Be.YOU.tiful // Make-up Tips + Tricks

We don't know about you but getting ready is one of our most favorite parts of the day! From picking out our outfit head to toe to doing our hair and makeup, being a girl is f u n! Today's blog is about all things beauty! Whether your beauty routine takes 5 minutes or 30 minutes we've got a few tips + tricks that might be able to help you out! Our Grand Forks store manager, Carly, is {amazing!} at make-up and so generously answered some of our questions that we had! She also made over our model, Shea, and creative director assistant, Lexi - enjoy!

Growing up Carly was always intrigued by makeup and was always investigating her mom's makeup drawer. It wasn't until she was older and could wear make up that she would look through magazines and try to recreate looks that she saw in there! Previously working at Sephora she was able to learn make up precision, gain product knowledge and help clients find their perfect make up! She was able to gain confidence in her work over the years by practicing over and over! Don't just wait until that special occasion to recreate that smokey eye look! Make up should be fun and a way to express yourself! 

Kittsona: Do we use an eye primer?
Carly: Yes! Always use an eye primer. Eye primers help to smooth out the lid and control oil so your eye shadows don't crease! Plus the eye shadow colors show up so much better when you have a primer on. For those who don't wear eye shadow everyday, still use an eye primer just with eye liner and that will help keep it from smearing!

K: How do we find the right eye shadow colors for our eyes? 
C: Some eye shadow colors will make your eyes pop more than others, but never let that discourage you from trying out new things! Rock it with confidence! Colors that make blue eyes pop are more warm browns and golden colors, colors that make brown eyes pop are more in the purple family, to make green eyes pop look for brown colors! 

K: Tips for amplifying lashes without falsies? 
C: Start with mascara primer! Yes it does make a difference! They help to comb through lashes and separate them while making your lashes more visible! Then your mascara can just glide on. Make sure to get mascara on both sides of your lashes and use the mascara wand vertically too! I suggest waiting and saving the mascara step of the makeup routine until the very end. Another thing that I suggest is applying mascara while holding a small mirror! That way you can see every lash! 

K: When should we wear a red lip?
C:Red lipstick is such a classic makeup look and can transform your overall mood! Red lipstick doesn't have to be saved for a special occasion or only for at night. Wearing a red lip during the day is totally fine!

K: Lip tips? 
C: When wearing a bold lip color or even to make a gloss stay on longer use a lip liner! Steps to make a lip color stay on longer: make sure lips are exfoliated, then prep with a lip balm, blot, apply a lip primer and start to line the outside of your lips {if you go outside the lines you can clean it up with some concealer at the end!} Filling in your entire lip with lip liner is up to your personal preference! For the lipstick or gloss part using a lip brush helps get closer to the edges! After the color is applied to your lips go around the inside of your mouth with a q-tip so you won't get any on your teeth! 

Woah! Check out just a {small} portion of Carly's collection! We're o b s e s s e d. She also put together a list of her personal fave top 10 <must have> products. She also included a 'save' option for a similar and cheaper alternative! 
1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Hands down my favorite primer. Water resistant, neutralizes redness, minimizes shine and the appearance of pores, but also distributes light to soften imperfections and fine lines.
Save: Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder: There are a few different shades of these powders and they each recreate different types of flattering light. They soften the look of skin by filtering out harsh lights and are more of a transparent coverage.  
Save: Too Faced Selfie Powder

3. Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: A great weightless concealer that helps moisturize skin at the same time! It's easy to blend and helps cover dark spots, circles and any pesky pimples!
Save: Maybelline Better Skin Concealer
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: Perfect mix of the Ambient Lighting Powder and cheek color. Lightweight that adds more depth and dimension than traditional blush. 
Save: Sephora Microsmooth Baked Blush Duo
5. Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation: Lightweight, buildable coverage, with a matte finish that is suitable for all skin types that wears for up to 24 hours!
Save: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte

6. Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Pearls: Illuminating powder that is made up of light diffusing pearls with help to color correct, add brightness, and minimize flaws. 
Save: Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder or Mineral Glow Pearls
7. Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara: Lightweight, long wearing, super intense black color, and a very full brush that gives the total effect for volume, curl and length!
Save: L'Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

8. Sephora Collection Full Coverage Airbrush #53: Fan shape brush that is made with synthetic fibers that make applying and blending foundation easy. 
Save: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
9. Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57: Concealer brush that has a round shape that allows you to  buff and blend any formula into an airbrushed look. 
Save: Real Techniques Concealer Brush
10. Sephora Collection Pro Precision Blush Brush #73: Small blush brush that has a taper tip. This brush is awesome for applying powdered blushes and even for using highlighter too!
Save: ELF Powder/Blush Brush

There you have it, Queens! A few tips + tricks and product faves from our make up Queen, Carly! Don't let anything or anybody tell you how much or how little make up to wear! The best part about make up is that the possibilities are endless! Be brave, go outside the box and try something new! xo