Make-up shaming..the ugly side of being a beauty lover.

Makeup shaming is making someone feel bad or guilty for wearing or enjoying makeup. Typically women are judged for trying too hard, or not trying hard enough..how can we win!?

Society sets impossible beauty standards for women, these standards have been heightened in recent times with social media. The perfection that was once so distant in glossy magazines, now seems normal with thousands of amazingly beautiful women given the platform to be seen. But what if (god forbid) you don’t “wake up like dissss”?

Lately trends have been praising ‘natural beauty’ and this is fantastic..if you are a natural beauty. The women that are lucky enough to be born this way or rich enough to become this way are seen as wholesome, less shallow and more “honest” by both men and women.

Leaving women that wear a little make-up (or a lot, you do you gurl or boy 😉 ) perceived as people that are high maintenance and insecure. We feel bad if we don’t fit the definition of typical beauty and guilty if we try to meet these same expectations.

In two minutes i can pop on some mascara and concealer and feel 1000% better about myself. Then BAM a comment from a family member or friend “you’re putting mascara on?! but we are just going to the shops” or the “You don’t need any make-up, you look fineee”. Yes i know i look fine, but quite frankly i can look better so I’m going to.

Whether we like it or not humans are judged based on appearances, first impressions are often visual. Make-up can provide an even skin tone to a person that suffers from severe acne, instead of them staying at home feeling depressed it frees them to in fact be themselves and have confidence.

One of the main trends that comes up on the subject of make-up shaming is pictures of women before and after make-up (examples below) posted by men with the comments “this is why i have trust issues” or “this is why you take a female swimming on your first date”. What these men don’t understand is “this” is not for you..and as one very eloquent and anonymous woman put it “I don’t see why i’m being blamed for a man being stupid enough to think i have sparkly gold eyelids”.

Make-up is not worn to trick or lie to people, it does however give many people the chance to be their true self that isn’t held back by the fear of being judged on a visual first impression. It creates an equal chance for their inner beauty to be seen.

So the moral of the story is, if you have been make-up shamed..screw the haters. Do what makes YOU happy and confident, if someone judges you thats their problem not yours.

On the other hand if you have make-up shamed or judged..SCREW YOU!..just kidding.  What i meant to say was next time you go to judge someone take into consideration that wearing make-up doesn’t harm anyone,  if it makes someone happy then you should encourage them to be their best selves.

Check out the amazing video of Jomar Valentin reading her poem “in my skin” click this link below.

In My Skin by Jomar Valentin

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Inside the Sephora showcase (and inside the goodie bag!!)

Hey Guys!

Sorry its been a while since i last posted! i have been working full time as a make-up artist on xfactor for judges Chris Issak and Guy Sebastian.

Yesterday was my only day off andddd my only chance for a sleep in..so when my friend KYA asked if i was free i was hesitant..then she said the magic words..”Do you want to come to the Sephora showcase with me?” :O

Obviously my answer was YES!!!..it was SO much fun..we got to play with new brands coming to Sephora as well as new products in lines such as Make Up For Ever and Tarte..i took along my camera so you guys could see!

We got big goodie bags and i open it for the first time in the video and show you all the awesome products 🙂

Enjoy!

xxx

How to deal with a MASSIVE break out!!

Gahh its one of those weeks! i’ve been stressing, and of course the first place it shows is my face. I was about to get ready for work and thought i should film how i deal with my break outs.

I love the look of clean fresh skin, i do not like layers and layers of make-up..if i could get away with wearing no foundation that would be amazing but this is my way of achieving fresh looking skin MID break out 🙂

Products Used –

– Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care by Bioderma

– HD foundation by Make Up For Ever

– Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier

– Smooth Operator powder by Tarte

–  Paint pot (in shade Perky) by M.A.C

– Lip and cheek cremé (in shade petal) by Becca

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Love Katy xxx

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Perfect Cheeks..To Contour? Or not to Contour?

Hey Guys!

Today i am doing a tutorial on Perfect Cheeks, as well as addressing what has to be the most asked question to make-up artists of 2014 “Should i be contouring?” this video answers that question as well as shows you three quick steps for gorgeous cheeks 🙂

Products used:

– Sun Shimmer Bronzing Powder (shade light matte) By Rimmel

– Little Round Pot Blush (shade Rose 16) By Bourjois

– Natural Nude Palette By Physicians Formula

Hope you guys have the best holidays ever!

Let me know in the comments if you like this video 🙂 xxx

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Holiday Lips!

Hey y’all!

I found the perfect product for bright holiday lips! If you (like me) are bad at keeping lipstick neat and tidy Lipstains are perfect for you. I love having bright lips, but when I am working, eating or socialising lipstick staying in place is the LAST thing I want to worry about.

The other day while I was taking my frequent (and quite frankly therapeutic) stroll down the makeup isle of Priceline I found these Lipstains by Savvy..they are only $8.99 and come in amazingly bright colours and they actually stay on for ages then fade away nicely and I love them! That’s pretty much it..here is a picture of me wearing the shade watermelon 🙂 xxx

Happy Holidays!

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10 Products We Can’t Live Without!!!

Hey y’all!

