like a pro.
STEP #1: WASH YOUR HANDS
Before you pick up a set of false eyelashes, it’s essential that you wash your hands. After all, you don’t want any dirt, oil, or impurities to transfer to your falsies. Go ahead and suds up and rinse, then you’re ready for step number two.
STEP #2: REMOVE EYELASH GLUE OR ADHESIVE
Next, you’ll want to ensure that you remove any glue from the base of your eyelashes. The easiest way to remove glue is to use a salon-quality set of tweezers. Gently remove the adhesive without pulling at your falsies. If there’s stubborn glue that won’t come off, you can use an oil-based eye makeup remover to break it down, just like you would get the lashes off your eyes.
STEP #3: CLEAN YOUR FALSE EYELASHES
Once the eyelash glue is removed, it’s time to really clean your falsies. This step will remove any makeup that ended up your false lashes (essential if you applied mascara on top of them) as well as other impurities.
Place your false eyelashes on a paper towel, then saturate a cotton swab with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Gently wipe the base of your lashes and the false lash “hairs” to lift and remove leftover mascara, dirt, and excess oils for a thorough cleansing.
Editor’s note: If you have mink eyelashes, you should skip this step. Eye makeup remover can potentially ruin the look of your lashes, and that’s the last thing you need. Instead, you’ll want to learn how to clean fake eyelashes with water. Use a cotton swab dipped in water to wipe the lashes clean, but don’t submerge them in H2O—it can damage the lashes.
STEP #4: DAMPEN YOUR EYELASHES
Think of this step as an extra precaution to ensure that your lashes are fully clean. Get a small bowl of warm water and dampen another cotton swab, using it to wipe from the base of your lashes to the ends. Once you’re satisfied, leave your lashes on the paper towel to air dry.
STEP #5: MIST WITH ALCOHOL
Now that your lashes are nice and clean, it’s time to disinfect! Since false eyelashes—and pretty much anything that goes near your eyes—can be a breeding ground for bacteria, you’ll want to take the appropriate measures to keep your lashes in good shape. Lightly mist your lashes with rubbing alcohol, then lay them flat to dry.
STEP #6: STORE YOUR LASHES
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the finish line! Since your cleansing session went off without a hitch, it’s time to store your lashes properly. Simply place your false eyelashes back in the packaging they came in, and keep them in their original position to help maintain their shape. Once you’re ready to reuse the lashes, the application process will be a breeze.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU REUSE FALSE EYELASHES?
Now that you know how to clean fake lashes, you’re probably interested in reusing them. That’s what all this effort was for! How many times you’ll be able to glue and un-glue your eyelashes comes down to the type of lashes you’re using. False eyelashes made out of synthetic material can be reused up to five times.
On the flip side, if you’re working with mink eyelashes, you’re in luck! You can reuse them up to 20 times. As long as you handle your lashes with the right care, you’ll be able to wear your falsies with all of your beauty looks, making it a budget-friendly investment. Speaking of which…
HOW TO REAPPLY FALSE EYELASHES
Instead of buying a new set of eyelashes, your clean set of falsies will get the job done. Best of all, the application process is sure to be quick and easy, since you’ve worn them before. That means no trimming or bending the lashes to get the perfect fit; you already did that. All you need to do is remove your falsies from the packaging, apply glue to the base, and let it get tacky. Once the glue is nice and tacky, place them on your lash line with your fingertips or tweezers. Easy, peasy! If you feel like you need more instruction on how to apply false eyelashes, here are 12 Hacks to Make Applying False Lashes Easier.
Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve mastered the art of cleaning and reusing false eyelashes. Ready for another lash-centric beauty lesson? Head on over to our article, How to Use Eyelash Primer to Boost the Effects of Mascara.
October 24, 2016
I’ve got an awesome classic makeup tutorial for you with Inglot Cosmetics. This tutorial is called the Wicked Witch of the West. If you’ve ever read Wicked, you’ll know how fantastic the other side can be with Elphaba’s character. If you’ve seen Oz the Great and Powerful, you’ll know how tragic Theodora’s story turned out to be. And who could forget the classic The Wizard of Oz. This is a great look that can fit any version of the Wicked Witch that you want to be.
Wicked Witch Makeup Tutorial from Inglot
Inglot Products Used
- Freedom Eyeshadows 391, 318, 120R
- Gel Eyeliner 77
- Cream Concealer 37
- Body Pigment 153
- Mattifying Powder 31
- AMC matte lip pencils 21 and 33
- Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin to prep it.
- On a palette or in a bowl, mix Cream Concealer 37 and Body Pigment 153 (green) with Duraline. Apply this mixture to the face and body.
- Use Mattifying Powder 31 to set the skin.
- With a stiff brush, apply Gel 77 (black) to create very highly arched brows.
