Cheaper Makeup Brands V’s The Espensive

Years ago the cheaper brands were like their name might suggest pretty cheap and yep they were pretty nasty!

Eyeshadows had really low pigment content and you would use half a tub to apply one look and blending was pretty non existent! Eyeliners were pretty much the same and super hard or really soft, lack of colours from lipsticks to foundations etc though a lot has changed..

Like any brand cheap or expensive unfortunately we still have to sort through what’s great, so so or just a miss. You can find a few gems in so many places so don’t forget to look through the isles at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse because you might be pleasantly surprised and have a happier bank account and then you can splurge on your favs!

I’m going to break this post down into 2 parts so this is a few prep, base and finish ideas and then ill do another for shadows, additional products, setting etc

Skin is important so find what skincare works for you and stick to it you’ll thank yourselves later, trust me I feel you I am very lazy but once it works its magic you will do it! X

If your skin is dry and most of us suffer on the drier side of life 😉 I really liked the Farsali oil 24k Gold it was moisturising though absorbed through and didn’t look oily once finished… Bonus!

If your skin is very oily I apply a mattifying powder, then primer and on top of your makeup. I really like Arbonne’s Mattifying powder. I have had it for ages so I hope it is still available.

Ok, foundations.. The hardest part for most of us I think. I personally haven’t found one I love in on the cheaper side though to be fair I haven’t really tried them all.. I am also really fussy with how they feel on the skin. I find the ones I have tried feel drying, heavier than what I am used to and make my skin look dry and unnatural?? I like them when they almost feel non existent and just like my own skin.

I go to my fav Swiss primer and foundation from Arbonne.. Yes it is a MLM brand, no I don’t sell it and to be honest you really have to try it!

So concealers and stick foundations for me and clients I tend to pay a little more for a light weight feel of the cover which I can add to for a cover we want that feels great and hydrates.. That’s a definite bonus for me!

I have mixed Fit Me by Maybelline into these and found it works well though don’t use it on its own.

You defiantly want this when you are contouring as you need to blend.. blend and blend  again.

Powders whether it is for baking, light coverage or a translucent I’m still looking around so I will get back to you on that one.. Australis had a baking style powder though it was white it worked pretty good though the lid I could never get back on 😦

As you get older they can add volume to creases and settle which I am not a fan of. The back of the hand test can be great judge on how it settles and if you can blend it, yes you will have product on to which can help. Though I may have found a winner so I will give you a few in my next post 🙂

I found a really nice bronzer from W7 which was around the $4 mark and it was on par with two I had bought for around the $45 mark so I was impressed though I think it has been discontinued as when I went to purchase a new one from Chemist Warehouse it was a bronzer glow which is not what I was after.

Much Love

KJ

 

 

 

Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding day?

www.makeupprofessional.com.auHelenSam004Using a makeup artist will be a new experience for many brides-to-be, so not only can it be daunting, it can be difficult to know how and where to source an expert makeup artist. Having a professional apply your makeup on the big day can be a lovely treat, but if you’re unsure if you want one, read on and your beauty blunders will be resolved.
Wedding makeup artist tip 1: The basics
If you’re in the process of searching for a bridal makeup artist then our top advice is to try and find one by recommendation. Ask married friends, your photographer, your hairdresser or you can request a suppliers list from the wedding venue.  Or you could always use forums to ask other brides. Once you’ve found two or three makeup artists with a promising portfolio, contact them to obtain a quote and to check their availability. makeup artist fees can vary and will be dependent on their experience, products and their location in relation to you. Do find out which makeup products the artist uses, as a good one should carry premium brands to ensure makeup longevity and a professional looking finish.
Wedding makeup artist tip 2: Getting started
Once you have found the right makeup artist you should book a makeup trial. A trial is recommended for a number of reasons; so you can get to know the makeup artist, discuss requirements and make sure the look created is right. Plus, it’s a great experience and gives you the opportunity to pick up a few beauty tips. Bridal makeup trials should usually take a couple of hours and are normally carried out around 4-8 weeks prior to the wedding date. Some handy hints here are to book your trial for the morning so you have the whole day to road test your makeup. Also, book your hair trial for the same day so you can see the wedding look as a whole. You should only need one trial if you have found a professional and if it isn’t perfect on first go your artist is there to alter and work with you. The only time you need to book in another artist is if they are incredibly unprofessional, unreliable or there final finish is hideous.
Please note: You do only need to book in the bride for both Hair and Makeup to save costs. For your bridal party you can supply a range of pictures for the artist to use as reference on the day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: What to expect
A makeup artist should always carry out a consultation before any makeup application commences. The makeup specialist will ask questions about the look you want them to create and about your skin type so they can select appropriate products for your skin’s needs.  Once you have had your makeover, this is your opportunity to give feedback – don’t be shy, ladies. Be sure to express exactly what you want for your wedding day. At the end of your trial your makeup artist will document the products and techniques used so they can recreate the perfect look on your wedding day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: Check list
Some brides might panic in the last stages of wedding planning and haphazardly contact the first makeup artist they come across. Perhaps they’ve had a run-in with their rouge or a bust-up with their bronzer and they seek professional help in a hurry. However, something so important shouldn’t be rushed into. Keep the following pointers in mind before you hand over your cash, and your complexion!
A skilled and professional makeup artist…
•Has the skills and professional products to keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless all day
•Understands how flash photography affects the appearance of makeup, therefore selects and supplies appropriate cosmetics
•Provides peace of mind and reassurance for those who lack confidence in their own appearance – they will put you at ease and assure you that you will look how you intend to
•Saves you time and money in researching and sourcing your own cosmetics
•Gives you professional one-to-one advice during your makeup trial, helping achieve the most from your beauty and skincare regime
•Is a useful member of the wedding team; a good makeup artist will not stop at the makeup. They will assist with buttonholes, dresses and fascinators where needed
•Is great for calming last minute nerves and will put any concerns at ease
•Provides an enjoyable pampering treatment so the bride can sit and relax
Wedding makeup artist tip 5: Still unsure about booking a makeup artist?
Even if you are fabulous at applying your own makeup nerves and jitters can make this job quite difficult. I couldn’t pass the brushes to another professional on my wedding day and it was just too much doing my own and my bridesmaids makeup. Once I got to the lashes I was a bundle of energy and just couldn’t get them on. Things like this can happen to professional artists and time definitely flies on your wedding day.

Good Luck xo