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Ask A Beauty Expert: Saying BYE to dark circles + the Best Makeup on the Market

Ask A Beauty Expert: Saying BYE to dark circles + the Best Makeup on the Market

This is part 2 of my sit down with beauty expert Emily Foley to answer all of the beauty questions we all had. THIS IS OUR OWN PERSONAL VERSION OF COSMO, FRIENDS and I'm loving every second.

What you'll find in this post: how to correct and manage problem areas (from head to toe, literally) + Emily's take on the best makeup products on the market!

Not all of this information may pertain to you directly but you know what it's AMAZING for...WINE CHATS with your girlfriends. I threw out one of these new little nuggets I learned about oily skin and my friends were super impressed. YEAH, I KNOW STUFF! Well, I didn't really know anything before, but I do now!

Read on...


What do we do about acne in our 20s? What face wash should I get to stop my breakouts? I have SUPER sensitive skin. I broke out with Proactiv so I try and stay away from products with Benzoyl Peroxide in it.
Emily says: I agree with you on the benzoyl peroxide, I stay away from it because it’s too harsh for my skin! I’m no longer blasting my skin with things that are dying (all acne medications). My answer to all acne and really most skin problems is the Neutrogena face mask below. I use it every single night and it’s one of my favorite products!

Emily picks: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask


How do I manage dark eye circles?

Emily says: These are SO HARD because they are caused by so many things (fatigue, genetics). What will help them the most is Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Caffeine and Retinol. Look for eye creams that have one of those ingredients in it. If you’re using an eye cream that doesn’t have any of those ingredients, time to switch! You can also get fillers under your eyes if that’s in the budget for you and that will also help. Know that fillers are something you have to maintain, and it’s not a one-time treatment.

Emily picks:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream 
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector 


I need a solution to keep my oily skin matte all day and I’ve tried everything. Help!
Emily says: ME TOO! I’ve just started getting some relief from my super oily skin in the past few years. I feel you, and I completely understand! My guess is that you might be stripping all of the oil out of your skin with oil-free products, which then starves your skin of hydration. Your skin might actually be producing more oil because it feels deprived. I’ve been there. If you think that’s you, introduce a few oil-based products back in and see how that does. I personally started double cleansing my skin and started using a cleansing oil. I also started using the Neutrogena acne mask (I talk about above), so I am using less salicylic acid on my face and not drying it out as much. Also, these oil blotting sheets work so freaking well! I have the with me at all times!

Emily picks:
Clean & Clear Oil Blotting Sheets 


Do you have any tips for rosacea?
Emily says: Rosacea is super super hard to treat over the counter. All of the over the counter products will help you with the redness, but it’s not going to treat the cause of it, so basically, over the counter products are band aids, not long-term solutions. I would see a dermatologist for sure! That said, the below products do help with managing red skin.

Emily picks:
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream
Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder 


How do I get rid of calluses on your feet other than the graters or pumice?
Emily says: You don’t. Thick, good foot creams will help the look of dry skin and calluses, but they won’t completely go away. I’ve picked a few of my favs out that will help the look of them!

Emily picks:
Earth Therapeutics Intensive All-Over Moisture Gel Booties
Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion 

How do I treat sunspots on my face and even my lips?

Emily says: Sunspots are very hard to deal with. I would HIGHLY recommend finding a medical spa or dermatologist to help with treatment for that! There are a lot of options of things you can do to help.

How do I handle Milia?

Emily says: Go see a dermatologist for sure! Anything you use over the counter might actually make it worse.



What are the best mascaras on the market and how often should you swap them out?
Emily says: Swap them out every three months or when you notice it starts to get thick…whichever comes first! It’s super easy to get irritated eyes, so this is incredibly important. Mascara is incredible subjective, but my ultimate favorite (read, the only ones I’ll use) are below.

Emily picks:
Benefit BADgal Lash
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5 in 1 Mascara 


What is the best foundation that won’t get stuck in your cracks?
Emily says: First and foremost, make sure that you’re using moisturizer and foundation separately. Most hydrating foundations have a thinner consistency and will settle in your creases. Make sure your face is ready to go and hydrated before you put on foundation. That said, I’m completely in love with the below foundation!

Emily picks: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 


What is the best concealer for zits and under eye?
Emily picks:
Zits: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Under eye: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot 


Is liquid or pencil eyeliner easier to apply?
Emily says: pencil for sure! Liquid is hard for everybody! But, this is my favorite liquid liner, because it has a ball on the end, which for some reason makes it easier to use! I just do my best, and then clean up the lines with a Q-tip.

Emily picks:
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Sculpt Eye Liner 


Can I skip primer?

Emily says: Sure! Primer is most important if you have oily skin or you need your makeup to stay on for a long period of time.


Do you know of a good, long-lasting mascara and eyeliner?
Emily says: That’s a hard one! The right mascara shouldn’t be coming off. If you’ve tried a few and they are still coming off, I would suggest moving to a waterproof option.


Can you recommend the best eyeliner and mascara for those of us that have super sensitive eyes?
Emily picks:
Mascara: Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara  
Liner: Jane Iredale Eye Pencil 


What is the best drugstore foundation?
Emily says: I use a BB Cream rather than a full coverage foundation and have loved it for years.
Emily picks: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 


What is your favorite eye shadow pallet?

Emily picks: 
itCosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette 
Urban Decay Backtalk Palette 

What are you favorite makeup brushes?
Emily says: I’m not super picky about my makeup brushes, but I do adore the BlendSmart! It is what I use instead of any kind of BeautyBlender or foundation brush, and it’s a legit miracle.

Emily picks:

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