10 Apr

Real Life Photoshop Makeup Guide

My sweets, I am so excited to announce that there are two new ladies joining the {blending beautiful} family as contributing writers!  Today, I’d like to introduce Juliette, an LA native living in San Francisco until her plot to take over the world pans out. She is an advertising copywriting student who is into tall boots, Harry Potter, and her dog, Laika.

Check out her guide to getting photoshop results from your makeup:

My little sister and I had power struggles for years over our bathroom. Eyeshadow was stolen back and forth, wars were waged over whose brush was whose. And yet the ability to try out someone else’s makeup is rarely given to me now that we’re grown and in different cities. The cost of trying a new foundation is usually too high and the errand of returning it too inconvenient.

Luckily there are those products that, when you find them, do more for you than just pink up your lips.

Some makeup products go beyond regular beauty and slip into the realm of flawlessness. I’ve smeared a lot of drug store makeup on my face and stolen a lot of eyeliner from my sister, and now I’ve compiled a list of products that will have you looking like a model who’s been re-touched…


Zap Zit Drying Gel

This product is unlike any other I have ever tried simply because of its staying power. Within hours, this astringent that is free of mineral oil, alcohol, and perfume will dry up any blemish. You need less than a pea-sized dab on the affected area, and that’s it. Just wait. I’ve applied this in the morning, made coffee, gotten dressed, and found that my pimple was already less red. Apply it at night and you’ll never remember you were breaking out when you awake in the morning. (Get it here.)

Foundation Brush

I didn’t use a foundation brush until recently because I didn’t think I needed it. After all, in a world so overflowing with beauty products, some must certainly be unnecessary. It turns out, this one is important— talk about Photoshop! Essentially it’s a blending tool, smoothing out your face and perfectly layering on your foundation.  Pick up this Sonia Kashuk brush from Target and see for yourself!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

This product keeps your eyeshadow from disappearing into your skin, leaving you with makeup that won’t budge for hours and colors that are as bright as promised. No more creases, no more glitter on your cheeks, no more reapplying eyeliner in the bathroom at work. You really do look the same at end of the day as you do at the beginning. It’s like a perfect Photoshop base upon which you can layer color upon bright color.  Pick some up at Sephora!

DiorShow Mascara by Dior

If your eyelashes are thin (or even if they’re long and beautiful) you can always make them darker, longer, thicker. This mascara does it all for you. Even on a day without any other makeup it will make you look like a celebrity faster than a Birkin bag.  Try some for yourself!

Any one of these products will touch you up so well you won’t need to be retouched. If you try them out, don’t forget to let your sister play with them too. Because if something should run in the family, it’s looking flawless.

What products do you use to get great looking skin?  Have you tried any of these?  Got another favorite to share?  Let me know in the comments!

{ posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 }


Comments: {3}

  • Noel writes:

    I had no idea a foundation brush could make such a difference. I will add that to my list of things to buy this weekend.

  • Michelle Anna writes:

    I’m a bellydancer and sometimes my eye shadow disappears when I’m teaching a class or performing. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion sounds awesome. I’m gonna give it a try!

  • Vannessa writes:

    Benefit’s posietint, benetint, & high beam. posietint is a pink stain that gives an innocent baby flush onto lips & cheeks, benetint gives just kissed red tint, & high beam is the perfect pearly high lighter I even use it as a primer on my eyes to set powdery shadows

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