Discover the latest makeup tips, tricks, and techniques to find the best makeup routine for you. Follow our expert advice to learn the best way to apply your foundation and how to perfectly blend your makeup to finish off your look.
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Everyone loves a long wear lipstick…until it’s time to take it off. Fact is, these trending long wear shades can often leave you wondering if you even know how to remove lipstick—since the usual steps often aren’t enough to do the job. If you’ve resorted to harsh scrubbing to remove long wear lipsticks, chances are your lips are looking—and feeling—a little worse for wear. Thankfully, there’s an easier way to remove liquid lipsticks without drying out or damaging your pout. REACH FOR AN OIL-BASED MAKEUP REMOVER Even though a makeup remover isn’t enough to completely remove some long wear lipsticks, it is still the best first step. Reach for an oil-based eye and lip makeup remover, apply to a cotton round and gently sweep it over your lips. This step will help to remove a good portion of the lipstick before moving on. USE A CLARISONIC FACIAL CLEANING BRUSH While that makeup remover would have been enough to remove a traditional lipstick, you’re dealing with a long wear hue, so the next step is key. When you want to gently and effectively cleanse your skin, better than with hands alone, reach for a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. In order to help you remove long wear lipsticks without drying out or damaging your lips, Clarisonic has the Clarisonic Lip Cleansing Kit. This three-piece kit has everything you need to remove—and wear—long wear, liquid lipstick. To use, place the Radiance brush head on your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush and use some of the included Refreshing Gel Cleanser. Buff your lips gently until the color rinses away. This step also helps to prep your lips for the included liquid lipstick by removing dry, dead skin cells and leaving your lips soft and ready for that long wear color. APPLY A MOISTURIZING LIP BALM After removing your long wear lipstick and buffing away any dead skin from your pout, restore moisture by layering on a hydrating lip balm. This step is essential when caring for your lips and will help to keep them soft and supple until the next time you reach for that matte shade. WHAT NOT TO DO It may seem easier to reach for a paper towel or an abrasive scrub to rub away the lip stain, but doing this will cause more harm than good. You may be able to remove the long wear lipstick, but you’ll also risk damaging your delicate lips. Using harsh tactics when trying to remove lipsticks can leave your pout dried out and chapped or worse, cracked and bleeding. No matter how you chose to remove your liquid and matte lipsticks remember to be gentle in order to keep your lips in kissable condition in the long run.
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Wondering how to get radiant, glowing skin on your wedding day? Fabulous beauty influencer and makeup artist Mackenzie Brown has you covered. Known for gorgeous wedding makeup looks, and being a Disney Princess in a past life – yes, she was a real life Ariel – Mackenzie knows what it takes to achieve lasting, beautiful makeup on your big day. You guessed it; it starts with good skincare months in advance and of course a few new tools from Clarisonic. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out her tips below and browse her Instagram, and you’ll want to do anything you can to achieve anything her flawless, yet bold makeup looks. 1. Prep in advance. Not a lot of brides think to do this, but for flawless wedding makeup you should start prepping your skin months in advance! I would recommend consistent, gentle cleansing both morning and night with a tool like the Clarisonic Mia 1 or Mia 2 facial cleansing brush a few months before your big day. These tools are fantastic at removing excess dirt and oil, improving radiance and help keep your skin clear!
