A space dedicated to navigating the real life beauty issues facing women in the workplace.
|Posted on 27 January, 2017 at 17:20||comments (0)|
Last summer I started a "face of the day" (FOTD) Instagram to show my looks of the day in conjunction with this blog. I fell off the wagon rather quickly with my posts, for a couple reasons:
I knew I didn't want to abandon the account, but it was perhaps an idea before it's time. After thinking on it, and interacting with some of you, I know that the reason people are interested (and why I'm still slowly amassing quality followers without posting in 6 months) is because you believe in what I am trying to achieve, and the honesty I put into my business and educating my clients and readers.
Here is the new format of the FOTD posts going forward:
So head on over to instagram.com/scarlettdahlia_fotd to follow along with my daily looks! Also, I am currently booking in more professional women for the blog, so there will be new posts starting next month.
|Posted on 16 December, 2016 at 11:25||comments (1)|
We're back! Today's lovely lady is Josi, who works in an office environment and manages a team of people. Josi wants a fresh look that looks good all day at work and is easy for a mom on the go. Like many of us, she has been using the same products for a number of years and is finding that they no longer suit her skin type – specifically her go-to foundation now feels too heavy and is having trouble lasting the day.
Look at how gorgeous her skin is without makeup! Her biggest skin complaint? That her skin gets a tad greasy throughout the day (which is the cause of the foundation wear issues). Want to know why her skin is so gorgeous on it's own? Because her "greasy" issue is actually kinda beneficial to skin health. People who produce more skin oils tend to see a delay in the effects of aging compared to those with drier skin types. What is important for an oily skin type is having a good skin care regime that keeps those natural oils in balance. Good skin care prevents breakouts and blackheads, without being overly drying – which can actually lead to even more oil production as your skin tries to compensate.
The look before she left the studio. Josi's typical look is some eyeliner and mascara, and she wanted to try a classic eyeshadow look. For the rest of her makeup we used the Essentials palette, putting the shimmery taupe (521) on the lid and blending the matte taupe (466) softly into the crease. I showed her how to contour for her face shape (contouring will be a future post!) and lastly we used the matte dusty rose blush (292), champagne highlighter (508) and 'Hello Dolly' gloss for lips. All items are available in the online shop.
I had a bit of an alterior motive once I understood more about Josi's skin type, and what we ended up doing was using her as a wear test for a foundation formula I was considering adding to my kit, and possibly the retail range. Josi was also going to a concert that night – packed venue and dancing, perfect! We prepped her skin with a toner to remove any surface dirt and oil from the day, and then applied the foundation straight on her skin with a bit of moisturizer as a primer in her dryer areas away from her T-zone. I know that this wasn't the ideal way of doing things, but part of product testing is to throw everything and the kitchen sink at your product and see how it performs. I wanted to approximate how someone might apply the product at home. Needless to say, things progressed as I expected and the foundation was fine through supper but broke down by the end of the night.
Josi's makeup journey does have a happy ending though. She came back to me a few weeks later to have her makeup done for her family photos. Since this was game time, I treated her skin how I would any other client – no experimenting today. We used the same toner to prep, then applied Nuturing Force Blot Out Offensive primer (this stuff will even stop you sweating!), then a thin layer of waterbased airbrush foundation. It felt great for Josi, and lasted the day.
You may be thinking, that's great for a photoshoot, but I don't have those products or an airbrush, so how can you make foundation last on oily skin?
We will continue the blog series in the new year. Thank you to everyone who reads and has been asking me when the next post is coming. It's nice to know that you are finding this information useful. Happy holidays!! - Amanda
|Posted on 7 September, 2016 at 10:10||comments (24)|
**Contest is now closed - thank you to everyone who entered!** Winner will be announced in the comments.
Last night I launched my new cosmetics line and today to celebrate the launch as well as the 3rd anniversary of Scarlett Dahlia Makeup Artistry, we are giving away one of the new Fall/Holiday 2016 palettes! It has everything you need to create a subtle to dramatic look.
To enter, all you have to do is comment below on this post. Tell me what you think of the line, which product is your favorite, or just say hi! Then be sure to head over to the webstore to check out the rest of the line or book in for a private shopping appointment here.
Giveaway is open to residents of Canada only; one entry per email; giveaway closes on September 30th at noon GMT-6:00 SK time.
|Posted on 15 August, 2016 at 9:55||comments (1)|
Today's lovely lady for the blog is Marie! She typically only uses makeup to cover any blemishes that pop up, and wanted to learn a nice look for going on a first date.
When introducing makeup into your routine, I feel it is important to choose a makeup look that feels true to who you are – especially when we are trying to make a positive first impression on someone. Remember first impressions occur not only through meeting for the first time face to face, but also when others see a picture of us (which happens quite often in today's social media driven culture). If, like Marie, you don't typically wear much makeup during the day but still want to put a polished image forward, we need to start by asking some basic questions:
However, you need to step back and think some more if your gut reaction to this question is something like "I want to look/feel pretty", "I want people to think I care about my appearance/put effort into my look/take care of myself", or "I feel pressured to wear makeup to compete with the gorgeous girls I see online". The problem is a lot of women frame the desire to wear makeup based on some idea we have that our natural appearance is unacceptable in today's society; that this giant collective Other will not approve of us if all we wear is some mascara and lip balm.
Now, 99.9999% of us probably have answers that fall into the second category. It isn't wrong to want to wear makeup for those reasons, but I just want you to recognize the difference between a constructive, self-driven choice to wear makeup versus a choice stemming from feelings of self-doubt and peer-pressure. If you recognize the motivating factor has roots in problems with self-esteem, that's the first step in correcting this destructive way of thinking. Makeup should be a personal pleasure, not a tool to conform or hide behind.
After discussing a look for Marie's date night, we got go work. The fundamentals of this look were really quite simple: a light foundation, light shimmery lid colour with a matte dark brown blended into the crease to add some drama and definition to the eye, simple brown liner on the top lid, mascara, and light blush.
Next we discussed different ways of adapting this basic look:
1. Use a lighter brown in the crease (or no crease shade at all) for a work appropriate day look.
2. Use a brown or black liner on the outer corner of the bottom water line to add a bit more intensity – suitable for most occasions
3. Use the same brown or black liner all the way accross the bottom water line to add even more intensity – great for evenings out
Normally Marie would choose a lip colour closer to her natural lip colour, but we were having fun and I talked her into trying something out of the ordinary. We chose a brick-red and she looks fantastic in it!
Even though this was more makeup than she is used to wearing, she still felt that she looked true to herself, could execute the look on her own, and would be giving others a positive and genuine first impression. Success!
If you are inspired to start your own makeup journey, you can now book your makeup application or lesson appointment with us online here.