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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
|Remind me to find one of these raincoats.|
On absolutely terrible days like this, I prefer to stay inside and play around with my makeup. This got me thinking, if I'm going to teach you all the ways of the makeup world, I should start with the basics. Makeup itself. Every girl needs to know what should be in her "toolbox" when she's preparing to beautify herself.
There are so many things that can be put in your toolbox, one post isn't big enough for it all. So introducing the Toolbox Trilogy. Three rainy day how-to posts about every basic aspect of a girl's makeup toolbox. The first edition will be published very soon, so keep your eye out for it!
While you wait, what do you do on a rainy day? Do you fuss with your hair and makeup? Do you draw? Create mood boards perhaps? Do you have one of those rainy day savings jars? Write me a comment all about it!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|My latest Mood Board. Took approx. 2.5 hours.|
I like mood boards because it's a real project, but not the kind that takes several days. Just a few hours and you're free to let your creativity shine through. I also find it brings me to a point of serenity that meditating has never done. Focusing on this one thing; I forget about everything else. I barely even think. I get away from the world for a few hours and when I'm back, I have something beautiful. So I'm going to give you a brief text tutorial on how to create your own Mood Board, because maybe the same effect will happen to one of you.
- Get a bunch of old magazines. You can get these from friends, family, etc. (I get a ton of my mother's old magazines; I don't have the heart to cut up my own.) My mood boards always relate to fashion & beauty, and some great magazines for this are Marie Claire, Allure, Oprah, and I use US Weekly, People, Essence, and Parenting, because sometimes you find miscellaneous items in there.
- I usually tear out the pages first before I cut to prevent frustration and accidental multi-page chopping. After I culminate a pile of pages, I cut out my favorite parts. Make sure you have a lot of little things to fill in the gaps that come between the bigger stuff. Too much big stuff means too much overlapping, and that may cover up too much of your cutouts!
- I haven't made many mood boards, so I'm still at a loss to find the best way to glue the cutouts onto the board. (Use a glue stick by the way, liquid glue is too much of a hassle, and tape runs out too easily.) I like to arrange all my cutouts on the board first, and then very carefully lift a piece or two up at a time, and glue them down. This way I don't have to worry about gluing EVERY piece, but make sure the room you're in isn't drafty or you'll be very annoyed.
- Cut out more than you need. It's better to have tons of pictures and fill in all the spaces than have not enough pictures and big ugly gaps on your board.
- Don't be too restrictive. If you want to follow a certain theme, that's fine, but let your instinct bring you to the pieces you love. Don't say, "Oh this doesn't perfectly match my theme." You won't have enough cutouts and you'll regret it later.
- I don't listen to music when I do this. And I'm always listening to music. But music might influence what I'm looking for. You know when you're writing and someone is talking and you accidentally write the word they had just said? Music can influence your art like that, and I want my mind to do all the talking.
- Make sure you have a large block of time to do this. I HATE when I'm diligently working on my mood board and suddenly I'm called for dinner. Clear your schedule and eat first. Distractions get you out of the zone!
Loving Watchamacallits (mood boards for me),
|Now is she mature enough to wear makeup?|
They are the ones who believe middle schoolers, and even high schoolers, are too young for makeup. So we must think about the Numbers Game. How young is too young? What age is OK? How old until I can wear this or that? The Numbers Game is simply an excuse to hide the ever elusive truth about tweens and teens like us. Maturity isn't our most widespread characteristic. Maturity will be your most important asset in the
The concept is simple: The adults in your life need to understand you are mature enough to wear makeup. This means you have to be able to wear it in a respectful, tasteful manner. Not so much that you look like Lady Gaga, no crazy colors at, for example, church, and NO LOOKING LIKE SNOOKI. EVER. I mean it. Don't even try it. It's a waste of makeup.
So if you can wear your makeup in a tasteful manner, or at least you are willing to learn how here, then you are qualified to add a little of Mother Nature's gift to your face. I don't mean the gift in the Tampax Commercial... Because I know that's what at least one of you was thinking. I mean color! Makeup! Excitement! Expression! Creativity!
Honestly, a four year old isn't mature enough to wear makeup. Most four year olds can't even handle the brushes properly. My four year old cousin recently destroyed some cream blush I had... Aww.
To the bumps, deer, potholes, and birds,
Monday, May 21, 2012
|World of Color - Disney World|
Mother Nature swirled colors into the sky and below the surface. Eventually, humans learned to take these colors and make even more beauty out of them. Clothing, art, even food were given beautiful tints and hues. And finally, we created makeup. A way to put these colors on our bodies and make living art. A way to enhance the beauty we were born with, and give our faces a much deeper purpose. Expression. Creativity. The possibilities are endless!
Ever since it's creation, the crazy, colorful world of makeup has grown more and more complex as time has gone by. Now there's dozens of brands, scents, and ways to add color to your face. There are intricacies as far as what brush to "paint" with, what pigment looks best, what mood and theme you want to portray. Your own face is your canvas, and it is a canvas you will grow to know so well, the most beautiful of artwork will come from it.
This beauty rant has a purpose, believe it or not. This is a folktale that has inspired the creation of Aisles of Beauty. The Aisles of Beauty is a spinoff of your traditional beauty blog. It's not made for 18-45 year olds looking for the best concealer or wrinkle reducing night cream. This beauty blog is designed specifically for preteens looking for guidance in the wonderful world of makeup. There are questions to be answered, mysteries to be solved, and stories to share, so what better place to do so than here? Welcome to the Aisles of Beauty!
Your Dedicated Blogger and Future BFFL,