Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

March 19, 2009

Let's Face It

I wear the same makeup everyday. The exact same makeup. One shade of eyeshadow, one shade of eyeliner. The only spicing up I do is in my blush or lip gloss, depending on the day...and I only have two options. Pathetic!!! Please help me to mix this up and channel some creativity. How do I find new shades that work for me without spending a lot of money trying to test out new products? Has anyone ever sat at a makeup counter and asked for help? And what kind of word is browbone, anyway? :)

1 comment:

Edith Magdalene said...

Oh, Julian! We are so alike! I too, am a creature of habit when it comes to make-up. Luckily, I have a sister who is awesome at make-up -- she was offered a job at Bobbi Brown and does make-up for her friends' weddings all the time. She always tries new things on my. I however, can never seem to make it look as nice as she does, and I am not bold enough to venture into the unconventional colors like she does. One thing she does a lot though is check out magazines. She finds the looks she likes and practices on herself. I think she has a gift -- I've tried it and I can never quite replicate the look.

Some things I like (ok LOVE) to do -- look for free gifts. always offers tons of free samples with a purchase and Chanel, Estee Lauder, and Clinque frequently have free gifts (as well as others of course). They usually require a purchase of like $25 or more, which although it is pricey, is worth it if they have a good free gift promotion. I've gotten tons of great free eye shadows, skin care products, and lip colors through them.

I am pretty partial to Lauder because I have a friend who works there. I asked my friend about people who come to the counter for make-overs and tips. She said that they'll do your make-up for free, but they usually do expect you to purchase something -- but you could buy something small, like one or two eye shadows.

I really, really love Bare Minerals -- and I'm so lucky, I've gotten tons of their make-up as gifts. It is so nice, but it is pricey. But Sephora has sales on it, usually on the start kits, and I always look for coupons. I think even that TV channel QVC has good deals on starter kits for Bare Minerals. One thing I love about it is that it comes with DVD's and booklets instructing even people like me on how to apply the make-up, varying looks with all kinds of colors. I don't know that they do free make overs at all, but I can only find their things online and at Sephora where I live.

Another suggestion -- check out the make-up stands in the mall. You know, the one's you see outside in the atrium? I can't remember the name of the one I purchased from, but I've gotten awesome deals on great eye colors and really nice high quality make-up brushes that I use all the time from those stands. I think I paid like 20 dollars for over a set of over 20 brushes, and they are just as nice as anything you'd find at Sephora or Ulta -- at a fraction of the price. When I remember the name of that stand, I'll let you know because I'm pretty sure they had a website.

The last thing I love to do is check out make-up books and magazines at book stores when I need to relax. Often you can find the colors they use for much cheaper at a drug store than you could anywhere else. I'll splurge on foundation and blush, but I'll go cheap on eye colors and lipsticks. Hope this helps -- make-up is so much fun! Either way -- you're always beautiful!!

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