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cympreni 01-25-2008 09:50 PM

I am so overwhelmed!! (just whining, feel free to ignore)
 
I've been wanting to try Meow cosmetics for a while now. At first I was loving the selection. But now that I am actually preparing to buy some I find it really overwhelming. I have never found a foundation that you really matched, some that came close, but you could still really tell that I was wearing it, to the point that people were commenting on it.

I think I'm a cool, but all the cool colors in the description has stuff that doesn't apply to me. I even went through all the descriptions and every single one has something that doesn't apply to me, or I am unsure of. I have no clue where to even start looking, short of ordering 3 or 4 shades from each category.

And I am so unknowledgable about make-up, but I am trying to learn. I have no clue which level of coverage to buy. I want to order pretty much everything I will need in 1 shot once I pick the colors. I have no clue if I need primer, what bronzer, glow, and finishing powders are, the blushes seem awfully bright and intimidating, (I have never figured out how to pick and apply blush either, but am trying to learn). I have no clue which brushes to buy, and what to use for what. I barely understand how to apply regular make-up properly if at all, so I am completely clueless about applying mineral make-up. And I'm worried about it having an odor, I've always couldn't get over the smell of liquid foundation, and it drives me nuts.

Okay, whining over for now. I don't really expect anyone to be able to help me, I just need cry and whine a bit. I think I might make DH go buy me a make-up for dummies book.

nynaeve77 01-25-2008 10:30 PM

cympreni, I sent you a PM...I've ordered from them before, and they're really great!

Hee...you know, if you want a really good makeup book, try either Face Forward or Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin...the man was a makeup genius. I learned a LOT from them, plus he does amazing things that I didn't even know you could do with makeup!

Zinnia 01-25-2008 11:21 PM

i use meow cosmetics...no odor. very good product. you could be neutral...isn't there a neutral choice?

also, order a few samples from the cool, warm and neutral. the blushes are very pigmented. and appear darker in the containers.

depending on the coverage you want, be sure to order a few samples in the different coverages.

good luck!

rouquinne 01-26-2008 01:19 AM

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Originally Posted by nynaeve77 (Post 473426)
...if you want a really good makeup book, try either Face Forward or Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin...the man was a makeup genius.

he sure was, wasn't he???

*sigh*

ducky 01-26-2008 12:03 PM

I want to try meow cosmetics too, but I'm also overwhelmed by the selection! I think I'm a neutral. I can wear almost any color and look fine, but I look great in fall shades and bright colors. The only color that doesn't look good is yellow, but I can wear gold just fine. Both silver and gold jewelry looks fine.

and I'm waaaaay pale. There are a few drugstore lines I can't use because they don't come pale enough. When I have money, I'll have to just order up some samples and see what I like. *sigh*

cympreni 01-26-2008 12:41 PM

Thanks for all the replies, I feel a bit better, now. I am just not as prepared as I hoped to be by now. I'm thinking about subjecting myself to the make-up counters in the mall. I've avoided them like the plague my entire life, as I do not take criticism of my appearance well. But I don't have anyone in real life to teach and show me this stuff, so if I could learn a few tricks, I guess it might be worth it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ducky (Post 473611)
I want to try meow cosmetics too, but I'm also overwhelmed by the selection! I think I'm a neutral. I can wear almost any color and look fine, but I look great in fall shades and bright colors. The only color that doesn't look good is yellow, but I can wear gold just fine. Both silver and gold jewelry looks fine.

and I'm waaaaay pale. There are a few drugstore lines I can't use because they don't come pale enough. When I have money, I'll have to just order up some samples and see what I like. *sigh*

I have that same problem. I'm not a big make-up person, obviously, so I've always stuck with drugstore products, and their selection of pale shades is soooo limited. Last night, I went to walmart to test their foundations again. I thought if I have some name of a shade that's good, I'd have a place to start. But nothing was perfect. Loreal-porcelain is close to, but too yellow, their cool and neutral colors are too dark. Revlon color stay-closest color ivory, but once again too yellowish. No other brands there had a color light enough. *sigh*

And for extra fun, my skin is acting up right now. I have a few red spots on my checks from what no clue, and my skin on my face and arms seems darker for some reason. Which is weird, I haven't been out much, and it's freezing over here so I've been very well covered up when I do go out. I could still blind people with my legs at least.

Curly Girl Fla 01-26-2008 01:44 PM

When I first ordered Meow, I chose 14 samples. I picked half of them based on the descriptions that sounded like they would work on me, and the rest were chosen strictly for how the color swatch appeared. I also tried the different formulations and concealers. Many of the samples worked very well with my skintone-they are extremely forgiving. But the biggest surprise was the sample that matched perfectly is one that I would never have picked on looks alone. The written description of who it would work on was spot on, but it looked way more neutral/less orangy or peachy than anything I thought would work on me. I guess that must have been why I was never happy with what I chose in the past. I think many samples are worth the small investment, and my advice is don't stop until you try them all since so many may be really good, but one you haven't tried might be your absolute perfect shade! I love the stuff-not dry, not oily, layers nicely when you need more coverage, never feel like you have it on...good luck with your order!

nynaeve77 01-26-2008 02:27 PM

I'm also way pale and pretty neutral. The Bengal color worked for me, in tone 2. So, if you're paler than that, there are two tones lighter to choose from! :)

RedCatWaves 01-26-2008 05:09 PM

If you take a digital photo of yourself, without makeup, outside in natural light, and post it on Meow's CatChat forum, other members will be happy to suggest foundation colors for you to sample. Get samples of those, plus a few others that you think might work for you, and be sure to sample the colors in more than one foundation type, depending on your skin type.

