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        09-05-2013, 02:30 PM
      #1
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    Ladies, let's talk makeup

    I have always been a tomboy. I'm most comfortable in jeans, t-shirts and boots (or running shoes). I've never really liked wearing makeup, mainly because I hate looking fake. However, I have rosacea and some scarring on my face (not from acne or anything...I have identical scars on either side of my mouth extending from the corners of my mouth almost to my chin due to being prescribed Acutane as a teenager for acne [when I didn't have acne, I had rosacea] and the dosage being too high, so it dried out my face/lips so badly that they split almost halfway to my chin, and I have a scar under my right eye from a chalazion [sp?] that got infected and burst).

    I'm going to be 31 next month and I'm tired of looking like I'm a decade younger (not in a good way) and like I don't care. Here are my problems with makeup, though.

    1) I was never shown how to apply makeup or even how to choose it. Everything I've learned (right or wrong) has been trial and error. My mom wears some makeup, but since I was never interested in it, she didn't bother to show me anything (my fault, not hers). Now, neither of us have the patience. Lol

    2) I have rosacea AND oddly combination skin, so I don't know what kind of foundation to use. I hate feeling "made up" and can't stand anything heavy on my face. I have areas of my face that are dry (chin and forehead) and areas that are oily (nose and along my jaw). Most makeup I've tried is either too heavy or flakes, even if I moisturize first.

    3) I can't stand lipstick or lip gloss because it feels weird and I end up pressing my lips together too much and it wears off. But, I need something to help define my lips.

    I most recently have tried Clinique's Redness Solutions tinted moisturizer and foundation, and at first I liked it, but now it just seems like it feels cakey and heavy and it LOOKS like I'm wearing makeup.

    I am so lost when it comes to this stuff! I want to look effortless and not made up. I don't want to look like I'm wearing ten pounds of makeup to hide behind. I'll never be a beauty queen, but I just want to look age-appropriate and confident.

    Any help or ideas?
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        09-05-2013, 02:34 PM
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    Foal
    If you have a jcpenny or herbergers or macys store they will more than likely for free or small charge will show you many different types of makeup and what's best for you.
         
        09-05-2013, 02:53 PM
      #3
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    I have always been a tomboy. I'm most comfortable in jeans, t-shirts and boots (or running shoes). I've never really liked wearing makeup, mainly because I hate looking fake. However, I have rosacea and some scarring on my face (not from acne or anything...I have identical scars on either side of my mouth extending from the corners of my mouth almost to my chin due to being prescribed Acutane as a teenager for acne [when I didn't have acne, I had rosacea] and the dosage being too high, so it dried out my face/lips so badly that they split almost halfway to my chin, and I have a scar under my right eye from a chalazion [sp?] that got infected and burst).

    I'm going to be 31 next month and I'm tired of looking like I'm a decade younger (not in a good way) and like I don't care. Here are my problems with makeup, though.

    1) I was never shown how to apply makeup or even how to choose it. Everything I've learned (right or wrong) has been trial and error. My mom wears some makeup, but since I was never interested in it, she didn't bother to show me anything (my fault, not hers). Now, neither of us have the patience. Lol

    2) I have rosacea AND oddly combination skin, so I don't know what kind of foundation to use. I hate feeling "made up" and can't stand anything heavy on my face. I have areas of my face that are dry (chin and forehead) and areas that are oily (nose and along my jaw). Most makeup I've tried is either too heavy or flakes, even if I moisturize first.

    I would go with a nice powder foundation, I highly recommend Pur Minerals. I think if you used any kind of liquid foundation it would make you look like some of girls at my school who try to hide their acne under layers of caked on makeup. They kinda look scaly if you ask me. And try putting your face cream on before your foundation, something that will help with the dryness and oil.

    3) I can't stand lipstick or lip gloss because it feels weird and I end up pressing my lips together too much and it wears off. But, I need something to help define my lips.

    I used to put on a transparent lip balm and tint it that with my blush

    I most recently have tried Clinique's Redness Solutions tinted moisturizer and foundation, and at first I liked it, but now it just seems like it feels cakey and heavy and it LOOKS like I'm wearing makeup.

    I am so lost when it comes to this stuff! I want to look effortless and not made up. I don't want to look like I'm wearing ten pounds of makeup to hide behind. I'll never be a beauty queen, but I just want to look age-appropriate and confident.

    Any help or ideas?


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    Not sure how much I can help you besides all that, I wear more eye makeup then anything else, but if you want mascara and liner tips, I could share some tips!

    Hope you find something that works for you!
         
