6 Makeup Tricks from a Pro

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I had the chance to meet up with pro makeup artist Emilia of The Artful Eye and she gave me some really sweet tips that I had to share with you guys. Here they are straight from the guru herself: 

  1. Primer is a must have! It really makes your makeup stay put all day, especially right now during these hot summer days. My favorite one is Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. It smooths out pores. It also gives your skin a nice glow, even with a matte foundation.
  2. A great hack for getting a little more life out of mascara that's drying out: Dampen the applicator brush with water by running it under the faucet in one swift motion (do not soak the brush) and put it back inside, going in and out a few times, and that will loosen up the product. 
  3. Some concealers tend to be dry. To soften and make it more manageable, I like to apply the concealer directly to my face and then place a drop of my liquid foundation on a brush, and blend right on my skin. A beauty blender works great too.
  4. Foundation can sometimes feel too heavy during summer months.  For a lighter, more dewey look, use the top of your hand as your palette and apply your stick foundation directly on your hand. Add a drop or two of primer or moisturizer, blend and apply to your face with a brush. Add a little blush or bronzer and you're set!
  5. To perfect a cat eye, always remember to tightline, which is to apply a black liner on the inside rim of your upper eyelid. Try it and you'll see what a difference it makes!
  6. A quick and easy fix for those mascara or liquid eyeliner mess ups: Using a q-tip with a drop of primer, you can erase away any mistake. This trick will not remove your foundation like eye makeup remover does.

I'm so happy that I got to learn all these helpful makeup tips from Emi and I hope you guys are able to take away as much as I did! For more you can check out her website  and follow her on Instagram!

Tricks to Staying Comfortable in Heels

We all know how rough a night (or day) on the town can be when you're wearing high heels. Here are some of my favorite tricks on how to save your feet from the suffering.

  1. Go shopping a the end of the day. Your feet will be a bit more swollen from all the walking etc. and you can make sure that you're getting a pair that will fit well even when your feet are at their biggest / you can have a better idea of their true comfort level. 
  2. At-home shoe stretch. When you first buy a pair of shoes, try wearing them around the house with a pair of socks on. Although you will look ridiculous, this will help you break them in faster- and you are in the comfort of your own home anyways, so no one has to know! 
  3. Tape your toes. This trick works wonders to alleviate pressure on the balls of your feet. This has to do with a nerve that runs between your third and fourth toe and can cause a ton of pain when there is pressure on it. All you have to do is tape your middle toe to your "ring finger" toe using medical tape. I like to use a nude one if my shoes are see open or see-through (like my mesh Louboutins pictured above.)
  4. Cushion for comfort. Try using gel insoles on the balls of your feet like Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk For Her High Heel Insoles.
  5. Numb them up. I just discovered a product called Sole Serum. OMG. Why did I not know about this stuff earlier? It's a blend of lidocaine and natural ingredients that works for about two hours and kills the pain. You just rub a couple pumps on your feet and wait for it to dry (about a minute) then you're good to go!

I really hope these tips help you out! Are there any I missed? Would love to hear more if you guys know of any. Please let me know!