Posts Tagged ‘makeup’

Makeup contest

‘Tis the season…to sparkle!

To celebrate this holiday season QC Makeup Academy is hosting a makeup contest on their Facebook fan page! The theme is All That Glitters, and entering is easy. All you have to do is create a makeup look featuring glitter of any color. Once your look is complete, simply upload a photo for the chance to win.

Where do I enter?

Just click the following link to go to the submission page: http://basicfront.easypromosapp.com/p/123652

How many looks can I enter?

Just one, so make it count!

How long does the contest run for?

The contest runs from December 2nd at 11am until December 23rd at 11am EST, but make sure you enter early so you don’t miss the deadline!

More importantly, what’s the prize?!

The winning entry will receive the coveted Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay!

How is the winner chosen?

From among all the users who have won a minimum of 50 votes we will hold a prize draw to select the winner. Don’t forget to share the contest and invite your Facebook friends to vote for you!

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve morning.

Need some inspiration?

We’ve been pinning up a storm, so take a look through our Makeup Inspiration and Eyes We Love boards on Pinterest!

Hurry up! Go get your glitter on!


November 19, 2013 12:00 am

4 Ways Makeup Affects Your Skin

The vast amount of time invested in our skin, from facials to pinning down the perfect cleansing regimen, can often be put at risk by the use of cosmetics. Makeup is a wonderful tool to enhance natural beauty and highlight your best features, but how can makeup work against you? We’ve all heard about the possible reactions our bodies can alert us to when using a new product, but what are some lesser-known ways that makeup affects your skin care?

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1. Fights with your moisturizer – If not properly removed at the end of the day, old makeup lingers on the skin, clogs pores, and blocks the replenishment of your night time skin regiment. The skin repairs itself while you sleep, so why not give your dermis the best (and cleanest) possible palette to work with?

The Solution: Every evening, remove makeup with a cleanser that compliments your skin type and follow with your preferred moisturizer.

2. An allergic reaction to cosmetic ingredients, irritant contact dermatitis can come in two types according to Mayo Clinic: irritant contact dermatitis, the most common reaction which affects the skin’s most outer protective layer, and allergic contact dermatitis, when an “allergen triggers an immune reaction in your skin.” Complications resulting from contact dermatitis include neurodermatitis (lichen simplex chronicus), bacterial and fungal infections.

The Solution: Always check the product label for ingredients that have caused your skin to violently respond in the past. If possible, ask for a tester or a sample of the product. If you are still leery to start using a new product, try a “patch test” by applying the product to your wrist or curve of your elbow.

3. Bacterial infections – While there are no requirements made by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic companies to provide expirations dates on their products, a good rule of thumb is to discard eye products (like mascara) after 3 months of use and foundation, 1 year. The wand of a mascara product is a breeding ground for bacteria. The FDA advises consumers to store cosmetics properly and avoid sharing with friends or family members. The use of saliva to moisten dry product immediately raises the risk of contaminating the product as bacteria from the mouth.

The Solution: Toss it if it’s old, dry, or dirty, don’t share your cosmetics, and store properly. It’s probably a good idea to clean your brushes and applicators too…

4. Just because it’s “organic” doesn’t mean it’s safer to use. “An ingredient’s source does not determine its safety,” states the FDA. “For example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic.” Some plant and plant parts contain toxic properties that can cause severe allergic contact dermatitis (see #2).

The Solution: Take the same precautions you would use when using conventional cosmetics. Examine labels for ingredients that have burned you in the past and use the “patch test”.

Bottom line, if you have an adverse reaction to a cosmetic product, immediately discontinue use and seek the advice of a trusted skin care practitioner. Medical spas provide personal assessment and evaluation of their clients’ skin and determine a tailored skin care plan based on skin type and need. Anti-bacterial, detoxifying, and deep cleansing treatments are available in addition to skin-rejuvenation and laser therapy.

By removing your makeup at bedtime, properly caring for your products, and taking the necessary steps to educate yourself about ingredients, you will lessen the chance that your cosmetics will derail your skin’s health.

About the author: Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, wellness practitioners and Thrive Medical Spa in Chicago. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in Mamalode Magazine, MOMentumNation.com and thesavvyfreelancer.com.  Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Google+.


