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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.”

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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