        09-05-2013, 02:55 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I was a Theater Major AND A TOMBOY!!!, but I've had a lot of experience with makeup, including a modeling course with the Ford Agency in Chicago, in the late 1970's.
    Makeup is supposed to create an illusion, nothing more. Less is always better than too much. Models that show dramatic makeup are selling the makeup, not the look. Don't let them confuse you!
    Since you suffer from rosacea I suggest that you talk to a dermatologist first to help alleviate this. If you start putting base on top of troubled skin you will irritate it further.
    After that you will need to do a little color study. MOST woman have skin that has a bluish base, that is, cold or cool. Many fewer have a goldish base, that is, warm.
    You start with using a mirror to find clothes colors that compliment your skin color. Get out your favorite clothes and sit in front a mirror with good lighting. I suggest you put a mirror on a table and use natural sunlight.Put these clothes Right Up Next To your Face and see. See which colors make you look good. They may or may not be your favorite colors. I love purple, but I won't wear it in front of my face. Instead I wear purple as pants, bc off-white, gold, olive and warmed teal compliment my face and set off the blue in my hazel eyes. This is the EASY part.
    Harder is finding makeup colors that compliment your face, unless you have cold or cool skin color. A good 90% of makeup colors are for this color skin.
    I am in the 10% skin color and it's a bitxx to find good makeup colors.
    NEXT, look for hypoallergenic base. This isn't easy bc often these irritate MY sensitive skin, so you'll have to shop and try. However, when bases are labelled warm or cool they generally are.
    The idea for making up your face is to:
    Start with a clean face.
    Use some kind of moisterizer, and the dermatologist can help with your choice.
    Use base like a painter uses cadmium white all over the canvas to make sure that it looks perfect.
    Use eyeliner to define your eyes. If you are blonde DON'T use black unless you are on stage. Also, color the full top lid but leave the first 1/4 or 1/3 from the inside of the lower lid without any liner. Your eyes will look bigger this way and that's attractive.
    Use darker shadow in the depth of your eyelid. The younger you are, the less you need. At 55yo I use much darker than when I was 14yo, but often I use dark cinnamon instead of a smokey color. As you age the skin sags around this area and makes your whole eye look smaller.
    Use lighter shadow on the actual lid.
    For special occasions I still use mascara, but for now, I advise against it. It flakes off if you don't remove it, and I've been making up my face since I was 14, so I'm used to it. I think you will be irritated by it, at least for now.
    Last, remove your makeup before you go to bed, or you can clog your pores.
    You might look into the minerals thing for a base. I've not tried it, but I've heard it feels great and looks good.
    Hope this helps! =D
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        09-05-2013, 03:06 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    The makeup I use is from BFTE Cosmetics. It is a mineral makeup and therefore very natural. I use their foundation, blush, and highlighter. It is good for combination skin as well. I fine it goes on light and I don't even feel like I have makeup on. It lets my skin breathe and look very natural. I've had several people say to me that they would have never known I wore makeup unless I told them.
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        09-05-2013, 03:57 PM
      #6
    Showing
    I use the Bare Minerals makeup and I really like it. Most places that sell it around here (Ulta is the first one I can think of) have someone there that can help you decide what you need color-wise and show you the best way to put it on.
         
        09-05-2013, 04:22 PM
      #7
    Trained
    Just watch if your makeup helper puts the same colors on you that she, herself uses. It takes an eye to custom color, and most women don't have it.
    I use much different and darker colors than I have advised for my blonde daughter, who rarely wears any makeup. She would be overpowered by my eye shadows, and using pinks next to her eyes makes her look ill.
    Again, it's all about creating an illusion, but poor makeup doesn't make you look good.
         
        09-05-2013, 04:29 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Ditto what corporal said, however I will say that when you look for a primer Lanacane anti chafing gel uses exactly the same expensive ingrediants as the top hypoallergenic makeup primers, is 1/4 of the price or less and does NOT clog pores as it is water based not oil based.

    If you PM me I can let you know how I know this and other information about it that I can't put on an open forum!
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        09-05-2013, 05:00 PM
      #9
    Trained
    If you have a Sephora near you - skip all the drug store crap and go to Sephora.
    I'd suggest a really high octane moisturizer like Eucerin - use it twice a day.
    Then, the secret to a smooth finish is your primer. I use Hourglass and it is ridiculously expensive, but lasts for a long time and you do not need to use much. For a foundation go for full coverage and spread well onto your skin. I use Make Up Forever and only need a half a pump to cover my whole face. For undereye circles and acne scars, a good concealer is great - again go for full coverage and use sparingly.
    Set with a lightweight powder and you are good for the whole day.

    Then layer your bronzer and blush, define your eyebrows, a bit of eyeliner and mascara and some lip balm and you are set! It is the little things that make the difference between looking ghostly and "makeuped" and looking natural - eyebrows and bronzer/blush.

    Good luck!
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        09-05-2013, 05:10 PM
      #10
    Super Moderator
    I'm also not a make up fan, even when I worked in an office I kept it to a minimum and the same now when I have to scrub up to go out somewhere 'posh'
    I have ultra sensitive skin and the only products that work for me with no problems are Body Shop - I'm a huge fan of their make up, cleansers and moisturisers.
    I've subjected myself to these stores who have 'experts' to show you how and had to go straight into the nearest rest room to remove it all as I looked like some sort of a freak show - far too un natural and over done
    Buy what feels the right colours and experiment yourself
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