(ABOVE) Before and after using BareMinerals Matte Mineral Powder Foundation and RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek.
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April 19, 2018 / Video Post Notes
MATTE MINERAL FOUNDATION & MATTE LIP & CHEEK TINT ON DRY, MATURE SKIN?
I tend to prefer a luminous look to my skin, whether or not I’m wearing makeup. I don’t want my skin to look oily, of course, but I also don’t want it to look flat and dry. That only emphasizes my wrinkles and age spots.
In this Get Ready With Me video (GRWM), I review and show how I used two new matte products, BareMinerals Matte Powder Foundation and RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek to get the final look you see above. I like the idea of using matte makeup, because then I can create the luminosity I want–with highlighters and/or moisturizers. Sometimes foundations and blushes can be too luminous, and I feel the effect is so shiny on me, I look greasy. Not good.
For a quick overview of how I went from bare skin to the finished look you see above, scroll down the page. For the video in which I go into more detail, skip to the bottom of the page.
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P.S. At the end of this post, I also show what I use to hold my hair in the loose bun I wear in this video.
How I Got This Look
1. EXFOLIATOR, MOISTURIZER, BUTTER
STEP ONE:. Exfoliate and condition face and lips (I used a homemade organic face scrub of organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt).
ABOUT FACE SCRUBS: If you prefer an organic scrub pre-made, you might try 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrubber. The ingredients are almost all organic, and after using it just once it did make my skin feel soft and smooth. However, if you’re very sensitive or have allergies like me, this might not be for you. When I left it on as a mask for a few minutes per the instructions, it gave me a headache, so until I find something better I’ve been sticking to my homemade scrub.
STEP TWO: Next, moisturize face and neck with an organic moisturizer (I used Nourish Organic Face Lotion), followed by tapping an organic butter under eyes and onto lips (I used Nourish Organic Shea Butter). 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
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: BareMinerals Matte Foundation offers a true matte finish, and I definitely liked it better when I applied a hint of shea butter over it as a highlighter on my cheeks, cheekbones, and brow bone, where I tend to look the driest. (Alternatively, you could use your regular moisturizer over the foundation in these areas if you don’t want as luminous a look.) I also like that it offers full coverage if I want it. So, all in all, I think it’s a winner.
Is it my favorite? Of the three all-natural/green foundations I’ve tried so far (100% Pure, Zuzu Luxe and BareMinerals Matte), I like all of them about the same. Why isn’t this or any of the others my Holy Grail: I haven’t yet found a color or colors that perfectly match my skin tone.
STEP ONE: Dip a BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here) into the BareMinerals Matte Foundation, and tap off excess. Then, gently tap/press the powder onto face, upper eyelids and, if needed, your neck. The BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush is perfect for lightly/gradually applying the foundation all over the face to create either a final look or an initial, starting light-to-medium base.
Avoid putting any powder directly under eyes, as it emphasizes wrinkles and crepe skin. (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.)
If you’re like me and need further coverage in large, troublesome areas (in my case it’s the dark patches on my cheeks, forehead, and nose), then move onto STEP TWO. Otherwise, you can skip this step and move onto eyeshadow or mascara.
ABOUT TAPPING/PRESSING RATHER THAN BUFFING: I gently tap/press, rather than buff or sweep, all foundations onto my face, because sweeping or buffing foundation onto my skin unearths any dry skin patches. (Bare Minerals recommends “buffing”.)
ABOUT BAREMINERALS MATTE FOUNDATION SPF15 : BareMinerals offers two loose-mineral powder-foundation formulas: original and matte. While the original formula has Bismuth Ocychloride (which can cause itching, rashes, and breakouts), the matte formula doesn’t, so I felt comfortable trying it. It also offers an SPF level of 15, which is great.
ABOUT FINDING YOUR FOUNDATION SHADE: If you are like me and can’t find a shade close enough to your own skin tone, choose two and mix them together like I do. I have yellow-tone/olive skin, so I chose Golden Medium 14 and Golden Fair 04.
STEP TWO: With a Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush, gently tap/press the foundation onto large, troublesome areas, avoiding placing too much in places with deeper wrinkles or large pores (putting too much foundation on these spots emphasizes the issues). The Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush is perfect for applying buildable, heavier coverage (medium to full coverage) over large areas of the face. I use this brush for giving me more coverage over my cheeks, nose and forehead, where I have large areas of dark or red patches.
STEP THREE: With a concealer brush, cover small blemishes by applying more powder foundation just to those small spots. (I used the Airbrush Concealer Brush from the Ecotools Cruelty-Free Ultimate Concealer Brush Duo Kit.)
Ecotools Cruelty-Free Ultimate Concealer Brush Duo Kit (I used the Airbrush Concealer Brush, Left)
3. EYE SHADOW
STEP ONE: To prep lids for eye shadow (and instead of primer), tap powder foundation onto eyelids and below lower lashes with a clean, fluffy eye shadow brush (I used the fluffy Eye Shading Brush from the Eco Tools Touch Up Set).
Eco Tools Touch Up Set (I used the Eye Shading Brush, 2nd From Left)
STEP TWO: With a flat eye shadow brush (I used a 100% Pure Cruelty Free Flat Eye Shader Brush), sweep Gabriel Charcoal Matte Eye Shadow all over moveable lid, up to the socket line, and also under outer one-third of lower lashes. (To avoid fallout, I hold a tissue under my eye while applying shadow.)
