Posts Tagged ‘makeup’

Drawing The Lip Liner

Posted: November 11, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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I like nice things. Most people generally do. A line needs to be drawn somewhere though. That line, for me, includes spending more on lipstick than I do on my clothes. When lipstick, designer or not, begins to cost upwards of $30, there’s a problem. Hell, I’m pretty sure I whined about paying the $6.49 for my CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm at Target the last time I ran out.

That’s beside the point though. This isn’t a hate mail post about oh-woe-is-me that designers charge such high prices for their products. I have certain items I’m willing to shell out cash for, but I have to say, lipstick is not one of them. Maybe it’s just me, but CoverGirl and Maybelline seem to do the job just fine at a fraction of the price. Then again, maybe girls want to pay for the “experience” of going into stores like Sephora or ordering their designer cosmetics online. If they’ve got the money, you can’t really hate them for that. I guess, it’s just another instance of to each their own.

Where do you draw the line?

-Erin Elzo

We’ve all heard that good looks can get you far (well, farther than the average-looking Joe). Sad, but it seems to be generally true.

Now, ladies have another aesthetic demand to live up to besides our (hopefully) good, or at least decent, genetic makeup. We have to think about our applied makeup. You know, the ones the majority of females draw, smack, powder and all that jazz on her face most mornings, if not all. Lovely, isn’t it?

For some—though I would hope all—that do wear makeup on a daily basis, we’re choosing to do it because we like it. Pure and simple, we enjoy putting on and wearing makeup. It’s fun.

However, now it might not be nearly as fun since it might be required for us to do it in order to have the best chance of advancing in our professional fields. It has been reported that based on recent studies, women who wear makeup are more likely to be seen as competent, intelligent, warm, trustworthy and approachable.

I don’t think being barefaced would impede your success in the long-run, but I have to concede that it could make it more difficult. It’s a woman’s choice whether she wants to put the time and effort every morning into putting on makeup, but I think it should also be said that it doesn’t have to necessarily be pancake makeup.

A little concealer and eyeliner can go a long way. No one wants to see a mask in the office either. So, ladies, it’s up to you to decide what’s best. The studies are out there telling us to wear the black kohl on our eyes and paint our lips.

What’s your take on it?

-Erin Elzo

Natural makeup is one of the biggest mysteries out there, mostly because the term ‘natural’ is used quite loosely. Natural simply means that no matter the amount of makeup you apply, you are aiming to look as if you are not wearing any at all. Therefore, creating a flawless natural look is incredibly difficult: it’s all about the details. You have to find the perfect blush that blends but contours well, perfect foundation that is second-skin like and, most importantly, you have to learn about light.

To create a flawless natural look, it is crucial to understand how to contour and accentuate your cheekbones and create an air of luminosity and brilliance. Sound difficult yet? Well, it should. It usually takes just as long to create a natural look as to get completely made up. Considering that we’re still in college and (should) have rather healthy, young and glowing skin, many of us can get away with not wearing a full face. For some, using a face wash, face cream and making sure to remove all makeup at the end of the day can suffice for great skin. For those who feel they need something extra, the natural look may be important to perfect.


You know firsthand how much makeup you put on your face every day. For some of us, it isn’t very much, but for others–well, let’s just say the “gotta put my face on” expression wouldn’t still be an expression but rather, the scary reality. For this video, foundation, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick were all applied to Belgian model Hannelore Knuts’ face 365 times to represent an entire year’s worth of makeup.

The whole process took nine hours, three lipsticks, seven bottles of foundation, and two bottles each of cream blush and eyeshadow (228 mL, or 7.7 fl. oz.). Watch this video and post your opinion. Does this have any effect on how you’re going to put your makeup on this morning? Will you at all?

Ironically enough, the makeup makes her look like an old woman at the end.

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-Julia Fuino