Archive for ‘Looks’

February 2, 2012

Dewy Bare Face – the magic of vaseline

This is something I would love to share – new discovery about vaseline !

I walked by MAC yesterday with makeup on – I was wearing their Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light . Obviously, I was not yet used to this foundation, so I overdone it, and looks a little bit dry/chalky. It’s actually a “common” look, a usual look which you will see on almost everyone’s face on the street ( as most people overdone their makeup ) . I found this not acceptable, as my bare skin is moisturized instead, so I think something is wrong/ missing.

I went there as I wanted to look at their new collection. I ended up buying their Mineralized Foundation/Loose ( my first trial ) and their Charged Water Cleanser .
Later in the afternoon, I removed my makeup with Charged Water Cleanser, which I am pretty impressed, as it leaves my skin dewy and moisturized ! I don’t need to rinse my face with water, so it is good for changing makeup/ switching looks. (But it’s just 2 days ! it’s too early for me to make a definite statement )

I reapplied my makeup, but in a different way, putting vaseline beneath my primer sunscreen (which is the same skinceuticals sunscreen) and trying the newly brought Mineralized Foundation/Loose – going for a “natural but dewy look “.

I went back to the same MAC store and looking for the same MUA for some more Charged Water Cleanser. My MUA was stunned, she asked if I have removed my makeup , so I said yes. And she commented on my “bare face” in a extremely positive way – she said my skin is so good and I really don’t need any foundation actually! I was so delighted.

This is how, what and why I did it.

Having history of facial eczema, my dermatologist strongly advice me to put a layer of vaseline on top of my moisturizers to retain moisture when my facial skin is dry and eczematous. I watched Lisa Eldridge’s video on Marilyn Monroe’s make up, I was inspired – Marilyn used vaseline / Nivea underneath her make up for a dewy grow in the 50s.

http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/21757/marilyn-monroe-iconic-make-up-look/

I was also inspired by another Lisa’s video – “no makeup” make up – http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/17770/no-make-up-make-up/

What “Bare face” means is different for different people. For me, my bare skin is dewy when I am in my usual moisturizer / sunscreen. So, I can’t stand a makeup that can’t give me a drewy soft skin. So I modified what I was using that morning.

 

What I look for in a “Bare-face” look for it to look “real” on me

– dewy glow (not shimmery/ oily)

– never powdery / a trace of powder

– natural color on cheek

– nice feeling on skin

– sunscreen included

– clear lashes that won’t smudge

– natural, but colored lips

 

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So, that’s it

– I cleansed my face (with Charged Water Cleanser at office

– I put on moisturizer (which is Skinceauticals’ Emoillience )

– I put on a thin layer of vasseline

– I put on a layer of Physical Fusion UV Defensed (i.e. the nude colored-sunscreen I have)

– before everything dries up, I put a layer of Mineralized Foundation/ Loose with Bare Escentual’s Full Flawless Application Face Brush ( or MAC 188 brush if you put less moisturizer on or want it to be sheerer)

– then followed by Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Cabo Coral on my cheek with a fluid foundation brush

– Lip: Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait

– Mascara : Clinique Lash Power Masacara in Black Oynx

Vaseline is shinny on my skin, with some powder mixed in 8, the finish become dewy rather than shinny – also by having vaseline beneath, my makeup powder dissolved a bit, making it less chalky/ dry

My skin feels incredible (and looks incredible) in this.

 

For touchups – if the colors are still intact / I don’t have the need to redo my makeup. This touch-up routine is not perfect, as I am searching for a way to touch up my skin, such that I can have that dewy feeling and color back.

– blot with blotting paper

– spray water/ any kind of facial mist

– while the face is still a bit wet, apply a little bit of my touch up powder of choice in a light way with MAC 188 brush.

If I suspect everything has melt down (rare occasion) , I would just used Charged Water Cleanser to remove everything ( this one is good because i don’t need to rinse my face with water ), and reapply again, as I need to reapply my sunscreen !

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January 28, 2012

Makeover by a MUA of MAC

I passed by MAC this morning and wants to try on their new metal – X cream shadow.

I am pretty impressed, as the cream shadow is very soft and silky. the color in the case looks intense, but they and soft and buildable after application.

I kinda love the look, and I wouldn’t done it on myself, because I afraid that I might need to start over again and wash my face if I messed up with the application! In general, it is a look for dinner and cocktail, but not for everyday natural look.

Of the product used, the most loved are the Beauty Powder in Too Chic, which give my skin a kind of soft and nice glow, yet it is not shimmery at all after applied on skin; I also love mineralized blush, which have a nice texture and color ; the eye brown pencil and the brushes 219 and 217.

I also used the (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer, which is so moisturizing and it leave a nice feel on the lips, my all time favorite for years

 

Breakdown :

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face :
skinceuticals fusion physical UV defense ( a very light , tinted sunblock )

concealer : Victoria’s Secret Pro Camouflage FX concealer palette
MAC Beauty Powder in Too Chic – under eye, noise and to of cheek bone highlights using

MAC 130 Duo Fibre brush

blush :
MAC mineralize blush in dainty

eyes
base: MAC metal-X cream shadow in Gold Carbon with MAC 242 Shader Brush

crease: MAC eye shadow in Cork to crease for contour with MAC 217 Blender Brush

highlight: MAC eye shadow in vanilla to brow bone with MAC 217 Blender Brush

eyeliner (upper and lower 1/3): MAC power point eye pencil in engraved
MAC eye shadow in carbon with MAC 212 Flat definer brush and MAC 219 Brush Pencil Brush

eyebrow : MAC eye brows in fling with MAC208 Angled Brow Brush

Lip : (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturizer