Of course, it doesn't help that the super-beauties who are modeling the make-up in all the ads look positively fantastic in every single color they apply. The problem is that none of those models have my Irish-French-Native-American-and-a-bit-of-who-knows-what facial features.
So when I go to put on that sky-blue & purpliest-purple eyeshadow combo that I thought looked sooooo very beautiful... I end up looking like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show instead of the model wearing that same combo.
What I've always needed (and desperately wanted!) is a make-over. Getting a make-over isn't easy though. To get a professional look, you have to pay. If you don't want to pay, you have to be willing to let your friends make you look like a streetwalker.
Why a streetwalker? Because it's not your friend's face. Also because your friend isn't a professional, and she will probably say something like: "Hey! I read about bright red lips and dark smoky eyes in my beauty magazine, it's sure to look hot on you. I could never pull it off, but you definitely have the look for it!" (Translation is: I would never dare put anything this dark on my face, but I'm going to do it to you because a magazine told me it's 'in' and I have nothing better to go on!)
And anyone who has had this done to them knows that there is no polite way to say, "You made me look like a floozy!", so you end up hiding in the house for the rest of the day. (Unless of course you have very insanely chosen your wedding day to let your friend make your face into a piece of artwork. Then you head down the aisle while your grandmother points to her face and makes googly-eyes at you as if you had no clue what has happened. How do I know this? Ohhhh, no reason.)
This leaves thrifty gals like me with only one excellent option: a virtual make-over. And luckily for me, I've found a fantastic site for it called GlamST.com.
How it works:This site allows you to upload a photo of yourself and draw lines that exactly show the outlines of your features.
After you've uploaded your photo and told the system where the make-up should go, you're ready to browse through their huge product selection! They have foundations, eyeliners, shadows, blushes, lipsticks... even concealer & gloss!
I had a fantastic time giving myself a few virtual make-overs, but the most amazing (and surprising) part was when my husband told me to scoot over and used the system to give me a makeover! I have never seen a man so intently choosing foundation & blush colors and I was impressed with the result he came out with.
Bonus?!?Best part, ladies? My husband told me to upload another photo of me with my hair down so that he can do another makeover, at which point he will purchase all of the make-up if I like it.
(Yes, you read that right: My husband is going to lay down about a hundred dollars in the name of beauty - all because I let him give me a virtual makeover!)
I think my favorite part of the system is that if you 'try on' an item, there is a review section below that will allow you to see what others think of the product. I'm all-for getting the opinions of others before I decide to buy something that I'm going to wear on my face, so this is a really important feature for me. Another great feature is that you get to see how great your handiwork is by checking out side-by-side Before & After shots.
All in all, this is certainly a website to try out.
And hey, I can't promise that letting your man give you a virtual makeover will score you some glam new products, but it can hurt to try, right?
Connect:Want to know more about GlamST? You can visit them on their website at www.GlamST.com. Or, connect with them via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram! Check out some of the great looks that bloggers like me have come up with by clicking HERE.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post and, as always, my opinions are purely my own.