Welcome to the SE ++ Beauty Thread/Lookin' Fine Thread/Your Mother Would Kill You If She Saw You Walking Out of the House Like That Thread/etc.
Discuss all things makeup, hair, clothes, anything that you put on your person that makes you look in the mirror and go "yes this is acceptable for outside my house." Humans are vain creatures and if you've ever walked past a parked car and fixed your hair in their mirror then YOU BELONG WITH US.
I'll be honest, my mother never taught me much about makeup. I spent a lot of time age 13 to 16 smearing foundation on my face and calling it a day, but thanks to the internet there is an AMAZING amount of resources that tell you everything you need to know about the stuff you put on your face. It's extremely overwhelming but there are plenty of people happy to do the legwork for you and shove it in your face in a tidy HTML package.
DISCLAIMER: These are just my favorites, you may not like them at all, but I'm offering them as a starting point if you don't already visit makeup blogs. Your mileage may vary. There's also a mix of skincare/fashion/etc mixed in with some of these.
: I really like Temptalia, her website has gotten a lot easier to read over the years and she covers most large cosmetic company releases as well as both drugstore and high end. She will swatch literally ANYTHING on her face regardless if it looks good, just so you can see it in action. Really true to color pictures and honest reviews, and she also posts possible "dupes" for products if necessary. Don't want to spend 40 dollars on a lipstick? She'll tell you the cheaper version to get. She also has the amazing Foundation Matrix that will help you match liquid magic to ya face.
: Estee is super pretty and I find her YouTube videos really entertaining, her blog is not as in depth as Temptalia, but she posts some interesting stuff. She lives in England, though she doesn't seem to post much that's not available in other countries. She is pretty much my complexion twin and if you're fairer skinned I think she's a great resource for what can work for paler skin.
: Another british beauty blogger. I'm a newer reader, but as far as I can tell she's not annoying and doesn't like bad things. These are basically the 2 requirements of things I look for in beauty bloggers. She also does YouTube videos, which can be found through her blog.
Oh No You Again
: Another British beauty blogger! Why am I so enamored with the english ladies? Anyway, another beauty/fashion blog for your consideration.
: The big mama of makeup. A working, professional makeup artist, there aren't many people in the beauty community that can disagree with Lisa. Her videos are extremely informative and seeing the stuff she does for magazine shoots is just like.. wow. I found her acne coverup video really useful in my own life, and I'm sure there are tidbits of wisdom to be found for other people as well.
: What I consider the Wild Wild West of the makeup community, it's an extremely large resource of reviews. You can search by type of product, brand, name, anything, and boom there are 100+ reviews of people who have tried it. Keep in mind these are reviews by random people, and things that some people hate (especially skincare/foundation) you may find work for you. So use your best judgement. There are also boards for specific things that can be helpful sometimes, but really I think the reviews are the real meat of the site.
I consider myself a minamilist hipster, but I try to dress in a way that's not completely boring. I do tend live in jeans and tshirts, but that doesn't mean I don't like to look at pretty things. The only fashion blog I read is Keiko Lynn
and she's a bit hit or miss, as are all things, but I can tell you where on the web I like to window shop. That's helpful, right?
: I bet you've never heard of this website, aren't you glad you have me? I mean what would you do without me. Etsy is where I get literally all of my jewelry, and that's only like a tiny fraction of what this website has. Vintage clothes and shoes, kitchenware, handmade soaps and even handmade makeup, it's all in here. Like all thrift-esque places you need to wade through the shit to find the gold, but when you find it!
: I personally don't buy from here, I tried to be a skirt/dress person but I don't think I've found my stride with it yet. A lot of lady forumers have ordered from here with great results, though.
: Owned by the same company, these two sites are great for shoes/handbags. Great shipping and return policies, I know Kate has personal experience with them. You can ask her giant pile of shoes.
: A total grab bag of fashion, a place where people can post outfits of their own. You can point and laugh, be inspired, or just close the browser window with a furrow'd brow after a few pages. It is what it is.
: A pretty cool website with men's fashion advice, as well as keeping you updated on sales going on. There's also a ladies version, Full Clutch
. (Thanks Shazkar!)
My zitty ass self is not the best person to give you skincare advice, but Acne.org
is a good starting point for at least learning about the different treatment options. There are tons of different chemicals to put on your face that do different things, so just try and educate yourself the best you can and then try what works out for you. Things that work for other people won't work for you, so take their reviews/advice with a grain of salt.