Why are we applying sooo much makeup to our faces?

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A little disclaimer, the views and opinions in this post is just my own and I don’t want to offend anyone in any way. I think everybody should do whatever they want. It’s a free World – you do you!

But I can’t help wonder sometimes, are the makeup trends getting more and more intense? What is it we want to achieve with the makeup we apply on our faces?

Is It to cancel everything out and have that full coverage effect with almost no way of seeing our actually skin? Or is it applying makeup with a light hand that is almost invisible?

I am following different Youtubers each with their own style. I am following the Pixiwoo Sisters and I think it was Sam that said: ‘I always look at a face and think, what’s the last I can do to this face to make it look the best?’

That quote is very inspirational to me because I see a lot of makeup on Instagram and Youtube where people go all out for an ‘everyday look’. I think that’s fine. The only thing is that I don’t see that this makeup is very wearable for the everyday women, wether she is working or staying at home with kids or whatever.  So I was thinking, is it only me who thinks that?

I am Scandinavian and most of the time my friends, colleagues etc. say: I want nice looking skin – but I don’t want anyone to notice that I’m wearing anything.

That’s kind of funny ( and almost impossible) but it is very much in the Scandinavian culture that we want to look very natural and not to ‘made up’. And it’s very much the opposite than Instagram/Youtube makeup trends- even the everyday/natural makeup looks.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE makeup, I’m a beauty blogger for a reason. Call me old fashion ed or just plan old :), but after watching a Youtubers everyday look I sometimes think: ‘but could you actually wear that look and people on your work or school would like it?’

Not that you have to please people around you but at a certain point in your life you will be the ‘face’ of your work place and will your employer like that you are wearing heavy makeup?

I’m really interested in knowing what you guys think? Is It only in Scandinavia that we have this culture of less is more? Is the Youtube/Instagram makeup applicapple for the culture in your country?

Best
Ditte

How to find the right foundation for your skin tone and undertone!

Find the right foundation to match your skin tone and undertoneToday I want to help you find the right foundation for you skin tone/undertone. If you are anything like me you have bought a lot of foundations in your lifetime thinking they would be a good match for your skin. In the store you have been pumping a dollop onto your hands trying to swatch. If you were daring you would apply it to your lower cheek thinking that “I heard someone say this was a good method”.

I am here today to tell you exactly how to find the right shade for your skin tone and help you save your money in the future!

It’s so important to do a little legwork before actually going into the store. I promise you, you will thank me later! I want you to do the following steps and this will lead you to become aware of your skin tone and undertone and why it’s important in choosing makeup for yourself!

 

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  • Look in the mirror, preferably with the shoulders / chest bare – what do you see? You see most yellow or reddish beam from your skin? Red means you probably have a cold / red undertones in the skin. Yellow means that you have a warm undertone of the skin.
  • Look at your blood vessels in the thin skin on the inside of the wrist – are the most blue or green? (If they are both green and blue you probably have a neutral skin tone). Blue means you probably have a red / cold undertone of the skin and green veins means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin.
  • When you sunbathe, you lovely brown immediately or you will first right red, and then turn brown (equal)? Brown immediately means you probably have a yellow / warm undertone of the skin. If you light turns red and burned there is a greater likelihood that you have a cold / red undertones in the skin.

How do you match your skin to your foundation:

When you match your foundation, it should preferably match your neck and chest, because that part of your body will be visible. You may have areas of red in your face, but your chest / neck is more yellowish. Then you should choose a more yellowish foundation, because it will look more natural to your overall look. If you have a neutral skin tone / undertone, you will probably benefit from a foundation with a more yellowish tone, because a pink foundation won’t be flattering to your overall appearance.

The right shade vs. the right tone.

When actually purchasing the foundation you need to match it with two things: It has to be in your shade fair, light, medium, dark/deep and the foundation has to have the right undertone. The undertone is what I just described up top. When it comes to the right shade it’s a little bit easier. It’s like the first glance at the bottle or the color and the undertone is like the second look at it. Searching for undertone is a little bit more complicated (in my opinion) than finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Purchasing the foundation:

When you purchase foundations in the future you must both look after your tone ( “shade”) and an undertone – a yellow or red. There may be foundations that you simply will not be able to use because the undertone in the foundation never is going to match your undertone.

I wrote this post because I like to give tips on how to save you money when buying makeup. It’s so frustrating when you buy that wonderful new bottle of foundation only to see that it doesn’t suit your skin! Now you know that you might as well pass the bottle of foundation on to a friend and go buy a new bottle that suits your skin and will make you look beautiful!