- Pat 318 (bright white matte) to the lid.
- Use the lightest shade of 120R (light grey) to define the outer crease, blending upwards.
- Use the darkest shade of 120R (black) to deepen the outer v, blending upwards.
- With the middle shade of 120R (dark grey) use this to create a perfect gradient between the lightest and darkest grey.
- With Gel 77 (black) crease a heavy cat eye, winging it out.
- Contour the cheekbones and sides of the nose with 120R.
- Outline and fill the lips with Lip Pencil 21 (matte red).
- Deepen the outer corners of the lips with Lip Pencil 33 (deep wine matte).
You can purchase Inglot at Beautylish.com.
Be sure to check out my Mermaid Tutorial!
Have you ever been a Witch for Halloween? Which witch did you pick?
Have you already planned your Halloween makeup? I have a great and very easy idea for you!
A modern day witch, or vampire if you wish… Modern day witches don’t wear pointy hats and 17th century suits. In 2016 it’s enough to wear a dark shade of lipstick and a matching manicure; much easier! Pair these with some attitude and a daring outfit for a completely bewitching result.
I’m wearing a Kat Von D Poe lip & nail polish combo which I specifically purchased for this occasion. I can certainly see myself wearing this stunning polish well beyond the 30th of October. For an extra dramatic look, I added loose gold glitter on lips and nails. I wouldn’t say it’s the most practical everyday lip look (eating is simply impossible) but for Halloween it’s perfect.
To get the look: using a fluffy eye shadow/makeup or nail art brush, apply loose gold glitter over lipstick and over nail polish. Adjust the gold particles with a pen or brush to create the desired gradient effect. For the rest of your makeup, keep it simple – a good foundation and 1-2 coats of mascara is enough to complete the look. Let the lipstick play the main role! For the nails, secure the gold glitter with a top coat. Done! Easy right?
Used: Kat Von D Poe lip & nail set (now half price! Only $7.50 here ), gold loose glitter, Essie Good To Go and fluffy nail art brush to apply the glitter. Also, to re-create the look you can use full size Kat Von D Studded Lipstick Poe and any suitable dark purple nail polish.
Have you already planned your Halloween look? How are you planning to spook and bewitch this Halloween?
Are you up for something more complicated? Here’s a great compilation of Halloween makeup ideas for advanced makeup lovers.
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A dermatologist spills all on the popular skin care ingredient.
Although you can find a toner for almost every skin concern nowadays, witch hazel still reigns supreme. You’ve probably even seen a bottle of the unassuming clear liquid while browsing Target, and read about how it can tone, cleanse, and moisturize skin—all with a few swipes of a cotton round. But ever wonder how witch hazel delivers all this magic? To get to the bottom of it, we spoke with Board-Certified Dermatologist, Rachel Nazarian, of Schweiger Dermatology Group and Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology in New York.
First, Let’s talk About Toning
Since toning can be viewed as more optional than moisturizer or cleanser, you need to understand how the step works before you can figure out how witch hazel achieves it. “Toning is considered a prep step in our skin care regimen—it typically takes place after cleansing the skin with traditional cleanser and water, but before application of other active ingredients,” says Nazarian. “Its purpose can vary; many people use it to enhance absorption of the final ingredients in the skin care regimen (this is usually referred to as essence toners), while others use it for the traditional reason: to more deeply cleanse and further remove dirt and oil. Recently, many toners are used as a means of applying calming active ingredients.”
What is witch hazel, anyway?
“Witch hazel is an extract derived from both the leaves and bark of a plant, Hamamelis virginiana,” explains Dr. Nazarian. “Although the leaves contain a small amount of essential oil, it is not fully an essential oil or hydrosol, per se, as the aromatic portion of the plant isn’t the major source of the extract.”
How does witch hazel tone skin?
According to Nazarian, witch hazel contains something called tannins—which naturally offer astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. “So it’s a toner that more deeply cleanses skin by removing surface oils and bacteria, but also a calming active ingredient,” she says. That being said, witch hazel is often mixed with alcohol, which can be overly drying and sensitizing to skin in the long-term.
By Sumera Fatima
I am much excited because this is my first article and I am new to this blog. I am sure this article will interest all the Indian women who love wearing kohl. Applying kohl is one of the very basic and essential steps for Indian eye makeup. In fact, some women swear by it and never leave home without applying kohl.
Applying kohl is an Indian tradition and has always been in vogue since ancient times. These days we happily rely on the easily available kohl pencils because they are much easier to use. While choosing a kohl pencil or kajal we usually look for the one that stays longer, the one that doesn’t smudge, which blends smoothly, or some of us even look for a darkest black shade and so on… but, whatever may be our reason of choosing a perfect kohl pencil some of us make an effort of applying it in a different ways than usual. Isn’t it?
