Mirror Mirror on the wall …

Who is the fairest of them all?

Makeup Mirror

My boyfriend often jokes about the number of mirrors that I would have up in our home, given the chance!  And when he jokes, it’s not at the potential lack of mirrors, it’s about the vast number of mirrors that I would hang, given half the chance!  I can hear you guys thinking “how vain of her to surround herself with images of herself, constantly” and I don’t blame you for thinking that… but that’s not why I’d hang them

This article that I wanted to write today isn’t about why I would choose to hang mirrors on most walls in my house (because they bounce light around every wall and give each room much more depth, thus giving the appearance of greater space), it’s because my boyfriend’s comment reminded me of the importance of mirrors as part of my job.  Then I got to start wondering whether most people actually think about the importance and usefulness of mirrors as an everyday part of their life, to maintain their chosen image

As a makeup artist, I am often asked how I manage to maintain my makeup throughout the day.  A lot of women put “their face on” first thing in the morning and then don’t touch it at any point thereafter, throughout the rest of the day.  Which is fine if that’s their choice.  But then don’t be surprised that by 530pm it’s not looking like it did at 8am that morning!  I have no magic answer or solution for those people.  But I do have some practical advice… if you would like your makeup to stay fresh throughout the day then you need to maintain some level of “checks” throughout the day on your face!  You choose the frequency of those checks and might wish to do them once at lunch time after you have eaten, or every time you nip to the toilet during the day.  You can give yourself a quick check at your desk (if appropriate) to check that your breakfast isn’t sitting between your two front teeth still!

Marilyn Monroe

This leads me onto the relevance of this article … Your makeup mirror.  Aside from the makeup in your makeup bag, what else would you class as a makeup bag essential?  Would you think of your mirror as a key ingredient to your makeup bag, or do you think of it as something that facilitates your makeup application?  I reckon that most women would say that the makeup mirror is one of her daily essentials!  In fact, I don’t think that I’d find any of you guys  who does not have a makeup mirror handy in your purse, pocket or wherever you stash it

For those of you who drive, how about your car?  Do you use the 5 mirrors in the front of your car to carry out your own makeup checks!?  (Obviously when you are NOT driving)

Your mirror is your best friend… and the sole purpose of your makeup mirror is to make possible, your application of makeup (and to carry out checks!). Part of this reason is because the makeup mirror is just about the most convenient tool for this endeavour!  This is especially true because the makeup mirror is very handy, and can be kept inside the smallest pocket ever perceived.  I always keep one in the very front pocket of my handbag, which must only be 10cm x 10cm, but I know it’s ALWAYS in there, should I be caught short!

But if you didn’t have your mirror nearby, would you attempt your makeup without it…. “Mirror-LESS”?   There is no rule that says one cannot apply makeup on her face without the use of the makeup mirror…  In fact, any woman has the ability to apply makeup without having to use a mirror but it takes confidence, practice, knowing your face and knowing your products.  Still, using it definitely makes the act a whole lot easier, right!  Despite its size, that little makeup mirror can give any woman a clear and vivid picture of her face so that she can make her applications with confidence!

Makeup Mirror

What’s more, makeup mirrors allow you to correct your mistakes too… On the move and immediately! You can point out the bit of lunch that your friend still has in their teeth J and show them proof, right there and then!

And if you don’t have your glasses to hand but need a little help with magnification, then your makeup mirror suddenly becomes your best friend again…you can opt for a 12x zoom!  Some mirrors offer up to 12 times magnification for your viewing pleasure!  Designed solely to work for YOU.  So maybe if you haven’t already thought about buying a makeup mirror, you should.  And if you hadn’t considered the possibility of getting a magnified one, then you should!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check  out my Facebook and Twitter pages for Makeup and Hair tips DAILY!

 

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The Secrets of Hollywood Glamour

Hey again

I’ve been chatting to a  lot of people on various forums this morning about Makeup and Beauty and Hair and anything like that really that I love and am passionate about!  And someone asked a really great question about Hollywood actresses of the past – the sort of 1940’s , 40’s, 50’s and 60’s eras.  The point to her forum question what that she was suprised that the Hollywood actresses of the day looked so much younger than they actually were and she wanted to know of any tips / tricks / trade secrets that they would have / might have used to create their Hollywood Glamour and maintain their Hollywood youth!

Because it was such an interesting question, I thought that I would share my response that I gave her, with you

I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing about it

x

Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Glamour

Hiya

Making someone look a certain way on camera is often the result of a number of processes / procedures / steps but very often it makes use of some very basic principles of makeup application and techniqus

The relationship between light and dark for instance will affect the face in a number of ways.  Contouring (which is a common makeup technique used on camera to enhance / create definition) uses the basic principle of light – to make something stand out / be highlighted and dark – to make something recede.  You can create the notion of youth and the notion of age by using dark and light in the correct areas of the face – eyes, cheeks, jowls, frown lines … think of all the areas that are prominent on an older face and work out what you need to do to either enhance (to age someone) or reduce (to make youthful – which is often harder and a more complicated process)

Vivien Leigh Hollywood Glamour
Vivien Leigh

Socket line shading outwards and upwards for instance created space to open the eye up by creating a silhouette of shape.  Creating an arch in your brow will open up your eyes too.  Careful application of eye makeup to an “older” skin can really work wonders at seemingly turning the clock back

Greta Garbo Hollywood Glamour
Greta Garbo

Can I  suggest that you simplify your makeup bag and have a little experiment with a few products when you have a spare hour or so – take a light powder or foundation and a dark powder and try some shading and highlighting on your face.  Check out my Makeup Like A Pro Blog article on how to contour like Kim Kardashian http://makeuplikeapro.info/how-to-do-contouring-makeup-like-kim-kardashian/  – this will give you some great beginner tips on where you can create light and where you can create dark

Ava Gardner Hollywood Glamour
Ava Gardner

Movie Stars will use a combination of amazing natural good looks and careful makeup application to create a certain image – Did you know that Mariyln Monroe wore 5 varieties of lipsticks and glosses all at the same time to create that iconic pout? darker reds were used on the outer corners, lighter shades were worn in the middle to offer up added dimension, and she highlighted her cupid’s bow and bottom lip.  All this was based around the notion and relationship between light and dark

Hope that helps :)
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