Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Making Me Up, Part 2

I'm a pretty basic makeup user. As in, I don't think I'm a total idiot, and I usually wear some makeup when I go out, but I generally don't wear very much, which Mr. EB loves. He still thinks I'm pretty when I put more makeup on, but he never fails to comment on it. In fact, I'm pretty sure that one of the first times I added more eyeshadow than usual, he said I looked weird. He meant it in a very loving way, but as he put it, he's not used to seeing me that way, and it was odd for him. This has me slightly concerned about my makeup for the wedding, because I really don't want a heavy look. I've had my makeup done professionally several times and generally I haven't liked it (except for my engagement photos - I loved the way I looked, but it still felt a little heavy for me). Mainly I don't want Mr. EB giving me a weird look when he sees me for the first time which I'm afraid might happen if I get my makeup done by someone else. So I'm thinking about doing it myself...

Now, the first thing I've learned over the years is that before using any makeup, you need to find a good cleansing routine. I have not always been consistent with my routine, and I can definitely see a difference with my face when I don't do a good job taking care of it.

For the past several years I've been using the Clinique* 3 Step system.

I am a huge fan of this system, and I highly recommend it. I haven't had to go back and buy these for awhile, but if I remember correctly there are different formulas for each of the 3 steps so that it works for anyone's type of skin. The lotion in particular (Dramatically Different Gel) is probably my favorite moisturizer that I've ever used.

After cleansing your face it's time to figure out the makeup situation. For the past 10 years I've used Bare Minerals.

I love Bare Minerals* - the powder foundation worked really well for me, and given that I don't like the feel of liquid foundation it was a great solution for me. However, our wedding day is going to be my most photographed day ever. And I have heard some not so great things about mineral makeup and professional photography. My understanding is that there's something in the mineral foundation that reflects light which makes it look fantastic in person, but creates a sort of ghosting effect in pictures. They do have a matte finish which is supposed to work better in photographs, but I decided to bite the bullet and see if I couldn't figure out a different foundation that would feel good on my skin and photograph well.

So, I did some research (ie read the Weddingbee boards) to figure out what I might like to try. I decided to start with L'Oreal's* True Match liquid foundation, mainly because it was $10 rather than $30, and I'd heard some good things about it. I figured I may as well start with something less expensive to see if I liked liquid foundation, and I could work up from there if I needed to.

Then I read Mrs. Rainbow's tutorials, specifically this one and this one. And because she is a makeup genius, I immediately ordered the Monistat Chafing Gel and Silica powder that she talked about in her posts. And you all should, too. Seriously, the chafing gel that she recommends is the same formula as all of the fancy primers out there and it's SO much cheaper. Same thing with the Silica powder. 

And while I waited for those to arrive, I watched many, many videos by these lovely ladies, such as this one:

I particularly liked the bridal series that they did, such as this one for drier skin (they also have tutorials for those with oily skin):

I decided I'd use the rest of the makeup that I had on hand, and decide later if I need to upgrade anything.

And then I just decided to go for it. 

*In case anyone is wondering, Clinique has no idea who I am or that I love their product, this post is based solely on my experience using it over the past couple of years. Neither does Bare Minerals. Or L'Oreal. Or any other company I may have mentioned in this post.

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