Is it OK to not wear makeup to work? Hmmm… interesting question isn’t it? For me personally the answer is it’s definitely not OK to not wear makeup at work! It’s actually part of my job requirement, but that’s what happens when you work at a makeup counter!
So what about everyone else? Teachers? Office workers? Food service? Medical workers? Sales people? Is it okay if they don’t wear makeup? Well, honestly, the answer is of course it’s “okay”… no one would probably be that upset about it. However, you need to ask yourself exactly how you want to be perceived? How do you think your co-workers, customers/students/patients or boss would perceive you? Do you think they would say you’re the most professional? Unfortunately, it’s not always about your quality of work, but also about the image you portray.
When you take the time to put on a little makeup, it says you care. You care about being polished, professional and being the best YOU you can be. It says you’re detail oriented and are prepared for anything. I know it seems silly and perhaps even a bit shallow, but it’s true.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not telling you to get all glammed up to go to work… in fact doing so could have a negative reaction as well! There is definitely a fine line! What I’m saying is a little lipstick and mascara can go a long way.
Ultimately this is something that every woman must decide for herself. If you’re not into wearing makeup, that’s totally fine, but I implore you to at least try out wearing a little and see what happens. How did others react? How did it make you feel??
So what do you think? Is it okay not to wear makeup? Be honest! How do YOU react when you see a sales person, or real estate agent, or food service person with out makeup. See! That’s all I’m saying! Everybody does it, it’s just human nature. It’s such an easy fix, too!
Here’s the bare minimum: Some sort of lip color (lipstick, gloss, or lip stain), A little cheek color, and at least mascara on the eyes. That’s it! You can totally do that!
Look girls, this is nothing new. I’ve talked about it before. People do judge you for how you look. It sucks, I know! But with a little effort you can change the way people perceive you. YOU have the power to do that! No one but you. Knowing that is half the battle, the other half is totally up to you. You can choose to take my advice and run with it and see what happens, or ignore me. Either way, I’m all about you feeling and looking your best ALL the time.
Cream blush… oh how I love thee! You give my cheeks a radiant, healthy glow and blend seamlessly into my skin. You last all day and look so soft and natural. What did I ever do without you?!
Seriously, what did I do before cream blush? Well, I used powder of course! Looking back now, I can hardly believe there was ever a time that I didn’t love it, but there was. I honestly don’t remember what the problem was. I think I was afraid of it. Afraid of it streaking, or feeling greasy, or not blending… whatever! It was new and different and I just didn’t understand how amazing cream blush can be!
Now don’t misunderstand, powder blush is perfectly fine and I still do use it occasionally. But who wants “fine” when you can have “wow!”? Still not convinced? Alright, here’s what I want you to do: Apply powder blush on one cheek (or the back of your hand) and apply cream blush on the other. Now step back and look in the mirror. Which one looks more natural? Which one has more glow and radiance? If you left them on all day, which one stayed on longer and looks fresher? I suspect the cream blush side will be the answer to all those questions.
So why not try a cream blush?! Scared? Nervous?? Well don’t be! Here are a few tips for wearing and applying cream blush:
When looking for a cream blush, you want to make sure that the color is sheer (meaning you can still see your skin through it when you put it on) and creamy feeling on your skin. The sheerness is important because it makes it easier to achieve your desired intensity as well as make for effortless blending.
You want to choose a color that your skin would naturally blush. For most of us, that means a pink shade, or if you prefer, a soft peach works beautifully too.
When applying cream blush, using your fingers, start at the apple (the fleshy part of your cheek) of your cheek and blend upwards. I always like to start lighter and build up the color as needed, but if you get too much you can easily tone it down with a makeup sponge or tissue.
Tip Did you know that cream blush also makes a lovely lip balm? It’s true! Just apply it on your lips with your finger for a soft, natural color. Add a little lip gloss on top for extra sparkle.
I know you might not understand my obsession, but that just means you’ve probably never tried it (or at least a good one). Don’t be afraid… go out and see for yourself! I have no doubt that very soon, you’ll be in love too.
Color, color everywhere! It’s pretty hard to miss, but in case you’re just coming out of hibernation, color is huge this Spring! It’s bright, vivid, bold, dramatic and maybe just a little bit intimidating… right?
I know color can be scary, especially when it comes to makeup. I totally understand the fear of looking like a clown, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Not at all. Color brings life and energy and is fun, not scary, when you know how to do it right.
So just how do you do it right? Well the first step is to stay calm and have faith that you can do this! It’s only makeup! It’s not permanent, so be adventurous! You have to be brave and have an open mind. Just try!
The key to wearing colorful makeup is to keep it sheer so you can still see your skin through the color. Also, I think it’s important to pick a feature to really pop with color and keep everything else neutral or in the same color family, just softer. This will keep you from looking too garish and loud, AKA clownish. Here’s what I mean…
The eyes are the perfect place to wear color. It can really accentuate the color of your eyes and be a wonderfully dramatic focal point. Choose a color that will really bring out your eye color. For example, green eyes look great with purple, brown eyes with blue, etc. You can make a bold color statement and wear strong color all over your eyes, or just keep it an accent color by using it as an eye liner, or as a fun pop of color in the inner corner of your eye. You could also do a wash of color on your eye lid for an unexpected twist. Really, the possibilities are endless! Just remember to keep your cheeks and lips fairly neutral and soft so you won’t look too over the top.
This is where you can really shake things up! I say go for it! Rock that bright lip color! It’s hot, sexy and playful! It’s true, wearing a strong lip isn’t for the faint of heart, but I think everyone should try it at least once just to feel how empowering it is. If it’s not your thing, that’s fine, but you can still wear color. Try a gloss, or sheer lipstick to get the same effect with out all the drama. To keep your lips the focus, make sure the rest of your makeup is fairly nude.
