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Makeup: Eyes

  • How can I fill in my eyebrows?

    You can use a brow pencil (or eye liner) and lightly "draw in" the areas that need to be filled. However this option rarely looks realistic and can easily fade. A better option is using a colored powder that’s three shades lighter than the darkest part of your hair. Alima Pure has a great range of natural-looking shades that will work. Use an angled brush to tap the color into your eyebrows.

  • Are natural mascaras waterproof?

    No. The ingredients that make a mascara resistant to water are chemical related, so none of the mascaras featured here are completely waterproof. However many are formulated to last a very long time. And it may be necessary to remove them completely using a targeted makeup remover.

  • Can I use organic makeup if I wear contact lenses?

    Yes. Natural cosmetics are formulated with pure mineral pigments and nurturing plant ingredients so they are generally safe for contact lens wearers. The gentle formulations rarely cause irritation and can actually benefit skin.

  • What’s the difference between a pencil, cream, cake and liquid eye liner?

    Pencils: The most widely used liner is also the easiest to use. The formula is also versatile because you can create a thin dramatic line or a softer smudged one. To use it, move the pencil from the inner corner outward in short strokes as close to the lash line as you can get. Use more pressure for darker results on the outer corners and lighter pressure on the inner corners.

    Creams: Cream formulas are more intense than pencils but are easier to use than a liquid. Depending on how much makeup you usually wear, the results may be better suited for a nighttime look. To apply the cream liner, grab a small amount of the color onto the edge of an angled brush and pinch the tip into a thin point. Using short strokes, dab the tip of the brush along the lash line. The line can be a bit thicker at the outer corners to mimic thicker lashes and open up the eyes.

    Cake: Cake eyeliner is super long lasting and can be used wet or dry. For a soft look get a small amount of product on an angled eyeliner brush and apply it to your eyes in short, precise strokes. When you’re finished blend the edges. For a bit more impact lightly dampen the brush first. And for the most intensity, add a drop of water to the cake to create a liquid liner.

    Liquid: The most difficult to use, liquid liner takes some practice. The formula lasts a long time and offers intense definition. Hold the liner applicator in one hand while using the other hand to pull your eyelid flat to remove any natural creases. Starting from the inside and going out apply the liquid as close to the lash line as you can get. Very slowly draw your line all at once. If you try to do it in sections you could end up with an uneven, jagged line.

  • How can I prevent my mascara from smudging, giving me "raccoon eyes"?

    The obvious answer is to avoid rubbing your eyes, which can cause the mascara to flake off your lashes onto other areas. And although it’s impossible to prevent mascara from completely staying only on your lashes, not applying the product to your lower lashes can help. The lower lashes smudge easier causing the under eye area to look shadowy and tired.

  • How can I wear more than one color of eye shadow at a time?

    The easiest option is to stay in the same color palette and choose various depths of the same general shade. Try wearing a darker blue shade at the inner corners of your eyes. Apply a lighter shade towards the outer corners and blend the shades together. Rim your lids with a smoky dark blue liner and blend well. Or instead of going from side to side, layer your hues from bottom to top. Apply a light shade from the lid to the area slightly above your crease and blend. Follow with a darker shade only on your eyelid. Another method is using shades that sit together on the color wheel. Green paired with gold and blue paired with lavender are two good examples.

Makeup: Face

  • What’s the difference between loose and pressed powder?

    Pressed powder is a solid formula that leaves a matte finish on the skin. It’s easily portable and convenient for touch-ups. Loose powder is softer, finer and doesn’t usually travel well. However it’s more natural looking on the skin. Both formulas can be found in a variety of skin tone shades, which are ideal when you’re not using foundation. Translucent (or colorless) powders work well when setting your foundation and won’t alter the color.

  • What is the difference between tinted moisturizer and foundation?

    Typically a foundation will offer more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. It will completely hide skin-for better or worse. This means not only your spots and discoloration, but your freckles too. A tinted moisturizer is not only more hydrating, it also allows for a more sheer application. So it evens skin tone while allowing your natural skin to shine through. If you have specific skin issues that aren’t covered by a tinted moisturizer you can apply a spot concealer first.

  • Do I need a cream or liquid concealer?

    When it comes to choosing a formula, it can all come down to simple preference. However there are a few guidelines you can follow. If under eye circles are your main complaint, try using a liquid concealer because it won’t settle into the lines of your eyes. Cream concealers are wonderful at hiding blemishes. It just takes a little practice.

  • How do I cover blemishes?

    Using a thin, pointed concealer brush and a cream or powder concealer dot the concealer only on the spot. Get a small amount of the product on the end of the brush and dot it into the center of the blemish. Then slowly blend it outward towards the outer edge of the blemish. A second layer may be needed. Then finish with a light dusting of powder to set the concealer.

  • How do I conceal under eye circles?

    Apply several small dots of liquid concealer under your eyes. Use your fingers or a brush to lightly tap the color in. If you rub to harshly the color will just smear away and off the area you’re trying to conceal. Make sure to blend the outer edges of the concealer area well. Add another layer if needed. It’s better to add a few sheer layers rather than one thick, noticeable layer. Finish with a sheer powder to set the concealer. Use a very small amount, as too much will settle into the lines, making you look older.

  • Should I use a cream or powder blush?

