One of our most popular posts is on highlighting and contouring with makeup, and the area most women want to contour is their nose. We did a post on contouring to make your nose look slimmer, but I thought a video reference might help.
Contouring can be daunting, but don’t be afraid – it’s not just for makeup artists. I do at least a little contouring every day with my makeup, and I bet you do without realizing it. Check out the video and see what I mean: Continue reading Makeup Contouring to Make Your Nose Look Smaller [VIDEO]
I’ve finally jumped on the mineral makeup bandwagon: my favorite base of the moment is Raw Natural Beauty RAWMinerals Foundation and its companion, the maximum coverage foundation brush.
I got the foundation in Medium 1, and surprisingly, it matched my skin really well. I’m usually in the pale ivory whitest-of-the-white category, but not this time ( I can thank all my use of Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer for that).
Continue reading Makeup Reviews: Raw Minerals Foundation
I had the opportunity to hear a lot of enlightening information on beauty products in a session about mineral makeup from Christina Marcaccini, the founder of beauty company Raw Natural Beauty. Christina told us a lot of things I didn’t know about the mineral makeup trend and all-natural beauty products in general, some of which was a bit shocking.
Christina used a term I’d never heard called “body burden,” referring to the total amount of harmful chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time. She explained that the average person has a body burden of 140 harmful chemicals present in their bodies. Scary! As well, a study found that 6 different types of parabens (chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics products) are present in breast cancer tumors. Some other startling information: trace amounts of pesticides can be found in newborns, as well as rocket fuel in nursing mothers’ breast milk! Is this all simply fear-mongering – or could information like this suggest that the formulations used in common makeup products could end up doing us more harm than good?
Continue reading Raw Natural Beauty’s Scoop on Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup has officially made it in a big way, but it all started with Bare Escentuals BareMinerals foundation. I swear by mineral foundation in general, but I typically use Raw Minerals, Pur Minerals or even the Maybelline variety. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to test the original out for myself.
The key to Bare Minerals success, as with any loose powder mineral makeup, is using it properly. Get yourself a big kabuki brush – it doesn’t have to be the Bare Escentuals brand one – and follow the mantra of its acolytes: swirl, tap, buff. Take the kabuki, dip it in, swirl it around in the lid, tap off the excess, and buff it all over your face. When they say buff, they mean it. If you don’t do it exactly right, you’ll end up with excess powder all over you. Don’t get dressed first. (It’ll end up on your bathroom counter anyway.) Continue reading Makeup Review: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation