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Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought that I'd post some of my makeup tips for gatherings and dinners out. Nothing too crazy or shimmery - just something a bit more made up than usual. I used Lush Colour Cosmetics on the lid (any natural taupe colour will do), MAC brow powder and highlighter, MAC White Frost on the lower lid, Majolica Majorca Lash Bone mascara base and Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes. I've also been using the YSL Touche Eclat foundation. Super easy! Prepare for creepy close up photos:

Here are some beauty tips that I've found to work well. If you guys have any, make sure to let me know!

  1. Let your foundation set. (for liquid foundations) If you wear powder on a daily basis, try applying your foundation, doing your eye makeup and then powder your face. I think that it's important to give your foundation time to work into your skin and when it does come time to powder, the liquid and powder won't mix and look cakey. The powder is supposed to sit on top.
  2. Avoid panda eyes. I hate when mascara travels to your bottom lid, giving the look of panda eyes. To avoid this, I use waterproof mascara on my bottom lashes (I don't do so for my top lashes because it's too much of a hassle removing it) then I swab some power on a q-tip and run in on my bottom lash line. This makes it so that your mascara (or eye liner) can't stick to the skin.
  3. Make the most of your skincare. This might sound tedious, but try to wait around 2 - minutes between using your products when it comes to skincare - this is especially important for serums. You need to give it time to sink into your skin. Toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturiser all do different things, so applying them one after the other would mix them together and lessens their effectiveness.
  4. Use an oil-based eye remover. Ever since I discovered oil based makeup removers, I haven't gone back to any kind. It just melts off the makeup and doesn't tug at the skin. Even if you have oily skin, it's okay to add some moisture and you're washing it off anyways. Every night, I use Shu Uemura's cleaning oil (on a cotton pad) to remove my eye makeup. Since it's quite expensive, I usually only use it for the eyes and one pump is enough.
  5. Use 2 mascaras. If you love dramatic lashes like I do, then try layering a lengthening mascara and a volumising mascara. This might sound like overkill, but for everyday, I like to cake on the mascara and forget everything else. Although some mascaras are good for both, you can get maximum effect by letting each forumla do its job. I would recommend letting the first coat dry before applying the second. And of course apply more sparingly then you would normally since it can easily get too clumpy.