Post # 1
Hey ladies! I’m a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding this summer, and while we’re getting our hair professionally done, we’re on our own for makeup.
I’ve got my day-to-day makeup routine down, but I’ll admit that I’m not the best at special-occasion makeup.
Does anyone have recommendations for long-wearing makeup I can get at the drugstore? (As much as I’d love to hit up the cosmetic counters at the mall, for money reasons, I’m sticking to things I can pick up at a drugstore or grocery store).
I have oily-to-combination skin, so shine is a concern, as is eyeshadow creasing and eyeliner smudging. So I’m definitely interested in things that will help keep my face matte and fresh. I’m also interested in primers if anyone knows a good one!
Post # 3
I’m afraid I’m not much help in this department, but my sister swears by a foundation-extending primer by Rimmel.
Post # 4
I’m far from a makeup expert, but at the recommendation of an Ulta sales associate, I’ve been using Revlon Colorstay foundation (the combination/oily skin version) and it has been very good to me. It really does just stay on, and I’m terrible about forgetting I have makeup on and rubbing it off, but this stuff goes nowhere and gives great coverage, but not too heavy, very matte. I sometimes get a little oily, but nothing major.
Got nothing on primers, but I think I’ve read that some E.L.F. Primers are very similar to Make Up Forever primers. Can’t vouch for that at all, but none of their stuff is expensive and it might be worth a try.
Post # 5
@ItsPronounced_ABear: Thank you! I’ll check for that. 🙂
@TankGirl: Ooh, great idea! I use Revlon Colorstay for eyeliner — not sure why I haven’t ventured into their foundation yet. That sounds perfect! And I’ll have to look up the E.L.F. primers. Thanks!!!
Post # 6
Ive heard the same thing about Revlon Colorstay. I also use E.L.F HD powder and Its just as good as MUF’s version! And super cheap! If youre looking for a primer, just try Monistat Chafing Gel, has the same ingredients as Studio Gears primer.
Post # 7
@Gemstone: I don’t usually wear foundation, but when I do, I wear Stila, it’s awesome and worth the price tag. It doesn’t feel cakey or heavy at all. There’s an organic mascara I bought at Target that I love, Physician’s Formula.
Word of warning though, it’s not waterproof, so if you’re a crier at weddings this is NOT the right mascara to wear!
Post # 8
@misschickpea: Thanks for the E.L.F. recommendation! And oh my gosh — does the Monistat thing really work? That’s super cool and super crazy all at the same time!
Post # 9
@bakerella: I am SUCH a crier at weddings, but I’m usually able to control myself when I’m actually in the wedding. Thank you!!!
Post # 10
@Gemstone: A few years ago one of the Bees talked about it (maybe Star?). It is exactly the same as Smashbox primer (just not the light version so you might want to tread lightly with oily skin).
Post # 11
Maybelline makes a dream matte mousse that Ive heard lots of good things about. Ive used other mousse products and i love them because they tend to sit better on my face. It sorta looks airbrushed if applied right and it feels lighter on the skin. Ive also heard good things about revlon colorstay. I think it would be a bit heavier on the skin but it will probably last longer
For primer, i know this sounds weird but try monistat soothing care chafing Relief gel-powder. From what Ive heard it works really well as a primer, it banishes oily spots, feels like velvet, and wont Make your break out. And hey if it doesnt work for you, you are only out about 4 bucks and you have awesome chafing gel. I love this stuff in the summer!
Eta: someone beat me too it and recommended the gel too!
Post # 12
@Gemstone: Yay, glad to help! By the same token, I haven’t tried their eyeliner, maybe I will. 🙂
Post # 13
I agree with a few of the PPs: Monistat gel for primer, Revlon Colorstay for foundation, and ELF powder as a setting powder.
I also love Revlon Voluminous carbon black waterproof mascara, ELF eyeshadow primer, and NYX eyeshadows & glosses. ELF makes a great setting spray, too, but the bottle tends to spray unevenly. I just pour it into a different bottle that sprays a finer mist, and it works great for blending my powder/foundation (i.e. not making me cakey & powdery) & helping my makeup last longer.
I have a lot of makeup counter products, and all the ones above compare, IMO, to the higher end brands. I have yet to find a good concealer that I like, though 🙁
Post # 14
A great waterproof mascara is Maybelline’s “The Colossal” Volum Express mascara. I once wore this mascara in a torrential downpour and it didn’t budge.
If you have oily/combination skin like me, stay far, far away from the Revlon Cream Eyeshadow pots. This eyeshadow creases like crazy.
Unfortunately there is not a lot of really good drugstore makeup that will stay put all day. If you can scrape together the cash, I would advise you to hit up Sephora or Ulta and try the Benefit counter – they have a great pore-minimizing primer called “Porefessional” ($29) and their creaseless cream eyeshadow ($19) does not move all day long even through crying and sweating. You really do get what you pay for in terms of makeup.
Best of luck!
Post # 15
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I’m learning so much!!!
P.S. I did a Google search and came up with this article about using the chafing gel as primer!
@panterapeach: You make a good case for trying that stuff out! I’ll also have to try the mousse stuff. Light products sound good!
@les105: Wow, thanks so much for all of the recommendations, especially for eyes!
@marie_antoinette: Ooh, you’re right! Cream eyeshadows are a disaster on me. And I’m totally not opposed to getting a couple of products from Sephora or somewhere — I just didn’t want to get things for my whole face there and end up spending $100+ for one day of fancy makeup. 😉 I will look into those. Thank you!!!
Post # 16
@TankGirl: I have issues with eyeliner smudging by the middle of the day, but the colorstay eyeliner usually stays in place for most of the day! I like the crayon-like eyeliner, not the pencil. The liquid stays put pretty well too, but I’m not great at applying it evenly.