Nov 17, 2009 1:35 PM
Look, ladies, we admit to having gone overboard with makeup trends occasionally (who hasn't?), but like to think of ourselves as pretty classy on the whole, beauty-wise. Therefore, we'd like to present our Essential 10: Ultimate Beauty No-No's, along with easy, inexpensive solutions from Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics.
1. Poorly blended & matched foundation: Ugh. This is just awful, people. Foundation that has a clear demarcation along the jawline, makes you look like death warmed over, or like you had a little too much fun with self tanner = bad. E.L.F. Mineral Foundation ($5) contains SPF 15 and no parabens, plus comes in a wide range of tones and is easy to blend in with a large powder or kabuki blush. Buff with circular motions, adding a little more where you need extra coverage - and for the love of all that is holy, blend, baby, blend.
2. Super dark lip liner & light lipstick: It doesn't make your lips look bigger or shapelier, just like you're a kid playing with magic markers. Pick a shade of E.L.F. Feather Proof Moisturizing Lip Liner ($1) that either closely matches your natural lip color or lipstick, and trace the natural outline of lips, then fill in lightly and blend with fingertips or a sponge. Apply lipstick or gloss, and you're fab.
3. Spidery, clumpy mascara: Too many coats = this, plus the dreaded Racoon Eye later in the day. Solution? Curl lashes gently, then stroke on a light coat of E.L.F. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($3) and follow up with a few swipes with a lash comb to separate lashes. Allow to dry, then add a second light coat if you'd like. More than 2 coats is just... No. Don't.
4. Poor quality brushes: We don't know anyone that gets good, evenly applied results with the weensy sponge-tip applicators that come with some eye shadows, or tiny brushes in blusher compacts. Even the most expensive makeup will look bad if it's applied with the wrong tools. The E.L.F. Professional Brush Set ($38) contains 11 ergonomically designed brushes for everything from applying foundation to stippling eye shadow neatly and evenly. Be sure to clean your brushes with a mild shampoo rinse once a week.
5. Getting sick: Red nose. Undereye circles. Chapped lips. Pale skin. Ain't nothin' pretty (or fun) about a cold or flu, so protect your health on the go with E.L.F. Hand Sanitizer. ($1-4) It's infused with moisturizers and comes in Cherry Berry, Vanilla Coconut, Cucumber Lemon, or fragrance-free sets.
6. Bronzer overload: Hey, you, over there, the one who resembles an Oompa Loompa! Bronzer is a tricky mistress, demanding a careful hand to get the most realistic sun-kissed glow. Use a large blush brush to pick up a small amount of E.L.F. Bronzed Mineral Glow ($8) and lightly dust just where the sun would naturally hit your face: across cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose, and a leeetle bit on your forehead & chin.
7. Going through an entire eyeliner pencil every week: Look, you're not Pete Wentz. It's not part of your job description to look like Petey from the Lil' Rascals. Go easy, sister. A subtle, smudged application of E.L.F. Eye Liner ($3) directly on your upper & lower lash lines is all you need for nicely defined eyes and thicker looking lashes.
8. Trout Pout: Not only are collagen injections expensive, they hurt: ditto for a lot of those stinging plumping lip products. Smooth on E.L.F. Plumping Lip Glaze ($1) for a light, natural increase in volume and plumpness, without the icky side effects.
9. Acrylic Nails: Those are just tacky, mmkay? If you're dead set on a French manicure, the E.L.F. French Manicure Set ($3) will give you the look for way less effort and cost. Plus, you won't have to worry about the sanitation standards of your local nail salon, or your real nails rotting underneath the fakes - yes, it does happen over time.
10. Over- or under-plucked eyebrows: Going with eyebrow "trends" is never easy, so we always recommend going with the natural shape of your own brow. Use the tinted end of the double-ended E.L.F. Eyebrow Lifter & Filler ($3) to lightly fill in sparse areas, then the light-reflecting sheer end along the brow arch to open your eyes up.
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