Remember the first time you started using make-up? Did your eyes take on the appearance of a raccoon or your cheeks look like an abstract painting gone bad? Thinking back to my 13-year old self, I cringe at my somewhat horrifying make-up journey. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to look at those utterly embarrassing throwback pictures! My biggest mistake back then? A heavy dose of eyeliner. Thankfully I’ve learned a thing or two about natural beauty – and can appreciate the art of subtle eyeliner. Keep reading to make sure your flicks are on fleek!
Buy the right products
Do your research! What brand of eyeliner will last the entire day and go on effortlessly? My personal favorite is Jane Iredale’s Black eye pencil – simple and sleek with one smooth application.
Sit down for the perfect angle
Find a comfortable chair, take a seat and then place a mirror on your lap. While looking slightly down at the mirror, carefully apply your eyeliner in the groove between your lashes and lash line. You won’t believe how easy it is and how amazing it looks!
Keep it light on your lower lashes
Unless you’re the lead singer in a heavy metal band, avoid applying a lower lash line that is too thick. For more natural and soft definition, apply a short stroke of color under the outer corner of your lower lashes. Finish it off with a smudging brush, blending the liner in toward the center.
As I learn more from the skin experts on the Enza team, I’m realizing there are so many things to take into consideration for your skin. Cleansing, moisturizing, toning, exfoliating, the list goes on! It’s no wonder there is room for errors in a gal’s regimen. Here are some of the things I’ve taken away from my time at Enza so far:
1. Exfoliating harder. Nope. Exfoliate longer, not harder. When you press too hard it damages your skin and creates inflammation and a red tone.
2. Not applying toner. I use Enza’s Extraction Toner that balances my pH levels for healthier skin, and in turn it allows the rest of my products to work better. Not to mention it clears away any dirt and make-up my cleanser may have missed. (You would be surprised!)
3. Forgetting to moisturize. Your skin NEEDS moisture to look its best, even if you have oily skin. Years from now, you will develop wrinkles at a slower pace than someone who didn’t moisturize. I recommend the Sustaining Glow Crème. Plus, tt also makes applying your foundation so much easier with a smoother surface.
4. Assuming your foundation has enough SPF. In most cases, it probably has enough to keep you protected for at least the morning. I apply Advanced Protection SPF 30 in the afternoon to make sure I’m getting the most coverage.
5. Not washing your make-up brushes. Clean them with warm, soapy water at least once a month!! Preferably more than that. If you don’t wash them, you’re just redistributing breakouts! Think of all of the bacteria that is on your brushes. Just gross.