Beauty: Truth or Fiction

As the summer sun heats up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their beauty for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Candace of Live Love & Read to share her take on some of beauty’s biggest questions, including why bold brows can be natural and teased hair is here to stay.

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When it comes to beauty, there appears to be a lot of noise. And by noise, I simply mean there’s a lot of talk on what exactly we should and should not being doing with our daily beauty routines. Between binge watching YouTube beauty videos and following your favorite beauty gurus on social media, it’s easy to find yourself at a loss on some basic beauty 123s.

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If you’ve read some of my previous posts here on Meijer Style, then you already know how much I believe in practicality. Much like fashion, beauty should be both practical and easy for you to incorporate into your morning routine, otherwise it becomes a large headache spilling over into the rest of your day. As always, I am on a mission to help YOU! So for today’s dose of shop talk, we are going to discuss beauty truth or fiction on some basic, everyday makeup practices!

Let’s do this!

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STATEMENT #1: Bold brows are unnatural.

Fiction. Bold brows can be TOTALLY natural. While we often see the crazy, overly bold, unnatural brows, there are ways to create bold brows without scaring anyone. What determines natural vs. unnatural brows is how you use your products.

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First things first, you want to start with decently cleaned up brows, as it allows you better control of how bold you are making them. You can clean up your brows by using a brush. Because I adore efficiency, I would encourage you to use a brown pencil that has a brush on the other end, such as the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Once the brows have been nicely brushed, you can begin with the filling in process. For total control, start your strokes lightly.

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When you begin filling in, start at the inner brow, move to your arch and finish at the end of your brow – and repeat. Once you have the outline of your shape, you can go back in heavier with your pencil to your desired boldness.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

After filling in your brows to your liking, use concealer to accentuate your brows as well as clean up any mistakes you might have made. You can simply use whatever you normally do for your highlight concealer.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

For exactness, use a precision or detail brush that allows you to apply the concealer close to the brow without any negative space. Once you’ve applied that concealer, go in and smooth with a beauty blender, as you don’t want a hard highlight line.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

The finishing touch: after you’ve applied your foundation, go back into the brows with a highlight pencil for a slight shimmer and finger blend to soften it.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil
  • NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer
  • Real Techniques Detailer Brush
  • Real Techniques Mini Beauty Blender
  • Covergirl TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo

STATEMENT #2: A cat-eye is not appropriate for the office.

Fiction. We’ve already heard the saying, “Everything is ok in moderation.”  Well, that is exactly the approach to creating a cat-eye for the office. By no means does your cat-eye need to be as dramatic as Cleopatra’s, but you can most definitely do a “subtle” one for the office.

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When creating an everyday cat-eye, you are going to need two things: a regular eyeliner pencil and a liquid liner (preferably one that has a curvy tip for precision). To start, use your regular eye-liner to create what I like to call a “hard line.” The hard line allows you to easily line the eye without much error.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Next, you’ll want to use the regular eyeliner to line your water line in order to balance the eye. There’s nothing scarier than an overly bold cat-eye. Balance is KEY, so line that water line.

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Once the water line is prepped, you are going to use your liquid liner to trace the top line you created. To get the subtle definition, it is important to gently pull your eye as you’re tracing the hard line and extend ever so slightly to get the perfect everyday cat-eye look.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Retractable Eye Liner
  • Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liner

STATEMENT #3: Concealer is to be worn underneath my foundation.  Concealer is to be worn on top of my foundation.

Both are TRUE. In fact, it’s really important that we do both – the catch is making sure you are applying the correct concealer underneath and on top of the foundation.

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As we grow older in age, we all find ourselves concerned with those darker, under-eye circles. Since aging is natural, it’s also natural that we want to properly color correct those coloring imperfections.

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For perfect coverage correction, you are going to want to start with a “total” coverage concealer underneath the foundation. The one I recommend is NYX Total Coverage Concealer. Simply use a concealer brush to apply, then blend with a beauty blender. Be sure to blend well, as you will be applying your foundation on top of this.

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Once you’ve applied your foundation, it is highly likely that you’ll want a little highlighter under the eyes to doubly make sure those dark circles are long gone. To accentuate/highlight under the eyes, try NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer. Since this is being used as a highlight, be sure to go a shade or two lighter so it really pops!

