Subculture | Tips and Tricks

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I was immediately draw to the colors in Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Subculture but waffled so hard on buying this palette because of all the internet shenanigans around it. While I love makeup and think I’m pretty okay at putting it on my face,  I was very intimidated by this palette.  But after seeing some of my favorite beauty account post pictures of their looks and I started to think, “yeah, I can do that too.” (Side Note – this is the same level of confidence 6 hours of the Great British Bake Off gives… I start thinking “I can make a tower of eclairs, no big deal.”)

Anyway, I’ve had this palette for two months, we’ve been on a journey together, and I wanted to share some the things I have learned that make the Subculture palette really easy to use.

Keep it simple – Because the shadows have such a high pigment content, looks can go real muddy/gray real fast. I find that the best looks I make have 2 or 3 shadows, anymore than that and things get weird. I will put color one on my crease or lid and crease, then use color two to deepen the outer corner. Then, I can safely use Electric, Adorn, or Cube as color three all over the lid. The biggest mess happens when I try to use 2 of the darker shadows (Axis, Rowdy, All Star, Untamed) in one look.

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Subculture: Dawn, Fudge, Adorn

Translucent powder is a must – Setting you eyelid with translucent powder (my favorites are RCMA No Color Powder, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and NYX HD Finishing Powder) will really help the shadows blend out evenly and will prevent the pigment sticking unevenly to your skin or eye primer. AND I also use translucent powder to blend out the edges of an eye look. Normally, I would use an eye shadow close to my skin tone to blend out edges, but these shadows are so pigmented that I can’t use Dawn to blend out the edges because it will change the color of the shadow I already have down. So I find that using a translucent powder can buff out the edges without changing the colors already on my eyes.

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Subculture: Roxy, All Star

 Don’t blow it out – With other eye shadows, I will sometimes use a lighter shadow to blend out a darker shadow, but that does not work well for me with Subculture. I have the most success blending a dark color into a lighter, rather than blending a darker color out with a lighter color.

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Subculture: Edge, Destiny, Electric

Place, then blend – Most of the time, I will take a shadow on my brush and slowly build layers of color until I reach the pigmentation that I want. That does not work for me with Subculture. Instead, I have most success if I used a smaller brush to place down the color, start to blend it out, and then go in with a larger, clean brush to finish it off.

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Subculture: Roxy, Fudge, Cube

Small brushes are your friend – Because the shadows can go muddy/gray for me pretty quickly, I prefer to use small brushes because I have more control over the shadows.

These tips are primary for creating looks using only the Subculture palette – it does play really well with others so using one shade from Subculture with a few shades from another palette has always worked well for me, but I like being able to create looks using one palette exclusively.

Please let me know if you have any tips or tricks for Subculture! I’d really love to know if you have found different ways to make this palette work. I have fallen in love with the colors and just want to use it every day!

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Favorites – Novemeber 2017

Alpha H – Liquid Gold – I have used this acid as toner in the past but what made it an favorite this month is using it as a treatment. The bottle states you can use it as a treatment by applying it to your face with a cotton pad and then put nothing on top of it. I had never tried this is the past because my skin is dehydrated and I have never wanted to skip serums or moisturizers. But this past month I tried it as a treatment and it is phenomenal! The morning after my skin’s tone was more even, pigmentation from acne was reduced, active spots were calmed, and my skin felt great with no dryness or dehydration! I wouldn’t do this more than once a week, but I think it’s defiantly worth a try!

e.l.f. – Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool – Life. Changer. I have always looked at May Lindstrom’s Facial Treatment Brush but couldn’t really justify spending the money on it. But’ this e.l.f. spatula is dirt cheap and easy to clean. Using a tool to apply masks makes making so much more enjoyable.

Laura Mercier –  Translucent Loose Setting Powder – I am so late to this bandwagon and oh boy do I regret not giving into the hype earlier! I got a sample size in a Sephora Play! box and it sat in my cupboard for a month or two before I actually got around to trying it and I will definitely be buying a full size when it it gone. This powder looks great all over the face and under the eyes – its completely invisible, doesn’t cling to dry patches, has a velvet soft skin-like finish, and extends the wear of dewy foundations. My favorite way to use this powder is with Deciem’s The Ordinary Serum foundation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture Palette – This favorite will be no surprise if you follow me on Instagram. I was so intimated by the palette but I finally bought it because I just love the colors. And while it does take a little extra effect to work with, i think it’s totally worth it! While I have had a few duds, I have really loved most of the looks  I’ve made and it has been my most reached for palette since I bought it.

Briogeo – Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment – My scalp is always dry and irritated and the winter weather has really exasperated the issue. This treatment is an absolute savior. It relieves  the itching and reduces my dandruff for 3-4 days. It doesn’t make your scalp greasy at all and a little goes a very long way.

TonyMoly – Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes – The addiction is real. I have been using these masks for the last few months (every 3-4 weeks) and I just cannot wait until I can use it again! The masks are basically mellow treatments for your feet (lactic, glycolic, and salicylic) that exfoliate the feet causing them to peel about a week later. After they peel, my feet are so soft and calluses are smoother.

11.21.18 Makeup Diary

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture

Crease: Roxy

Outer Corner: All Start

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Bare Minerals – Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair

Bare Minerals – All-Over Face Color in Faux Tan

L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof

NYX – Tinted Brow Mascara in Black

e.l.f. – Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in Medium Brown

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

RCMA – No Color Powder

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Fuel (limited edition) – DUPE – Tarte Color Splash Lipstick in Colada