Beauty advice for those who need or want it
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Maybe, as a lot of women do, in your daily routine, you just put on a bare minimum of makeup, like mascara and lipstick, if anything at all and head for the door or perhaps you don't have the depth of knowledge, technique, skill or what have you (maybe just no time) to do much more than what you do already. For something special like a wedding day you have to find a fix for yourself that works; I understand.
For example, with cheek bones you would highlight the upper most area at the top, using a lighter blush color or even a shimmer effect to bring attention to that area, the most bony while, below that you would make a big smile, creating a puffy cheek and apply a very light application of blush, matching the color after a run and maybe even apply a slightly darker shade into the dimples of the the cheek to create depth.
All of this is to point out what I am talking for your chin in using and mixing
colors to the same extent to get what you want in hiding or bringing out features
of the body or face. Does this make sense to you?
A typical photo shoot would be so demanding on the makeup artist to be perfect, just getting everything right that adding anything unnatural beyond perhaps a mole would be obvious. Having said that, I would take your model and try, on your own time, if possible using various pencils –soft and hard; brow, eyeliner, lip, etc to see what works best and most importantly SHOOTS best on FILM, and what the photographer thinks.
If you don’t have the time for all this experimenting (my own best tips are to use lip pencil, followed by a swirl smudge and a softening and a reapplication and then a re-softening till it looks right to your eye, compared to her own natural freckles-color, shape, texture, height, etc.). You might also try liquid latex which I always keep handy in my case but I realize most makeup artists do not. I am full service….but that is another story.
One thing I don't get. you state that you want to "show off her freckles" yet she
only has a few so then you want to ADD to them? I would go with her own natural
beauty in this case and let the camera and therefore the audience determine her
fate, everything else is would be a phony and could be a disaster. Photography is
brutal, the camera doesn't lie.
I use a lot of foundation and powder to cover up a scar that I have above my upper lip but then it comes out looking really thick and cakey. How do I make it so it will be covered up but then again at the same time make it look like I’m not wearing so much makeup?
Hello and thanks for writing.
First it depends on the color of the scar. If it is red, try using Dermablend and their particular powder to finish, otherwise if the scar is bluish in nature, use an orange base such as from a lipstick and mix this in the palm of your hand with your foundation or even better a matt foundation such as that from MAC followed by a loose translucent powder. You do not have to apply it so thick and it will look quite natural while completely covering. I have used this for covering scars, rather nasty burns, tattoos and it does even work on red such as too much sunburn or razor burn, even have used this method as beard cover on clients.
Dermablend has traditionally been used on tattoos and burn or car crash victims. I almost universally however have found great success with the second method. You might even try another MAC product called Studio Fix, to see if it offers enough coverage.
Basically what you are doing above using colors such as orange with the foundation is using the color wheel to choose opposite colors to cancel each other out, so if you want to cover one color, choose the opposite color on the wheel.
Thank you so much for writing back. Okay I do use the MAC Studio Fix powder along with a liquid foundation from MAC should I still apply the translucent powder over it?
You are very welcome!
MAC Studio Fix is a pressed powder that women can take with them for quick touch ups but yes, it does indeed cover up birthmarks and other red marks and things that will surprise you on its own. You do not use loose powder over this product.
With some additional help and knowledge from knowing the color wheel, MAC Full Coverage Foundation, which is a solid, on the other hand, can be useful on a variety of problems.
The MAC liquid foundations come in many varieties from tinted moisturizers and the new HyperReal product to full coverage.
Anastasia All About Brows Kit ($141 Value) $75
Anastasia Brow Ex-press $38
Sephora Eyebrow Palette $12
Anastasia Seven-Item Brow Kit $85
Anastasia Five-Item Brow Kit $65
Fresh Complete Brow Set $45
Lauren Hutton's Good Stuff Face Disc Plus - Tawny Brown (Dark) $20
There is also this on the site:
Arch It Brow Kit
Benefit Brow Zings $26 - $28
Again, if this STILL doesn’t answer your question, please don’t give up. Try again giving me more details so we can get it nailed and you can get what you need!
I am a makeup artist and I have
found that when I use a translusent setting powder over my cream foundation on more
mature faces the fine lines and wrinkles are really excentuated. What product or
technique should I be using? Right now I use cinema secrets which I love.