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Once you’ve applied the product with your brush, use an evenly and lightly damp beauty blender to blend in the product. As you blend, be sure to extend outwards, so you do not have a hard stop line of the concealer. You want it to look perfectly smooth and natural.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Total Coverage Concealer
  • Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush
  • NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer
  • Real Techniques Detailer Brush
  • Real Techniques Mini Beauty Blender

STATEMENT #4: Wearing matte foundation ages you.

Fiction. There are a lot of mixed feelings on this statement, but I am going to have to go with FALSE. Matte foundation can age you if you are not careful. But in my opinion it is all about how you complete the foundation that determines the outcome.

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First things first, when it comes to using matte foundation, a little goes a long way. What I’m trying to say is – you only need a little product. Without question, you will look old if you over apply.

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Secondly, as a frequent matte foundation wearer, it is important that you have two products to complete your look: a good blush color and finishing powder.

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After you have applied your foundation, concealer and contour, you’ll want to apply some finishing powder. The powder is going to ensure everything is nicely polished and blended.

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After you have applied your foundation, concealer and contour, you’ll want to apply some finishing powder. The powder is going to ensure everything is nicely polished and blended.

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DETAILS:

  • Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Effect Foundation
  • Real Techniques Square Foundation Brush
  • NYX High Definition Blush
  • Real Techniques Contour Brush
  • NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush

STATEMENT #5: Bold lipstick is ok for everyday wear.

TRUE. If women in Paris can wear red lipstick every day, so can YOU. There is absolutely nothing wrong with living on the bold side of color every day. In fact, wearing bold lipstick on the daily can become your signature statement, if you so desire.

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When it comes to wearing bold lips every day, I would encourage you to go matte vs. shiny. The matte is a bit more approachable and less overwhelming than a bright, overly shiny lipstick. Additionally, if you decide to wear a bold lipstick that is shinier, it is most definitely important to go with a matte foundation, so your makeup look is not overly shiny.

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Regardless of wearing matte or shiny, be sure to take your entire makeup routine into consideration. That way you can make the necessary adjustments to ensure your beauty look is approachable for the day. You do not want to look like you are getting ready to compete at a beauty pageant with an overly done face for the office. Just a thought!

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DETAILS:

  • Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (Red: 625 Love Amour)
  • Revlon Matte Lipcolor (Pink: 605 Obsession Obsession)

STATEMENT #6: Teased hair is a thing of the past.

Fiction. I’m from the South and we have a saying: “The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.” I cannot lie, I live for big hair. But not big in the sense that my hair is overly back combed and impossible to detangle. When it comes to teasing a lot of people think of large 1980s ‘dos. However, that isn’t the only way to get good volume.

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One trend that’s quite hot right now is tussled messy curls. Well, one of the best ways to get that look is with a little teasing action. To get started with this look, first comb out the hair so it is manageable. Granted, we want a textured messy look, but it is important that the foundation is smooth.

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After a thorough combing, you’ll want to add a little texture to the hair. To achieve this, I use a texturizing dry shampoo, spray it liberally throughout my hair, massage the product in and allow it to sit for a few minutes or so.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Once the hair has had time to settle, I proceed with curling. You can curl however you so desire, as there is no right or wrong way – it’s all about how you like the curls to fall. For me personally, I want them “away” from my face, so I curl back.

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After curling the hair, I immediately spray with TRESemme hair spray to lock in the curls. Not only does the hair spray secure the curls, but it adds more texture, which is perfect for this look.

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Once the hair spraying has happened, it is time to TEASE. Rather than teasing at the root of the hair, tease the ends to push the hair upwards and create volume in the curls. Then proceed with the task all over. After the teasing, you will then need to go through and finger separate the curls, so you don’t have a crazy rat’s nest vibe happening.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Teasing is NOT a thing of the past! It’s all about how you do it.

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DETAILS:

  • Ace Hair Combo
  • Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo
  • Pro Beautytools 1 Inch Gold Curling Iron
  • TRESemme Hair Spray

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There you have it my friends – what’s truth and what’s fiction in terms of beauty. I hope this has answered some of your beauty questions, which will in turn add ease and efficiency to your everyday glam!

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Photo Credit: Roosevelt Group

Candace is the fashionista behind Live Love & Read, a blog on how to make style the affordable accessory in every woman’s life. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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