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How to pick the right mascara wand

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how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Most women probably agree that a good mascara is essential to any beauty regime. I will let you in on a little secret, mascara wands are just as important as the formula inside the tube. Each type of mascara serves a different purpose. Here I share how to pick the right mascara wand to achieve your desired lashes.

FOR LENGTHENING: 


Long, comb-like brushes with evenly spaced bristles are a great choice to separate and lengthen lashes. They do not add much volume, perfect for those with already full lashes.

TO CURL LASHES: 


A curved brush lifts and curls the lashes better than a straight brush. It is the way to go for those with poker straight lashes. Make sure to use the wand so that the curve faces upwards and the lashes sit into the curve.

FOR THICKENING
:

Go for a large, round wand with densely packed bristles. Generally if there are a lot of bristles, then the lashes will pull closer together and gives the effect of fuller lashes.

FOR PRECISION APPLICATION:

Spherical brush can deliver mascara to each individual lash, from tiny inner lashes to large outer ones. It is more time consuming to apply compared to the other wands.

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how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog

APPLICATION TIPS:

1. Curl the lashes really well, then apply mascara from the roots of the top lashes, wiggle the wand side to side then upwards toward the tip of the lashes.

2. For even application, dip the wand in the mascara tube before applying the second eye.

3. Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue to prevent clumps.

4. To avoid flaking, avoid over applying a thin formula mascara to try and build up volume. Instead use a small amount of volume formula mascara.

5. Applying mascara to the bottom lashes will make your eyes look bigger.

6. Layer waterproof mascara on top of your normal formula. This makes your mascara last longer and easier to remove at the end of the day.

7. Use a cotton swab over dried mascara mistakes to remove the spot without ruining your eye makeup.

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how to pick the right mascara wand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (Makeup Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: Classic Party Makeup

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Parties are a really fun opportunity to experiment with different makeup looks you wouldn’t wear during the day. You can go bold without looking overly dressed up (just don’t go too bold!).

Here’s my favorite go-to festive makeup look. This means red lips and neutral smokey eyes with a touch of glitter to reflect my partying mood.

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NEUTRAL SMOKEY EYES

Take any neutral eyeshadow palette with a combination of shimmery and matte neutral and brown shades. Here I am using Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette. The four colors I am using is Virgin (shimmery nude), Sin (champagne pink), Buck (matte brown) and Darkhorse (deep chocolate brown with flecks of bronze).

Steps:

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1. First take the lightest shade Sin and sweep it all over your eye lids.

2. Now take the medium shade Buck and start to blend it from halfway across your eyelid. Always blend your shadow upward and outward into the crease of your eye lid.

3. Sweep the darkest shade Darkhorse into the outer corner of the eye and the crease to create a dark, intense shadow.

4. Highlight and create contrast by dusting a small amount of a nude shade Virgin over your brow bone.

5. To balance the intensity of your upper eye lid, take the darkest shade Darkhorse and sweep a it just under your eye, close to your bottom lash.

6. Blending is key! Use your brush to blend your shadow and buff out any harsh lines by working towards the outer corner of your eye.

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7. Add a touch of glitter to the inner corners of your eyes for that extra sparkle and festivity. Here I am using Too Faced Starry Eyed in Silver Lining.
8. Apply your eyeliner. For more hints and tips, see my how to apply eyeliner tutorial.
9. Finish off the look with mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

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diy beauty: classic party makeup - drifter and the gypsy blog

CHEEKS

Contour and highlight your cheekbones and add a touch of blush.

For more hints and tips, see my how to contour and highlight tutorial.

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CLASSIC RED LIPS

Steps:

1. Apply a lip liner to give your lipstick more staying power and more definition to your lips. The liner should never be darker than your lipstick.
2. Outline using lip liner to get the perfect shape.
3. When you are happy with the shape, fill in your lips with the liner.
4. Layer lipstick on top to give you a more opaque and intense red.

For more hints and tips, see my how to wear red lipstick tutorial.

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THE FINISHED LOOK

diy beauty: classic party makeup - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: classic party makeup - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: classic party makeup - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: A fresh look that lasts all day

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Overly made up skin is a one-way ticket to looking much older than you actually are. As long as your skin is well hydrated, a fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion. Here are my best tips to keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful all day long.

