A blank canvas

make up 3Makeup is and should be fun.  Wanting to put your best face forward should be easy and leave you feeling confident to tackle the day. There is nothing worse than getting a couple hours into your day and noticing that your makeup is fading, creasing, blotching or even caking into your pores.  Creating a good “canvas” should be your primary goal.  Adding definition and color . . .  blush, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick . . .  is just the icing on the cake.

Obviously it’s all about great skin care and the products you apply.  That is THE most important thing!  Once that’s all in place, I seriously recommend a  good primer.  I never really thought about it but when I started to incorporate it into my makeup regimen, I noticed “the face” lasted all day and without all the problems listed above.  It seals in your products and is like a “spackle” for your skin.  Laura Geller, makeup artist that started in theater cosmetics, created a product called “Spackle” for just that reason.  I also love Tarte and Smashbox primers.  A quick tip . . .  I use Laura Geller’s Waterproof Eye Spackle as an eye lid primer or for a little illumination I will sometimes use Laura Mercier Eye Basics Base as well.

As for foundation . . .  obviously it’s a matter of preference.  I find that powder base works best for oily skin and fluids better on dryer skin.  I can only speak from experience, but my skin is so crazy sensitive/oily, I had to try everything to figure it out.   I tend to use fluids in the winter and powders in the summer.  Like skincare, makeup should be seasonal.  You really can’t use the same products every day, year round and expect great results.  It just won’t happen.  I also don’t believe in “finishing” powders on the skin unless it’s additional sunscreen (Colorescience Sunforgettable powder is fabulous for extra protection) or an illuminizer (more on that later as it’s my favorite makeup trick).  A side note here . . . I’m obsessed with BB creams (beauty balms)!  More on that later as well, but for a quick, slap on, go to the gym, run errands on the weekend . . .  BB creams are wonderful!

Concealer is next.  This is where it gets tricky.  There are so many marginal concealers out there and trust me . . . I have tried hundreds of them in search of the best.  This is where I’m tempted to start my own makeup line.  They all say they won’t crease . . .  HA!  99.9% of them do!  The best concealers should glide easily over the skin while providing good coverage.   I am now using IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer.  Both are moisturizing and adhere to the skin under the eye beautifully.  Because they do moisturize, this is where you may have to pat a little powder to set as it won’t crease as bad.  Cle de Peau Beauty to this day is my number one fave in this category but is very pricey.  Also one final point on concealers . . . . do not put it all around the bottom part of your eye.  Unless you have discoloration there, just apply it where the dark circles are.   If you bring it all the way around, it will definitely crease and accentuate lines.

Make sure your eyebrows are “on” if you have to pencil them in or just brush them in place if you’re one of the lucky ones that has full beautiful brows as they really do “frame” the face and are super important.

If your skin is in good shape, your makeup will look amazing. Keeping it minimal is the key to aging skin.  Less is more!  This all may sound like a lot but if you find those few products that do the job well, it can all be done in minutes and now you can paint your canvas and go.  PS . . .  you won’t need that much “paint” if your canvas rocks!

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