Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Organizing your Makeup Kit.....

Hey Dolls, I hope everyone is doing great? This post is looooong overdue! My friend Joy finally got me to do it once and for all. It's going to be a long one, probably my longest ever... 2 things: Please read this post when you are less busy and keep in mind, I am not a writer of any sort, so pardon any typos....So help me God!!! I hope you all find this useful......
.Now when it comes to Makeup, a few people can easily get overwhelmed. You miss a few months of your favourite beauty show on TV and all of a sudden every girl you know is talking about DD cream and you end up having a conversation like this; What's a DD cream?" It's like CC cream, only better".... "Wait, what's a CC cream?"... "More or less a BB cream , only with a colour corrector". By this time you may be getting all confused and frustrated, so you nod and decide you don't even care about these new alphabetical makeup creations. You are perfectly happy with what you've been using since 2000.....sort of!!! I know it happens, trust me, I am a makeup addict(stale gist) and i can't stay on top of the new trends all the time and that is why i am here with this post for you...Whether you are already into makeup and you just want to cross-check your kit, or just starting out with makeup and you don't know what to get, here is a guide for you.... Please note that i would be featuring my personal collection for this purpose, you don't have to use exactly what i use.If you are already using something that works for you, please stick to it. I am not particular about "brands", as long as something works,i am good with it... PRIMER: Primers have gained popularity over the years, still, not everyone uses it and the benefits of using a good one are too many to count. Basically a primer prepares the face for makeup, helps reduce the appearance of large pores,it prevents the foundation from caking, evens out the skin tone, helps the makeup last all day.... I told you primers are good!!! All you need is a pea size amount as a little goes a long way. Application can be done with your clean hands in a circular motion or with a buffing brush concentrating on the oily areas. For best results wait a moment for the primer to settle into the skin before you apply your foundation.... FOUNDATION: Not everyone needs foundation, but for a flawless look, i would recommend one. When applied with a brush and blended well it gives a uniform colour to the complexion. I always advise: Please do not use foundation everyday, sometimes you just want to let your face breathe, right? One more thing, i"ll suggest at least 2 different foundations and i'll tell you why... 1 should be like the "go-to foundation, you know the regular one,that you use more often while the other one can be for special occasions... Just my opinion though! CONCEALER: First of all , let me correct an impression i always get... Concealer is not only for spots as most people believe. Impression corrected, now with that said, Concealer is primarily used for covering imperfections such as dark spots, redness of the skin, blemishes and scars. At the same time, concealer can be used as an under eye highlighter, and also for those with eye bags and dark circles as a result of stress, sleeplessness or hereditary factors. You can use your finger to apply a concealer, provided the finger is clean. Better still a concealer brush or a beauty blender sponge...Don't forget to blend! FACE POWDER: After all that cream and liquid going on with the foundation and concealer, you would want to set your face with a powder. Powders come in 2 types: Loose and Compact, while the compact powder may come with a puff for application , it is best to apply your powder with a brush as it blends out any excess product unlike a puff that can't control the product and may end up caking the face.... EYE PRIMER: As the saying goes, The eye is the window to the soul... you better believe it! Just like a face primer, eye primer prepares the eye for makeup, helps the eyeshadow last all day long, prevents creasing, gives the eyeshadow a more vibrant appearance, i could go on and on... It goes without saying, eye primer is very essential for your kit if you want to use any eye makeup... All you need is a tiny drop applied with a finger or a concealer brush all over the eyes, and blend out any cream or white residue.... EYESHADOWS: What can i say about eyeshadows? *still thinking* Ok, eyeshadow is applied with a brush, on the lid, crease, browbone, and lower lashline to make the eyes stand out and give a more attractive look. It can also add depth and dimension to one's eyes, compliment the eye colour and basically draw attention to the eyes. Eyeshadows come in different colours, textures and types. Your kit should include eyeshadows with shimmer and matte. Some palettes have both textures together, and these palettes are less expensive than buying the single ones. The brand doesn't really matter, what matters more is that you prime the eyes before you apply your eyeshadow. LIQUID EYELINER AND GEL LINER: Perfect for lining and defining the eyes. Some people, mostly my students find it difficult using a liquid liner at the onset of training, and their biggest problem is lack of steady hands causing a wavy line and uneven application. The easiest way to rectify this: While looking in the mirror, rest your elbow on your dressing table and your hand on your cheeks as you apply. For the gel liner, you use an angled brush to apply and it gives a silkier and softer finish. EYE PENCILS: Sometimes refered to as kohl pencil. This is used to add colour to the lower lashline and waterline. You don't always have to use black to line the under eyes, try colours like green, purple and blue. Even a white or silver can help brighten the eyes. MASCARA: Your lashes need some love you know? Whether its a coloured mascara to add a bit of colour, or a regular black to darken the lashes, whichever you decide, just make sure you have one in your kit. There are some brands that make specific products, these are: lengthening mascara for making the lashes longer and volumizing mascara for making the lashes fuller. It is usually written on the body of mascara so be sure to read it, and buy the one that is right for your lashes... EYEBROW PENCIL: You can apply all the makeup in this world, but girl, if your brows are not in check, i'm sorry your makeup ain't complete. You need to define those brows, i will not over emphasize this. I have an old post on eyebrows, http://chloesmakeover.blogspot.com/2013/03/5-easy-steps-to-eyebrow-heaven.html you may want to make reference to that. Always remember your brow pencil should be brown, not black, not wine. No matter your skin tone, there would always be a brown for you. LIP PENCILS: Used for shaping , lining and filling the lips. This can be used to outline the lips, helps to keep lipstick in the lip area and prevents bleeding. Some lip pencils are so pigmented, they can actually be worn alone... The more colours you have , the better! LIPSTICKS: Lipstick! Lipstick!! Lipstick!!! Now you know! I can't get enough of these babies, so please permit me to flaunt some... Ok, back to the business. Lipsticks apply texture, colour and protection to the lips. They come in different finishes such as velvet, satin, rich cream ,matte, or sheer! Which ever it is, at least a few should do for your collection. Try not to be too conservative, play around with colours, you wouldn't know if it will suit you till you try it. Do yourself a favour, go to a beauty shop that have testers so you could try different colours...If in doubt, take a picture and send to me. LIPGLOSS: This gives the lips a glossy, glitter, frosted, or metallic finish. It could also be completely clear or it could be coloured. It's alot softer than a lip pencil or lipstick. So if you want less on the lips, then you can select from a wide range of products out there. BLUSH: This is used to add a healthy glow to your complexion, and it comes in a variety of shades and types to suit different people. For that instant face brightener, add a pop of colour to the cheeks. Two things to consider before picking a blush: Your skin type and your skin tone. Focus on the skin around the cheek area, as this is where the blush would be applied. I hear some people say: I'm too black, i can't use a blush...says who? Every complexion can wear a blush as long as you pick a colour that best suits your skin tone... BRONZER: Finish off your look with a lightly frosted powder that gives the skin a sheer, natural colour effect and highlights. It is also ideal for enhancing the skin tone. If the bronzer has got shimmer, it can be applied with a brush , all over the face, neck and even shoulders for that total glow, or on the high points of the cheek as a highlighter.... BLOTTING PAPER OR OIL CONTROL TISSUE: No harm in having one of these in your kit, especially on a night out or a very hot day.... Some people have extremely oily skin and no matter how much primer they use, the oil still finds its way out... I always advice this: Once you have applied your foundation and powder, you have no business reapplying...By doing this you would only cake up your face, and close up your pores all together. But with your blotting paper, the moment you get oily, just take out a sheet and dab that area, the oil would come off but the makeup wouldn't. Don't use tissue paper or any piece of cloth, as that would only rub off your makeup and leave you face in patches..... pheeeew! MAKEUP BRUSHES: Needless to say... A must have! Application and blending gives the best result, and this can only be achieved with your makeup brushes. Don't let mine scare you already, but for your kit you would need at least 7 brushes! I would probably have to do another post on essential brushes. MAKEUP BAG: I know my sister Bimbo will see this post, so let me confess now.... I had to borrow (without her permission) her cosmetic bag as a guide for this post. This can be used as a makeup bag to store your products. If you have to go out with your makeup bag, be sure to close all products as tight as possible. You can imagine if your liquids and powders pour out and get mixed up! What a mess that would be... So Ladies, there you have it! Now we've got that sorted we can begin to have fun applying our makeup. Please feel free to ask any questions, and for those who need personal recommendation or personal makeup shopping, i would be glad to help. You could send me an email on chloesmakeover@gmail.com or add my bbpin 7C4ACAE0. Makeup is fun , so bring it on!!!! Till my next post, remember you are beautiful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. CM

