Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
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