So! If you are bored of applying kohl the regular way, here are ten different ways of applying kohl using a kohl pencil.
1. Smokey Eyes
It is the most dramatic look for an evening out. It is beautiful and sexy at the same time. For this look, you will need smudged eye makeup. At first, you can apply kohl on the upper lash line, lower lash line and waterline. You don’t have to be perfect in lining. Take a pointed brush and smudge the kohl. A flat brush will also do. Lastly make a small ‘v’ at the corner of your eyelids. Smudge the outer ‘v’ by moving the brush inwards.
Tip: For an instant and easy smokey eyes look, you can try applying a thicker line of kohl on the upper and lower lash line. You can use a tiny bit of petroleum jelly to smudge the upper lash line.
2. Stark Eyes
For an eye makeup that looks stark, you need to apply a white eyeshadow to highlight your eyelids. White coloured eye shadow is the most important tool to get this look. You can now draw thick angular lines both on the upper and lower lash line as well.
3. Gothic Eyes
Gothic makeup designs are some of the strongest forms of self-expression today. You would need heavy dark black kohl to get this look. You need to apply a darker eye shadow to your eyelids. Line your eyes heavily both on the upper and lower lash line.
4. Winged Eyes
To achieve this retro look, you need to pull the kohl on the upper lash line little higher. While applying the kohl on upper lash line thicken towards the corner. When filling in the outer corner draw the pencil inwards. Winged line will extend upwards from the corner of your eyes to about halfway towards where the eyebrow ends. Lastly add thin line of kohl on your lower eye rim.
5. Doe Eyes
It’s a fashion trend from 60’s and 70’s. This creates an illusion of more proportionate eyes. Lines are drawn in semi circle and darkened half way. Kohl is applied from the outer corner of the lower lid. This adds shape and definition to your eyes.
6. Thick and Dark Kohl
For the most desired Arabian eyes, instead of applying kohl once, run your pencil twice or thrice over your lash line to get this effect.
7. Double Winged Eyes
This look is perfect for special occasions. For this look, you need to apply kohl on upper and lower lash line both. Keep it as close to the lashes as possible. Extend the upper and lower lash outwards. Upper lash line is given a thrifty, high flying wing whereas lower lash line is given a delicate downward curve. Keep the lower lash line parallel to the upper extended wing.
8. Lower Lash Line
If you are not in the mood of applying full makeup and just want to darken your pale eyes, you can apply kohl on your lower lash line and leave your eyelid bare.
9. Upper Lash Line
Usually, when we wear eye make up we apply kohl on both upper lids and lower lids. Otherwise applying kohl on the lower lids is very common. Applying kohl on the upper lash line and leaving the lower lash bare guarantees you a younger look.
10. Basic Kohl
This is the easiest and the fastest way of applying kohl. Applying kohl equally on the upper lash and lower lash line both. This technique instantly defines your eyes.
So ladies, give this a go if you want to experiment and apply kohl a different way! Alongwith applying the kajal, kohl or eyeliner in these ways, you can go ahead and add eyeshadows, mascaras and complementary eyeshadows the way you like it.
Also, let me know which one you wish to try and the one you liked the most. Do share your own ideas of applying kohl in the comments below. Waiting to hear from you all. 🙂
by Lindsay Tigar · Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Jennifer Haley, M.D., FAAD,
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Though I wish I had the type of skin that exuded that “I-woke-up-like-this,” Instagram filter-free brilliance, the reality is quite different. Ever since my teenage years, I’ve battled constant, unremitting breakouts, specifically around my t-zone. And although the severity of my acne has shifted as my hormones matured, I’ve tried pretty much everything to soothe my ever-sensitive skin.
I’ve tested the extreme route, including Accutane and various antibiotics. These undoubtedly helped but also left my pores overly dry and irritated—not to mention the potential internal risks. I’ve also tried prescription topicals and basically anything and everything CVS sells.
But then I discovered a powerful combination that finally left me feeling clear and radiant, and—believe it or not—it came from Mother Nature herself: witch hazel . This ingredient in some of my fave all-natural beauty products has been a game-changer for cleansing my pores, removing makeup, and preventing breakouts.
It took until the age of 30 and plenty of trial and error. By using it at sundown and sunrise, along with a blue light device , I’ve finally been able to find what works for me. And I’m amazed by the impressive difference this seemingly simple addition has made. Here is a guide to witch hazel, along with some uses and products to try yourself at home:
So , what is witch hazel?
Well, it isn’t a top seller from Salem, Massachusetts. And nope, Sabrina probably didn’t use it to clear up her zits in high school before a date with Harvey. It won’t cast you under a spell, but in my opinion, it is pretty magical. Witch hazel is actually a medicinal shrub found in North America that has been used for generations, according to medical intuitive and best-selling author Amy Leigh Mercree .
