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All Of The Makeup Advice You’ll Need To Refine Your Skills In Time For The Quarantine Finale

Updated May 18, 2020.

There are two kinds of people in the world: makeup aficionados and makeup influencers. As much as we’d like to be makeup pros, we cannot all be makeup experts, there’s just no way, and we have proof! On YouTube alone, there are countless of people that are doing makeup tutorials all wrong. Yes, they are hilarious to watch, but what’s the point of watching a makeup tutorial if it’s a complete disaster? Perhaps if we pay more attention to real makeup pros and follow their advice, we can perhaps teach others to do it, someday maybe. 

Here’s a couple of lessons that we should all be following:

Stop using the wrong foundation.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing a color foundation that doesn’t actually match their skin tone. You can tell when people do this because their face is a different color than their neck. People also have a mask-like foundation and forget to blend it throughout their face, hairline, and neck.

“Stop using the wrong foundation color,” Jamie Greenberg said in an interview with Byrdie. “A lot of people tend to match their skin to their neck, but your neck may be lighter and your chest darker, so I say match your skin to your chest and then bring the foundation down so you’re all one color.”

Don’t smile when you’re applying blush.

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People often think they have to extend their face when applying blush by smiling, but this is all wrong because you’re not smiling the entire day. “Stop smiling when you put blush on — it will make it sit lower on your face. Always apply to a rested face,” Carlie Quinn said to BuzzFeed.

Apply makeup in proper lighting.

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“Don’t do your makeup in bad lighting!” Greenberg said in Allure. If you’re lighting is off, your makeup will be too. If it’s too dark, you will definitely walk out with too much makeup, and the wrong tones too. If there’s too much light, you risk not wearing enough. It’s all about balance.

Before you apply any makeup to your skin, make sure your skin is properly ready.

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By properly ready we mean, not just clean but prepared for makeup.

“If you’re not prepping your skin with moisturizer or primer before you apply your foundation, you’re basically inviting your makeup to invade your pores and get comfortable enough to dry it out and cause breakouts,” Cosmo recommends. “Moisturizer and primer help your skin stay hydrated, smooth out the texture, and keep your foundation from settling into creases.”

Brushes vs. fingers

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The brush industry is making billions in sales selling every kind of brush including five different brushes for your eyebrows, three other ones for your cheeks, and God knows how many more for applying loose foundation. The problem is that you’re probably not washing your brushes enough, so you’re just adding bacteria to your face. Makeup experts suggest using your fingers to apply foundation, eyeshadow, blush, even lipstick. Your fingertips are a lot more gentle than your hand is when you’re using them forcefully with brushes or sponges.

Be easy with the lip liner and the gloss.

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While all might want Kylie Jenner lips (without the fillers), going crazy with the gloss or applying a harsh lip liner won’t do your lips any justice. “When holding the lip taut it can create a tight, unnatural shape,” Buxom’s Education Manager, Dan Smythe, said to Glamour. “Remember, the most flattering lip shape for you is your own, but enhanced. For the bottom lip, work from the center, at the lip’s fullest point, again working upwards with small strokes to connect the line at the corners.” When it comes to gloss, make sure the brand is legit, because some look like you’ve just applied a gel to your lips.

This is probably the most important lesson of them all: Don’t use too much makeup!

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Yes, we know you love makeup but that doesn’t mean you put every single product on and wear it every day. Remember, less is more. “I see more and more women wearing more and more makeup,” Beau Nelson, who works with Nicole Richie and Christina Hendricks said to Allure. “Though I’m a huge supporter of wanting to look the way you want to look, I’m concerned that a number of women are simply following an Instagram trend. To me, that much makeup doesn’t even look good in pictures with professional lighting, let alone in full daylight or under fluorescent office lights.”

Adam Ray Okay Is Launching A New Clothing Line

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Adam Ray Okay Is Launching A New Clothing Line

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The time is finally here chicas.

Adam Ray Okay, the voice and face behind the iconic Instagram character named Rosa, has officially announced that they’re launching a clothing and merch line! That’s right, and you better believe the upcoming line will come with a whole lot of sass that will make the butterflies in your stomach go awfff.

In a post to fans on Instagram, Okay shared the big news.

“I’M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY SHARE THIS WITH YOU ALL. My new collection is dropping 05/21/2020 at adamrayokay.co!!! I’m so happy I was able to include 2 of my best friends that helped create the Rosa Cinematic Universe (RCU) in this with me. I want ALL of you to experience a little bit of Rosa when wearing these pieces head to my IG stories to find out how you can win a full set of merch when we launch! a portion of the proceeds will be going to those currently being affected by COVID-19,” the TikTok and Instagram star wrote in an Instagram post.

