As you can tell by the title I have decided make my blog about the beauty industry and how it relates to pop culture. This blog will most likely appeal more to my female classmates, but I am sure the guys can get something out of it....right? My blog will mainly focus on the makeup part of the industry but I will also focus on art, fashion, hair, and Hollywood and how they all link back to makeup. Like I said, this might might not be the blog for guys.
Beauty, or something that is considered beautiful, is different for everyone. Hence the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." However, when it comes to pop culture, beauty is in the eye of the masses. When you think of the "popular" celebrities, do you find any of them particularly unattractive? Well, maybe I should not word it that way because there are a few celebrities that I do not get what all the hype is about when it comes to their looks, i.e. that guy from the Twilight movies (whatever his name is). But that is a different story. Most celebrities are famous mainly for their talent. Oh, who am I kidding. Most celebrities are famous mostly for their looks. Like one of my favorite celebrities for example. She is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine since she really does not have any talent, but I still find her intriguing. The beautiful Miss Kim Kardashian. The Arminian Princess as she calls herself. If you look at older pictures and videos of her when she first was thrust upon us thanks to a certain sex tape, and look at current videos and pictures, you can notice a definite change in appearance. Assuming she has not had plastic surgery, we can thank this change in appearance to the magic of makeup. When she first appeared in the limelight her makeup artist was Stephen Moleski, however, in the past 2 years or so, she has switched to makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. In the pictures below you can see the difference between the two makeup artists' techniques.
On the right, you can see she has a more youthful and more natural looking appearance and on the right she looks like sheaway and had a facelift. This is due to the fact that her current makeup artist, Mario, is a little too heavy handed with the concealer and under eye highlight. For you readers who do not know what concealers and under eye highlights are, do not worry I will fill you in. away and had a facelift. This is due to the fact that her current makeup artist, Mario, is a little too heavy handed with the concealer and under eye highlight. For you readers who do not know what concealers and under eye highlights are, do not worry I will fill you in.
Concealers are used to block out any discoloration on the skin. Specifically under the eyes for "bags" and dark circles. An under eye highlight is usually a powder, but can also be a cream or liquid, that is placed under the eye, on the top of the cheekbones. You can also highlight the bridge of your nose, the cupid's bow of your lip, and the chin. The highlight is usually used in conjunction with conturing. Conturing is taking a pigment that is a few shades darker than your skin tone, either powder, cream or liquid, and shading the face. The contours are the temples or forehead, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline. By creating light and dark on the face, you are creating dimension. Think of a painting. When an artist paints, does he use only one shade or green for the trees and only one shade of blue for the sky? No. He uses multiple shades of color to make things appear further away and closer to the viewer thus making it appear more realistic.
I hope someone aside from myself finds this blog at least somewhat interesting as I am sure I will have fun writing.