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Products and/or Techniques that Changed Your Makeup/Skincare/Haircare

I have a few things that have truly altered how I am able to apply makeup and wonder what other people's "ah ha" techniques or products might be.

 

For me, I watched a Youtube video (can't remember who it was) that was applying a creaseline shadow with her eye open - as I have hooded eyes this is probably obvious but I didn't know.  It has really opened up how my makeup is applied and looks.

 

Also, I got some really soft brushes and blend like a crazy person now, that has really made my look much more artful and made makeup draw attention to my features, as opposed to my makeup.  Smiley Very Happy

 

Finally, a while ago I got the Urban Decay triple threat travel liner set.  I loved the liners so much I now own every color I want.  These liners have a huge variation of colors, matte or sparkle, and there are just so many things I can do with them. 

 

Also, interacting with all of the great people on BT has made me feel like my makeup obsession is ok and I have learned a lot about products, techniques, resources, and sales!!  Smiley Very Happy

 

How about you?

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Yep. If you read other boards about Obagi it's the number one question: When will the peeling stop.

 

It contains a lot of chemical exfoliants and the products work together to fade spots and shed dead layers like you've never seen before. After I had been through the program I ran into somebody that hadn't seen me for six months and she about died. She and many others thought I had had some kind of surgery because my skin looked so amazing. 

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yes ive been buying those elastic for years. i mostly buy the brown ones though.

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Love this topic!

 

Off the top of my head the biggest "techniques" that made a difference in how I do things are:

 

1) Blow drying the front sections of my hair forward instead of to the sides. I don't have bangs, but I now blow-dry the front sections of my hair as if they were bangs (down over my face) and then they just fall into place with a natural movement and body that makes all the difference in how my hair looks.

 

2) The "windshield wiper" motion for blending eyeshadow at the crease. I used to blend using little circle motions only, now I do a combo of little circles and the windshield wiper swipes and my shadows blend out so much more flawlessly. Such a simple thing that I just never did naturally on my own, but once I heard someone else use that term, it just clicked.

(And use a clean brush to blend, not the one you applied the color with.)

 

3) Instead of bronzer I learned to use a regular face powder, just in a color that is  2-3 shades darker than my natural skin tone. I am very pale and bronzers have always been too dark or too orange, so finding shades that actually add natural looking shadows around my facial contours was so amazing.

 

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vanillammm, I already do 2 and want to try 1 and 3! My skin is very fair and I have a hard time getting a bronzer that doesn't seem too dark. Love it!

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1. YouTube has changed so many thing for me , for the good.

2. Anastasia line. The pencils, the brow gel, the kit, the wax pencil. ... Oh my I love my brows now, once I got used to the stencils I didn't need them anymore aand my brows have never looked better. I seriously have a drawer just for eyebrows. They truly do frame the face

.3primer and setting spray. I never could figure out why my foundation wouldn't last. Now it stays put until I take it off at night. 

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what primer and setting spray are you using?

 

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the hourglass veil primer and urban decay de-slick

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Youtube Beauty Gurus have helped me step my makeup game WAY up.  Like Kiki517 two of my favorites are Wayne Goss and Jaclyn Hill.  They show you the best techniques and they explain them in a way that you can really understand.  My eyeshadow is always so well blended thanks to these two lovely people!

 

Lash Primer.  I use the one by Tarte and oh my gosh what a difference.  It looks like I am wearing fake lashes.  I won't apply mascara without this.  It's incredible.  I like the Tarte one because unlike so other lash primer it doesn't contain and little fibers.  I HATE little fibers in my mascara or lash primer.  They always make my eyes feel dry and itchy.

 

BT!  This place has opened my eyes to so many new things.  I can't imagine life without BT ha!!!  

 

Never blend your eyeshadow with the brush you used to apply it.  Thank you Wayne Goss.  This was another game changing tip. 

 

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I share your love for the tarte mascara primer. It truly makes the biggest difference with any mascara I own. LOVE IT!!

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I found out just like that a long time ago, that using a flat top brush for foundation is plain amazing, one day out of nowhere I tried it (Because I was stick of the streak lines of a real foundation brush, and would always end up buffing with a powder brush afterward). THAT changed my foundation look

 

Second, when I started with eyeshadow, I had the naked 2 palette with the brush that came with it, and the lady working at sephora told me that I could do every things with that brush, I believed her. NOPE Later on i got real brushes ( Blending brush, pencil brush etc) And its now its going way better!

 

That's pretty much it for now hehe, at the moment I'm having difficulties with bronzer but I think I'm getting better at it!

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Nicrohr just changed my entire outlook on eyeliner. And just enabled me to purchase another one in white-ish shimmer. Can't wait to try it and see how it goes for me.

 

My revelation was eyebrows. I got a MAC kit for eyebrows and used like they showed me and it changed my whole face.

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lol awesome. good luck, post or PM me pics! 

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I agree, eyebrows have really changed my makeup and have made me look so much more put together

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1. Real techniques expert face brush for BB cream application

2. Topping liner with a corresponding shade for longevity, same for using a cream shadow stick (caviar sticks) along lower lash line and inner corner and topping wth shadow

3. Lashes lashes lashes are important to emphasize when you have hooded eyes

4. Also same as someone said before - keep your eyes open if they are hooded and creat a crease above your natural one (I am still trying to perfect this... my eyes are hooded but I have a lot of real estate between them and my brows!)

5. Anastasia brow products - nuff said.

6. Skipping cleanser in the AM half the time - I just splash with water and then use toner. My skin is combo-very oily in T-zone, and the normal spots were always dry and tight - not flattering and I felt it was starting to age me. This has helped SO much.