My Birthday is on Friday and I really want to make my eyes look really exotic and stand out almost like a cat so what should I use? Please advise!
Nice to hear from you again!
Cat’s eyes this time and your birthday, here’s to you, kid, : )
I have mapped out two variations on how to create 'winged' eyes below and some additional tips below all that:
For more of a glam cats eyes look:
1. This look begins with flawless foundation, precisely applied concealer under eyes, and shading and highlighting to bring out temples, cheekbones and define jaw.
2. Start to define your eyes with a light shadow all over your mobile lid (taupe, a pale creamy brown or a soft grey shadow) - blend this color from your lids softly up to your browbone, as your base shadow.
3. Work a deeper shade into your contour to create a defined socket, and blend this shadow along your crease, - the trick here is to continue blending this shade upwards and outwards - this shadow creates a guide for your eyeliner.
4. Finish your eyeshadow with a touch of subtle shimmer as a highlight under the arch of your eyebrow.
5. The dramatic eyeliner is the essential part of the look - trace a black liquid eyeliner right along your lashline - the line tapers away to nothing on the innermost corner and goes straight along your lashline to the outer corner. Keep the line smooth and strong (if you smudge, use a damp cotton tip to correct and touch up the mistake before the liner dries as some liquids tend to flake if they are touched up once they are dry). At the outer corner, flick your eyeliner brush (very carefully) upwards and outwards - aim the line toward the middle of your temple, tapering the outer edge of the eyeliner to a fine end (not a thick square end - this looks too heavy).
6. To finish this glam eye makeup look, sweep a line using your contour shadow into your lower lashes, start on the outer edge of your pupil and join this line with your eyeliner on the upper corner, keeping this line right into your lashbed, and softly blend - this is not a heavily smudged lower liner as we have seen in the smokey eyes that were on the catwalks of last season.
7. To really emphasize your cats eyes, add false lashes to the outer 1/3 of your lashes, and this will really bring out your extended liner (snip off 1/3 of a strip lash or use a few fanned individual lashes), and apply 2-3 coats of mascara on top lashes only.
8. Well defined brows, a light sweep of blush, and clearly defined lips (in the muted tones mentioned above) will give a sophisticated touch to your perfectly elongated eyes.
Gamine cats eyes variation
A slight variation on this stunning look for a softer, more innocent cats eyes makeup is a look similar to the 50's glamour queen - although this look is still sophisticated, it has a simplistic, more natural finish.
1. Starting with a more translucent foundation - the finish is still flawless; and lightly concealing, contouring and highlighting as needed.
2. Shade your entire lid - from lashes to browbone in a taupe or neutral toned eye shadow; contour with a shade or two darker shade; and highlight with a creamy pale or white shadow. Take your highlighter color onto your inner mobile lid if you need to emphasize and define your socket more, as this will add a subtle definition. All the colors used on your eyes for this look are tonal variations on your contour color, so the look is a monochromatic wash of color to subtly define and create a more natural socket.
3. To create your liner, use a black kohl or pencil liner for a softer finish, keeping the line as close to your lash line as you can - tapering the inner corner away to nothing, and extending and sweeping the liner across your lid, getting thicker over your pupil area, and tapering your winged end up toward your temple - the line is winged, defined and not too thick. A sharper pencil is easier to work with, and will give your line a more defined edge.
4. Line the inner rim of your bottom lid with a white, pale pink or pale blue pencil.
5. Mascara is layered (2 - 3 coats) on the outer edges of your top lashes - move your wand in the direction of the winged liner to emphasize the finish.
6. This look is more of what we are seeing currently on the catwalks - you can define your pencil line with a touch of liquid if you would like the line to be stronger, however the softer line is more Bohemian.
7. Cheek color is subtle - keep the color neutral, not too strong or dark, and onto the apples of your cheeks, sweeping it up to your temples; keep lips natural - softly outline, smudge your liner with a cotton tip and fill in with a pale beige pink lipstick as this will really emphasizing your eyes. If you want more definition, then use a mid toned red-brown satin finish lipstick.
Chloe: bold, dark eyes at a spring 2003, Paris show with a gorgeous dark variation on the cats eye look.