14 comments:

  1. Wow u got me excited thanks dee

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  2. thanks a lot...wanna ask, is the eye primer applied after concealer and or foundation just like eye shadows. i am asking cos i haven't used eye primer before so i guess it may be a oily stuff. would love you to tell me bout dat.

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    1. hi dear, eye primers are usually creamy and it should be applied just before any eye makeup. personally i do my foundation and concealer before i do my eyes, but if you do your eye makeup before your foundation then eye primer would come before

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  3. Wow! This is probably the best post ever on a makeup blog.

    Patiently waiting for the post on the brushes. I have recently acquired the bobbi brown 32 set brush and I have no idea what a lot of them are used for. With some help from the post on brushes i shld be able to figure it out.

    Also can u point us in the direction of good affordable primers and eye primers?

    Looking forward to d next post.

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    1. i will do that post on brushes very soon. as for face primers, there are lots of good ones out there and affordable too... most brands include Nigerian brands have primers , i use the no 7 beautifully matte makeup base, and of course my milk of magnesia.

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  4. Very helpful. Best ever. Am waiting for the post on looks, you know the particular one.lolz.

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  5. Very helpful. Best ever. Am waiting for the post on looks, you know the particular one.lolz.

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  6. Thanks for reading Tope, I'll do a post on that look sometime soon!

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  7. Thanks for posting ! Muah!

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  8. What is the milk of magnesia 4

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  9. I wld like 2 get a clearer understanding of wot dat gel liner does,neva hrd of it b4

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  10. @ anonymous 16th of jan,13:17,pls hw much did u purchase ur bobbi brown 32 set of brushes,nd wia?..thnks!

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