Best Techniques for Setting your Makeup

When it comes to keeping your face in place, there are a number of techniques used by both makeup professionals and beginners alike to make sure you are set for the day! In this blog, we’ll talk you through the individual terms you might have heard, and the tips for setting your makeup so you can find what will work best for you.

Baking: This term is used for packing on a good amount of loose powder onto an area that you want to appear brighter than the rest of your face. This would usually be the parts of your face that the light naturally hits, such as under your eyes, your chin or the center of your forehead or jawline. After application, you leave the powder on your face for 5-10 mins allowing it to “bake”, which essentially means the heat from your face is setting the foundation in place and is taking in the pigment from the slightly lighter loose powder.

Translucent Powder: This powder seems like a brilliant idea BUT you have to be very careful when using a translucent powder! Due to its light pigment, which sometimes looks white in compact powders, it may cause flashback in photos or videos. Also, due to its transparency it’s not going to add any coverage to your face but it does ensure that your foundation is locked in place all day!

Setting Powder: If your skin type is combination or oily, try use a light dusting of our LA Girl Cosmetics Pro Face HD powder before using a setting spray. If you have a normal skin type but want your makeup to last hours (e.g. if you got your makeup done at lunch, and you want it to look it’s best around 6pm) setting powder will prolong the wear of your makeup and your natural oils will peek through after a few hours so you won’t have a completely matte look. You can always touch up throughout the day or night too, however, to ensure a matte finish if that’s what you prefer!

Setting Spray: This is our personal favourite technique to set your makeup in place! We would always recommend to apply setting spray after any of the above methods just to ensure the longevity of the makeup. Our Milani Make It Last Setting Spray is perfect for any skin tone and can also be sprayed before makeup as a primer – who doesn’t love a 2-in-1 product? We also have the Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray which is perfect for dry skin to bring moisture back into the face or for a normal skin type that wants that extra glow!

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Top 10 Beauty Pod Products

1 – LA Girl Cosmetics Pro Coverage Foundation– this foundation is an absolute must-have for during the day wear, as it has such a natural illuminating finish. Top tip: apply with a damp beauty sponge for a flawless finish.

2 – Milani Cosmetics Conceal & Perfect Foundation – for a night out, or for any full coverage base lovers apply this foundation with a brush for a satin finish.

3 – LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil – these are perfect for absolutely any brow shape and can be used to achieve any look whether you want fluffy, natural or bold brows! Our shade selection is brilliant too, with many options to choose from.

4 – Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush in shade ‘Luminoso’ – this is a cult favourite product, with so many of the top influencers raving about it! The Luminoso blush gives such a ‘natural glow from within’ and finishes off any look with a gorge pop of colour.

5 – La Girl Pro Conceal concealers – you have definitely heard all about these concealers and they are such a multi-use product! Use a light shade (such as ‘Porcelain’ or ‘Light Ivory’) to carve out your brows, to use as an eyeshadow base or as a brightening concealer under the eye. Then, you can use darker shades (such as shade ‘Toast’) as a liquid bronzer or contour.

6 – Red Cherry Lashes – these lashes are amazing quality, and with their flexible transparent band they’re the easiest lashes to apply! We recommend using duo glue with them, and another tip is to stack two pairs up for a more dramatic night out look.

7 – Milani Cosmetics Make It Dewy Setting Spray – if you prefer a glowy finish on your skin, this is the spray for you. If you prefer matte, we would recommend the Make It Last Setting Spray. Each spray ensures up to 16-hour lock-in wear of your makeup!

8 – La Girl Pro Face HD Powder – these are such a popular product for all skin types and all skin tones. They give a blurring HD affect, so they are perfect for photography / videos or to take out on the town with you!

9 – Esmeralda II palette by Beauty Creations Cosmetics – this palette has the perfect colours for an everyday look or for a night out. And due to its size, it’s also a great palette to travel with, at amazing value!

10 –LA Girl Contour Duos – our contour duos are amazing value and you can mix shades to create perfect natural shadows which blend beautifully!

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Finding your Perfect Foundation Match

It’s every makeup lover’s worst nightmare – you leave the house feeling flawless, until you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror in natural daylight and realise, “Oh. No… My foundation doesn’t match!”

Panic sets in and you don’t know whether to run back to blend foundation into your head, shoulder, knees and toes or to just soldier on sporting different colours on your face and neck. Even the mighty James Charles faces this dilemma on the regular!

Here at Beauty Pod, we want to give you our top tips and tricks to find the BEST foundation match for your skin tone.

