The Makeup Guard Card & My Love of #TeamGladiator
For months now I’d log into Twitter, Thursday nights, only to have what feels like most of my twitter posse tweet-chatting about the show Scandal. With hashtags like #whoshotfitz, #whatthehuck and #gladiators, I was curious.
Many hours later, armed with an appropriate amount of television marathon snacks, I was crushing on Fitz, crying my eyes out for Huck and imagining what I would wear as a bona fide Gladiator – a combo of charcoal and dove grey, bright lipstick and lots of metallics.
I pictured a slick, fashionable outfit I could wear whilst digging for top secret information complete with sex-kitten heels that let everyone know I was a force to be reckoned with and that allowed me to run from a B613 operative, if necessary. Oh yes, and a smoky eye. I absolutely can not wear my “white hat” without a smoky eye.
And because every Gladiator (except Huck of course) is polished to near perfection, I also absolutely can not deal with the aftermath of eyeshadow fall out. There’s no place for it and frankly, no time. Talk about scandalous (see how I did that )!
The trouble with smoky looks, or any dark shadow for that matter, are those tiny flecks of dark powder that always end up on your freshly moisturized skin. Not to mention, if you’ve done your foundation first well, lets just say back tracking isn’t the best use of time.
Tissue, post-it’s, business cards, credit cards don’t offer the best placement. And whether you’re a pro or do makeup for others even sometimes, they aren’t the most sanitary or professional looking solutions.
What I like most abut the Makeup Guard Card are 1) the card itself is flexible, allowing good maneuvering to catch every fleck of shadow, no matter how dark, 2) beveled edges, which work beautifully for lining eyes and getting a nice, crisp edge, and 3) it’s easy to clean and reuse!
I don’t like applying eye make-up first and don’t want to change my routine when I wear a smoky or dark look. For me, it’s always face first. I prefer to let my face products (moisturizer, foundation, concealer) adhere to my skin so it looks as close to real skin as possible. Then, and only then, do I apply color. I’m all for changing things up but not even Olivia Pope could talk me out of this step.
While on a stake out I might be caught mischievously looking over my Dior sunglasses, which is why I’m always on the hunt for the best way(s) to create a crisp cat eye or liner flick – even incognito, I insist on a masterful look! The Makeup Guard Card has beveled edges allowing me to get a practically perfect edge to create my line. Compared to a credit card, business card or post it, this contours to my eye shape much better.
Available at Ollie Girl online for about $9/set.
From time-to-time, I like to have fun creating a different shape to my eye – this comes in handy for undercover work. The wonders of makeup to alter (or correct) an eye shape is astounding. This nifty latex free, flexible card is a great guide to help extend your eye shape for a seductress look or to give your eyes a lift. Getting an even eye shape – on both eyes – is tricky, but not with an easy, pliable guide like this one!
I’ve used soap & water and makeup wipes to get them squeaky clean. These handy guards will last you eons (It can handle the heat of a dishwasher, for example, but not the microwave!) because of the thermoplastic elastomer (fancy talk for latex free rubber) material that is highly resistant to deformation - constant use and regular bending of the card won’t distort it so work those beveled edges to your advantage.
Only on television can a gal get away with an I slept in my makeup look but in real life, it’s not cute. Try as I might, I seldom fail to apply mascara without smudging it on my eyelid or darned near my eyebrow! When I place the Guard Card directly behind my eyelashes, I avoid all that. It’s a relief I tell ya’ because I find tissue paper for this purpose cumbersome and a huge pain.
Last night’s episode still has me reeling! Will Liv and Fitz be together? What rock did Billy crawl out from? Will James keep his job with BNC news? Although relieved to finally learn who the mole is, I’m shocked. There are no secrets or squirrely behavior here at Beauty Black Book which is why I’m not keeping this makeup tool a secret from you! I’m anxious for the season finale, are you?
Have a fantastic weekend!
Until next time…
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