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How to get the most out of your makeup

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Because I'm still a college student, I typically don't spend a whole lot of money on beauty products, although let's be honest - I would if I could afford to.

However, one of my biggest concerns when purchasing and using beauty products is this - Is the quality of my makeup influencing how much I use?

And more importantly, how can I make inexpensive beauty products work as well as they possibly can?

In my opinion, it's not always the actual product itself but rather the method used to apply it and what tools are used to amplify the effect you get.

For instance, I think having a great set of brushes is crucial to getting the bang for your buck out of your makeup products.

Over the years I've used an array of cheap brushes and higher end brushes and have noticed that regardless of what eyeshadow I'm using, having a great brush is what's going to make that eyeshadow worth wearing.

I personally like using Real Techniques makeup brushes; although they're not terribly expensive, they're a lot better than any cheap brush you could pick up at a drugstore, especially those awful sponge brushes that come with a lot of inexpensive palettes (the horror!). photo

Along with good brushes comes the importance of understanding how to use your brushes in a way that will make your makeup application look even better.

Practice makes perfect, so experiment with different methods of application to see what works best for you and the products you use.

However, if brushes aren't that important to you, here's one thing I think should be.


I can't stress how important it is to use a primer if you want to get the most out of your makeup.

It doesn't have to be a high end primer, although those tend to be the best in my experience.

The thing is, if your foundation, concealer, and powder are okay but not fantastic, a good primer will take them to the next level. A face primer gives a great base for foundation that can help give you that flawless look we all want to achieve. The right primer can even out your skintone, reduce the appearance of large pores, and fill in any other problem areas you have for a smooth foundation finish. The same can be said for a good eyeshadow primer. Even if your eyeshadow is cheap, a good primer will help it last all day and keep it from creasing. This way, you're only spending a significant amount of money on one product as opposed to all your products.

A good drugstore primer that I've used is Revlon's PhotoReady primer. It's a great primer to try out if you're looking for something inexpensive, perhaps to try for the first time. I also found that this product lasted me quite a long time, so that helps reduce the cost of repurchasing products. photo

However, my favorite primers are by Urban Decay. I use the Complexion Primer Potion on my face and the Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my lids regularly and love them. The texture is silky smooth and gives a great base for my products. Also, regardless of whether my eye products are high end or drugstore quality, the primers really help me get the most out of them. photo photo

Happy product hunting, and get the most out of your makeup!

- Kelsey

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