Post # 1
I’m 27.5 years old, work a professional job with a doctorate, own a home and car and don’t know the FIRST thing about makeup. I would like to get some good quality makeup (step up from drugstore brands) that I can use to create a professional but natural face QUICKLY in the morning. What are your favorite brands? Are some brands better for certain complexions/looks? Should I go to a makeup counter? Tell me EVERYTHING.
Here’s a recent pic to see my coloring, etc (and my cute hubby).
Post # 3
I love Ulta stores. I don’t know if there’s one near you, but they do tend to give some of the best make up advice, and unlike a makeup counter, they aren’t tied to one specific brand so they can recommend lots of things that would be good for you.
I wear pur minerals powder foundation and bronzer, and I love every thing about it.
Post # 4
I LIVE off of Bare Minerals. My favorite foundation ever. I also love the Urban Decay Naked palette. It’s a palette of eyeshadows (all neutral colors), and I love Sonia Kashuk (target brand)!
Post # 5
thanks, girls! I have used Bare Minerals before but it tends to make me feel a little “chalky” if you know what I mean? We definitely have an Ulta near by so I will go check it out! I need something to:
– lighten/brighten under my eyes – I wear glasses all the time so shadows look even worse.
-even out redness around my nose/chin
– put some color in my pallid winter cheeks. lol!
Post # 6
I am obsessed with Laura Mercier. If you don’t have a problem with blemishes and just like to even out your skin tone, maybe try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. It’s quick, light, and requires less blending than typical foundation. I also really like Laura’s blushes, eyeshadows, and makeup brushes.
For concealer I prefer the Bobby Brown creamy concealer. It’s perfect for under eyes AND redness.
I like MAC lipsticks because they’re affordable and come in TONS of colors and formulas.
My favorite foundation is Dior, but it’s pretty expensive.
I don’t use department lipglosses, mascaras or liners. I don’t feel the need to buy that stuff when there are so many great drugstore options.
Post # 7
There are SO many brands of make up. One of my very best friends is a professional hair and make up artist, who has done many famous faces, and he has recommended numerous products from various lines over the years — Shu Uemura, Trish McEvoy, NARS, Stila, MAC, Smash Box, Dior, Chanel etc.
Over the last couple of decades, I also have worn products by Prescriptives, Bobbie Brown, Benefit, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier, Lancome, Shiseido, and many others. (By the way, a few big companies own multiple competing lines. For example. Estee Lauder owns a ton of brands.)
Unfortunately, not all of those brands are available at a single store, and not all of them will be available in every geographic area. One of the downsides of just going to a make up counter at a department store is that you’re likely going to have the sales associate encouraging you to purchase all of your products from one particular line of cosmetics. I think you would be best served by going to a couple of different stores and/or trying a few different cosmetic counters in a department store. The one other place you definitely should visit is Sephora. The consultants there will have access to a number of different brands. They may recommend one brand of foundation, another brand of mascara, and another brand of lipstick, etc. However, Sephora does not carry some of the biggest names, such as MAC or Shu Uemura or Trish McEvoy. They do have many others, though.
By the way, I just looked to see that you are in Pittsburgh, and I looked online, and there are Sephora stores at South Hills Village and in Ross Park and Shadyside.
Post # 8
Here is my makeup regimen:
- Put on ponds dry skin cream
- Put on Clinique’s “Even Better” liquid foundation with my fingers, then wash hands
- Apply a thin veil of Physician’s Formula Powder Palette to keep my face from being too shiny (I use a BRUSH to do this, not the little pad it comes with)
- I use a cear mascara/eyebrow gel to keep my brows from getting all crazy during the day
- I don’t use concealer, but I Almay’s undereye concealer has really good reviews
- For eyeshadow, I cover my entire eye (lashline to bottom of browline) with Ulta’s eyeshadow “Bone,” which matches my skin color — this hides the little purple veins in my eyelids.
- Then I use Ulta’s “Lustre” on the outer edge and in the crease, and Ulta’s “Stardust” on the inner corner and near the lashline. These colors are very similar, so you don’t have to worry too much about blending.
