Monday, January 25, 2010

Girl Talk Monday -- It's All About The Face!

Last week was all about skincare. This week it’s about foundation and blush.

How many of you use foundation or even a tinted moisturizer? And I’m sure all of you use blush and/or bronzer. You want those freshly pinched cheeks, don’t you?

I’ve always used foundation, first to hide my freckles and later, I didn’t care. I’m a redhead, I’m supposed to have freckles, so let the little guys show up. That was also thanks to a make up artist who told me they weren’t as bad as I thought they were.

As I grew more seasoned (much better than the word older!), my skin started drying out in the winter. For me, I like Laura Mercier’s face make up. It doesn’t make my screwy skin worse and finding something isn’t easy. Except I was using the oil free foundation during the summer and moisturizing foundation during the winter. I love going down to the stores for a makeover when the Laura Mercier professional make up artists are there because I always learned something new. One of the artists suggested their tinted moisturizer. I could wear it all year long! It’s a shade that blends easily with my skin tone and evens out any discoloration.

But I won’t stop there. I have a great pink tinted powder to set the moisturizer and I also like using a hint of bronzer before I use blush. After all, no suntanning for this California gal anymore. So it’s a swipe along my cheekbones, my nose, and a bit across my forehead. Voila! I look as if I’ve been out in the sun. Then blush along the apples of my cheeks as suggested. I found I tend to wear lighter brighter colors during the summer and a bit darker during the winter.

If you look in my blush drawer, yes, my blushers have their own drawer, but it’s not a big drawer, you’ll see some rose, pinks, tawny, and a coral. And sometimes it’s fun to mix two shades together. Yes, sometimes, you end up with a “oh, that doesn’t look good at all!” and you have to start over, but sometimes you come up with a new cool shade.

The best part about it is if you have some face make up on, add lip gloss, and you can run out anywhere without feeling naked.

If you aren’t sure what looks good on you, head out to the department stores and have a make over. Let me tell you, they are a lot of fun and you could learn something new. You’re not obligated to buy, but it’s nice if you at least spring for a lipstick you like.

Anytime I’ve had a makeover, I’ve said, “do what you will”. So far, I haven’t had one bad one. Trouble is, then I’m muttering “oh, I really need that”.

My friend, Evelyne, said as a make up artist she had many say “I want to look different” and when she does that without going overboard, they’re horrified and want to be the way they want.

I don’t know. I like having a new look. Every season means a new blush, new lipstick, and nail polish. Many times even a new eye shadow.

Except some new looks just don’t accomplish what I want! I had a booksigning last Halloween where I wore my ‘Witchy Woman’ top and went with a semi-goth look. I wanted a hint of scary and goth. Friends said I looked cute. There are times when you just don’t want to look cute! So I guess I’ll try again today.

What about you? Do you do the foundation and blush route? Do you like that pinched cheek look?



  1. Good morning, Linda!

    I use to be a foundation girl but it's becoming harder to find a shade that suits me. I'm not sure why that is. However, about 2 years ago, I stopped at the Clinique counter and the suggested I try their foundation/powder. It comes in a compact and I apply it with a make-up pad. It feels light but gives me great coverage. I absolutely love it. There are times when I wish I had a little extra foundation but for the most part, this really works for me.

    I love blush. I used to be just a bronzer girl, but I found a kit with about 6 blushers in it and I'm hooked. Each day I transform myself into someone new. I too like to wear several looks and just the right blush goes a long way.

  2. Blush and I don't get along. It has just never worked for me, even had professionals try to put it on me and in the end I look like a scary clown streetwalker no matter how seasoned the make up pro was supposed to be and I'm not talking counter sales/makeover girls either, I'm talking professionals for photo shoots.

    So blush is a big no-no for me but I do love my eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadows and lipsticks. And I always wear foundation and powder (I too have freckles and crazy skin). I am way too pale for bronzer, tried it makes me look scary too.

  3. Elle,

    I used to use a cream foundation like that from Trish McEvoy and loved it. Then they changed it and my skin didn't like it.

    Same here on blushers and I also have a few of Bobbi Brown's brick blushes which is fun. They had a great limited editon palette in Tawny with 4 lip colors and the tawny brick that's fantastic.

    I'm starting to try a few cream blushes. Got a cream one from Boots at Target that's really nice.

  4. Roxanne,

    Did you ever try something like a blush brick? I have Philosophy's sun bronzer which is a loose powder coming through a sponge, so it's just a hint of color. But yeah, when you're real pale you have to be so careful, so I know what you mean. You'd be putting blush on the brush then blowing about 99% of it off the brush.

    I enjoy makeovers because they usually introduce me to new colors I might not think of using.