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Creating a New Cosmetic Look in 2011

January 28, 2011

At 43, I’m in the market to create a new look in terms of wearing makeup differently from what I’m used to.  I want to step it up a bit.  Just yesterday I picked up a new pair of glasses, so with comes creating a new look around them that will make me more attractive, and not so much look my age.  In the past week I’ve been searching the internet, hanging out at makeup counters, looking at how makeup is applied at department stores and makeup stores, and kiosks, that I’ve seen some looks that are desirable and can be something I’d be willing to try.

Maybelline launched Fit Me, a new cosmetic collection designed to fit every woman’s skin tone.  Fit Me launched  this month and is a collection of foundation, powder, concealer, and blush solely designed to together as a full face regimen, and there are three bronzers that will also finish the collection.  It’s good to see a major manufacturer finally design a cosmetic line with every woman in mind.

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Next in my quest of creating a new cosmetic look, I decided to take a whole new approach to lip gloss.  It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I stumbled across the idea of wearing lip gloss differently from how I viewed it.  What a different a lip line makes.  So, the question surrounded around which lip glosses were the best.  I’ve tried lip gloss from Avon, Revlon; lip gloss from the beauty supply called Nyx, and I tried a lip gloss from a line designed for black women, and I tried a lip gloss by Jordana that I picked up from a local 99 cent & Up store down from where I work and cost me all of $1.49.  Which lip glosses proved to be the best and didn’t cost a fortune?  Nyx from the beauty supply, Jordana from the 99 Cent & Up Store, and Revlon from CVS/Pharmacy.  Why?  Not only are they rich in color, but they wear very well with a lip liner, which is a look I sort of fell into and rather liked the look altogether.  Which lip gloss will I prefer to wear?  Jordana by a long shot.  It’s creamy, lasts long, and again, wears very well with a lip liner.

I like Jordana lip gloss because it’s not greasy, it goes on smooth, has a silky feeling to it, the wand applicator is not spotty, and you get an overall good wear to it.  If you can’t find Jordana lip gloss in your local bargain mart or your local beauty supply store, one place I know you can purchase it is at for $1.99 plus whatever sales tax and shipping they may charge.

It comes in eleven different colors, which includes:

  • Clear
  • Sorbet
  • Pink Crush
  • Pink Sugar
  • Sunset Kiss
  • Amorose
  • Smoothie
  • Caramelo
  • Golden Glow
  • Juicy Berry
  • Fuchsia Frenzy

I have Sunset Kiss and Fuchsia Frenzy.  I use Jordana lip liners, Sangria, Currantly, and Deep Wine are my favorites.  I use the black Jordana eye liner as well.

This is me.  So, the one thing I don’t want to do is go too over the top in the look I create.  In this picture I am wearing Physician’s Formula Multi-Colored Bronzer, I am wearing the black eyeliner, lip gloss and lip liner.  The one thing I did differently is I have black liner on the top eye lid, something I have only done once five years ago.  The look is very subtle, very simple, not as dazzling a look as I’d like it to be yet, but i am getting there.

I want to try wearing eye shadow again.  I did when I was in my early 30’s, but for some reason stopped wearing it.  The color palettes they have now are raging with an array of colors that it’s hard to choose.  At the same time, I want one that is going to blend in with my skin tone very well and not make me look crazy. 

The thing with wearing eye shadow is some women tend to go way overboard wearing colors that are just simply too bright (or too loud), does not go with their skin tone, and let me tell you, turquoise is not for every body.

Wearing makeup, you can definitely learn a lot from a drag queen.  Why?  Come on, have you looked at RuPaul lately?  The makeup is always dynamic, well put together, and simply flawless. 

On the season 3 of RuPaul’s Dragrace, the show features a contestant named Alexis Mateo.  Not only is he a good looking young man, but all made up and transformed into a woman, he definitely knows what he’s doing, and has really made me think much harder about my look this year.

Alexis is probably one of the best I’ve seen in drag.  The eye makeup is dynamic, the application of the lip wear is just beautifully applied.

Photo of Alexis Mateo from

When I’m looking at changing my look, which I tend to do every so many years, I look at all facets of the cosmetic genre.  I look and learn from all aspects of how makeup is worn and who it is wearing the makeup and what it is I can be taught, what tips I can learn, and how I can create a dazzling look with a “WOW” effect.  Do I want to go as dramatic as RuPaul and Alexis?  I’d like to get close to it, but the question is how my boyfriend would react.  He’s used to a more simple look, or having no makeup on at all.  In fact, he’d prefer me with no makeup.  Serious?  I’d look like plain jane for real, like death rolled over me ten times.  I know what I look like without makeup and I know what I look like with it.  What do I prefer?  Being with it.

Anyway, I’ll be giving you a play by play in my quest to creating the best look in 2011.

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