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  1. avatar Eileen
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just found your site and am so relieved. I am completely clueless about wearing makeup, doing my hair, and dressing myself, and in search of a beginning. Everything I find is so intimidating. But finally I feel ok about venturing into this because you are an academic. Suddenly I feel calm. If you can do it maybe I can too. I’m 35, and have never worn any bit of makeup in my life besides mascara. I want to start. I’m also trying to figure out how to do my hair, and dress more professionally. I just started as a new assistant prof and just want to look more professional. I’m a fair-skinned, freckle-faced blonde and don’t know where to begin. I’m subscribed to your email list and looked through many of your posts. Now what? Can you suggest any “getting started” guides? The simpler and slower to start the better. Baby steps. The thought of going into any store to buy make-up scares me. Thanks for giving me a place to start. -Eileen

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Eileen! Welcome!!

      We are a small but friendly community here, and always happy to see someone new! I am snarky about products in posts sometimes (OK, often) but never in comments to readers. The blog was inactive for awhile due to both equipment failure and my need to focus on going up for tenure, but the second part worked out OK and now I’m figuring out how to fix the first part. ;)

      Your question made me go back and look at a series I started but never got very far in, which I called “Foxalicious Fundamentals” (you will get to all of them if you click the “fundamentals” tag in the list on the left-hand side of the page). They mostly focus on foundation, concealer, and brushes — although one of them is a tale by A Biologist about her first trip to Sephora, which I think you will relate to. But I would be happy to add more to that; an eyeliner tutorial photo series might be nice, for example. What kind of things would you like to start learning?

      There’s also a how-to series and a $50 drugstore challenge that you might find interesting.

      http://www.foxyvoxy.com/category/how-to/

      http://www.foxyvoxy.com/2010/03/23/beauty-on-the-cheap-the-50-drugstore-start-up-makeup-challenge/

      … although if I were to do that drugstore challenge again, 3 years later, there would definitely be some newer products in the mix! Hmm… food for thought.

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      • avatar Eileen
        Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Voxy,

        Congratulations on your tenure success!! I am literally just beginning on the tenure track this august.

        I have looked at the how-tos and fundamentals and would love to see more. The post by A Biologist about going to Sephora was what made me feel ok about posting here. I LOVED it.

        Also love the drugstore challenge. Would be happy to see an updated version. I’ll keep browsing and will ask questions when I have them. (Might go under a different name like everyone else on here..)

        Right now I’m working through some baby steps, which I have planned out after reading lots on here and elsewhere. I started by buying some tinted lip balm today. I don’t even remember what it is, but I like it. I made an appointment to visit with a Mary Kay rep next week. It was either that or Avon. I’m much less intimidated by this than going to a department store counter (in PUBLIC!). I’ve asked her to show me some products and how to apply them – concealer, foundation, blush, eyeliner, etc. I’m guessing it will be expensive, but really I’m only planning to buy 1-2 products if I like anything. I am going this route because I really have NO idea how to put this stuff on. So if I went out and bought stuff like you list on the drugstore challenge, I would bring it home and then wouldn’t know what to do. I hope I like this Mary Kay rep!!

        Thanks for the warm welcome!

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        • avatar A Biologist
          Posted March 19, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink | Reply

          Welcome Eileen!

          I must make a confession: I am now a dedicated Sephora junkie and VIB. I have a 5 -7 minute morning routine of basic neutral makeup, though I also have pretty colors for when I have a little extra time. I also buy skincare there as well because of the awesome and constant samples.

          I learned that wearing makeup for work helps me feel prepared, something we all need early in the tenure track. Teaching to me is in many ways like a performance–in the positive sense–and being in professor makeup and wardrobe gives me a sort of mental signal that I’m “on.”

          My current favorite products: Bare Minerals Matte Mineral Powder foundation, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. These are pretty much foolproof, which my night owl self needs from a morning makeup routine.

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          • avatar Voxy
            Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink | Reply

            I am so proud!

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            • avatar A Biologist
              Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

              Aw, thanks Voxy!

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          • avatar Eileen
            Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

            A Biologist,

            I can imagine that it would make me feel more “ready” for the day, particularly for meetings with administrators. I know I feel that way when I dress a little more formal, and actually do something with my hair. I’m at a point now where I’m transitioning from jeans and casual tops to pants and nicer tops and sometimes a blazer, so make-up is the next thing to put myself together. I do feel challenged by my extremely pale complexion and freckles. Not sure what is out there for me but I hope to find it soon. Thanks for writing!

