Post # 1
Okay so I’m getting REALLY frustrated with makeup. I don’t wear makeup often and when I do it’s usually mascara and sometimes foundation. I have acne oilly/combo skin. Sometimes my face is “clear” where I feel okay about myself but most days it just looks horrible and I have zero confidence at all so I don’t even bother with makeup. At first my plan was to have my friend do my makeup because she is rather talented. This is what she did:Overall I liked it but I could still see spots and I HATE my undereyes so we figured I just need a better concealer. It got weird cracky/cakey and my pores were just huge after an hour.
So after reading I decided maybe I will do a MUA trial to see how it goes. Decided to try airbrush. Worst experience ever! She didn’t match color, I looked like I had a horrible spray tan, no contour/blush/highlight, and I still saw WAY too many spots! This was after wiping off half! GROSS! Not to mention it made my pores look way bigger than the traditional makeup. This was in Sephora because I went straight there and even the girls there couldn’t believe how bad it was. This really put me in a slump, lots of tears that day.
So my maid of honor/cousin set me up with her MUA friend that works for MAC I did a more subtle eye and I loved the eye in person but hated the face makeup and the eye didn’t stand out enough in pictures. It looked like my “when I wear makeup” face. My nonMUA friend did better job. Another trial that brought me down….Still with dark circles and acne marks. This was after I added more eyeliner and lip color.
On to the next trial, with another airbrush. This time with “good” results but didn’t feel like me. I Looked like a completely different person. I still want to look like me. She did an amazing job concealing. I finally got a little more confidence knowing I CAN look good on my wedding day, but as the day went on (like an hour after trial) that confidence went away. Even though I look great in photo and at a distance, I felt it looked GROSS in person like it made me look old and wrinkly. This before picture isn’t too bad. This is when my skin is “clear” most times I’m way more broken out.I HATED the lip and the shadow winged out a little far for my liking and I felt I just looked so fake. This was after I rubbed off a lot of the lip…
It just got really gross looking real quick I felt I got really self conscious in public. If I could see the weird cakey/powdery/wrinkleness other people can. So do I go with this airbrush? I don’t want to look gross in person. I think I like traditional makeup better it looks more natural to a point. I’m thinking of doing a trial with this MUA again but using traditional since her concealing skills were amazing. I’m just so tired of spending so much money on trials. I just want to feel pretty.
This is me when I do my own makeup. Just simple (this was a good skin day) and my photographer does good editing. Here’s a no makeup day. Moderate breakout. Feel like I look like a 12 year old.
I’m just at a loss. Thinking doing one more trial and then just giving up…..
Post # 3
@PTinfinity4414: I would try the makeup artist that did the airbrush concealing well, but with traditional makeup and see how you like it. If she puts a good primer on beforehand, it can make all the difference in how it holds up. Silicone based primers tend to keep the makeup more fluid so you don’t get the dry, cracked texture after a while. I would get in touch with her and see what product line she uses and whether it’s compatible with combination type skin.
Post # 4
@PTinfinity4414: I think I like either your friend’s makeup (the first set of pics) or trying the MUA with regular makeup instead of airbrushing. On the plus side, you look beautiful regardless, so you’ll certainly look beautiful on your wedding day!
As a side note, our skin looks very similar. I started taking Zinc every day about a month ago, and I haven’t worn concealer since. I couldn’t believe it was all I needed to clear up my skin (I’ve tried nearly everything with no luck) Maybe it might help you too!
Post # 5
@PTinfinity4414: I think you look great, but your skin is very sensitive. The airbrush was way overdone. The makeup that your cousin set you up for looks good (pink scarf). Your natural complexion is very good. If you want to try airbrush again, I suggest a much lighter coat.
Post # 6
I like the first set of make up or the airbrush by dollface. I think your expectations that make up will look 100% natural is unrealistic. There will be flaws or your skin issues will shine through unfortunately. Maybe start a skin regime to clear up your skin and remove that ever it is you don’t like about your under eyes. I think you look beautiful in the first one I don’t see any problems until you point them out
Post # 7
@PTinfinity4414: It’s going to be hard to like a full face of makeup like in your trials because you just arent used to it! It looks like the foundation oxidized on your skin, that’s why you’re looking a little cakey in some of the pictures. I would try a lightweight but somewhat full coverage foundation that gives your face a dewy finish and try applying it with a beauty blender. Try the Loreal Lumi foundation, it is amazing. As for your blemishes, try MAC prolongwear concealer and just spot treat the acne lightly. I think you will look gorgeous with the correct products! Let me know if you need more recommendations – I can link you some stuff 🙂
Post # 8
@PTinfinity4414: I like the first look as well- you dont have undereye circles in it at all! you just look like a (beautiful) human! So dont cake on the concealer. And I would do a pinkier blush and more black mascara. But really- you look great! And you will look gorgeous with natural light and a pro photographer- you certainly do in the e pics!
Post # 9
I would try the second MUA with the great airbrush again. Explain your concerns and she should be able to ‘tone it down’ so to speak. Also invest in a really good face moisturizer and apply it about a week before your next trial. I’m thinking the airbrush foundation wont look so weird after an hour or so. I had airbrush makeup and I loved it, it stayed amazing the entire day.
Also, you are freaking beautiful. That is all.
Post # 10
I think dollface did a FANTASTIC job on your makeup, you look gorgeous.
I also think that you may have unrealistic expectations of makeup.. I mean.. if you are wearing it, people will be able to tell it’s there – you may feel like it’s overwhelming because you don’t wear it often!, but from your picture I see that it is really cakey.
I would have her try again, and express your concerns, maybe even show her the picture of the cakey-ness.
