So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned…

carmindy1 So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that after years of playing beauty editor guinea pig, I don’t trust a lot of people with my hair. Well, the same goes for makeup. So many times, the over-eager makeup artist has felt the need to demonstrate the entire spring/fall collection on my face, AT ONCE, to the point where I’m left shimmering like a disco ball, with all of the colours in the rainbow and so much foundation that it actually creates new wrinkles.

This is why I generally refuse offers to have my makeup done. Unless Carmindy is in town, of course.

As you might recall, I first met her last fall when she was in town to promote her new line with Sally Hansen (remember all the talk of “Carmindizing” our faces?). This time, it was even more exciting because I got to pretend I was on What Not To Wear—except for the parts where Stacy and Clinton yell at me and I get a new, $5,000 wardrobe and haircut. (And actually, I’m grateful that my hair is still intact, because Ted, and Nick before him, seem to relish chopping it off.)

But back to makeup. While Carmindy did my face—which you can see in this vid, and which I’ll talk more specifically about tomorrow in relation to my personal makeup crutches—I gleaned a few tips on what we ALL should be doing.

1. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO STOP USING POWDERY MINERAL FOUNDATIONS.

Mineral Foundation So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...Did I not say this? When I asked Carms about her biggest pet peeves, this was the first thing out of her mouth. I know people love ‘em because they’re supposedly more pure or whatever, but the texture they leave on the skin just isn’t all that flattering.

2. BREAKING NEWS: SPONGES MIGHT BE BETTER THAN BRUSHES FOR APPLYING FOUNDATION.

foundation sponges So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

The whole sponge versus foundation brush debate is a BIG DEAL in makeup artist circles, yo. I reckon it’s about a 50-50 split, although in the last little while I’ve been exclusively in the brush camp, after being advised by one high-profile makeup artist that they’re less wasteful on product. (He suggested using the sponge as a second step to then help blend and even everything out.) Now I’m torn, because Carmindy was REAL particular about using sponges. (So much so that she was asking her assistant to go find her the right kind.) She says they’re better at blending, so even though I already told y’all to buy a brush, I’m experimenting with sponges again. So the debate continues. I WILL get to the bottom of this someday…

3. FOR THE 746TH TIME: CONCEALER GOES ON AFTER FOUNDATION.

benefit boi ing concealer 300x300 So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...You knew this, right? Apparently there are people still out there who are smearing away all their good work though, and then wondering why their skin doesn’t look flawless. Please spread the good word. Interestingly, Carmindy didn’t use a brush to apply it—just a combo of her fingers and the sponge. (Um… sponges FTW!)

4. INSTEAD OF CONTOURING, YOU SHOULD CARMINDIZE! (THAT MEANS HIGHLIGHT.)

Chanel creme illuminator So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

We’ve discussed this one before, and I have to agree with it. Contouring, which involves adding a slightly darker shade in certain areas to sculpt and define your features, is so, so risky, and can make your complexion look dull and muddy. Adding a highlight is FAR easier. Carmindy applied the white eyeshadow from her palette to the inner corners of my eyes, under the brows, down the nose, above the upper lip (right where it dips) and along the tops of the cheeks. She used a fan brush to achieve the latter, which was exciting for me because I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a fan brush in action. However, my product of choice for achieving this—because I am a rebel and like to use my fingers—is an old Chanel creme illuminator.

5. ONCE YOU’VE DONE ALL OF THAT, SET YOUR BASE WITH A TRANSLUCENT POWDER.

Carmindy Sally Hansen translucent powder So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

Here I was saving my powder for the very end, but Carmindy did it all over, including on the eyelids, before she applied any colour. Translucent powders are def the way to go… just be careful when using HD ones.

