(ABOVE) In this post and video, I show how I use four makeup products to achieve this look.
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January 4, 2018 / Video Post Notes
BREAKING THE RULES WITH POWDER FOUNDATION
A number of you have asked how I use powder foundation on my dry, mature skin. We’ve all been told powder emphasizes wrinkles–which, of course, we don’t want to do.
In this Get Ready With Me video (GRWM), I tell why I prefer powder over cream or liquid, what I do to prep my skin beforehand, and–using just four all natural/green-beauty cosmetics–show exactly how and where I apply each product to achieve the look shown in my “after” photo above.
If you want a quick overview, see below. For the video, in which I go into more detail than here, scroll to the bottom of the page.
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1. CLEANSER, MOISTURIZER, BUTTER
Either the night before or in the morning, exfoliate and condition both face and lips with an organic face scrub (100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrubber or blend together organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt, spread onto clean/dry face, and very gently scrub in circular motion.) Rinse salt/scrub particles from face with warm water. Then remove remaining oil/ingredients with a warm wash cloth, splash with warm then cold water, and pat dry.
Next, moisturize face and neck with an organic moisturizer (I used Nourish Organic Face Lotion), followed by tapping an organic butter (I used Nourish Organic Shea Butter) under eyes and onto lips. Wait at least 15 minutes for the moisturizers to absorb into skin before applying makeup.
ABOUT SUNSCREEN: I don’t wear SPF anywhere on my body unless I’m going to be at the beach or out in the sun for more than maybe 45 minutes. I want to get some sun on my body, because I want the vitamin D. But I don’t want it on my face so I almost always, even on cloudy days, wear a wide-brim hat. When I do wear a sunscreen, I use Sport Badger, Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen.
2. POWDER FOUNDATION
Using a clean foundation brush (I used BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush; also available here), gently tap a natural/green-beauty powder (I used Zuzu Gluten-Free Dual Powder Foundation D-7 and D-24), onto face, upper eyelids and, if needed, your neck. For any blemishes or discoloration, tap on additional foundation with a smaller brush. Avoid putting any powder directly under eyes. (I do apply some powder slightly into the lower portion of my under-eye area, since that is where some blush will go, and I don’t want it grabbing onto the shea butter and depositing a big red or pink spot. Later, I will re-moisturize that area with more shea butter.)
Although I’m happy with the darker of these two foundations, because it seems to be warmer (D-24), the lighter one (D-7) doesn’t have enough yellow in it for my skin color. I have yellow-tone skin. I’m making it work, but when it’s time to purchase again I’m going to pick out a light shade of this foundation that has a much warmer base to it.
Note: I mix two foundations together to better achieve a color close to my skin tone. I gently pat, rather than sweep, the foundations onto my face, because sweeping foundation onto my skin unearths any dry skin patches.
If applying eyeshadow, first tap additional powder foundation onto eyelids and below lower lashes to serve as primer (I did not apply eye shadow in this post/video). Next, apply a natural/green-beauty mascara (I used Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Abyss) to top and bottom lashes. (I usually comb out mascara, but because I wanted to show how thick and long it can make your lashes without the need for combining, I did not comb out my lashes in this video.).
To avoid applying too much blusher at once, use a stippling brush (I used the Eco Tools Stippling Brush) to tap powder or cream blush onto apples of cheeks and outward; then also onto the forehead, upper temples and, if you wish, also on bridge of nose for a sun-touched look. (I used Gabriel Vibrant Pink Powder Blush.)
Next, soften any harsh edges by gently sweeping over with a clean foundation brush (I used a second BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush that I have expressly for this purpose).
5. CHEEKBONES/SMILE-LINES BUTTER
With a clean, dry fingertip, lightly tap an organic butter onto the (now-powdered) upper cheekbone and brow bone (again I used Nourish Organic Shea Butter). I have been doing this since high school, as I have always had dryness in this area. Originally I used petroleum jelly, but eventually I switched to un-petroleum jelly and then, because it contained soy, I switched to organic shea butter. It’s a healthier alternative than the previous two.
Although tapping powder foundation onto the lower portion of the under-eye area does keep blush from grabbing here, it also emphasizes any lines. Adding shea butter on top re-nourishes this area and creates a dewy, rather than dull and dry, effect.
Let the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes.
ABOUT SOY: I tried soy milk for 2 or 3 days in 2000, and it made my breasts swollen and sore. The same thing happened when I first tried birth control pills years earlier for only a few days. Because of this, I stayed away from both of them from then on. Later, I learned soy acts like estrogen in the body. I do not want to artificially alter my natural estrogen/hormone levels.
6. LIP COLOR
While letting shea butter absorb into skin around eyes, blot any excess shea butter from lips (applied with moisturizer at beginning) and swipe on lip color (I used 100% Pure Sorbetto Lip Caramel). Since it is a vibrant hue, and I wanted a more daytime-natural look, I blotted it several times and then reapplied a bit of Nourish Organic Shea Butter to soften the color slightly. (Note: This lip caramel is sufficiently moisturizing on its own, because it contains pomegranate oil and cocoa butter, but blotting it several times does remove most moisture, so I like adding a butter.)
Having let the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes, now blot with a clean, dry fingertip to remove any excess, and you are now ready to go!
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE SCRUB: Coconut Oil Mixed with Himalayan Salt (also 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub) / FACE MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Face Lotion / LIPS-EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: Zuzu Luxe Gluten-Free Dual Powder Foundation D-7 and D-24 applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here) / CHEEKS: Gabriel Vibrant Pink Powder Blush, applied with EcoTools cruelty-free Stippling Brush / LIPS: 100% Pure Sorbetto Lip Caramel / LASHES: Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Abyss.
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