Applying eyeliner well takes concentration and a relaxed hand. I recommend starting with a pencil liner to get the hang of it, and possibly graduating to a liquid liner when you feel more confident. Because there are many variations of the cat-eye look, ranging from sharp, thin and pointed to fat and supersmudgy, there are as many techniques. Here's my favorite with some variations:
For a traditional cat-eye look, use a sharp eyeliner pencil and dot along the root of the lashes, from inner to outer eye, following the natural curve precisely. Stop at the point where your pupil ends and begin to subtly slant upward, carrying out the line as far as you like. In most cases, about a quarter of an inch looks good. Try slightly more if you're going for more drama.
If you desire a fatter line, retrace your steps, only filling in a bit wider as you go.
If you feel like your hand is steady enough, try using a brush. I love using a bent-angle brush, which has a handle that bends in the middle, so when drawing on the lash line you have the perspective of a second party. It's an amazing little tool. And it's perfect for shadow or cream liner.
Evenly distribute shadow liner on your brush, press the shadow as you place it along your lash line, moving the brush in the same slanting upward path. This technique will give a more translucent finish.
Lastly, don't be intimidated by liquid eyeliners. Just look for ones with small, firm, preferably tiny padded points. And make sure when you test them, that not too much liquid comes out of the applicator.
Something else you can try:
Other colors such as purple, charcoal and wine
And most of all practice, practice, and practice as this will take a few times to get the look just right.
The smoky look is done with shades of grey or charcoal or in blues or berries/purple and violet shades. You can keep your black eye liner and black mascara. For the evening you can darken with deeper blues, black (but not if you have a light skin tone) and grays, coupled with false eyelashes for added drama. Now to get the look follow these steps:
Step 1. Line top and bottom lashes with cranberry, green or black depending on your eye color.
Step 2. Smudge and blend the line so the color smoothly transitions from the lashes.
Step 3. Layer an eye shadow of a contrasting or coordinating shade on top of the liner, blending up and out at the outer corner of the eye. (This part is tricky and if not done right will result in that dirty smudged look you hate). I suggest you look for a liner brush or a Q-tip to help you.
Step 4. Add a second layer of eye shadow in a lighter shade at the crease of the eye and blend up toward the eyebrow. Trend upward with the color and at an angle at the outer corner of your eye, like "Cat eyes" without as much drama.
This all should give you the look you are looking for and many variations as well!
Happy birthday sweetie, now go out there and have some fun!
Great!!! Thank you so much!!! =)
Hello and thanks for writing.
I have a lip condition called exfoliative cheilitis. My lips grow crusts instead of pink skin. I was doing a search on Google to try to help myself. My search terms were - ceramide dermatology slow cell turnover. Number 8 on the list is your site. jenellerose.com/makeup.html. The sentence says - Cell turnover decreases by almost half.
Would you please tell me what product or substance you are talking about.
Would you please tell me also if you know a very good dermatologist.
Thank you very much for your help.
Let me start out by saying, I am not specialist nor an expert on any specific medical condition and you really should see a doctor and have them refer you to a specialist who can prescribe a treatment for the condition.
Having said that, my own advice would be to condition the lip regularly with lip balm, keeping it with you at all times to prevent your lips from drying out and using Vaseline petroleum jelly at night before bed. Texture is most important. Get something that is soft, not hard like the "Bert's Bees" brand. I would also suggest but only after the area has begun to heal and with extreme caution, to try and exfoliate the crusting lip area with an old but clean and sanitary toothbrush, perhaps just once a week at first and at the beginning, especially not repeating more than twice in two weeks and follow the progress over the months and see if this doesn’t improve things. It is likely to be painful and if that id the case, don’t do it and wait for the area to heal. You are not ready.
The information you saw Google referred to was on AHA’s, something you definitely do not want apply. AHA’s are better suited to oily skin types and were more in vogue into the late 90’s.
a main issue i've never known how to fix with makeup was the appearence of my dimple chin. It's just a slight dimple in the middle of my chin. Would putting lighter concealer make the shadow less visable?
Dimples in chins are a common occurrence seen on many women actually and is quite easy to fix with makeup. As with other solutions, it works with using the way light works as it reflects on the face.
The basics are highlighting bringing forward an object while darkening or contouring moving a feature backward or camouflaging it.
So if the object is raised you would darken it but in your case as you suspected, you would lighten it or add concealer to the area just as you would to the area just under you’re your nose in the middle, just inside your nose and under your eyes (depending on your age and other factors) and on either side of the of nose towards the bottom and so on, besides any blemish that needed cover, which can come and go.
