March 12, 2010

I'm in a great makeup mood!

I'm in a great makeup mood!

Have you been one of the many hoping the temps will warm up and that spring is here?
It has been a rough winter for everyone around the world.
Be it pollution, cold or hot climate change, or just simple fatique, it's time to pamper ourselves.

Colors are very important for creating the right makeup mood.
There are different moods we want to create depending on the occasion.

Have you ever worn blue eye shadow or mascara?  What a great pick me upper and wonderful to bring out hazel, green, blue or dark brown eyes.
You can keep your lips light and neutral with a glossy effect while playing up the eyes with all sorts of blue shades.  Powder blue, tourquoise, navy, indigo, cobalt, teal, irs, azure, electric blue to name a few!
Line the eyes with a navy liner and finish with navy or midnight blue mascara.

Think pretty in pink for that happy and healthy look.  You can choose to have your eyes, cheeks and lips be in the same tones or mix it up a bit.
Pinks vary so to be safe going plum or dusty rose is the easiest.
You can wear petal pink, silver, or plum gloss to dress up the look.

It you're looking for a bold look, go for a nice rich red or bordeaux lip, keep the eyes and cheeks very neutral.
You can wear a little liner and mascara to finish the look.

Try going gray for a sexy appearance.  Gray is a great color to play with since you can use light blue, lavender, white, silver, pink, green and many others to wear with it.
Line the eyes with black or dark gray eyeliner and add your mascara for that smoky look.
Go soft on the cheeks and the lips.  The key here is to focus on your inner sex appeal which begins with the eyes!

March 7, 2010

Spring cleaning your makeup bag


Spring cleaning is one of the best ways to get rid of what you don't need.  When it comes to makeup, there are several reasons you don't want to hang on to your products.  Brushes and containers become contaminated over time.  There have been over 30,000 reported cases of cosmetic-related allergies yearly.  Conjunctivitis or cornea damage are the most common related to the eye.
The shelf life of your makeup depends on several things.  If you have a rancid odor always throw the product away.
Make sure to keep your eye and lip liners sharpened regularly.  This prevents any unwanted bacteria.
Unused makeup should be kept in a dark area without extreme temperatures.
Always keep your containers clean and properly screwed on.

Here's a quick guide on the shelf life of your beauty products that have been estimated but not set in stone.
If your products have expiration dates on them like many foundations, try and stick to the date rather than keep it forever.

Concealer-  12-18 months
Powder- 2 years
Eyeliner-  2 years
Eyeshadow- 2 years
Mascara- between 4-6 months depending on usage
Foundation- 12-18 months depending on whether it is oil or water based
Lipliner- 2 years
Lipstick- always check for a rancid smell as an indicator to throw it away.  Experts say between 2-4 years
Lipgloss 18 months
Nail Polish- 12 months

Wash your brushes regularly every 2 months in baby shampoo or a mild detergent and your sponges weekly.