We’re nearing the end of the Power of Makeup series and I’m thrilled to talk about my favorite makeup product ever — MASCARA!!!
My rule of thumb: 2 coats of mascara for the daytime. 3 coats…or 4 or 5…for night. I usually do 2-3 for day!
Mascara is the icing on the cake, if you will. It finishes out and completes your look. It makes you look more sophisticated and glamorous. If you have blond-tipped lashes like me, mascara is your new best buddy.
Unfortunately, I hear a lot of women say that mascara is difficult for them to put on and can be a little scary.
I totally get that.
I’ve poked my eyeball with a mascara wand and it hurts! But with practice, that will rarely happen. Before you apply, make sure there are no children, pets, or ornery husbands nearby to bump your arm!
1. Place your mascara wand against the base of your lash line.
2. Wiggle the brush a little to deposit a lot of color at the base of your lashes.
3. Swoop upwards. Voila!
4. For bottom lashes, many recommend to hold the brush vertically, but that clumps my lashes together. I hold it horizontally, just like with the upper lashes, and lightly sweep down (shown in above pic).
4. Repeat!!! I rarely double coat my bottom lashes, but to each his own! Let the mascara dry a little in between coats.
5. Grab your lash curler and curl those puppies. Using a lash curler makes your eyes look wider and bigger.
I love the thick fringe that mascara adds to lashes!
Different mascaras do different things, so pay attention to what the brand is advertising. Wand sizes matter, as well. A skinny thin wand is for defining and lengthening. A thick wand is for volumizing.
Here are the mascaras currently in my arsenal. I don’t use them all every day, and in fact, should probably get rid of most of them. Replacing mascara every 3-4 months is key!
These mascaras are in order of least favorite to ultimate favoritest. One mascara not pictured that I used to wear a lot was Thick ‘n Full by Cover Girl (I think it was Cover Girl). It left my lashes dark and soft.
1. Cover Girl Clump Crusher
*had to use a million coats to get the darkness and volume I wanted*
2. Mary Kay Lash Love
*my sister’s fave. Looks great on her. Doesn’t give me the volume I want.*
3. Clinique Lash Doubling
*Gift with Purchase. Dark and nice.*
5. Benefit’s BAD gal lash
*makes lashes dark and thick*
6. Too Faced Lash Injection
*free gift – may like better if it was a full tube. Don’t feel like I get enough on the wand*
7. Mary Kay Ultimate
*great mascara. wore for two years exclusively*
8. Too Faced Size Queen
*2nd favorite ever. Always got compliments on how long my lashes looked.*
9. Too Faced Better than Sex
*If you’ve read my book, you know how I feel about this name* BEST mascara EVER. EVER. EVER. Thickens, lengthens, darkens, and the best part — it’s buildable, meaning I can layer coats without clumping. I LOVE it.
Beauty Bag Sneak Peek
I also promised a sneak peek inside my beauty bag. These are products that I carry with me almost everywhere. It’s my emergency kit. I lost my original bag earlier this year during our Delta mishap. Ugh. So I had to replace all my products. I still haven’t replaced my lip glosses and it makes me sad.
In tomorrow’s final Power of Makeup series: Lips, I’ll go through the Beauty Bag and share these awesome products, and why they are must-haves in anyone’s beauty bag!
Question: What’s your favorite mascara? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Day 4 of Dressember was yesterday, but I didn’t get my photo uploaded! So here it is:
Jacket: Christiana Zimm
Jewelry: Premier Designs
Hair: style adapted from Kate at thesmallthingsblog.com *I love her*
The Power of Makeup Part 6: mascara post is coming!!! Justin and I spent the evening with our little boys so I got behind on my posts!!! Thank you for your patience and it will be up later this afternoon.
And…truth be told, since I’m still in my pajamas, Day 5 of Dressember will get posted once I get ready for my ladies’ meeting tonight!!
Eyeliner and an accent shade of eyeshadow take a natural or two-shadow look from ordinary to amazing. The accent color is the most important part of your eyeshadow, and can be the hardest to apply correctly if you tend to be heavy-handed.
