Bloom into Beauty and Celebrate Your Uniqueness with Makeup Artist Carmindy October 27, Makeup artist, beauty expert, TV host, and author, Carmindy has been changing the way women see themselves since she first worked at the Merle Norman counter when she was 18 years old. At first using makeup and bangs to hide her face, Carmindy eventually learned how natural and subtle makeup techniques could enhance her unique beauty and her confidence followed. Now the author of four books and a recurring TV host, Carmindy is sharing how women of all ages and skin colors can apply the 5-minute face to bloom into the unique and confident woman they were destined to be.
I learned how a stroke of a brush and a positive word can change the way we feel about ourselves. Everything about us is unique and special. We need to look within ourselves to find that unique beauty. How can we use makeup to be taken seriously as young professionals? When you look polished, pulled-together, and on top of your game, people are going to take you more seriously. Using makeup to enhance those great features and feel confident. When you take a few minutes to pull yourself together, people are going to notice.
Nothing says confidence better than a bold lipstick. When you walk in that polished, people are going to notice. What are your beauty basics and daily routine we should follow? The 5-minute face was something I created on What Not To Wear after years and years of working with women of all races, ages, and skin types. I wrote a book about it called The 5-Mi nute Face: You can groom your brows yourself or have them professionally done, but a well-groomed brow sets the stage for your beautiful eyes and face.
Next is the Carmindizing highlighter: The next step is to line and define your eyes. Put a little smudge of eyeliner on the upper lash line for definition, add one sweep of mascara for fun flirty lashes, then add a swirl of rosy pink blush to the apples of your cheeks and finish off with a rosy lip tone. All of these colors are universal.
They work with all women of all ages, skin types, and tones. You just have to pick the right foundation color for you and everything else is universal. A champagne highlighter works on everyone, chocolate brown eyeliner works on everyone, black mascara works across the board, and rose on cheeks and lips works for all skin types too. When you look polished and pulled-together, people are going to take you more seriously.
What is your advice for shopping and applying beauty on a budget? I know times can be tough and money is important to all of us and blowing a wad of cash on something you have to replenish is not a smart idea. If you have short eyelashes and want them to grow, Latisse is a product you want to spend money on. There are warm up powders that can be used as a bronzer, blush, and an eye shadow.
Highlighting creams and powders are great because you can use them on your body, under your eye, on the inside corner of your eyes, and on your lips. Brows are one category you can save on.
You can find tutorials online that show you exactly how to groom your eyebrows properly. There are many ways to save money and have beauty on a budget. What is one essential beauty habit to transform how we feel on the inside? One thing you can do before going to school, starting your job, or running out the door is to look in the mirror at your favorite feature.
Say you have beautiful skin, but you have a little breakout. If your eyes are your main focus, take the time to sweep on a little black mascara and a highlight. You can do it on the subway, on a bus, or in a car at a red light. The key is to take one beautiful feature and take a second by playing it up so you feel confident and beautiful. Watch Carmindy's bSmart interview here! Blooming Boldness What is the biggest confidence challenge you have had to overcome?
I was not always as confident as I am now. I struggled with insecurity issues and self-esteem issues stemming from when I was a kid. Growing up in southern California in a beach community, I was the overweight kid. I was teased and made fun of. I was bullied and it happened for years. So of course my self-esteem was in the toilet and I played what I call the compare and despair game. One day I asked myself, 'Why am I stopping my life? By learning how to do makeup, and doing makeup on my friends and family members, I learned how with a stroke of a brush and a positive word, we can change the way we feel about ourselves and the way other women feel.
I found working with models and celebrities that they suffer from insecurities too. A lot of times, these women feel so incredible after working with me or after learning some of these techniques, that their whole life changes and they manifest all of the beauty and abundance that they truly know and deserve and change their perspective on themselves.
If I can do it, anybody can do it. The true secret to happiness is doing what you love and then the money comes. What advice do you wish you had when you began building your career? I found my calling. For me it was early in life. Some women find it later in life. Meditate on what makes you truly happy and go for it. It was a scary, out of my reach, career. What I did was start by asking a lot of questions.
I found somebody who knew somebody who was a makeup artist and I sat them down and asked questions. I cleaned brushes, got coffee, and just wanted to be on set. That is the best education you can get. Never do it for the money. That happens later in life. Meditate on what it is that makes you happy.
You can do anything. Be clear, be concise do what you love and happiness will come. How can we overcome negative pressure for beauty standards in media? There is a way to overcome the negativity we see for beauty standards in the media. One of the things you have to realize is that we are society. We say, 'I see are airbrushed pictures in magazines and people telling me I should look like this or that,' but you have your own mind and platform.
We are society and we can be the media — especially with social media. Start what I call contagious compliments. Hashtag contagiouscompliments if you see a woman, any woman, and she has something beautiful like her hair, lips or smile. This is how we can start changing the negativity we see in media about the pressures of being beautiful. How can we use social media to empower a positive self-esteem in others?
Telling women they look beautiful instead of telling them they look terrible or stop gossiping about them, watching reality shows where we celebrate women tearing themselves down, or buying magazines with captions: Using social media to compliment one another is the way to use your power and platform for good. If you see a woman who has beautiful hair, gorgeous skin, great shoulders - tell her! Hashtag contagiouscompliments to empower self-esteem in others and be part of the movement.
The other thing to do is to share a quote or a saying that helps us feel good everyday. Look in the mirror and say something positive to follow up every negative thought and pretty soon you change that record of negativity stuck in your head.
Take a lipstick and write on your mirror. I have a hot smile. How can we be smart with beauty like you? If you want to be smart with your beauty, like I had to learn, you have to remember that you should be celebrated. The definition of celebrity is one who is celebrated — celebrate yourself. Become that iconic woman you were destined to be.
You can be fearful, but do it anyways. Thousands of years ago women used makeup as a form of empowerment and power. They used makeup for fertility.
They used makeup to attract wealth to raise standards to change all kinds of things, but they used it in a powerful way. The definition of celebrity is one who is celebrated — celebrate yourself and others. Spotlight on Carmindy Neighborhood: My mother Julie Bowyer, Oprah, Malala Yousafzai, Lizzie Valesquez, Elizabeth Arden and many others who are strong, overcome their fears, take chances, believe in themselves, inspire and empower other women and still stay happy!
Mary Kay Ultimate Accessory: My gold Ippolito bangles Favorite Store: Always a bohemian dress Must-have Shoes: Whatever my wonderfully talented Japanese nail artist Etsuko Cup blends together.