I will continue to write more posts about foundations and bases of makeup because I think it’s so important to lay a good ‘foundation’ to your makeup to make it look the best.

See also find the perfect foundation for your skin type – normal / oily – combination or dry skin here here

Best

Ditte

Being a cool toned woman in Western makeup trends – a Lisa Eldridge inspired post.

cropped-cropped-cropped-psx_20150419_1118461.jpgSo, okay, this might be a little bit of af rambling blog post so bare with me! Yesterday i watched Lisa Eldridge’s Youtube video where she compares her thoughts of Eastern (Japanese and Korean) trends in makeup and western (Europe and America) trends. The video is just genius! I loved her videos to begin with because of her great knowledge of all things makeup. She is hugely succesful and does makeup on all the biggest stars. This video ‘East Meet West’ just sums up everything we need to know about makeup and WHY we all like what we like. The video just totally gave me an understandig of why I as a cool toned woman with a fair to porcelain complexion struggles in the western world trend. Watch it here.

She explains how the trend in the wesern world right know is all about that glow, being tan, being bronzed. The trends in Asia is more on the pink, bright side as a generalization. Over there they don’t really do bronzing or contouring, it’s all about brightness. This 20150216_111801means that all of your warm toned ladies in the West have a real moment at the moment, if you will. But the rest of us has to break of of the mainstream trends because those colours just don’t look good on us! I would look silly, washed out, sick etc. if I followed the western world trend. I can never look like a Kardashian – not that I need to, but just an example. I have to think cool colours, light pinks, greys, cool blues etc. That is so different than all of the girls in the magazines and TV. I have had this knowledge about my skintone really after I began doing this blog. I have bought A LOT of makeup that has just been wrong for my skin tone AND complexion. I bought all of those warm toned browns thinking that with my eyecolour and my brown hair, that would be just right for me. Wrong!!! I have to have neutral browns in a lighter version. I cannot use peachy, golden blushes, no I have a few pink blushes that are right for me.

When I’m doing online shopping, when I’m in a store with makeup I look for bronzers that are cool, but guess what? It still doesn’t look good on me! Because on top of being cool toned I also have a fair complexion which means that almost every bronzer is gonna be too dark. I have to say that when Marlena from Makeup Geek started talking about her brand coming out with contour powder I was so happy! She made contour powders for all skin tones AND complexion from fair to deep – amazing!

Bronzing isn’t the same as contouring, I know but all of you warm and neutral girls can to some extend pull off a contour with your cool bronzers. There are not many brands that come out with that specific kind of bronzer and not drugstore prices. I know that up to Makeup Geek coming out with her contour powders Kevin Aucoin made one that apparantly was amazing.  Yes, the price was pretty amazing as well :).

So what’s a cool toned woman’s got to do? Well, we have to realize that we can not be on trend at the moment – we have to find our own colours and have them look great on our faces. I’m okay with that, but I must say that I do get jealous when I see a warm toned grl doing her warm toned makeup, bronzer, rose gold eyes….. I’m just over here with my neutral browns, pinks, purples and blues. And thank you to Becca Cosmetics for making that highlighter in Pearl. Highlighter can be tricky as well, because cool toned girls just don’t look good with golden highlights, I’m using icy highlighters and white, icy eyeshadows for highlighting as well 🙂

Have any of you guys had the same experience?

Best

Ditte

Next big trend in makeup – Stick everything?

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Laura Mercier: Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers

We all know that contouring, strobing, correcting the skin has been and are at present huge trends in makeup. But I feel lika a new trend is already on the horizon. I see makeup in stick form being launched from a lot of companies. The trend has been seen with Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, Nudestix, Cliniques Chubbysticks, Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation and many more.

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I guess the trend is really good news for busy girls; you kind of just smear the stick on the area of your face it belongs i.e the Chubby Stick on your cheek and blend out with your Laura Mercier Caviar stickfingers or a brush and you are good to go. For the eyes we have seen Laura Merciers Caviar Sticks that are suppose to be creamy but dry down. I have been following Kim Kardashians makeupartist Mario Dedivanovic. He’s doing a lot of “Masterclasses” around the world, mostly the US. I see him do a lot of this “double layering” of the eyeshadow to make it look prettier and last longer. So the trick is to apply a creamy stick too the eye and afterwards apply the powder shadow.

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The sticks will be easy to take with you in your purse to make touch ups during the day.

 

 

Will you hop on the stick trend in the future?

Best

Ditte