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            • avatar A Biologist
              Posted March 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

              Eileen,

              I’m not freckled, but I am extremely pale too. Any line that has only three skin colors that are magically supposed to match all skin tones is probably not going to be worth even trying, but most product lines go pale enough. The major difficulty I have found is that the warmth/coolness of the product is very important and a product line may not have enough variety in warm and cool pale tones. I am very far to the cool side, but it is not always apparent in florescent, dim store light. Until I learned this I would often be given products that looked awful when I got them home. When you see your Mary Kay rep, make sure you are in good light. A white or light colored shirt will help too.

              The dark and dramatic smokey eye look that is fashionable now is probably way too much for you. I’d choose a brown mascara, brown or taupe eyeliner, and some sort of light beige or brown shadow. I often wear a taupe liner for day. Voxy, in her infinite wisdom, recommended that I color in my eyebrows to help with definition and preventing my features from disappearing at a distance. I had been hesitant to do this because I pictured all those heavy black made-up brows you often see but she was absolutely right. For a natural look, the color should be a little lighter than your actual brow hairs. I just checked Mary Kay, and they have blonde shades of brow pencil. You should definitely check those out. A taupe eyeshadow could also fill this role for you, and then be used on your eyelids.

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              • avatar Geophys
                Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

                Thanks A Biologist! I’ve changed my name, but you know who I am ;) I will definitely have a lot of questions for the Mary Kay rep. I am totally confused about cool and warm tones. I don’t know what I am, and what that means. I’m also confused about eyebrow colors. I often hear that you should go a shade or two lighter than your natural brow color, but my brow color is so light – you can’t get much lighter! But I’ve never tried filling in my brows or shaping them. They are totally natural. I watched a video last night about how to shape, and am way too scared to do it myself. But the idea of going to have my brows done seems so..I don’t know..excessive. I’m not a salon goer, but alas, that is perhaps part of the problem..

                Thanks for the recommendations! I meet with the Mary Kay rep on Sunday so will let you know how that goes. I will wear a light colored shirt!

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                • avatar A Biologist
                  Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

                  How did the meeting with the Mary Kay rep go?

                  Did the rep help you with cool and warm? I can explain more if you are still confused, but I find knowing about it really helpful for choosing clothing colors as well as makeup, especially if you are trying to put together a working wardrobe that will mix and match quickly. You can read a classic like “Color Me Beautiful,” but here is a blogger that does a lot with color. This post is about what neutrals to wear for cool or warm blondes:
                  http://www.insideoutstyleblog.com/2013/03/whats-your-best-neutral-blonde-hair.html

                  I have pretty sparse brows and don’t want much additional shaping, so I keep up with it myself. I started doing this very gradually and carefully. The few times I’ve wanted a more shaped brow I’ve had it done in the salon. For your first foray into brows, I’d advise you go to a salon and have it done but tell her it is your first time and you want to to look natural. Then, you can decide if it makes much of a difference, and whether you would be comfortable just maintaining that shape yourself. I would not advise starting off trying to do major shaping yourself your first time, that is a recipe for disaster.

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  2. avatar katrina
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    If I wear (silicon) primer under liquid foundation, does that stop any beneficial ingredients from the foundation getting to my skin?

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hard to say — I don’t know how much primer you would have to use before the silicone forms a complete barrier between the foundation and your skin. I would imagine that most people don’t use that much — otherwise it seems like your (by which I mean “my”) skin would not dry out during the day.

      In general I suspect that your main skincare ingredients should probably come from skincare products proper, with anything in the foundation being kind of an added bonus.

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  3. Posted April 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Who, me? Not much. Just sitting in my crowded group office with five other (male) TAs, wheezing because I’m trying not to laugh aloud at the brilliant Homer Simpson quotation, “Women will like what I tell them to like!” which, you know, just really sums up almost every single piece of marketing in the last century. Thank you for this. Lipstick for everyone! (Also, not being shot in the face.)

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, there are about three separate lines in that bit that make me laugh out loud and that is definitely one of them. :)

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  4. avatar katrina
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have seen this new mascara from Lancôme – “Doll Eyes”. Have you tried it? I am not mascara-talented. My eyelashes all grow in different directions, wasn’t sure if this would help or make it worse!