7. Know your skin - I started getting a lot of breakouts only on my cheeks.. took me a while to realize I was allergic to NARS blushes. Still trying to figure out if it was the talc or the parabens that were bothering me... I still use/have a few MAC and Tarte blushes, and they contain talc, so I'm leaning towards parabens being the issue. I'm no longer using any products on my face with parabens, and now phasing it out of my shampoos and body products as well.

8. Brushes are everything! We all know this one, though!!

9. Finishing powders are amazing, everyone should have one. Meteorites teint beige for me!

10. Have fun with it. I like to wear fun colors... YOLO (please pretend I didn't say that... Smiley Wink ).

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This is somewhat embarrassing - but the moment I realized that using a baby wipe to get the foundation out of my eyebrows after applying foundation - that was a gamechanger.

As a BM girl with super-dark eyebrows - it had never occured to me that I should get the powder off my brows when it was flying everywhere from the big fluffy brushes.

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  • instead if curling my eyelashes in once place, at the base of my lashes, icurl them in 3-5 places from the base all the way to the tips - this looks so much more natural and makes my lashes look much longer!
  • in the shower, asfter applying my conditioner, i comb through my hair with a FINE toothed comb - this gets all the tangles out, evenly distributes the conditioner to every strand of hair and leaves my hair much much softer!  some may argue that this will damage your hair, but I have nothing but goods results with this!
  • showering at night, then styling my hair with a flat iron in the morning - my hair will look less frizzy and i save tons of time in the morning!
  • using a good dry shampoo, like Batiste!  I have oily hair and never understood how people could go more than a day without showering - now i can go several days and still look decent!
  • laser hair removal - i get it every months and it makes my life sooo much easier and the results beat shaving, waxing, etc.
  • using eye primer!  i have hooded lids and after 30  mins my eye shadow would crease like crazy so i would always stay away from eye shadow.  since i discovered a good eye primer i my shadow lasts all day and is actually fun to wear!
  • washing my face only at night - i tend to get oily skin throughout the day and i used to wash my face at night and in the morning.  for the last few weeks i have only been washing my face at night, then rinsing my face in the morning with water, and it has really cut down on my oil for some reason.

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Watching Lisa Eldridge's personal skin care videos (YouTube) really opened my eyes to what we all should and should not be doing to our skin.  Although I don't have exactly her skin type, it's universal advice that's made me choose products differently, treat my skin differently, and have the best skin I've ever had in my life.

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Beauty Blender: Love the finish. My skin looks flawless.

 

Philosophy Total Matteness Oil Free Cleanser Mask; Bliss Toner Pads: These are together because holy cow do they control oil!

 

And yes to using YouTube for makeup techniques. I was pretty clueless about using eyeshadow, but I love going on YouTube to learn how to do a smokey eye or a good daytime look.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz: Seriously was using the wrong color to fill in my brows and now they look finished, which makes my face look more finished.

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Putting rose gold or champagne eyeliner on my lower lash line has made my eyes look bigger than ever. I also started dabbing frosty/light/white shadow on my tear duct area and it makes my eyes look refreshed. I can thank Youtube beauty guru's for teaching me these awesome tricks! Smiley Happy

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-Instead of literally drawing on eyebrows, use light, feather strokes for a natural look (Sophomore high school pictures will haunt me forever ^__^)

-Using the Clarisonic Mia2 and a good cleanser, followed by PTR Retinol Fusion PM for a gorgeous, radiant glow that you can see even after you wake up.

-Strategically placing a highlighter on the cupid's bow makes lips look fuller, and in inner tear-duct area to look refreshed and awake.

-Using an actual facial cleanser instead of a bar of soap (again, during high school times, ugh...)

-Sulfate-free is the way to be, that is when you have curly/wavy hair and/or dye your hair.

-Different makeup brushes for different looks. Blending is key.

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I totally agree -- a Clarisonic and a retinol product at night have "upgraded" my skin from good to GREAT!

 

Also, YES to sulfate-free for hair, I used to use Deva and loved it.  I now don't use products at all -- just a little baking soda dissolved in water to "wash" my roots.  Then a rinse of cold water and cider vinegar to smooth, close cuticle, and restore PH to slightly acidic.  Doing this for years, never had better hair!

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I love this thread. I def want to check out some of the you tube videos you're referring to. I agree with other people about filling in brows being a big deal. I also think the shimmery colour in corner of my eye and on lids makes me look 10X more awake. I have to try under the eye and see how that looks. Excited to check out Lisa's videos on skincare. I'm a becca fan and have watched a few of her videos on those products.

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'Golden ratio' for brows - it helped me understand why my arch never looked right - I was trying to force it into a place it shouldn't be. 

Like so many others in this thread: blending. Blend, blend, blend. I learned to blend my foundation earlier but it somehow didn't occur to me to do it with eyeshadow until YouTube makeup videos started being a thing. 


Honestly, one of my best beauty aids is YouTube. YouTube wasn't founded until I was 23. I've learned better hair techniques, how to actually use that expensive curling iron I bought when I was 21 and had long hair, how to solve problems I didn't know I had, how to blend eyeshadow properly, how to use bronzer and blush on my pale skin properly, how to paint my nails (hooray for not having to drag my polish and tools into a salon and explain that I really don't want them to use their tools, soaps, base coat, polish - I'm just here for application!,) how to tie a scarf in more than one way, and about a million other things. 

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Awesome! I'm going to look up Golden Ratio now, lol. My brows are uncontrollable. Smiley Happy

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I like Anastasia products - specifically the brow fix setting wax, the brow brush, and the Brow Wiz pencil. The stencils are a good learning tool but I honestly never use them now that I understand how the arch is supposed to work on my face and how to determine it using her Golden Ratio system. So simple, works on every face because it's based on your face itself. Genius! 

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