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A Blissful Belles Guide To Making Smart Make Up Purchases

As you’re getting ready in the early morning, you scramble through your make up bag to find your favorite mascara. To your surprise, the tube is empty and so it is time (yet again) to head out and do some make up shopping. Once you get to the store, it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed by all of the different shades and products. You arrive wanting one product, and all of a sudden you are walking out the door with the entire Clinique skincare line. We know this happens to every one, which is why we put together a few tips to help you overcome the anxiety of going to the make up counter and avoiding unnecessary purchases!



We all have our favorite foundation that goes just right with our skin tone. Since all of our skins require different types of products, a good idea would be to go a day without make up and figure out what it is you need the most.

  • Oily vs. Dry

If you’re face is oily, by the end of the day you might want to stay away from moisturizing make up and keep an eye out for oil free products like Cover Girl and Neutrogena. If you tend to have dry skin, then make sure to wear a light moisturizer before applying your make up. Look to Revlon and Clinique for a sleek hydrated look.

  • New to make up? No problem!

If you’re new to the makeup routine then make sure you test out the makeup out before you buy it just to make sure it’s your color. Take a dab and apply it to the top of your hand. Don’t ever assume it’s your color, as you don’t want to look like Casper or Snooki!


There is nothing better than flirty lashes to complete your flirty look. With so many different products out there, how could you ever choose?! Well, what works for one Belle might not work for another. Here is how to search for your perfect mascara.

  • What color mascara should you buy?

Look to your hair color for guidance. Black mascara works best on brunettes, while brown mascara is recommended for blondes or those with lighter-colored hair.

  • Water proof vs. regular.

Make a decision about whether or not you want waterproof or water-soluble mascara. Needless to say, waterproof mascara works well for women who are in the water (swimmers, those who work outdoors in snow or rain) and also for when you perspire a lot, such as during a workout. Water-soluble mascara is what most women wear for “everyday”. It’s very easy to take off without makeup remover.


Nothing screams “I am wearing makeup” more than blush. The secret is figuring out what makes your cheeks look naturally flushed.

  • Choosing what looks best on you

One rule goes for everyone when choosing blush; the darker your skin, the deeper the hue can be. This is usually easy to work around since you can often 

hold up a blush next to your skin and see if it looks too light or dark. You wouldn’t wear a deep brick red crimson if you are fair, just like you wouldn’t wear a pale dusty rose if you have dark skin. When faced with two blush choices, one lighter and the other darker, always choose the darker color. It’s easier to blend in the shade than try and build a color that will never show up. Also, remember that as night falls, you can wear deeper blush shades than you would during the day.

  • Oily vs. Dry

Powders will just cause dry skin to look even drier. Instead, use a cream or liquid version to make skin luminous. For oily skin, opt for a pressed powder to help absorb the extra oils that rest on your skin’s surface. Always choose soft, subtle colors they’ll appear darker once the powder has absorbed any oil on your skin.


Shopping for makeup can be overwhelming but when you know what you’re looking for, it can actually be a very fun experience. Best of luck, Belles!





Written By: Crystal Fernandez



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