Made-Up for the Occasion

26 May

Hello Beauties!

I know it’s been a while. I haven’t completely jumped into the world of blogging but so far I like it…I think I’ll continue :).  So far, I’ve added my tweets to the column on the right (follow me: @Vanessa_Tatiana) and changed my blog theme. The appearance is crisper but still has a feminine touch. Love it!

Tonight’s topic of discussion: makeup! Makeup is fun. It can polish your appearance or be used as artistic expression. Some of us are frequent visitors of the MAC counter at Macy’s while others are completely intimidated by the process. No matter your experience with makeup, I find that it’s better to wear the right type of face for the occasion you are attending. I guess if you wanted to, you could wear a ball gown to a cookout…but that would look a little out of place, wouldn’t it? It also would look out of place for you to wear bright green eyeshadow and super dark eyeliner to an interview for a corporate position. Here is my simple guide to wearing the right look for the right time:

The Minimalist

The name of this look gives it away: use as little makeup as possible. The point is to look like you’re not wearing makeup at all. All you need is some eyeliner, mascara, mineral powder, light blush or bronzer and some lip gloss. This look is perfect for going to outdoor events in the summertime, like BBQs. You don’t want to sweat the color off your face but still want to look radiant.  If you may end up in water and don’t want to go bare-faced, simply wear a tinted moisturizer (or make your own by adding a drop of liquid foundation to your face lotion) and waterproof mascara. Then add a little clear gloss to those lips; plain and simple.

The minimalist look is my favorite weekday look. I actually don’t wear makeup to work on most days…somehow I can’t muster the strength to wake up 15 minutes earlier Lol. When I do wear makeup to work, it’s definitely a minimalist look.


Joy Bryant- The postergirl for minimal makeup

Conservative (Daytime)

Now this is a look more appropriate for places and events where people are expected to mind their manners: for example, church (if you go to a traditionalist church), an interview, or a funeral. In these cases, you do not want to draw TOO much attention to yourself but you still want to look very put together. This look calls for full coverage: foundation and powder to the entire face and blush to the cheeks. False lashes maybe added if they are of a natural looking length. Also apply neutral or close to skin tone shades of lipstick. Remember to keep your eyeshadow colors to warm tones (no brights or glitter). Think: First Lady and pearls.

Jill Scott wearing a conservative look

Glamour Girl (Nighttime)

This look allows you to be more creative than the conservative look without crossing into showgirl category (we’ll discuss this next). The g
lamour girl look is perfect for a night out on the town, a party/exclusive event, or a wedding.  Bold colors are welcomed to create flirty eyes. The mistake that tons of women make when applying bright colors to their eyes is that they do not blend well! Always use eyeshadow brushes to apply bright colors (a sponge applicator won’t do) if you want the best outcome. Colors that are not blended will look harsh and throw off your whole look! Also remember to balance out the color on your face. If you wear bold eye makeup, make sure your lips are a neutral color. In the reverse, wear sheer, close to flesh-toned eyeshadow if you wear a bold lip. Remember: bright lips + bold eyes + too much blush= nightwalker. Balance is key!

Jada Pinkett-Smith with flirty eyes

Sanaa Lathan with bold lips

Showgirl

This look is for performances only; it is artwork worn on the face. The Showgirl look is beautiful when worn where it fits in.  Apply over the top makeup if you are onstage like in a fashion or a play. You can create this look with eyeshadow paints in combination with powdered ones. Liquid eyeliner and big false lashes can also be used. The only way this kind of look will transfer to the real world is if you worked in a place where unconventional expression is welcomed, like maybe a tattoo parlor. Otherwise, you don’t want to look like you walked right out of Carnaval at 8 o’clock in the morning. It’s just too much…

Hope you enjoyed this little piece. Until next time!

Me 🙂

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