Do your mosturize? You may need a good non-oily moisturizer.. or, try to balance out your skin.
I have oily/combo skin, and I’ve been using dickenson’s witch hazel pore perfecting toner.. it has seriously done WONDERS for my skin. I use it 3 times a day [once in the morning after my shower, once when I get home to remove makeup/dirt from work, and once before bed. After about 3 weeks I noticed a HUGE improvement in my skin. My breakouts were happened less often, my pores were looking smaller/tighter, redness in my cheeks was fading, and the dry spots I had on my chin were gone! I never have to moisturize anymore.
It only costs $6 and lasts me around 3 months.. I would say give it a shot!
If you do, get this exact kind ^^
Post # 11
Thank you to everyone for your responses. I don’t feel I have unrealistic expectations. I do wear full coverage foundtion frequently (on a day off if going out with friends/family) I know it won’t be “perfect” but I have also seen people with way worse skin than me look good. I just haven’t found the right concealer/makeup for me. I seen heavy makeup blend really well and cover but still have a natural look.
As for skin regimen, I have one….been dealing with this crap skin for 14 years! For the last 6 months I’ve been extra focused on it though. In the morning I wash with Neutrogena pore refining cleanser then use acne spot treatment and Yes to Tomatoes daily balancing moisturizer. Night time I use deep clean cream cleanser and moisturize again with added Seveth Generation tea tree oil booster. I have also been using a ROC undereye cream daily which I can see a little change. I have been on a schedule with drinking tons of water, have really cut down on caffeine, sugar, and junk, and have added vitamins. I take extra vitamin C and have been taking zinc for past 3 months. Since starting the vitamins I have seen a little improvement.
@OnceUponATime: What kind of zinc are you taking? I know there are different kinds and so many people say it does wonders but I don’t really see it. Maybe I’m not taking enough?
@lavenderstone: She actually used a couple different primers on different parts of my face which i’ve never seen done before. Like one in my oily tzone and another on my dry spots.
@jenilynevette: I’ve tried many different toners but never really saw a difference. I might try this one.
Again, thank you for your kind words but I just have never really felt beautiful. I’ve trying though. I have been trying to focus on the things I do like about my appearance instead of focusing so much on the flaws. I’m a work in progress but hearing it from complete strangers oddly helps.
Post # 12
Honestly, I’m not a big believer in vitamins. We get most of our vitamin needs from eating a well-balanced diet. But! I started taking extra strength Biotin to help with some rather painful cystic break outs (right behind my ears, wtf?) that I get around my period. It’s really helped out a lot and because it’s water soluable you can’t REALLY overdose on it. Even pre-natal vitamins help hair, skin, and nails.
I have oily combination skin, too. Took Accutane for 6mo in high school to help with my terrible skin (I have scars on my chest, arms, and back from the acne) and it did wonders. I learned the importance of moisturizing when you have oily skin. The more moisture you give your skin, the less it needs to produce on it’s own. I generally use the Bert’s Bees naturals acne wash followed by Neutrogena’s RapidClear spot remover pads on the bad break out bits, then Simple brand Replenishing moisturizer. Once a week I’ll do an at-home chemical peel where I clean my face, wipe it with the Neutrogena pads, then make a paste of baking soda and filtered water. Then I use lemon juice and rub it all over. This causes a chemical reaction that softens the skin and takes away a lot of gunk and the first layer of dead cells. The baking soda is an excellent abrasive. I then follow up with vitmin E oil as a moisturizer since it’s good for scarring, then go back to my normal schedule the next day. If chemical peels aren’t your thing, using the baking soda with the vitamin E oil on it’s own is pretty good. Just a tiny bit mixed with baking soda and rub it all over, then wipe clean.
Normally, I don’t wear makeup because everything breaks my skin out. But on the days I DO wear makeup, I keep it simple. I’ll moisturize. Then I’ll add a good layer of primer. Revlon’s Photoready primer is excellent for all skin tones. They even have a color correcting one if you’ve got really unevenly toned skin. Then, I just hit myself with a dusting of Physician’s Formula (talc-free, yay sensitive skin) mineral powder. If I’m using base or concealer, I’ll add a thin layer on top of the primer (Revlon’s Photoready 24hr liquid stuff isn’t bad but I don’t use it often) but before the powder. It’s not too bad over all and the primer makes it last all day unless I rub it all off.
Post # 13
I get that cakey look too which is why i did my own makeup for my wedding. The best thing i have found that gives moderate coverage and no cake is bare minerals. However, you MUST get the primer and use that first, and apply the foundation with a good foundation brush. No sponges. At least for me, it works wonders and I haven’t had any more problems.
Post # 14
The MUA who did the airbrushing, did she put on a mositurizing sealing coat? I forget what the name of this is. But its basically like a top coat on your make up to add moisture and seal in the make up. It prevents it from getting cakey on skin that thats to get dry with makeup. Maybe if you have this coat added the airbrush wont get cakey after a little while. I do like the airbrush make up on you to be honest, but i agree that the lips were a bit to much, you need more of a natural/nude color for your lips.
Post # 15
@Footballwife: no she didn’t. i did ask if on the wedding day she uses a setting spray and she said yes but had run out the day before at a wedding. i did like it minus the lips and a little ighter on eyes it was just how gross it looked shortly after. I’m going to schedule another trial with using traditional.
Post # 16
@PTinfinity4414: I’m taking a 50mg tablet from Target. I take it maybe every other day and have noticed a big change. (I try to take it daily, but I forget frequently!) I also remember reading that taking BC depletes your Zinc levels and I don’t eat much red meat, so I don’t get enough from my diet. 50mg has worked for me!