I’ve been a fan of makeup for… as long as I can remember. Almost. I think I was about 12 when my mom let me loose on the Avon Catalog, and I ordered blue eyeshadow (because my eyes are blue, so duh!) and pink lip gloss. I probably looked horrible, or like a child of the 80s… errr 90s, but I thought it looked good, so who cares, right?
These days you won’t find much blue in my makeup bag, but as you may remember from my what’s in my makeup bag post, you will find a lot of neutrals. I personally prefer a simple look with a bit of a pop – be it a statement lip or a little shimmer. So Rachael of The Rachael Way and I thought it would be fun to share our top 10 simple makeup ideas with you today!
10 Simple Makeup Ideas
What Rachael Says:
The first time you wear a bold lip, you will feel awkward. It’s totally normal and natural. Just rock it out!
If you aren’t the best at actually DOING your makeup (like me!), go for a palette! I adore my Naked 3, because I know all the colors will work together!
Don’t underestimate the power of a good mascara. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but find one that works for you!
Splurge on foundation. If you have moody skin, like me, it’s worth it to spend a little more on something that will not only be good for your skin, but look great too!
Find a good cleanser. I love Cetaphil. See above note about skin. A friend recommended this to me and it’s been great! Also — not to get mom like, but if something is really up with your skin, see a doc. I had terrible acne come on out of nowhere, so we ran some tests and then I got diagnosed with PCOS! Always better to be on the safe side, right?
What I say:
Highlight the inside corner of your eyes, it’ll make your eyes pop and appear larger!
Don’t neglect your brows. Fill in sparse areas, eyebrows are the curtains to the window of your soul after all!
If black eyeliner looks too harsh on you, try brown! I much prefer a dark brown to black :)
Exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick. I love the Popcorn Sugar Scrub from Lush… it tastes good and works beautifully!
Don’t forget to moisturize! Even oily girls need to. Sometimes overproduction of oil is to make up for a lack of moisture in the skin.
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What are your favorite tried and true beauty tips? I’d love to hear them! :)
My favorite holiday tradition is when we take our trip to the light festival with my family. We all pile into 2 or 3 cars and go! We do it every year right before Christmas!
Sounds like so much fun! Good luck, Julie!
Enjoyed reading this post. I also love Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scurb – it’s so good and smells even better.
Thanks Sarah! it totally does… and dare i say it tastes good too? Haha :)
Yes! it taste so good!
favorite holiday tradition is spending time with all of our family at various parties throughout the month. thanks!
Ah, great tradition! Good luck! :)
Favorite holiday tradition is a new one, this will be the 2nd year of putting up Christmas lights with my boyfriend!
Aw, sounds fun! Thanks for entering, Lori!
i love xmas shopping for our church donation kids. you get what you give, and i hope they enjoy the things on their wishlist that i pick out:)
Aw, that’s so sweet! We hope to do a giving tree to give kids presents too this year!
I used to have really oily skin and never moisturized…. When I finally started, my face cleared up! It was MAGICAL.
I know right? I never moisturized when I was younger and my face was a hot mess. Glad I got that figured out! :)
These tips are so helpful! I still have a lot to learn about makeup, and these are great suggestions.
Thanks, Jenna! Glad they were helpful! :)
Ah you TOTALLY brought memories of the Avon catalog, that is where I had my first make-up experiences!
Haha, glad I could take you back in time for a bit, Andi! :)
The problem I have with wearing a bold lip in public is it wearing off unevenly, or getting it on my teeth!
I agree – completely splurge on foundation. I love my Dior and the Estee Lauder Double wear.
Ah, yeah the dreaded lipstick on teeth! So annoying when that happens.
Nice read! I can’t ignore makeup and fashion blogs. I still go through them word per word.
Glad you enjoyed it, Kendall!
My favorite holiday tradition is eating dinner on Christmas Eve and then opening presents with my family! :)
We do that too, it’s one of my favorite things every year! Good luck, Natalie!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway
Of course, good luck Erica!
Great tips. I’m not much of a makeup wearer but I try to do my best.
Really great tips! Naked 3 is my favorite too :) (though Vice 3 is creeping up quick!)
Vice 3 is so pretty, but I’m kind of intimidated by some of the bright colors!
I am not good at makeup, so I love reading tips. I stick to palettes too. I’m horrible about blending eyeshadow colors together.
Palettes are great for that, and generally a great value too!
Great makeup tips! Cool giveaway too! Thanks for sharing!
These beauty tips are perfect. I used to be guilty of not moisturizing an oily face but as I grew older I learned how to take better care of my skin.
I did the same, I didn’t know any better when I was younger!
It’s strange, I’m definitely more likely to rock a bold lip than bold eyes. They terrify me!
I’m with you – I’m definitely a fan of the bold lip, the bold eye, not so much.
These tips are great! My tip is to conceal and highlight as much as possible! Which helps to offset the holiday eat and drink fest Hahaha
Haha, good plan Jamie!
I’m all about simple makeup that isn’t SO simple you don’t notice it, haha. A bold lip and a simple everything else is my fave!
Totally agreed, I love a pop of color with a neutral face too. :)
What great tips! I’m so afraid to wear a bold lipstick, but totally want to try it this holiday season!
Bold lipstick is one of my favorites! I was a little nervous too so I started gradually. I bought the Clinique Chubby Sticks since they’re glossier and not completely opaque and then upgraded to the “intense” version ;)
It’s so true about the bold lip! I need to work up the courage again and just do it more often because I love it!
I totally agree with you about the eyebrows. Great tips here!
Thanks Sharon, glad you agree! :)
Great ideas! I love makeup so much it’s ridiculous!
I love those makeup tips! And thats an incredible giveaway!
Thanks so much, Candace!
I’ve actually never felt awkward with bold lips. I loooove them and it’s so easy. So much easier than eyeshadow, which I tend not to wear… and also not to buy, which makes it harder to wear it if I don’t have it, you know? lol I usually end up smudging eyeliner on my lid instead. I love white eyeliner for the inside corner of my eyes.
I know what you mean – I’d take a bold lip over a bold eye any day!
GREAT TIPS! my favorite beauty tip is massaging your face.. I think this is the key to keeping your face from sagging =)
Thanks Miriam! That’s a great tip too! I always forget to do that properly though!
i always feel awkward with bold lips.. but you’re right, you should just rock it. i think i splurge the most on skincare and not as much on other makeup products.. but i do love a good mascara too.
I definitely spend more on skincare too, probably because I don’t have to buy makeup as frequently since I’ve found a lot of products I really love.
Totally agree with Rachel on the mascara thing! I am obsessed with the one I use and it really makes a difference in the way I look/feel when I do wear makeup!
Mascara is so important, you’re totally right!
I love holiday baking and my yearly holiday tradition is to make Pigs in a Blanket!
Love holiday baking too! Good luck, Carol! :)
My favorite holiday tradition is wearing new Christmas pjs on Christmas eve. My husband and I are in our late 20’s and we still do it :)
Ahhh we do that too, so much fun to have new PJs for Christmas morning! Good luck, Erin!