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I haven’t tried it (yet). I have a stack of mascara samples and full-size tubes I need to get through before they dry out. I have heard mostly good comments from the blogosphere, though.

      As for whether it would keep your rebellious lashes in line… hmm. Hard to say. Do you curl them? That might help. Brush them through with a clean mascara spoolie before curling so that they’re in some kind of order before you apply the curl. If your lashes will take it, you might even try coating them with clear mascara ahead of time, the idea being that the mascara will act as a gel to keep them in place. If you then curl while the clear mascara is still wet, it should be flexible enough to prevent the breakage that can sometimes occur when curling lashes that have already had mascara applied. (For obvious reasons, most people don’t try to curl their lashes while they still have wet *black* mascara on their lashes, but if you do the clear mascara this won’t be a problem.) Then on top you can apply any tinted mascara you like.

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  5. avatar Epistephiliac
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have an event coming up in a couple of months that is requiring me to do a lot more advance planning than I usually do for things like hair and makeup. I’ve decided that a nude (or mostly nude) eye is probably my best bet, but I really want it to be matte. Most of the palettes I’ve seen, including the UD Naked (1 & 2) are heavy on the shimmer; I have plenty of shimmery neutral shadows already. Any recommendations?

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oooh, exciting!!! Let’s see. I don’t know what colors count as “nude” (or close to it) for you makeup-wise. BUT — although in general it’s not easy to find palettes with a selection of mattes (just because in general they’re harder to work with than shimmers), the LORAC Unzipped palette from Sephora has four matte shades in it (out of 10). The palette is neutral in tone but leans pink rather than yellow, so the mid-tone and darker darker browns are a little more toward dusty plum and not so much like a dark ochre. I’ll take swatch photos of the palette and post them either tonight or (more likely) tomorrow, since class prep usually eats my Wednesday nights pretty completely.

      The other thing about shimmer shadows is: you can very easily make them matte or almost-matte by topping them with either a completely translucent finishing powder (MUFE HD finishing powder, e.l.f. silica powder, whatever) or a powder with just a hint of color (something like Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil or whatnot). I have some shadows that I love the shades of but that I think are too shimmery for school, so I’ll sometimes just use them anyway and then tone down the shimmer with powder. You might want to experiment with that on the shimmery shades you already have; you might not even need any new ones.

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      • avatar Epistephiliac
        Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:51 am | Permalink | Reply

        Ah, I’d never thought about powder atop the shimmery tones. I’ll have to play with that trick–thanks! Today I tried to do a nude eye for practice, with some colors I have (which tend, overall, to be very neutral, so you’re probably right that I don’t need to buy anything new, hurray). I ended up looking weirdly heavy-lidded, so I’m starting to suspect that the easy, fresh look I’m aiming for is either outside my skill set, or I’m simply too old for it…

        The event is a wedding. Outdoors, in mid-May. The reception is supposed to be a pool party, although I remain highly skeptical about that part. The bride will be in a traditional(ish) wedding dress, but won’t have any attendants; I’ll be sort of the closest thing to that, helping her get ready and keep things running smoothly, so I need to look extra nice but also not overdressed for a backyard event. Plus, A Certain Ex will be there, and because I am vain and petty, I would like him to be reminded once again that he is an idiot. Heh.

        If all goes to plan, I’ll be wearing this dress: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bcbgmaxazria-asymmetrical-crepe-de-chine-dress/3255730?origin=category

        and these shoes:
        http://www.viaspiga.com/content.aspx?contentID=shop#key=EC0202598
        (which I got on super sale, hurray)

        So I want to keep my makeup (seemingly) very minimal. And, you know, magically look ten years younger. Maybe I can arrange for special soft lighting to follow me around that day…

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        • avatar a biologist
          Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

          That is a gorgeous outfit. You’re going to look amazing.

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  6. avatar a biologist
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Dear Sephora, I am not buying “Tangerine Tango” as a color that is flattering to all skintones. I am pretty certain I’d like like Rainbow Bright.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, a_biologist; this comment accidentally got flagged as spam, so I only just now saw it. (Why did that happen? I have no idea. When I went to reply to Epistephiliac’s comment, above, it flagged MY OWN COMMENT as spam. Dude. I own this blog. It is impossible for me to spam it.)

      Anyhoo, the new Sephora/Pantone Tangerine Tango collaboration products are supposed to hit stores tomorrow. I have seen some release swatches and some of them are BRIGHT indeed. There are, however, a few more wearable options for those of us who do not want to look like Rainbow Bright. Unfortunately, most of them seem to come packaged with the neons.

