What I’ve Learned Over The Years | It’s Doefoot, not Dofa

Hi Everyone!

Here are some beauty lessons I’ve learned over the past few years. I’ve learned a lot from reading blogs and watching videos. I’ve had a lot of beauty epiphanies and I know I will continue learning as I watch and read more videos and blogs.

  • *Watching a Tati video*
  • Tati: It has a doefoot applicator
  • Me: what’s a do-fa applicator?
  • *looks up ‘dofa’ and nothing comes up that applies to makeup*
  • *looks up ‘dofa makeup’*
  • first google result: Beauty Dictionary: Doe Foot | Beauty Blitz
    • “Makeup artists and packaging manufacturers use the term “doe foot” to describe the type of spongy-tipped wands found in tubes of lip glosses and concealers”
  • *doesn’t really think about the shape of it and assumes all spongy-tipped wands are called doefoot applicators*
  • *reads a beauty blog post* and it says something like, “It has a flat sponge applicator, not a doefoot”
  • Ohhh!! Doefoot only refers to the ones that have an angle. Hence, doe foot. Duh!!
  • So, the Colourpop No Filter Concealer and Sephora Bright Future Gel Color Corrector don’t have doefoot applicators. Below, doefoot on left.
  • I’m glad I’m not alone. I watched a recent Tati video where she mentioned that when she was starting her channel, she thought it was dofa too.


Primer is important! Before 2015, I didn’t know what primer was; I had never heard of it. I didn’t use face primer or eye primer until a few years ago.

When you use eye primer, you should set it with translucent powder or a light, all-over the lid shade. This prevents the darker shades from getting patchy.

You can use eye primer on blemishes to help concealer last longer.

Set your makeup with powder to prevent it from looking oily in the t-zone.

I used a BB cream a few summers ago and I didn’t know you should set it. I was super shiny.

Setting powder and finishing powder are different (finishing powder is more finely milled).

Use a damp sponge to apply foundation (unless you want fuller coverage). Bounce the sponge, don’t drag it.

When applying makeup, blend upwards, not down. Blending down can cause wrinkles.

When applying eye cream, tap it onto your under eye area with your ring finger.

When applying a pore minimizing/filling primer, press it into the skin, don’t rub it in. Rubbing it can cause it to pill.

If you get that oily residue on powder products, use scotch tape to get rid of it. Instead of scraping off a layer and losing a bunch of product, get a piece of tape and stick it to the spot that has that oily residue. Smooth the tape over and then peel it off. Your powder product should be good as new.

Apply concealer AFTER foundation. Colour correct AFTER foundation. First, apply foundation to see what spots need more coverage, then apply colour corrector if needed and then concealer. If you’re applying colour corrector before foundation, then you might be applying more than you need because the foundation covers up some of the darkness/redness/dullness.

Bronzing and contouring products are different. Bronzer is to help you look tanned/sunkissed and applied on high points of face where the sun would hit it. Contour is usually a grayish shade to mimic the look of a shadow and used to enhance what you already have. Contouring with a bronzer can make your face look muddy if it’s too brown/orange.

Lip liner is useful for helping lipstick stay in the lines and it’s also easier for overlining the lips because it’s more precise.

You can use Vaseline to remove dark lipstick- using a qtip, dip it in the vaseline jar and apply a generous amount on top of your lipstick. Let it sit for a minute and then carefully wipe off with a cotton pad. It probably won’t take off all the lipstick, but it will help.

Set the eyeliner on your lower lashline/waterline with a powder eyeshadow.

Tap off excess eyeshadow before applying on your eyes.

Use windshield wiper motions to blend eye shadow and when you want more pigment, use patting motions.

When applying shimmery eyeshadow shades, use your finger or spray your brush with setting spray to make it more pigmented.

When applying false lashes, tilt your mirror up and look down at the mirror as you apply them.

Don’t get hair products (like dry shampoo and hair spray) on your face. It can cause acne on the forehead because hair products are meant to cling to your hair and clogs up your pores.

When you exfoliate your body, go up and down, not in circular motions. Going in circular motions can ‘confuse’ the hair and make it grow in different directions.

What have you learned over the years?