From Vogue Brazil May 2011. Photographed by Mario Testino.
Alright CandyBarbie readers! Let us get back to the subject of makeup! Remember my mascara post from several weeks ago? Well, in case you missed it, I did a post (Makeup Love-Part 1) on mascara and vowed to go through my entire makeup routine. You all probably thought I had forgotten my promise, but alas, I did not! So, here we go! Time for some makeup talk!
Although I started my series of makeup posts with mascara, my makeup routine does not start there. Obviously. It starts with my face! I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup on my face, but I don’t have flawless skin, either. In fact, I have had bouts with bad acne, and have had to learn to deal with my skin being oily and dry at the same time. My daily routine, when it comes to makeup for my face, consists of 3 products: concealer, foundation and powder.
This is the only concealer I use, and I love it! It is oil-free and comes in several different colors. I use the light/medium during the winter and will switch to a slightly darker shade for summer when I have a bit of a tan. You can purchase this Almay concealer at any drug store for around $7.99. I basically use it as needed, when I have a blemish or dark spot I want to cover. Like I said, it works great. And as I mentioned before, I don’t have perfect skin, so I have tried lots of department store brand concealers that are significantly more expensive, but I always come back to this one! It gets the job done, lasts a long time and is very reasonably priced. And I like the applicator wand, too. Makes it very easy to apply just a little bit, right where you want it.
If there is one thing you absolutely must know about makeup: bareMinerals is the bomb! I was skeptical at first, yes. Before I tried any bareMinerals products, I always thought to myself, “How can powder act as foundation? It can’t! Foundation can only work in liquid form.” And I was dead wrong. Several years ago I received a bareMinerals ”starter set” as a Christmas gift, and upon trying the powder foundation, I was instantly hooked. Although it is powder, the foundation offers full coverage, without being heavy or cakey. The end result is smooth looking skin, as cliché as that may sound. I use the golden medium color, but it comes in tons of different shades. There is literally a shade for every skin tone/color out there. The full-size product (8 gm/0.28 oz) will set you back $26, which really isn’t too bad. The only downside to using powder foundation? It requires the use of a makeup brush to apply it with! And makeup brushes (good quality ones, anyway) are pretty darn expensive. Definitely still worth it, though. I would recommend bareMinerals foundation to anyone! It is universally flattering and offers full and light coverage, depending on the needs of your skin.
The all-over powder:
Mineral Veil is an all-over facial powder that I use on top of my bareMinerals powder foundation. I use the Illuminating Mineral Veil, which is a completely sheer powder that adds a slightly luminous look to your skin. I prefer the Illuminating Mineral Veil to that of the regular Mineral Veil, as I feel it adds a tiny bit of sparkle to my skin, a little bit of a soft glow. It is also oil-free and helps to minimize my pores, and I never get that gross powder buildup on my face that sometimes comes with using pressed powder. A 0.3 oz jar costs $20, but it lasts quite awhile and is certainly worth the money. Mineral Veil requires the use of a powder brush as well, which isn’t always ideal for everyone, especially if you are on-the-go. Some women want makeup that is easily tossed into a travel bag or purse, that can be applied quickly. The extra time it takes to apply bareMinerals products is most definitely worth it!
I use this Flawless Face brush to apply my bareMinerals foundation. It is a medium-sized brush that is soft and tapered, which makes it super easy to “swirl and tap” and then apply the foundation. It’s expensive, though: $25.
I use this Maybelline Face Brush to apply my Mineral Veil Illuminating Powder. This is a large brush that is very soft, and also a bit tapered. I purchased it at a local drug store for about $10, and I love it! Similarly sized brushes at Sephora can cost up to $50, so I really feel like this brush is a great bargain. It is also easy to clean, although I recommend replacing all makeup brushes at least once a year, probably more like every 6 months.
And don’t worry-I haven’t forgotten about the blush! I am saving cheek color for its own post entirely! I like to try lots of different blushes, so I wanted to keep that post separate! And it will probably be quite long! I warned you….I LOVE MAKEUP!!
I am always interested in learning about new and wonderful makeup products, too! So if there is a product out there that you use every day and you absolutely CANNOT live without it….tell me about it! Please and thank you!
It is no secret that I am a lover of makeup and all things makeup related. Always have been. I started wearing makeup as soon as my mom would let me…..
Okay, so I wasn’t quite that young! But you get the idea! I heart makeup!
So, when someone recently asked me to go into a bit more detail on my day-to-day makeup essentials I was pretty stoked! I mean, who doesn’t like to talk about stuff they love?! Especially when it means I get to talk about myself as well!
I am going to share with you my makeup must-haves, from daytime makeup to evening makeup, in a series of posts titled “Makeup Love.” I want to be thorough, and not skip over anything, which is why I want to do a series of posts, rather than just one large makeup related post. Makeup is serious business! I don’t want to rush through this!
Here we go!
Mascara is probably the single most important item in my makeup bag. I definitely use it more than any other item. If I have a day where I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup (very rare!) I will almost always still put on a few swipes of mascara. It makes a huge difference in the way my face looks. And it literally takes, like, two minutes. Now, when I am putting on makeup for a normal day, I always wear a lot of mascara. Not so much where I have “tarantula leg lashes” but at least two coats.