“Extracts and teas derived from its bark and leaves have been used to heal numerous ailments including skin conditions for millennia. Native American tribes used the plant frequently for many maladies,” she continued.
You can buy forms of pure witch hazel, which can be quite intense on your pores since it does have drying effects. Or, you can choose a formula that incorporates other ingredients to soften the exposure.
Just be wary of drugstore buys, according to Mercree, who says some include 14 percent alcohol, as well as fragrances and acids. As with any product you apply to your body’s largest organ, your skin, being mindful of the back label is essential.
Why it wards away breakouts
Witch hazel is one of those antioxidants that anyone with oily or acne-prone skin should consider. As Mercree explains, it contains tannins and polyphenols that protect our pores when applied topically.
“These compounds help speed healing and prevent skin cell damage, curbing the aging effects of sun and pollutants on skin,” she continues. “Witch hazel is also an anti-inflammatory. It soothes the soreness of sunburns, improves dandruff, and calms acne flare-ups because of this property.”
Personally, I use witch hazel in the morning as a toner under my moisturizer. And at nighttime, after removing my makeup, I use witch hazel to get rid of any leftover foundation, mascara, lipstick, you name it—and then apply an antiaging serum and light-weight, oil-free moisturizer.
This ensures my pores are completely clean and protected before I nod off or tackle my overbooked calendar. Marcree explains the astringent qualities of witch hazel are super helpful since it clears away oil and sebum that can clog pores and cause breakouts. She also notes it can dissolve existing build-up and battle blackheads and whiteheads.
5 Ways to Make Toner with Witch Hazel
1. Fight sun damage: hibiscus tea toner with witch hazel
Hibiscus is known for its ability to cleanse, tone, and balance the skin’s delicate pH. It is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that naturally exfoliate and amino acids that provide a tightening effect without stripping the skin’s natural oils (sebum).
The tea also has a high vitamin C content [ source ], which helps fight sun damage and the signs of aging. Combine 1/4 cup of cooled hibiscus tea with 1/4 cup of witch hazel and swipe on after cleansing. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin C powder .
2. Tame oily skin: green tea face mist with witch hazel
Contrary to popular belief, all skin types need a toner. And toners can be used in several forms; misting is a perfectly acceptable method to apply witch hazel. This mist addresses hydration for oily skin without clogging and tightens pores—thanks to the witch hazel.
-2 ounces (1/4 cup) cooled green tea
-2 tablespoons alcohol-free witch hazel
-1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Combine ingredients in a 4-ounce spritz bottle. Shake to combine before each use.
3. Wipe out breakouts: Toner cleansing pads with witch hazel
The combination of witch hazel and aloe is perfect for a post-exercise wipe down for your face and chest. Combine 1 part aloe to 3 parts witch hazel and stir together until combined.
We started with a freshly washed and moisturized face.
To get “fairy-like skin,” first create a luminous base by swiping on M.A.C. Strobe Cream with a 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush. “This cream looks best underneath foundation because it gives you a lit-from-within glow instead of a makeup-y radiance,” explained Rabanal.
Then prep brows by using a clear brow gel to brush up the hairs. (We used Brow Set in Clear.) Rabanal also recommended priming lips with a balm to keep them moisturized for the siren red pout to come.
“Maleficent’s look is about trying to look as porcelain as you can at your skin tone,” says Rabanal. For a fleckless complexion, he pressed in Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation with the same 132 brush using a stipling motion to create a plumped, soft-focus look. “Sweeping foundation across your face with a sponge just makes the product lay on top of the skin,” he said. “I like the Pro Longwear product because it’s matte, it lasts for 10 hours, and it controls oil along the t-zone, which makes it good for summer,” he continued.
To get Maleficent’s sinister brows, sketch a more angled instead of rounded shape at the top of the arch, then bring the lower front of the brow down more for a slightly menacing effect. Rabanal used Eye Brows in Lingering to carve out the shape. Extend the length of the brow out a little past its end for an exotic touch and blend out any harsh lines using the pencil, then set the hairs in place with a second coating of brow gel.
Next, define the eyes using the Maleficent: Eye Shadow x4 palette and a 224 Tapered Blending Brush. “The eyes should be intense with no harsh lines,” advised Rabanal. First, take the taupe Concrete shade and carve out the creases, while extended the shadow out towards the end of the brow for a more dramatic shape. Then wash the shimmery gold Goldmine over the lid. Next, add some warmth and depth to the eyes by swirling the chocolate Ground Brown into the outer corners.
For the lower lid, use the same 224 brush to apply a layer of Concrete, then with a 263 Small Angle Brush and Ground Brown, press the color underneath the lashes and smudge it out as a diffused liner.
