Post # 1
I have a question. Normally I don’t wear very much makeup…eye liner, mascara, maybe lip gloss. So I’m needing to know if there is a difference in concealer or foundation, if you wear both of them or if you prefer powder or liquid. I went to the store and was overwhelmed by the options. Also, I don’t live in a huge city so…no Sephora….does anyone have any good makeup recommendations that are available at a local department store…ie walmart, target, dillards…that sort of thing. Thanks guys!
Post # 3
Concealer is usually heavier and is used to cover blemishes, under eye circles, etc. Foundation goes on your whole face and evens out your skin tone, and depending on the coverage, also can help cover blemishes etc. Powder can be used on it’s own as a light coverage foundation or over liquid to "set" it.
I personally use mineral makeup (like a powder) from Bare Escentuals and I love it. You can use it for light coverage or heavy based on the brush that you use, and it stays all day. It reflects light and it’s actually good for your skin. It doesn’t look like you are wearing makeup, it just looks like you have perfect skin
You can order it online at http://www.bareescentuals.com or through Sephora online http://www.sephora.com. The customer service people on the phone will help you pick your perfect shade and the starter kit comes with 2 colors so you can mix them to get the perfect shade.
A similar option that’s available at department stores is cover effects mineral makeup.
Post # 4
I love Clinique for a department store brand. And Target has a line called Boots No7 that they sell exclusively that is really nice. But if you’re really confused about where to start, I would go to a department store counter because they will show you how to use their products.
As far as concealer vs. foundation goes, foundation goes over your whole face and neck to even out your skin tone and give the other makeup (blush, eyeshadow) something to stick to. Concealer is used to cover up a specific spot, ie under eye circles or a pimple. Generally you wear them both, although you don’t have to. I have used both liquid and mineral powder and like them both. I actually use the mineral powder stuff in the winter and liquid in the summer. I don’t know why, but my complexion seems to change with the seasons.
I hope this helps at least a little. Good luck!
Post # 5
you could go to any of the counters at dillards for help. i personally love clinique products and tossed all my old makeup for a fresh clinique face for my wedding. they’re really helpful with their reccomendations and they’ll do a trial for you so you can see what it will look like.
Post # 6
yes…there is a difference bw the two.
the concealer is used to covermarks or blemishes, dark circles, ect. the foundation is used to give your overall complexion an even finish as most complexions have some variations to it. it also acts as the base on which other makeup is built upon…thus the term.
personally, i prefer powder foundation. I like the powders, specifially loose powders, bc it keeps shine at bay all day (for me).
i love Bare Minerals (u know that information thats always on?) and have used that exclusively on my face for the past 4 years.
several store brands are coming otu with their version of mineral makeup. i haven’t tried any of them, but often there are coupons for L’Oreal in the Sunday paper. i’m a big fan of their lipsticks.
the starter kits for BM are about $50, i think. (foundations, blush, other cool powders) that lasted me a very long time. very. u get a ton of stuff in there. otherwise, i would try L’Oreal and Covergirl. bc of the coupon factor…lol. i love a bargain.
Post # 7
sorry for repeating….when i got here there were no other comments! i posted and there were 4!
but i cant quite rave about Bare Minerals (thru Bare Escentuals) enough! as the above poster mentioned, its very light and gives a natural appearance. the way it refects light is perfect for photographs. i can see the difference in pics i have taken.
Great stuff! Great investment!
Post # 8
Go to Dillards, walk up to a makup counter (I suggest Clinique) and tell them what you just told us! They will happily do your make-up for you right then and there, explain the process, and if you like it in the end, write down the products used.
Post # 9
I’ve tried the Loreal and Cover Girl mineral makeups and they are not really mineral makeups, they just have some minerals in them. They are like using a very heavy powder. The particles are bigger, so you don’t get the same look you get with the real mineral makeups. It looks kinda cakey in my opinion.
Post # 10
ewww….cakey is not good. not what you’re after.
skip those. i retract my suggestion.
a friend of mine used M.A.C. at her September wedding. it was outdoors and it was well over 95 degrees. (SC)
her makeup held up well. we just talked about this the other day (can’t believe i forgot) she said by the end of the day, she didnt even have any shine. she was impressed.
many department stores have M.A.C.
Post # 11
As for mineral make-up — I love bare ecentuls, but I have recently switched to ColoreScience — it is from the same woman who originally created bare ecentulas. I purchase it through my day spa. It isn’t as messy as the bare minerals, it is easier to use, and the colors match my skin better. It has a built in spf of 20.
Post # 12
As most of the bees have said, you will generally use both foundation (all over your face) and concealer (for problem spots) and you may have a couple different kinds of concealer (one for blemishes, one for undereye area). A make-up base is also a nice idea, especially an eye-shadow and/or lipstick primer, as it gives your makeup more staying power. Not only will you probably wear different kinds of foundation summer and winter, you will probably wear different shades, unless you are the kind of person who never gets any sun regardless of the season. I have lived in a number of big cities and used a number of high-dollar products, and I keep coming back to Clinique. It works well with my skin, its a reasonable price, and the products are good. I would go to the Clinique counter at your local Macy’s, Dillards, or whatever, and have them do the works for you! You may want to start out with a few products, and work your way up to the whole suite, or you will probably have a little sticker shock. Tell them what kind of look you want, and that its for your wedding. If you’re not happy with the look you get, I would encourage you to keep trying. You may need a different line of products, or you may just have not communicated very effectively with the salesgirl. You can also call around and see if you have a local Mary Kay consultant – they generally do a very nice job and you may be more comfortable in someone’s home (or even in your home) playing with different colors and types of products rather than in the department store.
Post # 13
some people have skin that is sensitive to the ingredients in Bare Escentuals or BE (i.e. bismuth oxychloride). people have reported an itchy reaction.
I loved BE, but then switched to Everyday Minerals (http://www.everydayminerals.com), which doesn’t have bismuth oxychloride. they offer different types of coverage, and you can get free samples (you just pay for shipping). This is my everyday makeup.
As for wedding makeup, I may turn to my local MAC or Shu Uemura counter for a more professional application. I’m just too nervous to do it myself!
Post # 14
I don’t wear a ton of make-up either – and have the bare minerals to wear when I want to dress up.
Besides it looking great and being good for your skin – I feel like you can’t mess up! Which is great for me since I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing 🙂 The brushes make it really easy to apply and it looks so natural!!
Also it may seem a little pricey, but the started kits have discounted and it seems to last forever! I’ve had it for a year and then only thing I’ve had to buy again is the Mineral Veil. (Granted I don’t wear it everyday, but I go through phases when I do)
Ulta only offers 3 or 4 starter kits so it’s only those 3/4 shade combinations. If you order through the bare ecentuals site they have some more choices. I needed their lightest colors so I had to order through that site. The starter kit also comes with a video – so even if you have to order it online – you’ll get some instruction 🙂 I just looked at the started sets offered by Sephora, Ulta, and Bare Escentials and I think the main website offers the best brushes/freebies for your money followed by Sephora 🙂
Swirl, Tap, Buff 🙂 Good Luck!