Spend it like (Posh) Beckham

**Here is another re-post from my previous Mommiesandmakeup blog that I thought those of you who didn’t see it might enjoy.**

Ladies, here is the much anticipated part two of two of my “Save and Splurge” beauty products. Now it’s time to discuss two categories of makeup which deserve the higher price tag:

1. Eye shadows (SPLURGE) Finding the right color and type of eyeshadow is like finding a needle in a haystack because there are a ton of them out there. That’s why JennySue has done the homework for you as to why splurging on eyeshadow is justified. Higher end shadows seem to have much better pigments and blend ability which leads to staying power. That’s what you’re paying for.

JennySue’s Picks:

Stila eyeshadow pans. This brand can be used dry, wet (for a more dramatic look) or as an eyeliner. Colors I go to from this line that are pretty universal- “Barefoot Contessa” (metallic plum brown), “Golightly” (shimmery bronze), and “Kitten” (nude pink).

MAC eye shadows. They offer a ton of colors and are worth buying a few to choose from such as- “Club” (funky greenish brown, very cool), “Sable” (muted plum brown), and “Arena” (soft golden peach).

*JennySue Secret*- when searching for what colors to wear with your eye color, stick to the opposite rule and pick a color that contrasts to your eye color. For example, if you have green or hazel eyes, try a purple or plum. For blue eyes, go bronze and golds. For brown eyes (like me), you’re lucky, you can pretty much wear it all, so try a navy or violet.

2. Makeup Brushes (SPLURGE) Now that you’ve got your pricey shadows, what are you going to apply them with? Fortunately the expensive shadows don’t typically come with a cheapo plastic sponge tip applique like the drugstore brands. My reasoning behind buying nice brushes- do you think Rembrandt or DaVinci painted their masterpieces by using something resembling their kids watercolor brush that came in their Winnie The Pooh paint by number book?? Heck no. So YOU shouldn’t apply ANY makeup with cheap brushes.

JennySue’s Top Picks:

– AGAIN. Yes, they have great brushes. And my number one pick for those of you that don’t want to fool around with a ton of brushes- get their #15 brush with the dual sides-one for all over color and the other tip for crease color. Brilliant brush.

Bare Escentuals– They have killer face brushes. My two favs are their “Angled Brush” which is great for applying blush in just the right spot and the “Flawless Application Face Brush” that is good for all over powder, bronzer, or mineral powder. An observation…it seems as if 8 out of 10 friends of mine now use mineral powder!

There it is, you are armed with the knowledge of what to SPLURGE. Now go treat yourself and spend a little dough….you know Victoria would 😉

*Below, I am attaching the original comment section from when this post first appeared*

abbey said…
I like the sound of the “barefoot contessa” one!!!! I need a diagram of actually WHERE to apply! ha ha!!

October 2, 2008 1:09 PM

jess said…
i have the angled brush!! i feel so much cooler right now!

October 2, 2008 6:06 PM

Mommy Janna said…
Do you recommend a primer for your eyeshadow and a primer before applying foundation?

October 2, 2008 9:30 PM

JennySue said…
momma janna, yes to the eyeshadow primer (L’oreal makes one, and Laura Mercier makes a eye makeup base). I find it really keeps with staying power and your eyes don’t crease up so much. But as for foundation primer, not so much in my opinion. As long as your face, your original canvas is clean and clear, and you keep transluscent powder around, that’s one less step and product to use!

October 3, 2008 3:28 PM