September 5, 2013 8:00 am

Perks of Being a Makeup Artist

The makeup artistry industry is one that experience constant growth, evolution and change. If you do a quick Google search for a makeup artist within your area, there are without a doubt at least a handful of results – and millions worldwide. Makeup artist does makeup on red headed clientWith so many people pursuing a career in makeup, you’ve got to wonder – why? In this post, we overview the perks of being a makeup artist including benefits such as travel, pay, and glamor. Read on to find out what all the hype is about, and if a career in makeup artistry is really all its cracked up to be.

Before we go on, we’d like to point out that makeup artistry is hard work. While it may seem easy enough, not just anyone can pick up a brush and expertly craft a well-shaded, eye shape-appropriate evening look. Not just anyone can line and fill a classic red lip in under a minute with no errors, smudging or color transfer. Not just anyone can bring out a bride’s natural beauty and magnify it so she looks absolutely stunning in every single wedding photo – from 8am to midnight without a single touch up. While, yes, makeup artistry comes with a lot of perks – you should also have a strong appreciation for the talented men and women who do the job on a daily basis. It takes time, commitment, and constant skill improvement.

Perk One: You get to Play
While the career of a makeup artist is definitely one filled with hard work, it’s also one filled with play and experimentation. What happens when we mix this color with that color? What happens if I move my contour line up just a pinch? Does this setting powder work best with that foundation or this foundation? Part of perfecting your craft includes experimenting with the products you have, products you don’t have, and all the different skin types and tones your clients may have. The classic winged eyeliner and red lip didn’t happen by accident, after all. It took a lot of time, testing, and they eventually gained huge popularity and took their places as classic makeup looks. Who knows – you could discover the next one.

Perk Two: Meeting New People
No matter if you work with brides, theater actors, celebrities, or politicians – you’re bound to meet some amazing people. Sure, you’ll have those typical grumpy clients with whom you’d rather not work again, but you could also make long-lasting friendships and build up a list of loyal, repeat clients. Many of the strongest friendships makeup artists have were formed while in the industry – whether it was at a trade show, conference, or job. Never underestimate the power of meeting new people!

Perk Three: Travel
Many makeup artists are asked to travel for work at least once in their career, and often their travel costs are reimbursed. This means you might get to travel to places and cities you’ve always wanted to go, without spending a dime to get there. Many makeup artists travel for photo shoots, different advertising campaigns, beauty shows, fashion shows, and many other reasons. You’ll get to experience plenty on your time off, and maybe even pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Plus, it will look fantastic on your resume that you’ve traveled for a job – it means you’re that much more in demand!

Perk Four: Make Your own Schedule
As a makeup artist, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and decide when you want and can take on jobs. If you’re a busy mother or have an existing full time job, you’ll be able to work around it. Most makeup gigs are booked for weekends, which would allow you to work another job during the week – at least when you’re getting started. Makeup artistry is a fairly easy career to make a smooth transition over to from another career, so you wouldn’t be left high and dry and without enough income while you begin.

Perk Five: Makeup Discounts
Who doesn’t love to save money? As a makeup artist, you can apply to countless makeup pro discount programs – including 40% off at MAC. So, you’ll be able to build both your professional kit and your personal makeup collection with high quality products at a serious discount. Score!

Perk Six: Recognition
As a makeup artist, you’ll likely have the opportunity to work on editorial makeup projects. This means you’ll be able to get your name into magazine credits! If a bride submits her photographs to a wedding photo website like Style Me Pretty or The Knot, you can also request that your name be credited there. This will do wonders for your exposure, reach, and portfolio. Plus, who doesn’t like to feel a little famous every once in a while? Well-known makeup artists are often asked to write columns for major magazines, work with companies like Sephora, and even get their own TV shows or television segments. The possibilities are endless, so get your name out there!

Perk Seven: Glamor
Obviously the glamor of being a makeup artist and working in the backstage hustle and bustle is attractive. You might get to work backstage at New York Fashion Week for a major designer, or maybe you’re working on a well-known television show with some of the world’s hottest up and coming actors. Perhaps you’re working for a major advertising company or well-known luxury brand. No matter what you’re doing, you’re sure to feel the excitement and energy all around the room. This type of glamor isn’t easily accessible in many other careers, but goes hand-in-hand with those within the fashion and beauty industries.

