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Makeup For Clueless Professionals

What products - types of products, not specific brands - should I purchase to create a 'starter makeup kit' for a young professional? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Sep 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Make up for conflicted noob

I would like to wear make up. I'm 39 and a professional and I would like to look put together and not like I fell out of bed in the morning (even when I did). This question is a bit of a mess of insecurities, please help me get started? I read this question and found it useful in general, but would like an answer for specific questions: [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Aug 14, 2014 - 44 answers

Fran Lebowitz in skirts

Looking for websites and books for guidance and encouragement, not just techniques, in professional dress. I am entering a field where the top echelon of business casual seems to be the default setting. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Jun 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Where and how do you store and organize cosmetics?

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?
posted by ersatzkat on Jun 6, 2014 - 28 answers

Is there a mascara secret that I'm just not in on?

I made it through most of my 37 years without wearing make-up. I also made it through most of my 37 years without ever getting a stye. [more inside]
posted by tentacle on Jun 3, 2014 - 26 answers

Face painting shortcuts?

In a couple of weeks, my sister wil be running a charity face painting booth at her small town fair. I am too busy with work to help but want to contribute in some way. I'm wondering if somebody here has any "hacks" or tips that might boost her facepaint throughput rate. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Makeup Geeks: As a beginner what should I buy and bookmark?

I'm interested in learning about applying makeup, starting from zero knowledge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2014 - 32 answers

I got a makeover... now what?

I went from dirty blonde hair and pale skin to jet black hair and tan skin... now what do I do with my makeup? Silly snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Apr 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me get through a TV taping

I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

What is the best liquid-based foundation for combination/oily Asian skin

I'm southeast Asian (Filipino), with deep yellow undertones and a very shiny T-zone. I need help finding a liquid-based foundation that both matches my skin tone, and helps control oil. I do not like using BareMinerals, because the powder gets all over the place, and I have no patience for cleaning brushes. What are the brands that I should be looking at? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Mar 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Beauty Tube Noob

I bought the L'Oreal Double Extend mascara based on its many recommendations here, but am having a heck of a time removing it. What am I doing wrong, and how are you doing it right? [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz on Feb 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Beauty gurus - please help me colour-match my foundation!

I use MAC Studio Fix. I want to switch to Nars Sheer Glow. I would much prefer to buy online (not at a makeup counter), but colour-matching is a problem. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Feb 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Prospective professional portrait prep and pontification, please.

How can I get the most out of a portrait session at a department store studio? I am looking for a "professional" portrait to be used in bios and marketing stuff, and am looking for advice on specifics to ask for (or avoid), both from the photographer and from the makeup counter beforehand. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jan 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me get pretty, without feeling ugly!

I want to learn how to apply makeup. For fun, for the art of it, and so that I will have the ability to enhance my natural beauty when I choose to. But I'm a little worried that I'll end up feeling like I should wear makeup all the time. I'm also worried that I'll end up feeling ugly instead of beautiful - that I'll be taught to closely examine my face for all sorts of "flaws" that I never saw before and won't be able to unsee. I want to feel pretty, not the opposite! Do you have any suggestions for a "how to apply makeup" website/tutorial/resource that is fairly positive, down-to-earth, and not hypercritical? Any related advice?
posted by fullerenedream on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Using mascara without the brush.

So I'm having a recurrent pink eye issue that has been going on for months. Obviously eye make-up is a no go, but considering this has been going on for so long, I feel I should probably just work around it instead of waiting it out. Does anyone have any techniques for putting on mascara without touching the brush? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Dec 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Whither the beard wrangler?

TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Seeking gunk-free mascara

My current mascara (Cover Girl Professional) leaves residue that collects in my tear duct area and beneath my lower eyelid. I apply the mascara carefully, and remove it thoroughly at the end of the day, but the gunk nevertheless manages to surface, sometimes the following morning. I've tried both the waterproof and non-waterproof formulas without success. While this doesn't irritate my eyes (yet), I can't imagine it's good for them. I'm seeking recommendations for mascara that won't leave gunk behind. Bonus if it's also effective at making your lashes long and full.
posted by delight on Nov 18, 2013 - 29 answers

Contouring for pale gals?

