How to De-Pot MAC Eyeshadows and Blushes
Many people prefer having an eyeshadow palette so they can see all their shadows at once and keep them organized and in one place. Depotting MAC eyeshadows will allow you to create your own customized eyeshadow palette. Even better, you can return the empty shadow pots to MAC to get a free lipstick once you accumulate six of them under their Back to MAC recycling program. The same de-potting process can also be used on MAC powder blushes.
Taking the shadow pans out of the black pots that case them can be a bit tricky at first, but it’s quite simple once you get the hang of it. The hardest part is not breaking or shattering the shadow itself, but this is easy enough to avoid if you work slowly with a soft towel underneath to cushion any accidental falls. There are many different methods to depot MAC Cosmetics shadows. Many people use a flame to melt the plastic on the bottom of the pot but this can be downright dangerous. Some people use an iron, which is an improvement on the flame method. However, I find that the easiest and least risky method is using a hair straightening iron.
To get started, you only need a few items that most people already have on hand. You will need a sharp knife, a bit of wax paper, a soft towel, and a flat iron. You can use any type of flat iron as long as the plates are flat. Finally, if you are super organized, you might want to get some round sticky labels so you can label your shadows. The ¾ inch size works well on MAC shadow pans.
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1. Lay the towel down on your working space to avoid any eyeshadow breakage disasters.
2. Open up the shadow pot and look for the line near the clasp where the shroud for the pan sits in the pot. Insert the knife into this line and gently wiggle it back and forth until you are able to pop out the shroud. You may be surprised at how easily the shroud pops out so work over the towel just in case! Set the pot aside and use it for Back to MAC.
3. Turn on your flat iron and rest it on one side, so that one of the plates is facing up and the other is facing down. Cut a piece of wax paper about four inches by four inches and place it on the plate that is facing up.
4. Set the shroud on top of the waxed paper, ensuring that it is positioned over the plate of the flat iron. You should leave it on top of there for several minutes so the heat can melt the bottom of the shroud and the glue a bit. How long this takes depends on your iron, but around five minutes should do the trick. Carefully check the bottom of the shroud and look for an indent in the middle. This signifies that it’s ready for the next step.
5. Stick your knife into the melted indent on the bottom of the shroud and push up gently. The plastic should be soft and the knife should slide right in. The pan should lift out easily. If not, let it cook a little more on the flat iron. You don’t want to push it out all the way- just lift it out a little.
6. Turn the shroud over and place the blade of your knife underneath the pan. Use the blade to lift the pan out and set it on the towel to cool. The metal of the pan will be extremely hot so don’t touch it! Once it cools, it’s ready to be placed into your palette. You can use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to remove any extra glue that remains stuck to the pan. You can also attach a magnet or sticker if desired.
Now you’re all set to create your own custom MAC eyeshadow palettes!
Neutrogena Mineral Sheer Blush Samples
Update 12/6/2010: This offer is now expired!
Try Neutrogena’s new Mineral Sheer Blush. This product is a great one to use if you like a natural, healthy glow – a perfect look for summer. You can choose between four shades: Natural Apricot, Silky Sable, Precious Pink and Pure Plum. The blush comes in a dispenser that ensures you have just the right amount of product on the attached blush brush. The blush contains antioxidants and conditions your skin as you use it!
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A Review of Becca Cosmetics
Becca Cosmetics is an Australian makeup line originally developed because founder Rebecca Morris Williams was frustrated in her search for the perfect foundation. The lines foundation formulas have since become beloved of makeup artists and consumers alike, but Becca also offers a wide range of color cosmetics as well.
Many women complain that they cannot find a true color match in most foundations. Most lines tend to ignore very pale or very deep skin tones, or they ignore undertones, such as warm or cool. Therefore, someone with dark cool skin may find that the darkest foundation looks too orange, while someone with pale warm skin may find that the lightest shade is far too pink. Becca’s foundation stick comes in thirty different shades instead of the typical eight or twelve, thus increasing the chances that you will be able to find the perfect color. All of the Becca Cosmetics base products for the face contain SPF as well.
Becca Beach Tint is often featured in magazines and has been praised by makeup artists; the shade Watermelon is a fabulous pink that gives the perfect summer flush. A multi-use product, it can be used as a stain on lips and cheeks. This product has been named an Allure Best Beauty Product.
In fact, Becca offers many multi-use products, from shimmer powders to highly pigmented cheek crèmes that double as lip colors.
The Becca look is toned-down, a bit earthy, but still glamorous and quietly chic. By creating the perfect canvas with the tinted moisturizers and foundations, you really don’t need a lot of bright, loud colors to accent your natural beauty.
These products from Becca Cosmetics may be slightly harder to find, but they can be purchased in certain department stores, in makeup boutiques, and of course, online. If it seems like none of your foundations look right or perform the way you want them to, why not check out Becca?
How to Apply Powder Blush
[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]
Even though not all women wear it, blush can instantly brighten up your look. But, like bronzer, going overboard with blush can result in a beauty disaster. Know ahead of time that you need to be careful not to apply too much.
Step 1: Choose your brush. If you purchase a blush that comes with one of those little compact brushes, throw it out! You need a large, fluffy brush to properly apply powder blush. Small brushes will make your blush look streaky, striped, uneven or too heavy. You want it to go on softly, evenly and blend into the rest of your look flawlessly. A large blush brush will do the trick.
Step 2. Choose your color. Be sure to choose a shade that flatters your skin tone. Blush doesn’t need to be super bright – it is usually best when subtle and natural looking.
Step 3. Dust your brush lightly in the blush. Tap the brush lightly on the side of the compact to get rid of any excess blush.
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Step 4: Smile! This helps you to identify the apples of your cheeks – which is where you should apply the blush.
Step 5: Brush on the blush in a gentle circular motion focusing on the apples of your cheeks and dusting a little towards your temple. Blend well! You don’t want to look like a clown! Remember, it’s best to add a little blush at a time and layer until you find the level of color that looks best on you.
Additional Tip: Usually, blush should be applied on top of foundation. For a more subtle look, you can try applying your blush before your powder foundation.
Jane Cosmetics Reviews and Recommendations
Jane Cosmetics is a drugstore cosmetic line that is becoming increasingly difficult to track down these days. However, finding it is worth the effort because Jane offers a few products that give much more expensive brands a run for their money. It is geared toward younger girls but women of all ages will appreciate the quality of the products. Although not every product in the line is a winner, there are quite a few gems worth noting. Here are a few of our top picks:
Jane Eye Zings are a reasonable substitute for MAC eyeshadows at a fraction of the price. Once offered in a wide range of colors, selection is now more limited but they are highly pigmented and easy to apply. The downside is that the staying power isn’t incredible and they don’t work well when used wet. They are sold in single shade compacts as well as in eyeshadow palettes.
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Jane’s Blushing Petal Blush is a cult classic. It is a neutral pink shade without any shimmer that gives cheeks a soft glow that lasts all day for well under five dollars. It’s one of those colors that looks great on everyone and is very natural.
Jane Oil-Free Finishing Powder is another notable product. Pressed powders are all over drugstore shelves but very few seem to actually get it right. This is one of them. It helps to reduce the appearance of large pores and minimize shininess yet does not look cakey. Even better, it doesn’t clog your skin.
Jane makeup products are dirt cheap, even for drugstore makeup. This means that you can afford to try different items and won’t feel too devastated if they don’t work out. It’s the perfect line to do some experimenting if you are one of those girls who has a hard time finding shades you like. And if you are looking to curb your cosmetic spending, you may very well find some cheaper substitutes for some of your more expensive staples.