I am starting to learn how to put on makeup as part of my retail career now. What would you like every newbie makeup counter person to know from both sides of the counter, as a client and as a professional? [more inside]
I have a sense of what I need to do to initially get makeup on my face in the morning. But I want to know what people do to keep it looking good all day. [more inside]
How do still life photographers get the kind of cosmetic images you sometimes see in magazines? Some Examples here. [more inside]
I'm new to beauty/fragrance buying - lend me your expertise! [more inside]
I can’t find a concealer that matches my skin. I’ve tried multiple brands/products and they all seem too yellow/warm-toned. [more inside]
A few of the mainstay items in my beauty regimen aren't cruelty free and I'm having a hard time finding replacements that don't give me acne or allergies. Can you recommend alternatives to these products/brands so I can stay true to my desire to be a cruelty free consumer? [more inside]
In the early 90s, Bonne Bell had a line of fragrances aimed at teenagers that you could find at drugstores. The line was called Bottle Emotion and I remember a lot of ads for it in Teen and YM magazines. Here's an example. What was the name of the yellow fragrance pictured in the ad? They all had names like daring, sassy, crazy, shy, etc. I could find all of those easily (mostly through eBay and Makeupalley reviews), but the yellow one (with what I think is a couch on it?) is impossible to find. Does anyone remember the name of it, or have any other information about it?
I've seen lots of TV shows where someone will get a guy up to speed with grooming, help him come up with a "style", take him to the right cosmetics people, hair stylist, etc. I want this overall service too. Do these sorts of people exist in real life, what are they called, and can I find one here in the UK? [more inside]
I want to read/learn/discover more about make-up as part of the fashion industry, as a feminist act, as a weapon of patriarchy, personal stories of make-up - not the how to do it or what to buy, but the whys of make-up. Tumblrs, videos, articles, books - where are people interrogating and discussing and celebrating make-up? I'm mostly interested in the feminist take, but I'm also interested in other aspects, and from commercial make-up to theatrical fantasy stuff.
The best lip product I've ever had was Urban Decay's Lube in a Tube. It was a tinted lipgloss that was extremely cooling (minty? mentholated?) and had a bit of exfoliating grit in it. Putting it on chapped lips was like sweet relief. But, now that I'm finally using up my last tube, I'm discovering that this product was discontinued years ago. [more inside]
Factual.com has data about cosmetic products and their ingredients, and it would be just what I need, except that the vast majority of the products listed are North American. I'm in the UK, and have tried searching for 65 products by UPC code; I found only 6 of them. Does anybody know of an equivalent site with data for UK products, that has an API for automated queries? [more inside]
Middle-aged and older women of Metafilter, what foundation do you recommend? [more inside]
For my birthday (many moons ago) I said I wanted to go buy some makeup as everything I have is ancient and from the drugstore. Now my husband wants to take me makeup shopping tomorrow and I don't know how or where. I think some professional advice is in order, but I'm also a bit leary of the hard sell. Do I go to, like, a counter at Macy's? Which one? A different department store? A makeup store? Which store? I am in the Chicago northwest suburbs and looking for someplace between roughly Evanston and Woodfield Mall. [more inside]
Is anyone aware of a searchable open database of cosmetic products and their ingredients? Ideally with API, though I'll accept anything at this point. For example: say I searched on exact product name "Dr Snakeoil's Amazing Anti-Ageing Potion" to get back a list "aqua, ceateryl alcohol, unobtainium, radium, phlebotinum". Anyone found anything like this yet?
I have, at conservative estimate, a TON of makeup. Not a lot of big, oversized palettes (2? maybe?), mostly individual eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, pencils, mascaras, glosses. I cull through often for expired stuff, old stuff, stuff I don't use, but it still kind of takes over bathroom counter space. I have a couple sets of plastic drawers on the bathroom counter, and a segmented acrylic cup thing (for pencils and brushes), but it's still just a hot mess and I can't find things. I need advice and inspiration - how do *you* do it?
I'm late to the makeup game and would like to get better at applying eyeliner. I am especially interested in doing the cat-eye look that's become so popular recently. Unfortunately, I have had some problems. [more inside]
I'm looking for books featuring old wisdom about skincare and haircare. Recipes and advice. I'm thinking orris root powder, muslin cloths and buttermilk, brush your hair 100 times before bed. From the English-speaking world or otherwise. Either written in previous centuries, 20th century, or recently. Even 1950s-60s if they don't rely too much on commercial products. There were a lot of books about grandma's beauty routine printed in the 1970s. Can anyone suggest some classics or particularly good ones? Similar to this. Note: there should be absolutely no mention of Dr Bronner's or the oil cleansing method.
