Last week I was watching abc7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles and noticed as the anchor Leslie Sykes was broadcasting a story, her makeup job looked gorgeous. Yes, even amidst often times unhappy news stories, when you are a fashion and makeup buff, you notice the cosmetics and clothing of people on TV and in the movies. For the fashion buffs, think Holland Taylor on Two and a Half Men. She was always impeccably dressed.

On this particular newscast, Leslie Sykes was wearing blue shades of eye shadow with a pinkish/lavender frosted lipstick. She looked beautiful and her makeup job was perfection. Almost as a throwback to the 1980s (as so much of these fashion and beauty trends are popular today in 2018), this color combination worked well and looked stylish and regal. Although I love all colors and shades of eye shadows and lipsticks, blue eye shadow and pink or lavender lips has always been my favorite combination. With my alabaster skin, blond hair and blue eyes, I feel the most like myself when I stick to wearing these lovely cosmetic colors.

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow makes your eyes stand out and look more attractive by adding depth and dimension to your eyes, complementing your eye color, making your eyes appear larger, or simply drawing attention to your eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures and is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form. Popular shades of eye shadow include brown, gold, purple, lavender, pink, green and of course various hues of blue.

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. Lipsticks come in many colors and are generally found in matte (dry) and gloss (wet) formats. Dark red was one of the most popular lipstick shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to introduce different shades of lipsticks and lip glosses as well. Today, you can find lipsticks in almost all colors, including blue, green, black and brown, yet the most standard colors are reds, pinks, purples, golds and oranges.

Lipstick Fun Fact: Frost lipsticks are making a comeback. Shimmery or frosty lipsticks may contain mica, silica, synthetic pearl particles, such as bismuth oxychloride, to give them a glittery or shimmering shine. Lipstick is made from grinding and heating ingredients, then heated waxes are added to the mix for texture. Oils and lanolin are added for specific formula requirements. Afterwards, the hot liquid is poured into a metal mold and the mixture is chilled. Once they have hardened, they are heated in flame for half a second to create a shiny finish and to remove imperfections.

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Depending on skin tone, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. Natural eye shadow can range anywhere from a glossy shine to your eyelids, to a pinkish tone, or even a silver look. Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well, however, I find blunt, dramatic applications of eye shadow to look bold and sexy, especially for evening wear.

Blue eye shadows and pink lipsticks make a 2018 splash – but never go out of style!

Cosmetics are lovely and attractive. Makeup has been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burial dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmatae” was first used to describe Roman’s whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.

From eye shadow, to lipstick, to blush, to perfume, when it comes to cosmetics, make sure to make room! Your cosmetic bag and your gorgeous makeup application will thank you!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website



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