    It depends on your personal preference, skin type and coverage needs. A powder blush provides the densest coverage. It’s also long lasting and is best for oily to normal skin types. Cream blush is slightly more sheer, to let your skin show through and can be smoothed on with your fingers. It’s more hydrating and is suited for normal to dry skin. Some experts recommend layering the products together for color that goes the distance. Apply a cream blush and massage in the color-especially at the edges-to appear most natural. Follow with a light dusting of powder blush on top.

  • How do I use a bronzer and make it look natural?

    The most important rule is to start light and layer for more depth. If you’re wearing the bronzer right after you moisturize, make sure to let the moisturizer completely soak in first. Otherwise the powder will stick to damp areas. Using a powder brush lightly dust around your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin (where the sun naturally colors your face the most). After you’ve applied your bronzer make sure to follow up with a warm or rosy blush for a more realistic sun-kissed appearance . If your neck is an obviously paler shade, feel free to dust a little bronzer there. However if your face is more than a shade darker than the rest of your body, it’s a sign you’ve used too much.

Makeup: Lips

  • Is it true that some lipsticks contain lead? Is this harmful?

    A study from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 brands of lipstick and found that more than half contained lead. And one third actually had more lead than allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration. Lead is most dangerous to children due to their developing brains and nervous systems, but it also poses threats to adults. In pregnant women lead can cross the placenta to cause birth defects or even miscarriage. Lead has also been linked to infertility issues (for men as well). However none of the lip color products available on Saffron Rouge contain lead. They are all 100% pure and natural.

  • What are the main differences between a lipstick and lip gloss?

    Although many products cross the line between the two, there are a couple general differences. A classic lipstick has more pigment, so the color will appear more true to what it looks like in the tube. Lipstick lasts longer than a gloss and can come in different varieties from mattes to shimmers. Typically a lipstick is also more drying than a gloss, although the natural options found here are formulated with hydrating plant ingredients. A lip gloss is usually sheer and the color will appear less saturated than how it appears in the tube. Glosses are even more moisturizing and leave lips slick. They are easily removed however and don’t last nearly as long as a lipstick . For the best of both worlds you can apply a thin layer of gloss over your lipstick.

  • What’s a lip stain and how do you use one?

    More heavily pigmented than a traditional lipstick, a lip stain will last longer on your lips. Conventional lip stains do not add any moisture, and can leave lips feeling dry. However the RMS Lip2Cheek is fortified with a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips or cheeks. Apply a stain with a lip brush or your finger (keep in mind it may stain your finger for awhile). You can layer the color for more intensity and/or finish with a balm or gloss on top for more shine.

  • Dark and bright lip color shades can be intimidating. How do I wear them?

    Even if the color appears dramatic in the tube, it doesn’t have to appear that way on your lips. For a toned down shade apply the lipstick directly from the tube or with a lip brush and blot well. Finish with a clear lip balm or gloss. Once you get used to the toned-down version, get a little more daring and try to wear it at full strength.

  • Is there a trick in knowing which lip color shades to buy?

    Look for a color that’s one or two shades darker than your bare lip shade. This color will add impact, while working with your natural skin tone. If you’re looking for a shade of red, arguably the hardest lip color to shop for, find one that works with your undertones. Pink undertones should wear cherry reds, olive skin tones can wear fire-engine reds and dark skin looks good in deep reds. And because we know that you need to try on new shades to see if they work, our Unconditional Guarantee ensures that you can return a product up to 60 days after purchase, even if you’ve used it.

  • Is it necessary to use a lip liner?

    No. Using a lip liner is never absolutely necessary, however it provides a few benefits that can make the extra step worth it. Using a liner around the edge of your lips will help prevent your lipstick from bleeding to the lines around your mouth. Extremely long lasting, a lip liner can also be used to shade in your entire mouth before topping with a lipstick or lip gloss for added staying power. If you’re afraid your lipstick will fade before the liner, use a nude liner that’s the same shade as your lips. It will help prevent bleeding yet won’t leave that dreaded ring around the lips.

  • Can I use a lip balm with my lipstick?

    Yes. Though using a lip balm under your lipstick will provide additional moisturizing benefits, it may also reduce the depth of pigmentation and allow it to fade faster. You can also use a lip balm over your lipstick to add a bit of shine.

Makeup: Tools

  • Do I really need to invest in makeup brushes?

    It depends on the type of makeup you use, but usually yes. Some cosmetics such as eye shadow, liquid foundation and cream blush can be applied with your fingers. However most makeup requires a brush including mineral face powders. Also you’ll get a smoother, more flawless application with a brush.

  • What are the basic brushes needed for everyday use?

    From brow brushes to blending brushes, there are plenty to choose from. At the very least we recommend a large powder brush, a blush brush, a basic eye shadow brush and a concealer brush.

  • How often should I clean my makeup brushes?

    Brushes not only build up makeup deposits, but they’re a breeding ground for bacteria and should be washed regularly, at least once a month. When using liquid or cream makeup, brushes should be washed daily.

  • How do you clean makeup brushes?

    There are specific brush cleaning products out there, but a simple shampoo or face cleanser will work just as well. Run water over the bristles and apply just a tiny drop of shampoo. Work the cleaning agent through the bristles, especially concentrating on the base. Rinse extremely well, making sure to get rid of the shampoo residue. Then gentle squeeze out all of the water with a towel. Allow the bristles to air-dry fully. For large fluffy brushes, sit the handle so the bristles hang off a counter to dry. This will prevent them from conforming to the shape of the counter and flattening out. Also keep in mind not to let them dry right side up. The water will seep into the base of the brush, contributing to mold and bacteria.