Written by Kim Long
So I’m not a big makeup wearing person. It’s not that I don’t like makeup or know how to apply makeup (in my light, natural and basic way that I’ve been doing since my Mum taught me), I’m just so used to not wearing it, that I feel out of my comfort zone when I do wear it.
Makeup gives so many women confidence, freedom of expression of themselves and their personality - many feel naked without a full face of makeup. Me - well I’m the reverse. I feel like everyone is looking at me and judging me on what I did or didn’t do right!
I’ve just started experimenting with winged eyeliner. Yes, it takes me a while to apply, and I’m usually not happy with the outcome, because I feel like people will be judging me on my skills or lack of, or I feel like my wings are HUGE! (Think Elizabeth off MAFS huge!) Thankfully, I have the wonderful group of the VIP Pure Beauties, Lauren and the Ambassadors to guide me and reassure me!
But, that being said….I had a job interview today. What was the first thing I did after a shower? Yes, you guessed right! My makeup.
I find I get in the same routine. I go for a job interview, I wear makeup. My first day, I wear makeup. My first fortnight, I wear makeup. Second fortnight, maybe just eye shadow, mascara and lipstick. Second month, maybe just eye shadow and lipstick if I remember. Third month, maybe lipstick. Until fourth month & beyond…..nothing...zilch….zip…..nada!
So why do I bother with makeup at the beginning? Am I giving a false impression of myself?
No, I don’t think so - this is because my appearance is not what should be being judged. If I wear makeup to the interview, it doesn’t mean that I will be the best applicant for the job (well maybe if I was a beautician or makeup artist!) My experience, skills and attributes are what counts, but I also want to put my best foot forward, and that means wearing professional attire, straightening my hair, wearing perfume and wearing makeup.
First impressions do impact on getting through to the final stages of a job interview, and if I were to show up in crumpled, casual clothing, looking like I just rolled out of bed - that is going to give the impression to the interview panel that I don’t care about my appearance or the job I am going for. I will also go a long way toward an interview panel possibly disregarding my skills and experience due to my sloppy presentation.
So, will I change anything? Will I go forth and wear makeup every day? Probably not! But I will make a concerted effort to embrace wearing makeup, experiment with my winged eyeliner and whatever the next makeup staple is to come, and to feel confident with or without makeup.
Emma Lear from Beauty Tattoo has joined the Pure Beauty Team & gives us 5 pointers in how to keep your nails healthy. READ HER INTRO HERE
1. Keep your hands and nails hydrated by regularly applying hand cream (1-2 times a day)
2. Always file your nails in the same direction to avoid them splitting
3. Wear gloves when washing dishes or using harsh chemicals
4. Avoid using nail polish remover that contains acetone as it can cause your nails to be thin and sensitive
5. Choose your nail technician well! Always go somewhere that cares for your nails' needs and is hygienic!
Makeup Tips by Vee | 5 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Foundation
It can be overwhelming trying to choose a foundation colour that matches your skin tone, let alone choosing a brand. Vee walks us through some steps to consider before you buy.
1. Cruelty Free & Vegan friendly
We don’t like the thought of cruelty towards animals so that’s why I choose to purchase cruelty free and vegan friendly makeup, including brushes, foundation, primer, eye shadow and lipstick. To be cruelty free means there is no animals harmed during the making of the brushes/products and vegan approved means the product is not tested on animals and are not made from animal products.
Below are a few of my favourite’s and all Cruelty Free Brands:
Kat Von D – Vegan
Lime Crime - Vegan
Tarte – Vegan Product Range
Fenty –Vegan Product Range
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Vegan Product Range
Huda Beauty – Some Vegan Options
Morphe - Some Vegan Options
2. Skin matching
Skin matching can be a nightmare, so my advice is definitely getting a second opinion and go to a pro. The goal is to have a foundation that looks as close as possible to your natural skin tone and getting one to match your skin type. Never test on your hand, you need to test your jaw line and utilize the natural light. Take into consideration if you like to fake tan as well, it’s a good idea to have a second colour for those occasions, and remember your skin tone can change with the weather; you won’t always be able to wear the same colour all year round. In saying this, different brands and foundations will have different formulas and for different skin types –oily, dry, normal and combination skin types, below is more info on skin types. If you are unsure just ask a professional and in future you know what to look for.
3. Identify your undertone
If you are just starting out in the world of makeup you may not understand what the term “undertone” is, and that is okay! I hope that this can help you. Skin tone and Undertone are two different things, skin tone can change and undertone remains the same. Undertones are the colours beneath the surface of your skin, looking at the colour of your veins will help.
There are three classifications for undertones.
Warm – Peachy, yellow golden tones and green Veins
Cool –Pink, red or blue tones and blue/purple Veins
Neutral – mixture of tones vein colour you’re probably more neutral.
4. Know your coverage level
From little to full coverage can be a big difference.
Sheer Coverage - Is the most transparent and contains the least amount of pigment. This will not hide discolouration or blemishes but can minimise contrast between discolouration and the rest of the skin.
Light Coverage - Can cover unevenness and small blemishes on the skin.
Medium Coverage - Can cover discolouration, marks on the skin, freckles and blemishes.
Full coverage - Very opaque foundation that can cover hyper-pigmentation, cover birthmarks, tattoos, scars, vitiligo.
These foundations don’t have to be used for all of these purposes, you can use them to use what you like and are comfortable with. I personally go for a medium coverage that can end up being a full coverage after its layered or just a full coverage.
5. Skin types and conditions
Combination - Mix of skin types, oil in the T-Zone with areas of dryness
Oily Skin - Heightened sebum production giving a glossy shine and visible pores.
Dry Skin - Lack of sebum making the skin feel dehydrated/rough, flaky and tight.
Normal - Well balanced skin - Smooth feeling with no dry spots or oiliness
Remember: Always remove your makeup at the end of the day and before going to bed. Leaving it on is not allowing your skin to breathe and can lead to bacteria and clogging your pores.
I don’t encourage anyone to hide who they are when wearing foundation or makeup, but I encourage you to do what makes you happy and have fun in the process.
Remember you are beautiful with or without it.
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