I am doing a different kind of post today and hope you might enjoy it. From time to time I like to do a post on beauty, fashion or decorating, and some of you have told me you think it's fun. If that isn't your cup of tea, I am giving you fair warning to stop reading now!
I have always worn make up, and rarely go out with out it. I'm old, but I still love to "fix myself up" and I am kind of a girly girl that way, and in my life have experimented with lots of products. I have to admit right off that I do tend to buy more high end products. I have occasionally bought drug store brands, but they tend to disappoint in comparison. There are exceptions of course. I just like what seems to work for me.
Before I apply my makeup, I start with a clean, moisturized face. I have been experimenting with make up primers, which are supposed to make your make up go on smoother and last longer. So far, I haven't found one I love, but I am continuing the search. In some other post, maybe I will talk about skin care and my primer search.
WIthout a doubt, the most important step in applying makeup is the foundation base that you use. My all time favorite is one by Chanel called Aqualumiere. It has a thin, almost runny consistency, but covers well and lasts up to 10 hours. I feel like my skin has a nice glow to it when I use this product. I never feel over made up when I wear it, and it doesn't look cakey or settle into lines. It is pricey, at $45. I am on my third bottle in just under three years, so I think it is working for me. It is very easy to apply, doesn't streak, blends well, and makes me look better than I deserve.
A similar product is Estee Lauder's Invisible Fluid Makeup. It also has a thin runny texture, but goes on pretty well, and lasts around 8 to 10 hours. I don't love it as much as the Chanel, but it is a lower cost option at $36.
At some point, we all need to cover up our undereye circles or disguise undereye puffiness. I discovered this Christian Dior product called Skin Flash several years ago, and still really like it. It is light and fluid, not thick and pasty, so when you apply it, it doesn't pull on the delicate undereye tissues. It costs $37, but lasts forever, and really makes my eyes look brighter and more awake.
Next up is blush. Over the years I have collected a lot of high end blushers, but recently discovered a drug store brand I really like (see I am not a total snob). It is by Milani, in the color Dolce Pink. It costs only $7.50 and you can get it everywhere--CVS, Rite Aid etc. It gives a nice delicate flush to the cheeks, just what you want. It is a "baked" formula, and has a bit of shimmer, but no sparkle.
To apply eye makeup smoothly, and to have it last a long time, it really helps to use an eyelid primer. I have tried a lot of them, and still keep going back to this one by Laura Geller called Eye Spackle. It costs around $25, but lasts forever. I would prefer a more liquid formuation, but they seem to dry up so fast. This is kind of creamy, and I can pat it lightly on my eye lids and it does the job.
Eyeshadows. Oh my, have I ever purchased a boat load of those in my life time. I have many favorite brands: Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, but this one is my most recent summer favorite. It is by Bobbi Brown, and is a limited edition, which means you may not be able to find it without a bit of a search. It is called an Eye Shimmer Brick in "Raw Sugar", and cost $48.50. What I like about it, is that you can run your eyeshadow brush across several colors and get a very pretty bronzey brownish shadow that is not too dark and really nice for summer. I have been enjoying playing with this palette.
Next up is eyeliner, which I know scares the dickens out of a lot of people. These chubby little pencils do a nice subtle line that you can smudge and play with a bit before it sets up. And when it sets, it stays put all day long and does not budge. It is by Laura Mercier and is called Eye Caviar Sticks. My favorite color is Cocoa, and it costs $26. Other beautiful colors are Smoke (a dark grey) and Plum.
Last up on the eyes is mascara. I have been blessed with pretty decent eye lashes, and have never really gotten in the habit of curling them, which I know a lot of people do with great success. This mascara really is the Bomb. It is called Bad Gal Lash and is by Benefit. Check out the brush on that thing. You can get it at Sephora and department stores for around $19. This stuff makes your eye lashes look amazing.
If you want to set your makeup, it is recommended that you use a bit of powder as a finishing step. It makes everything last longer. I usually like to match my powder to whatever foundation I use. So if I am wearing a Chanel foundation, I go for a Chanel brand powder. If I am using the Estee Lauder foundation, I use a powder in that brand to match. And always, always go very light with the powder or it will make you look old and tired and cakey.
Some people like to use bronzer, but I never do. I think it makes my face look dirty! Maybe I just don't apply it right, but it is always a fail for me.
Oh my, I nearly forgot lipstick. Whew, there is a lot of territory out there to chart! I like a lipstick color that is like my lips but better. I prefer a very light formula. Some that I like are Bare Lips by Laura Mercier, Nude by Vincent Longo, Natural by Trish McEvoy, and any of the Christian Dior Serum de Rouge Lip Treatment lipsticks in a rosy, natural color.
So, if you are still with me, I hope you enjoyed this post and my mini reviews on what works for me in the world of makeup.