Friday, September 19, 2014

Makeup Look for Wednesday

So I am starting this blog because I've been watching a lot of YouTube beauty vlogs and I realize there are not a lot of 40+ year old women doing beauty vlogs. I didn't think taking advice from a bunch of 20-something year olds would do much for me.  I mean, I'm not 20 and I don't want to be 20 (not again).   Maybe 25 or 26, but not 20.
I have recently revisited my love of makeup and want to share different looks and ideas with other women. I decided to create a blog because I feel more comfortable writing than filming a video - well, at least for now.  Keep in mind that I am an amateur. I am not a "makeup artist" nor do I want to be a makeup artist.  I am just a 41 year old wife, mom, full-time employee, daughter, and sister.
Today's look is a natural eye. This is a look that is great for any season, so although it is summer, I like this look because it's simple, a little fun, and still remains professional for work.
First, I washed my face with Oil of Olay's Total Effects 7 Revitalizing Face Wash. This face wash has a light exfoliant and it claims to be safe for every day use. I like the way it makes my face feel so smooth and "awake".
Then, I primed my face with Loreal's Revitalift Miracle Blur. Yes, honey, you have to "blur" those little lines and creases we have at this age.  Plus, the primer helps your makeup last longer.  I've been trying different primers lately to figure out which one(s) work best. This one, as well as, Benefit's Porefessional seem to be the best ones thusfar.
After priming my face, I primed my eyelids with NARS Eyeshadow Primer.
I used foundation on my entire face. I did not forget my neck. I think some women fail to do this. I used Cover Girl's 3-in-1 Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in #825 Buff Beige and applied it with a damp, latex beauty sponge. I followed that up (after letting it sit for a bit) with Cover Girl's Professional Loose Powder in Translusent Medium.
Following the foundation, I did my brows. Now, I must say my eyebrows look quite dark and painted on in my pictures (below). The eyebrows are defintely a work in progress. I guess I have overplucked so much in the past, my eyebrows are such a mess. But I hope to get better. So, I did my brows using a combination of Anastasia's Dip Brow in Chocolate (using the #12 Anastasia Brush) and Anastasia's Brow Powder Duo in "Ebony". I also used IT Cosmetics "Your Brows But Better" Skinny Pencil to fill in the sparse areas of my brows. This IT Cosmetics product is excellent for that. The pencil is thin so that it mimmicks hairs very well when you feather it on lightly.  Plus, it has a great spooley at the opposite end of the pencil to brush the color into the brow so that it looks more "natural".
I then used my Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette to achieve the eye look. Again, I need a lot of improving, but it is what it is :-)  The winged liner is provided by Revlon's Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen.
I used Physician's Formula's Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Natural on the apples of the cheeks.
I followed that up with a few swipes of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer near the hairline, forehead, down my nose, chin, and along the jawline.
Before putting on my lip gloss I wanted to lock the look in with Urban Decay's Deslick Setting Spray because my skin does tend to get oilier as the day goes on and this helps slow down that process.
I used NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu (BLG07) on my lips. These NYX Butter Glosses are AWESOME! They are smooth and creamy without being sticky. And, hello!  They are affordable honey!  They feel so nice on the lips, but you have to reapply quite often, which is the only downfall.
So, I hope you enjoyed my Natural Makeup Look for Wednesday.  Stay tuned for other looks.  I just bought some new Limited Edition Wet & Wild Eyeshadow Trios.  The colors are very bright and definitely out of my comfort zone.  Yowzers!  Excited and scared at the same time.

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