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What's In My Makeup Bag

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MAKEUP BAG ESSENTIALS


My makeup bag says a lot about me. It's not only full of some of my favorite products but filled with the products that make me feel good and confident everyday. That's really what makeup should be about. No one NEEDS makeup, but when you decide to wear it, it should make you feel your best. Below are the products that I wear day to day that give my confidence.

My makeup bag says a lot about me. It's not only full of some of my favorite products but filled with the products that make me feel good and confident everyday. That's really what makeup should be about. No one NEEDS makeup, but when you decide to wear it, it should make you feel your best. Below are the products that I wear day to day that give my confidence.


LIQUID PRODUCTS FOR FACE



OTHER FACE PRODUCTS



EYES



EYEBROWS



MISCELLANEOUS MUST HAVES AND WHY


OK these are items that are NECESSARY for everyone's makeup bag in my opinion. First, an eyelash curler. I know some people find these things freaky (I know I did at first and most definitely have lost some eyelashes thanks to this bad boy, RIP) BUT this should be a must for everyone. It is amazing what a little curl can do for your lashes. It not only makes your eyelashes look better, but just a little one, two curl, and your eyes can appear bigger because your lashes are being lifted, creating the appearance of more open eyes. Next we have the eyebrow spooky. It not only combs through eyebrows making those wild things tamed, but can also help remove clumps of mascara left over on your lashes. (YASSS to clump free lashes, ALWAYS). Also YASSS to smooth and hydrated lips. I don't know how anyone goes a day without chapstick. My Kiehl's lip balm is my go to and leaves my lips feeling so smooth. Ok I don't know if this is just a me problem, but my eyes get super red and dry while I'm putting my makeup on. Eyedrops are a MUST for my makeup bag. And not just any eyedrops. Rohto Ice eyedrops are the BEST of the best. Low key burn like hell when you put them in and WARNING do not put them in after you've applied all your makeup (especially your mascara) because YOU. WILL. CRY. You have been warned. The end results will leave your eyes icE white and sparkling. Ok last, but certainly not least, hand sanitizer. You guys. If you buy anything from this post, make it be this. Think of all the things you touch while doing your makeup (i.e. your phone) and then go and touch your face. GROSS. I use this stuff religiously while putting my makeup on so I don't spread the bacteria from my hands to my face.

The Trick to Finding Your Perfect Shade of Red Lipstick

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FINDING YOUR PERFECT SHADE OF RED


Have you ever tried on your friend's red lipstick in hopes that it will look just as good on you as it does on her? Or bought a certain shade of red because your favorite celebrity swears it is their holy grail color? Trust me, been THERE, done THAT, and guess what, I never get the results I want. I look pale and clownish…Turns out, some reds just don't look good with certain skin tones. ("Anne what the heck do you mean by that? Red is red! It either looks good or it doesn't." WRONG) Just like there are certain eye shadow colors that will make different eye colors pop, there are also certain shades of red that will best compliment your skin color. So that shade of red that looked good on your friend or that one celebrity, might not work for you because it doesn't "go with" YOUR skin tone. Below are some tips and tricks to figure out which shade of red will look best on you!

First and foremost, (or forearm in this case haha) turn over your forearm and look at your veins. What color are they? Blue? Green? Both?

  • IF you have blueish veins, you have a cool skin tone or pink undertones.( Typically look good in silver jewelry)

  • If you have green veins, you have a warm skin tone or yellow undertones. (Typically look good in gold jewelry)

  • See shades of both? Well then your skin is neutral. (Look good in either silver or gold)

Next, look at your skin tone. Are you fair skinned? Do you tan easily? Are you more caramel or olive colored? Or do you have naturally darker skin? These are all things to consider when picking the right shade of red. Below are some of the general rules of thumb for choosing the right shade based on your skin tone, temperature or undertones, as well as some suggestions (based on my personal preference):


FAIR/LIGHT COMPLEXION


Fair skinned gals:

Let me start off by saying I FEEL YOU. I also didn't get that tanning gene the rest of my family seems to have... have no fear though. You have something going for you: You can rock a red lip. Think Emma Stone. That girl looks amazing in a red lip. I mean just look at her. White as a ghost, but look at how those lips POP.

She is someone who has COOL, fair skin (like me). If this sounds like you, reds that look best on you include:

  • Blue Reds (think raspberry reds or bright reds with blue or pink undertones)These will compliment your fair skin and make your teeth look super white.

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If you have light skin, with WARM undertones, like Nicole Kidman:

Look for reds that have a slight orange tint to them.


MEDIUM COMPLEXION (YOU TAN EASILY)


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COOL undertone, like Cameron Diaz:

Again, those raspberry reds are going to look best on you. They naturally bring out the pink undertones in your skin and make your skin shine.

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WARM undertone, like Blake Lively:

Reds that will look best on you include:

Orange-Reds (best for summer when your skin in tanned)

Deep Blue Reds (best for winter)




OLIVE COMPLEXION


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If you have an olive skin tone like Jessica Alba, you naturally have a yellow- green undertone. Go for a darker shade, such as a brick red. Darker, earthy tones tend to look best with this skin tone.


CARAMEL COMPLEXION


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I know, I know... We all want to be Beyoncé. She is #GOALS. If you have this breath taking caramel skin like she does, then hey, lucky for you because you are one step closer to your dreams coming true. Why? Because you can rock the same lipstick shade as her. This skin tone looks AMAZING in a true bright red. Think cherry red!


DARK COMPLEXION


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Darker skin tone like Gabrielle Union:

For those of you with a darker complexion think of using a darker shade of red, like plum. It really compliments the skin tone.


DEEPER COMPLEXION


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Deep skin tone like Lupita Nyongo:

THE BOLDER, THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER. Those with deep dark complexions can wear many different shades of red, but if you really want your lips to POP, then wear a brighter color (such as this orange-red) to contrast your dark skin tone.


OF course, these are all just suggestions. If you feel confident and beautiful in a certain shade of red that goes against these suggestions, then who cares! WEAR IT AND ROCK IT.