I'm a huge fan of Dior's perfumes, but I picked up a sample of their Eau Sauvage Parfum and I'm destroyed by it. What else am I missing out on in the Fumiverse that is reminiscent of this group? [more inside]
Help me cover up this big dark bump on my shoulder with makeup or other tricks! [more inside]
My hands are a mess due to neglect. Dry, flaky and raggedy cuticles. I don't have spare cash or time for regular manicures - think my last one was 2 years ago. Can you recommend a good hand cream or oil that will get rid of my scales, soothe my cuticles and maybe even strengthen my peeling nails? My skin can be sensitive so nothing too perfumed but I like fancy toiletries so nothing too basic either, and I don't have time to make my own. Sunscreen would be a bonus. I'm in the UK so something available here or that ships to here. And preferably something that will fit in my handbag, or comes in full size and travel sized versions. I thank you.
I was wondering if there is any scientific basis to the idea that using moisturizer improves the texture of skin to the point that it prevents aging. My thoughts are that if moisturizer did what it claimed to do, no one would ever need an acid peel or botox. Does spreading emollient on your face actually really do anything apart from line the pockets of cosmetics companies?
The product was called Burt's Bees Carrot Seed Oil Complexion Mist. I was in love with how it felt on my skin and especially its (slight) hippie smell: subtle enough not to offend people, but hippie enough that my winter hat still wafts patchouli when I put it on. [more inside]
Is it still moral/ethical to buy cosmetics from companies who have decided to enter the Chinese market? If not, are there any mainstream/high-street options left? [more inside]
What are the best deals and favorite finds at the makeup site e.l.f.? [more inside]
Homebrew Cosmetics Crew - tell me about your lotion/perfume/body butter-building experiences! [more inside]
Brands for carcinogen-free lipsticks? [more inside]
Most efficient way to get makeup from the compact to my face? [more inside]
I need help working out what cosmetics to buy for a basic make over and how to learn to apply them. Also looking for explanations about what different products are 'for'. [more inside]
Help me hunt down more/larger rectangular frame cosmetic bags [more inside]
Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar". [more inside]
I am just terrible at being a lady. All the usual Beauty Stuff, stuff that it seems like everyone else was either born knowing or learned as teenagers, is a giant mystery to me. I need, like, a checklist or something for being a presentable-looking grownup. [more inside]
How/Why to buy beauty products online? [more inside]
How do you refill empty squeeze tubes? [more inside]
Where can I find or approximate auburn eyebrow cosmetics? [more inside]
Need recommendations for a night cream that won't make my eyes itch. [more inside]
I'm a 30 year old woman and I've never worn makeup before. I think I'd like to start, but it's all so overwhelming. [more inside]
She wants "makeup" for her birthday. What should I buy her? [more inside]
I need a new makeup bag that meets certain criteria: elegance, cleanliness, and durability. [more inside]
What cosmetic brands would you recommend to someone who is trying to choose products developed without animal testing? I've methodically flipped over the back of packaging at major supermarket and pharmacy chains when hunting for mascara, for example, with no joy. Ordering products that need shipping would be problematic since it's already 90+ F (32+ C) where I live during the day. Suggestions much appreciated.
What are the very best things to bring back as souvenirs from outside the U.S.? It seems that the things I used to request from traveling friends (Petit Bateu shirts from Paris, weird candy from Japan, Elnett hairspray from Europe in general, etc.) are now just as easy to get in the U.S. as they are elsewhere, thanks to the internet/globalization/changing FDA regulations. But surely there must still be amazing things out there that are impossible to find stateside (or in the case of cosmetics, not FDA approved). What are they?
Help me become a natural beauty! [more inside]
Seeking a makeup refresh and can't decide what to get with a budget of $100. [more inside]
Are online discount perfume retailers legit? [more inside]
Please help a non-makeup-lady find some makeup! [more inside]
Makeup Artists: I want your beauty school syllabi. What books did your teachers assign you?
What are some recommendations for matte, long-lasting lipstick? [more inside]
What resources would you recommend for making lotions, cosmetics, etc., for super-sensitive skin? [more inside]
Where in NYC can I get cosmetic help with sagging skin and bags under the eyes? [more inside]
I'm a guy. Do I really need to moisturize every day, or do anything to my skin apart from wash it? [more inside]
Cosmetics experts: will primer destroy my face? [more inside]
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