      I have been all over the oranges lately, though, and if you are kind of into the color but scared of the neons (as you probably should be), I have a couple of products that might suit.

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    • avatar a biologist
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I like the color and the way it looks on other people, but I never seem to find one that works for me. I would definitely be open to testing something if you have a suggestion.

      I tried on some coral tops over spring break to try to wear the trend, but I looked pretty unhealthy, and went with this spring’s purple instead.

      I did try the Sephora “undressed lip” trend and was surprised at how good it looked, if I punched up the eyeliner a little more than usual.

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  7. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    I just learned a Bare Escentuals store is opening in my area. I know nothing about that line- anything worth looking at? (I think many of us were hoping for a Sephora but sadly, looks like the closest one will remain 4 hours away).

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  8. avatar baz
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 7:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    O Foxy one, I hope you can help me. I’m in France and seeing this really odd lipcolor on all the girls. It actually isn’t a color but a tone or something. The colors vary but they are very vivid and matte. I’m dying to get me one but I have no idea what it is or even how to really describe it to a Sephora clerk. Do you have any idea what this is? I MUST have it!
    Thanks,
    Baz

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    • avatar chaosbydesign
      Posted July 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I think I know exactly the look you are referring to, but as you said, it’s damn hard to explain. I tested some matte lip colours while on vacation recently (which I probably would have purchased if the matte look worked on me, which it doesn’t in my opinion) and would recommend the Kiko matte lipsticks, which I am pretty sure are available in France. They’re inexpensive but also relatively high quality, so would be good for trying out a new look in case you don’t like it, because you won’t have spent too much money. I bought a non-matte Kiko lipstick which I *really* like (it lasts about three hours, so not all that great in terms of wear length, but I love the colour and how it goes on etc.)

      If you do like the matte look on you, try the NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils. I always put a gloss over them when I use mine, however if matte works for you, they’d also look awesome by themselves.

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  9. avatar prof_gnu
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think you mentioned that the Colorescience Pro Mineral Sun Protection Powder might be a (more expensive) option to the e.l.f. for the less pink among us. Do you (or any of the other readers) have any direct experience with it?

    Also, I have a longstanding desire to try the Armani Luminous Silk foundation (too many Best Beauty Buy issues of InStyle, in all likelihood). Is that crazy?

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’ve worked my way through several sample pots of it that I’ve accumulated, and I like it a good deal. I don’t think I had a problem with it being too yellow — my sense is that it’s fairly neutral, though probably more towards yellow than the e.l.f. product.

      Tomorrow I’ll try to make a direct comparison with pictures, if I still have any of the Colorescience left.

      Re: Armani — heh. You won’t hear any argument from me! I tried very hard to buy an Armani foundation a couple of months ago (though it was the Face Fabric, not the Luminous Silk) and was only saved by the fact that there just was not anything in my color. (I ended up with a Trish McEvoy foundation instead, but when all is said and done I think I should just stick with my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish cream and BB creams because they seem to match me so much better.) Armani foundations are generally very well received, and I certainly would have bought one had I been a color match.

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      • avatar prof_gnu
        Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

        So it’s almost a year later, but I do have a report on the Armani Luminous Silk.

        I bought it in the color (5.25) and the Fluid Master Primer. I have recently purchased my second bottle of the Luminous Silk, but I’m moving to the Too Faced Primed and Poreless for primer.

        The Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer has a fantastic consistency and feels great to put on. It functions (for me) about as well as Smashbox Photo Finish, but is more fluid (hence the name) and feels nicer. If my choice were only between these two, I’d go with the Armani despite the price difference. However, I tried a sample of Primed and Poreless and my impression is that it works much better on my skin. I’ll re-evaluate after a full tube.

        Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is officially the best foundation (for me) that I’ve tried (the list includes various foundations from Clinique, Lancome, Prescriptives, MAC, BareMinerals and Dior). It feels lovely and it blends well (so well that I sometimes think I could go about my day with only half my face done and not look too weird).

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        • avatar Voxy
          Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Oh, this is dangerous, prof_gnu — I recently placed an Armani order and got a packet of the Luminous Silk foundation as a sample. It is almost assuredly not my color, but if the finish is as good on me as it is on you, I will have a hard decision to make!

