Let me preface this post with a few facts:
- This is not a paid post. Bare Minerals, Laroche-Posay, and Burts Bees are not my affiliates.
- The lighting is harsh overhead lighting on a white background.
- I took these pictures with an Olympus camera holding it arms length away without a tripod.
- Except for resizing and bumping the brightness up to ten these pictures have not been photoshopped.
I have been on a search for the right makeup for my skin texture and tone for several years, and I have tried a lot of products! Some expensive, some not. There are many choices, but I had some specific requirements. First and foremost the application had to be fast! This gal is not going to take the time to contour, apply eyeshadow or eyeliner. The products had to look good with minimal effort. Besides I have one of those faces that the more makeup I put on, the older I look. That might have been fine at eighteen but these days the hard look is not what I am going for. I also don’t care for the thick matte finish, after a couple of hours all of that base, cover-up and powder just settles into the creases and makes them more pronounced.
I wanted to give you an intimate and realistic view of my skin and what my new products actually do. Please forgive the closeness it’s uncomfortable for me as well!
Fresh out of the shower. Large pores and uneven skin tone.
Blow-dry and primer applied.
My hair was getting out of hand, so the Duke just whacked three inches off the ends. I haven’t had time for a visit to the salon, and I am in desperate need of a color and style. The Duke wanted to try his hand at texturizing, so I threw my towel over his head and ran!
A light application of Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with an SPF 20. And Well Rested eye primer to fill in those endless dark caverns in the corners of my eyes. One application of mascara.
One lopsided view of my face.
Take out the velcro curlers that added a little lift to my hair and applied Burt’s Bees Rhubarb Lip Shimmer.
This look might not be enough for everyone, but it suits my lifestyle and my requirements for easy application. When it is all said and done exercising, eating right, applying copious amounts of sunscreen and telling myself I will go through this process gracefully is often enough, but a little makeup never hurts!
Before and After
The three Bare Mineral products I used are Prime Time foundation primer, Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, and Well-Rested eye primer. These are good all natural products that will not put a huge dent in your wallet.
My go to sunscreen is always Laroche-Posay. It is a little more expensive than most, but I have used it on my face and neck for several years and love it. I was a sun worshipper back in the 80’s and a landscape designer, so I have my share of sun damage. We also exercise and spend a lot of family time outside as I have gotten older I have a great appreciation for protecting my skin. This variety shown in the picture is a tinted sunscreen that is perfect for the pool and beach or those days when you just don’t feel like putting your face on.
Burt’s Bees products are great. I use several shades of their lip shimmer and lip balm. These products are also good for young girls wanting to experiment with makeup.