Daytime or Nighttime Makeup. Do YOU Know The Difference?

A new trend of heavy contouring, too thick/too long lashes, and over arched, heavy brows is becoming the norm. Pictures of this sort of makeup are frequently posted via social media. A quick browse through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr will reveal pictures and whole pages dedicated to nightclub makeup looks for the daytime, or “Cirque de Soleil” makeup (i.e. glitter, sparkles, sequins, glow-in-the-dark), which can be beautiful or avant-garde, but is NOT “daytime” at all. These looks are becoming the norm and I worry that makeup artists are setting up clients for unrealistic beauty expectations. Without naming names, I recently stumbled upon a reality show about a famous music family and noticed that in certain scenes, the people looked like they had all had bad nose jobs, while in other scenes, their noses looked normal. I realized quickly (HDTV shows it all) that the people were victims of extremely heavy contouring. The heavily applied makeup and false lashes literally altered the way these people actually look and that’s not good, but THIS is the TREND. Natural Beauty

I believe the trend is unrealistic because it sets the tone for over the top makeup that is not appropriate for daily wear and doesn’t always showcase a variety of skills for the artist. If all I did as a makeup artist was create dramatic, heavy, wildly colored looks for my clients, I’d be locked into doing one type of look, which would cut me out of the equation for other MUA jobs. Being able to service a diverse clientele is important to me.

As far as clients go, if all they see is dramatic makeup, they start thinking that glitter, Sugarpill Cosmeticsfeathers, neon lips, etc. are what they should be asking for, and that’s not really okay either. Options are a beautiful thing in life, and in the world of cosmetics, you should have plenty of choices for how you want to present yourself to the world, however, one must know the difference between daytime and nighttime makeup.

This trend trickles over to the consumers or clients, who may think that “this” is how they should look. It creates an almost falsehood about makeup and can scare off the more makeup-timid people who may have wanted to try out some looks but are now shying away from cosmetics. Being able to create a basic, daily, wearable look is extremely important for a makeup artist who wants to be taken seriously. Having the ability to create all sorts of looks makes the artist’s portfolio more diverse, and attracts all sorts of clients.Bad eyebrow

The focus of today’s blog is not about “natural makeup” versus “nighttime makeup” and who’s right or wrong, and my goal is not about offending anyone.  I’m just pointing out that we should understand the difference between the two, and create/wear those options at the appropriate times.

Club KidThe pictures in today’s post are from my collection and showcase a little bit of what I’ve discussed. These looks work for some, and not for others. It’s ultimately up to the makeup artist and client to determine what the best look is for the situation.


Holiday Beauty Deals

Smashbox Wondervision Brush SetSmashbox Wondervision Lip Gloss Set

Now is the time to maximize your cosmetics without blowing your beauty budget. Many of the top cosmetic brands are offering holiday gifts that are way more chic than gifts of the past. Back in the day, when companies offered gifts with purchase, the gifts were usually unappealing lip colors or foundation for only one skin tone. Nowadays, companies are more savvy, and are offering gift sets that are totally wearable and even coveted by many!

Check out Bobbi Brown for the Lip Gloss Trio which has three gorgeous, shimmer Bobbi Brown LipGlossTrioglosses.  I love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Gloss, as it’s not sticky and lasts all day. Smart marketing continues with the line including two different smokey eye palettes, one in “cool” and the other in “warm” to accommodate different skin tones. Bobbi Brown SmokeyCoolEyePalette

Bobbi Brown SmokeyWarmEyeNARS, one of my favorite lines, is getting into the holiday spirit with fifteen different limited edition gift sets that will make you want to thank the cosmetic gods. There are so many sets to choose from that I’m not even sure of where I want to start. As always, NARS offers luxurious and decadent colors that work well with all skin tones.

Companies like Smashbox have even decided to offer tools to help you create your special look. The Wondervision Brush Set (pictured at the top of the page along with the Wondervision Jumbo Primer) comes with FULL-SIZED brushes, and the chrome colors are perfect for a holiday gift! NARS Ride Up to the Moon


*All images were taken directly from Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and NARS websites

NARS Realm of the SensesNARS Voyeur Eyeliner Set