I am trying to learn how to do make-up. All the advice for contouring requires you to have some bronzer a shade darker than your skin. The thing is, I'm super pale, and I don't have much of an interest in looking more tanned than I am. Are there any other colour options for shading my face?
posted by teraspawn on Nov 14, 2013 - 20 answers

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Why do I always look like hell by the end of the day?

I start the day looking and feeling bright and bushy-tailed-- I put on my makeup in my well-lit bathroom, and feel pretty perky and great in the morning. At some point mid or late-aftenroon, when I check the mirror in the bathroom at work, I leap back in horror. Somehow, over the course of the day, I have gone from looking gorgeous and fresh to tired, droopy, and ICK. What happened? It could be partially that my eye makeup has started to bleed into my under-eye area... but is that all? How can I make this not happen?
posted by airguitar2 on Oct 8, 2013 - 32 answers

Tatoo nightmare - eyeliner version

My partner got an eyeliner tattoo today and it didn't go well. Needless to say she hates it, refuses to go out in public, and is edging pretty close to depression over this. It doesn't look that bad to me, but I'm the first to admit I'm fashion blind. Basically, the technician overdid it on one side resulting in the liner extending past the eye with a slight curl up, it's not a style that's unheard of, but it's not my partner's style at all. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Oct 5, 2013 - 21 answers

What is some similar makeup to sugar skull/Day of the Dead?

My dance troupe wants to perform at a Day of the Dead wedding. We want to do some form of Day of the Dead makeup/sugar skull makeup. However, I am a white girl from the suburbs. Is there some non-cultural appropriation way to do this? [more inside]
posted by sperose on Sep 22, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I look and feel fabulous in 24 hours?

I am attending a wedding tomorrow night, have been on a diet and am thinking of some last minute things to do before hand to get myself ready to look and feel good. Any advice/strategies apprecaited :) [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Aug 28, 2013 - 27 answers

So, who's using a great foundation?

Women of MeFi, tell me what's better than MAC Studio Fix Fluid. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Aug 5, 2013 - 25 answers

Take me from Nottie to Hottie.

I'm a beauty noob. Make me into a beauty pro. Who can teach me how to hair and makeup? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Jul 18, 2013 - 27 answers

Waiting, waiting to feel attractive...

I'm a female in my very early twenties. I feel like I've been waiting for my entire life to "become" attractive, and this kind of thinking is becoming a drag. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 26, 2013 - 48 answers

Need recommendations for both hair & makeup artists around Milwaukee, WI

I am getting married this fall and still haven't found someone to do my hair or makeup for the big day. Looking for a stylist and artist that are affordable (we are on a tight budget). The wedding is in Wauwatosa, WI. Please help!! Thank you!
posted by biograd08 on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Now! With more prominent wrinkles!

I'm getting married next month and would like to figure out some make up for it. How do a I find someone to help me? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on May 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Bling on a Budget! (...And World Peace)

Is anybody familiar with any (ideally bargain-priced) pageant and/or drag resources in NE FL, particularly the greater Jacksonville area? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on May 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Kids book about monster makeup and making your own spook show?

Trying to track down the title (and copy) of a book I had when I was in second or third grade (1980/81?) that showed kids how to do simple monster makeup and how to create a "spookshow." [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Apr 22, 2013 - 3 answers

More like "masc-ow-ra"

Recommend me a hypo-allergenic mascara that won't make my eyeballs grumpy. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Apr 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Give me some lip

Lipstick-wearers of MetaFilter, please recommend the longest-lasting lippy you know of. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Mar 27, 2013 - 29 answers

A friend is need is a friend in need.

Should I try to repair this friendship or let it fizzle and move on? I met my friend T about 9 years ago in college and we were close friends for about the last 6 years. Ahe was always more outgoing compared to me (I am a bit of a loner). Long details inside, thanks for taking the time to read... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Mar 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Interesting scifi / glam rock makeup looks?