Using the Maleficent Penultimate Eye Liner, draw a tight line along the upper lashes that’s so thin it almost looks invisible. “This is a backdrop for the lashes so they look thicker, so it’s not actually supposed to look like liner,” Rabanal revealed. Pull the line just slightly past the outer corners. “The line shouldn’t be winged out, but you just don’t want to cut your lashes short,” he said. “Just extend it an eight of an inch.”
Brush two coats of False Lashes mascara through upper and lower fringe. “This brush is concentrated and helps to gradually build up any type of lash without feeling heavy and chunky,” Rabanal offered. “It’s like a tight pipe cleaner.” When applying, pull the inner lashes towards the nose, the middle lashes up towards the brow, and the outer lashes out towards the ear to create a fan shape. For the bottom fringe, Rabanal suggested pressing just the tip of the brush into the root of the lash and pulling down to get a graduated lash look, instead of running the side of the brush through those tiny hairs, which can look chunky.
For added drama and to follow the extended eye shape that we created with the shadow and brows, Rabanal topped eyes off with three clusters of single false lashes along the outer corners. “Single bundles of lashes are more approachable for real life than a full strip,” Rabanal said.
Excavate hibernating cheekbones with Maleficent Sculpting Powder in Sculpt and the 132 brush. Concentrate the shade where the hollow of the cheek meets the ear, which is where the deepest color should be. Then pull the color forward just till it reaches the middle of your eye and blend out. “The contour should be angled from the middle of your ear to the corner of your mouth,” revealed Rabanal. Also carve out your jawline and shade along your hairline for the most chiseled bone structure.
Add light to the face by tapping Strobe Cream on top of cheek bones. “Just stick with the highest point of the cheek and along the outer corner of the eye but don’t come too forward, because then it just looks like you have oily skin,” Rabanal warned. Then highlight the middle of the chin and the bridge of the nose as well. “Stop when you reach the middle of the nose, because if you drag the highlight to the tip, it’ll also just make you look oily,” he continued.
Then quiet the rest of the shine on the face with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural so the Strobe Cream looks more deliberate. “Strobe Cream is sheer and looks more wearable and hydrating than a more theatrical frosty powder as a highlight,” explained Rabanal.
For deeper skin tones, he suggested focusing just on this highlight step instead of using contour. “Highlight the cheekbones, nose, chin, cupid’s bow, and center of the forehead, which adds a regal look instead of having to find the perfect dark contouring powder,” he offered.
Apply Maleficent Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick by colouring the center of the pout to tint the lip, then working your way out to the edges. When you reach the edge of the mouth, get a fuller Angelina-esque pout by widening the top lip more. “Extend the line just a scant past your natural lips so that it looks natural,” advised Rabanal. For a mischeivous pout, sketch a pointy cupid’s bow, then round out the sides with the tip of the pencil.
Then paint on the Maleficent Lipstick in True Love’s Kiss with a 242 Shader Brush. “The 242 is about the size of a lip and it has a rounded tip that’s perfect for following lip lines and gives you a flawless look,” said Rabanal.
Finally, dab Maleficent Pro Longwear Lip Gloss in Anthurium just on the center of the mouth for hydration and a little pop of shine.
Need to look like a rotting, decaying zombie corpse for Halloween? Rather than bribing your special effects makeup artist friend to treat you one for the night, you can definitely DIY a couple of good Halloween makeup effects using common household items in your pantry or medicine cabinet.
You could grab some toilet paper and Elmer’s Glue-All to papier-mâché your face into flaky, rotting grossness.
To add some gory blood to your festering wounds, make your own fake blood with corn syrup, cornstarch and red food coloring.
Permanent markers and hand sanitizer can make a pretty convincing bruise. Coffee grounds and Vaseline can add beat-up stubble to your hairless face.
And no need to make a last-minute run to buy overpriced Halloween face paint if you have shortening, cornstarch, flour, and food coloring at home. If you’re probably never going to get around to that multi-colored biscuit recipe you’ve been meaning to try, then you might as well use those ingredients to whip yourself up some non-toxic, homemade face paint for your Frankenstein clown makeup.
Got your own DIY tips for Halloween incorporating items found around the home and in the kitchen? Share with us by commenting below!
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A creamy complexion with raven hair looks dramatic in the best way possible. Here are some makeup tips to accentuate this beautiful contrast.
Eye makeup depends on eye color. For brown eyes, create contrast with green eye shadow. For blue eyes, opt for smoky greys and browns. For green eyes, blue shades add drama. You can also match the specks of other hues in your eyes. For example, brown eyes with a hint of gold look gorgeous with golden eye shadow.
To create a dark, sultry look, apply black or dark brown eyeliner along the upper lash line, then apply shadow along the same line, blending slightly upwards. For a fresher wide-eyed look, sweep a lighter, brighter shadow along the whole top lid, and apply a thin lick of eyeliner just along the top lash line. Finish up with a couple coats of mascara for both looks.
