Pencils used to be all the rage, remember? Line eyes, shadow over. Line lips, lipstick over. Now? Not so much. If you’re like me, you have a whole bunch of pencils hanging around with nothing to do. Or so you thought.
Pencils On A Budget
Budget Trick #1:
Got that red, burgundy, wine lip pencil there? Oh, you’re so lucky. This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. The trick? How you apply it…. Since most lip pencils are thin and hard, it’s hard to apply the pencil somewhere else. But you can fudge a bit. How? Apply to clean skin. And create your very own cheek stain. The key, is to apply when there’s no other makeup on.
Just take your clean a.m. face, and apply your sunscreen/moisturizer. Now apply a bit more to your cheeks. Take your lip pencil, color appropriate and color your cheeks. Blend with fingers into your skin. Now here’s the trick. If you wear foundation, apply a bit more than you think you need of the lip pencil, apply your foundation over. You want the color to be enough to peek through and create a ‘stained’ cheek. Don’t wear liquid foundation? Keep the color as is on cheeks, ad dust your mineral makeup or powder over. Viola. Perfect cheeks that lasts forever. Want to play? Dust a bit of shimmering highlight on the apple of the cheek. Beautiful at night.
Budget Trick #2:
Most doesn’t work eye pencils are because of staying power. It creases, or comes right off. Trick: Apply to eyelids as a shadow colored base. Then take a touch of moisturizer on your finger and blend it on your eyelid. Apply your shadow on top. You can get creative by applying a brown, blue or black pencil on lids and going on top with another color like a shimmering navy blue or forest green over black pencil, gold over gray pencil, copper over brown pencil. You get the idea. Endless colors to create and play with.
From Jessie’s Girl cosmetics, you can choose red or white of this 3 piece set.
Flamboyant (red) or Snowflake (white)
Each contains an
- Eye Dust
- Lip Gloss and
- Nail Polish …
an $11 VALUE for only $5 while supplies last.
Blush is a fairly easy product to use. Just smile, brush on and go. But the #1 culprit of a bad blush? The color. Too dark, too muddy, too sparkly, too blue…. You end up looking more like a china doll than a J. Low replica. But don’t toss. Make it work.
Our Beauty on a Budget today deals with blush. So grab all your colors that don’t cut it and create your very own mixer basket. What’s a mixer basket? It holds all the shadow (more on that later) and blush colors that don’t work for you and let’s you create something else.
Blush on a Budget
So here are all your colors that are just bleh. Not quite. But don’t worry.
Budget Trick #1:
Throw in your basket Mixer Tool #1. Your fav clear lip gloss and/or lip balm. Now you just created a whole tool box of lip colors. That too pink blush? That too muddy brown bronzer? Just might work as a lip color. Easiest way is to swatch on your lips with a q-tip or your finger tip. Like? Cool. Now add your lip balm over to keep the color the same, or your lip gloss to darken slightly and create a nighttime look.
Budget Trick #2:
Love to get creative? Toss in your highlighter in your mixer basket. Can be liquid, a stick, or shadow. Stick highlighters are the best as you have more control over how much goes on. Have a blush color that doesn’t look right regardless what you do? Apply it dry first to lips, then touch your highlighter to the bottom lip. Then press lips together. Apply balm/gloss over. Viola. A nighttime look.
Budget Trick #3:
Have a blush that’s too light? Take your light brown eye brow or eye pencil. Lightly sketch over your lips, top and bottom, but don’t line your lips. Then apply your blusher color over. Apply balm/gloss over. Instant darker lip color…
Budget Trick #4:
Color goes on too light or just doesn’t last on you? Spritz your blush brush with a little bit of water (mist is the key here, not drench) and sweep over your blush. Apply. Let dry. Your blush will last for hours… but note, the color will go on slightly darker.
To stay creative, keep your clear lip gloss/balm, brown eye pencil and highlighter in your blush basket. Ready to create a new color at a moment’s notice.