Perk Eight: Make People Feel Beautiful
For many, this is the best part of working as a makeup artist and the #1 perk. You’ll get to leave your clients with a smile on their face and will get to make people feel beautiful. You’ll be able to take what you know and apply it to any skin tone, maturity, face shape, or skin type and make your client both look and feel incredibly beautiful. Making others feel good will, in turn, make you feel even better. It’s a beautiful cycle – literally and figuratively.

Perk Nine: You’ll Take it the Bank!
Makeup artistry is an industry that actually pays quite well. You can make a large amount per hour, which will add up to a substantial annual income – especially if you widen your skill set and offer editorial, evening, and other year-round makeup services. Bridal makeup is one of the most well-paying services you’ll offer, but it can sometimes be limited to specific times of year and certain seasons. Many makeup artists have made plenty of money, and some have even become very well known and celebrities in their own rights! If you get to work on the makeup team for a fashion show, television show, or for celebrity clients you’ll be able to charge more, and will also have the opportunity to join an agency that will regularly book you work.

Perk Ten: Career Versatility
As you now know, there is much more to makeup artistry than simply doing one kind of makeup application. The career of a makeup artist is one of great versatility. If you get tired of doing bridal makeup, change it up and pitch your editorial makeup services. There’s always the chance to evolve, change, and switch gears. It’s a thrilling ride that you’re sure to love.

To learn more about makeup artistry and the many career options, visit QC Makeup Academy.


August 8, 2013 8:30 am

Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup

A great smokey eye can take a look anywhere

The right smokey eye can take an outfit from 0 to 60 and make a woman feel like a million bucks. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite everyday smokey eye makeup applications into one post! Plus, check out Cinthia’s YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect everyday smokey eye at the very end. Her easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are sure to have you mastering the everyday smokey eye makeup in a pinch.

This first smokey eye, from Kayla A’s Beautylish, is what comes to mind when we think bronze smokey eye. We like the defined brows, use of warm copper and gold, and the slight winged liner. Her eyes pop and she kept the rest of her makeup neutral to let that happen. We’re not sure if she’s wearing false lashes or not, but we’d say they’re a great idea for a night out but probably too much for daytime wear. Then again, it all depends on personal preference!

This plum and black smokey eye from Diana C’s Beautylish is absolutely stunning. We’d love to see this look on someone with green or blue eyes because we think it would “pop” just that much more! Our only recommendation would be to extend the outer corner color a little bit further so you can see a bit more of the makeup when the eye is fully open. We’d recommend pairing an eye like this with a natural peach-colored blush and a nude lipstick or gloss. Simply beautiful!

This darker smokey eye from Permiasorella’s Beautylish features a pop of turquoise blue in the center and a whole lot of dark, reddish brown. Normally we’re not a huge fan of the combination but in this case, it really works! Her hazel eyes glow against the shades she chose and her lashes are not overpowering. We’d love to see this eye paired with a shade like MAC Brave to really bring out the drama.

This glittery blue smokey eye from Maquillateconaurora G’s Beautylish is perfect for a night out. If you wanted to, you could probably get away with wearing the lighter blue shade during the day and then blending in the darker blue and under eye liner once you’ve left the office to catch up with friends for dinner or drinks. We always love a perfectly curled lash and think this look exemplifies that. The brow appears to be a little too filled in, but that’s easily fixed by taking a bit off with a cotton pad and just going a little lighter with a brow pencil or powder the next time around.

We think these are probably our favorite eyebrows of the bunch, from Ritz O’s Beautylish. They’re filled in, but lightly and look natural. The smokey eye uses a mix of minty cream and warm brown and would complement many different skin tones easily. We’d recommend keeping the lip simple with a pinkish nude and going easy on the blush. Let the eyes have all the attention!

Check out Cinthia’s tutorial for QC Makeup Academy’s YouTube channel below. If you decide to try your own smokey eye, please let us know! We’d love to know if we inspired you. 🙂

 

Please note the contest mentioned in the video is now closed.


August 3, 2013 9:00 am

Does the Clarisonic Really Work?

clarisonic

Clarisonic – you’ve almost definitely heard the name at least once over the past year. It’s been touted as the latest and greatest in skincare innovations and has appeared on just about every beauty guru’s YouTube channel imaginable. With a price point of $139-$225+ we can bet you’re wondering – does the Clarisonic really work? In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the Clarisonic cleansing system and give you my advice on the matter. After all, facial cleansers can be expensive enough just on their own!