I know, I know… this is where the “afraid of looking like a clown” fear comes in, but don’t worry, I’m here to guide you! Here’s what to do: Go with a more natural color like pink or orange and make sure that the color is sheer and is well blended into the apples of your cheeks… no streaking, please! Trust me when I say that nothing can perk up your face like a little pop of pink on your cheeks!
Tip Don’t forget about those nails! There are so many incredibly fun nail colors out there! Your nails are the one place where you can show no fear and really cut loose without consequence or regret. You should try it out for yourself and see what happens!
Alright, I’ll stop preaching, now. I’m sorry but I get so excited when it comes to stuff like this! Makeup and color have an amazing power that can enhance your mood, your confidence, and the way you see yourself in a way that nothing else can. I hope you know you can do this! Open your heart and your mind to the world of color and watch what happens… pure joy and love of life.
Pink is definitely the color of the moment! I love how versatile pink is… it can be vibrant and bold, or soft and feminine. Pink is fun, flirty and fabulous! Pink is a color that absolutely anyone can wear! It just depends on the shade and intensity. Pink is actually very neutral when you think about it.
Truth be told, there was a time when I wasn’t so in love with pink. Looking back I’m not sure why. Perhaps I was unsure of how to wear it with out feeling like a little girl, or it could have been because I was just being a rebellious teenager… I simply adore it now, though! I love how it gives me an extra healthy glow and it almost always cheers me up whenever I have it on.
So today I’m going to talk about how you (Yes, YOU!) can wear pink and be trendy and fashionable, but more importantly, look beautiful and confident. It’s easy, I promise! Here we go…
Come on girls, this one’s easy! There are so many different shades of pink lipstick and glosses out there, it’s just a matter of finding the one that you love the most. If you’re a beginner, or just not into bright colors, then go with a soft, light gloss. You can always work your way up to bolder colors by adding lip liner or mixing different hues of glosses and lipsticks. The pinks that have more of a brown undertone are going to look the most natural, while the more blue undertoned pinks will have more of a pop of color to them. This is an area where you can really have fun and go all out and I whole heartedly encourage you to do so!
OK, so this one’s not so uncommon, either. Believe me when I say that absolutely everyone can wear a pink blush! Pink is the color you turn naturally when you blush, (or get over heated) so it only makes sense! Go with a more sheer pink on your cheeks so you don’t feel like a clown. (“Sheer” meaning you can still see you skin through it) I love a pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks! It makes you look energized and brightens your complexion like nothing else can. You gotta try it!
Alright, this is a bit more unconventional, I know, but it can be so pretty! A light, shimmery, nude pink makes the perfect base color, while a darker shade is super sexy when paired with a smokey eyeliner and dramatic lashes. Don’t be afraid to try it… just like with the lips, start light and work your way towards a darker shade, or try it just as an accent color. Pink looks amazing with plums, grays, blues and even browns!
I always feel like nail color is the perfect place to be a bit more daring and dramatic. Why not have some fun?! If you’re not comfortable wearing bold color on your fingers, then go for it on your toes! It can be your own fun little secret!
Tip If you’re having a difficult time finding a pink eyeshadow you like, then try a powder blush. Since it’s a powder it will apply the same way as an eyeshadow and there’s a lot more color selection! The only thing to watch out for is eye irritation since cheek color’s are generally not optometrist tested.
I really hope this gave you some fun ideas! Maybe you’ll try them all, or try just one, the point is to have fun and give yourself a chance to try something new. After all, who doesn’t want to be pretty in pink?
Do you feel like your usual tried and true makeup products are no longer working the same way as when you first got them? Have you noticed lately that you’re looking washed out and just plain blah?? Well, my dear, I hate to break it to you, but the problem isn’t necessarily with the products… it could actually be you.
So what’s going on?! Well, to put it simply, you’re getting older (we all are) and the old faithful treatments and methods of days gone by just aren’t cutting it anymore. As we get older, our skin and hair get lighter, so it only makes sense that we’d have to adjust our makeup accordingly. Other wonderful side effects of aging include fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, loss of firmness and lack of glow to name a few.
I realize that no one wants to admit that they’re getting older. No one loves to admit that it’s time for a change. Unfortunately, both getting older and change are unavoidable. It sucks, I know, but it’s the truth.
Alright now, stop being depressed because I’m here to help make things better! You are still vital, beautiful and sexy! I’m going to give you a few pointers on what to look for when making this adjustment and what you should try to avoid. Here we go:
Soft, natural, radiant, dewy finishes on your foundation, sheer color on your cheeks and lips and light, bright colors on your eyes, soft color on your bows. Go for the glow!
Matte finishes on anything and powder in general, frosted eye shadows, dark colors, heavy cakey foundation or concealer, bright cheek colors, dark brows and heavy eye makeup.
Tip Don’t be afraid of a little shimmer and glow! Using a bronzer or highlighter with a glowy, luminous finish is a great way to add a little sparkle and radiance back into your lack luster skin. What you want to watch out for is a high impact frost which can really accentuate fines lines and wrinkles. A shimmer will have a softer finish and add a natural looking glow.
The key is to brighten your features and give yourself color without being too over the top and garish looking. That’s why the idea of sheer color is so great… it gives you color and still looks natural. On the flip side, you also need to be careful wearing neutrals. Now that your hair and skin have lightened up, they may tend to wash you out more then anything else and/or look muddy on your skin.
I know how stressful it is getting older, but you can do this! All you need to do is lighten and brighten and let the natural beauty in you shine! It’s going to be a much more enjoyable journey if you just go with the flow rather then try to fight the current. Bon voyage!