Most women won’t go out in public without their go-to, must-have, beauty product. For some, it’s mascara, others, lipstick, and just about every product you can think of, in-between. But not everyone is a makeup expert. For those who are really clueless, or who just want to know more about how makeup can best be applied, there are a rainbow of kits, charts and sets, that can help them “paint by the numbers.
One interesting product that I recently discovered is Fairweather Faces. Entertainment Tonight’s Andrea Fairweather is the woman behind the flawless faces of celebrities such as: Lara Spencer, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Diane Sawyer, Deborah Norville, Gayle King, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Affleck, Jude Law, Usher, John Mayer and Sean Combs
Apparently, celebrities need help with makeup, too! Fairweather Faces’ color-coded makeup system was designed with them in mind (it was included in the Emmy Gift Bag), but we can use these, too, at home and on the road. The Fairweather Faces mini kits come with three multi-functional brushes that are color coded with rhinestones to match corresponding dots on the chart. Using these dots as ar road map, you can supposedly learn exactly which brush to use and where, applying foundation, blush and eye shadow. The supposed benefit to all of this is that the brushes make it easy because you only need three brushes.
The brushes are mini-sized with attractive, smooth, deep plum 3 3/4″-4 handles, Each is embedded with a tiny crystal (or crystals) that correspond in color to the function and placement on the charts. Who doesn’t want a bit of bling on their brushes?! The fluffy powder/blush/bronzer brush has a gold crystal, the concealer brush has a red one, the eye shadow brush has green for lid color and blue for defining and lining. The brushes look nice, but they’ve got travel-sized handles, and frankly, a true makeup aficionado is going to want to use brushes with larger handles for better control. But the mini sized Fairweather Faces brushes are nice enough for purse and travel.
It’s a nifty idea to simplify makeup application and help people to learn how to use color, but the brushes in the set aren’t really as multi-functional as suggested. For starters, to apply makeup properly you ideally would use more than three brushes. Speciality brushes are made for a reason, and if you’re going to do something like a smokey eye or a full face, You can’t get by without a few more tools. For example, notable in absence is an angled or straight eye liner brush. The Fairweather Faces eye brush simply cannot fulfill the function of lining an eye–it’s too broad and soft. And the concealer brush that is supposed to double as a lip brush would make a mess on your face if you missed even a speck of lipstick color when cleaning it (not to mention that the germs from your mouth probably should not be spread under your eye or other places on your face). The big, fluffy powder brush is supposed to be used with creams and liquids as well as dry powders, but the minute you soak the bristles in wet or oily makeup, it would be impossible just to tissue them off (as suggested) and then try to apply dry powder to finish your face. As to the face charts, most people really do know that the biggest brush in a set is for powder, the rounded one is for eyes, and a flat, synthetic bristled brush is for wet and creamy products like concear. The charts can help you learn how to apply different makeup looks, , but so can a makeup book, and there are also lots of great “how-to” freebies including charts and videos, online.
The Fairweather Faces web site was also a bit confusing to navigate. The web site sells a variety of face chart animated cardboard charts but most people clueless enough to need help might do better with a video or illustrated step-by-step “how-to.” The brushes are nice for travel or makeup bag, and the charts are helpful, but it’s pricey for what Fairweather Faces is offering. It’s minis without the meat.” But you might disagree. Check out the Fairweather Faces Web Site: http://www.fairweatherfaces.com and see if it works, for you: charts are $20 – $25, and there is a teen chart for $15.00. The Mini Brush Set is $29.99.