The purpose of eyeliner is to define the lash area. Always “push” the liner against your lash line so there isn’t a visible line of skin between your lashes and your liner. That just looks Lady Ga-ga.
There are three main methods of applying eyeliner: pencil, liquid, and powder. I used a cream at one time and loved it, but they’re harder to find. I’ll put my favorite brands of eyeliner at the bottom of the post.
You’ll notice I’m holding the skin of my eye taut. This is a no-no from anyone who teaches skin-care and cosmetic application, but let me just say, if I don’t make my eyelid taut, the pencil seems to “tug” or ”bump” along the skin of my eyelid and the eyeliner looks like this: – - – - – - – instead of a smooth line.
A pencil gives you a lot of control. Key words when looking for an eyeliner: smooth, smudge-resistent and/or water-resistant/water-proof. If you’re an easy crier and tear up quickly, those words will save your makeup. You can apply a layer of eyeshadow in the same color on top to help “seal” it in.
Liquid liner is the most dramatic, in my opinion. It also takes practice, but if you’re going for a sexy cat-eye or a thick Cleopatra look, liquid liner is your best bet.
Using powder, aka your eyeshadow, as a liner is a great trick, especially if you want to play with color or forget your eyeliner. It happens. Use a short stiff angled brush (same one I use for my eyebrows) and dip it into your shadow of choice. Wet your brush first to get a more dramatic look.
Line the bottom of your lids if you like, but don’t line the inner part of your eye. First off, it makes your eyes look smaller. Second, you can get an eye infection.
Rule of thumb: If you line the top, you don’t have to line the bottom, but you shouldn’t line only the bottom. I’ll think of a cuter way to say that later.
Don’t pull hard. Be gentle around the eye area!!!
To create a cat-eye look, extend your liner from your bottom lashes, not the top! Extending the top line is a common mistake, because it looks like the eyeliner is coming from the top.
Line your eyes like normal on the top and bottom.
Place your liner on the outside edge of your bottom lash line.
With short strokes if you use a pencil OR one long stroke with liquid, extend the liner from the bottom lash line at an angle towards your temple. This line can be as long and dramatic as you wish.
Connect with the top line. Go over these lines as needed to darken.
The accent color is the pa-pow, the bam-boom, the ooh-la-la of eyeshadow. It finishes your look and makes your makeup look more expertly applied. I rarely forgo the accent shade, even if it’s just a slightly darker shade than my mid-tone. If I’m going to the beach (ha!) I will skip the accent shade.
For close-set eyes like mine (closer than one eye-length from your nose), the accent shade “pulls” my eyes apart, creating an illusion that they aren’t as close to my nose as they really are.
If your eyes are wide-set (longer than one eye-length from your nose), you will want to put the accent shade on the inner part of your eyelid to create the illusion that your eyes are closer than they are.
I’m using the “V”-shape technique, which I use 99% of the time. The placement for your eye shape may be a bit different, so check out yesterday’s post for resources on finding your eye shape and the application of your eyeshadow.
The darker accent shade looks like a triangle, or a filled-in “V,” thus known as the V-shape. To apply the accent color:
lightly lightly lightly dip your brush into your accent color
starting at the outside corner of your eye, place the brush right on top of your eyeliner
in a “V” motion with tiny short strokes, sweep slightly up and out, and then back into the mid-tone.
Follow that stroke pattern lightly until you achieve the depth you’re looking for.
Use the pad of your ring finger when applying creams or powders to the eye area. Your ring finger pad is the softest of all of your fingers because you use it the least. Your eye area does not contain moisture glands, which is why we get eye crinkles and smile lines here first. Regular face moisturizers are not meant for the eye area so using a cream specifically formulated for this delicate eye area is extremely important.
*I receive no compensation for my recommendations.*
Liquid eyeliner – Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner *my favorite ever* I got this liner in a Birchbox shipment and immediately fell in love. It has the precision, depth, and flawless look of liquid liner with the ease of a pencil. The fine tip puts you in total control of the thickness. 5 stars!!!
