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Makeup for beginners #2.1

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 28, 2006 7:53 PM (Eastern)

It's actually not that easy to recommend base face products to a general audience, I'm seeing that. I can certainly recommend MAC Blot pressed powder. But then powder is easy.

The MAC colors tend to run "Medium" shade is more medium-to-fair, and if I get much of a tan in the summer, it would be too light. The idea of Blot anyway is to have it disappear on you; it's not supposed to have much coverage (hence, if you are looking for a powder with coverage, this is not it).

Blot can work for any skin but on oily skin it is spectacular.

It's expensive relative to drugstore powders ($18 US last time I bought it; $19.50 on the MAC site now). For me, the compact lasts one year and it can be used for Back to MAC. YMMV but to me it's still a good deal if you tend to be oily.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer SPF 20 is pretty good; I just tried some out. It has more coverage than I'd expected. To me it is more like a medium-coverage foundation than a sheer one. Still, it has good features such as no scent, no greasiness (in fact, to me it's not moisturizing at all), a pleasantly airy feeling on the skin, easy to blend, nice color. I tried "Nude" which is a tad too light on me, it would be too dark for your PPP (Pale Porcelain Princess :D), so think of a neutral lightish beige with yellow undertones. It's again expensive relative to drugstore foundations: $40 for a tube...I'll say that tube would last you a long time though. Unlike liquid foundations in bottles, you squeeze out only what you need; there's no waste (and no annoying foundation under your fingernail to boot).

I make my own tinted sunscreen and, I'll have to say I prefer it to the LM that I tried. I know that sounds cocky but because I'm making it for myself, I have it exactly at the strength I want. Here I took some sunscreen (All Terrain TerraSport) and mixed it with liquid foundation (Zia liquid in Mica). Because I can add as much or as little foundation as I like, I didn't add much. The idea was to be able to apply a fair amount of it (being a sunscreen) without overdoing the coverage. (If you're feeling nostalgic, check out my original recipe for this.)

You can do the same if you like...take your favorite sunscreen or moisturizer and tint it with your favorite foundation. It takes a bit of practice to get the proportions how you like them.

There are many foundation options...what I've heard the most recent raves for is mineral foundation such as Jane Ireland.

Along with the Blot powder, a final rec would be unpowdered blotting tissues. Yes, I have seen in many places that you can use paper toilet seat covers to blot your face, however I would not do this, and I'm tremendously cheap. I think you're worth the purchase of a package of blotting tissues to keep in your purse. Back in the day I used the Clean 'n' Clear ones...these were funny little rubbery sheets that had amazing drawing power and sucked the oil right out of your skin, all without adding another layer of makeup.

Finally...don't forget your daily multi-vitamin. The surface of my skin feels noticeably drier when I remember to take this faithfully.

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Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
2 comment(s)
August 29, 2006 11:42 PM, Blogger Hot Screensaver said...

If you could include some pictures, that would better illustrate your points :)

Thanks for the tips anyway.

August 30, 2006 2:12 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

You've got a point...this is more of a "what to buy" than a "how to" at this point, but I will try to rustle up some pics.


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