Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Finding the Perfect Lip Color.

So what is the best neutral color for your lips? It’s easy to see. Pull down your lower lip to expose that delicate membrane. That’s the color.

Finding the right color is important because you can then choose a pencil that you can use as a base under all your lip colors and glosses. I find, for me, that our Terra-cotta pencil is my perfect neutral and I use it to shape my lips and fill them in with the pencil. It not only evens out the color of my lips, but whatever shade I put on top of it now has a firm base so colors last much longer. Yes, I even put it under reds.

My favorite lip look--not just for me but almost anyone I make up--is to fill them in with a pencil and put a gloss on top. I love the way the light passes through the gloss, hits the pencil base and reflects back. It’s so much more interesting than a flat color. It’s also more youthful, since matte is aging. To find your perfect neutral pencil start out by trying our Terra-Cotta, Spice, Nutmeg and Nude.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

About jane iredale Base - pt. II.

It’s so much easier to choose the right base shade with minerals than with any other foundation. Minerals interact with light in a way that scatters it to create diffusion. The light even bounces off the skin and melds with your natural color. That’s why you’ll never see where your base begins and ends.

Unlike talc-based makeup that covers by layering product, minerals cover by illusion. The interaction with light allows very little product to be used, so your skin always looks like your own skin - only better.

The first thing our customers generally say when they begin to wear minerals is that they feel weightless. That’s because so little product is needed to obtain really meaningful coverage. One of the benefits is that the skin is allowed to breathe and function normally, resulting in a skin that not only looks healthier but actually is healthier.

Monday, May 22, 2006

About jane iredale Base.

The number one problem women have with makeup is choosing the right base shade. That’s because most of the time you’re trying to do it in artificial light. My advice is to make sure that you always find a professional who has access to daylight and the patience to try a number of colors on you.

The best place to try a shade is on the jaw line. You’re looking for a color that blends the neck and face together. If the color disappears, then it’s the right color. If you’re trying to do this alone, try it on the cheekbone. It’s easiest to see it here.

If your face is darker than your neck, don’t worry if the shade that blends the two together appears to make you look pale. You can always build color with a bronzer. It will look much more natural than going with a darker shade and appearing as though your head belongs on another body.