As you can probably guess from my inability to budget in the makeup department, I have a myriad of different high quality cosmetics brushes and makeup applicators from any number of illustrious brands at my disposal. However, my favorite beauty tool remains to this day the glorious Q-tip (or “cotton swab”, for you generic types).
The cotton swab provides an amazing quick fix for nearly every beauty related issue, and can be used to apply nearly any product with excellent precision. Here’s a massive list of 29 great ways to use Q-tips for all your beauty needs:
Welcome back to another #TheSkinProject post! This time, we’re talking about exfoliating. 2, 4, 6, 8 – how do we exfoliate? (Forgive me, I’m a goofball!)
I love exfoliating. I had visible blackheads in the pores on my nose at age 11 (my pitifully undereducated response was “How do I get rid of my dots?”) and until I discovered exfoliation, I could never rid myself of them. (Neutrogena Visibly Even Skin Polishing Enzyme Treatment changed my life!) When I got cold, my face turned red and I joked that my nose looked like a strawberry with all the teensy “seeds” of blogged dirt and sebum. Funny, but gross.
Exfoliating clears pores and removes dead skin cells, revealing cleaner and more radiant skin underneath. Any product you use that describes itself as a scrub or has any kind of crystals, microbeads, etc is an exfoliant.
I am very careful to exfoliate more gently on my face than on my body – facial skin is much thinner, more sensitive and easier to damage, so I don’t use products with big, rough crystals of sugar or sea salt on my face, no matter how much I’d like to see results. I personally exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
I have had problems with blackheads since middle school, and I imagine a lot of you have faced the same issues. (Well, maybe you haven’t, but I’d feel better if I weren’t the only one, so humor me.) As you might assume, I’ve learned a trick or two over the years for ditching these little buggers.
Here’s some tips on both how to prevent your skin from getting blackheads, and how to rid yourself of some of the ones you have now:
Terry de Gunzburg is the creator of Yves Saint Laurent’s superstar Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and founder of the high-end line By Terry. I was lucky enough to try By Terry’s Light Expert Foundation, and I’m happy to report I was impressed.
This product needs a little explanation – basically, the foundation comes with a brush attached (reminiscent of its YSL counterpart). Luckily, if you’re not comfy with applying foundation with a brush you can always use your fingertips. (I tried it in #101 Beige Light, if you’re curious.)
Eye makeup is probably the most difficult thing to master in makeup artistry, and though it may feel like the impact comes with the liner and mascara, the truth is, your eyeshadowed lids are the canvas and the basis for the lovely work of art you’re creating. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to best apply eyeshadow:
BRUSH UP: When applying eyeshadow, it is best to use a brush rather than the spongy applicator most shadows come with. The sponge pads don’t blend well and can result in a lesser quality look. They can also absorb much more product, which wastes it in the end and when you’re paying $13 per eyeshadow, less is more! >>>We recommend: Bare Escentuals Tapered Eyeshadow Brush