My Best Makeup and Skin Care Secrets – Part 2
Back in the 70’s, fashion had just emerged from the revolutionary 60’s and there was plenty of grooviness left over! Colors moved from psychedelics to earth tones (think your mom or grandma’s coppertone stove and avacado frig!) and I followed the trend. I wasn’t able to locate many photos of myself from those days – they’re probably in a box somewhere. But here’s a collage that includes a couple of oldies. I’m calling it ‘The Evolution of ME’ (keep in mind that I hate having my photo taken and normally detest seeing pictures of myself – so this is a bit painful!)!
The photo top left is from my college days. Not too bad, overall, but my brows were overplucked and I think I had blue eyeshadow on the eyelid and none above the crease, so my eyes look a little washed out. Around that time, I began to learn that neutrals were much more appealing on me. Bucking the blue eyeshadow, I learned that my blue eyes were enhanced by beiges and browns. The middle top photo is shortly after I married, about 2-3 years later. Far right, top is maybe 12 years ago, bottom left, 8 years ago, middle bottom about 3 years ago and the far right most recent. Can you tell I get bored with the same hairstyle??
Since the eyes have it, let’s start with them, shall we?
For eyeshadow: use a pale shade on the actual lid and a darker shade just below the brow bone above the crease. I like to use a brush to apply my eyeshadow. And I use a thin, slanted brush to apply a dark powder as an eyeliner, and then smudge with my pinkie finger. Make this your mantra: blend, blend, blend!
For brows: Please don’t over-pluck or over-wax. Not to pick on Pam, but this is not what we’re after!
The best look for brows is a natural but controlled look (are there any better brows than Angelina’s?). The graphic below shows how. If you took a pencil and held it straight against the side of your nose, that’s where your brow should start. A pencil taken from the same point on your nose, through the outside corner of your eye, will show you where the brow should end. The middle pencil goes from the side of the nose, through the pupil of the eye to the arch of the brow.
After you have the basic shape, not too thin, you can use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any thin areas or correct any imperfections (one of my eyebrows is higher than the other, so I try to fill in a little higher on the lower one). Then I have this awesome stiff eyebrow brush that I use to blend and feather them so you don’t see a ‘crayon’ line. Finally…
Eyelashes: Most of us use a mascara. My one tip on that is use black. Very few women are so fair complected that they need a brown or brown-black. Most really need black. And I use an eyelash curler. Unlike most men and babies, my lashes don’t curl up naturally, they just stick straight out! So get yourself a high-quality curler. The final tip I have concerning mascara is to add a drop of a high-grade Lavender essential oil to a brand new tube! It will help fight bacteria in your mascara, as well as condition, and possibly even lengthen and thicken, your lashes!
This photo shows the eye shadow and brow brushes I referred to above:
As you can see, there is one more brush in the photo… and we’re going to talk about it in the 3rd segment of My Best Makeup and Skin Care Secrets!
What are some of your favorite makeup and beauty tips? Please leave a comment and tell me what has worked for you!
Have a wonderful weekend! See you next time,