I hope by now, you are seeing a theme! My goal with this blog is to demystify makeup and makeup accessories so that it becomes MUCH easier and a LOT less intimidating for you to grab exactly what you need in order to get your makeup on! AND for you to feel confident doing it!
Let's talk brushes!
I am a self proclaimed brush addict! When I am not painting on faces, I am painting on canvas....I could spent my life's earnings, on brushes. #thestruggleisreal
I can and WILL often use up to 12 brushes during ONE makeup. The right tools are invaluable for getting the job done.
Here we are, surrounded by a MILLION choices once again. SO many shapes and sizes! Wood handles, plastic handles, synthetic bristles, natural hair bristles, small, large, toothbrush oval, tapered, short, long, round, flat....it goes on and on!
Trying to buy individual brushes when you are new to all of this, or do not entirely understand what you are looking at is going to get overwhelming. Purchasing a complete makeup brush set is IN MY OPINION the way to go! Once you have your set in hand, learn what each individual brush is for!
If you are a beginner, start with a simple set of the "essentials".
When to choose synthetic brushes: Synthetic bristles are made out of smooth, artificial fibers and are typically "stiffer" and smoother than natural hair (I will explain why in the natural hair comments). This makes them perfect for spreading and applying cream and liquid products such as concealer, lip products, liquid foundations, cream shadows etc.
When to choose natural hair brushes: Natural hair bristles have a "cuticle". See those raised areas on the hair shaft? That helps to trap and hold powder product and to distribute it and blend it seamlessly. Those cuticles help to PULL the product out and along the skin evenly allowing for more controlled application. Natural hair brushes should be used in most cases, to apply powder eye shadows, brow powders, face powders such as blush and setting powders/foundations and powder contour, highlight etc. ANYTHING powder will transfer and blend MUCH easier with a natural hair brush!
Choosing either plastic, wood or alternative materials for handles, really depends on you! Some people find wood has less slip and is easier to hold, some people prefer plastic!
This image is a quick guide to commonly used brushes, and what they are for!
I believe EVERY woman should go into her makeup bag, throw out EVERY single little sponge applicator that comes with the average eye shadow palette etc., invest in a full set of brushes and learn how to use them! Not only are you going to find that you can be MUCH more creative with your applications...but it just FEELS better!!
Don't be scared! You deserve it!!! XOXO
Yesterday, we demystified Highlighting and today, we are going to do the same with Contouring!
In the same way that a light shone on the face will highlight certain features naturally, there are features that will fall into SHADOW when light falls on them. These are the areas of the face that RECEDE or fall BACK.
These are generally the areas of the fact that you want to apply your contouring product to. Keeping in mind that just as with highlighting....you may feel you have a feature that naturally recedes too much already, in which case you would AVOID using contour in that area!
I like to choose a product that is the same colour as my face would be if I were tanned. It should look natural and NOT overdone!! You can also lightly contour with blush and/or bronzer if you so desire!
The product you choose, depends on your skin type and your personal preference! I personally like powder over creams and liquids because I enjoy blending powder much more.
Remember to choose a synthetic bristle brush for liquid and cream product and a natural hair bristle brush for powder!, apply and BLEND BLEND BLEND! We don't want to actually see the makeup! We are creating the illusion perfectly worn features naturally, thanks to the careful application of product!
TO RECAP: HIGHLIGHT areas that COME FORWARD on the face and CONTOUR areas that FALL BACK. In the same way, HIGHLIGHT areas that you WANT to come forward, and CONTOUR areas that you want to fall back!
Wasn't that EASY? Now let's see those highlight and contour pictures ladies!!! Post to our Facebook page @warbabycosmetics!
See our store for Bronzer, Highlight and an awesome collection of Makeup Brushes to help you get the job done!
*Image taken from Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass.
I don't know about you, but as a professional MUA, watching all of the clown contour and highlight videos circulating over social media, makes me SNAKEY!
High speed, non-sensical and overdone makeup does NOT help the average woman figure out what highlighting IS, or how to incorporate into her DAILY makeup routine!!
Let me break it down for you in REALLY simple terms! First, get yourself your favourite highlight or strobing product. MAY I be so bold as to recommend this AMAZING product I USE called "Siren's Lagoon Face and Body Highlight"! Purchased of course, IN OUR STORE! :)
PS. Highlighting and Strobing are essentially the SAME THING! Both involve the simple application of strategically placed makeup to enhance features of the face/body.
1. Understand what highlighting is. If I were to shine a light on your face, there are areas of your face that PROTRUDE more than others...and catch more light. These are the areas (in most cases...) that you want to add your highlighting product to, to further enhance those features.
2. Let it be said...you may have features that you feel protrude TOO much...in which case, you would want to AVOID using highlight in those areas, and opt for contour instead, which will make those areas appear to recede. More on contour TOMORROW :)
3. This illustration shows (without the use of overdone, confusing makeup), the areas of the face that typically catch light naturally.
4. If using a cream or liquid highlight, apply with a synthetic bristle brush. If using powder (my favourite) apply with a natural hair bristle brush. What's the difference? More on THAT next week!
5. Blend well and enjoy!!!
See? Wasn't that EASY?! Keep makeup simple and you will enjoy it MUCH more!! Now let's see some highlighting ladies!!! Post your pictures to our Facebook page!! @warbabycosmetics!
*Image taken from Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass
Apparently the humidity in Calgary yesterday was 61%. I do NOT believe it!! My skin takes a beating during these winter months. And not just my skin actually! I seem to get super dehydrated really fast! I need to drink tons of water and make sure I am constantly applying lotions to my body, hands and face. The lip balm is around every corner and crevice when I need it! It's one of the reasons I created some of the product I did and I can tell you, I am SO HAPPY to have it in my life!!!
One of my favourite products is currently out of stock. The "Mr Sandman Anti Aging Face Mist" is amazing to spritz on during the day any time you need it. Can go right over top of makeup. AMAZING dry oil spray!! Hoping to have this back soon as I MISS IT!!!!
I'm ready for summer!!! How about you guys?!
Seriously, thank you Mr. Sandman for being in my life!!!!
Back in stock HOPEFULLY in February!!!! MISSING THIS PRODUCT! **MUST HAVE**
Did you know that during WW2, letters that women wrote to their men at war were called "sugar reports"?
I have a personal obsession with the 1940s, the history, the war, documentaries pertaining to ANYTHING involving that period of time and of course, the fashion, the makeup and how creative women had to be in order to make themselves feel and look beautiful while working extremely hard in the war industry, raising families and trying to keep their emotions stable . Can you imagine?? Your whole world, changing over night.....wow!
Due to war rationing, women had to get innovative with their cosmetics and even ended up using BOOT POLISH as mascara! Our line of Faux Lashes are called "Better Than Boot Polish" Faux Lashes for a reason! :)
In fact....MUCH of what you see in our branding, both in the mens and womens line of product, is based on WW2 slang, including our line of Shimmer Eye Pigments! Each and every colour is named after a WW2 slang word or phrase!
Looking through our site it is easy to see how much of our passion for the 1940s has been infused into everything we do!
Hi everyone!! Welcome to the WarBaby Blog!! I'll be writing about lots of things in here from the makeup industry, to product to health to fitness to MY life and my work here and the brand WarBaby and what "she's" ALL about!
Let's talk all things BEAUTY!!! That means outside AND in ladies!!! Cause, I care about you and ALL of that!!
Check in often and have fun everyone!!