Today I’m going to introduce you to my favorite products! Warning- it’s a lengthy post, but my actual routine only takes about 10 minutes. I just want you to have all the details, links to products, etc! My girlfriends will tell you, I am a skincare and makeup guru and love researching and trying new products…my daughter will tell you I have a makeup addiction. 🙂 As I have entered this new decade of life (ahem), I basically started over, so thought I would share with you today what I am currently using and loving.
A little background on me:
-I am in the category of dry to very dry, aging skin
-I am “soft” in my coloring, which means black is not my friend
-My knowledge comes from watching and reading a lot of makeup blogs, my own trial and error, and researching products on my favorite website, paulaschoice.com.
We will start with skincare first:
My routine at night is fairly simple. I take makeup off with Costco brand Daily Facial Towelettes, then follow with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid and Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Repair Cream. BHA’s are new for me and are slow exfoliants. After about 3 weeks of use I had a light layer of skin slough off and underneath was a new layer of very soft fresh skin. It’s the best!
In the morning, I will rinse my face with warm water and a soft wash rag then apply the following in order. First comes Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement serum then Skin Medica Rejuvinate Moisturizer. And last is the eye cream, Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream. This does not have the highest rating from Paula’s Choice because of the packaging but I am finding it to be the only eye cream to work well with my concealer. On days of little or no makeup I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with spf 15 and CeraVe Eye Repair Cream.
And every other day I will wash my face with Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser and the Clarisonic Mia.
Words of Wisdom:
1. Unless you have VERY oily skin you never want to wash your face more than once a day.
2. Do not waste your money on expensive cleansers as they sit on your face for such little time.
3. Toners are not necessary and can be skipped.
In order from start to finish:
I start with Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer spf 15, medium tint, applied with Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush. Avoid getting makeup in the eye area. Then comes Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer applied under the eye area and a little on the upper lid with my pinkie.
First I use Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in “painterly”, applied all over lid up to brow with my finger. I use this as my eye primer. It is amazing. Next comes a dusting of Bobbi Brown eye shadow in Wheat 30 all over my upper lid. Then Rich Brown 11 under the lower lashes using the Smokey Eye Liner brush. Next comes Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Ivy Shimmer Ink 14 (this is considered a universally flattering color for all eyes) using Mac eyeliner brush #210. Also amazing.
Back to the eyes:
I finish with White 1 eye shadow across the brow bone.
I am a little weird and like to mix my mascaras. My first coat is Roller Lash by Benefit. It does an amazing job of curling the lashes up. Then coats two and three are with Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. I prefer thick clumpy eye lashes so if you want long defined lashes just stick with Roller Lash. Tools I also have handy are Tweezerman eyelash curler in case my eyelashes start to “droop” and a metal eyelash comb to comb out excessive clumping.
I also like to layer products for my cheeks. I start with Bobbi Brown blush in Rose 3, mostly on the apples of my cheeks then finish with Shimmer Brick compact in Rose. This adds a little bit of a dewy glow and reflects light.
This is also a layering process. I start with Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in either Pout on Pink or Keep Me Coral. Then once dry I top with a Bobbi Brown lip gloss and will touch up with the lip gloss only throughout the day.
Evening Touch Ups:
Rather than starting over before you go out, it is best to touch up and add. Freshen up your eyeliner, add another coat of lip stick, maybe some more blush and then your secret weapons. First apply Laura Mercier Secret Finish to your t-zone area and under the eyes. Apply lightly with your fingertips. Then a light coat of Sparkle Eye Shadow Cement 20 over the eye lid and Tarte Inner Rim Liner on the lower inner lash line (your water line) to brighten up your eyes. I use the nude color but if you want a sultry dramatic affect, it comes in black also.
And we’re done!
Things to remember:
1. When trying out new products at the makeup counter, don’t be afraid to ask for samples so you can have a couple days to test them out at home before purchasing. Most department store beauty brands are glad to do that for you.
2. As you age, you need LESS foundation not more. BB and CC creams are for the young. Tinted moisturizers work better for aging skin. Heavy foundations settle in the creases of our face and make them look worse. And along with needing less makeup, you need higher quality. Avoid drugstore brands for face and eyes.
3. One of the most aging things we can do to our face is to NOT fill in our brows. Eyebrows are the frame to your face. Do not leave home without them!
4. Face Primers are also not helpful as you age. Instead, use a serum as your primer, like the one I use above.
5. If in the market for a lash growing serum, I highly recommend Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner. It is not as expensive, does not need a prescription and does not darken the lids.
5. And lastly, black eyeliners are not your friend if you are “soft” in coloring. Otherwise, go for it! I think liquid black eyeliner is beautiful and am envious of all that get to wear it!
As always, please feel free to email or text if you have questions or need advice on any of these products!
And remember, makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, not to cover it up or over do it. And the best beauty tip I can give you that is free and you always have with you is your smile!