September 28, 2015 TIPS & TUTORIALS

The Ultimate Makeup Tutorial

The Ultimate Makeup Tutorial

Makeup has been a ritual in human culture for centuries, but the latest looks, products and techniques seem to change by the minute. Though we certainly draw inspiration from Cleopatra’s cat eye or Marilyn Monroe’s bright red lip, today’s makeup routine looks quite a bit different than years’ past. 

At, we know keeping up with the ever-evolving world of cosmetics is not for the faint of heart, but it doesn’t have to feel like rocket science! We’ve gathered all the best makeup tips, tricks, styles and techniques and put them together in one complete makeup guide. No matter the occasion, we have the answers to all your makeup questions all wrapped up in this makeup tutorial. Enjoy!

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All You Need to Know About Basic Makeup Application

Makeup Application

1. Choosing the Right Makeup for You

Choosing the right foundation, blush, and bronzer for your coloring, complexion and lifestyle is of the utmost importance to the rest of your beauty routine. If you’re having some trouble finding the right basics for your skin tone and type, have no fear. Click on the links below for a few starter tips on picking the perfect makeup staples.

Finding the Right Foundation for Your Skin Type

How to Find the Right Blush for Your Skin Tone

Which Bronzer Shade Is Right for You?

2. Basic Makeup Application for Lips, Eyes & Face

Makeup is an art form. No, really, it is. When done right, it can make your face look like a flawless, blemish-free masterpiece. But, when done wrong, you can look blotchy or clown-like — and no one wants that. We don’t wish the latter on anyone, so we want to fill you in on our most-beloved makeup application tricks and tips. Take a gander at the articles below and you will be a makeup Picasso in no time! We promise!

How to Apply Primer Like a Pro

The Ultimate Foundation Application Guide

Tuesday Tutorial: How to Create the Perfect Cupid’s Bow

Are You Blending Your Makeup the Right Way?

3. How to Make Sure Your Makeup Lasts All Day (and Night)

We’ve all had those magical days when everything is going well in the makeup department: Your foundation is even and flawless, your mascara has your lashes looking long and lovely and your lips are lined to perfection. Then, come 5 o’clock, you take a look in the mirror and, suddenly, your self-esteem takes a nosedive. The foundation is blotchy, your mascara has cast a strange shadow along your lower lash line and your lip color is MIA. Yikes! You deserve to have perfect, long-lasting makeup that withstands even the toughest of days, so we’ve compiled our three best tips on how to keep your face looking fresh all day long (and into the night!).

Office Beauty: How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

Summer-Proof Makeup: How to Make Your Lipstick Last

4 Tips for Keeping Your Makeup Fresh All Night Long

4. How to Remove Makeup the Right Way

Makeup is meant to stick with you while you’re out and about. But when it’s time to hit the hay, you gotta take it off (seriously, that’s an order). Believe it or not, makeup removal is just as important as the application process. One wrong, haphazard move and you could be putting your skin at risk for clogged pores, irritation, acne and general ickiness. You don’t want to go down that road, right? Read our tips on how to remove makeup like a pro and your skin will be having sweet dreams and even better mornings!

Squeaky Clean: How to Remove It All

The Best Way to Wash Off Waterproof Makeup

6 Makeup Removers the Pros Swear By

5. How to Add Color to Your Makeup Routine

Makeup is our favorite form of art. The color palettes open up so many doors of opportunity, but also bring with them a few questions and concerns. Can I pull off purple eye shadow? Is bright blue eyeliner flattering on me? Will coral lipstick work with my skin tone? We’ve got some makeup tips to help you answer these questions and then some. Check out the links below that will guide you through the wonderful world of makeup color!

The 3 Most Flattering Makeup Colors for Your Skin Tone

Choosing the Right Bold Lip Color for Your Skin Tone

Which Bronzer Shade Is Right for You?

Practical Makeup Advice for Every Day

Everday Makeup Tips

1. 9 to 5: How to Master Your Office Makeup Look

Many see the workplace as a risk-free environment. And by “risk-free” we’re of course referring to risks we take with our makeup. When we’re on the clock, we tend to play it safe and keep the makeup to a minimum. While we love clean and natural no-makeup makeup, we also want to encourage you to push the boundaries at work. Check out these links that show you how to make a statement with your makeup at work, while still looking like your perfect, professional self.

