Too Young for Makeup?

If you were a little girl once, you probably have memories of watching your mother put on makeup in the mirror. She was so beautiful and sophisticated, and you wanted to be just like her. Opinions vary on what age is too young for makeup, but the demographics seem to be skewing younger and younger.

As New York Times writer Douglas Quenqua reports: “From 2007 to 2009, the percentage of girls ages 8 to 12 who regularly use mascara and eyeliner nearly doubled — to 18 percent from 10 percent for mascara, and to 15 percent from 9 percent for eyeliner. The percentage of them using lipstick also rose, to 15 percent from 10 percent.”

Too Young for Makeup

While many parents feel that experimenting with cosmetics is a harmless way for a child to explore her personal style and play at being an adult, it is important to be mindful of the products you choose for your child. Even innocuous-seeming makeup sets, made especially for children, can be dangerous if they contain allergens or other potentially dangerous substances.

“You’d think there would be strict regulations surrounding play makeup—but there aren’t,” warns Deanna Pai of Glamour.com. Recently, makeup lines geared toward children and young teens were pulled from the shelves at Claire’s and Justice, two popular franchises known for their tween-targeting merchandise. It was alleged that traces of asbestos had been found in the makeup.

The best way to keep your makeup-curious kids safe is to know what the ingredients are in the makeup they’re using. Smart Cover’s products are dermatologist-tested, and the ingredients are listed right on our website. Our Two-in-One Glow Stick is perfect for getting the feel of lip gloss and creamer blush with just a hint of color and shine. Everyone is different, but if your tween feels ready for makeup, Smart Cover could be a great place to start!

Which of This Season’s Makeup Trends Will You Fall For?

The runways told a wild and colorful story about this season’s makeup trends. As always, there are some looks that work great if you’re a supermodel… but maybe not so much if you’re in the regular 9 to 5 world. For example, Elle reporter Kristina Rodulfo was loving the brightly hued, double-ringed eyeliner. It looked amazing on the runway but might be a little harder to pull off in your cubicle. So which of this season’s makeup trends will you fall for?

There’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this year’s fashion shows, and it’s easier than you think to adapt them to suit your own personal style. Last year’s obsession with rosy cheeks is back, according to Good Housekeeping’s beauty writers Marci Robin and Blake Bakkila. This is simple to pull off and works on virtually everyone.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the perfect tool for this. It’s easily applied and gives your cheeks the sweet, “winter” look that’s so en vogue. As Glamour reports, you have all kinds of options when it comes to lips, from dramatic ombres in pinks and purples, to a simple, fresh-looking lip gloss. For the latter, the Two-in-One Glow Stick comes in handy again!

This Season’s Makeup Trends

While eyes were resplendent with sparkles, and floating liner in neon blues and pinks, this was in some cases played up by a nude-looking face, noted Elle‘s Kristina Rodulfo. When you’re going for dramatic eyes or lips, it’s best to let them be the center of attention by leaving cheeks virtually bare. Give yourself a flawless canvas with Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, to cover any skin concerns and leave your face with a smooth and creamy finish.

Be as adventurous as you want to be this autumn, and bring your Smart Cover along for the ride!

Back to School Time!

For some students, shopping for school supplies means more than just the usual notebooks, folders, and textbooks. Back to school time is also the perfect opportunity to refresh your supply of cosmetics, and Smart Cover has just what you need to get ready for the new school year!

Back to School Time

Though January is the official start of the new year for most of us in Western Civilization, other cultures and religions recognize the autumn as the beginning of the year. One example is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. “It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.”

Education journalist Emily Richmond also notes that there are physical and emotional responses to the fall that can make us feel like it’s the time for a new beginning. “Even with the advent of technology that keeps the most fortunate of us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, certain environmental cues—such as leaves turning color or the crispness of the morning air—remind us that the surrounding environment is changing.”

This can trigger nostalgia, as the distinct sights, sounds, and smells of autumn hearken you back to childhood, and getting ready for the first day of school. Though we may not have been delighted to end our summer vacations, most of us can remember the fun of reconnecting with school friends and having a completely clean academic slate with endless possibility.

If you’re school supply-shopping right now, don’t forget your Two-in-One Glow Stick, to add a subtle rosy hue to your lips and cheeks. You’ll also want a Smart Cover Stick, to hide dark eye circles and blemishes in an instant. It’s the size of a lipstick, so you can tuck it into your pocket, or throw it in your schoolbag. Stocking up on Smart Cover may be the smartest thing you do today!

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!

Spring into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends!

There are some universal truths when it comes to beauty: eyes should be alluring, lips should be kissable, skin should be clear and appear pore-free. However, there are certain trends that become popular from one year to the next, and even from one season to the next. Why not spring into action with these fun makeup trends?

For spring of 2018, there are a few standout trends that will work on just about anybody! The cat-eye is a perennial favorite, but for this spring, there’s a new take on this classic look that makes it even more daring. As Ruby Buddemeyer writes for Marie Claire, “Rather than the sloping wings of a usual cat-eye, this spring’s revival is all about sharp angles in matte-black shades.”

Spring Into Action with These Fun Makeup Trends

Cheeks will have the rosy flush of new love, very appropriate for springtime, which is all about new beginnings. Instead of contouring your cheekbones within an inch of your life, or highlighting with a glittery blush, try a more natural look. Apply a soft pink to your cheeks, lips and the tip of your nose. Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is perfect in this capacity, and it goes on smoothly so you’ll get this sweet look in just a few seconds. Yes, the Glow Stick works just as well on cheeks and nose as it does on the lips!

For those of you who are sick of applying false eyelashes, Cosmopolitan beauty writer Victoria Jowett has good news for you! Subtle eyelashes— as in, just apply a quick coat or two of mascara and you’re done—are in this season! Shiny, juicy, super-glossy lips are another trend that’s easy to try. Try Smart Cover’s lip products to make your lips irresistibly kissable and ready to take on the spring!