Ever feel like when you are talking to some people about products that they think they are so much better than you because they use "the good stuff" aka high priced products? I know I have. Especially when talking to some makeup artists. Now don't get me wrong and let me make this abundantly clear, NOT all makeup artists or hairstylists who use high end products are product snobs. Any good makeup artist will tell you that you can get a use out of just about any makeup. There are some really bad products out there but most of the time you can trick it into doing what you want or use it for a different purpose than what it was made for. I know that sounds crazy or maybe like it is too much work but it is true. Especially about makeup.
You don't have to break the bank to look good. Most of the time if you just need something to use everyday you can get away with a pleasantly priced product. You don't have to wear Cle De Peau or even MAC to paint your face everyday. I am not going to lie. I do love some high end products for a few different reasons, but I have a number (a large one) of budget friendly favorites in my bag of tricks. Nothing erks me more than talking to someone about makeup and hearing them say in the snottiest voice ever, "I only use MAC makeup!!!" Really....Why? Why limit yourself to one brand?
One day I bought this cheap bright pink eyeshadow. I brushed it on my lids and couldn't see a thing. I was so disappointed because I loved the shade so much. "Hmmmm...what am I going to do with it now?" I said. So after I was done with my lips, I wanted to make them a little shimmery without being too glossy and sticky. Out came cheapy, pinky eyeshadow to the rescue. I FREAKIN LOVED IT!!! I used it all the time and it was a perfect highlighter for my usual mauve shade and it wasn't overpowering.
Point: Re-use, Re-purpose, Recycle!!! Doing that can save you from a lot of disappointment.
The next time you run into a product snob (professional or not) bite your tongue and just congratulate them on their wonderful monogamous relationship with whatever brand they brag so much about. Hopefully that company wont go out of business and leave them terrified to get to the end of that mascara tube or hairspray can.
- Raven Elizabeth
- Raven Elizabeth is a hair stylist / makeup enthusiast in NYC. After completing half of her cosmetology training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2000, she did hair for family and friends while pursuing a career in the weight loss industry. In 2006 she realized that the beauty business was calling her home and she completed her courses to become a licensed hair stylist. She now styles at Hair & the City in Manhattan and writes the beauty blog "primped & painted" from home. "I love everything about the beauty industry and I love showing women how to up their looks without downing their bank account. I moved to NYC from Florida with one goal in mind: Become a force to be reckoned with in the beauty biz. I am on my way." -Raven Elizabeth