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Jul. 20th, 2007

11:17 am - The power of makeup

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…and good lighting, careful pose, nice clothes, stylish hair, and a decent photographer. But still, the differences between these before and after photographs are quite striking.

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From:daphnep
Date:July 20th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the power of a good bra...
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From:mrgeddylee
Date:July 20th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Feh. Makeup makes women look like airbrushed mannequins.
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From:infrogmation
Date:July 20th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)

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This one, at least IMO looked better in the "before" photo.
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From:ladykalana
Date:July 20th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)

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I agree! I thought she looked like a cross between Jocelyn Wildenstein and a porn star in the after shot.
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From:idoru
Date:July 21st, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I liked the coloring they chose for her eye makeup, but I was irked that her hair had been lightened and her freckles obscured. Her natural coloring is so much more striking.
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From:ldy
Date:July 20th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I do believe there was a bit of plastic surgery involved in several cases, as well.

Striking, definitely. But it ain't all due to makeup.
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From:idoru
Date:July 21st, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
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For the majority of them, it was [primarily] a question of defining the eyes:
- shadow colors that contrast [rather than "go with"] the eye color
- bold eyeliner* -- application is everything, though.
- full lashes [often including false lashes]
- clean, defined eyebrows. Many women over-pluck [too-thin brows are bad], and going from a grown-in, natural brow to, say, a waxed or plucked browline creates a dramatic difference.

*While that kind of eye-defining liner looks good for 'dramatic makeover'/photographic purposes, it's a bit much for most women to wear anywhere other than out at night, if at all.
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From:chutzpahgirl
Date:July 21st, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
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This also illustrates the power of "contouring" — using makeup that's slightly lighter and slightly darker than your foundation to play up or play down your features. You can tell it was used in the case of at least two girls whose noses may be deemed too wide. (Put light makeup on the center of the nose, darker makeup on the edges.)
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