6. A LOT OF PEOPLE (SUCH AS PAMMY ANDERSON) HAVE EYEBROWS THAT ARE TOO THIN.

Pamela Anderson eyebrows 227x300 So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

Another pet peeve of Carmindy’s. And mine! I know it’s hard to get used to yourself with a fuller brow if you’ve been tweezing for a while, but please try. One of the best things I ever did was put myself through brow rehab. Long before I was a beauty ed, I started having my brows professionally shaped—but my esthetician forced me to grow them out for a good couple of months so that she could fix the shape. And behold! Years later, Carmindy is telling me I have great eyebrows. It’s worth the short-term pain to grow ‘em, guys.

7. EVEN THOUGH SUMMER’S COMING, LET’S ALL EASE UP ON THE FAKE TAN AND BRONZER.

orange fake tan So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

Memo to the Jersey Shore cast: Carms says it’s aging. And I can’t think of a better incentive to use less of it than the thought of looking anything like Snooki, J-Woww, etc. Her advice is to use one that’s no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. I really like some of the cream bronzers out there now—two of my faves are this one from Dr. Hauschka and this one from Stila.

8. DESPITE WHAT YOUR BEAUTY EDITOR HOSTESS RECOMMENDS, YOU REALLY DON’T NEED TO SPEND A TON OF MONEY ON MAKEUP.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy eyeshadow palette So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

I love the drugstore, I really do, and I always try my best to give you guys options at every price point… but I have to confess that I’m very often swayed by gorgeous packaging and luxury logos, etc. So what Carmindy says bears repeating: you really don’t need to spend gobs of cash on designer makeup in order to get a good result. (I believe her specific gripe was with places such as the makeup floor at Bergdorf’s. If you’ve ever been then you know how, well, pushy the salespeople can be… and Carmindy believes they prey on insecurities to make a sale.) But having her do my makeup with a handful of products that all cost less than $20 was truly impressive. It’s the technique and the colours that matter, guys—not the price tag.

9. YOU LOOK AMAZING! REALLY, YOU DO.

baroque mirror So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

Tell yourself this in the mirror every day. Sure, we’ve all got features we wish were different, but makeup shouldn’t be about distracting people with crazy colours or piling it on to hide what we’re insecure about. Carmindy’s approach is very much centered on accentuating your best features—and you have to start loving yourself to see them. So the self-love bit is where her “mirror mantras” come in. And…

10. THERE’S AN APP FOR ALL OF THIS!

Carmindy app So Carmindy from What Not To Wear did my makeup the other day. Here are 10 very important things I learned...

Yep, Carmindy just came out with an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch—and it comes complete with not only some suggestions for your mirror mantras, but also amazing step-by-step makeup instructions (some via video) customized to your specific hair and skin tone. There are tons of different looks (everything from evening to the “five-minute face”) and she even gives product recommendations.

So tell me:

Are you a Carmindy fan?
Do you agree with her tips? (What say you re: the sponge vs. foundation brush debate?)
Do you think doing “mirror mantras” is a good idea?

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Elaine
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 1:10 pm

No photos of your fabulous makeover by Carmindy?!?!?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 1:13 pm

Yes! As I mentioned, you can see it in the vid from the other day: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/05/02/video-mothers-day-beauty-gifts-treat-your-mom-to-these-gorgeous-goodies-for-the-skin-body-or-home/. I’m going to talk more about my specific “issues” tomorrow. :-)

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Elaine
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 2:38 pm

awesome! i definitely was reading too fast… lol

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Thomas
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 1:33 pm

I have had the fake problem for a while… Last summer I used this AWFUL product that made me spotty. I looked like a Dalmatian dog. However I recommend Dove Summer Body for anyone who is looking for one, it’s gradual and such an even, natural colour! Plus the most expensive I’ve ever seen it is £5. Don’t know if they sell it in USA/Canada though :/

Huge fan, fellow blonderexc Thomas xx

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Thomas
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 1:34 pm

*fake tan problem

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:26 am

Yep we have that here! Great product. In fact I might apply some today :-)

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skybluesky
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m just way too lazy to use a bronzer; that’s what it boils down to. But Dior came out with two shades of bronzer that both look really soft and lovely (the lighter one would be great on paler ladies).

