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We often imagine makeup artists to be mini magicians because of the effortless way they seem to wield their brushes like wands, and transform simple, clean looking beauties into glamorous, sultry, sexy women. Sitting at home with all my makeup "equipment", I sometimes wonder why I can't seem to recreate the flawless finish they so easily create every time.

Regardless of how many Youtube videos I watch, there always seems to be something missing in my less-than careful application of makeup. They say, practice makes perfect and so this month, I have decided to make a list of makeup tips to practice everyday, till I am a pro. I intend to never give up, regardless of how long it takes me! It's my hope that you join me and maybe someday in the near future, we'll be as good as professional makeup artists in making ourselves look good.

Enjoy this list of makeup tricks:

Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist, says that she uses loose powder for so much than finishing off a completed look. She sprinkles it between coats of mascara to instantly thicken eyelashes (http://www.byrdie.com/best-multi-tasking-makeup-products).
If you want the look of whiter teeth without undergoing a whitening treatment, Hollywood beauty pro and esthetician Scott-Vincent Borba relies on red lip stain-but not on the lips. "If celebrities don't have time to whiten their teeth, but want a sparkling white smile," he says, "I'll use a red lip stain on the gum line. This instantly makes teeth look whiter."
To give any product more luminosity, add moisturizer (http://www.byrdie.com/best-makeup-artist-tips-2015/slide3). Opt for a light, blendable one that seamlessly mixes with foundation, concealer, and even eye shadow or blush. Think of it like the water in your water color paints that are your makeup products-the more you add, the lighter and softer the finish.
In case you didn't realize, your trusty balm (http://www.byrdie.com/balm-salve-uses) is so much more than just a hydrator. You can use it as a highlighter, or to blur out eye shadow for a softer look. It also makes any blush into a cream blush-just tap it on your cheeks after applying blush, and then blend it out for a dewy glow.
This one's easy. "When applying foundation, remember it needs to finish looking smooth and blended into skin properly," advises makeup artist Nico Guilis. Brushes are not always be the answer. In fact, she relies on her fingers to get the job done. "I always apply foundation to my skin with my hands, as if it is a moisturizer-it allows me to really press it into my skin without looking streaky or spotty." The warmth from your hands heats up the product, making it easier to blend and allowing for a smoother, more natural finish.
Cold weather is enemy number one for dry skin; even those of us who don't normally struggle with flakiness tend to encounter it during the winter months. Enter: face oil and a beauty sponge. Makeup artist Edward Cruz says that anytime he applies foundation over dry, flaky skin, he uses a Beauty Blender to dab and blend a small amount of face oil over those problem areas. He promises a "smooth and fresh finish" (http://www.byrdie.com/makeup-artist-tips/slide5).
To add a velvet texture to your go-to lipstick, just dab your finger in a bit of blush or warm-colored eye shadow, then pat it over your lips. So much easier and more interesting than full-on matte. Don't forget to set with a makeup setting spray!
The problem of trying to maintain a totally smooth and shine-free face is that you use more than a swipe of foundation and concealer to cover up and things can end up on the cake-y side. The easiest solution ever? Give yourself a little spritz with your favorite facial mist, just like a pro makeup artist. The mist will diffuse any harsh lines or caked-on texture, instantly.
Bronzer might not seem like the most obvious candidate to win "best double-duty product (http://www.byrdie.com/best-multipurpose-beauty-products) ," but thanks to a tip from makeup artist Carissa Ferreri, we can give it a chance. She says sweeping bronzer over your eyelids will give a barely-there wash of color, and make your eyes pop in the most natural way.
Waxing your lip takes on a whole new meaning when you consider this industry trick: using a clear wax brow pencil to line your lips. Yes-a brow pencil. Why? Makeup artists swear that it keeps feathering and fading at bay when your trusty lip liner is nowhere to be found.
Rita Ora always looks flawless-which is why we should listen to her makeup artist Kathy Jeung. If you don't have a separate peach-toned concealer (http://www.byrdie.com/how-to-make-eyes-look-younger) for covering under-eye bags (makeup 101, y'all), Jeung says not all hope is lost. You can take a matte red-orange lipstick and mix it with your everyday concealer (http://www.byrdie.com/rita-ora-concealer-hack) to neutralize dark circles

I hope you get to practise some of these tips this month. I know I will!

Submitted by: Kelechi

Source: http://www.byrdie.co.uk/unknown-makeup-artist-tips/ ; http://dailymakeover.com/makeup-beauty-tips-smoky-eye-red-lip-how-to/

Fat Positive Blogs

Blogs are a wonderful source of information. I have found them to be a useful Fat resource, especially when it comes to body positivity and fatshion. It is so helpful to see what clothes look like on bodies that are shaped like ours. It is also helpful to know that there are others out there who have the same life struggles that we have. You might get a different perspective on how to deal with things, based on the experiences of others.

I recently joined a group of plus size bloggers. We are taking one fashion topic a month and doing a blog hop. Our first topic was leggings. We all did a blog about it, linked our blogs, and published them at the same time. It is so great to see the many different ways an item can be worn on a fat person, from smaller plus to super plus.

Here is a link to my blog. In it, you will find the links to all the other blogs.
http://colormefatt.blogspot.com/

Here is a list of some fat positive blogs that might help you on your journey:


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