Clarisonic cleansing systems are designed to pulsate the top of your skin to encourage increased blood flow, exfoliation, and greater cleaning. You focus on four main zones: forehead, cheek, chin, and other cheek. In 60 seconds, you’ve washed your face and removed up to 60x more makeup and build-up than washing with your hands. Pretty amazing, right? You do need to be careful, though, as the pulsation may be too intense for those with very delicate, thin, or damaged skin. If you’re prone to bruising or getting broken capillaries, the increased vibration may worsen your condition. If you have normal, healthy skin – or are prone to acne breakouts and are looking for a solution aside from laser resurfacing and other drastic measures – the Clarisonic might be a good idea for you. As with all things, you should check with your dermatologist if you’re unsure.

I have combination skin and picked up the Clarisonic Mia 2 from Sephora last week. It has two pulsation levels – gentle and one that’s a bit stronger, comes with a travel case, gentle cleansing brush, and charger. It also came with a small sample of Clarisonic’s cleansing gel, though I prefer my cleansers from Clarins. I’ve been using the system for 60 seconds in the morning and 60 seconds at night and have loved it thus far. My skin has never felt so clean and has never before absorbed my moisturizer as efficiently. Some reviews say the system dried out the writer’s skin, so I’ve made sure to use ample moisturizer and take extra time massaging in it to avoid any possible dry patches while my skin adjusts to my new routine.

In summary, I’d say the Clarisonic can really work. You need to have the right skin for the system, the right amount of patience, and you need to know the cost, benefits and possible complications – just like anything else. I’ve been told there can be a possible “purging period” during the first two weeks of use, during which your skin is adjusting to the new routine and the increased exfoliation encourages any blemishes that were hiding to come out to the surface. This has not happened to me yet, but you should know it’s a possibility. It’s kind of like when you go for a facial, there’s the risk that you’ll break out a little more than usual over the next few days following.

Have you used a Clarisonic? Share your experience in a comment. Not into it? Let me know why. Thanks for reading my review!
 


get caras look

Cara Delevingne is the most in-demand model right now. With a fresh face, bushy eyebrows, and a distinct look – she’s been the choice to walk for countless high end designers and has started a frenzy in the beauty world. We’re in love with her pouty lips and fearless take on fashion and makeup. Follow our guide to get Cara Delevingne’s look for summer and look fresh faced and runway-ready in no time at all. Pair the following makeup tips with sleek straightened hair or a low pony tail for the complete Cara makeover!

 

See our inspiration image at Modelina.com

Foundation

Cara is all about bold makeup choices while keeping a fresh, luminous complexion. We’d start off this look by applying a lightweight, moisturizing primer like the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer. We’d then reach for Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup to achieve an even complexion and HD finish – perfect for the runway, or snapping some photos while out with friends! We’d recommend using a beauty blender or buffing brush to really work the product into the skin and get an even, line-free effect.

Concealer

Once the face is primed and foundation has been applied, we’d go back in and tackle any blemishes or discolorations with a creamy concealer like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. We prefer applying foundation prior to concealer so that you can a) use less product and b) see what really needs to be concealed and what disappears with just the foundation. The less product you can use, the longer it will last and the more natural it will look.

Setting

The last step for this part would be to set the foundation and concealer with a lightweight ultra fine setting powder like Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder or a look-locking setting mist like Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. Keep in mind that a powder will create a matte effect whereas setting spray will lock in the luminous finish of the foundation.

Brows

As for the brows, we recommend shading them in just a teensy bit and providing them with more shape using a gel like Benefit Cosmetics Speed Brow. Cara has thick, in-your-face brows, so feel free to grab your favorite brow pencil if you feel a little more definition is needed.

Eyes

For eyes, we like a matte champagne shadow or a simple swipe of tinted eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in “Sin” does the trick just right). Finish the eyes with two swipes of your favorite mascara in dark brown or black.

