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5 Makeup Mistakes to Avoid at Work: Guest Blogger

Let’s face it: We all need career advice at some point. That’s why Megan Broussard, a contributor to The Daily Muse and Glass Heel, created ProfessionGal, a blog geared toward working women. This week, we’re lucky to have Megan sharing her best tips for success in the workplace. 

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1. Mismatched Foundation

One thing you should always keep in mind: Your face and neck should be the same color. To ensure that your foundation matches your natural skin color, try smoothing it out on your jawline first, not your hand. Also, examine the accuracy of color in various lighting inside your house and out. This can make a huge difference and you could be surprised by how your go-to foundation looks in natural light.

2. Full-On Smoky Eye

Wearing layers of charcoal from lashline to brow can be a dangerous office look, particularly because dark colors surrounding your eyes can make you appear tired. If you want to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning, try a one-shade lid, like the basic colors included in Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.

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How To: Gradient Smoky Eye Makeup

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As an Asian woman, I find it impossible to follow the instructions in conventional smoky eye tutorials. My attempts to fill in my crease always end in a string of expletives. And it’s not because I don’t have a crease; my eyelids actually have multiple creases. This is pretty common among people of Chinese heritage—they’re traditionally known as “double eyelids,” though the term is now used interchangeably for surgically altered eyes. I’ve always embraced my natural eye shape, but for years I stuck to liner because eyeshadow was just too confusing. 

After watching editor Candice’s Asian eye makeup video, I was inspired to experiment more with eyeshadows. Read on for a five-step gradient smoky-eyed tutorial for Asian multi-crease eyes. I devised this look through tons of trial and error—it’s subtle enough to wear to work and requires a minimal amount of time. 

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5 Ways to Use a Chubby Eye Pencil

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(Clockwise from top left: smoky, finding your crease, a bright pop, all over color and tightlining.) Toss that skinny liner in your makeup bag and make room for the extra-versatile chubby.

When it comes to eye pencils, the general idea is to use the product to line the upper and lower lash lines, giving definition to the eye. But while most of us are comfortable using a skinnier liner to achieve any number of looks, there’s a whole wide world of chubby pencils out there that are every bit as versatile and sometimes more fun to use than what you’re used to.

It might seem like these wider options are just, well, a thicker version of what you know, but we’re here to tell you that there are a whole slew of fun news techniques you can use to get different looks with these creamy shades. Take a peek below to find out our five favorite new ways to use a chubby pencil:  

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How to Wear Mineral Eye Makeup

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At first glance it might look like mineral eye shadows—in their shimmery, crushed form—were caught in a tragic packing mishap. However these loose powders will give you a pretty swipe of color as pigmented as any cream or pressed-powder option, with the added benefit of being perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Other eye color products can rely on chemical preservatives to give their formulas a creamy, compact consistency. But mineral lines like Alima Pure eschew these skin-irritating ingredients including culprits like bismuth oxychloride, a pore-clogging additive, and instead use crushed pure minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

As with any time you experiment with a new makeup product (here’s looking at you, liquid liner), there’s going to be a learning curve, but these shadows are shockingly versatile and easier to use then you might think. Gather up a few trusty eye shadow brushes and follow these steps to pull off an on-trend bronze smoky eye that won’t irritate sensitive skin! 

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The Secret to Scoring the Perfect Smoky Eye

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I have a tough confession to make as a beauty editor: I am the worst when it comes to putting on eye makeup. (I prefer trying new hairdos or fiddling around with eye creams, thanks.) As much as I love smoky eyes, all those brushes and shadows intimidate me, so I mostly stick with a quick application of liquid liner and mascara. When I do experiment with shadow, it can get pretty ugly. Since I have a monolid (a.k.a no crease), any shadow I put on in the morning tends to smudge and fade into one giant muddy splotch by lunchtime. Now, after bugging the makeup artists on our video shoots for some solid advice, I finally figured out what I’ve been doing wrong: I haven’t been using an eyelid primer.

Enter theBalm’s Put a Lid On It, a quick-dry primer that has made all the difference for my smoky eyes—and which some of you will be receiving in your Birchbox this month! I know, it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but here’s some photographic proof to see just how stark the difference is when you use an eye primer and when you don’t: 

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