13 Beauty Tips from Chelsea Cudak's Daily Beauty Routine
1. Always wash and moisturize before applying makeup – it makes your makeup go on smoother, last longer, and produces less oil throughout the day.
2. Primer is key! It creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup & helps your makeup last all day. Porefessional by Benefit is worth the splurge if you have noticeable pores. It literally makes them disappear!
3. My favorite way to apply foundation is with a damp beauty blender. I don’t use concealer under my foundation, as it tends to move it around and cake up on top of it. Just let your foundation do all the work of covering up any blemishes. I LOVE Urban Decay All Nighter foundation (it’s waterproof, oil-free, mattifying, full-coverage, and longwearing – literally everything I want in a foundation). If you have drier skin, you might like something like Stila Aqua Glow better.
4. A good rule to remember: put light on what you want to stand out and dark on what you want to hide/sink in.
5. Use concealer on top of your foundation to brighten your face. Apply it to the center of your forehead starting between your eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, right above the center of your upper lip, down your chin, and under your eyes! Don’t just apply it on your dark circles – make an upside down triangle tracing alongside your nose and working toward the outer corner of your eyes. Use a shade that is lighter than your foundation – I always use the lightest color they offer. Then, you can use your damp beauty blender to blend it by pressing lightly.
6. This next tip can get MESSY! If you already have your outfit on, cover up! I use my Coty Airspun powder in translucent full-coverage (a drug-store steal) and a tight bristled brush to set my concealer. Pick up A TON of powder and lightly press it where you put your concealer. This part looks crazy and you will have giant clumps of powder all over your face. Just let it set while you contour.
7. I don’t do anything harsh with contouring. Just use some bronzer on a fluffy brush to buff under your cheek bones, down the jaw line, on your temples (make a 3 on each side of your face), and into your hair line. I always go down the sides of the bridge of my nose to make it look smaller, but if you have a slender nose, skip this step.
8. Take a clean fluffy brush to swipe away all the excess powder that has been setting your concealer, then use the same brush all over your face to make sure there are no harsh lines and everything is blended.
9. Use more blush than you think you need – especially for pictures!
10. Eyeshadow is my favorite part! You can create so many different looks and get creative. In these pictures I used a light color all over, a matte brown in the crease, a darker brown to deepen the outer corners, an orangey-brown on the lid, with a metallic gold in the very center. Using a light-catching color in the center makes your eyes look bigger! If I want a smokier look, I use the same matte color from the crease and buff it under my lower lash line.
11. I use black liquid liner on the upper and lower lash lines. Black tends to make your eyes pop, and liquid doesn’t smudge as much as a pencil. Try to make as thin of a line as possible and only draw your line halfway on the bottom. Too much liner can make your eyes look smaller.
12. Tons of mascara! I always use at least 2 different kinds – one for volume and one for length. (Outrageous Volume from the Sephora brand is incredible.)
13. For lipstick, pick a color that you love. I tend to like nudish pinks. I line my lips a little darker than my lip color, then apply my all over color. To make your lips look bigger, put highlighter in the very center.