Me and KYA thought it would be fun to grab five products each that we love and would be super ugly without (kidding 😉 ) but seriously we think you guys would love these! Coincidentally we share a few of them, check out the video to see why we love them so much…

Katy’s top 5:
1 – Secret Camoflauge by Laura Mercier
2 – Exceptionoil by Go-to Skincare
3 – Lip ointment with colour by Lanolips
4 – I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics
5 – I Love Punk Jumbo Eyeliner Pen by Essence Cosmetics
KYA’s top 5:
1 – HD foundation by Make Up For Ever
2 – Secret Camoflauge by Laura Mercier
3 – Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Primer by Napoleon Perdis
4 – Loose Translucent Powder by Face Of Australia
5 – I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics

Check out her youtube channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlwECSGo1lDdwYYfSLlHqw

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Website http://www.katyclucas.com

Let us know your favourites as well!! xoxoxo

How to get the best from your foundation!

Hey guys!

Now we have gone through this journey of finding your perfect foundation we need to ensure it’s applied in a way that will benefit you most!

There are many different ways of applying foundation the main ones being sponges, brushes and my personal favourite fingers. Fingers warm up the product and this gives a more natural look when it’s being applied, I also hate wasting product and I find that I go through foundation quicker because brushes and sponges absorb more. When it comes to my clients I use brushes because they are more hygienic than fingers. However I use my fingers for things such as concealer (just remember If you are going to use your fingers always have freshly washed hands and use hand sanitiser immediately before touching someone’s face!)

In this video I am going to take you through the most popular foundation tools and give you an easy intro on how to use them, I have written a description down below but there is more detail in the video and it helps to see the techniques 🙂

Fingers-

– Put foundation on back of hand pat your fingers into foundation
– Dab foundation onto the face in areas you most need it (not blending)
– Use your fingers to massage this in almost like a moisturiser
– Feather out at edges, less is more I try and put only minimal to no foundation on places where I don’t need coverage.

Sponge –

If you are using a sponge like the popular Beauty Blender be sure it’s damp, this is the way it was designed to be used and will absorb to much product if it’s not.

– Dampen sponge (not so it’s dripping just so it’s nice and fat 🙂 )
– Put foundation of back of hand
– Dip your sponge in foundation and stipple onto face, stipple is a makeup term that basically means bouncing softly onto the face (definitely see video for this one)

The flat foundation brush-

– Put foundation on back of hand
– Dip in foundation (do not over load the brush)
– Brush onto face starting at the centre of the face
– Feather it out at the hair line to avoid streaks
– Blend in with fingers or pat over with brush (technique in video)

Kabuki Brushes –

If applying mineral powder foundation you want to use a kabuki brush. Kabuki brushes are more dense than normal powder brushes therefore they pick up more product so when applied it’s gives better coverage

Buffing brushes/fibre optic brushes –

If you have been doing these techniques with these tools and are not happy with the result and the makeup is still sitting on your skin you can use brushes like these ones to buff over the foundation once applied.

Thanks for reading/watching! I hope you guys enjoyed the foundation series, please be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel ” Katy Clucas ” for more videos 🙂

Love Katy xxxx

Find your perfect foundation colour with this easy test!

 
Hey Guys!
 
If you have seen my last few post we found determined your skin type, then what foundations best suit that skin type and now we are finally up to choosing your foundation colour.
 
Choosing a colour is never easy so as always i try to make it as simple as possible for y’all. In this quick video i teach you a simple test to try on shades that you are either unsure of or that you have mixed for yourself.
 
I would recommend having two foundations, one in a slightly lighter shade and one in a slightly darker shade then mix to find YOUR perfect colour. Its also a good idea to test your mixing seasonally as you may get darker in summer (you’re lucky! i just go red 😦 )
 
Its also very important to stick to yellow undertones in your foundations rather than red, there are a few exceptions to this rule like very dark nigerian skin may have blue undertones and might need warm oranges, red and coppers to warm it up. Other than this exception i would steer clear of red undertones, i show you how to identify red undertones in this video as well.
 
Please let me know what you think and if you could like, subscribe and comment on my youtube channel i would realllllly appreciate it.
 
Thanks for reading/watching stay tuned as my next blog will be “Perfect Foundation Application”
 
Bye Guys! xxx 
 

Foundation Series – Part 1, Know Your Canvas.

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my foundation series! I have decided to delve into the world of foundation for all the lovely people i know that find it hard to find a perfect foundation (myself included before i trained). My mission is to simplify it!

This series is going to be broken down in episodes, as well as written blogs so you can print out the info the applies to you! Episode – 1 is “Know your canvas” i show you an easy test to determine skin type. 

Here is the written guide to skin types that i specify in this video –

Normal Skin – Shows no signs of flaking, neither big nor small pores, doesn’t have excess oil or breakouts.

Dry Skin – Small pores, tight feeling, flaking skin.

Oily Skin – Large pores, shiny, excess oil, prone to breakouts.

Combination Skin – Shows signs of all three, can be oily in t-zone and dry around the rest of the face, prone to breakouts as well as dryness.

Once you have determined your skin type i am going to do specialised videos for the different skin types, including recommendations of foundations for these skin types, this is Episode – 2 “Pick your foundation”.

Episode – 3 will be “Pick your shade” i will be guiding you through the complicated world of foundation shades and colours.

Episode – 4 will be Perfect application, i will be showing you various ways to apply foundation and how to set it so it stays! 

Hope you enjoy the first instalment!

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