My makeup product obsession never got going despite it being a multibillion dollar industry. Doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few seldom used odds’n ends laying in the bathroom drawer. But a few weeks ago, I noticed that I’d crossed a line. Bare, clean and natural just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
You can learn to do just about anything these days, just by Googling some good videos. But did I do that to learn about applying makeup? Nope! Never even thought of it. Just wing it like I did when I was young.
So I pulled out my single pallet of four shades of brown eyeshadow. The very old mascara (yep, still a little moisture in it so it’ll do). The short nub of an eyebrow pencil with barely a point on it…yep that’ll do too. But no foundation, no ‘other stuff’…oh well, I have what I need to at least improve on the situation right?
It took about five minutes to get myself dolled up and then we were out the door. Before we came home, we stopped at a little pizza place that we love, got all chatty with the owner and I left, feeling like a million bucks. After all, I looked good, had gotten my shopping done and the pizza at the Vegetarian Pizzeria and Bakery was incredible as usual.
We got home, I headed for the bathroom first thing and standing there, washing my hands, my great feeling evaporated.
The handful of makeup products that I dug out of the drawers not only hadn’t helped, they’d made the situation worse. The mascara had just enough moisture in it to rub down onto the skin under my eyes. I never used to have dark circles under my eyes, but as I’ve gotten older and the skin has thinned everywhere, I’ve recently started noticing a sort of ‘hungry, desperate raccoon’ look going on in the right (or wrong?) light. Add blotchy mascara to that….and well, you can imagine!
Since then, I’ve gone to Google and actually learned about some of these makeup products! One blog that helped a lot is one called Alive in the Middle by a lady named Tara. On her blog, she features a series of short video tutorials that are all terrific. I wish I’d had these ladies ‘doing my face’ last week.
So armed with a little more information and my list of which products are Cruelty Free, I headed off to Shoppers Drug Mart for my first foray in years, to buy some makeup.
I love the pretty boxes in pinks and silvers and white and gold, but paying for them reminded me of one more reason why I haven’t bothered getting involved all these years. But hey, you do what you gotta do right! I came away with an assortment of makeup products from Pur, Physicians Formula and e.l.f. One of these days, I intend to do a comparison post so stay tuned for that.
Another interesting blog post that I came across while researching the makeup products that I was going to use was on the Urban Vegan blog . The writer brought up some interesting points on why a vegan makeup product line is safer for your health which basically comes down to fewer chemicals and pesticides on your skin. That has to be a good thing don’t you think? So there you have it my dear
Here are my 12 Tips for Makeup Application. All learned in my pursuit of a gorgeous and ‘Bare, Clean and Natural’ look on my face.
Our skin is thinner and stretches too easily so use a light touch.
Makeup goes on easier over a moisturized face. But use a moisturizing product like one of the Derma*e Moisturizer’s that’s not heavy and oily. You want it to be easily absorbed. Then it can soften and smooth out those dry little creases and fine wrinkles.
A primer like e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer is good for smoothing out the texture.
A concealer that matches the foundation colour, is excellent to use to hide not so gorgeous raccoon eyes.
Apply several tiny dabs underneath each eye and then gently spread right up into your lower lashes.
Use the concealer wherever your skin is a little red or discoloured like along the sides of your nose. Feather the edges out wherever you use it. Right now I’m using Physicians Formula Super CC Colour Correction & Care Concealer and pairing it with Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation
Don’t use a heavy application of makeup. In this situation, it is possible to get too much of a good thing!
To apply my foundation, I squeeze out a tiny bit on the edge of my hand. With a soft brush, I apply it lightly and feather it up into the concealer areas. I even use that brush to lightly stroke across the top of the concealer so that there’s absolutely no transition line.
Using a foundation brush, do the heaviest application up by the cheeks and nose area. As the amount on the brush diminishes, work your way down to the jaw line. This helps prevent a ‘mask line’ because there’s less and less on your brush.
A sharp pointed eyebrow pencil works much better than an old, rounded nub. Use the little brush at the other end to soften the tiny ‘hairs’ that you’ve sketched in. And ‘sketch’ lighter as you approach the end of your eyebrow that’s closest to your ear! I like my brows to fade out naturally instead of a dark line that just stops. Remember, this is about enhancing what we have, not going back in time to the days of wine, roses and full, thick eyebrows.
Apply just a touch of blush on a larger brush and dab it sparingly slightly under the cheek ridge. Start dabbing just in front of the ear and work gently down towards the ‘apple’ of your cheek. After you’ve deposited that bit of powder, begin softly blending the ‘dabs’ across your cheek bones until you’ve got a nice even and delicate rosiness that just makes you look ‘healthy’ instead of made-up.
It’s a lot harder doing makeup now because without my glasses, I can’t see what’s going on – literally! So keep your glasses handy to check periodically that the lovely soft transition that you see (sans spectacles!) is actually as smooth as you think it is. If you wear glasses, I guarantee that you’ll be making adjustments!
So there you have it my dear, words of wisdom from someone who had to learn it the hard way, ‘Check with Google before you walk out the door’! So many things yet to learn in life eh, so many situations to avoid! And now that I’ve shared with you, one of my embarrassing moments, I’d love to hear if you’ve had any of those relating to your ‘face’. Or maybe you have a really great tip that I haven’t thought of and you’d like to share that!
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And as always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor. What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts who see the actual patients in their practises and research and write the medical reports. My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life. I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.