Post # 1
I’m posing this question here because really all I know about applying cosmetics and cosmetic products I learned from reading Seventeen magazine in the ’80s and ONE consultation with a Mary Kay sales rep in 1994.
I did go to a cosmestic counter twice as an adult, once in ’99 when my mother remarried and once about five years ago for a makeover and while I liked some of what she did, I remember the eye makeup as being really heavy, and that she wanted to pluck all my eyebrow hair out as that was the thing to do at the time. I walked around the mall feeling really uncomfortable and that everyone was staring at me–like Priscilla Presley in the sixties.
The other thing is that even though I’m not vegan, I feel strongly about using cruelty-free products that are EU Directive compliant.
So my question is, how do I update my skills for a more today look? I want to be more natural, sort of like Kate Middleton, than look like I’m wearing makeup to wear color which is the style now.
Day to day I wear foundation and powder (at work) but not much else, although I have been practicing after reading an article that not wearing makeup has a negative impact on your career.
Post # 3
I like ELF cosmetics because they are cruelty free and really affordable. They have great honest reviews on their site and a great product. http://www.eyeslipsface.com/
You dont have to look like priscella! A little eyeliner, neutral shadows, and mascara do wonders to open up the eye! A little bronzer or blush and a hint of lipcolor is all you might want!
Post # 4
Yay for not supporting animal cruelty! But yeah, I know it’s hard to find products that are good, affordable and cruelty-free. It took me a whole year to find a decent foundation! It sucks because in the EU it’s so easy to find amazing, organic, cruelty-free products for under 10 euros… but now I’m just venting.
MAC is my favourite – high quality and they don’t test on animals. You’ll want to stay away from most drugstore and higher-end companies, as they are evil and use ingredients that are bad for your skin. Origins is also great, especially if you are looking for a more natural look. If you live in the US you’ll have better luck finding cruelty-free brands than I do in Canada, or so I’m told.
You should watch those youtube videos with makeup tutorials, that’s my plan for my wedding. You don’t really need “skills”, just ideas and up-to-date colours and products. I feel like you for MUA. Whenever I got my makeup done I ended up looking way too dramatic. I don’t want to look like I’m ready to go to a rave on my Wedding day, so I decided to do it myself. Just practice a lot! Find one or two looks that you like online, and try to replicate them until you get it perfectly.
On a side note- could you post the link to that article about makeup and careers? Sounds awful but interesting!
Post # 5
@arathella: Its not just women, makeup, and career, though we are under greater stresses. Im reminded of this:
Post # 6
I stay away from the makeup counters, since all they really want is to sell you their products.
For my wedding day I had my makeup done professionally and it look good. On a day to day basis I wear foundation and mascara. If hubby and I go on a date night I’ll add more eye makeup, but my makeup skills are about on par with you.
You could try making an appointment at a spa/salon that does makeup for a pre-wedding trial and ask them to give you some tips?
Post # 7
This may SOUND off the wall, but I promise you its great….
Youtube. It is, hands down, the best source for makeup product information reviews and application tutorials I have EVER come across and I am a big fan of girlie products. Type in your information requests (be it, “wedding makeup review/tutorials” or “best wedding photo foundation”) and you’ll get tons of tips, links and reviews. It really is a great resource.
Post # 8
@BillysBride2011: I love youtube makeup tutorials! I definitely second the recommendation to look at youtube. Some of my favourites are Pixiwoo, Lisa Eldridge, and Vintage or Tacky
Just a word about cruelty free makeup, there has recently been issues with companies that were always known for being cruelty fee (MAC, Urban Decay, etc) that were making the move to being sold in stores in China. Animal testing is required of all cosmetics sold in China. Urban Decay eventually pulled out of selling in China due to out cry from their fans, but MAC is still doing it I believe. And then when companies are owned by other companies who are owned by parent companies who test on animals, it really gets confusing. If that aspect of makeup is something that is very important to you, make sure you do a lot of research before deciding on a brand!