The workshop started off with the very important matter of skin care but never had I thought that this part would change my view on beauty entirely. That evening it became clear to me that I already knew a lot about skin care but by far not enough. And I can only recommend to you to listen up now, not because I want you to think that I´m a beauty pro by now, but because every girl should know what we were taught that evening: Our face creams, makeups and lip balms are bad for our skin! But let´s start from the beginning. Most of the creams and lotions you can buy contain silicones, paraffins and emulsifiers. Silicones and paraffins close our skin, they lay on our faces like a plastic bag. Try to use creams that contain less than 2% off these ingredients. But silicones and paraffins are still innocent compared to emulsifiers. What are emulsifiers? They are used to combine the water and oil that are the base of any cream and lotion. In fact that sounds like nothing bad but the emulsifiers keep on working on our skin and the next time we wash our faces our skin´s natural oils and fats are removed which is bad. So our skin is dry, we apply some cream, the emulsifiers in the cream remove the natural oil from our skin and our skin is even drier than before. And also bad lip balms don´t moisturize our lips but help dry them out so please girls stay away from Nivea face creams and Labello lip balms (Carmex and Weleda are good alternatives)! Now what are the alternatives for our face creams? First there are creams which don´t use emulsifiers at all because the oil and water are combined with a special spin method or so. I don´t know much about that method but I think that these creams are rather expensive and so I´ll stick to the second alternative: creams with natural emulsifiers like lecithin. I know that this may all sound really complicated but if you want to be good to your skin then you should definitely study the ingredients of your creams and inform yourselves about them. Try to buy your creams at the natural cosmetics shop or at your local pharmacy. If you want to be 100% sure to only use good ingredients on your face you could replace your face cream by a simple bottle of jojoba oil.
For the actual makeup part of the workshop I can´t say that much because I didn´t learn anything that was completely new to me. The only thing that was new to me was highlighting and contouring. At first I was very excited as my face looked way slimmer but the more I looked at the pictures I took that day, the more I realized that I didn´t look like myself anymore and that contouring is great only if you know how to make it really decent. If you contour and highlight your face on a daily base then I would love to know which products you use!
The main thing I wanted to learn in this course was how to properly use eyeshadow making it look gorgeous while using several shades. After some difficulties of understanding one of the three present makeup artistis finally got how I wanted my eyes to look like and so I learned that a good eye makeup doesn´t imply three shades put on top of each other going from dark to bright. It is quite hard to explain what she showed me thought so I might make a step by step tutorial on a nice eye makeup in a later post. And after writing this novel I will finally show you how I looked after putting on a complete makeup in the workshop:
Outfit: cardigan - H&M, shirt - Shirtinator, pants - Zara, boots - Deichmann, scarf - H&M, ring - La Dama
Now I hope that this post wasn´t too boring for you guys and that you learned the one or the other thing. How do you like my makeup, don´t you think I look a bit unreal? And for the most important question: what are your experiences with face creams? Have your been worried about bad ingredients or don´t you care about such things? Please share your experiences with us!