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Neutral Brown Makeup for a Professional Evening Event

As you can tell by now, I like shimmer shades! I'm an NC 37 in MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation with warm-neutral undertones and with my rabbit brown eyes, I think it just looks good one me (of course this is MY opinion, you may think differently and I don't mind hearing back.) Now of course, with age, we're supposed to lessen the use of frost, shimmer and the like, but I believe it depends on your technique, lid type and the product. I tend not to use frost and if I want some sparkle, I prefer shimmer, satin, or fine glitter. Here are a few good references on eye shapes and eyeshadow textures, which are important (as they may help you go a long way with improving eye design techniques.)

Robert Jones Academy Eye Shapes (an interactive guide)

Beautylish article - What's Your Eye Shape (examples with celebrities)

MakeupTutorials article - Types of Eyeshadow + How to Apply Them (sorry, lots of ads)

The Fancy Face - Tips for Beginners...Eyeshadow Finishes & Textures (dated and based on MAC eyeshadows, but one of the best I've found because she shows the products on the skin.)

Barefaced simplicity

On Happy Human

Go into any department store or supermarket and you quickly appreciate the overwhelming number and variety of products available to keep you looking young and beautiful and smelling attractive. Much of the advertising in magazines, on billboards and television market these products - we are bombarded daily, all with the same message: you need this product to be healthy and/or attractive with the subtext: you are not enough as you are.

Even though we know that people on television usually wear a thick layer of make-up, and that air-brushing and photo-shop routinely hides every blemish in photos in magazines or on the internet, we still allow our perception and expectation of beauty to become ever more unattainable. The beauty ideal is to remove almost all hair from our bodies, except for our head of hair which should be thick and shiny and coloured. Eyelashes for some bizarre reason should look thick, dark, long and curled. Our teeth have to be straight and bleached whiter than nature ever intended. Frown lines are frozen, lips plumped up and a layer of perfectly applied make-up is needed. Even the 'natural' or 'nude' make-up look requires at least 10 types of product to achieve. Nail polish is now nail art.

Despite being more media-savvy than ever, we remain susceptible to the clever billion-dollar marketing campaigns promising us the next perfect fix to solve the problem we never knew we had. And yet we let ourselves fall for it over and over again because more than ever we are judged on how we look, not on who we are. The more occupied we are with our appearance, the less time, energy and resources we have to spend on less superficial, more worthwhile pursuits.

As a result, look into most bathrooms and you'll find many of the following, most of which are completely unnecessary.

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