          Glad it works for you; I hope the Primed and Poreless is also a hit! It is my favorite face primer, although recently I’ve also been impressed with the Clarins Lisse Minute primer as well.

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  10. avatar pinky
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Pinky, I tested mascaras in those conditions. The best ones in heat/humidity are Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes and Clinique High Impact.

    On a side note, I spent some time in the Old South during my training, and if that’s where you are headed, be advised people dress more formally and women wear more makeup than in other regions.

    Good luck!

    Thanks, biologist! I’ve been interviewing in what I refer to as the “sorta-south” – in some ways it is VERY midwestern and in some ways it is very southern. I’ve been doing okay with a sort of High Summer Business Casual. Lots of linen.

    But thank you for the mascara tips. I have another campus interview this week, and it is going to be wretchedly hot and humid. Yay!

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    • avatar pinky
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry I keep screwing up replies, you guys. For some reason, the learning curve on replies here is similar to the quote function for me on the Other Site. *sigh*

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      • avatar a biologist
        Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

        That’s awesome you have another interview! Good luck!

        I’m glad I didn’t interview in this weather–although my interviews were all during that stretch of extremely bad winter weather this year.

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      • avatar Voxy
        Posted June 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I wish WordPress’ comment system were a little more intuitive, but sadly it is not. The last comment plugin I tried to install made the whole thing whacko so I am a little gun-shy about looking for others. Still, I’ll have a browse through the plugin directory and see if anything looks promising.

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        • avatar pinky
          Posted June 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Look, I’m getting better, though! I am capable of learning… ;)

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          • avatar Voxy
            Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:45 am | Permalink | Reply

            Ha! Too funny. I am thinking about your other question and am going to try to put together some options for you tomorrow. What’s your general philosophy on eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick? (e.g., “I only wear neutrals” vs. “I would wear ultraviolet eyeshadow and hot pink lipgloss every day if I could get away with it…”) What have you got in your makeup wardrobe in terms of these more colorful items, and what kinds of formulations do you like/hate? (For example, blush: liquid? cream? powder? gel? … etc.)

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            • avatar pinky
              Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

              I actually don’t wear blush – I’m really intrigued by the Benefit lipstain/blush combo, so I might check it out next time I’m in a Sephora. Blush is one of those things I never feel like I can get right, so I just gave up.

              But, now that I think about it, I wonder if the foundation/eyes/lips combo is what always makes me feel like I look X-Treme. Because my face is so pale – maybe a little blush would actually neutralize the effect. If that makes sense.

              My favorite lipstick right now is e.l.f’s Rosy Raisin. It’s pretty natural-looking on me, but it’s a really pretty color.

              Eyeshadows… I’ve been experimenting with e.l.f’s mineral eyeshadow in Glamorous. It is WAY fun, but easy to go too extreme with it. I tend to wear one eyeshadow at a time (until I get better at layering and blending. I like pale pinks, browns and goldens… I have a couple of exciting mineral shadows in purples, but I tend to save them for Events.

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  11. avatar pinky
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can I just say that the E.L.F. SPF powder works like a dream? I really want to try the Jart BB cream, but I’m not currently near a Sephora… I just put the E.L.F. powder over my usual moisturizer and it keeps it from turning into a slick mess, and keeps my makeup perfectly intact in the heat and sun.

    It’s like freaking magic, and it’s so cheap that it feels like cheating.

    New question: I have kind of dramatic coloring (superpale skin, black hair) and I’m not great with makeup anyway… so when I do wear it, even during the day, I tend to look like I’m heading for the St. Petersburg opera in 1917. Do know what I mean? Yesterday I went to a cookout, and I wanted to look warm and summery, and I can’t seem to master that look.

    I think part of the problem is that I lean toward gray and brown eyeliner (my standard is MAC’s powerpoint in gunmetal gray). I usually build around my eyes, so I think that if I could change how I do them, everything else will follow.

    For a pale lady with dark hair and hazel eyes… what color daytime eyeliner would you recommend trying out?

    Thank you in advance, Oh Goddess of Foxiness. I would be a hot mess without you.

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  12. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oooh! What color lip pencil? I looooove their lip pencils.

    Envious. It’s a little more hot-pink than it seemed in the store, but if I layer/mix it with another shade, I bet it’ll be fine.

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  13. avatar pinky
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you! I will check those out.

    You’re the best.