Can you point me to some (non-prosthetic) scifi/fantasy makeup looks? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jan 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Why isn't the male/female makeup of pilots and flight attendants proportionate to the population?

Recently I went on a trip with my kid sister and each time, the pilots were men and the flight attendants were women and even while we were waiting to board, we watched the pilots and flight attendants for other airlines walk to their gates and it was always the same and she was curious and disgruntled about this, so I thought I would ask the hive mind. Are there institutional/systemic/socioeconomic reasons why the pilot/flight attendant makeup isn't proportionate to the population they serve?
posted by Sully on Dec 15, 2012 - 12 answers

I don't want Cruella De Ville's dressing table

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]
posted by mippy on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Return to girliness is harder than I thought.

Need a good, reasonably priced primer/moisturizer to put on before makeup. Help? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Nov 28, 2012 - 19 answers

ELF on the Shelf!

What are the best deals and favorite finds at the makeup site e.l.f.? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Help - halloween costume makeup for Poe's Lenore?

For Halloween, I'm dressing up as Edgar Allen Poe's Lenore. I have a really nice black dress and accessories (necklace, veil, etc.) somewhat Victorian/semi-formal style, but decent makeup continues to elude me. You wouldn't think finding a decent makeup tutorial would be so hard, and yet after days of googling, I've found practically nothing that looks good/appropriate. [more inside]
posted by snarlsbarkley on Oct 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me not have really lame mime makeup

How do I get vivid red and black makeup over thick white makeup? [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Oct 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Best practices for applying powder foundation from a compact?

Most efficient way to get makeup from the compact to my face? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 22, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I mattify my skin without making the flakiness more obvious?

Makeup Filter: What are my alternatives to powder when trying to mattify my shiny skin? (On a drugstore budget) [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Oct 16, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I make myself look like Archer for Halloween?

Make me look like Sterling Archer for Halloween. I want to look just like the "animated" version of him. I don't just want to wear a tux and color my hair. Need tips on "animating" a suit, painting my face, getting contact lenses, and getting my hair just right. [more inside]
posted by farmersckn on Oct 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Do I have to wear makeup to a job interview?

Do I have to wear makeup to a job interview? [more inside]
posted by secretdawn on Oct 10, 2012 - 35 answers

Halloween Costumes to show off Makeup Skills?

Need ideas for Makeup-centric Halloween Ideas. [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle on Oct 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Maintaining Inner and Outer Beauty : How Have You Women (&Men!) Done It Over The Years?

Attention all gracefully aging/aged people: what practical beauty/fashion/makeup/skincare/LIFE tips can you offer me, a 20 year old woman, who also wants to age beautifully (Inside and Out?) [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 30, 2012 - 47 answers

Halloween makeup - on a scooter

Day of the Dead full face makeup for Halloween. On a scooter. Wearing a helmet. How do I keep the makeup from smearing? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Replace my discontinued face illuminator makeup

Looking for a facial highlighter/blush to replace my discontinued favourite. [more inside]
posted by pink_gorilla on Aug 31, 2012 - 9 answers

The sweat that killed my pretty

Super last minute plea for help: I am going out for a super fancy pants dinner tomorrow night with my partner. The problem is that it is going to be hot as hell and I'm a person who sweats a fair bit. Help me save my hair, makeup and keep the back of my dress from getting soaked with sweat. Please... I beg of you... For once I want to end the date as pretty and put together as I was when the date started. :( [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 28, 2012 - 48 answers

What am I doing wrong with my eye makeup?

I volunteered to do my own makeup for a wedding in which I am one of the bridesmaids. I don't typically wear much makeup, but I thought, how hard could it be? I got a bunch of nice stuff from Aveda and am testing it out, watching tutorials, etc. but I seem to be having an eyeshadow fail (and maybe some other stuff). [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Aug 20, 2012 - 15 answers

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