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There has to be a better way

While I was on one of my blog communities, I received a message from a girl who had expressed to me her newly discovered passion for cosmetics and beauty supplies.
She told me that she's always been a girly girl inside, but hasn't really been able to burst through her shell and look like a girly girl on the outside.
She said she doesn't exactly know the right products to buy and had made an attempt at getting consultation from a LancĂ´me sales person at the mall she works in, in hopes to have all of her questions answered.
She then said, "She listed off a lot of items and I was shocked. There has to be a better way till I can afford it".
There is a better way!
There are so many other better ways!

Let me explain something to you:
The media has brainwashed our minds to think that everything that is better costs more --
and this is something that I've been preaching to you guys since day one!
You do not need to pay the most to achieve the best results for things.
When it comes to your makeup, there are some things that you should pay more for and there are most things that you simply don't have to.

Examples:

Foundation and concealer --
You don't have to pay for high end products, but it might benefit you to do so if you want that "airbrushed" look without any effort.
If you go to your local Wal-Mart or even Walgreens and buy a foundation or concealer, it's going to take a little bit of practice before you figure out how much to use in order to get the look that you want.
Some of you assume that it doesn't work for you.
Well, yes it does.
You're not applying it properly.
That's why I have created the contour video tutorial.
Not only are you able to alter the shape of your face, but you create highlights and shadows that give you structure and it makes your skin look much nicer, if not only makes people notice your features as opposed to your skin type.

Eyeshadow --
If you want pigments, that sometimes you're going to pay a little extra for a single itty bitty jar of loud eyeshadow.
It's bright, and it's pigmented specifically to stand out!
When it comes to a regular pallet, you don't need to spend much at all.
A couple layers of the same color on your eyes and colors that make it pop when they go together is the key.
It's not all about the product, it's about making it work.
This is one reason why people consider makeup to be art.
Referring back to a tip I have showed you in the past, a little bit of white eyeliner on your eyelid as a "primer" will make your colors appear brighter.
Think about when you mix white paint with any other color -- it becomes brighter.
The same thing happens with your eyeshadow.

Mascara --
You don't need to pay big!
I urge you to please pay attention to what I'm telling you.
While one mascara promises big bold lashes and the other one promises no clump extension, this is all something that you can do BY YOURSELF, without falling for these false promises.
It's no secret that commercials for mascara use false eyelashes, so why do we buy into their lies?
 You want clump free lashes? 
Find a business card and put it at the top of your lashes and use your mascara to brush your lashes onto the business card.
Repeat the process until your lashes are clump free.
You want longer lashes?
Wear false eyelashes, use an eyelash curler or find a technique just using your mascara brush to achieve the longest length.

We've all contracted the "instant gratification" sickness, and it's hard for us to put in a little effort before we get what we're looking for.
It's not as difficult as it sounds.
Just practice.
If you don't want to sit infront of your mirror for hours playing with your makeup, try your different techniques every day when you put it on --
before you go out, before you go to work, to school, anything.
Just practice.
You're a girl!
Being beautiful is something that comes natural just like being a handyman comes natural to men.
Women are more creative and Men are more technical.
It's just the way it is, I'm not being sexist.

Being a girl, you're expected to be beautiful.
Not so much in the sense that society will frown upon you for not wearing any makeup, but in the respect that if you get dolled up, you won't be judged!
It's expected from you.
You need to find some confidence from inside you, because people can sense confidence.
Don't be cocky or conceited.. that's just annoying, but be comfortable with yourself.
When you come off as confident, people will be confident in you and this is huge.
It will get you further in life than you've ever expected.
So if you have a pair of heels that your mom got you for Christmas 5 years ago, just collecting dust in the back of your closet because, you "don't wear heels".
Dust those babies off and put them on!
Go get that a little black dress and complement those heels for a night out on the town with your hair done and your makeup looking fierce.
Watch all the looks you get -- those are good looks.
Watch for all the complements you get.
When you look good, you feel good.
It's fact.

Stop worrying about what the commercials on TV tell you.
Stop focusing on why your makeup doesn't look as good as hers.
That's the glory of beauty blogging -- I get to share with you how I do things and show you that you can do it too.
I promise, it looks complicated, but it's just so easy.
Just give yourself a shot, take a chance and step out of your comfort zone.
Be as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.

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Nice advice, thank you.

by hamolla 7 months, 2 weeks ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

That's very true! I understand the difficulty in finding confidence in yourself, but it's not hard to at least act confident... and when you start noticing all of the positive feedback, your confidence will become real. :)

by x3Meggiex3 8 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Very well said!

by nelly_recinos 8 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Bravo! You said it well...I'm also a firm believer that you don't have to spend a lot on makeup to look good. Its all how you apply it & what works for you. But again, without confidence all the cosmetics the world wont help.

by Anita7 8 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

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