    <3

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  14. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m in love with my Urban Decay eyeliner pencil. Stupid question- what do I use to sharpen it? The love, it’s wearing the pencil down fast! :)

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    • avatar chaosbydesign
      Posted May 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I use the Urban Decay eyeliner pencil sharpener now, but before that I just used a regular pencil sharpener (which had not been used on regular pencils first, of course). I’m not sure you’re supposed to use regular pencil sharpeners on eyeliner, but it worked OK for me!

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

      “I’m in love with my Urban Decay eyeliner pencil.”

      Of course you are! :)

      Ideally, you would use a pencil specifically made for eyeliners. The shape of the sharpening cone is different than that of a sharpener for your old faithful Ticonderoga No. 2 pencil, so you will probably have less wasted product. However, as Chaos noted, in a pinch the other kind will work.

      If you like UD and think you might want to try some of their other products, then you might pick up the UD “Grindhouse” (eyeroll) sharpener, which has two holes: one for skinny pencils like eyeliner, and one for fat ones like their new shadow crayons. I think it’s like $6 at Sephora? It’s a good item to throw in your cart if you need to get over the $50 free shipping line. Sephora also makes their own version, which is almost exactly the same and works nearly as well, and I think it’s $3. It’s convenient to have the fat sharpener in case you end up buying something that fits it (like the NARS Velvet Lip Gloss sticks, for instance); that way you don’t have to run out and buy another sharpener just for that.

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    • avatar a biologist
      Posted May 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I love them too! Ever since I got the anniversary set, all my other eyeliners are dead to me.

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    • avatar Ranganathan
      Posted May 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I happened upon a Sephora while visiting relatives- the trip was now totally worth the gasoline. :) I bought a UD sharpener, lip pencil, and a nifty two-pack eyeliner (Stash and Bourbon). The two-pack was $15 and while the eyeliners were about 3/4 the size of the regular ones, the regular ones are $18 each, so I was happy with the deal.

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      • avatar Voxy
        Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Oooh! What color lip pencil? I looooove their lip pencils.

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  15. avatar pinky
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Chime on this – the weather is getting SO HOT, and I’m having a lot of trouble maneuvering enough make up that I look nice…

    Voxy, I’ve got a campus visit next week in an area where it’s scheduled to be over 100 degrees and humid. I’m a sweaty lady on the best of days, and I don’t know what to do about my make up. Any suggestions?

    Hi Voxy, now that summer is just around the corner I was wondering if you have any tips for maintaining a polished look without appearing too made up.For example, today I feel that I am wearing too much eye makeup with my tank top and capris.Still, I don’t want to look as, um, natural as I do when I first roll out of bed.Is there a post on this that you could direct me to, or do you have any thoughts on finding that balance? Thanks!

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yay for campus visit! My condolences on the conditions. Believe it or not, I happen to be in just such a location right now, on this thing that some people call a “vacation.” The location was not my choice and I have come to realize that I just am not cut out for tropical living. (See: Anne Taintor, “I love not camping.”)

      I have to tell you, though, that I have been over-the-moon impressed by the performance of my facial sunscreens, which have managed to keep my face from looking like a sweat slick. I’ve been using the Dr. Jart BB cream (new at Sephora) — the one that’s SPF 45+++ — and e.l.f.’s mineral powder sunscreen SPF 45, which has a slight tint to it. The combination of the BB cream (which is like a primer) and the powder sunscreen is freaking bulletproof. I just came out of being in both the ocean and the pool and my face looks totally undisturbed. (I’m not wearing any other makeup, because why bother, but since both the BB cream and the powder sunscreen have a slight tint, it’s like I’ve put on a foundation.

      I highly recommend looking into one or both of these products. The e.l.f. is cheap; the BB cream is not, but I am super-impressed with how both of them are holding up in 100-degree weather plus humidity.

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    • avatar a biologist
      Posted May 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Pinky, I tested mascaras in those conditions. The best ones in heat/humidity are Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes and Clinique High Impact.

      On a side note, I spent some time in the Old South during my training, and if that’s where you are headed, be advised people dress more formally and women wear more makeup than in other regions.

      Good luck!

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  16. avatar ab_grp
    Posted May 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Voxy, now that summer is just around the corner I was wondering if you have any tips for maintaining a polished look without appearing too made up. For example, today I feel that I am wearing too much eye makeup with my tank top and capris. Still, I don’t want to look as, um, natural as I do when I first roll out of bed. Is there a post on this that you could direct me to, or do you have any thoughts on finding that balance? Thanks!

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