Eye cream – Mary Kay’s Timewise Firming eye cream It contains a brightening agent (yay!!) and is super thick and luxurious. I use a small amount under my eyes and around the corners. It also helps minimize the appearance of fine lines. I also use this one the skin between my eyebrows (upper bridge of my nose) because that area is super dry for some reason.
I use Mary Kay products for my skin care routine almost exclusively, with the exception of Clinique moisturizer – gotta love Gift with Purchase time!)
Tomorrow’s post in the Power of Makeup series is the love of my makeup life: MASCARA!!!! If I could only have one makeup item, it would be mascara. I feel like a boy if I’m not wearing it. I sleep in it (SO BAD, I know). And after years and years of loving and hating different brands, I finally found my ultimate perfect formula.
I’ll share my favorite mascaras in all price ranges and we’ll take a sneak peek into my beauty bag that I carry with me everywhere. Gotta have the essentials!
For a pajamas-all-day-if-I’m-staying-home kinda gal, I’m starting to get in the spirit of Dressember — 31 days of dresses to help raise $25,000 for International Justice Mission. Let’s get some girls out of sex-trafficking, ya’ll.
Shoes: American Eagle ($3 at Payless)
Jewelry: Premier Designs
“Cabo” necklace and bracelet
I’ve had people ask questions about Dressember so here are a couple of answers.
1. It’s not 31 different dresses.
In fact, Blythe, who started Dressember in 2009, wears the same dress every day as a statement that anyone can do this regardless of the size of your wardrobe. She layers in a million (well…31…) cute different ways.
2. People donate through my dressember.net participant page. 100% of the monies donated goes to IJM. So far I have raised $0 of my goal of $100. If ten people want to get a $10 tax deduction for 2013, this is a GREAT cause!!!!
Random picture of the love of my life:
Ahhhhhh. We spent about ten minutes in each other’s company until I got home after 9 PM. I’ll take what I can get.
Back to Dressember.
3. Skirts are allowed if you wear them over dresses. However, I didn’t read the FAQs and wore skirts two days in a row. Fact: I really want to wear my skirts during Dressember but I am going to try to only do dresses from now on.
4. As demonstrated above, leggings, jeans, pants, and tights can be worn under the dresses.
The power of makeup really comes across when you’ve got great looking eyes. I think for most people, their eyes are the best feature to play with for a few reasons:
Eyes are the window to the soul.
Excuse me, my eyes are up here.
Your eyes give other people’s eyes a place to “land” when they look at your face. This is why Part 4: Defining Eyebrows is so important. Once your brows are ready, it’s time to have some fun!
Know your eye shape.
You can see in the photo above that when I look straight ahead, my lids aren’t visible. That means I have a “hooded” eye. A “standard” eye shape would allow some of the lid to be visible. What you can’t tell since I’ve already fooled the camera, is that my eyes are also a little close-set, meaning they are closer to my nose than one eye’s length. I used highlighter to create the illusion that my eyes are where they should be. Isn’t makeup fun?
Before we go any further, I want to address something. God made my eyes hooded and close-set. Am I happy about that?
Am I upset with God?
Because I love how God made me, and I know He thinks I’m beautiful because we have a great relationship and I work on my heart. And…ta da! I can play around with makeup and by adding a little color here, a swipe of sparkle there, my eyes can look bigger, smaller, closer, wider, puppy-dog, seductive, or natural.
My eyes take the longest to do because I can make my eyes different depending on my mood. Am I going for a day time or evening look? Work appropriate, glamour, or just-gotta-run-to-Wal-Mart-and-if-I-see-someone-I-don’t-want-to-look-as-tired-as-I-feel? Perhaps it’s date night and I need to ooh-la-la my face.
No matter what, you can achieve the look by playing up your eyes!
There are great resources to help you figure out your eye shape. I’m adding those to the bottom of this post. Today, I’m going to show you how to do the 2-Minute-Eye look. This works on almost all eye shapes, so unless you are blessed with Betty Davis eyes (Google her, you younguns), you can pull this off.
You don’t need all these brushes. You can use the same brush if you have to, and clean it off in between colors. However, if you’re just getting started, I recommend going to Wal-Mart or Target and buying the E.L.F. brushes if you don’t want to buy a complete set. That said, I recommend a great brush set — complete with powder, blush, and bronzer brushes. It’s a great investment and your makeup will look more flawless. Plus, it makes your makeup easier to apply.
