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Beauty, Defined: Ferrule

Beauty Defined Ferrule BeneFit slant powder brushWelcome to Beauty, Defined – a new series where we talk about the meaning and origin of various beauty terms. Check out our inaugural term: do you know what a ferrule is?

fer·rule (feh-rool) n. The usually metal-plated part of a makeup or cosmetics brush directly below the bristles that secures the hair bundle and attaches to the brush’s handle. Though the word is derived from the Latin word for “iron”, popular makeup brand M·A·C Cosmetics’ ferrules are nickel-plated.

Over to the right, you can see a ferrule in action on a BeneFit Slant Powder Brush. Aren’t you glad you know what that’s called now?

Beauty Tribute: Shu Uemura

Beauty Tribute Shu UemuraI’m sure by now most of you know of the brand Shu Uemura, but do you know about the man? He was an amazing influence on the world of cosmetics, so I’d like to do a small tribute to his work.

Shu Uemura was a Japanese-born Hollywood makeup artist who got his big break on the 1962 film My Geisha. The film’s regular make up artist fell ill and Uemura was called in to fill in. Uemura gained critical acclaim for transforming white actress Shirley MacLaine into a Japanese woman. He parlayed his success into an international makeup brand under his philosophy that “beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin”.

His most famous product is probably the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (Amazon, $18). It has been hailed as the best eyelash curler on the market and even merited a mention in the movie The Devil Wears Prada (one of Gisele Bundchen’s few lines in the film).

Shu Uemura died of pneumonia at age 79 on December 29, 2007. Uemura was hugely influential in both cosmetics and skincare, and the beauty world is forever changed because of his work.

Welcome to Sassy Dove, a new beauty blog!

Welcome to Sassy Dove, a new blog about beauty products. We will cover product reviews, step-by-step instructionals, and some editorial content about beauty as well. Hair, makeup, nails – you name it. Feel free to comment or email me directly with any suggestions for products to review, your own reviews, or requests for makeup tutorials. Let’s get on with the show!