Tips & Tricks

Concealer 101: How to use Green Corrector

We all have those days where our basic concealer just doesn’t cut it. Maybe you stayed up late working on a project due the next morning, or your skin is just breaking out more than normal. Days like this calls for a little extra help from your concealer and corrector collection.

If you know a little bit about the color wheel, choosing the right concealer for your skin will be much simpler. Green is directly opposite red on the color wheel, making it the perfect solution to excess redness, pimples, bruises, and more.

Depending on your skin tone, different shades of green are appropriate. If you have lighter skin with blue or pink undertones, a light green or mint green will work best. Those with yellow undertones or medium-dark skin should look for a yellow-green or almost olive color.

You can see the difference here in the BH Cosmetics “Light” Concealer Corrector Palette in “Light”, “Medium” and “Dark” variety of shades.

Light, Medium and Dark Concealer Palettes

Light, Medium and Dark Concealer Palettes

How To Apply Green Corrector

Focus on putting just a small layer of green corrector over the red areas, pimples and acne. Then cover it with your regular tan concealer, blending it outwards to create an even skin tone.

If you are using green corrector under your eyes, cover it with your regular concealer and take it down the side of your nose and to the outer corner of your eye to create a “triangle”. Blend, blend, blend!

How to Tell When Your Makeup is Expired

Hello BH Beauties! If you’re obsessed with makeup and beauty like me, you probably have several drawers and containers full of makeup samples, palettes, lipsticks, mascaras and more.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not normally thinking about expiration dates when I get my hands on a hot new product! But after I’ve played with that new eye shadow, lipstick, liquid eyeliner, whatever – it might get lost in a drawer. If I ever find it again, I usually have no idea how old it is! If you’re smart enough to put a piece of tape on your makeup with the dates you opened them, you’ll be okay. For the rest of us, it’s important to know how to tell if and when our makeup has expired.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

shutterstock_145290685Mascara & Eyeliner – If you can only keep track of one product’s expiration, it should be mascara or eyeliner. The second they start irritating your eyes, flaking excessively, clumping and more – throw them away! About a year ago I went a few weeks with really itchy eyes. I thought I was spending too much time looking at a screen or that my contact lenses were too old. But after changing my lenses and spending a few days away from the screen, I finally realized it was my mascara! The second I started using a new one my eyes stopped itching. Mascara and liquid eyeliner only last a few months, so throw out any old, open products.

Makeup Artist Tip: If you get an eye infection, throw out your eye makeup. It’s probably been contaminated and pink eye isn’t fun to have twice.

Powdered Foundation & Eye Shadow – Anything powder will last for about two years, and if it’s something you love – it won’t be around that long! If it’s that eye shadow palette you got because it had that one color you really wanted and you never use the rest… throw it out once it gets too hard, or the consistency or color changes. If you keep it in your bathroom, make sure it is sealed properly or else the moisture in the air will damage a powdered product.

Concealer, Liquid Foundation, Cream Makeup – If it’s water-based it’ll start getting bad between 12-18 months. You can tell its expired if the color changes, it starts smelling strange, or your favorite concealer isn’t doing it’s job the way it used to. Liquid products tend to have more problems with bacteria and can cause breakouts when they get too old.

Lipstick & Lip Gloss – Lipstick will usually last for two years, but your favorite gloss only has about one year of shelf life. Once your lipsticks are dry and difficult to apply, toss ‘em.  When gloss is bad, it becomes overly sticky, streaky, globby – none of which I want on my lips.

Now that “spring cleaning” is on our minds (at least some of us!) hopefully these tips will help you to clean out your makeup collections and determine whether that lipstick from senior prom should stay or go.

The best shadow shade to complement your eye color

If you’re looking for your go-to shadow shade, just use your eye color for inspiration. There is a tone that looks great with every gal’s eye color and will help bring out their natural features. To find the right color, just grab your 120 eyeshadow palette, and you’re sure to find your complementary tone.

120 Color Palette 5th Edition

120 Color Palette 5th Edition

Brown eyes
Ladies with brown eyes are lucky because the hue is a mix of all the primary colors so many eyeshadow colors complement their eyes. But if you want to really stand out, select a cobalt blue shade. Just add a few swipes on your lids and work the tone toward your crease using the blending brush.

Blue eyes
To highlight your blue eyes, opt for a purple tone because it’s in the same color family. Before hanging out with friends, apply your purple shadow and blend it into your crease with a light shimmery color like gold or silver.

Green eyes
Gals with green eyes don’t need to do much to make the color stand out. This is why a light taupe hue – which is between a brown and gray – works perfectly. Apply it with black liner for a new twist on a smoky eye.

How to define your brows

It’s official – full eyebrows are in style! The days of pencil-thin brows are gone, which means gals have to put some extra effort into their morning makeup routine. Don’t worry, it’s simple to define your brows so you’re always picture-ready. Here’s how to do it:

Prep your brows
Before you start tweezing away, you need to asses your brow situation. Pick up your brow brush from your 10 piece deluxe brow set. Comb your brows down in the direction of the hair growth. Then use an LED-lighted eyebrow tweezer to pull out any hairs that grow outside of your desired arch. Take this step slow – you can always tweeze more if you need to, but it takes a while for the hair to grow back if you overpluck.

Define shape
Next, it’s time to enhance your natural features. Use an eyebrow kit like the flawless brow trio that comes complete with tinted wax, a double-sided brush, two shadow shades and, of course, a mirror. First, use the wax to groom and shape your brows. Follow up with one of the shades that match your brows best. Use the shadow to fill in any gaps to create the apperance of full brows. Tip: Use a light hand so you won’t overdo the look. Apply your face makeup and lipstick and you’re ready to head out and wow your crush!

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