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Jane Cosmetics Reviews and Recommendations

Jane Cosmetics is a drugstore cosmetic line that is becoming increasingly difficult to track down these days. However, finding it is worth the effort because Jane offers a few products that give much more expensive brands a run for their money. It is geared toward younger girls but women of all ages will appreciate the quality of the products. Although not every product in the line is a winner, there are quite a few gems worth noting. Here are a few of our top picks:

Jane Eye Zings are a reasonable substitute for MAC eyeshadows at a fraction of the price. Once offered in a wide range of colors, selection is now more limited but they are highly pigmented and easy to apply. The downside is that the staying power isn’t incredible and they don’t work well when used wet. They are sold in single shade compacts as well as in eyeshadow palettes.

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Jane’s Blushing Petal Blush is a cult classic. It is a neutral pink shade without any shimmer that gives cheeks a soft glow that lasts all day for well under five dollars. It’s one of those colors that looks great on everyone and is very natural.

Jane Oil-Free Finishing Powder is another notable product. Pressed powders are all over drugstore shelves but very few seem to actually get it right. This is one of them. It helps to reduce the appearance of large pores and minimize shininess yet does not look cakey. Even better, it doesn’t clog your skin.

Jane makeup products are dirt cheap, even for drugstore makeup. This means that you can afford to try different items and won’t feel too devastated if they don’t work out. It’s the perfect line to do some experimenting if you are one of those girls who has a hard time finding shades you like. And if you are looking to curb your cosmetic spending, you may very well find some cheaper substitutes for some of your more expensive staples.

How to Apply Liquid Foundation

[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]

Foundation is the basis of many great makeup looks. Foundation can help your skin tone appear even and help minimize flaws. A good application can make the difference between a picture-perfect finish and a glamour don’t. We have all seen bad foundation applications on women who look like they are wearing an orange mask or whose faces don’t match their necks. But there is no reason to be intimidated. It is actually quite easy to apply foundation. Here’s how:

1. Color selection is the first step in avoiding obvious foundation lines. It is best to buy foundation at a store where you can try the colors because it can be very difficult to judge shades based on the package alone. Bring someone with you who you trust to give you an honest opinion about whether or not a shade is right for you. Also, be sure to step outside of the store to see how the color looks on your skin in the sunlight. Foundation that looks great in the store could look clown-like in natural light.

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2. Begin with well-hydrated skin for even coverage. Moisturize your face and let it sink in for about five minutes.

3. Pour a very small amount of foundation onto your fingertips and dot onto your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.

4. Using a damp cosmetic sponge, blend each dot outward until all areas of the face are covered. You can apply a little more if needed. After you are satisfied with the results, take your sponge or brush and blend the line where the foundation ends one more time around the perimeter of your face to ensure that no visible lines remain.

5. Dust with loose powder to help set the foundation in place.

6. Check your face in natural light to make sure everything is blended nicely.

Foundation doesn’t have to be scary to apply or look bad. If you’re not confident in your technique, practice before applying the rest of your makeup so that you can wash it off and start over if you aren’t happy with the results.