I recently went to my MAC store and bought a 187 brush for sheer coverage and I really like it…I still love my beauty blender, but I figured it would be good to switch it up. I think it’s just personal preference, really.

Concealer after is the way to go…when I’m putting on foundation I ALWAYS have to do touch-ups. P.S., even after putting on blush after concealer, some of the concealer rubs off. So I will mix my concealer with a tiny amount of blush (especially if it’s a creamy one) and then blend my blemish with the concealer/blush mixture…makes it less noticeable than if I put pure concealer on top of the blush.

Can’t wait to hear about a break-down of the look she gave you!!!

P.S.II: I am a glutton for luxury cosmetics…and no, I don’t like going to counters…too pushy and not even knowledgeable. I usually will look at swatches online, talk to an associate online, and find out the return policy…it’s worked for me so far! I do an extensive amount of research, though, so this method is not recommended for everyone.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:31 am

Yes I always think of you when we talk sponges because of your love for the Beauty Blender! I agree it’s probably personal preference since makeup artists will swear by both… but I’m liking the addition of the sponge at least as a last step to take away any excess. Also I think I was using the sponge wrong before – wiping instead of pressing the product into my skin.

GREAT tip re: blush + concealer!!!

Oh and you’re so lucky to live in the US where online shopping is like a dream. I don’t think we have quite as liberal shipping/return policies here in Canada… but I need to research that because I definitely agree with you, I hate going to counters.

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Nomadic D
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 2:16 pm

Though I’m a huge fan of the brush right now for foundation, I have also loved in the best the beauty blender (well, actually the sonia kashuk version that is just as fabulous). I LOVED the finish it gave me, and most days I would use it damp like they say and get this very sheer perfectly smooth application of foundation. So why the switch to brushes? Partly cause I’m fickle like that when it comes to beauty, and partly cause it took longer and I had to wash it every day.

Everything else makes tons of sense too, though I was surprised about the powder-before-color tip. What do you think the logic behind that is?

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:34 am

I’ve been back to my Beauty Blender too the past few days and yes – washing it is such a pain. It absorbs so much product, it’s crazy! So a bit hesitant to use that with my precious Armani foundation. :-)

I think the powder on the lids just acts like a primer to help the shadow last longer. I never tried that one but going to keep testing. (Before this I was using a concealer that doubles as a primer.)

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Kristie
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m totally on the Sponge side of the fence (damp sponge I should add) but I think it’s dependent on people’s skin types which they might prefer.
I find that if your face is bit more rough textured or dry (combination) brushes just make things look terrible ( lifts up the dry patches and makes them look more apparent when you try to blend) brushes seem to accentuate facial hairs more and make foundation go on a bit streaky as well. So I think it just depends :) sponges are also nice for being able to sheer things out or build them up. So Sponges FTW if you ask me. :)

I have to admit I put concealer on before foundations (sometimes depending on the coverage I want, or the foundations formula.) If you let it set for a few and/or powder it if it doesn’t really set that well; than press your foundation over with a sponge and keep any smearing motions to a minimum, it works perfectly. You get a full coverage where the concealer is and it blends with the foundation better :)
it might be worth mentioning I have a condition that makes me skin look less than stellar, so not many people would probably need this method. Sadly I do haha

I’ve found powdering before color is nice for toning things down, which for everyday is perfect. Not so much if you want a lot of intensity from the colour, sometimes it can “eat up” the colour a little.
Powder does help things to blend easier though! :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:36 am

You sound extremely skilled with the sponge, Kristie! Very impressive :-)
And I think this is the first time I’ve heard a convincing argument for concealer before foundation – interesting! I think the sponge must be key for that, yes… as well as the pressing motion. I’ve yet to get that right though – hopefully practice will make perfect!

