Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Makeup Overhaul

Nars Albatross /Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Appia /Tarte Amazonian Clay in Park Ave Princess

I recently did a complete overhaul of my makeup, all of my new favorite products are linked above. I am a VIB insider at Sephora, and with that membership, you get a free 45 minute makeover and 10% off your purchase that day. I had just had my first trip to the dermatologist because I had been breaking out and I had to throw a lot of my make up away. I have always had almost perfect skin. I get a zit here and there but recently, I have had a bout of acne... It turns out my makeup and skincare regimen was the cause.

My makeup artist, Colleen, was the best. I brought in the makeup I already had and told her what I liked and didn't like. I then explained to her that I needed only makeup that was non-comedogenic. She did a full makeover... meaning she used way more products on my face than I would use on a day-to-day basis, but that was part of the fun! She matched the colors so they worked perfectly with my skin tone and taught me how to properly apply things... and even a bit about contouring with makeup (it's apparently a hot trend in the makeup world)... See tomorrow's post for more info!

Well, if you tend to break out, chances are, it is because your makeup is clogging your pores. Non-comedogenic makeup doesn't contain pore clogging ingredients so it is better for your skin. I also learned that washing your face with an acne wash is not necessarily the best. I switched to plain old Neutrogena liquid soap and it has already made a world of a difference.

It is also important to note that things like primers contain silicone which is something that clogs pores. It is best to only use primer when absolutely necessary. I switched to Tarte for face makeup. Tarte is all natural and non-comedogenic. I also use Sephora mineral powder for an even tone (most mineral makeups are non-comedogenic)

For concealer, I have the Smashbox Camera Ready concealer and also the YSL Touche Eclat. Both great products, although, YSL is not a miracle and totally not worth the $40ish price tag. I have been neglecting to even use any concealer (except for under my eyes) because my skin has become so clear and healthy in just the past week.

My mascara is from Target/Drugstores... it's around $10 and I swear it is the best. I used to use Maybeline but they discontinued my favorite so I made a switch and fell in love with L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber mascara. I also got a tube of YSL mascara while I was at Sephora but nothing compares to the $10 L'Oreal.

Golden Smokey Eyes... I never wear eyeshadow so it was a fun treat! 
Remember when I had a brow moment? Well, Smashbox has taken care of my brows and I am SO obsessed. Seriously, this product makes my boring brows look model-esque.

I also added some lip colors into my repertoire  I keep both in my handbag. The YSL red for when I'm feeling bold and the Nars Autumn Leaves for a natural, warm tone. I also keep a retractable lip brush in my bag for application of bright reds because they are so hard to apply with just the stick.

Apologies for the novel of the post, but I just had to share all of my new-found makeup knowledge! I'm thinking this might be a great way to do a VLOG without feeling silly-- an everyday makeup tutorial. Because we all know, my original Vlogging intentions never happened. Oops!

Have a fabulous day!


Kristen said...

Yes on the VLOG! I'd love to see!

Laura said...

Makeup related breakouts are the worst! So glad you got your skin cleared up and happy again - your makeover shot is gorgeous :) I recently had the same problem with my skincare routine wreaking havoc on my poor face. I was too stubborn to go to the dermatologist, but I found that changing to plain soap and mineral makeup, and purchasing a Clarisonic Mia worked wonders! If you don't have one I would seriously consider it - mine has been an absolute lifesaver!

Laura said...

Your after makeover shot is lovely! So glad you were able to get your face cleared up - product related breakouts are the worst. I had the same problem recently and although I was too stubborn to go to the derm I found that switching to plain soap and mineral makeup, and using my Clarisonic Mia (best thing ever - seriously, if you don't have one you need one!) cleared everything up within a week.

Ametis Bassir said...

LOVE the Nars Albatross and the YSL Touche Eclat, have both and they are fabulous! You look beautiful as usual :)


Kari said...

I can't remember where you posted your makeover pics...twitter? But, I remember noticing how great you look with your makeover. I love the colors they used on you!

Lydia Grace said...

WOW!!! You look beautiful, girl! Nice makeup really is worth it.


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Portuguese Prepster said...

I have been obsessed with make up and skin care forever! I love NARS Albatross and the YSL stick! Love the make over looks incredibly natural and elegant!


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