I recommend using different brushes and never ever ever ever ever ever trust the sponge-tipped applicators that come in the eyeshadows. Yes, you can do your makeup with them, but once you use a brush, you’ll ditch those suckers in an instant. I’d rather use my finger pad than a sponge for eyeshadow.
Here are the colors I’m using. I receive no compensation for my product recommendations. The extra highlight on the left is Urban Decay, and the tri-striped shadows are Mary Kay. They are both sitting on top of Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette. UB just released Naked 3 and it’s on my Christmas list.
Along with a food processor. Is this too much to ask for?
Back to makeup.
Both brands of eye shadow last an incredibly long time, and are extremely pigmented. This means you use less shadow, increasing the value you get for your dollar. I’m sorry to say, but there really is a difference in quality when you compare these brands to ones you find at supermarkets and Target. Because they last longer, and have a smoother application, I find it’s worth the extra $5-$10.
Sometimes, though, you get lucky. I was able to get the round Urban Decay shadow for $6 on sale! I use it daily and have hardly made a dent in it. The shelf-life is pretty long, so it will last me quite a while. My advice is to find a brand you love in your price range. All the application tips are the same regardless of your choice in brands.
I highlight first, third, and last. Your lightest color will get used more than any other shade. I have a couple of different highlighter colors — a really white one and a more matte sandy color.
I highlight under my brows, on my lids, and in the corner of my eyes near my nose. The spot by your nose is the darkest spot on your face. The only time I suggest NOT highlighting here is if your eyes are wide-set, or further from your nose than a one eye length.
Second Step: Mid-tone
The mid-tone goes in the crease. Because my eyes are close-set, I do not extend the mid-tone all the way to the inner corner by my nose. I also leave the inner part of my lid alone to keep the highlighter showing up.
To properly apply mid-tone, place your thick angled brush in the corner of your eye (like shown below), and while looking straight ahead in the mirror, gently sweep it back and forth. If you want the color closer to your lashes, by all means sweep your lid as well. Do not push the brush into your crease. You’ll deposit too much color.
Remember: eyeshadow is meant to be built upon. Light layers of eyeshadow is prettier than one heavy layer.
I’m using a reddish color as my mid-tone because my eyes are green. Reds and purples will set off green eyes. Blues will set off brown eyes, and browns will set off blue eyes. While this amount of shadow may seem too much, especially for day time, don’t freak out! The lsat step in eyeshadow is blending, and this pinky red eyeshadow won’t look this bright once we’re done.
Step Three: Highlight again
After applying the mid-tone, I go back over my lids with highlighter. I want my eyelids to be noticeable, so this helps draw attention to them, and lets the mid-tone recede a bit. This gives depth to my eyes. You can skip this step if you like. I like to do another layer of highlighter because it helps blend a bit of the mid-tone on my lids.
You’ll notice again, I’m hitting that inner corner by my nose. Shadows are naturally created on your face in this area. Highlight it up!
I seriously hate the faces I make while putting on makeup. I feel like Grumpy Cat.
This is an easy 2-minute-or-less look, although if this all you’re going to do, take that highlighter and use it blend out the entire mid-tone area. Throw on some mascara and boom – 2 minutes. This is not where I stop with my makeup, however.
At this point in my eyeshadow routine, I put on eyeliner. If you have a hooded eye, eyeliner is your best friend.
Tomorrow we’re going to talk about eyeliner – pencil, liquid, and powder and all the wonderful things you can do with it! Wing-tip, cat-eyes, Cleopatra…
Wednesday we’ll cover how to take this 2-minute look and by adding one more color, create definition and glamour.
Thursday is my favorite product of all…MASCARA!!!!!! I’ll show you my favorites and you’ll be amazed at what a little mascara can do.
Friday we’ll put the whole face together and we’ll see if there truly is some power in makeup.
Makeup artist Wayne Goss – I love his YouTube videos. Click on his name to figure out your eye shape. Plus, British accent. Win-Win.