To emphasize cheekbones, choose a shade that’s pretty close to your skin tone, and sweep it just on the apples of your cheeks. If you have a reddish undertone, stick with a more neutral hue and avoid rosy colors. If you have a yellowish undertone, a rosy blush helps neutralize your overall tone.
For lips, a deep burgundy or red adds another lovely contrast to porcelain skin. If a girl-next-door look is more your style, line your lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color and finish it off with a tinted gloss.
Protecting your complexion is super important for fair-skinned beauties. All the makeup in the world cannot completely cover or repair damage from the sun and other elements. Wear sunscreen every day in addition to your regular skincare routine.
Rosallee Scott has been a freelance writer since 1998. Currently, her career is focused on creating informational articles for Web content. Though Scott’s articles cover a variety of topics, her concentration is predominately on garden-related issues, decorating and interior design.
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No one applies makeup with the hope it won’t last all day. So, it’s only natural we research the longest-lasting products—the ones that will stay on through work, a night out, and perhaps even that impending snowstorm. Through it all, we’ve realized an absolute truth: For extending your wear, you’ll need a good setting product. But the question remains. which one?
You’ve probably seen the two setting mainstays: setting powder and setting spray. The one you apply depends on your skin type and the finish you’re after. “Both setting spray and setting powder are used for keeping your makeup in place,” says Kenny Screven, a beauty influencer and makeup artist. “They may sound the same, but they have a few key differences.” Screven says setting powders and setting sprays are suitable for different situations. “What they do and how they are applied are completely different,” he says.
Keep reading to learn the difference between setting powders and setting sprays and how to choose the right one for you.
What Is Setting Powder?
Keri Blair, a senior national artist at MAC Cosmetics, says setting powder is typically used on the face in places where you’d like a matte finish. “Setting powder comes in a loose, generally jet-milled powder form and requires a brush or a puff to be applied,” she says. It essentially does just what it sounds like it does: sets your makeup in place throughout the day.
Setting powders are available in tons of shades or as a translucent veil, depending on the look you want. “Colorless versions are universal for all skin tones, while tinted kinds are used to warm up or deepen a foundation,” says Dino Dilio, a makeup instructor at CMU College of Makeup Art & Design.
The Benefits of Setting Powder
If you have oily or combination skin or your makeup tends to bleed throughout the day, you may prefer a powder. Screven says setting powders can be used to zap oil, often just where it’s needed instead of all over. “Setting powder can help absorb the extra oil on your skin, and it’s perfect for holding foundation in place,” he says. “I generally like applying setting powder after I apply concealer to help keep it in place. This helps to brighten the under-eye and to keep the concealer in place for a longer amount of time.” For people with dry skin, only a few swipes of powder is needed (likely where most people are prone to oil, such as the nose or t-zone).
Dilio says that a talc or mineral-based powder, like Armani Beauty’s Neo Nude Powder Foundation, is best for staying powder and oil-absorbing mechanisms. It’s also perfect for the “no makeup” makeup look.
Blair is a fan of powders with ingredients like “silica, mica, and cornstarch,” which “are great for creating a soft, texture-less effect on the skin that is transparent and almost undetectable.” She recommends Ilia’s Soft Focus Finishing Powder for a blurred finish thanks to its light formula of organic powders and oils. “Interestingly enough, baby powder continues to be a go-to as an inexpensive alternative,” Blair adds. MAC’s Set Powder ($38) is also a good choice.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r has a range of skin-tinted setting powders—including “banana powder,” favored by Screven, which is a glowy shade that won’t leave you ashy or washed-out. We also love Pat McGrath Labs’s Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Powder ($38), which is finely granulated and easy to apply for a light finish over foundation, concealer, and other face makeup.
How to Apply Setting Powder
After you’ve chosen your powder, know you can apply sparingly, or all over based on the finish you’re looking for. Blair explains exactly how it’s done:
- Use a soft, fluffy brush with a tapered end to ensure even (but specific) placement, like MAC’s 240 Synthetic Large Tapered Blending Brush ($35).
- Swirl your brush into your powder and apply it in circular motions, paying close attention to the areas around the sides of your nose and through your t-zone (these are areas where skin gets oilier and product can wear away faster).
- For a full face, use a large, flat powder brush like MAC’s 135 Synthetic Large Flat Powder Brush ($45), or It Cosmetics’s Wand Ball Powder Brush ($49) for a softer touch.
- For a bargain buy, Elf’s Powder Blurring Brush ($7) is also great for all-over coverage.
What Is Setting Spray?
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A setting spray is a liquid misted onto the skin through an atomizer. While setting powder is used to absorb oil all over or just in key areas (with a more matte finish), a setting spray, according to Blair, “gives a softer effect with less visible texture.”
