Just got back from vacation in San Francisco (yay!) Today I’d like to talk about something a little different, but in keeping with my goal of being Uniformly Dressed every day–I’d like to talk about dressing up our faces.
Confession: I’m terrible at makeup. I’m in my twenties and I still haven’t bought a proper bottle of foundation (nor do I really know how to use it.) Until last year, I really didn’t care what I did to my face. At best I washed it for work and put on some SPF protection before leaving. Maybe a layer of pressed powder on top, but that was if I had time before work. I also would routinely go outdoors and into the water sometimes with sunscreen, sometimes without, and I’ve always had small pimples/breakouts crop up on me even beyond my teen years. Never grew out of it. So I’m not really entirely qualified nor am I terribly comfortable about talking about what to do re: makeup/skincare.
What’s new this year? I’m trying to take better care of myself, and I’m growing up. I’m recognizing that wanting to feel beautiful is not hubris and learning how to put one’s self together ultimately helps me think better of myself, which is a worthy endeavor. I also believe people make snap judgments and I want to be perceived positively–hopefully as someone of health and good capabilities. No one will believe it if I look tired, rumply, or slovenly.
With that being said, I’ve been going around asking the women among my family and friends about their makeup/skincare routine. I am most interested in their ideas for their every day face, or what I call “Five Minute Face.” What is a Five Minute Face? To me, it is the bare minimum of what one would consider public-ready or put-together. If you only had five minutes to get your face ready for work, what would you put on, and why? I am interested to know what people consider a must. Here are the tools and potions I use for my Five Minute Face:
Face: Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion, Rimmel BB Cream Matte, L’Oreal True Match Super-blendable Powder
Eyebrows: Wet n Wild Coloricon Brow & Eye Liner, Dark Brown 652, Sonia Kashuk Eyebrow Comb/Brush
Lips: Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me
I like simplicity so I’ve hardly deviated from light coverage options (which I think are simple enough–they don’t require a sponge to apply or precise skin tone matching.) I’ve used the same tinted moisturizer since high school–CoverGirl’s CG Smoothers. Last year a few friends told me about BB cream, so I’ve been trying that. I like the Rimmel BB Cream in matte so far–it doesn’t have too strong a scent, doesn’t feel greasy or heavy going on my skin, and gives some light concealing coverage to blemishes and pimple scars (at least the fading ones.) I’ve only had it a week and so far no bad reaction to it, and it’s affordable at only $4.99 a tube (at least at Target.)
Since the BB cream already has SPF 15 in the formula, I’ve been using the PM Cerave Facial Moisturizing lotion underneath the BB cream for hydration. And here is where my lack of face science shows. My T-zone (especially my chin and cheeks) have been dry lately, to the point of peeling. I don’t know what’s different this month, or why it’s peeling, but I’m guessing that because I run regularly and am outdoors more, I could be getting sunburnt. I also have some topical medicine for the one or two stubborn pimples, and I know that gel has light-sensitive and skin-drying chemicals. I generally don’t have peeling, so let’s hope moisturizing will help alleviate that.
Once the lotion is on and dry, I just cover my face with the L’Oreal True Match Powder. I flip between the N3-N4 shades, depending on how tan I am. The brow fill-in is new–I learned that when I attended my friend’s wedding. I keep my brows full-grown and thread/pluck the strays, but there are some patches that are thinner. Those get filled in with the pencil and brushed out. I like doing my brows–who would have thought? They’re fun to define, and I feel like my smirks are jauntier with a fuller brow. I kid. A quick swipe of some kind of lip balm (I show the Maybelline Baby Lips here, but I am mighty fond of Cherry Chapstick as well) and I’m out the door. Sometimes I’ll just pocket the balm and put it on in the car, which happens more often than not.
All that production looks like this:
I can live with this amount of work for every day, but I’m open to learning new things/hearing suggestions. What is your daily face like–what are your must-dos? What are your favorite products to use, and do you have any tips for those of us still learning the ropes?