Beauty

Makeup: Not a Mask…

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Now that you’ve had some time to mull over my skincare advice, it’s time to talk about putting makeup on that face. Although makeup is partially about coverage, people forget that it’s really meant bring out one’s natural beauty. The perfect makeup job embraces your unique face rather than hiding it. After all, you’re not frosting a cake. Here are my secrets for applying makeup that will give you a naturally flawless complexion.

1. First of all, if you’ve been using ANY scented makeup on your face, get up and throw it away!

2. Never apply makeup without moisturizing first.

3. Apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer both your face and neck with your fingertips. (There are a lot of primers out there. Theirs is the undeniable best.) This helps makeup last longer.

4. Now comes concealer. I just use my fingertips, but you can use a concealer brush or makeup sponge. I am utterly devoted to the Stila Perfecting Concealer. The name says it all. It gives maximum coverage without looking fake. Although so many of us struggle with dark circles, you don’t want to apply too much liquid concealer to your under-eyes; it tends to crease throughout the day and take your eyeliner/mascara down with it (see #6).

5. Unless you have issues such as acne or acne scars, you probably don’t need to use a heavy liquid foundation. Instead, I would suggest Clinique CC Cream or Stila Tinted Moisturizer.  You might be surprised to see how well these products can even out your skin tone, and less likely to clog your pores. If you do need more coverage, I would recommend finding a Clinique liquid foundation because their products are gentle and natural looking. Whether you’re using a CC cream, a tinted moisturizer, or a liquid foundation, please, for the love of god, apply evenly to your face AND neck. Foundation that stops at the chin is a brutal, dead give-away. Even old ladies in Palm Beach know better these days. Again, I apply my CC cream with my fingertips, but makeup sponges are the key to making sure your color is consistent (see #8).

6. To achieve that matte effect, I depend on bareMinerals foundation powder. I use this Sephora Collection retractable kabuki brush (great for travel and on-the-go touch-ups) for my face and neck, and the bareMinerals traditional concealer brush on my eyelids, under-eyes, and any blemishes that need a little extra coverage. bareMinerals products usually have SPF, which is always a major plus!

7. When it comes to bronzer, I tend to be a bit of a mad scientist—because with bronzer, there’s a thin line between a healthy glow and an obvious orangeness (especially when you’re as pasty as I am). To keep things natural, I turn to bareMinerals again. I like to mix their Tinted Mineral Veil, Illuminating Mineral Veil, and a hint of their Faux Tan powder and apply the concoction to my face, neck AND chest (depending on how low my neckline might go) with a bronzer brush like this one.

8. Makeup sponges are your best friend: once you’ve completed the previous steps, use a sponge to make sure you don’t have any build-up at your hairline, eyebrows or upper-lip. You should also use them to make sure you’ve applied color evenly—make sure your face and neck match and that you haven’t turned red spots into equally noticeable white ones. I like the sponges infused with vitamin E, which you should be able to find at any CVS or Walgreens.

9. To give myself a little extra shimmer, I use a touch of NARS blush in “Albatross” (sheer golden sheen) as a highlighter for my cheekbones, forehead, and nose.

10. Then blush. Use a brush like this one to apply your blush. I personally love NARS blush in “Deep Throat.” I think it’s a little more flirty and natural looking than their infamous “Orgasm.” But they have a huge selection, and you should find the one that’s right for you.

11. Reach for your sponge again to carefully blend that blush—make sure you don’t have build-up around your eye bones. Blend, and blend, and blend—blending is the secret! (If you caught that reference, you are one saucy individual.)

12. Take it all off at the end of the day!

Stay tuned for more makeup advice, and stay saucy!

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