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Jennifer Wilcox
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 4:50 pm

I LOVE using a damp sponge. I don’t remember where I heard that but it really does make a huge difference.
I also don’t understand the itty bitty barely there eyebrow.
I also have to say one thing that drives me nuts is the lip liner with no lip color. I think it looks ridiculous.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:39 am

Oh yes – why do they even make lip liner anymore? So many people wear it when they really should get a lip stain. And even lipsticks now don’t bleed like they used to so I think most of the time you can get away without it.

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Stephanie A
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 6:02 pm

Oooh – love the tips from you/Carmindy!

I also don’t like using a brush for foundation, and just use my fingers to blend (always clean of course!).

I had a Chanel creme illuminator once upon a time (ie: when I was young and had money to burn), and it was pretty damn fantastic! I might have to revisit that one and splurge.

I am surprised that mineral powders are a no-no! For summer I’m going to transition and get a translucent powder and skip the foundation (as I usually do)… although I have to say that a spray tan or bronzer is on my list!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:42 am

I loooove the Chanel illuminator! Possibly because I love applying with my fingers. Not sure if they make it but I’d buy it again.

Re: being tan – I know how you feel… you always have to take these makeup artists with a grain of salt. Some things I think are universal no-nos (skinny brows) – but I’ve had other makeup artists tell me that I need to be tan year-round. Everybody has a different vision.

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Kat
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 6:29 pm

I just can’t bring myself to use sponges, I think they’re wasteful not only in terms of product usage, but on the environment also.. Let’s face it, a good brush will last insanely longer than a sponge ever will.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:43 am

True! Just washing my Beauty Blender the other day I couldn’t believe how much product was embedded in there. That’s why I’m leaning toward applying 1st with foundation brush – and THEN press/blend with sponge…

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J
Wednesday, May 4/2011 at 10:15 pm

What about using a stippling brush for foundation? I’ve been loving that!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:45 am

Ooh I haven’t tried that before! I just googled to find the method and this is REALLY impressive: http://www.mybeautyfeeds.com/2009/05/my-experience-use-of-stippling-brushes.html
Might be my next experiment!

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Alyssa
Thursday, May 5/2011 at 2:38 am

In my experience with brushes and sponges, a brush always gives me heavier coverage and a sponge always gives me a light coverage. I mean think about a brush versus a sponge with paint on a canvas. Same principle. So I would assume it’s what kind of coverage your feeling for that day!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:47 am

Yep that’s been my experience too – just amazed at how the lighter coverage with the sponge made my skin look the most flawless ever. That’s what I’d love to figure out!

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Eliza
Thursday, May 5/2011 at 3:19 am

I agree with the highlighting vs. contouring thing you mentioned… trying to shape one’s face with a dark powder sounds like a terrible idea, no matter how careful you are or skilled! I love my cream illuminators from Fresh, so so pretty and really bring out features nicely.
As for liquid foundation vs. powder, I seem to be the only person who can’t make liquid work for me? I have been trying for years and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I’ve tried a few different brands (using sponges) and they all either look streaky and weird or they end up sliding all over my face. I’ve tried them with primers too, but no cigar. It is the strangest thing. I use mac studio fix powder (I know, I know, bad for my skin so I’ve heard, but it doesn’t seem to be causing problems) and I think it usually looks good if I use a light layer of it on my face to even things out, but I do wonder if I could be using something better/healthier/more glowy.

Alsooo, cod liver oil update! I’ve been taking it for two months now and I’m definitely noticing a difference. I’ve been getting 2 or so zits per month instead of the usual 4 or 5, and they are much smaller and less red than before. I am so happy! And my skin is smooth and just very clear in general. So pleased and thank you so much for the wonderful tip!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 10:57 am

Hooray for cod liver oil! Love that it’s working for you – how much are you taking and which brand?

I was never a liquid foundation user either until I started to realize I was using concealer AS foundation. My skin can get quite blotchy/sensitive-looking (thank you Scottish ancestry!) and I find that foundation gets rid of the redness – meanwhile I used to be covering it with concealer, which is too heavy – BAD!