1. Protect your skin

Keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun. There are many options, from the traditional face sunscreens to moisturizers and foundations with built in SPF.
SPF is not only limited to face products, there are also lip products that contain SPF.

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Primer is your best friend

Face primers are incredibly light, provides a smooth base and helps to hold makeup in place. It goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup.
The same goes with eyes. Apply eye primer to minimize creasing and create a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Avoid using cream shadows on lids, opt for powder eyeshadow.

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
3. Go (almost) Naked

When it comes to getting that fresh look, it is crucial to make your face look dewy, not oily. Skip foundation and use concealer to cover up shadows, spots or blemishes. This means you won’t have to worry about blotting away your makeup throughout the day. If you still feel exposed, go for a tinted moisturizer. It will even out your skin tone, add radiance and still feel light. If you still prefer foundation, choose a light coverage foundation and set with translucent powder instead of foundation powder.

4. Bronzer

Everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter and your teeth white. When applying bronzer, concentrate on high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you – your cheek bones, middle of forehead, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin. Be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
5. Stop Shine, Add Glow

Brush a light layer of shimmer copper eyeshadow across your lids for a more youthful take on smokey eyes. Or use a shimmery golden pink for a softer look. Place some lighter shadow in the corner of your eyes to help them pop.

diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog

For that instant glow, blend a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose.

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
6. Waterproof Mascara

The easiest way to avoid panda eyes at the end of the day is waterproof mascara. If you find that long wearing formulas irritate your eyes, sweep a clear coat of mascara over your regular mascara on your top lashes to seal the color and only use clear mascara on your bottom lashes.

7. Go Bright

Livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin.

If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks or a pop of color on your lips are both good places to start.

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog

The finished look:

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diy beauty: a fresh look that lasts all day - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: How to Wear Glitter Eye Shadow

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I recently attended Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was so inspired by the runway makeup I decided to do this tutorial. One of my particular favorite looks was created using the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow.

I remember wearing glitter makeup in my teens. The older I get, the scarier glitter eye makeup becomes. A trend I have noticed from major cosmetic brands this season is the roll out of shimmery/glittery makeup products. Despite my reservations, I took up the challenge of creating a grown-up glittery eye makeup look.

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My golden rules on glitter eye makeup:

1. Less is more. For a modern and sexy take, use the less is more approach. To ensure you don’t go overboard, build up the sparkle slowly. Sticky tape is definitely a handy tool to have to take care of any fallout.

2. Go for neutrals. To create balance, neutral shades are the perfect counterpart to glitter. It compliments it without being over powering. Pair glitter shadow with matte shadow to give your look dimension and definition.

3. Choose your glitter. If you are starting out with glitter eye makeup, ultra fine glitter is a good way to incorporate sparkle. Products with more subtle glitter offer more glitz and glamour without looking flashy.

Steps:

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diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. Prepare your eyes

Just like any other eye shadow, glitter shadow should be applied after eye foundation/concealer and eye shadow primer for maximum staying power. For depth and definition, apply your normal eye shadow colors first before applying glitter shadow.

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diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Apply glitter eye shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow comes in many different shades. The one I am using is Kitten (nude pink sheen). It also comes with a mini liquid eye primer and mixing tray. I still like to use my own primer beforehand to ensure long lasting adhesion.

There are two ways of wearing the Stila eye shadow. The first is applying the shadow without the liquid primer (see top line of my hand swatch). The second is mixing the liquid primer (use half a drop, one drop is way too much!) with and the eye shadow (see bottom line of my hand swatch). You can see how pigmented the eye shadow becomes after adding the liquid primer! To apply, I used my ring finger to spread and dab it onto my eyelids slowly to make sure it’s even and smooth.

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3. Eyeliner and Mascara

Apply eyeliner and mascara as normal. If you want to create more drama, try a pair of fake eyelashes to complete the eye makeup look.

4. The rest of your face

Let your eyes steal the spotlight. This isn’t the time to wear your statement lip. Keep your lips (wear lip balm or clear lip gloss) and cheeks natural (add bronzer to give your face some color).

The finished look:

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diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: How to wear red lipstick

If I had to pick one makeup item from my makeup bag that is face-brightening and mood-altering in seconds, it would have to be red lipstick. It’s the fastest way to transform and lift your look (and not to mention a instant teeth whitener!).

