Beauty Tip of the Week – Eyeliner

I have always loved the look of eyeliner but it has taken me about 17 years of makeup application to finally figure the stuff out! It’s not the easiest thing to apply, ladies. I mean, think about it. How many times have you been shopping around the mall and admired a cute handbag on some smartly dressed chick only to be shocked when upon eye contact the woman looked like an extra in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video? Unbeknownst to the poor woman she has eyeliner in various shades of black creeping down to her cheek bone and due to the super cute handbag she’s sporting she’s thinking she’s looking damn good that day! Maybe that woman is you. You know the scene. You’ve been out running errands all day and go to reapply some much-needed color to your lips when to your horror you discover that your eyeliner has melted all over your face. There’s really no coming back from that moment, is there? Kind of like the time I was chatting it up with an old friend atTarget, in the beauty aisle of course,and when I got back to my carand looked in theextremely unforgiving rearview mirror, I discovered that all of my lipstick had worn off and I was left with a very dark line around the outside of my lips. That’s right…the outside. My friend was probably wishing the whole time that she could grab some gloss from the Cover Girl display and save me from my own humiliation. I know I would have been thinking that! Very hard to come back from.

So here is this week’s beauty tip…invest in an eyeliner pencil with a smudge tip. You know, the little spongey applicator located on the opposite end of the eyeliner? I have recently discovered just how handy the smudger actually is. I’ve always used it to soften the line after applying eyeliner on my upper eye but then I just stupidly put it away, all that lovely eyeliner residue left on the sponge going to waste. Ladies, use the residue on your smudge tip to apply your eyeliner to your lower lid! I’m telling you, it leaves the loveliest hint of color without that harsh line that, let’s face it, really just ages you. And, since it is just a trace of eyeliner it stays put and doesn’t travel down your face. Even under the sweatiest of conditions. (Feel free to read my “I’m No Gardener” entryif you have any questions).

Now, for specifics. I’ve been using Clinique Quickliner for Eyes. It comes in all kinds of colors but I’m partial to Grape, which is actually more of an eggplant color. This formula is heaven on Earth, er, eyes and has some serious staying power. I literally put it on in the morning and chisel that stuff off at night. If you don’t have a chisel handy, a good face cleanser or eye makeup remover makes a good substitute.

Promise me you will give this application tip a try. Although there is the possibility that you are already privy to this information and I’m the one way behind here. Let me know and feel free to share any of your own beauty tips and tricks!

Love to all (in pursuit of beauty), Mindy

Beauty Tip of the Week – Blush

I’ve decided to try and offer up a weekly beauty tip to share with all my fellow gorgeous gals out there. I know…beauty is only skin deep…true beauty is inner beauty…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I get it. But a major makeup or hair misstep can make a real “inner beauty” look like an “outer ugly.” So, here goes…

I am a firm believer in using both cream blush and powder blush. A cream blush allows for a very natural look with easy, buildable color. It also really helps with staying power and adds a very luminous glow to your cheek area. It’s actually very simple to achieve your “natural flush” through not so natural means. Using your ring finger apply little dots of cream blush, such as Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick (which I own in Rosy Blush), onto the apple of your cheek and then blend LIGHTLY up along your temple. I fully acknowledge that it sounds a little weird to blend blush up along your temple but it really does add some well-placed color and contouring to your face. Now for Step 2. Apply a very light sweeping of powder blush directly over top of the cream blush. And when I say “light”, I mean it ladies. It is VERY EASY to get carried away and wind up looking like you belong on Poison’s “Look What The Cat Dragged In”album cover.

This reminds me of another very important point. For the love of all that is Holy please choose your color wisely.No more bright pinks and mauves. I mean, even Wet n’ Wild has gotten with the picture and updated. If you were wearing power suits or shoulder pads when you purchased your blush…throw it out! ‘Nuff said.

Love to all, Mindy

Ahhh…makeup!

I look at makeup like a romantic relationship. There are definite stages involved with choosing the right one. Like a romance, there’s that very first time you see or meet each other otherwise known as Stage 1. There’s a spark, an almost tangible chemistry and you just feel the need to be together. It’s amazing and everything flows exactly right. Now, Stage 2. You’re getting to know each other a little better. The spark is still there, going strong, but you are just starting to figure one another out. You venture out a little more, introducing yourselves as an item to the public. And then, Stage 3. Oh, man, the honeymoon is over. Something isn’t working. What started out as a beautiful thing has now become a hot mess. Stage 4 – It’s over. You part ways and start looking again. Man, I have had a lot of dead-end relationships with some pretty diverse cosmetics.

I don’t know about you but I think makeup can make or break your day. Now, obviously, there are all kinds of variables involved in having a great makeup day. Just how much coverage are we talking here? Upon waking, does your face have more lines and crevices than a topographical map? (What’s up with that anyway? How can you go to bed looking like a relatively normal person and then wake up the next morning looking like you’ve suffered an intense allergic reaction to your pillow?) Are you able to have a cup of coffee? Is the humidity below 35% in your bathroom? Are your kids leaving you alone while you are working on application or does your son pull things out of your makeup drawer with the skill of a career shoplifter then smear lipstick all over himself with a RuPaul-esque finesse? (Definitely another topic for another day!)

Even with the most perfect conditions makeup application can be tricky. And you know within minutes whether it’s going to work or not. If things are looking positive you stare at yourself in the mirror with admiration and say to yourself, “Damn, I am looking good!” Maybe you do a few “America’s Next Top Model” poses and even “Vogue” a little. You then sashay to your closet pulling things out and marveling at the plethora of options you have. Birds are chirping at your window and even little baby deer are nudging you with their soft, downy noses. Now, if things aren’t looking quite so positive you definitely still stare at yourself but suddenly you’re wondering, “When did I get so old? I mean, seriously.” You start pulling and tugging at your face honestly contemplating how you might be able to hold it all back with a rubber band! You stalk over to your small-ass closet where there is absolutely nothing to wear and why do you care because nothing is going to fit anyway? And there definitely are no frickin’ birds chirping at your window this morning! I mean, listen to me. I’m getting more pissed off by the minute even thinking about this kind of day! But, Lord knows I have had them!

Getting back to my romantic relationship analogy, I think it takes experimenting with a lot of duds before you find your perfect match. Later on, I will be reviewing some of my duds and matches hopefully helping you along in your quest to find that perfect makeup day! (Birds and deer are extraordinary results and cannot be guaranteed!)

Love to all, Mindy