I've never before been part of a blog "tag," and I'm going to just put it all out on the table — I'm not technically part of this one, either ;) A "tag" is when a blogger answers a series of questions on a certain topic and then tags a few other bloggers they know to do the same thing; then those bloggers tag a few other bloggers they know and, well, you get the point.
If we're being totally honest here, I wasn't tagged to answer these Beauty Lover questions. My girl Lauren posted them on her blog, Little Blushing Birdie. But hey, I'm a beauty lover, right? I thought these would be some fun questions to answer and start a new round of tagging. So let's get started.
The Beauty Lover Tag
If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
My absolute favorite makeup artists are Sam Chapman & Nic Haste of Pixiwoo. I'd love to have those sisters do my makeup! I'm just a huge fan of their makeup style & their personalities. They're so laid back and their YouTube channel is really about educating their viewers. Plus they've created one of my favorite brush lines, Real Techniques!
What's your top makeup tip?
Try new looks & products, and give yourself 15-30 minutes to get used to something new. Too many people think they can't "pull something off" for one reason or another, but the truth is it's always weird to see something brand new on your face. You're intimately familiar with your face, and anything you do that changes what you're used to is going to feel weird. But it's not that it's weird — it's just different! You just have to give yourself time to get used to it. Don't wipe off that bright lipstick as soon as you put it on ;)
What one makeup item could you not live without?
Oh gosh, how important is it for me to choose? I guess I'd have to say... mascara? Oh lord, it feels so uncomfortable to pick. I feel like I'm cheating on the other can't-live-withouts. If I could pick three..... :) .....I would choose mascara, concealer, and brows. That feels right.
What one skincare item could you not live without?
Moisturizer, definitely. My skin is super-dry, so little feels better than slathering on some good moisturizer after washing my face. My favorite right now is Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. A little goes a long way, but sometimes I'll put a second layer on for an extra dose of moisture. It's great as a moisture mask and a makeup primer!
What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
I feel like I'm always figuring out how to do winged liner consistently well. Every day is a struggle. Some days it just pops out of my fingers like magic, and somedays it gets so bad that I have to pull out the eye makeup remover wipes and start over completely. I think a big part of it for me is that I have hooded eyelids, so it changes what the wing looks like when I step back and open my eyes. It takes practice, my loves! Nothing's going to be easy & perfect the first time. Even pros have to practice.
What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
I'm going to have to completely agree with Lauren here and say that one of my biggest pet peeves in beauty is the way certain beauty techniques blow up in such a way that women feel like they aren't doing their makeup right if they're not employing these techniques. Popular YouTubers — girls who like makeup and are good at makeup but who are not professional makeup artists — are taking film & photography makeup techniques and teaching girls to use them in their everyday makeup. And sure, you can do whatever you want with your makeup, but I think when girls are learning how to do they're makeup they're not learning that you can do what you want, they're learning that this is what you should do. Because apparently the goal is to have a completely perfect, flawless face, and not to enhance your beautiful, natural features. It's just too much.
What's your favorite makeup era?
You know I've never really thought about this! I'm not sure if I have a favorite era of makeup because my favorite type of makeup is soft & natural-looking. Sure I adore a winged liner one or twice a week and a pop of color on my lips, but for the most part I want to look like me. And there are always people doing that with their makeup in every era :)
What's your guilty pleasure product?
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium. It's a pretty small pan and it's $44, but it's a must in my makeup bag and my pro kit. Good, non-orange contour colors are hard to come by! We need cooler tones for them to actually look like shadows on our face (which is what contouring is supposed to look like, FYI). The Sculpting Powder is just a perfect color. Now they've come out with a lighter color and a darker color, so I'm eager to try those out!
What's your underdog product?
There are a million eye primers out there, and Urban Decay's is particularly popular, but you know what? I'd rather spend $2 on elf's eye primer which works even better than the rest of them. So there.
What was your favorite product of 2015?
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. What a beautiful highlighter!
Those were slightly more difficult questions than I was anticipating! Now it's my turn to tag some other bloggers... I'd love to see Lisa of THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, Cara of Maskcara, and Abby of Becoming Dear Abby answer these questions!
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