Saturday, March 21, 2009

Make up Mania

Fashion Trivia Fun Fact: During a time of economic struggle the only item to ever have an increase in sales is lipstick. Lipstick is an affordable way to play up an outfit without spending a lot of money, and during the war years of 1940-1946 women would buy a minimum amount of clothing and more make up and accessories.

Perhaps it's because my mom went to beauty school, is a maestro with a make up brush, and is a beauty product junky but I looove to play with make up. I suggest you head to Ulta, Sephora, or perhaps Target to find a cheap make up set with all the colors you can imagine. Like a kid in a candy store I am drawn to them. Unleash your inner artist and play around! Brands like Urban Decay and (my favorite) Wet 'n' Wild offer bold colored eye shadows, mascaras, and eyeliners. If you want to play up a more neutral look try animal friendly Two-Faced or the new, all natural, Almay pure blends for subtle colors.

To really make your features pop, play up your natural coloring by picking colors that flatter you. Your eyes are what people notice first so try using colors tailored to their color; usually that means the opposite of your natural color. Blue is across from orange on the color wheel, while I wouldn't suggest wearing straight orange, try a peach, coral, or rust color. Brown is a warm neutral and looks best with cool colors such as navy, turquoise, and ocean blue. Green eyes generally have a little bit of brown in them, and glow when next to a purple, maroon, or burgundy liner or shadow. Hazel, being a combination works with browns, blue and purples, as well as grey liners.

On a side note- an awards show make up tip is to wear grey liner because it makes your eyes look brighter as opposed to such a heavy black. And ladies- the raccoon look is not flattering.
If you need a little extra advice video blogger Lauren offers tips on as well as on her website I say grab your girls together watch the tips and practice them on each other, trying make up tricks for the first time are usually easier done on someone else then trying them on yourself at first. Get some cheap products at your local grocery store or CVS like liners, shadows, and nail polish, as well as disposable brushes for hygiene reasons (sharing make up is a great way to share germs).

If you find you really enjoy playing with make up look up make up artists like Bobbi Brown or the late, great, most amazing make up artist ever Kevyn Aucoin. Who knows, it could be your dream career!
I'd love to hear some of your own tips!

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