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Mascara

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The most important element of your eye makeup is mascara. I’ve mentioned in a previous column that mascara is one of the most crucial steps in your basic daily makeup wear. Mascara, even without any eye shadow, creates definition.

 

Choosing the right formula is half the battle and there are several formulas that mascara can come in.  They are:

 

Waterproof – as the word suggests, this will not smear or smudge from water or tears.

 

Thickening – contains waxes and silicone polymers, which thicken each lash from root to tip.

 

Lengthening – this formula contains plastic polymers that adhere to the tip of the lashes, creating length.

 

Defining – mascara that coats each lash, keeping them separate and defined; this will not contain polymers, and is great for an everyday, more natural look.

 

A mascara wand that serves your purpose is also very important. Most mascara come with the appropriate applicator. I’ll list a few kinds of wands and how they help apply the mascara:

 

A wand with long, fat, full, thick bristles will help thicken and lengthen your lashes, because each lash gets individually coated.

 

A wand in which the bristles are in the shape of a football (thin in front, thick in middle, and then thin again at the end) helps to define, thicken and lengthen lashes.  Using the tip on the wand and applying mascara vertically will help define each lash.

 

A wand that is widely spaced is great to use to define and separate your lashes.

 

The waterproof formula that I mostly use on a bride and bridal party is Splash-proof Lash by MAC.

 

I’ve also recently received Film Noir by Hourglass, as a sample. The purpose of this formula was to give you a full spectrum.  It defines and lengthens lashes, and is smudge-proof. (I am not 100% certain it is waterproof).  In my opinion, the wand picks up too much product, causing the lashes to clump.  I suggest wiping off excess mascara on the tip of the tube (this is a good idea in general, but with this wand especially), then apply a thin, even coat.  You may then apply a second coat once the first layer dries.

 

My favorite mascara for everyday use is Great Lash in “Blackest Black” by Maybelline.  This usually costs about $5 at most drug stores.  It is perfect for everyday use, defining and adding color to lashes.  In addition, the wand picks up a perfect amount of product.

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

Cream Blush by MAC

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Blush is an important final step in your makeup application. Blush brings a glow to the face, as if a candle was lit from within. Many blushes come in powder form, but they also come in cream form, which is the form I’ll discuss today. One of my favorite blushes is the MAC cream blush.  The blush is very lightweight and gives off a nice dewy look – a look that is especially suitable to those with dry skin, since dry skin gives off a very dull, matte look. 

 

MAC’s cream blushes are pigmented, so a little definitely goes a long way. My favorite way to apply this blush is with a brush, and the MAC 188 duo brush is my tool of choice. The brush bristles are not dense and therefore pick up an even amount of product. In a soft circular motion, I blend the blush right into the skin, after the foundation is applied. Make sure that there is no powder on the foundation prior to applying the cream blush, so the finished look is not murky. If you don’t want to use a brush, or don’t have one, you can even use your fingers and lightly tap the blush onto your cheeks, blending it in. After the cream blush is blended in, make sure to powder your face with a translucent face powder, to keep the blush from smearing. MAC has a nice selection of colors to choose from: pinks, corals and browns.

 

Since the blush is cream based, it’s not recommended for oily skin. The oils from your skin will mix together with the cream, causing an “unclean” finish.

 

I like it how this product photographs nicely, and it’s my choice of blush on most brides. I found that it lasts a lot longer on the face, and definitely worth the investment. This product costs $18.50 and can be bought directly from MAC, or from Macy’s.

 

Sharona Silva is a makeup artist, specializing in airbrush makeup, who works in the New York City area. Sharona recently launched her own skin care line for all types of skin. Please submit questions to tips@sharonasilva.com. Questions may be used in future columns; all inquiries will remain anonymous. Visit www.sharonasilva.com for more information.

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