Regarding your foundation experience – it might be the formula (could be you need one that is more mattifying) – or I wonder if you were using too much? You really only need to apply in the areas that have discolouration – not all over the face. (I don’t put any on my cheeks, just T-zone really.) There are more tips here that might help: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/11/22/no-offense-but-youre-probably-making-one-of-these-7-mistakes-with-your-foundation/. And getting the colour right is so, so important: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/01/12/video-this-celeb-makeup-artist-has-a-zillion-tips-on-how-to-create-a-flawless-makeup-base%E2%80%94whether-youre-a-n00b-or-an-old-pro/.

Regarding the sponge – try it damp and instead of wiping do a pressing, rolling motion. You want to really get the product into the skin.

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pria
Thursday, May 5/2011 at 4:50 am

I live in mississauga and i’ve been to almost every brow threading place and still havent found a regular place that I can stick to. Usually they do one thinner than the other or, one shape different from the other its hard to find good place around here any advice?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 11:05 am

I would recommend my brow lady (Anita) but she’s about to go on mat leave – so I’m desperately looking for someone new as well! Generally I like to be downtown for my aesthetic services vs the burbs. Have heard that Irena at Robin Barker is amazing so might try her next.

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Gimped
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 3:12 pm

I hear you on that, Pria!! I hate finding a new brow person!!

If you’re willing to try waxing again (and don’t mind the driving), check out Megan at the Benefit Brow Bar at Holt Renfew, Yorkdale. I think she’s fab!! She’s very meticulous, getting every stray hair and making sure things are perfect. AND as part of the service you get your whole face touched up, so it’s a good opportunity to try out new prodz.

Look at it this way: you can get other errands done while you’re at the mall, right? ;)

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QuiteLight
Thursday, May 5/2011 at 12:38 pm

I preferred using liquid foundation, but even the very gentlest I could find in my shade (Aveda in … I dunno, Uber-Pale) upset my skin condition more than mineral powder. I use as little powder as possible (admittedly there is a learning curve), but find an occasionally powdery finish is still better than the rashy redness of any other foundation.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 11:07 am

Oh yes – if it’s causing a reaction then definitely go mineral! Wondering how pure Aveda is though… have you tried Living Nature? I really love this product and it’s extremely pure: http://www.saffronrouge.com/living-nature/foundation

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QuiteLight
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 3:34 pm

Aveda is pretty good, purity-wise, not perfect, but better than many. It’s what I was using before the mineral makeup, and it wasn’t bad, but when I switched to the powder, my skin cleared another couple of notches.

I would love to try another liquid, but am not comfortable ordering something on-line; I’m not joking when I say I am really pale! Many lines literally don’t have anything pale enough. Aveda’s foundation was pale enough, but their concealer wasn’t, for example. Some huge lines are still too dark. Can I return used makeup if the colour is wrong? They don’t have a lot of shades.

Can you buy Living Nature in any regular stores?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 9:49 pm

Just emailed them to find out for you! I know Saffron Rouge has a 30-day money back guarantee: http://www.saffronrouge.com/service/guarantee-returns. I’ll let you know what else I learn!

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Kharina
Friday, May 6/2011 at 3:13 pm

I would use a damp sponge if I used cream foundation, but my latest discovery is the Sigma Sigmax brushes. I think they are called F82 and F85. OMG – the bristles are so dense and really make your skin ultra flawless. I’ve needed less foundation since using these brushes, yet achieving great coverage ultra fast! I would however, be careful to use these to buff if the skin is very dry, you don’t want to buff up any flakes. But honestly, if you haven’t tried these brushes, you haven’t lived a full makeup life. It’s a life changing experience. Love, love, LOVE!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 11:09 am

I was wondering about those! Thanks for the tip. So is it the density that gives you that great coverage?

