Friday, August 10, 2018

10 Beauty Tips and Favorites For Beginners

Last year I participated with Erin for 10th on the 10th and she's continuing it this year, click here for those posts. This month's topic is 10 favorite beauty tips! I thought I would share 5 tips for learning how to do your make up, and 5 tips for learning how to do your here we go:

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5 Beginning Make Up Tips


You aren't going to learn make up in one day. Practice, practice, practice. You can't expect to know how to do something when you're trying to go out. That is way too much pressure to try and accomplish that, and most likely you'll get frustrated and give up. I used to practice while the kids were taking a bath. You know that time when they have been washed and they are playing in the water. I would practice different techniques, like how to do a winged liner...I can't tell you how many times I tried and retried that, I would ask the kids, how does this look? Yep I was taking make up advice from my then 3 and 6 year old.

Watch Tutorials:

Watch YouTube videos. I watched a LOT of YouTube videos...heck I still do to try and find new techniques.  I find girls that have my eye shape (monolids), because what looks good on a hooded eye, does not necessarily look good on a Monolid, case in point...halo eye shadow, it looks ridiculous on me. I attempted a cut crease type look here...but wasn't super successful, but heck I tried! Jen was the first YouTuber that I watched that made me feel like I could do it, her winged liner is a good one.

Find What You Like:

You're not going to like everything. Just because Sally with 4 million followers likes it, doesn't mean that it will work for you. Try to experiment with different products and decide what is best for you. What sort of formula you need, for oily, dry, combo skin...whatever it is, find what looks good on YOU! Which leads us to the next tip.


Try not to get caught up in the high end products and what other people are using. You need to find out what works for you. When I first started out, I was trying the drug store products (not that there is anything wrong with it), before I committed to any high end products. That way you know what color palettes you like, so when you go to buy high end you know what your looking for. Find out what foundation you might like. After you get comfortable using the less expensive stuff slowly start to expand. You don't need the end all make up collections month takes most people years to build up their collection.

Related: 5 Favorite Make Up Products

Fake Eyelashes:

I get asked this question a lot. It goes back to tip #4, I practiced a lot. But I really started out using super cheap eyelashes, that way if I messed them up, it wasn't a big deal. I bought them at the Japaenese $1.50 store called Daiso. They have pretty good eyelashes and you don't feel bad for wasting them. I would apply them, wear them around the house, then the next day start over. They do feel a bit strange when you first put them on, so you do sort of need to practice wearing them when you don't have anything special to do.

I also use the cheaper ones because the bands that attach the eyelashes are thick, so it's easier to place them on your eyes. The thin invisible bands like Ardell has, is slightly harder to figure out how to use, but is more comfortable and natural to wear.

Related: How I do My make up

5 Beginning Hair Tips/Favorites

Shampoo/Conditioner/Dry Shampoo:

I don't even know how I discovered this, but it really matters the combination of shampoo/conditioner you use, with what dry shampoo you use. I realized that when I used certain shampoo/conditioner combos with certain dry shampoos I couldn't go as long without washing my hair. So you're going to have to try different products out. Sephora has a bunch of travel size products you can buy, so you're not having to shell out a lot of money. This one is my favorite, and this is a close second.

Related: My favorite hair products and how to use dry shampoo

Best Hair Tool:

Use good bobby pins! The difference between a drug store one and a beauty supply one is night and day different. I didn't believe it at first, but seriously, I can't tell you how much it helps to have a good bobby pin.

Related: How to correctly use a bobby pin

Assisting Products:

Texturizing and dry wax are going to be your best friend. Texturizing spray is used for giving your very clean hair a little more grip so you can do your hair. It also is really good for giving your thin hair some volume and lift. It's amazing, I don't know how I went this long without using it.

Dry wax is used for smooth down those fly aways. They also have a gel version, which I use sometimes for braids, when you have a ton of fly aways in your braids, but the spray wax smoothes out your hair. I typically do this when I am done with a hair style and there are those few fly aways making it look a little more messy than I would like.

Curling Wand:

I use to use a traditional curling iron, which I loved and curled well, but my hair wouldn't hold my curls at all, it was hit or miss if I would have curls 3 hours later. As soon as I switched to a curling wand, life changing! I couldn't believe the difference. Now my curls last pretty much until I wash my hair next. They loosen a bit, but it's still curls and that's what counts right?

Related: 2 ways to curl your hair


Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was learning something totally new to you. Be patient and keep practicing! Seriously I took a year to learn make up, and another year to learn how to do my hair. You're not going to learn it all. Each month assess what you would like to learn, and then learn that one thing that month. Once you get that down, move onto the next thing. Don't try to learn it all at once, it's too overwhelming. When I was learning make up, I really wanted to learn the cat eye, so I learned that first, then I wanted to tackle fake eyelashes, so I did that. When I was learning how to do my hair, I learned how to braid really well and do different kinds of braids. There were some hair styles that took me several months to learn!

Related topic: 5 things I learned from my year long hair challenge

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