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I am a BB cream convert!

24 Sep

I was a little skeptical years ago when the BB cream trend caught on in the US, but I’ve been looking for something new recently and figured I’d try them out. I wanted something that was just as moisturizing as my Stila tinted moisturizer but didn’t give me such a dewwy-looking face. I decided to first try drugstore products because I wanted to save some cash and return them easily if the shade or feel wasn’t right for me. Somehow, I managed to hit jackpot on my second purchase! My first was Lumene Vitamin C+ BB cream. The texture was a little drying, and the color was a pinkish gray… it made me look weird. I returned it and loitered in the makeup aisle until I found Rimmel’s 9-in-1 BB cream. If I’m being honest, I mostly bought it because it was on sale, though I’m quite impressed with it. Ideally I wanted to find something light enough that I could easily skip concealer if I was having a good day but that wouldn’t make me look ghostly and flat like some creams and foundations do. This is me with only the BB cream, blush, brows, and mascara. I’m not complaining!

ma face

Yes, I have flaws, but unless I’m going to a special event, there’s no need for me to go all out. If you click on the link, it will go to a larger view and you can examine my face close up! :) (Beware of hairy eyebrows… I’m growing them out!)

Anyway, I’ve been very pleased with it so far, and the thing that makes me happiest is that I’ve had no signs of a breakout from this product. I’m on board with BB creams!

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Makeup Revelations…

21 Aug

Originally this was supposed to be about contouring, but it’s turned out to be about all the awesome tricks I’ve learned from people on YouTube. People who tell me how great my skin looks… shhhhh, I’m wearing foundation! Here are the two makeup artists who have inspired and transformed the way I apply my own makeup.

First, Lisa Eldridge. She’s a makeup artist for the stars and has done a ton of magazine covers and editoral looks. I’ve mentioned her before, but it’s worth repeating. She rules. I’m serious, just go through and watch her videos. She goes over a wide range of topics, from every day looks to smokey eyes to “meeting the ex” makeup. I had a huge revelation when I was struggling with acne and watched her video on covering blemishes. She points out that most people who have acne have a few patches of blemishes and great skin in between. I used to cover my whole face with heavy foundation. It looked heavy and awful. Lisa suggests putting as little foundation on as possible, starting in the center of the face and blending out, then dabbing and blending concealer only where it’s needed. Definitely check it out.

Second, Wayne a.k.a. Goss Makeup Artist. I find his videos amusing and informative, and I would highly recommend his channel. Wayne’s video on 100% invisible makeup was great for me, both for everyday looks and for special events. In fact, I did a very similar technique for my “no makeup” makeup look for the Philadelphia Geek awards because I couldn’t wear eye makeup and didn’t want to look like I forgot my eyes. I think it worked out! The video includes some contouring with creams. I think powder is much easier and harder to mess up, but it’s up to you to figure out what works best.

Speaking of contouring: I think it’s the single best makeup trick… ever. Especially if you know you’re going to have your picture taken. A little contouring around your temples, below your cheekbones (at a natural angle!) and under the jaw is very flattering for most people, and you can tweak it for your own face shape and bone structure. Check out Lisa Eldridge’s video on powder contouring and make sure to watch the whole thing, paying attention to when she talks about day vs. night contouring.

Now go on, give it a shot!

 

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