Matching your foundation:

First of all, you need to know the undertone of your skin – is it warm, cool or neutral? An easy way to check this at home is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist (make sure all false tan is removed first!). If your veins are slightly green, this means you have a warm undertone. If your veins are slightly more blue or purple, you have a cool undertone. And, if they are more blue/ green or hard to tell, you have a neutral undertone to your skin. Easy! Now that you know your own undertone, you can choose a foundation with the same tone to ensure the best match possible. When choosing foundation in-store, we recommend swatching the colour on your jawline to make sure it matches your neck. It is always best to choose your foundation shade in sunlight or research your preferred shade online prior to purchasing.

Another top tip is to make sure you also match your foundation to suit your own individual skin type.
Those with dry/normal skin could choose a foundation with an illuminating or satin finish, such as our LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation.
If you have normal to oily skin, a satin or matte foundation is best. We recommend our Milani Cosmetics 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer, or if you prefer a satin finish you could try the LA Girl Pro Coverage with the mattifying LA Girl Pro Face powder on top!
If you have oily skin, a matte foundation is your best friend – the Milani Cosmetics 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer ensures a matte finish with the added bonus of full coverage to keep your face in place all day!

Have a question about our foundations? Follow us on Instagram or reach out to us on Facebook and we can recommend the best foundation for your skin tone!

Questions and Answers: Beauty Creations Cosmetics


Beauty Creations Cosmetics was founded in 2016 by the innovative Esmeralda Hernandez, alongside the parent company BeBella Cosmetics. As the CEO behind this fantastic new brand, Esmeralda wanted to ensure that there was a market for people looking for top quality makeup at affordable costs. She created Beauty Creations Cosmetics to give everyone a chance to create luxury makeup looks without breaking the bank!

This brand provokes inspiration and passion in the creation of all of their products, and we wanted to answer the top asked questions so that everyone can find out a little more about Beauty Creations Cosmetics!

Is Beauty Creations Cosmetics a cruelty free brand?

All products from Beauty Creations are cruelty free and any further information needed will be clearly labelled.

Are the products vegan?

Many items from this brand are vegan, but we recommend checking the ingredients prior to purchase. Beauty Creations also welcomes customers to email them at if they have any concerns or questions regarding their makeup!

Are the eyeshadows good quality?

Absolutely! Our amazing in-house makeup artist uses the Beauty Creations palettes regularly to create stunning, blendable and highly pigmented eye looks! Check out our Insta page here to see just some of the gorgeous looks created.

Have more questions about the brand? Or want to find out about ordering them online? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!

Questions and Answers: BH Cosmetics



BH Cosmetics, founded in the heart of Los Angeles in 2009, strives to provide the best quality makeup products that everyone will be able to afford. A constantly growing brand, they listen to the thoughts and ideas of its consumers, ensuring that each and every person will be able to find their own perfect makeup style.

Is BH Cosmetics a good brand?

Don’t be put off by the low, affordable prices! BH Cosmetics always uses quality ingredients with every product they make, to ensure they give the best pay-off possible in order to create stunning makeup looks.

Are the eyeshadows good quality?

BH Cosmetics sells amazing quality eyeshadows that are rich in pigment, long lasting and blend like a dream!

Is BH Cosmetics cruelty free?

BH are a certified, cruelty free brand! Certified by the Leaping Bunny programme, they do not test on animals at any stage during the production of their makeup, and also ensures that the manufacturers they work with sign a legally binding document not to test any products or raw materials on animals.

Does BH Cosmetics sell vegan products?

Not all their makeup products are vegan, but there are many vegan options. You can search their website for vegan specific cosmetics to make sure they are animal-friendly!

Is BH Cosmetics sold in stores?

You can purchase a number of BH products online at Beauty Pod and receive free delivery on all orders over €25!

Have more questions about the brand? Reach out to Beauty Pod today and we can help get you the answers you are looking for!

Questions and Answers: Gerard Cosmetics



Gerard Cosmetics may have only started back in 2014, but in that short time it has boomed in the makeup industry and has become known across the world for its luxurious and fantastic quality products. Based in LA, GC puts the emphasis on colour, performance and vibrancy in every product they make, to ensure the best of the best is available for your makeup routine.

We researched the top asked questions about this brand and put together the answers you need in a blog post so you can find everything you need to know right here!

Is Gerard Cosmetics cruelty free?

It is! Gerard Cosmetics have confirmed they are a cruelty free brand, and do not test finished products or any ingredients that they use on animals. Their products are not sold in China where animal testing is required by law.

Is Gerard Cosmetics a vegan brand?

While Gerard Cosmetics is not an entirely vegan brand, they do offer options for their customers, such as their lip glosses. They do not currently have a vegan product list but reaching out to the company’s customer service can be helpful in determining if a product you want is vegan or not!

Is the brand sold in stores?

Gerard Cosmetics is predominantly sold in stores across the US, but the good news is you can also shop the brand right here today. You can shop online at Beauty Pod to pick up some of your favourite products, and receive free delivery on orders over €25!

