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Are You a Makeup Specifist or Generalist?

Do You Call Your Cosmetics by Their Actual Names?

Recently, PartySugar gave me the idea for this poll. She pointed out that some people call their eye shadow, blush, etc. by its specific brand and shade name, while others will just give you a general color family. Being a beauty junkie of the highest order, I'm in the first camp (but then again, I spend all day studying these things). What about you? Do you like to give the specifics, or are you more a generalist?

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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
It depends.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
It depends.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 6 years
I think it depends on the audience. If i;m just talking to my friends or something then I won't go into depth but if I'm doing a look or "talking makeup" with my other friends who are junkies I'll be a lot more specific
danizzle danizzle 6 years
i dont do it with makeup..i do it with nailpolish... my friends and i all know if we need to borrow eachothers "lincoln park after dark" or "pink parka"
mek123 mek123 6 years
If I can remember the color name/brand and someone asks, I'll tell them.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 6 years
if i know the name of the color, that's what i'll call it. after all, there are a ton of pink blushes, red lipsticks, gray eyeshadows etc!
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
General. It kind of irks me when I watch tutorials and the guru will say get your "MAC shadow in x" or "y". I mean, I know I can decide for myself how a certain color can be substituted but it's one of my major beauty pet peeves. Some gurus are considerate enough to add "or a similar color", but yes. I wish I had the money to buy $15 MAC shadows all the time so I may choose from an army of colors, but I do not./rant :(
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
General. It kind of irks me when I watch tutorials and the guru will say get your "MAC shadow in x" or "y". I mean, I know I can decide for myself how a certain color can be substituted but it's one of my major beauty pet peeves. Some gurus are considerate enough to add "or a similar color", but yes. I wish I had the money to buy $15 MAC shadows all the time so I may choose from an army of colors, but I do not. /rant :(
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Same here.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Same here.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
Sometimes I'll throw in the brand but I never use their color names. I'd feel like such a dork saying "in almond truffle" instead of saying in "brown."
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