Thank you for the tremendous responses on the last post about wearing less makeup. There were so many questions in the comments both here and on Facebook as well as many, many emailed questions, that I decided to post a part two about my makeup choices. As always, I never say that this is what you should do; I am just allowing you to be part of the decision-making process about what is best for me.
As an artist, I have enjoyed wearing makeup all of my life, but let’s face it; my canvas has changed, so my technique will also need to change. The main reason I have decided to stop wearing or cut way back on the makeup I wear during the day is simple. Other people see it better than I do, and it was not a pretty picture after a few hours and in different light situations. For example, if I do not match the color perfectly, the stopping and starting points show vividly in natural light. After a few hours, the foundation settled into the little lines and creases, making them more visible no matter how well I applied it. My skin starts on the dry side, and then in a couple of hours, the natural oils return, which moves everything into the creases.
We went away for the weekend to celebrate Mr. Mickey’s birthday. That’s me with Thia, the lodge cat at the place we stayed. I am wearing almost no makeup. I have to say it felt great!
As someone mentioned in the comments section, what I eat and drink plays a huge part in the quality of my skin. Clean food and water give me a clean complexion while eating processed food, and drinking too much wine gives me a red, puffy, broken out face with visible broken capillaries.
Now on to the products I use and why.
I had skin cancer once, so I never want to go through that again. I wear a hat and sunglasses when I am going to be out in the sun for more than a few minutes. I also wear sunscreen by Neutrogena, which is not greasy at all, and it has no noticeable fragrance.
I fill in my brows with small upward strokes and a very light hand. I use the pen above by Kat Von D in the lightest color they have, which is Blonde.
The next step is a minimal amount of eyeshadow applied to make my hooded eyes appear less so. I use neutral colors, and I always try to pick up the colors in my skin, hair, and eyes. I never match my clothing. Never! I blend the color toward the center of my eyelid only. I never swoop it out toward my hairline. The lightest color always goes in the corners near my nose and then gets darker as I approach the outer part of my eyelid. I no longer put any highlight color on the brow bone above the crease.
I apply eyeliner into only the top lash line and slightly above and under the lashes on the waterline. I do not apply anything to the lower lash line because that can look very harsh. I use a liner pencil by Beautycounter. A few strokes of mascara and the eyes are done. My mascara is also by Beautycounter. Other products have made my eyes water and itch, so I do not stray from these trusted products.
On the rare evenings when I now wear foundation, I start with a little primer around my nose where the pores are large. I blend out away from my nose. I add a pea-size portion of liquid foundation to my palm and then use the foundation brush to apply only at the center of my face and blend outward. A small sponge may be used around my nose and mouth to remove and blend more around my nose and mouth.
To finish up, I add a little (Aplum) blush from Lancome on the top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and a tiny bit on the chin. My lip color is often Americana from Merle Norman.
I think most about enhancing the features I like, rather than trying to cover up what I don’t like about my face.
On the last day of our weekend away, we stopped at the highest point of The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina for a photo. I wore a white tank top, white jeans, and a black mesh trimmed jacket all old from Chico’s. The sandals were from DSW last year. The necklace is from French Kande. The sunglasses are from last year by DG (Dolce & Gabbana).