Hello, ladies! Thank you for joining me (Alicia) today for the topic of...
I am not going to get into the whole should you or should you not wear makeup debate. I'll share my personal beliefs about it and you can come to your own conclusion.
I first started wearing makeup when I was 16-17ish. I sat down and tried to figure out what God said about it in the Bible beforehand. And, lo and behold... God doesn't have any thou shalts or thou shalt nots about it. However, I noticed that godly women such as Esther, Ruth, Lydia, the Proverbs 31 woman, and the Shunamite woman made a point to look their best. I came to the conclusion that makeup is fine for me, provided I stick to ladylike application and only embellish, not change who I am.
There is a difference between Christian and worldly makeup - we'd all spot the differences in a heartbeat if we compared them. So bear that in mind when you are deciding how much and what kinds you want to wear.
And now I am going to show you the basics of makeup application (strictly with makeups I feel can be used in a ladylike way. There are some I don't recommend.).
I use only four brushes myself. I have a liquid foundation brush, a powder brush, and a tiny eyebrow brush, and a eye shadow brush. But, there are many other basic kinds. Here is the general list:
The key is to keep them clean. Ahem, yes, let me go stick my foundation one in some soap and water right now... ;)
The Basic Application
I am just going to give a quick run-down on how to apply every day makeup. Or, at least, how I apply mine. There are different techniques.
I start with a freshly-washed, moisturized face. (If I am going somewhere or anticipate getting hot/sweaty, I apply a bit of toner or primer to the T-zone area - nose, chin, etc.) Dab a small circle of liquid foundation onto your brush. Starting with your cheeks, apply in swift, downward strokes. Depending on the day, I don't generally apply to my chin or forehead. Apply a very fine layer to your nose. If necessary, take this opportunity to correct problem areas with tiny dabs of concealer.
I dislike shine, so I use translucent finishing powder to finish off the foundation part. Lightly pat the power over your entire face with your power brush, making special attention to prone-to-shiny areas.
Next, I like to do a little bronzer and blush. The following charts are exactly how I apply them. (I am oval for blush.)
About this time, I do lip gloss. I wear lipstick only on rare occasions. I don't think anyone needs a chart for either...
Moving on to eye shadow...
Now, I tend to be very picky with eye shadow. I have hazel eyes. And I don't really wear colors. Light browns, maybe a faint pinkish-tan, or a light lavender is about the extent of my eye shadow. Nothing bright, really. I tend to be on the very natural side when it comes to shadow. I do like lightening my eyes around the brow area with white shadow. The following charts are pretty much what I do (except I've never used a lash curler in my life!).
Simple. Light eye shadow, followed by white beneath the brow area. I generally use a light brown eye pencil on the bottom and occasionally black along the top.
Other options for daily makeup including lightening beneath your eyes and filling in your brows. It really doesn't have to be complicated. You can brush a little dark eye shadow or bronzer on your brows to darken them. And dab a drop or two of light concealer beneath your eyes. Viola - done!
I have to admit, I don't use those good-for-you makeups. I can't afford Cowgirl Dirt, Sephora, Bare Minerals, Mary Kay, or anyone else. I use ELF, Maybelline Fit Me, and New York Style. All of my products are under $5 (excepting mascara - never go too cheap with mascara!)
So here are a few cheap products I recommend. (If you want to pay for better products, go for it! I just personally endeavor to be as thrifty as possible with my makeup.)
- Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation - $5 - Lasts me 5-6 months.
- ELF Translucent Powder - $1 - Lasts me around 2 months.
- ELF Lip Gloss - $1 - Lasts me around 2 months.
- ELF Powder Eye Shadow - $3 - Lasts me around 6 months. Keep an eye out around Christmas - ELF often puts 50 piece palettes out for around $5-10.
- New York Style Cheek Glow - $3 - Lasts me around 6 months.
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara - $6-7 - Lasts me around 4 months.
- ELF Brushes - $1-3 - Lasts around 6+ months.
And now for our giveaway!
Willow Tree Minerals
...has graciously consented to host a giveaway! Aren't they awesome? Check out their Etsy shop, Facebook, and website!
And here is what they are giving away!
One lip shimmer and one eye shadow!
Enter once or do every entry for extra chances! Here's how to enter:
- Visit the Willow Tree Etsy shop and leave a comment stating what your favorite product is. (Required entry.)
- Leave a comment saying what your favorite brand of makeup is.
- Leave a comment. Lipstick or lipgloss?
- Leave a comment. Powder or liquid foundation?
- Share this post on FB, Google+, or Twitter and leave a comment with the URL link.
- Join this blog with Google Friend Connect. Leave a comment with your entry.
One winner will be generated on August 22. Check back to see if you won!
Don't forget! Mary Kay consultant Angela Snyder will be here on the blog this afternoon. Check back for a second post!