The weather actually dictates our makeup more than we think. As the sun starts to shine more frequently and with temperatures on the rise, it’s time for you to go through your makeup bag and take inventory of what needs to be changed.
I know you’ve heard it before but it’s true: you need foundation in more than just one color. I actually have three different foundations that I use throughout the year because of skin color changes due to the heat (or lack of heat in Chicago). No one has skin that remains the same color throughout an entire year, unless they are plastic mannequins. Try your favorite brand, but a shade or two lighter for the colder months, and select another shade for those times when you’ve been exposed to the sun more frequently. Side-note: I hope you all are using sunscreens and foundations that contain SPF to protect your skin. To my readers of African descent, you should never believe the myth that Black people don’t get skin cancer, as it’s simply not true. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Another weather related tip? Waterproof your makeup for those sultry days and nights when you want to look fabulous. If you’re rolling with your crew and your makeup is rolling right off your face, that’s not a good look. There is a difference between a “glow” and a “no.” We’ve all seen photos of sweaty-faced folks who didn’t realize their makeup deserted them. I’ve actually BEEN that person! While the waterproof makeup of the past was challenging to apply and even more difficult to remove, today’s products are much more easier to work with and they hold up well in various temps. I love Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliners for several reasons. First, they come in tons of fantastic shades, and second, the liners glide over my lids quite easily, blend well (very important when you’re using waterproof products), and yet are just as easy to remove after a long day (or night). For mascara, I love the waterproof version of L’oreal Voluminous!
I really love Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free primer and use it often when I want to waterproof my foundation. It helps my foundation last all day. If you have oily skin, try Stila Stay All Day Foundation, which melts into your skin and provides great coverage. There are tons of brands out there that you may have to try in order to see what works best for your skin and your lifestyle. So let’s do a recap:
For those of you who are not familiar, beauty emporium Sephora partnered with color company expert Pantone, to develop an identification system for matching foundation accurately. I had been TRYING to get myself to physical store (I shop for makeup and beauty products online more than in person) for MONTHS, but finally, I had a day to myself where I could explore my own Color IQ.
As a makeup artist, I am used to mixing foundations for clients and for myself, to achieve the perfect color. I have eczema, and as a result, my face is discolored due to old eczema rashes that healed but caused hyperpigmentation (the skin darkened due to an increase in melanin). It takes me forever to find the right foundation (actually, make that plural, as I have to use more than one), so I was quite curious to see if Color IQ would correctly identify which foundation would work best for my face.
First of all, let me just say that the Sephora employees at the Lincoln Park location here in Chicago are AWESOME! Asia helped me identify my Color IQ by taking 3 pictures of my face with the hand-held camera that exclusively photographed my skin in total darkness for an accurate view of the true color of my skin, without distractions from fluctuating things like natural light, etc. Once she took the pictures, I received an on-screen list of the best foundations for my skin color. There were 16 total, and I also was given variations if I needed to select a foundation that was lighter or darker depending on my preference. The list was then emailed to me, which I thought was extremely helpful, even for a professional. With so many foundations out there, I can sometimes forget what works best for me! Here’s my list below (but please keep reading after the list and pictures):
I decided to try the first foundation on the list, which is Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 180 Brown. I have red undertones in my skin and this foundation really made my skin look natural but I did notice that I had to apply more than one layer to get the best coverage. If you follow my blog, then you must know that I ADORE Make Up For Ever (MUFE) and use many of their products, but the HD foundation was one that I had not yet tried. I think that it really gave my skin an airbrushed quality that looked fantastic in both natural and artificial light. I’ve seen other bloggers post that the foundation did not work for them (i.e. it was too oily, didn’t give enough coverage, etc.), but I have dry skin, and it worked for me.
I used my Stila One Step Foundation Brush to blend the foundation, and I have to say, I was really pleased with the overall results! Now that I have my list of new “go to’s” for foundation, I am going to start testing out the Color IQ theory more extensively.
“Sugar and spice, and everything nice…” makes me think of soft, sweet, girly, girl style. Guess what? Pink is not just for little girls. Check out the gloss pink lip on my beautiful
Real Women Wear Pink
client. We collaborated on the look, doing a smokey eye, but incorporating more shimmer and pink (I’m a girly girl at heart). Stila lip pencil and lip gloss gave my client the pretty pout without the “bubblegum matte” look that seems to be so popular these days. I actually picked up the Stila colors (Gumdrop Lip Gloss and Aspiring Lip Pencil) from Amazon.com, since these were two of my favorites that were discontinued. MUA’s can testify to how much we search and horde makeup once we stumble upon the products that make us throw up our hands to the heavens!
A smokey eye doesn’t have to be created with just black or dark shadows. For this look, the eyes were lined, but more neutral, shimmery tones were used, with deeper colors only swept across the outer crease and lid areas. I used a combination of MAC, Magnolia Makeup, and OCC pigments to create the shimmery, smokey eye, added Make Up For Ever Aqua Black for liner, went back over the liner with MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and topped off the look with Ardell lashes in 110.
Did you think this post was about something naughty? Well shame on you! I’m not THAT kind of girl (wink)! I’m just in lust with my new Stila Custom Color Blush that adjusts to my skin tone, to create the perfect color! Stila came up with the brilliant idea to create a pretty, ph-balanced, powder blush that can adjust itself to accommodate the skin tones of everyone, regardless of skin color. It’s shockingly pink in the container, but glides on very sheer and gives just the right amount of color to your cheeks. It’s not too bold and not too translucent. I’d have to say, this is one of the best blush colors I’ve used in a while! You can go directly to http://www.stilacosmetics.com to order yours, or stop into your local department store (JC Penny)
or beauty store (Sephora, Ulta,) to try it out.