- I use Almay’s “One Coat Triple Effect” mascara in black
- If you choose to wear eyeliner, I put a little bit of Almay’s Intense i-color Liquid Liner in black on top, and their black liner pen on the bottom
- I usually don’t put anything on my lips — maybe chap stick
Post # 9
I would go to a Sephora store and play around with it. The worst thing you can do is order a bunch of makeup online, only to receive it and hate the way it looks, you know? Good luck1
Post # 10
I would set aside some money and go into Sephora and tell them what you want and have them do your face. I personally really like smashbox, but it’s not the most natural necessarily (there is quite a bit of shimmer and even some glitter even in the normal eyeshadows).
I think you might like tarte because they have a lot of natural and neautral products and they are really good for your skin and made very earth friendly/chemical free
Post # 11
It seems like Laura Mercier, Mac and Bobbi Brown are more of the “look” that I am going for, definitely going to check those out. Thanks to @6598731ssfse3: and @Brielle: for the details. I live very near Ross Park so I could check out that Sephora as well as the Ulta that’s near there. I agree that I probably won’t invest much money in mascara or lip stuff, mostly because I have dark, thick lashes that don’t need much help and also because I tend to lose lipsticks and the like.
Got any more tips for me??
Post # 12
I’ve used Cover FX for years, and it was the best decision I made. I wasn’t too keen on spending $38 for a bottle of foundation, but the stuff is truly amazing. I suffered acne all growing up and into my early 20’s. I did the best I could to take care of my skin but then put crappy, cheap makeup on and it made the problem worse. Cover FX was created originally for people with scarring and acne. It gives a balanced complexion, easy to blend when you get the hang of it and lasts all day. I get compliments about my skin all the time and I know Cover FX plays a major role in that. Contains no oil, is hypo allergenic and hypo comedogenic. I can’t speak enough volume about the product. The have a wide range of products from concealers to powders, but I just use the Natural FX which is their water based foundation. I’ve converted 3 other friends to it as well, all who had great skin but just were looking for a fantastic foundation.
For any redness use a green based primer. Green is opposite to red on the colour wheel and counteracts any red in your skin. I apply Pur Minerals Green Primer on first, then my foundation…. works wonders.
For blush, especialy in winter because of dry skin I use a cream blush by Dior, but any brand will do. In the winter if you experience any dryness on your cheeks, applying a powder blush will just highlight flakiness.
For highlighting, use anything by Smashbox. They have a Halo Wand which is amazing, or their Photo-Op Under Eye Brightner. Both products are amazing, and I use both on a weekly basis.
Sorry for the long post, when it comes to makeup I’m a lil’ crazed 🙂
Post # 13
@JeniRae: Yes. A lot of people do not know this, but the key to having a great face is to focus on EITHER eyes OR lips but NOT both. You have amazing eyes, so I would focus on eyes, and I would definitely do a soft, neutral lip color.
Above, you mentioned Bare Minerals making your face feel chalky, and I had that experience as well, even though I really liked the product otherwise. This reminds me to tell you that, if you’re like I am, you MAY need to experiment with a number of different foundations before you find one that you like and that feels natural to you. Some foundations seem to “sit” on the skin (and stick in any large pores you may have), whereas others will not do that. A good make up counter person will mix you a sample so that you can try the product at home. Also, powder tends to look darker when it begins to absorb oil, so, if you have difficulty deciding between two shades of powder, I would select the lighter one.
Also, pay attention to how much pigment is in the products you’re trying. Certain brands are much more highly pigmented than others. (Those deals where department stores sell those no-name kits that have zillions of eye colors in them? Very little pigment.) I don’t know if her formulas have changed since I used them, but I found that Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows had too little pigment for my taste. MAC is excellent for eye shadow, by the way.
Post # 14
Ladies – I just discovered through my research today that Nordstrom also has a “Beauty Stylist” program which is F-R-E-E! Similar to their personal shopper service, they will hook you up with a stylist to guide you (me!) through the beauty department, with no obligation to a particular brand! I think I am going to make an appointment with them and also Sephora. I am excited now!
Post # 15
@JeniRae: That’s pretty awesome! 😀
Post # 16
@JeniRae: That is perfect!!! I LOVE Nordstrom — that’s where I have purchased most of my make up. (Sorry I didn’t think to check to see if there is one in your area when I looked to see if there was a Sephora!)