Office Beauty: How to Wear Bright Makeup at Work

Get a Work-Ready Look in 10 Minutes or Less

5 Lipstick Looks to Get You Through the Work Week

2. Makeup Tips for the Busy Girl

Many of us don’t have the luxury (or patience) of spending hours applying makeup. Between our work schedules, exercise routines, social lives and other commitments, we just don’t have the time to stop and check our winged eyeliner or fill in our eyebrows. We get it, but just because you’re a busy girl who’s constantly on-the-go, doesn’t mean you should settle for less-than-perfect makeup. Check out our tips to help keep your makeup up to snuff even on the busiest day!

The 3-, 5- and 10-Minute Face

3 Products to Carry in Your Makeup Bag for Quick Fixes

S#@* You Messed Up Your Makeup —  Now What?

3. Fitness Beauty: Workout Makeup Tips

Let’s face it. Working out doesn’t exactly lend itself to a perfect, flawless complexion. It usually involves sweat, blotchy skin and … did we mention sweat? However, if you’re looking to impress that super-cute personal trainer at your gym or just don’t want to look like a hot mess during kickboxing class, you’re in luck. There are still ways to look presentable — gorgeous, even — during and after a workout. Click on the links below for workout-friendly makeup tips.

5 Different Lip Looks That Work for the Gym

The Most Important Time of Day to Wash Your Face

Busy Girl’s Guide: Get Post-Gym Pretty in Minutes

4. Jet-Set Beauty: Travel Makeup Tips & Tricks

Everyone loves a little (or big!) getaway. But, let’s be honest, sometimes planes, trains and automobiles can take a toll on your face. It’s hard to look your best after a long, 8-hour plane or train ride with stuffy air, cramped quarters and little-to-no sleep. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some key makeup tips on how to look fresh-faced and fabulous while traveling any and all distances!

7 Beauty Tips for Traveling Pretty

Jet-Set Beauty: Airplane-Friendly Products That Won’t Weigh You Down

How to Look Refreshed After a Long Flight

5. Waterproof Makeup for the Beach, Pool or Rain

Water. Isn’t it funny that as much as it’s a life necessity, it can mean death to any and all makeup you might be wearing when it hits your face? It’s the main culprit behind runny mascara, smeared eyeliner and vanishing foundation, whether it’s from splashes from the pool or drip drops of rain. Is there a way to stay on friendly terms with water and keep our makeup in place? Yup! The answer lies in a little miracle invention we like to call waterproof makeup. Check out the links below for life-changing tips on how to incorporate waterproof makeup into your beauty routine.

Beauty School: How to Go From Beach Beauty to BBQ Babe in Just 3 Steps

5 Ways to Waterproof Your Weekend

Survive the Storm: Rainy Day Beauty Tips

A Formal Affair: Makeup for Special Events & Occasions

Makeup for Formal Occasions

1. Here Comes The Bride: Makeup Looks for Your Wedding

Every girl dreams of her wedding day. The perfect guy, the perfect dress, the perfect hair and, of course, the perfect makeup. If you didn’t catch it, the key word here is “perfect.” When you’re dealing with the most important day of your life, you want to look like the best version of yourself, right? We compiled a few of our best tips and looks to help you find the wedding makeup of your dreams.

2. Best Night Ever: Prom Makeup Tips & Tutorials

Prom is as close to a Cinderella moment as we’re gonna get: The beautiful dress, cute boy in a suit and dancing until midnight. While not always the first thing you consider when planning for prom, makeup is definitely something you should think long and hard about (after you decide on a prom dress). The key to perfect prom makeup is that it looks fabulous, but still looks like you. To help you shine like the star you are, we have some great makeup tips and tutorials to help you look every bit like Cinderella at prom.

3. Date Night: Makeup Looks to Help You Reel in Mr. Right

Nothing gets our adrenaline pumping quite like date night. Dates (especially first ones) bring endless opportunities and the possibility of something new and exciting. At the very least, they may also come with a nice goodnight smooch, which is always a confidence-booster. For this reason, we girls like to get gussied up and put our best faces forward on date night. This specific type of makeup should be as strategic as your flirting game. You want to strike the perfect balance between va-va-voom and sweet and natural, which is not always easy to achieve. To help you, we put together our favorite tips and tricks for stellar date night makeup. Just call us Cupid.

