As a working Make Up Artist, I’m asked many times to recommend products. It’s very difficult to say that one product is the best in it’s field and suitable for all – but what I do recommend as the first course of action, is to establish what ingredients are likely to give problems…..
For instance, take shampoos as an example…. the ingredients likely to cause problems such as irritation (especially to the eyes) include Propylene Glycol, Terasodium and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
Google the terms and then make a judgement on whether you are happy to use the product. If you do this with all cosmetic items that you buy, you’ll soon build up a fact file on your own personal “best buy” list.
Many of my clients seem to remember the advertising blurb about products – ” It gives flawless skin and lasts for 24 hours” or whatever. They really need to do their research! These advertising guys are simply that – they do a great job in convincing folk to buy – based on (sometimes) total hype. Many, many products do exactly what they say on the tin, but there are also lots that don’t!
My golden rules include – ignore the glossy box – look at the ingredients. Google the ingredients. If OK, then try the product and keep notes on how easy it was to use, how it lasted, how it felt etc.
Then try another (similar) product and again, take notes. You soon build up a core list of make up that suits you and is in the price bracket you’re comfortable with.
Don’t be an ad guys dream!
Make Up is primarily used to enhance or improve one’s personal appearance. It is amazing how a persons facial features can appear to dramatically change if make up is applied correctly. It really is true how a lady can look years younger by using just a few products on her skin!
The makeup industry is vast and there are a multitude of products to suit all skin types and problems. The secret to getting the right product for you is to do your research – has the product been out for a while – check the reviews etc. And then you can look in detail at the active ingredients in the products that you are interested in – it’s surprising how the costs vary when the ratio of active ingredients changes!
There are numerous products on the market, the biggest selling being in the beauty cosmetics industry where make up is seen as a tool to make someone look and feel beautiful. From glosses to blushers, mascaras to foundations, cosmetics is big business. Even in times of economic down turn a lady will always find a little money to buy herself a lipstick! Its the feel good factor through and through!!! and the cleverly designed, beautiful packaging can also have an alluring effect on make up junkies throughout the world!
Aside from beauty there are lots of other uses and needs for make up. Its popular for fancy dress to create fictional characters,animals or blood and gore! It is also used by people who have been disfigured to camouflage their burns, scars or birthmarks.
Finally, don’t think of cosmetics being just for women………Mens cosmetics are on the increase with many brands opting for mens ranges to satisfy the growing trend for men to look groomed.
So whether you need to update your look, dazzle on a night out, paint your kid as a tiger or fake a black eye! There will most definitely be a make up product out there for you!