(Closed) Makeup HELP PLEASE!!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Okay, so I’m not sure how much I can help, but I have achieved makeup that will NOT budge for myself, so… Here, have the benefit of whatever wisdom I might have.

For me, I have combination skin with normal cheeks and an oily T-zone. It’s also crazy sensitive, plus I am allergic or something so I’m like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reingirl. The red nose is recent, but that doesn’t make me happier. I’m a dancer, so I can’t be having with red noses or wimpy makeup, so here’s what I do, learned mostly through trial and error.

I find I need to start with pretty dry skin. I don’t exfoliate to speak of, because my skin is precious and will be unhappy for days, but I wash my face and I moisturize it with aloe vera, which is non oily but hydrating. (My eye area is not oily, so I use a little rich eye cream- it helps everything go on smoothly. For you I would recommend something very light and non oily.) I let that sink in while I do something else, line my waterline, maybe.

Next I prime. I’ve used Spackle(I’m no good with product names, this is one of my few non drugstore brands) and a green drugstore color correcting primer, and I haven’t noticed a wear difference. Again, sinking in. Next, concealer. I have dark circles that I’m obsessed with covering and so I’ve tried every drugstore concealer around, no apparent wear differences.

Then foundation. I tend to use long wear or oil control foundations, but I’m pretty indiscriminate at times. It doesn’t seem to make a difference. In my experience, long wear foundation can be drying, and while that is not a problem for me, it might be worth it for you to try some “regular”, creamier ones- after all, they are still meant to last more than a few hours!  I may put on more foundation than others, since my makeup is designed for theater. But when I look at myself or go out with friends it always looks pretty normal- I blend the poop out of it with makeup sponges. I also put foundation and regular primer both on my eyes, obviously being careful close to the lash line. Above and below.

This is the foundation for whatever else I wind up doing. I don’t do my moisturizing in the day before makeup, I feel it would be too slidy.  Whether I’m doing normal daytime makeup or my “drag queen” work makeup, this is the base. I have pretty clear skin, but I like the color correction and the lasting I get from this base.

Finally, my magic bullet. Nothing lasted all day till this, since I was sweating my face off. Tammy Faye, here we come… Lol. I do all my liquid makeup and a coat of mascara. Then, a huge pouf of powder, straight to the kisser! I squinch my eyes shut and powder my face till I feel like I belong in a slapstick comedy. Sets lipstick, blush, foundation, prevents mascara fall and makes eyelashes fatter. I brush off excess powder(helps to have a fan going and a smock on), give my lashes their last coat of (waterproof) mascara, and then… Hairspray! Straight to the kisser… More squinching, god I hate getting stuff in my eyes. But! Since I started doing this, no makeup failures whatsoever. I can take a bucket of water to the face and the makeup will be strong. (Oil to remove. Never forget.) I have cried, I have slept, I have eaten in this and the lipstick hung around, the liner stayed true, the raccoon eyes didn’t show.

So, I hope that helps! I don’t think you need to spend a bundle. Try different products and ways of using them. Also, let me recommend coconut oil- that stuff is amazing. I was sure it would make me break out and make my hair stringy, but every bit of me loves it. Try it as a night cream, it might surprise you. The only other thing is, have you considered seeing a dermatologist? Redness like that can be common with rosacea, which many people don’t know they have.

Sorry for the lengthiness! I’m pulling for you, and I know you’re going to look AMAZING day of. Xoxoxox!

Post # 18
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52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MAC paint pot doesn’t work for me either, nor does their foundation… MAC doesn’t work for everyone, and I think it’s a bit overrated. Do you have a local Ulta or Sephora? They can try some different things on your skin and see what works best, I would just make sure you get something without a SPF in it. I bought the LORAC pro pallet and it came with an eye primer that works wonders, I’ve also seen Smashbox’s new eye primer that looks amazing! Also, I would use setting spray, especially if your wedding is outdoors, I bought Ben Nye’s finishing spray (found on Amazon for under $15.00) and I love it, it has like a mint/tingling feeling after you use it. Best of luck!

Post # 20
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79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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angiej2118:  I don’t have a Clarisonic, but I was planning to get one and did a ton of research. Here’s what I found.

For a lot of people, the Clarisonic is a godsend. Obviously- there are millions are rave reviews. But skincare professionals warn against using it religiously, because it is exfoliation, and your skin can react in a number of ways to overexfoliation- not just red, sensitive, so on. Breakouts are standard for unhappy, overexfoliated skin.  The standard line is not to use it more than twice a week. 

If you love it to bits, I’d try cutting down on the use, going over that area less(or the whole face less), and finding a delicate brush, which I’ve heard good things about. It’s not as well known as the sensitive, but it is available.

I chose not to get a Clarisonic because my face is sissy and finds washcloths a rough ride, no matter how gentle I am. But I’m glad now that I have my little nerdiness!

Post # 21
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833 posts
Busy bee

Make up artist here too. Stop using the clarasonic. If your skin is dry you shouldn’t exfoliate every day, once a week is all I’d recommend. Try using something super gentle too, like Jurlique or Kora. I’d use a balancing cream/lotion to remove make up. A calendula cream for moisture is also very healing.

Post # 22
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833 posts
Busy bee

Also try something like a good quality micro fibre cloth to remove your make up. TanGo make one.

Post # 23
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833 posts
Busy bee

Forgot to say you wouldn’t normally moisturize AND use a primer. One or the other. If your using an oil based foundation then go with the primer and stick with your moisturizer at night. A cleanser and moisturiser like Kora that has rosehip oil in it is great. 

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