Micellar water is quickly becoming an item to covet among its users' skincare staples.
Over the past year, it has been raved about in magazines, on blogs, and on YouTube as more and more beauty gurus find and fall in love with the product. Initially, I thought it was strictly a makeup remover, but when I saw a video of a beauty vlogger going camping and using the micellar water as a cleanser, I thought to myself, Hmmmm. I wanted to try the product out for myself and quench whatever curiosities I had.
I did so and I loved it and it really affirmed to me that it's one of the best cleansers out there.
Let me demystify why micellar water might need to be added to your skincare staples.
WHAT IS MICELLAR WATER?
Micellar water is made up of tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules (micelles) suspended in soft water. It looks and moves like water but has a slightly different texture. It's like if you could perfectly blend oil and water together, with no separation.
Micelles are attracted to dirt, oil, and grime so they draw out impurities, but won't dry your skin out. To put it in simpler terms, it removes the stuff you don't want on your skin and leaves the good stuff. Micelles stick to the dirt and makeup on your skin and pull them away, leaving your skin clean, radiant and hydrated. Therefore, it can be used for pretty much all of your basic skincare needs from makeup removal to moisturizer. Most other cleansers have a foaming solution that strips away everything and requires you to balance and rehydrate your skin. Micellar water allows you to skip the toning and moisturizing if you want.
HOW DOES IT HELP MY SKIN?
The less you touch your skin, the better off it usually is. Micellar water allows you to cleanse, tone, and moisturize all in one step and could possibly do a better job at all three than the products you're using right now. If it does all three at once, then you don't have to rub your face two more times.
Micellar water is great for people with dry and sensitive skin. It's gentle and hydrating so it won't dry your skin out or irritate it. It could be your entire skin care routine! If you have oily or acne prone skin it might not clean super well on its own so you'll have to use a traditional cleanser as well, but way more impurities will be removed from your skin with the second cleanser. This probably explains why the wipes didn't work so well for me.
Bonus: If you hate packing up all of your skincare products to travel, micellar water is pretty much all you need.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Whether you use it mostly as a makeup remover or as a cleanser you'll use it the same way. Soak a cotton pad or round with product and press it into your skin. Wipe all the makeup and dirt way. That easy! You don't even need to rinse!
Hailing from the hometown of Beyoncé, DeAndrea is a hyper-chatty winged eyeliner enthusiast in love with all things feminine chic. Keep up with her on Instagram and Twitter (@xodeandrea) and on her lifestyle blog: asisterscrown.com.
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There was a time in my life when I was clueless about makeup.
Makeup application is a learned skill. Before I found the makeup life-changer that was translucent powder, my foundation was shifting and sliding all over my face. I was shiny after an hour and my makeup wouldn't make it for three hours without needing a touchup and sometimes completely reapplied.
My makeup application became ten times better when I started using a setting spray, but translucent powder is THE reason I'm able to get my makeup to stay virtually flawless for hours and hours.
If my praise for this colorless miracle powder isn't enough for you to believe in as truth, here are 5 reasons you need a translucent powder:
1. There is nothing that will set your makeup like a translucent powder.
Why bother taking so much time to apply your makeup if it's only going to melt off or shift? Translucent powder holds your liquid and cream foundations right where you want them.
2. It bakes you to perfection!
If you you don't want o buy another product to bake with translucent power is the way to go. Just dust or pat on a little more product than you need under your eyes and in your t-zone, wait at least 5 minutes, then dust away the excess product. You will be matte and flawless. Lots of people bake with banana powder, myself included, but it isn't best for everyone. It can look too yellow. Because, translucent powder is colorless it works universally.
3. It keeps you from being too oily.
If oily skin is your struggle you need to get some of this not now, but RIGHT now. You can use translucent powder over your favorite primer and be matte all day. No foundation required.
4. It gives you a smooth, airbrushed finish.
In a world where we must be selfie ready 95% of the time and not everyone has FaceTune, we need all the smoothing we can get pre-filter. Translucent powder smooths fine lines and creates a soft focused blur. Who doesn't want that?!
5. It can be used to make mascara work better.
Just dust a little on your lashes then apply mascara. Watch the magic happen. Your lashes will be longer and more voluminous than if you used just the mascara.
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Highlighter-obsessed ladies raise your hands! I have both of mine raised right now because my stash is ridiculous. Highlighter makes you look like you drink enough water and don't have any stress in your life, but let's be real, only using powder as highlighters can get a little boring. There are some things powder highlighters just can't do. With liquid highlighter, aka illuminating drops, you can get an awesome or subtle glow with very little effort. Plus, there's an added bonus for us oilier girls: you can get a radiant glow in your foundation without getting any oilier than usual.
I've got three ways to use liquid highlighter to take your complexion game to the next level. Thank me later.
On Its Own
I love to layer powder foundation on as much as the next highlighter junkie, but sometimes that just doesn't glow the way I want it to. Illuminating drops solve that problem for me. Just a couple strategically placed drops are all I need to get a full impact, megawatt glow. No fan brush necessary. To be honest, I like to use my fingers to blend it out. It gives a more natural-looking finish. (Not that natural is what I'm going for.)
