Goss dishes on the best full coverage foundations ever. He’s really killin it with helpful short videos lately (and by lately I really mean always).
I’m pretty constantly researching and accumulating inspiration from everywhere so I have a lot of things to talk about and blog about and so I make time. I also don’t force myself into a schedule because I’m not blogging for other people or my readers (I luv ya’ll but you’re not the #1 priority of my life), I blog when I feel like I have something important to say and want to have something to look back on and understand myself a little more. So it’s not like blogging is a time consuming thing that gets in the way of my life at school or work or whatever. And actually, my work deals with blogging and the internet so it all pretty much ties in together nicely.
I did a thing for Teen Vogue on Fashion Blogging Tips you might find useful (http://www.teenvogue.com/careers/fashion-careers/2011-07/blogger-tips) . IFB (http://heartifb.com) has a lot of useful information for people who are getting started at blogging too. But I don’t think blogging is very hard. You write about things you like, and you make it pretty to look at. The end.
My Top Tips for Doing Photography Eye Make-up
Yesterday I did a photo-shoot in London and I created a very bold midnight-blue smoky eye look which I tweeted out and put on my Facebook page. I had some lovely comments and feedback from the look I created and it got me thinking to do a blog post on some eye make-up photography tips which I know will be really useful for some of my followers.
Matte - Although shimmer can look great when applied properly like I have done in the inner corner of this look(above) if you are a little unsure about what to do, it’s always safe to go with matte colours as this can make the eye look, look washed out when the flash goes on the look. Matte makeup won’t reflect light, making it easy to photograph.
Brows – I am HUGE fan on eyebrows and always fill them in my looks unless it is a bleached eye look I am specifically going for. The eyes and face will look so much more complete if brows are looking polished and the lighting will wash the brows out when pictures are being taken. Always use a powder product to fill brows in as the heat from the lights can melt cream products.
Colours- Makeup will always photograph two shades lighter! Makeup doesn’t translate as vibrant in photographs!
Powder - Even if the makeup look is applied perfectly, if your model looks shiny in pictures it can ruin the whole look and make more work for a retoucher to make the skin not look so shiny in the pictures. Once the makeup look is complete, use a finishing or setting powder to make everything more matte or oil blotting sheets are perfect!
False lashes - 95% of my portfolio is full of all my models wearing false lashes, and they make all the difference suiting a variety of looks- natural, glam and creative and more!
I hope some of my top tips help you out in the future when you are working on photo-shoots.
- Reblogged from karlapowellmua
I’m reading this utterly fascinating book called The Original Beauty Bible in my free time and I highly recommend it! I’m learning so much. I thought I’d share you some relevant sunscreen/spf tips since it’s summer and it’s more important now than ever to know whats up. We’ve also been getting lots of sunscreen related questions.
- SPF - Does SPF rating matter? ”A sunscreen’s SPF rating is incredibly important, but it is not the only guide when you are buying sunscreens. All the SPF number lets you know is how long you can stay in the sun without burning while wearing that product. For example, let’s say you’re like me and you can stay in the sun for about 15 minutes before your skin starts to turn pink. Applying a sunscreen rated SPF 15 will allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer (three and three-quarters hours: 15 times 15 minutes) without getting pink. In other words, the SPF number, 15 in this case, multiplied by the amount of time you can normally stay in the sun without getting pink, is how long you can stay in the sun after you’ve applied the sunscreen. If you normally can stay in the sun 25 minutes without getting pink, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would let you stay in the sun six and one-quarter hours (15 times 25 equals 375 minutes) without burning.
- SPF only refers to UVB Rays. You want UVA and UVB protection — because although UVB rays can’t penetrate glass and you won’t get a sunburn from them if you stay inside, UVA does penetrate, there are more of them, and they are more damaging because you deal with 100 times the amount of them as compared to UVB.
- Applying once is not enough. “Research indicates sunscreen users are only applying 50% of the recommended amount, so they are only receiving 50% of the SPF protection.” The reason why sunscreen directions usually say apply 20 minutes before you go out and reapply when when you sweat is because you’re probably not applying enough in the first place, and you need an ample amount and you need to apply often because you’ll have sweat some of it off.
- The more products you layer on over sunscreen, the less effective the sunscreen is. As a rule, it’s best to apply sunscreen over the rest of your skincare and makeup. Those other products might dilute or break down the products in your sunscreen if you apply them over it.
