Monday, March 19, 2012

Makeup Monday: In a Pinch

I love a great multipurpose product, especially since I can't carry my entire makeup kit with me at all times. There are certain products that I always have on hand in case I'm in need of a quick fix. Here are some of the slightly unconventional ways I combine them to make new products, in a pinch.



- Make your own tinted moisturizer with your facial moisturizer and a medium to full coverage foundation.
I often wear Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but since it has SPF in it, it isn't ideal for photos or videos (the SPF makes your face look ghostly in flash). When I'm looking for the same effect without SPF or just need light coverage in a pinch, I mix my BeautyMint moisturizer (Use promo code LYNN for $10 off your first month's BeautyMint kit - valid through 3/31.and MUFE HD Foundation on the back of my hand and apply! Only mix what you are going to use right away - this does not store well.


- Mix a little bit of orange lipstick (no shimmer!) into your concealer to cover stubborn undereye circles. 
The orange tint will help combat the grey. As with any new products, do a patch test if you have sensitive skin. My Almay Wake Up Concealer is usually enough coverage for me, but when I need an extra boost, I mix in a tiny bit of orange lipstick (such as MAC Morange). Do this first - then layer your foundation to blend this in.


- Mix a tiny bit of MAC Vanilla Pigment with my BeautyMint moisturizer to make a beautiful illuminator/highlighter. 
MAC Pigments are the most versatile products in my kit - they can be used as shadows, blush, highlighters, or mixed with other products for a custom cosmetic. You can also use it on its own to highlight, but I like to use it as a cream because it blends beautifully.


- Another use for pigments: make your own nail polish! Mix the pigment of your choice with a clear polish. 
You can mix it on a paper plate so you don't have to commit to an entire bottle. Pictured here: Orly Clear Nail Lacquer and MAC Melon Pigment. I especially like to do this when I'm traveling and don't want to carry multiple polishes.


- Mix with a clear gloss like E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss to make a beautiful new lip shade.
Besides using them on the eyes - my favorite use for pigments is on the lips. Make sure the pigment you choose is lip safe (Melon is). A little bit goes a long way, so pigments are a great investment.



25 comments:

  1. definitely be trying the undereye concealer trick today!

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  2. so helpful! thanks a lot for sharing :)

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  3. Very helpful post, Keiko! I have orangeish undertones in my skin so the lipstick tip is helpful. About the nailpolish for lipgloss, that's interesting, how do you find one that's lipsafe?! This is a good way to same some cash and make things interesting<3
    Delaney
    xx

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  4. I love the under eye concealer trick, it's great as the can be so expensive. Thanks for sharing :)

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    x

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  5. I'm totally fan of these Mac Product! Great post dear.


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  6. these are such cool tips!
    ~niki <3
    http://youngandimmortal.blogspot.com/

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  7. very cool, i love your makeup monday tutorials!

    - Monica
    Caravan of Style

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  8. a bit of foundation with my normal moisturizer is my go to for day to day!
    in dramatic fashion

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  9. I usually love your blog, Keiko, and have been reading for years. But lately I feel like you are really pushing the Stylemint Skincare line on everyone a bit much. Reading your blog has been like watching an informercial of late.

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  10. That concealer would be perfect for late nights out on the town!

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  11. Very useful and awesome tips! Especially for me that I'm make-up impaired, hahaha!

    Girls that glitter love the dark
    xoxo

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  12. Love the mixes thanks :)
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  13. So smart!
    Orangy red lipstick like this can also be used as the foundation for a great tattoo coverup for work!

    xoxo - http://cachecloset.blogspot.com/

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  14. I often mix my products and i LOVE the tips you have here! Make up forever i have found to be really good,, and using MAC pigments is such a good idea, for everything!
    X's and O's

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  16. Such great ideas! Thanks for the tips!

    Becky
    xx

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  17. Great tips! I particularly love the orange lippe with the concealer, it's genius! :)

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  18. I love ideas like these! I've made several shades of nail polish that way (and with glitter) but I've never thought of the under eye circle remedy - great idea!
    xoxo
    Michelle
    neonrattail.blogspot.com

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  19. I'm totally going to try this at home! I'm loving the alternative ways of creating things. Haha. I definitely purchase wayy too many nail polishes...

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  20. Teiva,
    I'm sorry you feel that way and I understand your frustration. I partnered with Beautymint recently and only post about it because I truly believe in it and actually use the products. Also, I only featured them in two posts! This one was purely because it's the moisturizer I use.

    In order to keep this blog afloat (and to fund my other ventures), I partner with brands I believe in. It helps me make ends meet. As much as I love to blog, I wouldn't be able to devote nearly as much time to it if I didn't have opportunities such as these.

    Again, I understand your frustration and I'm sorry you're unhappy with the content.

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  21. DelbaMé: It should say so on the label (I know Melon does and I have others that say they aren't lip safe) - but you can also check online. I wish they had the content available on the site but they don't! I usually cross check with this: http://www.specktra.net/t/126258/pigment-safety

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  22. Great post!! I'm definitely trying the under eye circle tricks tomorrow!! Thanks for the tips :)

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  23. such great ideas! My friend recently told me about different ways to mix the MAC pigments. Genius!

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