TLC Makeup guru says women need to be more positive about way they look
When a woman looks in the mirror she often sees the negatives — dark circles, blemishes, wrinkles or age spots.
But what she should look for is something positive.
“All women are beautiful,” says Carmindy Bowyer, who was the resident makeup expert on the TLC makeover show “What Not to Wear,” which ended last year after a long run. She was at a recent fashion show at Pittsburgh International Airport highlighting its Airmall shopping amenities. “A woman should embrace that beauty and highlight the feature that is her best feature. It is her smile or lips or eyelashes? Stop the negative talk. It’s about celebrating who we are as women.”
Bowyer shared that philosophy at a presentation prior to models walking the runway at the airport. She demonstrated her five-minute face. Women are busy these days, and having a quick way to apply their makeup and get them out the door is essential, she says.
Start with foundation, then add highlighter, apply eyeliner and mascara, brush on blush and apply tinted lip balm. Put on bronzer last.
Bowyer chose two bloggers from the audience and gave them a makeup makeover with items from her makeup line, Carmindy & Co. cosmetics. Nicole Mildren of Sarver, Buffalo Township, writes Champagne to Crayons from experiences with her 2-year-old daughter, and Cassandra Pisone of Robinson pens almostgettingittogether.com.
“It was perfect,” Mildren says of the makeover. “I enjoyed talking to Carmindy. We share common values of celebrating real women.”
Bowyer agreed to be part of Mildren’s blog and participate in a giveaway for Mildren’s followers.
“She is so right about women needing to be comfortable in their own skin,” says Mildren, who is one of the planners for the Mom Con event Nov. 14 and 15 at Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry, a convention for women about being both mom and a woman and how to balance it all. “As moms, we still want to look good and feel good about ourselves.”
Pisone doesn’t regularly wear makeup. “I loved the experience,” she says. “I pretty much only wear makeup (when) there is a special event, because I usually don’t like how makeup feels, but Carmindy’s makeup feels really good on my skin. Plus, she is so positive, and she has such energy.
“I really enjoyed her message about celebrating who we are as women. I told her I wanted a natural look since I didn’t wear a lot of makeup. She did exactly what I asked for.”
Good makeup skills begin at an early age, which is why Bowyer wrote the book “Bloom: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up Gorgeous,” (Penguin, $20). It features real teens trying on their best looks for every occasion, including make-it-or-break-it first day of school and class picture day. She also offers advice for dealing with everything from pimples to glasses to bullying and peer pressure, reminding girls to always face the world, and everyone in it, with grace and a positive outlook.
Bowyer also discusses the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as ways to learn about different makeup trends or beauty products. She cautions teenagers about profile pictures and to be careful about the photos they post.
Bowyer knows it isn’t easy being a teenager. She wasn’t always confident because she was a bit overweight, had braces and was bullied.
“I stopped feeling pretty,” she says. “But then I realized I was letting others influence my life, and why should I allow others to control my destiny, so I started practicing what I call ‘positive mirror mantras.’ ”
Bowyer says she learned to look at the features she likes, such as her eyes or her smile, and began believing in herself.
She tells teens to “appreciate,” not “appreci-hate,” to appreciate the growing pains that can help you mature into a better person. True beauty is about owning your uniqueness and celebrating who you are, and that begins at a young age, Bowyer says.
“Being a teenager is fabulous, but between wading through homework assignments, prepping for prom and navigating the ‘frenemy’ line, figuring out how to let your natural beauty shine through can be a challenge,” she says.
“But beauty is as varied and unique as flowers — a violet is as pretty as a rose — so let your inner flower shine,”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 412-320-7889.