What can't you live without?
That's rather a tough question, as I don't actually wear makeup that often. I've been told by many people that I have an excellent face that really doesn't need much in the way of makeup, but I INSIST on eyeliner and mascara, at the very least. Lipstick (or lip gloss) is entirely optional. No lip liner, if at all possible.
What brands do you use?
I'm not picky here, really; if it's got a shade I like, that I can wear, I'll grab it. Rimmel's one I always look for, but in lieu of that some CoverGirl is okay. If I'm wearing lipstick, I don't want it to go ANYWHERE, so I try to find MaxFactor's Lipfinity or its closest equivalent in the shade I need. That's getting tougher, anymore. Mary Kay is about the only company that sells foundation in my skin tone (Ghost White, which is only slightly darker than Hungry Cullen White, from what I understand), but I quit wearing foundation a while back. Probably a good bet--that mail-order stuff gets pricey, and they don't give you much.
What makeup tips do you want to share?
When they say "accent your best features", they're not kidding. Failing that, draw out and fix the ones that stand out as problem spots. For example, my eyes are set so deep they're practically in the center of my head. It can make it hard to notice my eyes except for when my glasses are reflecting glare. A single line of eyeliner along the upper lid and a mascara in a complimentary shade will drag those puppies out any day. Depending on what I'm wearing, a washed-out bluish-grey or an autumn red (again, not too heavy: not all Bette Davison comparisons are favorable) goes well to add extra "oomph". And don't think they're just going to hide behind your glasses, unless you wear sunglasses all the time; glasses can actually accent your eyes. Frankly, they're equal parts accessory and necessity.
Also, limit the dark colors. Dramatic is good for night-time, but too much gets scary. Think more "Victorian Cameo" than "World-Owning Queen", unless you're out to impress someone. (Or a bunch of someones. But don't go dramatic in a business venture. That tends to put people off.)
Your worst makeup story?
The first time my mom put eyeshadow on me...it was a deep blue, and it clashed horribly with my flower-print dress that was already offensive enough as it was. Even worse, it was shared, and I guess something got in the mix, because I came down with conjunctivitis not too long after that. She chucked the eyeshadow and hasn't broached the subject since.
Are you having a good makup day?
If I have accomplished my goals, then it's a good day. A good makeup day is just when I get what I need to make things happen at a reasonable price.
Are you a child of the eighties and want to ban blue eyeshadow?
1.) Yes--early eighties. 2.) Not so much ban, though there are few enough people that could pull off blue eyeshadow that I'd want to limit the non-costume usage of anything darker than cyan.