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  1. whatismaria says

    I think that makeup is so individual and what may look good/ work well on one person could turn out to be a disaster on another, and it often takes time to figure out which technique works best for you (esp. with things like contouring and eyeliner). And the lighting dilemma is the worst, in particular if you feel confident about how your makeup’s turned out and then have a different room tell a different story! Loved all of these tips and could not agree with you more xox

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Maria! It’s funny when I was working as an artist, people would ask for me to contour their faces like so and so. And they wanted so much product, and I kept trying to explain that they are two completely different people.
      Eyeliner is a tricky one because eyes are so individual right. I’ve made the mistake before of putting on makeup in the dark and then walking into broad daylight lol. I wish cosmetic counters had good lighting! xxx

  2. hoiyinli says

    I like watching foundation reviews on YouTube, and some makeup tutorials. Not as so much to try on myself but for the creativity. The truth is, I don’t have the time that youtubers have to apply their makeup so I take things with a pinch of salt and prioritise what I feel comfortable with. (It makes me so uneasy when I see people go ham on their highlight lol.)
    I tend not to buy things just cos a youtuber says it’s good – I absolutely have to swatch it first.

    • LauraJ says

      Ham on their highlights lol – so true! I am not the biggest over highlighting fan. The fact is, makeup on Youtube can look great on camera, but in real life it might not work. Highlighter photographs so differently.
      It helps with creativity. I have no patience though and some take AGES to explain. Like 5 minutes discussing what they’ve been up to, another 5 on selling a product and then the makeup.
      I guess it’s a process of finding the right one. Thank you for reading.

  3. Ivefoundwaldo says

    These are beyond amazing tips, and you are so right, some people wouldn’t even notice making. My makeup skills have improved so much throughout the year, and I have to say in the beginning I would follow exactly what my favorite youtubers would do, without realizing that we don’t have the same face shape! Like you said, you have to realize why they are contouring in a certain area, or why they highlight somewhere, and you shouldn’t! Great post Laura xxx

    Melina |

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl!!
      I used to just follow as well. When the whole Kim K contouring phase really took off, I would just contour everywhere. I walked into work and someone actually said to me – ‘I get that you like bronzer, but seriously, we get it – you don’t need that much on your forehead’.
      So since then I settled down haha. xxx

  4. Beyoutiful says

    Totally agree with everything esp the lighting! I have to use the florescent light in the bathroom and when I come out in the natural light, my makeup is so diff. Def lighting is def very vital for good beauty look. Great post girl 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! Apologies I’m late on replies. Two days from WordPress was too much lol. Bathroom light usually works for me because the room is much smaller and the windows are right there. Whereas my bedroom, the windows feel like a marathon away. x

  5. lifeofangela says

    Going by recommendation is something I used to go by, but then some products wouldn’t agree with me, but everyone raved about them. I like going on Influenster before committing to a product, cause you get reviews from a lot of different people 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      That’s a good thing to do. Because one person’s opinion can easily be different to another’s. There are some ‘cult beauty products’ that I have never particularly liked. But I guess everyone has a preference. Thank you for reading! 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl! It’s like with photography, it’s so frustrating when you have nice makeup or something you want to capture, but then the lighting is too yellow or contrasting etc. In my dream house, I would have a photography/makeup room or something lol. xx

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