What beauty tips do you wish you had known ten years ago? And for our younger folk (myself included!), how about just five years ago?
Probably sunscreen and using a cleanser everyday! You’d think the cleanser would be a duh thing, but when you don’t wear makeup, I found it never occurred to me that I needed to cleanse my face any more than I did already by showering.
P.S. – What did you do this weekend? (Or will do?)
Typically, a cleanser refers to a product used to cleanse the face either to remove normal daily build-up or makeup (or both). If you are a heavy makeup wearer, it is advisable to use separate products. Use a targeted cleanser to remove the majority of your makeup with a secondary cleanser to remove the last traces. You can always test your combined cleanser for its effectiveness by using it, and then using a makeup removing wipe to see if you missed any residue (and how much you missed). Cleansers remove oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and the like, which all help to provide the skin a chance to breathe better, renew, and keep pores open. Cleansers that contain acne-fighting ingredients may be too strong for dry skin, as many acne preventive ingredients dry out the skin. Oilier skin will demand a cleanser with more strength than drier skin, so it is important to pay attention to what kind of ingredients and what the product is advertised to do.
If you were using MAC’s CB96 lipstick, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?
Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include CB96! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.
MAC Cosmetics: Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 9
These are some terms that are commonly used by MAC fans that may be a bit confusing to newcomers.
- Acronyms | Many things get abbreviated on the internet, and makeup is no different. If you’ve seen one and don’t know what it is, MakeUpAlley has an excellent abbreviation list that should help you!
- CCB | Cream Colour Base
- Depotting | This is the act of removing the eyeshadow pan/palette from the black container that it came in. There are several methods on doing this, the most common requires a lighter/candle and knife. To begin, you can pop out the plastic insert that lays in the container (basically, there are two pieces to the container, the entire outer casing and a little “plate” that holds the eyeshadow pan). You can easily do this by taking your knife point and inserting it where the two parts meet, which is the same place where the lid closes and clicks in place. After you have removed that portion, take a lighter and melt the bottom of the eyeshadow container enough that you can push a knife point up through it to pop out the metal eyeshadow pan. You can also quickly melt the label found on the bottom of the eyeshadow pot (just enough to make it easy to pull off, too much and you’ll blacken it) and adhere it to the bottom of the eyeshadow pan.
- E/s, L/s, L/g | Eyeshadow, lipstick, lipglass
- Eyeshadow “in pan/palette form” | The typical eyeshadow comes inside a black plastic container with a clear top that pops open. Eyeshadow bought in pan/palette (means the same thing in this context) is when you buy a metal pan that is filled with the eyeshadow color with a magnet on the bottom of it. Essentially, it does not have any protective case or black plastic container. It is the bare bones product. You would then place them in an empty quad or palette.
- Empty palettes, quads | When you purchase an eyeshadow or blush in pan/palette form, you place it inside an empty palette/quad. An empty eyeshadow palette can hold either 15 or 4 eyeshadows (referred to as a quad), and it is a slim black container. An empty blush palette can hold 6 blushes.
- FOTD (EOTD) | Face of the Day or Eye of the Day; essentially, it is someone’s makeup from that day
- MA | Makeup Artist
- MLBB | My Lips But Better
- OTT | Over The Top – as in, that bright blue eyeshadow is over the top for wearing to the office
What holy grail products are you still searching for? What are you desperately seeking? The perfect foundation? The no-fuss cleanser?
MAC Cosmetics: Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 8
The “LE” Factor
The “LE” Factor refers to the Limited Edition collections that launch throughout the year. These are products specifically designed and developed for a particular collection that debuts in a month and is then sold out or removed from shelves shortly thereafter. Once this occurs, then it becomes quite difficult to track down the color you fell in love with.
How often does MAC come out with a new collection?
Quite honestly, it depends. Sometimes it seems like there is one a month, and other times it feels like there is one a week. It can be hard to keep up with what is coming out now, next, and when.
Should I buy everything just because it is limited edition?
If you can afford to, by all means! However, most of us cannot, and I would recommend checking products and perhaps getting at least one item from each launch (if you find something you like), but I advise strongly against giving into to the “LE” Factor. Certain launches, like 2007′s Barbie Loves MAC and 2008′s Fafi For MAC, do sell out incredibly quickly, and for such large, anticipated collections like these, I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know that you can’t deliberate too long! These collections had certain products sell out in a matter of days, not weeks.
Should I buy more than one item? Do I need back-ups?
I rarely buy back-ups of any product, because of how often MAC comes out with new items, I find myself constantly changing up my favorites and finding new things to fall in love with. If you find your perfect lipgloss or highlighter, I would totally say to pick up another if it’s available and it’s just that holy grail product for you.
What do I do if I fell in love with a limited edition product, and now it’s gone?
Take your favorite product with you and try to find a permanent item that is close to it, or be on the look out for potential new products that are similar. When all else fails, try to find a product that’s a dupe for it from another brand (gasp!).