Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sneak a Peek: My Makeup Bag -part 2

Covering my bases.

Because of my finicky skin, I require a lot of coverage.  I have these faint little freckles that will never see the light of day, because they are entirely overwhelmed by acne scarring.  So I need some stalwart products to help me create an illusion of an even complexion.

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1. My greatest secret weapon as a mother of not-always-great sleepers, a twice daily dose of eye drops to reduce the bloodshot-ness.  It doesn't matter how great my makeup looks if my eyes are red.

2. One of the best things I have added to my routine is to create a more even base for my foundation.  I've used a few different primers, but this one,Too Faced Primed and Poreless has been the best for not pilling and for even application.  Just a tiny dollop of this stuff turns my face into a smooth surface for everything else to build on.

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet +has been the best foundation for coverage with my mottled complexion.  I apply it with a Sephora Platinum Air Brush, then blend it in with my fingers. Makes a world of difference.  My color is #20, Ivory.

4. For active breakouts, prevalent scars, and undereye circles I also apply Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer with a Sephora Concealer Airbrush.  I've tried using products specifically for undereye circles, but haven't liked anything as well as this.

5. Before applying a setting/matte powder (#7) I apply just a hint of blush.  I haven't been very brave here and just used everyone's favorite Nars Orgasm Blush with a Sephora Blush Brush.

6. Also, as part of my foundation layers, I use a tiny bit of eyeshadow primer.  I'm currently using up the sample of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion that came with an eyeshadow palette.  I'm not devoted to their brand, but I do find that using a primer makes a big difference in keeping my eyeshadow in place until I'm ready to wash it off.

7. Then I even everything out with a matte powder and a kabuki brush.  I'm currently trying to use up some powder that I bought at Costco years ago.  It just keeps going and going.  Someday I'd like to upgrade to Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder with a Fan Powder Brush.

After I've got a good and even foundation, I get to have some fun playing with color.  That's up next.

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