While on the subject of blemishes, a subject, in itself, use a product such as Polysporin first over the area followed by cover and that will clear it up in very short order and of course clean and rinse your face thoroughly each evening before bedtime!
JENELLE I HAVE A QUINCEANERA COMING UP AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD SUGGEST MAKE UP COLORS AND BRANDS THAT ARE NOT TOO EXPENSIVE. I AM WEARING A LILAC DRESS. WHAT COLOR SHADOWS AND LINERS AND LIPSTICK SHOULD I USE?
Congratulations on your big birthday celebration coming up and welcome to womanhood!
Makeup usually follows less what you are wearing than other factors such as age appropriate, skin tone, color of eyes themselves, hair color, and whether it is for the evening, day or the office as opposed to going out for an evening looking glam or for a concert, etc….
In your case, I would only consider what is age appropriate, the event itself, and your skin tone, eye color.
From these criteria you would then just follow the makeup techniques I have within the pages of this web site, as to the actual application and so on.
Starting with your skin tone, use your jaw line to pick the best shade of concealer as u do not need foundation but the concealer should be a shade or two lighter than what foundation blends in at this area.
Apply around the eyes, sides of nose and other places as necessary and follow this with a loose powder. You could also go with a compact solid type all in one also. Next you would start on your eyes and use earth tones or grey shadow if your eye color is brown and then the appropriate highlighter. Brown eyes can actually get away with almost anything but you would then line your eyes probably in black liner, using pencil or liquid as you prefer. Pencil at this time is probably best for you. Fill in your brows using shadow (is best) in a color one shade lighter than they actually are.
You then would apply bronzer if wanted or blush. Use contour and highlighting at this point to bring out cheek bones, hide double chins, narrow the nose and so on, as required or deemed necessary. For lips, natural shades or the family of pinks are easiest to wear and will last longer as well as not be as high maintenance. Look yourself over again and make sure everything is blended….
For brands and locations…department stores offer the most help but are the most expensive to buy, so go to a pharmacy that allows returns and try to put together a bag of makeup that comes closest to your needs but if something is rather to dark, or not appropriate for your skin type, then you can return it to the store and swap it for another that is more you!
Remember; don’t wear makeup as a mask but rather as enhancement for your positive features. Let your own beauty shine through and that less is more.
Good luck and have fun!
I saw something in a recent magazine at the check out counter and now I can't find it anywhere. It mentioned a Revlon product that was pink that was especially good for dark circles, of which I have. Do you know anything about this?
there's no way to get rid dark circles. They can be caused by sun
damage, veins and capillaries that show through skin, irritation, and the
natural dark pigment that can occur in this area. They can also be a result
of natural shadows that fall within the eye area, making that area appear
darker. Plus, dark circles can be a result of dry skin making the area look
dull and tired.
Here are some basic options for concealing the dark circles:
Laser treatment If you have a chronic case of undereye circles, you should contact a doctor about lasers. Lasers can thicken the skin by increasing collagen production, so you are less likely to see veins.
And you might also try these suggestions:
1. Eat your way to healthier eyes. Just like the skin and other organs, your eyes need certain nutrients to function properly and stay healthy. The American Optometric Association's Web site, Eye on Nutrition (aoa.org/eyeon nutrition), makes it easy to find out if you're getting enough of the six most important ones: the antioxidant vitamins C and E; the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene; and the mineral zinc. Log on and answer a few questions about your health history, lifestyle and diet, and you'll get a personal evaluation and tips on ways to better maintain your eyes.
2. Keep the eye area moisturized. "The best thing you can do to improve the way your eyes look is to moisturize the skin around them," Brown says. Look for creams containing powerful moisturizers such as glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and vitamin E.
Stay away from anything with fragrance or other such additives as these can add puffiness.
Matte (rather than too creamy or greasy) concealers are best to cover natural shadows or dark pigmentation because they tend to last longer and not creep or crease. Examples include Revlon ColorStay Concealer ($8.99).
Two of Revlon’s products:
Revlon Age Defying All Day Lifting Concealer, SPF 20, various shades, 0.1 oz
Botafirm infused Formula helps minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles as it conceals under eye circles. Moisturizes Skin and diminishes the look of puffy Eyes.
Revlon ColorStay Under Eye Concealer, 4 fl oz
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