It’s been a while since we have talked about makeup. Makeup is definitely not my jam. When I was younger I wore very little. After too many years in the sun, acne scars, and almost 67 years we still have a love-hate relationship. I think I need to go to makeup school. I am sure you are far more skilled at makeup application than I am. Today, let’s share what is in your makeup bag. What are your favorite products and why?
WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG?
Let’s start with a foundation, or CC cream, or BB cream, or whatever in the heck you are using. I am currently using a mixture of It Cosmetics (CC Cream) and Bare Minerals. Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. I would love to wear the Bare Minerals on its own but unfortunately, it doesn’t offer me enough coverage at my age. I also really like the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet foundation. I am not using it at the moment because a helpful salesperson suggested a different shade and it is awful. That was $40 out the window.
Here are a couple of articles that might interest you if you are looking for something new.
I have been researching foundations and have heard very good things about IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation Have any of you tried it? Also, Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue. I think in my case the first might be the best option according to what I have read with my issues. I still have combination skin and will get the occasional pimple even at 67 yikes!! Would love to hear your thoughts.
Okay on to some of the products that are in my makeup bag that I love (there aren’t all that many I have to be honest).
I do absolutely love the Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue (their long-wearing lip color). I like the strawberry/red and the bright raspberry. Sandra Sallin has a couple of tutorials on lipstick and she knows her stuff. She is over 70!
It is the only one (other than the Stila which is a tad too drying for me) that won’t rub off with a mask, and it does not creep into the fine lines around the mouth. I also love the Lancome Artliner. I do not have a steady hand (not from old age I never have!) You can apply it to the upper waterline of the eye and it doesn’t look too harsh.
I Have tried several mascaras and I have finally landed on one that works for me. The Benefit They’re Real Mascara really does make me look like I actually have some lashes, and it doesn’t smudge all over the eye area.
There are several products that I am on the hunt for. I haven’t found a bronzer or blush that I am totally happy with. I have combination skin so a cream blush (what I should wear) tends to wear off. You can read my post here on the best blush for mature skin and how to apply it. On that list, I tried the Ilia, Milk, Shiseido (which I thought was my fairy godmother, not a cream, not a powder), and the Bobbie Brown. I love Bobbi Brown but, the color didn’t quite suit me. I liked the Ilia but didn’t love the color, so I am still on the hunt for the perfect blush (if there is such a thing). It’s complicated! The milk wasn’t pigmented enough for me.
I am also on the look for a new bronzer. I used an inexpensive loreal eye shadow for years (yep you heard me), and it honestly worked very well before there were better products out there. You can read my post what to look for in bronzers for mature skin here. I have been using the bare minerals version (I like their products) but am not totally sold. Many of you (including my dear friend the Contessa) said in the comments of that post that you are using the Guerlain Terra Cotta and have been for years.
I noticed it recently won the Allure Best of Beauty award so I am going to give it a shot if I can figure out what shade to order! I love that the ingredients are 96% natural.
Let’s talk about makeup products I am on the hunt for.
My eyes need major help. I don’t have thinning brows, but darkness at the inner circles and hooded eyes. How to apply eye makeup to hooded eyes? People always ask why I wear sunglasses in my outdoor photos. It’s simple I look like I have my eyes closed if I don’t. I have watched a couple of video tutorials. Kerry Lou of Silver Style Studio has a series where she is applying makeup to mature women, and how to apply eye makeup on hooded eyes. I wish I lived near her. I would love to take some classes from her. Angie from Hot and Flashy has some good eye makeup tutorials on Youtube as welhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=angie+hot+and+flashy+eyesl. I have to say I enjoy the tutorials most that are actually performed on mature women. Please share any that you have enjoyed.
Have any of you tried anything from Bobbi Brown’s clean line of makeup Jones Road? The concept reminds me of the Cindy Joseph line. Many may be too minimal for me in light of all my issues, but I think I am going to give ac couple of her products a try. She has a great shade matching quiz on her site where you can upload a picture and get their professional advice. I am awaiting the results of the quiz. I will keep you posted on that. Makeup is constantly evolving. Thank you for being here and reading What’s in Your Makeup Bag. Please share your favorites and what has worked for you. I will be back on Friday with my friend Brenda from 1010 Park Place. We are going to talk about a very controversial fashion trend (at least for women our age) a very controversial fashion topic. It isn’t ripped jeans. I guarantee there will be lots of lively conversation on this one. You won’t want to miss the fun.