I have a weird routine, too. I know most women put their mascara on last, after the eyeliner and eyeshadow. Not me! I put my mascara on first! I like to wear a lot of the stuff, so I am messy with the first coat. And when I say messy, I mean I don’t try to not get it on my eyelids. I want every.single.lash to be completely coated, so I just go crazy! I swipe and I swipe and I swipe until all my lashes are coated and I don’t have any clumps. Clumpy, thick lashes=no bueno. I then take a moist Q-tip and remove the excess that did get on my eyelids and on the skin underneath my bottom lashes. And yes, I put mascara on both my top and bottom lashes. Always. Once I have removed all the excess mascara from my uper and lower eye area, I continue on with the rest of my eye-makeup routine. Eyelid primer, liner, and shadow. But I will save that for another post. Then, I more carefully apply a second coat of mascara once all my other eye makeup is finished.
And also unlike most women (I think!), I don’t always stick to one brand. When I use up a tube of mascara, I will often buy a different brand to replace it, just for fun. I like to try out new stuff, to make sure I am not missing out on a hidden gem of a product! I do have a couple of favorites that I always fall back on, but still, I like to try new brands and styles!
One thing does always stay the same, though. The color. I ALWAYS buy blackest-black, or the darkest shade available, depending on the brand. I know some makeup experts say that if you are blonde you shouldn’t wear super-black mascara because it doesn’t go well with light-colored hair or whatever. I say no way! No way am I wearing brown or even brownish-black mascara! If you want your eyes to really stand out, you must wear/use/apply dramatic mascara! IMO, you can really tell a difference between someone who is wearing a few swipes of mascara versus someone who really took the time to apply it properly and took care to cover all their lashes.
Now, onto the good stuff….my favorites!
BADgal Lash mascara is seriously amazing! I always buy the ‘rich black’ shade, although it does come in blue and deep plum, too. It has an over-sized brush which makes it really easy to coat all of your lashes. And it really lengthens the lashes, too. BADgal Lash mascara, if I had to pick just one, would probably be my all-time favorite mascara. It is not always the most practical though, since it costs $19 a tube. And because I go through so much mascara, sadly I cannot stick to just BADgal! I have to mix it up with some cheaper drug-store brands. In a perfect world I would have an unlimited, lifetime supply of this wonderous mascara!
DiorShow is great because it adds a bit of curl to my lashes. Similar to BADgal, this mascara also has a fairly large brush, which really helps to make lashes look long, thick and curvy! DiorShow comes in 3 colors: rich black, warm brown and royal blue. As I said before, I always stick with black. DiorShow is probably my second favorite department store mascara, but it comes with a hefty price tag: $24.50 per tube. Okay to buy as a treat once in a while, but not something I can purchase on a regular basis. Unfortunately. On a side-note: I initially tried this mascara because I got a mini-tube as a free sample! As soon as I used it, I was hooked!
The wand and brush on the FabuLash Mascara is much smaller than the other mascara’s mentioned above. Oddly enough, though, it is still excellent in making lashes look long and very luscious! I can’t explain it! This skinny mascara brush can really give a lot of definition and length to your lashes! It comes in multiple shades of black (and other shades, too!), but I always go with the blackest black! It averages about $6.79 a tube, depending on which drug store you go to. Much more cost-effective! Revlon’s FabuLash is my favorite drug-store mascara, hands-down. I always keep a tube of this stuff on hand. I have tried so many other mascara’s (and will continue to do so!), but I always go back to the FabuLash! It is a mascara-lovers dream: works wonders and it’s affordable!
I initially purchased this mascara simply because of the pink tube. No joke. I was browsing the mascara aisle at Target and ended up buying this Rimmel mascara because I was drawn to the bright pink tube. True story. And as ridiculous as that may sound, I have done it before. Tried a new mascara (or other makeup product) simply because I liked the packaging. And in this case it paid off. This Max Volume Flash Mascara by Rimmel is pretty decent. It has a nice, big brush (which I like!) that makes it super-easy to heavily coat your lashes. Just watch out for clumps! With the more inexpensive mascaras, I have found that it is easier to get big clumps. Thick lashes are good; clumpy, thick lashes are not good. And depending on where you buy, this mascara also runs in the neighborhood of around $6 to $7 per tube. And as per usual, I bought the darkest shade possible: extreme black. I have already gone through my second tube of this mascara, and I will definitely be buying it again. I need to have several tubes of mascara on-hand at all times! God forbid I should run out! Then I couldn’t leave my house! Just kiddin’….sorta.
Now that I have shared my mascara must-haves, I would love to hear yours! What mascara do you cherish? And have you tried any bombs that I should steer clear of? I want/need to know!! I am anxiously awaiting your responses…..
I am not a fan of short hair on women. Except Halle Berry. Everyone else? No way. Vanessa Hudgens is certainly no exception to this rule. I hate this haircut on her. I take that back. More like loathe this haircut on her….
Word on the street is that she chopped it all off for a movie role. I don’t understand this. It’s not like she is going to be winning an Academy Award anytime soon, so why not just wear a wig? Why go so drastically permanent and cut off all your hair?!
And another thing….I don’t care for this dress/shoe combo, either. And her giant wooden-looking clutch? No thank you. Not feelin’ this, at all. Sorry Vanessa, FAIL!
Perhaps I am being a bit harsh because I am tired. So very tired. And I have a 10+ hour work day ahead of me today, and it is making me exhausted just thinking about it. So, on that note I am signing off. I have to go get ready for work. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I make it through this very long day!
I hope everyone has a nice Thursday!
Vanessa Hudgens was spotted on a movie set with super-short hair and everyone assumed she was wearing a wig. Well, well, well. Not so fast. She then stepped out on the red carpet for an event and debuted her real hair. Her new, really, really short hair.
Short hair just isn’t my thang! What can I say? I like long locks on pretty much everyone! And also, super-short hair is boyish, IMO. Long hair is flirty and girly and feminine!
Time for a poll!