Is Gerard Cosmetics a high-end brand?

Gerard Cosmetics prides itself in producing luxurious quality products, while maintaining an affordable price. They ensure high quality packaging, ingredients and finished products every time.

Is the Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick formula good?

Yes yes yes! The Hydra Matte formula is comfortable, long wearing and hydrating which means it won’t dry out your lips. It is definitely a favourite go-to liquid lip for us!

Have any other burning questions about their products? Contact us today online and ask our team members anything!

Questions and Answers: LA Girl Cosmetics

In 1985 in Rancho Cucamonga, California, LA Girl Cosmetics was born from their parent company Beauty 21 Cosmetics. For over 30 years, the philosophy of the brand has stood strong and they take pride in offering on-trend, innovative, and amazing quality products. Whether you’ve been a makeup lover for years, or just beginning in the industry, LA Girl has everything you need at affordable prices.

We found some of the top asked questions about LA Girl Cosmetics and answered them all for you below!


Is LA Girl Cosmetics cruelty free?

Yes! LA Girl Cosmetics are proud, certified members of PETA, and do not test any product on animals at any stage during production. In addition to this, they do not sell their products anywhere where animal testing is required by law.

Is LA Girl a vegan brand?

LA Girl is not a 100% vegan brand as some products do contain beeswax, but they do sell some products that are vegan. Click here to view a list of products that contain no animal-derived ingredients.

Is LA Girl a good brand to use?

Don’t be fooled by the great, affordable prices from LA Girl Cosmetics! They continue to ensure top quality products time after time no matter what and have become a go-to brand for professional makeup artists and makeup lovers alike.

Should I use the colour correcting Pro Concealers?

Colour correcting is a great makeup trick used for concealing and correcting different skin issues and skin tones. Different shades of the LA Girl colour correcting Pro Concealers are used for different issues:

Green: Can be blended to cancel out redness. Ideal for anyone with rosacea, acne, acne scars etc.

Peach or Orange: Blended to cancel out blue. Use it to correct undereye circles, bags or veins.

Lavender or Purple: Cancels out any yellowness or yellow tone on your skin. Use the LA Girl yellow concealer it to brighten dull or sallow complexion.

Are LA Girl and LA Colors cosmetics the same brand?

No, they are separate brands, but they are owned by the same parent company Beauty 21 Cosmetics. Each brand offers a number of different products and at Beauty Pod, we sell some of the best LA Girl Cosmetics makeup around, so why not shop online today!

Where can I buy it? Is LA Girl Cosmetics online?

Yes, you can shop a range of the amazing makeup products online at Beauty Pod today! Grab your favourite items and receive free delivery on orders over €25.


Have other questions about LA Girl Cosmetics? Contact us on Facebook or Instagram today, and we’ll be happy to answer anything else you may want to know!



Questions and Answers: Milani Cosmetics


Since 2001, Milani Cosmetics has grown to become a firm favourite of makeup lovers, providing high-end quality makeup at affordable prices. Founded by siblings Ralph Bijou and Laurie Minc, Milani Cosmetics carries a number of products for face, lips, and eyes, allowing you to create a flawless look without breaking the bank.
At Beauty Pod, we wanted to dig a little deeper to find the top asked questions about this brand and answer them right here for you all!

Is this a cruelty free brand?

Absolutely! Milani Cosmetics are a certified cruelty free brand, and they do not test on animals at any stage during the production of their products. They also do not sell any of their makeup in China, or any other country that requires animal testing to take place by law. They are certified by both PETA and the Leaping Bunny Programme.

Are the products vegan?

Milani is not a completely vegan brand, but they do have many products that ARE vegan and contain no ingredients derived from animals in any way. Tashina Combs has put together a great, informative post to help you pick out the best vegan products to purchase – click here

Are Milani’s makeup products good quality?

This amazing brand has become well known for providing high-end quality makeup at reasonable and drugstore prices. It rivals its luxury competitors with its rich pigments and wide range of products available, and is a staple brand for makeup artists and lovers around the world.

Where can I buy Milani Cosmetics?

You can shop for Milani makeup right here at Beauty Pod! We are proud to carry this incredible U.S brand, providing our customers with the best products on the market at affordable prices. You can purchase online, or you can visit us in-store in Cork City, Ireland and shop!

Is there a diverse range of foundation shades?

Milani carries several different shades to suit your skin tone! At Beauty Pod, we stock 01 Creamy Vanilla as our lightest shade for fair skin, and 14 Golden Toffee for deeper complexions. Find your perfect shade today right here

If you have any other questions about Milani Cosmetics, or any other brands that we sell, please don’t hesitate to reach out today and speak to a member of the team!