Setting spray is used to keep your whole face of makeup in place—that includes setting powder, mascara, even lipstick. “Setting spray is applied all over the skin, not just your face makeup,” Screven says. “And, some offer a more dewy finish, while others keep things matte.”
The Benefits of Setting Spray
Different setting sprays work better for various skin conditions. Humectant mists are “ideal for dry skin, as they attract and trap moisture into the skin,” Dilio says. Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, for instance, is formulated with 20 percent botanical oils, leaving the skin hydrated and soft, according to the brand. And then there are illuminating mists, which contain micro-fine, light-reflective particles that lend radiance and glow to the face.
Cover FX has a great mattifying and illuminating spray in its range of setting products. Blair says if you have flaky skin, especially in the winter, opting for a spray might be preferable. “I find that drier skin types will often prefer a spray, as it sets makeup without adding texture or additional coverage,” she says.
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Are you familiar with all of the wonderful uses for witch hazel? If not, you need to be! Witch Hazel has been a household staple for years mostly used to treat minor cuts and injuries, but did you know there are so many other uses for this miracle liquid?
It can be utilized for all sorts of practical reasons around the house. Considering you can buy a bottle for as little as a buck; witch hazel is not only fabulous but frugal as well. Take a look below at 10 wonderful uses for witch hazel and how you can use it in your own home. You may just be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate it into your daily beauty, health, and cleaning routines. Take a look!
10 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel:
Say So Long to Scars
If you have stubborn scars, you can lessen the appearance by treating the scar with witch hazel. Just apply to a cotton ball or q-tip and dab on the scar once in the morning and once at night. The scar will lessen over time as the witch hazel will reduce the puffiness.
Banish Under Eye Bags
No one likes baggage under the eyes! If your eyes are puffy and dark, treat them with witch hazel. Apply to a cotton ball and swab under your eyes. The anti-inflammatory properties in witch hazel will combat the swelling and thus reduce the darkness as well. While you are at it, you can also give yourself a facial. Witch hazel will help soothe your face, reduce red skin and inflammation, and tackle blemishes. Just apply to your skin with a cotton ball after you wash it. You can do this twice a day if you wish. Your face will feel clean and refreshed!
Lessen Varicose Veins
Witch hazel can’t treat veins to where they are gone forever, but it can help reduce them and their symptoms helping you find relief and comfort. To treat your veins and feel relief from the pressure and aching, soak wash cloths in witch hazel and apply to the veins.
If you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on hand, you can use witch hazel to clean out cuts and scrapes. Pour directly on the wound and allow it to dry. Put on a bandage and change daily until the cut is healed.
Ouch! Did you stay out in the sun too long? Treating your sunburn with witch hazel will help heal the skin and also help with preventing skin peeling. Apply the witch hazel with a washcloth that you have soaked in witch hazel and lay flat on your burned skin.
(Check out these 9 Fantastic Uses for Aloe Vera too for help with a sunburn.)
If you are out of deodorant, you can always splash on a little witch hazel. It will kill the stinky bacteria that can cause body odor and leave you feeling fresh. Just apply the witch hazel to a cotton ball and wipe under your arms. Reapply as needed.
Treat a Sore Throat
Out of throat drops? No problem. Witch Hazel helps shrink inflamed throats. You can add witch hazel to your warm tea for a soothing treat, or you can gargle it as you would mouth wash. Pretty soon, you will feel as good as new.
Give Your Scalp a Treat
If you have tight, itchy scalp or dandruff, massage your scalp with the witch hazel. Then shampoo as you normally would. The witch hazel will soothe and moisturize your scalp and help relieve these symptoms.
Clean Fido’s Ears
Don’t pay your vet big bucks to clean your dog’s ears. Simply apply a small amount of witch hazel to a wash cloth and wipe out the inside of your dog’s ear. You will notice dirt and debris are easily removed, and your dog will look happy and healthy.
Make Your Jewelry Sparkle
Soak your jewelry in a bowl of witch hazel and watch debris get washed away. Just soak your jewelry for 20 minutes and dry with a soft cloth. That’s it!
See how easy it is to use witch hazel in a variety of ways? Head to your local dollar store or drug store where you can find a bottle for as little as a dollar. It is a fabulous and frugal way to give your beauty and cleaning routine a boost!
Different face shapes need different contouring or shaping – some will need more highlighting while others will use more contouring to help create the shape you are after.
First step is to work out your face shape according to the image below:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Contouring a Square Face
Start by contouring the corners of your face to make them appear less angular and give it a softer edge. By adding highlight to your forehead and chin you give your face more dimension and a less flat appearance.
Contouring an Oblong Face
Apply your contour to your forehead and chin to shorten your face and balance your features.