Lips

Finally, decide what lip color you want to go with. We like mixing MAC Impassioned and MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj (pink) to get a color much like the one shown above. Remember to begin with a liner and apply the lipstick using a brush to avoid the color bleeding onto the skin around the lips. If you’d like, you can spritz a little setting mist onto the lip area to really lock it in.

There you have it, the complete Cara makeover for summer. What do you think of the tips? Would you recommend any other products to achieve it? Let us know in a comment!


June 28, 2013 9:00 am

Best foundation for summer

 Best Foundation For Summer

Summer can take a serious toll on your foundation – from causing powder to cake to making your foundation transfer onto your sunglasses and everything else your face touches. If you live somewhere that experiences both ultra cold and super warm weather, chances are that you just can’t get away with using the same foundation throughout summer that you do in the winter. That’s okay, though, because we’ve compiled a short list to help you find your best foundation for summer.

1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – $44

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation comes in a large variety of shades and has a consistency perfect for the summer’s warmth. I recommend applying it with a dampened Beauty Blender or other domed sponge for a flawless finish and lightweight coverage. It’ll even out your skin tone without clogging your pores, and appears to just melt into your skin, providing just the right amount of coverage with a very small amount of product. I recommend using Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder to set it, or any other ultra fine powder that is talc-free.

2. YSL Touche Éclat Foundation – $55

Although this lightweight, luminous formula foundation from Yves Saint Laurent is a little pricey – it’s worth it if you’re able to splurge. Your skin will look glowing all day long with just the right amount of coverage. The foundation comes with a built-in SPF 19, so you’ll be both protected and gorgeous.

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil Free – $43

If your skin’s feeling dried out and you love an SPF/foundation mix – this tinted moisturizer is for you. A little goes a long way with this product, and it blends like a dream. It’ll leave you with sheer coverage and a natural glow, so you can spend less time worrying about your complexion and more time enjoying the summer sun. We love this product for all the beach babes out there!

4. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer – $27

Clinique is the choice for sensitive faces and those looking for more affordable yet high quality products. Their Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer is no exception. Yet again, a little goes a long way and will give you an even complexion, natural appearance, and that “no makeup” look everyone tries for in the summer.

What’s your favorite foundation for summer? Let me know in a comment! Thanks for reading. 🙂


We gets lot of questions about product recommendations here at QC Makeup Academy. Although we don’t like to recommend one product or another as a school, I’d love to share a personal favorite with you all, which is why I’ve written this Urban Decay Setting Spray review. It’s full name is All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic.

Sometimes, a setting powder just won’t do. If you’re hoping to keep a dewy finish, a powder can make it look a little too matte. If you’re hoping for extra long wear, a powder can slowly break down throughout the day. These reasons are why I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Available in two different sizes, the All Nighter spray comes in a pump bottle and allows you to apply a thin layer of setting mist over a makeup application. The mist locks in the makeup’s true finish, color, and helps to keep it that day all day – or “all night” in this case.

We recommend this product for anyone who needs their makeup to last morning to night, weddings, outdoor photoshoots, and anyone who just wants their makeup to last as long as possible. Its lightweight finish, easy application, and reasonable price point makes it a clear pick for me. If you Google it, you’ll see it’s many others’ favorite too!

What do you think of setting sprays? Have you used an Urban Decay setting spray before? Let me know in a comment. I’d love to know!

 


May 19, 2013 9:00 am

How to Take Good Makeup Photos

how to take good makeup photosAs a makeup artist, your work truly speaks for itself. Whether or not someone chooses to work with you will depend almost solely on the quality of your past work, and they’ll most likely be judging this by looking at photographs. If your photos are bad – even though your makeup skills are phenomenal – it can have a very negative impact on your success. In this post, I’ll be running through the basics of taking good makeup photos that will show your work for what it really is – amazing.

Light

First off, you need light. No, I don’t mean bringing your model (or yourself, if you’re your own model!) to the bathroom and taking a photo there. Indoor lighting is artificial lighting, and is going to result in an artificial effect. This could mean harsh shadows, yellow or green tint, and an overall lack of detail. Sure, you could invest in a diva ring light or other professional light kit, but there’s a much simpler and more affordable option. Take photos by a window and use the good old natural sun as your light source.