Beautylish.com has celebrity examples of eye shapes to help you find your eye shape.
Plumtique shows several eye shapes and some basic application tips for each.
Good morning! Have you had your coffee/soda/breakfast/exercise/vitamins/whatever-gets-you-going yet? I was sorely tempted to lay back down once the kids left for school, but I chose coffee and caught up on my journaling and read my Bible. I’m reading Isaiah, for the first time that I can remember all the way through.
I’m so excited about the things that are coming up for this blog!!! Here’s a sneak peek:
Starting in 2014, every day will have a theme and each week will have a guest writer. If you would like to guest post, please send me an email: blessings @ bethanyjett.com (with no spaces). I have some incredible people lined up and I know you’ll love them!!!
A couple of our new themed days: “Makeup Mondays” and ”TMI Tuesdays.” Every Monday we’ll talk about makeup and beauty, including hair and fashion topics as well. Maybe I should change the name to Beauty Mondays, but Makeup Mondays just sounds good.
“TMI Tuesdays” will cover “Too Much Information” topics such as periods, bathroom issues, tampons, sex, body changes, and all the topics that are embarrassing to ask out loud! I’ve been wanting to do this for a looooong time!
I want to tell you the rest of the days, but alas, I have to keep a few secrets! Just know we’ll be talking about boys (friends, boyfriends, fiancés, and husbands), and other relationships, all from a godly perspective.
Also, every day this month, I’ll post my outfit for the day along with the post. I’m participating in Dressember! To learn more, check out www.dressember.net. It’s more than dresses — we’re raising $25,000 for International Justice Mission (IJM), an organization that fights slavery and sex-trafficking.
We have a good friend who is deeply involved with this organization. What I love most about IJM is that along with rescuing those enslaved, they go into the countries and try to change the laws so that they can prosecute the people who are trafficking.
So many times the girls (and boys) are rescued, but their captors get away. One aspect of IJM is making sure they get the laws in place so they can prosecute. I love that.
100% of all monies donated goes directly to IJM. To sponsor or support the cause, go to my Dressember participant page! It’s a great way to do good and counts as a tax deduction!
Top: Joseph A (Burlington Coat Factory)
Skirt: New York & Company
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (Plato’s Closet, brand new!)
Jewelry: Premier Designs
Top: Cheer shirt (I have practice later!)
Skirt: Anne Taylor Loft
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Jewelry: Premier Designs stretch bracelet
I’m ramping up with great content! I’m excited about this blog and so thankful you’re joining me! If you’re on these social media sites, I’d love to connect with you!!
My friends Tara and Natalie (linked to their awesome pinterest pages!) turned me on to Dressember. If you’ve ever heard of No-Shave November, a no-shaving month for men (and some courageous women), you may be excited to have a month to participate in something cool without having to let your leg hair grow to Chewbacca lengths.
Basically, 31 days of skirts and dresses. Why? Raise money for International Justice Mission. This video explains it beautifully, and to be honest, left me a little teary-eyed.
I don’t have a lot of skirts and dresses, but I’m in. If you want to participate, go to their website and sign up. If you want to get some tax deductions before the year-end, go to Dressember.net and donate. I think this is super awesome. Get involved.
I am a featured columnist for Choose Now Ministries. This is a recent article from my On Friendship column. Enjoy!
Have you ever met a soulmate friend? Someone who understands and totally “gets” you, even though you’ve just met?
It’s a rare occurrence, but finding a soulmate friend, or soul-friend for short, is a wonderful experience. These special come into your life for a minute, an hour, or a lifetime, but regardless of their length of stay in your life, you’re bonded together for eternity.
Finding a soul-friend usually takes you by surprise. All of a sudden your adrenaline starts pumping. You find yourself smiling, and can’t make yourself stop. You feel giddy, as the “real” you comes bursting out even though you’ve just met this person. Usually the “real self” can be pretty shy. You’re enjoying this person’s company and don’t ever want it to end.
And then the inevitable happens. Your palms get sweaty and you stop listening to the conversation as self-doubt clouds your mind. This person is cool, awesome, and funny…why would they want to be friends with you? Continue Reading…