Makeup Tricks From a Former Beauty Advisor

One of the many jobs I've held was working for a cosmetic company.  I was always flabbergasted at the price women in particular were willing to pay for lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, and foundation.  Meeting my sales goal was not as important to me as ensuring my customer got the best deal; why pay through the nose when there is no need?

Here's a few things I shared with my clients.  Maybe you knew this already, maybe you didn't.

1. The only cosmetic to really spend money on is your foundation.

Going to a department store to have your color matched perfectly will cost you -- but it's worth it.  Drugstore brands cannot offer the same coverage or color matching that most department store shades can.

You should also 'get your color' done twice a year: your skin gets darker in the summer and lighter in the winter.

2. Your natural shade of foundation may be lighter than you want.  Don't panic -- there is bronzer!

Bronzer is my favorite cosmetic in the entire world.  A little bit makes me sun-kissed.  A little more transforms me into a Brazilian goddess.

Many people are concerned their face is too pale when using their natural shade of foundation and often buy darker shades.  It looks better if you stick with what your momma gave ya and throw bronzer on before leaving the house.  Trust.

3. There is almost no difference between drugstore brand lipstick, eye shadow, blush, mascara, and eyeliner.

Why spend more money for basically the same thing?

Other tips
  • Use cold cream to remove makeup before you go to sleep.  It's around $5.00 a jar.
  • Another alternative: CRISCO.  Yes, this sounds gross, but many women swear by it.  My grandma had perfect skin and you bet her secret was Crisco.
  • Witch hazel is an excellent toner.
  • There is no way to erase wrinkles naturally; the creams you buy from stores will only reduce the look of wrinkles over time.
  • Caster oil (unscented) is the perfect before-bed eye cream.
  • Contact lens solution doubles as eye makeup remover!
  • Spritz your face with non-aersol hairspray to keep your face in place all day/night long.
Baby powder is a jack of all trades.
  • Brand new heels?  Make the breaking-in process a thousand times less painful by putting baby powder in the shoe; you will stretch it out and not feel a thing! 
  • Don't have time to wash your tresses?  Throw some baby powder on your roots to soak up any excess oil.  No one will ever know!
  • Combing baby powder through your hair before going out will keep your hair from becoming stringy; be careful -- only a sprinkle will do the trick!
  • Use baby powder to prevent chafing.  Great for runners.
  •  Make eyelashes appear fuller and longer by dusting baby powder on your lashes before applying mascara.
  • Get rid of shaving friction when using an electric shaver by using baby powder before shaving.

    Follow Friday

    Getting back into the swing of things after Journalism Camp proved more difficult that previously predicted.  I only made it to one chat this week (#brandchat) and barely made it to that one!  I played ketchup the entire week and now here it is, Saturday morning, and I haven't made a Follow Friday post!  SHAME ON ME!

    Here are my picks for this week's Follow Friday.  Introduce yourself and let the fun begin.

    @dwmdm: He's Canadian, he's smart, and he designed my new header!  Who wouldn't want to follow someone who selflessly gives their time to someone they've never met face to face?  He is always pretty funny.  Check out what he said about Sno-Cones.

    @rachelmccarver: I met her as a freshman at Ball State University and we are still in touch; if they doesn't speak volumes I don't know what will!  You want more?  Okay: she's a wife, a dog-owner, a high school teacher, and she loves celebrity gossip.  She also is the one who started me watching Big Brother (and I showed her the light LOST).  You should ask her where 'Da bomb like tick tick' came from. #SheIsRad

    @martinssecrets: He's an author and father of 6; he's always got something going on!  He's friendly, he replies back, and he'll teach you a thing or two about the publishing industry (and about life as well).  He is also into art, music, the real estate business, and marketing.

    @hillarytribbett: Also a graduate from Ball State University, she works for the non-profit organization Live United.  She uses Social Media as part of her job and is a great example to follow on how to do it right.  Not only that, but she is the next big thing in country music!  She is a performer/artist/songstress/goddess.  I like the sound of that.

    @tic_not_tock: He's a used-car salesman.  He lives in southern, Indiana.  He loves to read.  He is also a gamer.  I myself am not a gamer but I can appreciate his excitement/enthusiasm about it.  He's very nice and replies, which is awesome.  Did I mention that he's also a blogger?

    @squigglejay: I hadn't talked much her with before this week, and boy am I glad I did!  She has a huge heart and her dog is adorable!  Her tweets are interesting to follow and I love that she shares photos.  I also have a sneaking suspicion that she loves celebrity gossip, just like me.

    @themichellebell: She's a commenter at ONTD and she is hilarious.  She also lives in Boston, one of my favorite cities in the USA.  She posts updates, pics, and replies often.  I also dig her glasses!  Her music taste is pretty rad, too.  Check out the funny picture she posted of a fake flower.

    @dcguru: He's a beach body coach!  If you don't know what Beach Body has to offer, definitely send this guy a tweet.  Besides being buff, he is incredibly inspiring and positive.  Who doesn't need a little sunshine on their timeline?  He followed me because he liked my smile; I followed him for the same reason.

    @blackoutmonster: I've been meaning to add him to my Follow Friday Favorites for over a month ... He is handsome, he is funny, he loves Britney Spears.  He also hails from Abu Dhabi/Dubai.  It's awesome talking to someone from across the globe in real time.  He keeps his twitter light ie funny and he posts lots of photos.

    @10thousandroses:  She also tweets from Boston and she loves music.  Her background may give you an idea of her favorite artist ... just saying.  She's funny and she's a pop culture diva.  She updates about all kinds of things, from music, to tv shows, to weather patterns.  Check out her tweet about Shark Week; it made me laugh.

    BONUS: @mattdantodd: He's a dad and a pastor.  He's funny, witty, and encouraging.  He cares about what's happening locally as well as globally.  He is also considerate and inspiring.

    Have a safe and awesome weekend!  Previous Follow Friday posts can be found in the sidebar.

    Revamp ... not the Twilight kind

    I've spent my day revamping the blog.  I've added content, cut dead weight, and added new links and features.  Make sure you check out the new pages at the top as well as the new links on the sidebar.

    I'd like to thank Duncan (@dwmdm) for designing the top banner for me!  You are truly a hero and your generosity will not soon be forgotten.

    I've made it easy to connect with me on various Social Media sites (notice the icons in the sidebar) as well as subscribe to my RSS feed and e-mail me.  The Currently On Repeat page contains music suggestions and the Days Gone By has samples (with links to the complete work) of some old ancient posts.  Learn a bit more about me in Who is Ledia? and feel free to submit your own questions for me to answer!

    Follow Friday posts will now be listed in the sidebar.  Make sure to check out the other sites I recommend as well; most are fellow bloggers I adore!  If you'd like your site to be added to the list, by all means ... have your people call my people.

    So... what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Any suggestions are very much appreciated!