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Putting on your makeup for work can be tricky—you want to look professional but depending on where you work, you don’t want to go overboard with makeup that’s too dramatic or trendy. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo makeup altogether. Here, learn how to apply makeup that’s office-appropriate for a gorgeous work makeup look. Start with a Clean, Smooth Slate Before getting to the heart of your work makeup routine, use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, like the Mia 2. Keeping your skin clean is key to presenting your best skin possible, so pair your facial cleansing brush with a brush head that addresses your skin’s specific needs. For example, you can use a Deep Pore Brush Head to get our deepest clean, a Radiance Cleansing brush head to wash away dull skin, or use an Acne Cleansing Brush Head to flush away acne-causing impurities. Then, follow up with moisturizer—and most importantly, primer. Using a primer can help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application, as well as ensure that your makeup wears evenly throughout the day. All you need is a dime-size amount. Spread it over your face, paying particular attention to areas like your T-zone, which tend to be oilier than the rest of your face. Apply Face Makeup with a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush Woke up with a pimple on the day you’re supposed to give a presentation? It’s time to disguise your blemishes. The foundation—pardon the pun!—of any work makeup look is seamlessly applied foundation. So, don’t use your hands to apply your makeup—instead, use a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush, which perfectly blends cream, stick, or liquid makeup to cover blemishes, acne scars, or other imperfections better than your hands. Follow up by applying a creamy concealer with your brush to mask any remaining imperfections that still show through your foundation. You can also sculpt your face by contouring and highlighting with cream or liquid concealer and blending with your brush. Accentuate specific areas of your face—like your cheekbones—with a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone. Add dimension to your face by highlighting with a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone—apply it down the bridge of your nose, in between your eyebrows, and on your cupid’s bow. Focus on Neutral Eye Makeup When it comes to work makeup, keep your eye makeup on the subtle side by applying neutral hues. Invest in a neutral eye shadow palette that contains shades in different finishes (like matte and shimmer) so that you have options. Apply a medium-hued brown shade all over your lid and draw a thin line with brown pencil eyeliner to define your eyes. Finish with a swipe of mascara in brown or black. Look Pretty in a “My Lips But Better” Lipstick Your boldest bright lipstick shades aren’t the best picks for the office. Instead, opt for a lipstick shade that is close to the natural hue of your lips (this is known as “my lips but better”). Ensure your lipstick doesn’t feather by applying an invisible lip liner all over your lips before applying lipstick. Touch Up Your Makeup in the Afternoon There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror and noticing that your face has started to look shiny by lunchtime—especially if you have a meeting scheduled in the afternoon. Keep setting powder or a pack of blotting papers in your desk so that you can easily sop up excess oil. You can use either product whenever needed, and they won’t mess up your makeup. Other good products to keep on hand are cotton swabs and micellar water. If your eye makeup has started to flake, you can dip a cotton swab into a bottle of micellar water and clean up any of the eye shadow or mascara that has migrated beneath your eyes. Be Prepared to Take Your Makeup Look from Day to Night Headed to happy hour with your friends or have a date planned? Bring your makeup bag with you so that you can easily transition your work makeup look to a more dramatic nighttime makeup look. You don’t have to start completely from scratch—just touch up your face makeup and lip color and play up your eyes. Use your eye shadow palette to add a darker shade into the crease of your eyelid to create a smoky eye effect, thicken your eyeliner and flick it out at the corners of your eyes, and add another coat of mascara. Once you’re back home, take your makeup off with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. If you have skin that’s prone to oil, get a deep clean with a Deep Pore Brush Head, which cleans and refines clogged pores and visibly reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. In the morning, you’ll be ready to start your work-day makeup routine all over again!
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While you may love showing off your tattoo most of the time, there are certain situations that call for concealing. For example, if you have a job interview and you’re not sure about how laidback the office culture is, tattoo cover up could be a good idea. Find out how to hide a tattoo flawlessly so no one knows you have any ink as well as how to take off your makeup at the end of the day so you can show off your tattoo once more. Step 1: Prime Your Tattoo The first step in your tattoo cover up routine should be applying a thin layer of primer. Primer has a few benefits including smoothing things out for seamless makeup application and helping your makeup last longer. If you have a colorful tattoo, look for a color correcting primer to neutralize tones (like green concealer to neutralize red tones) and make it easier to hide with concealer. Step 2: Lay Your Base with Foundation Once you have your concealer in hand, it’s time to hide your tattoo. Set the concealer aside for a second though and apply a small amount of a lightweight tinted moisturizer or foundation first to lay an even base. Starting with a tinted moisturizer or foundation will allow you to use less heavy concealer. Use a Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush to seamlessly blend in your foundation. Step 3: Apply Concealer When it comes to hiding a tattoo, it’s all about picking the right concealer. You’ll want to use a concealer that is full coverage and long-lasting. That way, you won’t have to worry about your tattoo showing through your makeup or having to make frequent touchups throughout the day. A powder concealer will work for covering up smaller tattoos, while an opaque cream concealer is a better option for disguising larger tattoos. Apply the concealer over your tattoo, using your Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush until it’s completely blended in. Add more concealer until your tattoo is fully covered. Step 4: Set Your Concealer Ensure your concealer doesn’t move by dusting on a light coating of a loose translucent setting powder with a fluffy makeup brush. Dip the brush into the powder and tap off any excess before applying it over your concealer. You can also spritz on a makeup setting spray to lock your concealer in place. Step 5: Take It All Off at the End of the Day Once you’ve returned home, remove your tattoo cover up and let your beautiful ink see the light of day again. Double cleanse, starting with an oil-based cleanser. Then, get a deeper clean and remove any remaining concealer. If you have a Smart Profile device, use a Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head and gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the area and get rid of any tattoo cover up that’s still there. Finish by applying a hydrating body lotion over your tattoo. Nice to see you again, ink!