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How to pick a shade of red:

1. To test what color red best suits you, try a test patch on the top of your index finger. The color on your index finger will be a closer shade to your natural lip tone rather than testing the color on the back of your hands.

2. Consider the lighting. If you are going to be outdoors, pick a softer or sheerer shade. For evening, where there will be flash photography, go bolder so the flash doesn’t wash out your lipstick color.

3. If you have thin lips, avoid deep reds. They will make your lips look smaller.

4. Don’t throw out red lipstick in a shade that doesn’t work for you. It can still be wearable with a touch of lipgloss. Top it with a gold glass to warm and soften it. To take the red to a bluer shade, add a pink gloss.

The rest of your face:

1. Keep your lips as the focus, don’t play up your eyes. Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye make up. A little mascara, eyeliner and neutral eye shadow will go a long way.

2. When it comes to blush, it depends on the color and depth of the lipstick. If it is a bright coral, either soft coral, peach or warm pink blush works well. For deeper reds and berries, go for neutral beiges, browns and pinks as they add a little color but not too much. They tend to be more defining rather than add a pop.

3. Coordinate your look. Dot a tiny amount of lipstick on the apples of your cheeks. Then blend in with your fingers.

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diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
My top picks:

1. Before applying lipstick, make sure your lips are semi hydrated by using a lip balm. This will make the application smoother.

2. Be precise. Whether you are applying red lipstick with a brush or straight from the tube, never do it in a moving vehicle. The results will not be pretty.

3. Applying lip linter will give your lipstick more staying power and more definition to your lips. Always use a red lip liner shade that matches your lipstick color. If it doesn’t match perfectly you will end up with a two-tone effect. Otherwise, find a lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip color and use it to outline your lips.

4. To prevent “bleeding,” apply a little concealer around the edge of your mouth.

5. To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, after applying lipstick, put your finger in your mouth. Purse your lips around it and then slowly pull your fingers out to remove the excess lipstick color.

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diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
The finished look:

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diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear red lipstick - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: How to apply eyeliner

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Hey Drifter & the Gypsy readers! Melanie from The Tia Fox here with my second DIY Beauty tutorial for you guys. Today we’re talking about one of my favorites!

Eyeliner is one of my personal favorite makeup items. It can create a dramatic look in seconds without much time or effort.

BEFORE YOU APPLY EYELINER

If you are a beginner at makeup, the many types of eyeliners out there may overwhelm you. Depending on the look you want to achieve, different eyeliners will give you different results.

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The type of eyeliner you use is purely a personal preference. Each has its pros and cons. Here is what you need to know before heading out to the shops:

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1. Liquid eyeliner: This gives you the most dramatic result and is my personal favorite. This will give you a very defined and precise line. Look for liquid eyeliner with a thin and fine point or felt-tip. You will need a very steady hand and lots of patience. It will take time to master. If you make a mistake, remove it with a cotton swab (rather than your fingers). If you find the eyeliner to be stubborn and not coming off, dab the swab in makeup remover and try again.

2. Gel eyeliner: This will also give you a dramatic look like the liquid eyeliner. It is great for people with oily eyelids or for use in humid weather because this eyeliner will really last! My main issue with this form of eyeliner is that you have to wash the brush applicator every time after use to prevent the gel hardening on the brush hairs. When you’re in a hurry, this isn’t ideal!

3. Pencil eyeliner: This is the most commonly used eyeliner. It will give you a very wearable everyday look. It is easy to apply and control. Keep in mind if you want crisp lines; make sure you sharpen the pencil well! The downside of the pencil eyeliner is that they tend to smear and smudge easily. I would suggest applying eye primer all over the eyelids first. The eye primer will help your eyeliner to last longer and prevent it from smudging.

4. Powder eyeliner: Using eyeshadow as eyeliner is the fastest and easiest way to line your lashes. You will need a stiff angled brush for application. Be sure to tap off any excess power before applying to your lashes. This will minimize the need to clean up grains of eyeshadow on your cheeks after. Powder eyeliner will give you the softest look compared to the other types of eyeliners. It is great for a subtle daytime look. I strongly recommend you not to use this on your waterline. It will not stay and it will irritate your eyes.

