A great way to keep your skin looking dewy and moisturized in the winter is swapping out your powder blush for cream blush. The basic rule is that powders make you look drier than liquids, so if your skin is looking dull and dehydrated in this winter weather, try using liquid formulas on your face instead. (Get more makeup tips for dry skin in this tutorial I posted in the fall.) Cream blush adds that perfect natural glow to your cheeks and is actually super easy to apply (as I awkwardly tell you at the beginning of this video). Shop my favorite cream blushes and master how to apply cream blush with the below tutorial.
It’s silly how expensive makeup brushes are. Yes, some are made from rare Japanese bristles yada yada yada, but seriously, I just want something functional and affordable that won’t irritate my skin. So after a bit of trial and error, I’ve found some of my favorite affordable makeup brushes. And I promise you, these price tags will make you smile. Take a look below!
The brushes I’d recommend spending just a touch more on are those you’ll be using on your face. You definitely want to make sure not to go super cheap or the bristles might irritate your skin. Luckily, there are some pretty affordable options out there that are super high quality. Some of my go-to brands for these brushes are EcoTools and Sonia Kashuk. Here are some of my favorites:
When it comes to eyeshadow or eyebrow brushes, I say you can go a little cheaper. I highly recommend e.l.f. for this because their products are high quality and won’t irritate your skin, and they are seriously affordable. Like under five bucks affordable. Here are some I’d recommend:
Mastering the curling iron can be a difficult task. I remember my freshman year of college when my friend taught me how to use one for the first time. Let’s just say, I felt like an idiot. For some reason, it was so hard to get it right that she would just do my hair for me. A lot. But since walking over to her dorm every day before class just to curl my hair was really not realistic for someone who hits the snooze button ten times, I had to fend for myself. After a lot of practice (best before you’re about to take a shower), it clicked! Thank god, because that seriously changed my hair game.
After a few years of playing around with the curling iron, I’ve finally figured out my go-to look: what I like to call piecey waves. This is more of a tousled, laid back style that can look natural or done up depending on how you finish it off (with texturizing spray vs. smoothing serum). The key to getting those piecey waves is to use a medium-to-large curling iron on small sections of hair. I recommend a 1 1/4 inch curling iron on 1/4-1/2 inch sections of hair. Alternating the curls helps create that natural, tousled look as well. Plus I’ve included a secret tip I recently discovered involving a flat iron…find out below in this curling iron tutorial:
Check out some more curling iron tips & tricks in this awesome post on Buzzfeed: 21 Extremely Useful Curling Iron Tricks Everyone Should Know. Oh, and thank you Stylelist for producing this video!