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Makeup Basics 101

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Makeup Basics 101

Introduction:

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and my friend, Amy Wilson. Amy is a phenomenal wife and mom whose goal for this year is to become a Mary Kay Director or at least in qualification. What would make this even more special is, we believe she would be the first blind director. Without further ado, here’s Amy!

Starting with the Basics

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Hello, Beauties! My name is Amy Wilson and I am a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. I am also blind.  Through my business, I’ve learned basics are not taught enough, so here we go.

Any good makeup regiment starts with great skin care. This means using at least a cleanser and a moisturizer morning and night. Using an eye cream can be beneficial if you are a woman of a certain experience. Lol

If you don’t know where to start with this then feel free to reach out to me and I will give you my advice for free. With so many options it’s had to know what to do.

Now for basic makeup…

Foundation

Foundation is tough to match but luckily there are CC Creams (complexion corrector creams). These will blend to match your natural skin tone. I think some of these are also called BB (blemish balm) creams.

You can apply these foundations with your fingers or to make the product last longer use a liquid foundation brush. Cuz who doesn’t want to make makeup last longer lol.

Tip when applying foundation make sure you go past your jawline. You don’t want to look like you are wearing a mask.

Eye Makeup

Cream eyeshadow is a basic eye makeup. You know, something you can apply with your finger so you know where the heck its going. There are all sorts of colors you can use made by a variety of companies.

If you are under 25 you can use shimmer but over that use a matte color.  As we age our eyes are the first thing to show our age so having shimmer will make you look older than you want.  No Bueno.  No good.

Mascara

There are so many different types of mascara its crazy. Start with a basic one. Apply with the brush horizontally not vertically.

Practice, practice, and practice some more. Have some eye makeup remover handy because I guarantee you will mess up. This happens to anyone when they are learning. I could do a blog just on mascara.

Blush

For color on the cheeks, you can take it or leave it. I went years without wearing any because I wasn’t sure what color to wear. Powder or cream blush is a great way to add some color to your face in a simple way.

Now for the kiss…. Lips

Have fun with it. There are so many different colors out there. If you’re not sure where to start, try a red or pink, these colors look great on everyone. Personally, I love my crushed berry red. Again, I could do a blog on just this topic.  Just have fun with it.

Stay fresh and fabulous Bold Blind Beauties.

If you want to connect with me you can find me on Facebook under Amy Wilson or join my group Wilson’s Wildflowers.

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Two brunette beauties, Amy is posing with a friend as a first-time attendee at the 2018 Mary Kay Seminar. Amy’s sunglasses are on top of her head and she has a strand of pearls around her neck.

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Amy is sitting in a mini coop that you can earn as a Mary Kay consultant. Her white cane is hanging out of the driver side window with Amy sitting in the driver seat.

 

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Eye Makeup Tip For Blind & VI Women

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Eye Makeup Practice Makes Perfect

Some of my duties involve curating and imparting a little wisdom that will benefit my blind and visually impaired followers. Concerning makeup, there are many questions specifically about eye makeup application. The answer to the following question was so genius I had to share it here with you:

Q: Do you have any makeup tips (mostly eye makeup)?

I’m blind in one eye, so the usual “close one eye while you do it and look with the other” doesn’t work for me, as I’m sure is a similar case for some or all of you. ~J. Stephenson

A: You could try doing a little, taking a close up selfie of that eyelid shut,

…assessing and going a bit more, continuing with the pics in between to see if you’re on track toward the look you’re going for? Eventually, the practice should lead to being able to do it without stopping and without checking! ~S. Seyringer

One final note: It’s important to remember that in the beginning, most people struggle with makeup application and it’s only through trial and error that we become more proficient at this form of art. Loosen up, have fun, and practice until you are comfortable. You will reach your goal!

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A white, teal, and gray image of Abby sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Abby

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Eyebrow Solutions

If eyes are the windows to the soul then the eyebrows are the frames

e.l.f. Eyebrow Stencil Kit
e.l.f. Eyebrow Stencil Kit

I am so excited!! Over the weekend I received in the mail 2 tools that I mentioned last Monday to help with applying my eye makeup. Both items come from e.l.f. www.eyeslipsface.com and I can’t wait to share my feedback.

The first tool is the Eyebrow Stencil Kit and my immediate observation right out of the box was the great flexibility of the stencils. No stranger to eyebrow stencils, in the past I’ve tried a couple of different types and they were either too rigid or the shapes weren’t even close to my natural brows.

The e.l.f. eyebrow stencils come in 4 different shapes:

  1. Soft arch – is a gently rounded shape that follows the line of the eyelids. Soft arch eyebrows are perfect for women who have sharp, angular features, as they enhance softness to the overall look.
  2. Structured arch – is noted for a sharp slant upward from the inner corner of the eye, and a downward slant toward the outer edge. Women who have rounder or wider facial features can benefit from the vertical line created for a slimming look with this style.
  3. Curved arch – is a mixture of the structured and curved arches and is characterized by an upward slant from the inner corner of the eye to almost two-thirds distance, and finishing with a slight bend downward along the outside.
  4. Full arch – is depicted by minimal curvature along the length of the brow, and is good for women who have very narrow faces, or widely spaced eyes.

“Knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look” ~Kevyn Aucoin

The very first step in determining the shape of your eyebrows is, knowing the shape of your face. There are 4 basic facial shapes and I’ve provided the arch that works best with each shape:

  • foraywhileOval – forehead is wider than the chin with prominent cheekbones, face tapers to a narrow oval chin (soft arch)
  • Round – face is almost as wide as it is long, face is widest at the cheeks (structure arch)
  • Square/long – forehead, cheekbones and jaw line are all about the same widths with the squared jaw line being the most obvious feature (soft arch or full arch)
  • Heart – similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point (curved arch)

How to apply eyebrow makeup

  • Run your finger along your eyebrow to get an idea of the natural brow line
  • Place your index finger straight alongside your nose to the top of your brow line. (This is the start of your eyebrow).
  • Place your index finger alongside your nose and angle it outwards to the outer corner of your eye. (This is where the eyebrow ends).
  • Once you have determined which stencil to use, line up the widest end of the stencil to the beginning of the brow line
  • Likewise with the end of the brow line the thinnest end will be at the outer corner of the eye
  • Once you are satisfied with the placement of the stencil you can use eyebrow makeup to softly fill in area.
  • After you have applied the eyebrow makeup you’ll want to use an eyebrow brush to gently groom the brows and blend the makeup color for a more natural appearance.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

If you are using eyebrow stencils for the first time it is going to take some time to get used to them and you may have to try several different types before finding ones that work for you. I really like the ones I received because I found them easy to use and my brows looked awesome (this compliment from my son who notices little).

The second eye makeup tool I received was the Mascara Guide from e.l.f. I will explain how to use this guide next week but I can tell you that I think it’s a great tool especially for my upper lashes.

e.l.f. Mascara & Shadow Shield
e.l.f. Mascara & Shadow Shield

Overall for a cost of around $6.00 I definitely feel these two tools are worth the money. I’m still waiting on a couple of other items and once they come I’ll let you know my thoughts.

Ciao

“I just like playing with makeup and clothes – so I really don’t feel like there are rules, and if there are rules, then I think it’s up to you to break them.” ~Kesha