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Ninon
Friday, May 6/2011 at 7:31 pm

Hi,

I would like to see the video of Carmindy doing your face but I believe that you linked the wrong video because it leads to: Video: Mother’s Day beauty gifts! Is it just me or it’s not Carmindy?!? Thanks

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 11:10 am

Oh no I didn’t film her doing my face (that would be kinda hard!) – but that video I linked to shows the final look. And you can read about more stuff I learned from Carmindy here: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/05/05/even-beauty-editors-get-it-wrong-sometimes-okay-a-lot-of-the-time-here-are-my-top-5-makeup-mistakes%E2%80%94anything-sound-familiar/

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Jane
Saturday, May 7/2011 at 7:24 am

I’m a big believer in less is more make up and Carmindy’s make up looks are always soft and restrained. I don’t use foundation but I like the idea of a soft (emphasis on soft) highlighter. I like those fan brushes too, maybe I could use one with my Bobbi Brown bronzer/highlighter.

Wait, wut…AN APP? Genius! More companies need to share their wisdom via apps. Love it and I am getting ASAP.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 8/2011 at 11:13 am

I know, I’m downloading it too! It’s surprising that more companies don’t do this. Are you familiar with the Jemma Kidd line? Not sure if it’s still avail in Canada but she had the cutest packaging complete with very detailed instructions and tips. I don’t understand why beauty brands aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity to educate – online or in packaging.

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Gimped
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 3:16 pm

I used to use damp sponges, then switched to a brush years ago. The sponge just ate too much makeup, even after dampening it. It could have been my application, too: good tip about rolling instead of swiping.

I HAVE been tempted to try the Beauty Blender though. Is it worth it, or should I just stick with a brush?

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skybluesky
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 3:20 pm

I love these for blending my silicone-based foundations…for water-based foundation, I prefer my fingers in a rush or a foundation brush. I say go for it because I love these sponges. I’m more than happy to answer more questions or discuss in detail if you’d like.

I wrote a blog post about this recently!

http://mintymakeup.blogspot.com/2011/05/thoughts-foundation-application-methods.html

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 9:58 pm

I didn’t realize you had a beauty blog! Heading over there now.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 9:57 pm

I have to say, I like Beauty Blender a lot better than regular triangular sponges. The rounded shape makes it easier to handle and get into all the angles of your face… plus you can use the small rounded tip to do detail work. I also find that you get a bit better coverage with it than with the regular sponges. But it DOES eat up a terrible amount of product so there’s that. :-(

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Gimped
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 3:17 pm

Oh!! And has anyone downloaded the Carmindy app? It’s $4.99 … but is it worth it?

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carmindy/id332169449?mt=8

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 10:01 pm

I think so! It looked sooper cool when I had my demo. When my iPhone arrives I’m going to get it. :-)

Oh by the way she said it’s often discounted so maybe wait a bit and you might be able to find it cheaper.

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skybluesky
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 10:30 pm

You will LOVE your iphone. I’ve been anti-smart phones for a while, but I caved when Verizon got iphone…I bought one for full retail price, and I don’t regret it one bit. Best decision of my life; makes life and organization a lot easier.

P.S., thanks for checking out my blog and leaving such a thoughtful reply!

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Gimped
Thursday, May 12/2011 at 10:41 am

I’ve added it to my Wish List, so I’ll keep an eye out for when it goes on sale.

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Gimped
Saturday, June 4/2011 at 10:58 pm

Hey all!!

For anyone interested in getting the app, it’s ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS RIGHT NOW!! Go grab it while it’s uber cheap!

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Cataja
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 11:58 am

Sorry…not a fan. And you will have to pry my Bare Minerals out of my cold dead hands!

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Laura
Monday, October 17/2011 at 1:43 pm

I love me some Carmindy! She’s fab, period.