- An SPF 5 Product over an SPF 10 product does not mean you are getting SPF 18 coverage. If you want SPF 15 (the minimum you should be wearing) find a product that offers that coverage specifically.
So today is something a little different then the normal, we tend to forget about the importance of cleansing our skin so here’s a little refresher. One of the most basic rules when it comes to skincare is to remove your makeup before you hit the pillow at night, although basic, and although simple are people beginning to forget the importance of cleansing? Or are they just plain lazy? Here are the basic facts about why you need to be removing your makeup.
- Sleeping with your makeup on can clog the pores; resulting in acne and breakouts.
- Sleeping with your makeup on can cause skin irritations such as contact dermatitis, redness, eczema and lots of other nasty skin conditions.
- Most makeup contains pore clogging ingredients and other nasty chemicals, leaving them on for long periods of time is potentially dangerous to your skin, and your health.
- Sleeping in makeup which contains mineral oil (a petrol chemical) can increase skins photo sensitivity and cause acne (photo sensitivity is where you skin is more sensitive to the sun, shows up wrinkles quicker, absorbs more UVA/UVB rays)
- Most makeup contains some SPF even if it’s only a very small amount, and if your makeup didn’t contain your skincare you used to prep your makeup would. normally at least one of the products you are using will contain SPF. SPF is normally Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide based, when these products are on your skin the skin cannot properly repair itself alone, as these ingredients create a barrier.
- It can cause the skin to come under stress and produce excess oils.
- Your skin needs to be able to breathe.
- Skin needs to be replenished and packed full of nutrients and moisture at the end of each day as it is subject to environmental damage.
- None of your serums, or moisturisers will work to their full potential if you’ve got a layer of makeup between them.
What do you think of this post? Would you like to see more articles like this;taking you back to the basics?
- Reblogged from makeuptips-
Well, I was already a successful fashion blogger before starting this makeup one ….so I already had a large readership that was interested in fashion and personal style, and connections to beauty companies & editors from my work as a blogger. I did a few blogging slideshows / tips for Teen Vogue when I was interning there you might find useful, it’s stuff I’ve said time and time again when people have asked.
When we decided to start this blog together, there wasn’t a makeup tag editorial group yet, the makeup tag was filled with mostly like, you know, makeup packaging… not a place for tutorials, reviews, EOTD’s, and high fashion inspiration. We came in with a clear idea of what we wanted to be and that wasn’t anything Tumblr had seen before. (That sounds big-headed. Well, I’ve never been accused of being modest, before, so….) So we just focused on what we wanted and did a really good job doing that. I also just marketed the crap out of us — I wasn’t afraid to mention the blog at my internship at Teen Vogue, and I referred my fashion blog readership to follow this blog, and I sent the link out to my friends in the beauty and fashion industry to get their thoughts and eventually the press. I am lucky because I started off already successful, I just branched out what I was successful at.
There is nothing I can really tell you that you don’t already know from common sense — find your niche, do your best serving up realness. Good quality photos, helpful tips… just do what you want to do really well and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If you have something really new and interesting to say, your work will end up in the right hands.
- Oil-free foundation: 1 year
- Cream or compact foundation: 18 months
- Concealer: 12-18 months
- Powder: 2 years
- Blush and bronzer: 2 years
- Cream blush: 12-18 months
- Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
- Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
- Eyeliner: 2 years
- Liquid eyeliner: 6 mo - 1 year
- Mascara: 3-6 months
- Lipstick: 2 years
- Lip liner: 2 years
- Lip gloss: 18-24 months
- Nail color: 1 year (pfff. I only throw them out when they’re unusable — you can lengthen the life of your nail color if it gets gooey by adding nail polish thinner and shaking it up.)
- Fragrance: 2-5 years
(nabbed from here)
Of course, even I don’t follow these guidelines very specifically — I have way too much eyeshadow to throw it away so soon! I think the most important products you should be adhering to in terms of guidelines are the foundations and mascaras. You should also throw away or donate the products you don’t use on a semi-regular basis (consider it another part of spring cleaning). Someone else might like them! Donating lightly used or even unopened beauty products to your local Women’s Shelter (if they accept them) is great because someone else in need would greatly appreciate them. I do that every 6 months. It keeps my collection well edited.