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Your Best-Kept Beauty Secret

If you've been playing with makeup for awhile, you've probably picked up or developed tricks of your own that most people wouldn't think of. Do you have an unusual foolproof technique for applying your foundation? Do you use a particular product in an unexpected way? Have you found an unconventional hack for clearing up a blemish overnight? Here's the place to trade your little-known ideas!

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i talk about it a lot on these boards, but to the outside world it's still a bit of a novel approach: treating a zit/breakout with facial oil. either it brings it to a head, or it calms and soothes it into submission before things get really nasty. and afterwards, scaring is virtually non existent, as  the area has been nourished rather than dried out. 

 

i'll add more as they occur to me !

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Which facial oils would you recommend @jemly? I have normal/dry skin. Thanks Smiley Happy

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@Mcakes my HG and all time favorite is CLARINS blue orchid oil. the lotus oil in the same range is formulated for oily skins--so maybe not best suited for you--but has oils with antiseptic properties which are particularly great for 'spot treating' with an oil. the blue orchid is formulated for dehydration, so it's particularly conditioning to compromised skin. 

 

so these are my favorites. i know greenchili loves the UMA range (i haven't tried these). def get some samples of various oils if you can and see how your skin likes them !

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Your campaign for oils is winning me over a little more and more every day. Smiley Wink

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Jem I know you recommend this all the time but I'm still afraid to try it haha. 

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What a great thread idea! I can't wait to hear someone's answer to the unconventional hack of dealing with an unwelcome pimple. 

 

I've always preferred natural skin looking foundation and was having the hardest time achieving that (keep in mind this is way before the beauty blender came around). I was so frustrated so I went into the store to return the foundations I had and to talk to an associate about another one they would recommend. 

 

The associate was actually very helpful and gave me some great tips that I now swear by! Hopefully these aren't too basic for you beauty experts lol. 

 

1. You can do a lot with concealer if you don't want to use foundation. This obviously gives the most natural look and it's perfect for the summer!

2. Warm the foundation up with your fingers. Take a little pump and rub it between your fingers before applying to your face. It helps it blend in much easier. 

3. Apply less than you think you need then build on top of that. I don't think I even use a full pump of foundation anymore, I just apply little by little until I get the coverage I need. Since pouring through the skincare threads my skin is looking and feeling great so the only purpose I need for foundation is for redness. 

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Lisa Eldridge swears by these very principles in every video and they really do work!

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A cast member advised me to do little dots on my face and then build up as I needed it. This has really taught me to use less and my skin is quite happy. Smiley Very Happy

XOXO,
Marieke

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Most of what I do is pretty conventional. One thing I used to do, that I've never really seen discussed, is using UD's Ozone on my face to fill in any wrinkles. 

I also like to use Becca's liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector on my body (shoulders and such) in the summer to add a little glow.

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The pencil?? That's so smart! I may have to try that!

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Oohhh, I was just thinking I should toss my Ozone since I never use it. I'll have to give this a whirl first. Thanks, @Asche.

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Mine aren't super exciting, but...

  • While there are so many suggestions out there for making you look more awake via makeup, nothing works better for me than basic redness-reducing eye drops. I swear by them and make sure to always have a bottle on hand!
  • I use setting powder religiously, but instead of using a powder puff and/or applying it to my whole face, I just take a small fluffy brush (ABH #23, I think?) and lightly tap the powder into my t-zone, where my pores are largest and where I tend to get shiny. Works like a charm for blurring and mattifying without getting cakey!

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One of my best kept secrets is using a lash primer before mascara! It really works wonders for volume and length!

My two favorites are Lancome Cils Booster XL, and Diorshow Maximizer 3D. Sometimes I use the Dior one as a lash treatment in the evening. My lashes are longer since trying this tip out!

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I have super short Asian eyelashes and I use either one of these everyday the same way. I like the Dior one more but they are both excellent productsSmiley Wink @angel7594

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i also love the dior lash primer @angel7594!

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 @TopazBeth

 

I don't have hacks, and these are no secrets.  But worth sharing......

 

1. Oil balances oily skin

 

2. There is NO magic skincare product.  Skin health needs a holistic approach - makeup/cleansing habits, skincare products/routine, diet, hormonal concerns, stress. 

 

*I don't have makeup tricks.  My makeup routine is very basic and requires no skill, a child could do it.

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@greenchilli I used to avoid oils so much because of my oily skin, but now I have 4 different ones on my vanity. So glad I learned a lot about skincare while working here and reading threads on BT. Smiley Very Happy

XOXO,
Marieke

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@MariekeBT

 

You know it!  

 

Even after appreciating the benefit of oils, it took me the longest time to find ones that my skin liked.  About 2 years ago I had almost given up as they all just seemed to irritate my skin or cause congestion.  I have now finally found oil formulations that work.

 

On a similar note, I embrace my oily skin now.  It has helped me prevent signs of premature ageing (subjective opinion of course), but I quite like the look of non-matte skin on my face.

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@greenchilli I'm glad you found ones that you like! I don't have one that is my ride or die yet, but I do have some that I do like. (: 

 

I've heard that oily skin will lead to less wrinkles, soo I think I'll take that! I'm glad the dewy natural look is more in. I'm slowly learning to embrace it!

XOXO,
Marieke

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what a fun thread!! i'm sure more will come to me, but the first thing that comes to mind is my mascara routine.

 

i curl my lashes, apply lash primer (i like diorshow lash maximizer), apply 2 coats of mascara, and then GENTLY curl them again after they dry. it really makes my lashes look long and the curl holds all day! being gentle with the second curling is important though so you don't rip out lashes!

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@unfungirl good one ! curling lashes after mascara is considered a big no-no, but it's the tip my mom taught me and i do it too. i've seen makeup artists do it while still advising others to "not try this at home". i always make sure my mascara has dried, and i do it very carefully. but i always get such a better result !!

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@jemly I should add a "proceed with caution" disclaimer, good point! Curling gently, and making sure your mascara is dry is key to avoiding any lash loss. It really does make my lashes look soooo nice though so even if it's technically a no no, it works well for me!

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@unfungirl @jemly

 

I do this too! Mine won't curl otherwise.

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