For years I've been low key when it comes to my makeup, preferring the no makeup look to a face-full of color.
My arsenal's gotten even smaller since the birth of my twins five years ago; sunscreen du jour, Mac's Omega shadow brushed on eyebrows (since 1991) and some sort of lip balm (the latest, Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick in Rosey).
But since turning forty a year and a half ago, the simple routine no longer cuts the mustard. The no makeup look has turned into the not enough makeup look.
Difficult for any over-fortier to pull off.
More than a few Sephora visits since that pivotal birthday has added to the list of products that now sit at my makeup station. Some of them have turned out to be just what I needed; a pop of color, a little more glow.
Others haven't held up, and so the search continues for the right mascara that doesn't make me want to itch my eyeballs out of my head, or a foundation that evens things out without making me look like a Kardashian.
What's in your beauty arsenal? Are you a minimalist or do prefer to play more with color?
- Mac Omega Matte Shadow. Used with a slanted brush, it's the perfect color for natural blondes.
- Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil in Honey Blonde. I started using this when training for my marathon. My natural eyebrows are getting lighter every year and I needed something that would stay put when I sweat. Never leave home without your eyebrows!
- Josie Maran Argan Oil Color Stick. These come in two sizes and can be used on cheeks or lips. I hardly ever use it on my cheeks, because I do better with powder blush, but this feels great on lips. It's my go to. I think I'd like the pink one, too.
- Stilla Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. Stilla's stains are great and they really do last. When I'm not using the Josie Maran on my lips I like the Crush or the Passion Fruit (which is a pinky peach).
- Urban Decay Pale Peach Matte - ABC Gum. A million years ago I used an Aveda eyeshadow that was the perfect peach with a teensy bit of shimmer that I could sweep across the lid and would stay all day. Sadly it was discontinued and my search has continued for a replacement. I like this Urban decay. Older skin doesn't do so well with too much shimmer, so I went matte. Still searching for that Aveda twin.
- Mac Studio Fix Mascara in black. I would like to wear mascara everyday, but my eyes won't have it. For a few years I did great with an Almay lash tint. It was the perfect amount of color (really darkened up the lashes), but didn't get thick the more you layered on. Of course, it was discontinued, so I spend most days without that pop of alertness that a good mascara provides.
- Dior Mono Shadow in Peach Beige Sheen. Back in the eighties I had my makeup done with a Chanel quad. I looked like a drag queen and decided that so many layers of eyeshadow were not for me, hence my love for a sweep of color. I've heard nothing but great things about Dior. This could be perfect.
- I love the look of a rosy glow and have tried many over the years. My current favorite is Lorac Cheek Stamp in Hibiscus, but this Dior Healthy Glow Awakening Blush (even though it looks flourescent) has gotten really good reviews for delivering the perfect glow from within.
- My dermatologist had me try the GloMineral Pressed Base in Natural Fair and it was love at first mirrored look. Using a Kabuki brush it covered beautifully, matched perfectly, and could be swiped on once, lasting all day. The doctor isn't carrying it anymore (moving toward only carrying Jane Iredale), but writing this makes me wonder. Why don't I just buy it online?
- The search for the right foundation continues to haunt me. Knowing from experience that a tinted moisturizer is not enough coverage for aging skin that spent too many years in the sun, I gave the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream a try. It's nice, but still doesn't cover as I'd like leaving me to wonder if I'm entering the years of real heavy-duty foundation. I feel a GloMinerals purchase coming on.
- I've been using this Laura Mercier full coverage Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory for the past few days. It's very soft and feels moisturizing on the skin. I've read a lot of makeup artists blogs that praise it for being the best (for coverage). I do think a powder is needed to set it, though. It did slide off my face without a dusting.
- My favorite, newest discovery is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal. A highlighting powder, which can be used with Hourglass' brush or (as I do) a fan brush, adds a bit of radiance to skin. The powders come in six different glows to mimic different light.