Someone who is a complete novice to makeup should start small with basics...foundation, blush, perhaps concealor...and save the primers, finishers, bronzers, etc., for later. I'm a makeup ho, and I never use bronzers or primers or concealors. Sometimes I use a finisher, not often. I've got my skin in such good shape from my skincare routine, and also from using mineral makeup that doesn't break me out or irritate me, that I don't really need a lot of makeup anymore.

Meow has lucious eyeshadows, so if you're into eyeshadow, be sure to sample some of those as well.

Get yourself the proper application tools...a good kabuki, a slanted fluffy blush brush, a couple of eyeshadow brushes in small and tiny sizes...and you'll be good to go.

cympreni 01-28-2008 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 473769)
If you take a digital photo of yourself, without makeup, outside in natural light, and post it on Meow's CatChat forum, other members will be happy to suggest foundation colors for you to sample. Get samples of those, plus a few others that you think might work for you, and be sure to sample the colors in more than one foundation type, depending on your skin type.

Someone who is a complete novice to makeup should start small with basics...foundation, blush, perhaps concealor...and save the primers, finishers, bronzers, etc., for later. I'm a makeup ho, and I never use bronzers or primers or concealors. Sometimes I use a finisher, not often. I've got my skin in such good shape from my skincare routine, and also from using mineral makeup that doesn't break me out or irritate me, that I don't really need a lot of makeup anymore.

Meow has lucious eyeshadows, so if you're into eyeshadow, be sure to sample some of those as well.

Get yourself the proper application tools...a good kabuki, a slanted fluffy blush brush, a couple of eyeshadow brushes in small and tiny sizes...and you'll be good to go.

Does it have to be a recent pic? ever since I realized that it was close to the time I planned on ordering it's been cloudy and threatening rain/snow every single day. I have a pic from last eater were if I'm wearing any make-up at all, then it's probably just eyeliner and mascara. And my skin right now seems a bit darker then normal

Oh and ugh on their eyeshadow selection, I could get in so much trouble with that. If only they had a 1-of-each combo deal.

RedCatWaves 01-28-2008 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cympreni (Post 475237)
Quote:

Originally Posted by RedCatWaves (Post 473769)
If you take a digital photo of yourself, without makeup, outside in natural light, and post it on Meow's CatChat forum, other members will be happy to suggest foundation colors for you to sample. Get samples of those, plus a few others that you think might work for you, and be sure to sample the colors in more than one foundation type, depending on your skin type.

Someone who is a complete novice to makeup should start small with basics...foundation, blush, perhaps concealor...and save the primers, finishers, bronzers, etc., for later. I'm a makeup ho, and I never use bronzers or primers or concealors. Sometimes I use a finisher, not often. I've got my skin in such good shape from my skincare routine, and also from using mineral makeup that doesn't break me out or irritate me, that I don't really need a lot of makeup anymore.

Meow has lucious eyeshadows, so if you're into eyeshadow, be sure to sample some of those as well.

Get yourself the proper application tools...a good kabuki, a slanted fluffy blush brush, a couple of eyeshadow brushes in small and tiny sizes...and you'll be good to go.

Does it have to be a recent pic? ever since I realized that it was close to the time I planned on ordering it's been cloudy and threatening rain/snow every single day. I have a pic from last eater were if I'm wearing any make-up at all, then it's probably just eyeliner and mascara. And my skin right now seems a bit darker then normal

Oh and ugh on their eyeshadow selection, I could get in so much trouble with that. If only they had a 1-of-each combo deal.



It doesn't necessarily have to be a recent picture, but it should be a good picture...a close shot with good natural lighting. A couple of the posters there have some computer programs they use to analyze the skin color, so it helps if there is actually enough skin showing to analyze it.

2happy 01-28-2008 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cympreni (Post 475237)
[ I have a pic from last eater were if I'm wearing any make-up at all,

Eater? Oh yea, I remember Eater. We all got together....went to church.....had dinner. The kids looked for hidden baskets. Eater is a nice time.

:toothy7:

Curly Girl Fla 01-29-2008 06:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2happy (Post 475451)
Quote:

Originally Posted by cympreni (Post 475237)
[ I have a pic from last eater were if I'm wearing any make-up at all,

Eater? Oh yea, I remember Eater. We all got together....went to church.....had dinner. The kids looked for hidden baskets. Eater is a nice time.

:toothy7:

:laughing7: I needed that!


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