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HOW TO APPLY EYELINER

Steps:

1. Start from the middle of your eyes. Begin by drawing a short dash along your lash line and extending this slightly past the outer corner of your eyes.
2. Draw the outline of you wing. Think about it if you are sketching the outline of a tick.
3. Go back to the center of your eye and paint short strokes until you reach your tear ducts.
4. To finish the look, fill in the outline you have drawn. Be sure to let the liner dry before fully opening your eyes to prevent the ink from transferring onto the crease of your eyelids.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

Steps:

1. Apply eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. Make sure you fill in any gaps between every lash. It will add more depths and make your lashes appear thicker.
2. To begin with, keep your line as thin as possible. Build up the thickness progressively. It is much easier to add liner than remove what is already there.
3. If the outer corners of your eyes droop, draw your line with a slight upturn. This will create a more youthful look.
4. Eyeliner doesn’t have to be black or brown. Go for purple, blue or even pink! One eyeliner trick I love is to pair my eyeshadow with my colored eyeliner and colored mascara to make my eyes pop!

Now get out there and experiment! That’s what makeup is all about anyway: experimenting and discovering what works for you. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these tricks OR if you have any tips & techniques of your own to share in the comments below!

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diy beauty: how to apply eyeliner - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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DIY Beauty: How to Contour & Highlight

I’ve been wanting to add beauty/makeup tutorials to Drifter & the Gypsy for quite some time, but I just never found someone who was the right fit. About a month ago, I found Melanie of The Tia Fox and instantly knew she would be perfect for the column. A few emails later and I had secured a new D&tG contributor! Melanie will be contributing one makeup tutorial a month. I can’t wait to pick up a few tips and tricks from this column!

First up: How to Contour & Highlight. Let’s everyone welcome Melanie to the D&tG team…

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Naturally chiseled cheekbones and structured jawline can be hard to come by, but by contouring and highlighting, you can enhance your best features. Using dark shades (detract light) and light shades (reflect light) of makeup will instantly bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose and sculpt your face.

Here are front and side photos of me with only foundation and eye makeup. I have no concealer, bronzer, highlighting powder or blush on my face.

As you can see, especially from the side photo my face looks almost two-dimensional and my cheekbones look nearly non-existent, but fear not! This can easily be fixed with contouring!

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CONTOURING

In the photos below, I used dark brown lines to mark out which areas to contour. Different contour lines enhance and focus on different features. For example, contouring just below your cheek bones will give you the appearance of more pronounced cheekbones. Contouring the forehead and along the hair line will help to create the appearance of a smaller forehead. This is great to do in particular on occasions when you have your hair up. Adding dark contouring to the outside of the bridge of your nose and under the tip will make your nose appear more narrow.

When contouring your cheekbones, the easiest way to know where to contour is to suck in your cheeks and then work from the top of the hollows inwards and shade along just beneath the sunken area. Make sure you stop an inch from the corner of your mouth and blend well. I like to use a contouring brush for this. For a slimmer nose, blend two lines of the shading powder from the start of your brows down the sides of the bridge of your nose. I like to use a smaller eyeshadow brush to do this.

It is also important to keep your face shape in mind. If you have a round face, contour under your cheekbones. This will make your face look smaller. But if you have a narrow face, it would make your face look even longer. Instead, shade along the top of your forehead and a bit on the chin. This will soften angular features and give a more rounded effect.

Blending is key! I like to run a fluffy brush such as a foundation brush over the finished look in a circular buffing motion. It is important to hold your brush very softly. A tip is to hold the brush towards the end of the handle. This will give you a softer and more seamless finish.

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HIGHLIGHTING

Highlighting is especially important when you are contouring because it brings the light back to into your face. At the same time make sure you don’t over do it. You don’t want a glittery and shiny face.

I like to use a tapered brush for application along the top of my cheek bones. Then I dab whatever’s left over on my brow bones, center of my chin and top of my nose. Make sure you use a light hand when applying highlighting powder so hold the brush at the tip for light application.

To cover the dark circles underneath my eyes, I like to use a cream concealer. I prefer to use my fingers over a brush because the heat from my fingers helps to warm up the product and the concealer transfers seamlessly onto my skin.

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THE FINISHED LOOK

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You can see subtle changes such as more pronounced cheekbones, narrower nose, smaller forehead and less visible dark circles under my eyes.

The changes are not meant to be drastic, contouring and highlighting techniques are there to enhance the features you already have.

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BEFORE & AFTER

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Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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