Is there such thing as too authentic!?
HD film begs the question as to whether there is such thing as too authentic...for a no makeup to makeup video for us anyhow! We thought it would be super legit to do a 'no makeup' to a how to apply 'makeup video.' I generally wear a little colour and so should have for this video but DID NOT! Lesson learned.
I have not worn much makeup over the years. First, I don't have the patience to spend time getting ready. It has never been a huge priority for me, on a regular basis that is. I do love the fun night out from time to time to do it up, even when not in my business gear. Second, a lot of brands irritate my skin causing me to get rashy, especially around the eyes.
BUT, as I have 'matured' I notice in pictures and in our current film quality I am more and more appearing apparition like and NOT the glowy divine type, more the 'I just crawled from my crypt and I'm looking for sustenance' type. In real life I like my natural glow but feel like I can use some extra help for secondary sources. The Part B of this, is that I notoriously am a big fail in 'makeup application.'
Not one to sit by in despair, we took to seeking out answers to our phantom woes. Super excited BEE23 Natural Beauty headed to one of our store locations The Big Carrot in Toronto. They offered us a hand in finding a natural makeup line called sweetly enough, Saint Cosmetics. We took these products all the way to LA to get help from a red carpet expert Josiah Cracraft.
As summer approaches it is very important to be aware of what is in your own makeup brands at home, as heat and excessive sweating opens our pores. Make sure to watch out for aluminum powder, a commonly used colourant, a known link to cause interference with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system. Silicone and propylene glycol create texture (that helps makeup stay put) and help to retain moisture but increasingly are associated with break-outs and skin sensitivities. Bismuth oxychloride is a naturally occurring mineral and has been used since the days of Cleopatra to achieve glowy skin. Although it is naturally occurring, the majority of bismuth on the market today is obtained through the processing of lead and copper. It is further refined and altered to remove impurities, like lead and tellurium. And while this refined version is believed to be not toxic to humans when used in cosmetics, it has been linked to serious skin irritation and cystic acne.
When trying to find clean cosmetics, understand it is looking more for what a product does not contain, such as big no-no’s like heavy metals and phthalates. Look for products containing safe alternatives that do the jobs of traditional toxic ingredients:
- Oryza Sativa (Rice Starch) – used as a binding agent and to give texture
- Camellia Sinensis (Organic Micronized Black Tea)* Leaf Extract – a natural pigment
- Vegetable Glycerin – a humectant
- Xanthan gum – a thickening agent
- Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil – a natural humectant and a conditioning agent
- Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax – keeps oils together and gives creamy texture
- Glycbryl Caprylate – conditions skin, is an emollient and can be used to thicken formulas
- Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter – slows the loss of water from the skin
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) – skin conditioner and an emollient
*as long as it is not in an aerosol product it can help with anti-caking and is considered safe
Invest in a few high quality, easy-to-apply, and made-with-good-ingredients products, perfect for that beach vacation or even to just perk up your work-day/city-staycation, and keep your skin looking fresh, glowing, and totally summer-ready in minutes. There is nothing unauthentic with adding a little colour, just make sure it doesn't sap your natural glow!