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Layered Under Foundation
This is where the fun starts. Because the highlighter is a liquid, it won't slide right off if you apply a liquid product on top of it like a powder would. This means you can cover your face in liquid highlighter before you put on your foundation and you'll look like you have a radiant glow coming from within.
To show you what I mean, I added a very thin layer of Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Foundation over the liquid highlighter swatches so you can really see the difference between the shades. Pro tip: You can always add more layers of foundation to tone it down if the radiance seems to be a bit much.
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Mixed Into Foundation
This is probably my favorite way to use these drops. I have oily skin all year long so a foundation with a dewy, radiant finish is out of the question. I don't like for my foundation to look so matte that it's dull so a couple of drops of illuminator mixed into my usual foundation saves me! All I do is pump out my usual amount of foundation on to the back of my hand, add a few drops of illuminator and mix them together. I apply that mixture like I would my foundation and, bam! I have a radiant finish without any extra oiliness.
To show you what these look like mixed, I used equal parts foundation and illuminating drops. I would normally use more foundation than highlighter, but again, I wanted you to really be able to see what I'm talking about with the added radiance. I mixed each highlighter with Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation.
You can add as much or as little liquid highlighter to layer or mix as you'd like.
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Now that you know the tricks of the megawatt highlight trade and the tools that will help you elevant your radiant look - test the waters. If you really want to have fun with it, you can mix different liquid illuminators together to make a custom shade! That's the fun part about make-up - you can really do whatever you want. You better glow girl!
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Brows are still having their makeup moment. And if you haven't understood the hype of stunting a good brow yet, understand that brows can make or break your whole look. However, with all the brow products available on the market, it can feel a little daunting to decide which brow tool will give you the effect you desire. Still, you don't want to be out here with mediocre brows just because you don't know what product to use to get your perfect brow!
That's where we come in. These four brow products will give you all the versions of achieving the perfect brows, ranging from "I woke up like this" to "This took me two hours." Let's find the perfect product for your brows, shall we?
Which Product Should You Use To Achieve The Perfect Brow?
How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Gel Review
Brows x Eylure Brow Gel
A gel is perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. Your hairs won't be out of place, but your brows won't be filled in at all. It's like your brows, but slightly better.
My brows are pretty full, so when I want my most natural looking brow, I just brush through my brows with clear brow gel to make them stay in place. I have some unruly hairs that pretty much refuse to be tamed without a gel holding them where I need them to be. My new go-to brow gel is Eylure Brow Control and Shape Gel. The wand is incredibly easy to use and coats my brow hairs well, so I know they won't budge.
How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Powder Review
Brows x NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
Brow powders are an incredibly easy way to make your brows look fuller when you don't have a lot of time to put them on or don't feel comfortable doing more advanced techniques. Essentially what a brow powder does is fill the little gaps created by the way your hairs naturally grow to make them look more perfect. It looks almost like a shadow underneath your natural brows.
Powder isn't my favorite product because it can get messy if you get too much product on the brush you're applying it with. Plus, since I already have full brows, it doesn't do much for me. I'll mostly use it on the head part of my brows when I get a little too tweezer happy. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder has been the only brow powder I've used for a while now. You get a lot of product for the price and they have enough shades to choose from that you know you'll find a good match, but won't feel overwhelmed choosing.
How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Pencil Review
Brows x Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
A step above a brow powder, eyebrow pencils can make your brows look more realistically dense to fill in gaps, instead of just shading in the spaces like a powder does. A pencil is perfect for when you want to go for a "is she wearing brow product or nah" look. Unless they know you.
I used to hate brow pencils. Then, I learned how to use them properly. I used to try to get them to fill in my brows like a pomade, but I quickly learned that I wasn't letting the product be great in the way it was intended to be used. Once I figured out how to make small hair-like strokes with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to fill in gaps, the whole game was changed for me!
How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Pomade Review
Brows x Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Brow pomades will give you the least natural looking brow. Nine times out of ten, a pomade was used to create the pervasive and highly sought after Instagram Brow. They will create that perfectly filled in and shaped brow using nothing but an angled brush.
I like to use a brow pomade when I need my brows to look like absolute perfection from every angle. To me, that's not special occasions only. Sometimes I just want to look like I'm THAT chick in the grocery store too. The current reigning champ of pomades in my stash in Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. That little tub lasts a super long time and glides on so easily.
There's no rule that says you can only use one brow product at a time. My personal favorite combo is pomade on the tail and pencil at the head with some brow gel to keep everything in place. It's like a toned down, more everyday version of the IG brow.
If you're unsure about what shade of product to get, it's best to use one that's one shade lighter than your brow color. That will look the most natural. Don't let that stop you from having some fun though! Sometimes I like to go a little darker to be dramatic.
Don't forget to clean any uneven edges with concealer and a flat brush or concealer brush if you want an absolutely perfect looking brow and you don't have the steadiest of hands.
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