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Date Night

Your Date Night Look in Less Than 20 Seconds

The Best Date-Night Beauty Looks According to Science

4. Girls’ Night Out: The Best Looks for a Night on the Town

Now that we have date night out of the way, let’s move on to one of life’s other necessities: Girls’ night out. Yes, it’s a necessity. A night out with the girls and engaging in much-needed girl talk and dancing is essential to rejuvenating the soul. It’s also a chance to let your hair down and have a little fun with your look. Winged eyeliner, bright lips and bold shadow are all on the menu for GNO, and we’re all about it. Check out our fave makeup tips and tutorials for your next night on the town!

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Friday Night Makeup

Choosing the Right Smoky Eye for Your Coloring

Crazy for Cat Eyes: 6 Cat Eye Looks

5. Get Festive: Makeup Looks for Holiday Parties

Holiday season is all about the festive gatherings. From tacky sweater parties, to glam company soirees, it’s safe to say your winter months are typically packed with all sorts of events that require you to look smashing. We love getting glammed up and want to be the ones to help you look your best, no matter the theme or agenda. Click on the links below for looks and makeup tips that will get you through the holiday party circuit.

Winter Trend Tutorial: Gloss On By

The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Makeup

The Best Beauty Looks For Every Holiday Outfit

The Makeup Looks & Tutorials You Shouldn’t Miss

Makeup Looks You Can't Miss

1. Bold Beauty: Dramatic Makeup Tutorials

Most girls love a little drama. From our love lives to our personal style, we like to throw in a little wild card here and there to keep us on our toes (and at the top of our game). Makeup is an especially fun way to step out of our comfort zone and try something radical and different. Over the years, we’ve found some fun ways to upgrade our looks and give ourselves a much-needed walk on the wild side. Check out our favorite bold makeup looks that deliver a true “wow” factor.

How To: Supermodel Hair & Makeup

How To: Go From Girly to Glam

How to Transform Your Face with Different Brow Shapes

2. Metal Mania: Metallic Makeup to Make You Shine

There’s something about metallics that makes us feel extra glam. Gold, silver and bronze finishes seem to add a luxurious touch to everything they, er, touch. This is especially true for makeup. There’s nothing quite like metallic makeup to spice up a look. We’ve dedicated quite a few makeup tutorials to our obsession with all things shiny and glittery, and we’ve decided to share our faves. Take a look at our best metallic makeup tutorials for a face that will definitely turn heads.

Gilded Eye Tutorial

How to: The Sliver of Sparkle Eyeliner

All That Glitters is Rose Gold

3. Lip Service: Lipstick Tutorials For a Prettier Pout

Lipstick is the perfect boost for those days you’re feeling not-so-cute. Even with the most simple and bare makeup looks, this little tube of color has a way of adding a spark of life and pizazz to your face that sends your self-esteem soaring. We’ve covered all types of lipstick trends and color stories and can’t decide which one is our fave, so we’re giving you our best of the best lipstick tutorials to get your pout on point!

4. Smoke and Mirrors: The Best Smoky Eye Tutorials

Ahhh, the smoky eye. Right up there with red lipstick, this classic makeup look has been a long-beloved go-to for ladies looking to turn up the smolder. While gray and black shadows have been the most popular hues for creating some smoke, we think it’s important for you to think outside the box. Get crazy with your smoky eye by checking out these three spins on the classic makeup look!

A Totally Not Boring Brown Eye Makeup Tutorial

Go Glitter: How to Rock a Glam Smoky Eye

The Perfect Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape

5. Getting Catty: Purrfect Cat Eye Tutorials

The cat eye is having a moment, and has been for some time now. No longer just a simple, sharp black wing, this look has evolved to include unique shapes, colors and patterns. We’ve covered this catty look from multiple angles and have offered all types of cat eye tutorials to fit any and all occasions. Check out our fave versions of the cattiest looks in town.

Crazy for Cat Eyes: 6 Cat Eye Looks

How to: The Dotted Cat Eye

Tuesday Tutorial: Double Decker Eyeliner

We hope all that makeup knowledge was useful! Now that you’ve seen our fave tips and tricks, we want to hear from you: What does your beauty routine consist of? We want to know all about it! Leave us a comment below and share this guide with a friend! And if you think you’ll want to refer back later, bookmark this page so you know where to find it when you need it! 

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