STEP THREE: To soften the shadow demarcation line, gently (very gently) sweep a clean, fluffy (not flat) eye shadow brush over the line in downward strokes. (I used the same fluffy Eye Shading Brush from the Eco Tools Touch Up Set with which I applied the foundation to my lids in STEP ONE.)
ABOUT SWEEPING THE BRUSH: Most makeup artists sweep a brush back and forth over this line in a windshield-wiper motion to soften the edges of the eye shadow. However, doing this on my fragile, dry upper eyelid creates too much friction, making it look even more dry and textured. So, I sweep downward, very gently, onto the moveable lid. For some reason sweeping the brush in a downward motion creates less friction on this fragile area and works much better for me.
STEP FOUR: This step is only necessary if you feel like the demarcation line is still stronger than you’d like it to be. Simply dip the same clean, fluffy eye shadow brush into your powder foundation, and apply it to the demarcation using a gentle tapping/pressing motion.
Eco Tools Touch Up Set (I used the Fluffy Eye Shading Brush, 2nd from left)
STEP FIVE: Using a small, clean, compact eyeshadow brush (I used the Smudge Brush from the EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection.), buff eye shadow under lower lashes, sweeping the color from outer to inner corner.
EcoTools Six-Piece Essential Eye Collection (The new Collection has cream-colored wood handles, but the brushes themselves appear to be the same as mine; I used the Smudge Brush, far right, to soften shadow under lower lashes.)
STEP ONE: Apply a natural/green-beauty mascara (I used Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara, Abyss) to top and bottom lashes. (I usually comb out mascara, but if you want your lashes to be thicker, longer and more dramatic, you can skip STEP TWO and move on to blush).
STEP TWO: With a fine-toothed comb (like this Folding Eyelash Comb with Metal Teeth), comb out top and bottom lashes. Note: Place a tissue under lower lashes when combing them out to keep from getting mascara on lower eye area.
STEP ONE: To avoid applying too much blusher at once, use a stippling brush (I used the Eco Tools Stippling Brush) to tap/press RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, Diabolique, 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. This stippling brush applies both wet or dry products very lightly, allowing you to build color gradually.
STEP TWO: Soften any harsh edges by very gently sweeping over with a clean foundation brush (I used a second BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush that I have expressly for this purpose).
6. CHEEKBONES/SMILE-LINES BUTTER
STEP ONE: With a clean, dry fingertip, lightly tap Nourish Organic Shea Butter onto back of hand to warm it up, then apply/tap over foundation on the upper cheek bone and brow bone. Let the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes.
WHY I BEGAN USING SHEA BUTTER: I have been applying some sort of an oil-based jelly or butter to my eye area since high school, as I have always had dryness here. Originally I used petroleum jelly, but eventually I switched to un-petroleum jelly and then, because the latter contained soy, I switched to organic shea butter. It’s a healthier alternative than the previous two.
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, so 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.
STEP TWO: For a more luminous appearance to cheeks (and for added moisture to dry skin like mine), tap a small amount of shea butter onto cheeks as well.
Let the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes.
7. LIP COLOR
STEP ONE: While letting shea butter absorb into skin on cheeks, cheek bones and brow bone, blot any excess shea butter from lips (applied with moisturizer at beginning) and use a lip brush to apply RMS Beauty Lip and Cheek Color, Diabolique, to outline of lips.
STEP TWO: Fill in lips with the lip color, using either finger or same brush.
Note: My lips are more defined on the top and less defined on the bottom, so I chose not to smudge my top lip line, but did smudge my bottom lip line with my fingertip to create a more natural lip look.
STEP THREE: If you have dry lips like me, dab a small amount of of Nourish Organic Shea Butter onto center of lips and spread out. (Note: This lip color is sufficiently moisturizing on its own, but I like adding a butter for more moisture.)
STEP ONE: Having let the shea butter absorb into skin for at least 15 minutes, now blot with a clean, dry fingertip to remove any excess.
STEP TWO: Touch up any eye makeup mistakes with clean cotton swab.
9. HAIR STYLE
STEP ONE: Remove Goody Spin Pins from loose bun.
ABOUT THESE PINS: I’ve had these for years and love them because just the two pins alone hold my hair securely in a loose bun, which I wear for swimming, sunbathing, taking a bath, and sometimes just while working at home. It’s a great way to get my hair up and out of my way without causing tension at the roots. I don’t often wear my hair out this way, simply because I almost always wear a wide-brim hat, and the hat won’t fit on my head with my hair this way. When I sunbathe and swim, however, I wear a wide-brim visor, which does accommodate a high bun or ponytail.
STEP TWO: Comb out hair and style as usual.
TEE: Tommy Hilfiger
MY HAIR ACCESSORIES
HAIR PINS: Goody Spin Pins.
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE SCRUB: Coconut Oil Mixed with Himalayan Salt (alternative 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub) / FACE MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Face Lotion / LIPS-EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: BareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15, Golden Medium 14 and Golden Fair 04, applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here) and Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush / CHEEKS: RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, Diabolique, applied with EcoTools cruelty-free Stippling Brush / LIPS: RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek, Diabolique (applied with a lip brush and fingertip) / LASHES: Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Abyss, combed out with this Folding Eyelash Comb With Metal Teeth.
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