Lip liner pencil

May 18, 2018

  1. Every season or so, cosmetic brands come up with completely novel methods to do your makeup (or to remove it!). Today it’s powder; tomorrow it’s a gel; in two days it will be a stick… or a crayon. Today you use a brush; tomorrow a sponge; well, and yesterday you used your fingers, of course. Honestly, I learned to do my makeup some 15 years ago or so, and everything I’ve learned is simply wrong today. That means constantly relearning and relearning. I mean, sure, it’s fun, but sometimes it also gets exasperating — because you will have no choice but to dump everything you had and start from scratch. (It’s called lipstick, guys! Not lippencil. Nor lipbrush. Geez! Stick [pun intended] to a format and get over it…) And, uh, sometimes there are things that don’t make any sense, or that I simply cannot figure out how they work — and neither do the otherwise-helpful attendants at the shop!

  2. Products from different brands do not (always) go well together. Ok, sure, one can understand ‘competition’. And obviously water-based makeup will not work with oil-based makeup — that’s also understandable. But sometimes there are some products that only exist in one brand (say, a special primer for your type of skin…) but you don’t wish to use the rest of the products of that brand (because either you don’t like their choice of colours, or their texture, or the way they stick to your skin… whatever). We ought to be less ‘stuck’ to a particular brand if we just need oneproduct in their whole line…

  3. Some brands somehow expect you to be an absolute professional in applying makeup. That means extremely-difficult-to-apply products — which will invariably give only bad results (or hilarious ones!). A typical example: powdered kohl, to be applied with a very thin brush. But sometimes it’s also the other way round: in an attempt to make application simpler, you have to trade off simplicity for lack of precision or detail. This also happens to me with some eyeliner brands.

Related to this, but not necessarily a problem of the product, is the way some of those are being sold. Let me try to explain a little further. Because I always feel completely outdated in terms of techniques and products, I generally ask for advice first, especially when I hear about a new product for the first time. The advice I need, of course, is to know what the product actually does, if it is appropriate for my skin type, age, etc., and, of course, how it is applied (and how long it lasts, and so forth). I’m always happy to experiment a bit, of course (it’s supposed to be part of the fun, after all), but I have found out that mostattendants recommend products that they can talk hours about, and even know very well if they are appropriate for your skin type etc., but they never ever used it! This happens to me a lot of times. So much, indeed, that on a handful of places where they know me better, the attendants have no problem in asking me for advice…

Well, I guess that’s to be expected. I mean, I have no idea what is demanded of the shop attendants (except for doing their makeup well, standing for hours upon hours, and patiently explaining to customers the intricacies of the most novel beauty products…), but I would expect that, every time there is a new product or a new line of products, they get a ‘refresher course’ where they can try the product out on themselves first, so that they have an idea on how it works, how it is applied, what the expected results are, and so forth. I’m very easily persuaded by an attendant who uses a particular product (or who used it and can explain the reasons why she doesn’t use it any more); but I frown upon ‘recommendations’ that the attendant herself does not use at all, and sometimes never even dreamed of using it. So how can I trust such a recommendation?