My skin has been in less than perfect condition lately. Somehow I made it all the way to my wedding in April without any breakouts or awful blemishes and then my face went nuts right after I said "I do." I don't know about you guys but even the smallest breakout can make me crumble and feel like I look terrible. Molly assures me that it's not that bad and only noticeable to me but the summer is a time when I like to wear less makeup - not more - and I don't like feeling like I've been wearing a lot of products to conceal issues.
So I started over. I went to great dermatologist, was given some products I think will finally (!) take care of my breakouts, and reworked my current makeup routine to involve less products but ones that make my eyes pop and make me feel great.
Aside from adding concealer on my “spots” and adding a bit of bronzer and blush, the below Laura Mercier products are what I’ve been using and loving.
Foundation Primer in Radiance: Laura Mercier is famous for her tinted moisturizer but this foundation primer is meant to go on after regular moisturizer to act as an invisible barrier between skin and makeup. I started using it because the “pearl tint” and hint of color is great for minimizing imperfections and it has a really nice iridescent finish gives a subtle glow. Kind of the perfect thing for my “blah” feeling skin!
Caviar Stick Eye Colour (Rosegold, Amethyst, Sugar Frost): If you haven’t tried Caviar Sticks before, you must. Eyeshadows typically scare me…I always tend to drop and break pressed powders and never know the right shades to use or how to apply them. Then I met these guys and everything changed. The creamy formula goes on really easily, can be built up for more color, and depending on what hues you go with they can easily be blend together. I use the Rosegold over my whole lid and then line my lash line with the Amethyst, lightly smudging the two with one of my fingers so they blend a little. I finish by adding a bit of the Sugar Frost as a highlighter in the center of my lower lid (which somehow makes my eyes look larger than adding it to the inner corners). If you wanted to get really crazy you could do more of smokey eye with the Amethyst but I’m still working up to that level of expertise 😉
Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara: I joke that I look like a fool when I apply any kind of mascara…my lashes are so long that I have to do this really dramatic tilt with my chin up and eyes practically closed so I don’t get the brush all over my eyelids. It’s not cute to watch me do it, but when you’re using a super lengthening formula like the Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara it just has to be done. I swap mascaras frequently but really like how this one is water resistant but not clumpy at all – double bonus that it all comes off with my regular face wash at the end of the day! What makes it extra special is the “built in memory control” formula that makes for awesome control applying and styling the lashes.
I don’t feel like I’m reinventing the wheel with my look but I do feel like I have a much better glow with the foundation primer and caviar sticks…the sculpting mascara is just the icing on the cake to helping me feel confident and pretty!