Okay announced that their new line is part of their new “Rosa Cinematic Universe (RCU)” which looks to be aiming to sell a full set of merch. What’s more, for every item sold a percentage of the proceeds will go to those currently being affected by COVID-19.

As of now, it looks like the site that will sell Okay’s items is not quite yet up and running.

The site Adamrayokay.co currently says that the site is “opening soon” but you CAN sign up with your email to find out when it will launch. The Instagram and TikTok user AdamRayOkay shot to fame late last year when the character they created named “Rosa” captivated viewers with her playful laugh and chismosa ways.

So far, Okay (as Rosa) has wrangled about 1.6 million followers on Instagram and nailed some amazing publicity.

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“I’m just trying to stay positive [and] I want to make other people feel positive,” 20-year-old Adam Ray Okay told Paper. “So I’m just trying to put as much content on there as possible, on the internet. Just because right now both the internet and the actual real world are in a really dark place. So yeah, I’m just trying to stay positive.

On what inspired them to create Rosa, Okay explained she was easy to come up with because everyone can relate to her.

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In late March, Okay was featured in a magazine spread published by Paper Magazine. Just weeks before, Okay made her debut on Fenty Beauty.

“I had downloaded the TikTok app and I was just scrolling, doing my thing. I wasn’t really thinking of making my own content. And then I just got inspired by myself, my childhood growing up and, like you said, everybody knows this Rosa character and I felt that she had been forgotten about… So once I brought her back, everybody was just so familiar with her and that’s why I felt she did really well,” Okay told Paper in the interview with Paper magazine. “She’s everywhere. So, even if you didn’t grow up with somebody like her, you know how she is. She’s predictable in an unpredictable way. She’s just so familiar… she is part of everybody.”

Cardi B Waxed Her Bikini Line With Veet And Shared It On Instagram

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Cardi B Waxed Her Bikini Line With Veet And Shared It On Instagram

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It’s tough times everywhere. And by everywhere I mean everywhere.

On top of everything, the current pandemic has kept so many of us away from our regular beauty treatments which has meant that for months so many of us have had to do without the very personal waxes and hair removal prosses that we all invest in so religiously. Cardi B knows this truth and opted to embark into the world of DIY hair removal. And fortunately for us, she documented the whole process.

Recently the rapper shared a clip of herself doing a WFH AKA a wax from home and things got wild.

“Guys, wish me fuckin’ luck,” Cardi asked users in the post as she showed off a bottle of Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream. “I hope I don’t burn my pussy off.”

Anyone whose done a wax from home knows that the experience is never very pretty and for Cardi, it wasn’t much different. The rapper documented the process for her Instagram stories and revealed that she didn’t get very far in the process.

To follow up, she tried Veet, a hair removal cream that is supposed to painlessly dissolve the hair shaft, as opposed to yanking it out.

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And it looks like things got along pretty smoothly. Cardi B called the experience “a positive thing” that she discovered thanks to quarantine. In fact, she went as far as to describe the process as “a positive thing” she discovered in quarantine.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with growing out your hair and letting it be free, no matter where your sprouts are located. BUT if you’re like me, you might not feel quite so comfortable and are likely desperately wishing you hadn’t taken your easy access to wax salons for granted. So, how to deal?

We scoured Instagram and Youtube for the best at-home wax kits and tips for Brazilians. Check them out below!

Get a good exfoliator.

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According to P&G’s site Reward me, exfoliating helps soften body hair and opens up hair follicles. Doing this before a wax will make the process easier and less painful.

Plan for the pain.

People don’t cringe at the sight of Steve Carrel getting a wax in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” for nothing. Waxing HURTS. But the process can be made a bit more pleasant if you take a painkiller like Alieve half an hour before waxing and if you apply a numbing cream to the area you want to wax. And don’t be silly by trying to wax during or a few days before your period!

Don’t let yourself sweat.

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Make sure you keep the area dry and clean during removal. Do so by avoiding creams and moisturizers and instead apply baby powder. The powder will make the removal process all the easier once your done and have strings of wax left over.

Sweetly Bare Sugaring Hair Removal Kit

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One of the top reviewed sugaring kits on Etsy.

“At home sugaring success! I would have never done this at home if it wasn’t for COVID. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever need to pay a salon again! This is a quality product!” – Etsy review.

BrownSugarShop Body Sugaring Paste

This news my first time sugaring ever (I’ve brevet waxes either) all things considered I think it went well. I definitely think next time I’m going to leave the sugar I’m not using in the fridge to help it stay stiffer longer when I use a new piece.” – Etsy reviewer.

And there you have it. Now, let’s not fool ourselves, waxing on your own will likely be way less pleasant and much more difficult than it is at a salon, but it is possible! Hang in there, Sis.