Makeup 101: Mascara

Did you know that a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is sold every 1.7 seconds somewhere in the world? I suppose its univeral..Us ladies LOVE great lashes.

The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as “a cosmetic substance for darkening, coloring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod.” As we all know mascara is used to darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define eyelashes and all are made up of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

Did you know mascara can be documented in history as far back as 400 BC in ancient Egypt? They used a substance called Kohl (charcoal or soot, crocodile stool, honey, and water was added to keep the kohl from running) was applied to darken the eyes, eye brows and eye lashes and was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the souls of men and women. Crazy, right? Us girls now adays just want luscious lashes!

As you know from a previous MMM: Self Life , mascara is the one cosmetic in our make up bag we MUST replace often, and be cautious of it’s ability to spread bacteria! It is also, in my opinion, one of THE most important items a gal can posses. Batting those lashes, and feeling confident in the enhancement of our eyes can make such a difference! There are days when all of us girls love to take a day off of our usual make up routine, but for me mascara and gloss are an obvious staple.

We all have our opinions on which wands, formulas and price points work best for us. Are more expensive products better? Does the wand REALLY make a difference? Do we want to lengthen, volumize or have water proof? Its all in our own preference..and us girls, we all need options! I’m going to list a couple of my personal faves..but I’d LOVE to hear any of your input as well! 🙂

My favorite (and obviously many others) go to drug store mascara:

I love that this wand is bendable and allows me to customize my preference for application. My reusable wands fit perfectly in the tube for on location work! I use the waterproof formula personally for my day to day looks and think its a great staple for a even better price. 🙂

The most popular of the higher priced Mascaras:

I do LOVE DiorShow. At $24.50 a tube, its a little more of an investment…but its obvious most people are very satisfied with this purchase. Years ago when I was employed by Sephora, this was one of our most popular products! It really does lenghten and volumize. LOVE 🙂

My most recent FAVE:

Urban Decay’s Curling Mascara is $20 a tube, but Ive been playing around with it lately..and have been pretty impressed. I actually have it on now, and feel a great bend to my lashes, and a great even coating! With some mascaras I feel my lashes get dried out, and this one actually has shea butter in its formula to keep lashes moisturized! Two thumbs up. 🙂

The mascara next on my “to try” list:

MACs Opulash..Ive heard awesome stuff about this product that MAC describes as “uperlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!” Sign me up! At $15 a tube I cant wait!

What are your faves? Who out there has experimented with colored mascaras?

To batting those pretty peepers,

xoxo

Makeup 101: Foundations

Make up 101 continues after PRIMERS comes FOUNDATIONS.

What is foundation? What kind is right for you? How do you pick the correct shade?

Foundation is used to even out skin tone and conceal blemishes. There are countless different options when it comes to selection, and picking the right option for you, from color to tone, aplication method to coverage is endless.

Foundation and “face painting” have been recorded as early as the old testament and Max Factor’s “PanCake” was the first commercially available foundation in 1937. Women have always desired for a flawless complection!

Foundation classifications come in Warm, Neutral, or Cool.  The “cosmetic pallete” calls for  Yellow as always Warm, Blue as always Cool, and Red as either Neutral (Primary), Warm (Orange) or Cool (Blue-Red).  It is important to understand a person’s skin tone, undertone and what pigments are wanting to be toned. The extent of the coverage can be gauged by Sheer, Light, Medium and full. (sheer being most transparent,  light being 13-18% pigment, medium being 18-23% pigment  and full being 35-50% pigment) and bases are classified by Oil and emollient, Oil-based shakers, Alcohol based,  Powder-based,  Mineral makeup,  Water-based &  Silicone-based.

PHEWWWW, thats a lot of foundation facts! Now lets apply that knowledge.

According to Targetwoman.com , here’s some great tips on FOUNDATIONS. 🙂

  • If you have an oily skin go in for oil-free or oil-control foundation. On
    the other hand if you have dry skin shop for moisturizing foundations. If you
    have combination of oily and dry skin, determine the most type prevalent in your
    skin and purchase a foundation accordingly. Cream-to-powder based foundation
    work best for combination skin.Once and for all its over. Ok?
  • Select a foundation that seems close to your natural skin tone. Yellow based
    foundations look most natural on all skin types. However if you are very fair,
    try pink or a cooler shade. Women make a primary mistake of choosing a
    foundation that is too light for their skin in the hope of appearing whiter or
    fairer. This ends up looking ashy. You can pick up make foundations in colors
    ranging from cream and ivory to peach and darker. Test a foundation color by
    applying a thin line of color to the jaw line. This will allow you to compare
    color to the skin on the face as well as the neck to avoid any obvious
    differences. The color should blend perfectly with your skin tone.Once and for
    all its over.
  • The vital makeup foundation tip is to blend it well. Ensure that your face
    and neck appear the same color and the foundation has been well blended near the
    hairline and the jaw line.

Applying makeup foundation

Foundation has to be spread well on the skin to avoid spots and streaks. Liquid foundation can be applied and
blended with a sponge. Apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose with a makeup sponge or the tips of your fingers. Do not be afraid to experiment with colors and textures. You can then discover what works
best for you. You can choose a foundation with sun block. Apply concealer under your eyes if you need to camouflage dark circles or baggy eyelids. You can blot your face with a tissue to seal the foundation as well as remove any excess. Set
your makeup foundation with loose powder and you can all set for the rest of your makeup!

Brittany Michele Foundation Picks

high end: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

Tinted Mouisturizer: Benefit You Rebel

Drug Store: Revlon Color Stay

Its always a good idea to go and get your skin matched by a professional, and ask a lot of questions! Foundation selection can make or break a look. Have more questions? I’m here for ya dolls. info@brittanymichele.com

to flawless skin and beauty in all shades,