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Throw out your sponges Merle Norman!

Though I am a makeup artist, I often neglect my eyebrows.  I don’t like to pluck them myself, and I just am so busy sometimes I don’t get them done for a couple months.  Luckily I have been blessed with some pretty nice brows, good arches all that jazz.

When I do get them done, I like to get them waxed.  I used to get them threaded, which in my opinion actually delivers the very best results, however I totally can not handle the pain. SO, I like to get them waxed, and when I get them waxed I don’t mind spending a little extra money to hopefully get the very best.

I mean I know I can get my eyebrows done for 4 dollars, but on Friday I opted instead to pay 17$ at Merle Norman for what I hoped would be a quick, but satisfying experience.

It all started out fine, the girl who helped me was nice enough, told me about her school experience, we small talked, she worked away, trimming, plucking, waxing. She was a bit of a perfectionist and studied my brows intently after she finished making sure they were perfect, and to her credit they look pretty damn good.

Unfortunately, she had to offer to cover my red forehead up with a little foundation. Unfortunately, I had to agree thinking all the while “how nice, how nice, how nice.”  Unfortunately, the sponge she started to apply the foundation with looked like it had been dipped in a vat of foundation, and it was obvious by the foundation almost dripping of it, that it had been used on at least 20 faces other then mine.

My sponges don’t look like that after using it on set touching up a model for 12 hours, let alone my personal sponges which I sometimes use for a whole week straight on myself.

Needless to say I was disgusted! I stopped her half way through, paid, left and went and bought facial wipes at the grocery store across the way and vigorously scrubbed my brows worried about all sorts of skin diseases, remembering all the horror stories I had heard before.

Luckily, my forehead isn’t rotting off. But, Merle Norman did lose a customer. I will never go back there again.  Maybe being a makeup artist has made me a bit of a germaphobe. I do hand sanitize every 5 minutes when working on models, I do religiously spray all my makeup with 70% and 90% alcohol. I do clean my brushes before every shoot, and in between every model. I do make sure to clean out my kit every 6 months and throw out everything that needs to be. Frankly I think that is pretty standard, and if you don’t do those things you are abusing your right to apply makeup.

I don’t think its too much to ask, so I am just going to say it

THROW OUT YOUR SPONGES MERLE NORMAN!

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Want to know my secret to the perfect smokey eye?

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is definitely one of them! These fat little pencils are a god send from the makeup geniuses that run NYX cosmetics.

I don’t know if you have tried their products yet, extremely affordable, extremely pigmented and workable, great on camera. I have quite a few NYX cosmetics running rampant through my makeup kit and work. I use everything from their shadows, to their lipsticks, to their lip liners and contour creams.

But today it is all about their Jumbo Eye Pencils!

The first time I heard about this product was actually through a you tube makeup tutorial (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) where the girl used the color milk as a base for her purple eyeshadow. The second time was in makeup school where my friend and fellow artist  Samantha Caporusso was using black bean as the base for her models evening smokey eye.

BAM! Lightbulb! I immediately went out and bought a handful of these pencils.  They are extremely pigmented, and emollient. They will help your eyeshadow out, and really bring on the pigment.  They are also great for face painting, and dramatic complicated makeups. Just draw it on and set with a similar colored eyeshadow! I use them for highlighting the face as well.

Some people have reported creasing with this product.  The pencils as I mentioned above are extremely emollient, so if applied incorrectly this could be a problem.

However for example with a smokey eye, I start at the lash line and apply a swipe of black bean, I then take a mini smudger brush and blend the product upwards in the general shape I want my smokey eye, until there is just a thin smokey layer of product.  Not only does this prevent creasing and increase longevity, it gives me a good guide for applying the shadow, and increases the sultry smokiness.

The only con for this product I can think of, is due to their size I have not found any sharpener except for the one sold by NYX that will work!  Other brands jumbo pencil sharpeners just aren’t big enough, so keep that in mind when you are buying!

However, these pencils are only $4.50 a pop on the NYX website so I can afford to buy one more sharpener.

This product gets a 9/10 for me!

Below I have included two swatches from a couple of my favorite pencils, #601 black bean and #618 purple.  With and without flash.  Maybe I will do a look using one or both in the near future.

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