When taking makeup photos near a window, make sure the light isn’t beaming in on your subject. You’ll want to wait until the sun is no longer at its peak, but also not beaming directly into the window. Sometime around 4pm is usually ideal, but this will change depending on the time of year and how early/late the sun sets in your region. You want a well-lit room, but you don’t want harshness. Have your subject stand in front of the window and face it. You’ll want to place your camera in between the subject and window, facing your subject. If you’re able to use a timer and a tripod so as to avoid casting a shadow onto your model with your body, that would be your best option. Otherwise, position yourself on an angle so as to avoid casting your shadow on her face.

Camera

Secondly, use a quality camera. Your iPhone or other phone will be fine for Facebook and Twitter, but you should at least be using a high mega pixel point-and-shoot for professional purposes. If you have a DSLR, that’s perfect. If you don’t, see if you can borrow one from a friend or just opt for your trusted pocket cam. The lighting is really what’s most important (aside from the makeup being the best you can produce). Make sure you’re using the right setting for portrait photography, and read your camera’s manual or head to Google if you’re not sure what that is. What you see when you look at your model may not be what comes out in a photograph if it’s taken incorrectly.

Go Easy on the Actions

Thirdly, go easy on the editing. You’ll want to color correct and crop to ensure the focus is on the face and the photo is true-to-color, but you should avoid anything aside from that. Do not add a bunch of brightness or contract, and don’t increase the saturation beyond what it actually should be. Also, avoid adding special effects like blurs, tints, or anything else. Once again, your work should – and needs to – be able to speak for itself.

Big is Better

Lastly, save the file in the largest and highest quality possible. If you have an online portfolio or need to email photos, feel free to save a second copy in a smaller size – but your originals should always be saved large. This is so you have the option to print them down the road without losing detail, and so you have the option to save additional copies in different sizes if you ever need to. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for doing this.

That’s about it! Sure, I could go into more detail and start going on about ISO and white balance and all those other fancy photography terms, but if you follow these four simple steps you’ll be golden. If you have a photography tip, I’d love to hear it. If you disagree with anything I’ve said, let me know too! I look forward to reading your comments, readers!

 

Now you know how to take good makeup photos! But do you have models to practice your skills on? Check out this post on getting models in order to build your professional makeup portfolio!


May 8, 2013 9:00 am

4 Beauty Blogs We Love Right Now

4 Beauty Blogs We Love Right Now

Just as we love style blogs, we couldn’t live without our favorite beauty blogs either. In this post, we’d like to introduce you to 4 beauty blogs we love right now. We’re sure you’ll find the bloggers helpful, informative, and incredibly fun. Enjoy!

1. Makeup by Cheryl H
http://www.makeupbycherylh.com/

Makeup by Cheryl H is the creation of Canadian makeup and beauty blogger, Cheryl. She shares her latest makeup loves, trials and errors, and inserts an OOTD post once in a while too. We love her glamorous approach to makeup and can’t get enough of her gorgeous lashes. We think you’d enjoy her blog because she mixes in both high-end and drugstore products, and regularly posts tutorials and how-tos on her YouTube channel.

2. Gh0stparties
http://gh0stparties.com/

Gh0stparties is a UK beauty blog (there’s an occasional OOTD post) written by Kate. We love Kate’s honest and simple approach to beauty, makeup, and fragrance. Her reviews are always helpful, she’s not afraid to let the readers know when she doesn’t like a product (something we greatly admire in a blogger!) and you can always expect beautifully taken photographs from her, too. We think you’d like Gh0stparties because of its beautiful layout, easy-to-digest reviews, and wonderful images.

3. What I Heart Today
http://www.whatihearttoday.com/

Lily Pebbles is the beautiful British woman behind What I Heart Today. We love this particular blog because of its originality and approachable feel. Lily regularly posts about makeup, beauty, tutorials, and storage. We think you’d love What I Heart Today because of the diverse subjects and issues it tackles – from packing for a vacation to getting the perfectly highlighted cheekbone.

4. 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic
http://www.15minutebeauty.com/

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic is written by Christine, a US-based beauty blogger. This talented woman has taught us how to fake a blowout with a curling iron, get a perfectly lined lip, and how to properly work with an eyeshadow crayon. We think you’d love her blog because of its reviews of products at attainable price points and Christine’s dedication to her readers. Oh, and the photos are beautiful too! We love how she often goes the extra step and adds graphics and text to her pictures.