Contouring a Heart Shape
By highlighting your forehead and chin you are adding more definition and giving a gentle sheen to the skin. With your darker contour colour, you can narrow a wide forehead andsoften a strong jaw line.
Contouring a Triangular Face
The reason for contouring is to bring the narrow and broad areas into proportion with each other in order to appear similar to an oval shaped face. Contour along the jaw line to make this area more prominent and balance out the middle portion of the face. Highlight under the eyes to make cheekbones really pop.
Contouring a Round Face
As your face is round you need to add some structure back into your face so it appears more oval. You will need quite a bit of contouring on the temples, cheekbones and the sides of the jawline which will give you more definition. Use the highlighter on your chin and forehead to bring these areas forward and give dimension. You can also create fuller looking lips by highlighting your cupid’s bow.
Contouring an Oval Face
Contour directly under cheekbones and highlight under your eyes to make cheekbones really pop. Highlight your chin and forehead to bring these areas into focus.
Applying makeup and keeping it intact on oily skin is no easy task. No matter how hard you try oil always shows up after a few hours. The same goes for the ladies with only oily T-zone. You may need many products to keep oil production in control. Here are some tips to prevent the makeup from going shiny and greasy.
Use a clay mask
As we all know, prevention is better than cure. Thus, instead of blotting away the oil, try to control the oil production with some treatments. Well, for oily skin, clay and deep purifying masks are like a boon. If you experience oily skin, use a clay mask or a deep purifying mask twice a week. Such masks help in absorbing dirt and impurities. They also unclog the pores and tighten them up. In addition, a clay mask or a deep purifying mask keeps the skin mattified for a longer time.
Chose a lightweight and oil-free lotion
Always apply a moisturizer to keep moisture intact but do not put on moisturizer with emollients liberally. In fact, steer clear of moisturizers with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc. as they are beneficial mainly for dry skin. For oily skin, they are comedogenic and clog up the pores. Look out for oil-free moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and oil-free. Moreover, if you have super oily skin, then try using gel-based moisturizer to make your skin feel comfortable. A well-moisturized face provides a smooth base for makeup.
Apply a mattifying primer
Whether you are going for a subtle makeup look or heavy makeup, always use a mattifying primer. Not only it helps in keeping makeup intact but also prevents the skin from getting oily. Always apply a mattifying primer after moisturizing your face. It helps in absorbing excess oil all day long and gives makeup a smooth finish.
Opt for an oil-free formula
Whether it is a foundation or a concealer, always opt for oil-free and oil-controlling formula. The oil-controlling formula helps in absorbing the excess oil production and keeps the skin mattified for a long time. Moreover, you can also opt for long wear formula as they tend to keep the makeup intact for a longer time without making it look greasy or shiny. Oily skinned beauties can opt for a powder foundation as well because it keeps the skin mattified for a long time by absorbing excess oil.
Do not go overboard with powder
We need to set the makeup with a powder, especially on oily skin. As weird as it may sound, but applying too much of setting powder can lead to excess oil production. Oily skinned ladies apply a lot of powder, assuming it will absorb all the oil. But, it can backfire as the over-dried pores can increase the oil production to keep the skin moisturized. And, in the end, you will end up with a greasy look on your face.
Go for mineral based makeup
Mineral makeup can be the best thing for your face. These products do not possess any pore clogging ingredients. Mineral makeups are obtained by grinding the mineral into tiny particles. These are oil-free, fragrance-free, preservative-free, making it perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. Moreover, the mineral-based products also keep makeup from going shiny.
Spritz on some setting spray
Applying makeup on oily skin and keeping it intact for a long time seems to be impossible. Thus, in addition to a good makeup primer, you must also invest in a good setting spray. The setting spray will help in keeping the makeup intact and smudge free for a long time, preventing the greasy look. While looking for a setting spray for oily skin, skip the one with emollients and choose the mattifying one. No matter how tempting the hydrating setting spray sounds it is not perfect for oily skin.
Use blotting paper
Blotting papers can be your best buddy! To absorb excess oil produced use blotting papers, especially when outdoors. Whenever you feel like oil is appearing on the skin, blot it away with the blotting paper. Always use a blotting paper only for the oily areas. Just press it on the skin for a few seconds and let it absorb oil; do not rub it on the skin when you have makeup on.
Do not touch your face
Touching your face constantly transfers the perspiration from your fingers and palms over the face. This, in turn, makes the skin look greasy and shiny in no time. Moreover, touching the face can clog up the pores and make your skin acne-prone. Thus, to avoid such situation, do not keep touching your face.
Do not forget touch-ups
As soon as you feel the oil resurfacing the skin, blot it away with the blotting paper or go for a little touch-up. For a long-lasting effect, pat the area with some powder after dabbing the blotting paper to prevent oiliness and greasy look.