For most of us beauty hoarders out there, our makeup drawer could easily be compared to a black hole – many items will enter but few will make it out. In our defense, it’s hard to let go of that beloved bronzer or perfect pink lip shade. But like they say, all good things must come to an end. Since companies aren’t required to put an expiration date on cosmetic products, it can be a challenge to know when it is time to let go. You’ve probably noticed some products will have a jar symbol with a number next to it that tells you how many months you have until it should no longer be used. The problem there is you have to know when you actually purchased the item, which is an issue if you have that black hole style makeup drawer I mentioned.
I like to think I’m pretty up to date on the latest and greatest beauty products out there, but when it comes to makeup brushes I’m admittedly a few steps behind. I’m all about the instant gratification you get from finding a new foundation or lip color that suits you perfectly, which is certainly not something to take for granted. Makeup brushes just don’t do it for me though. I’m working to change my lack of brush enthusiasm after continually hearing how crucial they are to your makeup routine. It seems like beauty websites have been inundated with articles questioning makeup artists on the importance of a good brush and when to use which kind lately. So I figured it’s finally time to ditch my careless brush ways and revamp my collection. Not only is there a type of brush (flat, round, fan, etc) for whatever product you’re applying, there’s a million versions of each type. ELLE helps declutter the saturated market with their list of the 12 best makeup brushes for tackling every beauty need. Byrdie does some further investigating and finds the best brushes for your budget, and their inside expert knowledge is pretty crazy – who knew there was so much behind a makeup brush?
As far as fashion trends go, the red carpet has produced some eyebrow-raisers as of late. (Case in point: pelvage.) When it comes to beauty, however, classically chic makeup is trending heavily—a fact that was especially evident at this year’s Oscars. Since the pick-me-up powers of a great lipstick hue know no age, we were thrilled to discover that Elle rounded up the exact brands and shades some of our favorite starlets donned. Read the full report here.
If you long for a plumper pout, you’ve got a handful of options—and those that take place in a physician’s office have a way of looking obvious and overstated. But it’s not like taking a lipliner and simply overdrawing your natural lips creates a natural result, either. So what’s a woman supposed to do? The answer is, follow these four easy steps, courtesy of makeup artist Carolina Dali via Elle.com.