The Real Girl


How to find your favorite makeup-part three

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, October 01, 2012

 We’ve already discussed two ways to find your favorite beauty products: online reviews and makeup tutorials. For the third and final installment we will discuss the tried and true avenue of magazines. Flip through any fashion magazine and you are going to find something about cosmetics and skin care in it. With Allure, however, it’s really what they do. Every month this magazine is jam-packed with makeup tips and reviews leading up to their yearly Best of Beauty issue. This is a special issue that they have been doing for 15 years and features editor and reader reviews on hundreds of products. They review everything; foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes, moisturizers, sunscreens and everything in between. Granted, just because someone else likes a product (or even a certain shade of it) doesn’t mean that you will, or should, like it too. However, this yearly list can be a great starting point to research some products that you may be interested in. We learned how to do that in part one, remember?

Hopefully, you have found these tips informative. It’s not easy navigating through the mass of products and promises that bombard us at every turn. You have to do your homework and use your common sense to make educated decisions. Online reviews, makeup tutorials and beauty magazines can help you along the way. In the end, though, all that matters is what you like and what works for you.

Just remember that when you find your can’t-live-without beauty product, by all means tell me about it!

The Real Girl

How to find your favorite makeup-part two

Danielle Bisbano - Saturday, September 01, 2012

In part two of how to find your favorite makeup, we are going to explore the benefits of video tutorials. Videos can be a wonderful way to learn of new products and techniques that you may not have known about before. They tend to merge with products reviews simply because it comes naturally to rave about an item that you really like, especially while you are using it. Since anyone, literally anyone, can post a makeup tutorial video, common sense comes in handy here. Don’t listen to someone who obviously knows nothing about makeup. Stick with the professionals and/or the more well-known artists and enthusiasts because, chances are, they are popular for a reason.

The Makeup Geek, Marlena, really knows her stuff. Here is a sample video about how to conceal under eye circles. These videos are great because they are professional quality and she always lists the products she uses so you can see them in action. The tutorials are grouped topically which makes it easier to find what you are looking for. She focuses almost entirely one makeup with some hair tutorials here and there. Just by browsing through some of the videos you may learn about a new product to do further research on. This is how I first heard of INGLOT which is a line I don’t know how I ever lived without! The Makeup Geek eye shadows are also excellent. Thanks, Marlena!

I’m sure there are plenty of other videos out there that can teach you a thing or two so feel free to browse but please, proceed with caution. Not every makeup enthusiast with a video camera and a YouTube account is an expert.

In part three of the series we’ll weigh the pros and cons of yet another avenue of evaluating makeup purchases. Magazines.

The Real Girl

(photo credit: St. Pierre Photography)

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