However, I have only ONE disagreement with you guys, and that’s about mineral makeup. For us oily-skinned, acne-prone gals, certain mineral makeups are a GOD SEND. However, I agree that ladies over a certain age, no matter what the skin type, just do not look great in layer after layer of powder (no matter how “creamy” the mineral company says their minerals are). Someday (probably sooner than I’d like), I will make the break from mineral powder and try liquid minerals like those from Jane Iredale (and if that doesn’t work, I’ll be hitting up your articles on the best liquid foundations on the market!). Mineral makeup on mature skin is definitely, for sure, Aging with a capital “A”. Trust me, I work as an Esthetician in a spa which uses Bare Minerals exclusively for all makeup applications – not a cream or liquid makeup in sight. That fact drives me absolutely NUTS when I work with mature clientele.

But again – excellent article!

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bianca
Wednesday, December 14/2011 at 1:00 am

in regards to the sponge brush debate:

if you’re feeling more swayed towards going for the sponges, the trick for not letting it waste so much product is to pour it in water, squeeze it out, and dab the excess on a paper towel. Once semi-moist you put the foundation on and start applying it.

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SR
Thursday, December 6/2012 at 12:51 pm

WHERE can I buy Sally Hansen by Carmindy? I had a makeover with Carmindy, used up all the products she used on me and recommended for me and cannot find replacements on-line or in any store recommended (Walgreens and CVS). It’s been wonderful makeup for me and I would love to find all products somewhere rather than just a few hit-or -miss choices.

Has the line been discontinued? Thanks for your help!

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Me:)
Monday, May 20/2013 at 2:38 am

She discontinued her makeup line with Sally Hansen, and unfortunately her new one won’t hit stores until Spring 2014. For now try MAC, Nars, and MakeupForever

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SR
Thursday, December 13/2012 at 7:41 am

Where can I find what used to be called Sally Hansen Natural Beauty foundation?
It is not available anywhere, under any brand name that I can find or anywhere on the Internet even though various sites still present it as available.
It is the color and staying power I need…don’t care about the name or brand.
I have contacted Carmindy on her email and no comment is forthcoming.
Thanks for any help

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Judy
Thursday, January 3/2013 at 11:03 pm

I would very much like to know what brands of make-up is used on the TV show What not to wear. I can only find 3 shadows and 4 blushes here in Canada with the Carmindy seal. I have also called on the phone and spoken with a spokesperson for Carmindy who said “just a minute and I’ll ask” and she then hung up on the phone on me……twice! After that, I didn’t call back.

I really love the Sally Hansen makeup and would love to buy it. I think at the end of the What Not to Wear show, they should give a list of what Carmindy uses on the person she just made up. Then we could all go out and buy it!

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Sue Verlinde
Friday, March 29/2013 at 7:04 pm

What color and brand of lipcolor does Carmindy wear? She recommends it for most women with light complexions.

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Brenda Walker
Tuesday, April 2/2013 at 9:30 pm

I would like to know where I can buy the eyebrow corector Carmandy uses on What Not To WEAr

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Amy
Thursday, April 11/2013 at 2:15 pm

I LOVE Carmindy (and of course, What Not To Wear). And for some reason, I’m happy to hear that the mineral foundation isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. I’m over 40 and the powder foundation made my face look so cakey. I kept thinking I should use it since it was “so good” for your skin. Glad it’s not just me. Thanks for the article!

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Sherri
Tuesday, April 23/2013 at 3:02 pm

what blush does Carmony use on her makeover that are in the pink tone?

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Jennifer
Tuesday, September 17/2013 at 11:28 pm

Could you please tell me the brand and the color name(s) for the eyeshadow you have pictured on this blog about Carmindy’s makeup tips? I have been looking for a champagne pink eyeshadow and the one you have pictured here is perfect! (Is it the same one that Carmindy used on Emily the priest on What not to Wear?)
I love these tips, and I agree. Powder foundations are a bad idea, they make people look dry and older. Not attractive.
Please let me know about the eyeshadow.
Thank-you!

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