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Foundation Coverage October 17, 2007

Filed under: Makeup,tips — ezbeauty @ 9:06 pm
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Perhaps you have tried several different kinds of drugstore liquid foundations but are repeatedly disappointed with the level of coverage you get from them. Before you go all in and splurge on a high-end foundation, take a moment to examine the method you apply your foundation. Do you use your fingers or a sponge? These provide a more sheer coverage, which sometimes is fine, but other times you will want/need more than that. They key to getting really full coverage is to use a brush. A brush with synthetic bristles will not absorb or “rub away” any of your foundation and will give you beautiful coverage.

A foundation brush doesn’t have to be expensive, either:

ELF offers a foundation brush for $1.

AVON has one for $5.99.

You can even use paint brushes from the craft store, which is actually what I do. I get great coverage from a 3/4″ wash brush that came in a set my mom bought for $5. JoAnn has wash brushes on their site in a variety of sizes for $2.49 each. You can also use small shader brushes for your concealer.

 

Fergie and MAC! October 15, 2007

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There are some MAC products in Fergie’s “Clumsy” video. Check it out! =)

 

Depot an NYX Trio

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Here is a great tutorial by EnKore on how to depot your NYX shadow trio. Enjoy!

 

Shadow Applicators

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:21 pm
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Hey guys, you know those little sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow? Well, I don’t use them for applying eyeshadow and I feel kinda bad just throwing them away (especially the nice ones from NYX), so I was wondering, is there anything else that they can be used for? I sometimes use them to scoop out loose shadow from pots but they’re not spectacular for this. Let me know if you’ve come up with some creative way to use them!

 

Want Some MAC?

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:14 pm
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I mentioned in my Fall Look tutorial that incorporating some high-end makeup into your collection can bring your low-end things up to a higher level. It doesn’t take much, just a few products, and you can look like a million bucks without braking the bank. Here are a few items from MAC that I suggest you buy to use along with your other cosmetics.

1. Get something you can use as a base for all your eyeshadow – this can be a paint, paint pot, shade stick, cream color base, or prep & prime. Pick something that you like the texture of and choose a shade that is close to your skin tone.

2. Pick two or three eye shadows that you can use on a regular basis and that work well with other shadows you already have in your collection. Don’t pick anything that, while it looks pretty in the pot, you would only use once in a great while. I suggest getting one that is white/off white/cream to use as a highlighter, but the rest can be whatever you choose.

3. Studio Finish Concealer.

4. Lipstick or gloss. Pick a color that is flattering to your skin tone, comes in just the right finish, and works well with your other makeup colors. You could also get a clear gloss to add over the lipsticks you already own.

I don’t recommend buying mascara from MAC (or anywhere high-end) if you’re on a budget because you have to replace it so often. Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 – 3 months because of bacteria and yes, even eye mites (soooo gross!!). If your mascara stings your eyes or is three months old, it’s time to toss it.

I suggest using a permanent marker to write the date you opened your mascara somewhere on the tube so that you can know for sure how old it is.

I recommend N.Y.C. mascara – it’s $2 for thickening, lengthening, or waterproof mascara and $3 for curling. You just don’t want to pay more than that because of having to replace it sooo often. Also, I’ve heard that drugstore brands actually work better than many high-end brands!

So there you go. I hope you have fun picking out your products. Please note that I can’t advise you on your skin tone/what looks good with your tone. It just doesn’t work over the computer. The best thing to do is go to a MAC counter and try out swatches to see for yourself, or, if you’re really unsure, just ask someone who works there. They are more than willing to help you out. =)

 

Lead in Lipstick October 12, 2007

Some information coming out is that a lot of lipsticks, including luxury brands have a high amount of lead in them. In fact, some of the luxury brands had more lead than the drugstore brands.

Since I don’t understand all the aspects of parts per million and don’t know how much lead is absorbed through the lips (or how much lipstick is ingested for that matter), I don’t know how serious this is.

All of the lipsticks tested were a red color. This could mean that there is something particular about pigments/dies that are red being contaminated with lead and that other colors are fine, I don’t know.

Anyway, here is a complete list of the lipsticks tested.

If you feel strongly about this, please stop buying products from these companies and write to them and tell them why. They don’t seem to be very concerned about it – but, as we all know, money is the only language a lot of businesses speak …

Here are links to contact some of the brands that had the highest level of lead in their lipsticks:

Maybelline

Cover Girl

L’Oreal

Also be sure and visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where you can get more info on how to take action!

 

Smokey Eyes

Filed under: Looks,Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:21 pm
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Here are a couple of fun ways to get smokey eyes.