Happy day, reader dearest!
This will be the last post of September. Wowza. Where has the month gone? September is traditionally the back to school, back to routine month, but this year? Maybe not so much.
Back-to is always a bumpy time. Transitions are not always easy, are they? This September has felt like back-to-me and back-to-simple, and bumpy along the way. I’ve been working hard on refining what I want in my world. That means clothes, stuff, schedules and committments. Choosing what I want more of in my world and what to release to make room for the more I need and want.
Since much of September was about simplicity and I want October to be about color, what better way to segue from one into the other than to chat about makeup? Specifically what colored makeup products do I throw on on a no-makeup-makeup day?
For me, and for a client when I do a 5-Minute Makeup during a color consultation, a no-makeup-makeup is all about defining and adding life/brightness. We’re not trying to create a flawless complexion or sculpt cheekbones. That’s lovely for photo shoots and special events. The everyday goal is to look like you. A well rested and bright you! Fast.
I was late to the skincare game. (Oh, the things I would tell my 30 year old self!) I regret that. But I’ve learned! Yes, I always start with moisturizer (WITH spf) and some serum. (I’m hooked on Beautycounter’s Vitamin C Serum. If you are looking to try it, I can connect you with my dealer…)
Otherwise for a quick and easy face (or on vaycay), you’ll find me with… (In order of application:)
I like mine lightweight. Really lightweight. I want light coverage for see-through complexion smoothing. An extra dab under the eyes to lighten darkness. Like your skin only less uneven. Some freckles and veins showing through looks more real. Apply it however you like, dabs and fingers or dabs and a brush. I used to use the brush, but I’ve come to like how the warmth of my fingers helps thin and smooth whatever I apply.
Because as I get older, my brows are getting lighter and more sparse. I was never much of a brow plucker so it seems quite unfair! To add insult to injury, the individual hairs, although less tightly packed are much longer and have a mind of their own. Ugh. Sometimes I use brow pencil and stick them down with hairspray OR sometimes I’ll use a brow pomade to fill in the color and wrangle the wiley strays. I’m still looking for my dream product. I know I should try microblading. Ow. Sigh. Has anyone out there hennaed their brows?
I’ve never had long lush lashes. Not in my DNA. As a child, my lashes were mouse that faded to blonde at the tips. No worries, that’s why mascara exists! I’ve been wearing mascara forever. I really mean forever. I remember my mom putting mascara on my lashes for dance performances when I was a girl… Maybelline cake mascara in the red sliding plastic tray. Does anyone else out there remember that?
(My lashes HAVE grown longer and more lush since I’ve been using coconut oil to remove my eye makeup. Not sure if it’s causation or correlation, but I thought I’d share.)
Mama bought me my first tube of mascara and I remember her saying Once you start wearing mascara, it’s hard to stop. She was right. I don’t feel like myself without my lashes. Yes, I know I could get lash extensions, but that seems even more like a case of Once you start… And I don’t want a habit that expensive!
I’m religious about replacing my mascara every three months, or sooner. If I get an eye infection, the mascara drops immediately into the rubbish bin and I open a new one once the issue is cleared up. I’ll try whatever mascara looks interesting as long as it is dark brown or brownish-black and waterproof. For a review of other mascaras I’ve used, read this post.
Blush/Tinted Lip Balm
This is an either/or because when purchased properly, one can do the job of both! Choose an undertone and depth of color that flatters your personal coloring. A well applied blush lifts and lightens the face! We’re not talking sculpting here, just a wash of color.
Blush is having a revival this fall and winter, which is good, because the cold seasons are when we can all use a little extra lifting and lightening! I particularly like the all-in-one looks with the same color for blush, lids and even lips. (Dreamy for travel packing!) For the most natural look, a light swipe with a creamy or gel blush or tinted lip balm can work enlivening miracles. Note: In summer, I prefer a powder blush because Georgia = Ridiculous Heat + Humidity…
An old theatre makeup technique. Dab a bit of white shadow at the inner corner of each eye. I like one with a little shimmer. I know, everyone tells us ladies of a certain age to avoid shimmer, but I’m not talking frosted blue shadow here and certainly NOT glitter! A little shimmer reflects light, making the eyes look more open and bright. Blush and a dab of white together make up for a multitude of sins… Or help fake a decent night’s sleep! If your coloring is warm, try a light peach. Look for one lighter than your skin tone.
How About You?
Do you remember cake mascara? What are your everyday beauty products? Were you smart enough to start skincare early? Do you define your brows? Have you hennaed or microbladed them? Lash extensions? What self-care would you share with your younger self? What beauty products can’t you do without?
Make the world a more beautiful place! Share your wisdom and favorites here for all of us to get the skinny. Who knows, maybe we’ll find something amazing and new…