“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
I don’t wear a lot of make-up, the main reason is I’m too lazy. So, that’s why I haven’t posted much on beauty products. However, I was thinking the other day of some secret weapons I’ve found that I never really share with anyone. But, it’s actually important, because if you don’t want to wear a lot of cosmetics, then you pretty much need to focus on getting your skin as nice and glow-y as possible so that you can be light-handed with the make-up. One of the products I love does exactly that. It is the best for eradicating your dull, dry, flaky skin, and helps with pore-minimizing and hydrating. My esthetician recommended it as a treatment to help with all of these things after I revealed to her that I don’t even exfoliate at home between facials (not a priority when I can barely get my hair dried some days before work!). It’s the Retexturing Activator from SkinCeuticals, a serum that you apply in the AM and PM before moisturizer. I’ve probably been using this for almost a year and the results are noticeable within 2 weeks. The serum’s not cheap, usually $70 ($54 at time of this post on Amazon.com though!) but it lasts a long time and eliminates the need for tedious masks, scrubs, etc. plus it has really reduced the frequency of my facials, I used to go almost every other month (I used to have problem skin, prone to breakouts). I love this product and do not know what I would do without it!
The other product I like is a multi-tasker that is hardly a hidden gem, it’s won lots of beauty product awards from the likes of InStyle and Allure magazines: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. Retails for around $42 and is at Sephora as well as lots of high-end department stores like Nordstroms, Saks, etc. I love this formula because it’s lightweight and not greasy (I have combination/oily skin) and the SPF is great for everyday. Also, the coverage is enough that I can skip foundation but sheer enough to look super natural.
Eyebrows are a must, for some definition if you’re going more bare-faced so your eyes don’t disappear. I used to be afraid to define my brows because I have black hair and didn’t want my brows to look too severe or get that weird drawn-on look. But then I found a great brow pencil from Jouer that is waxy enough to stay put, soft enough to blend and look natural, and comes with a great brow brush on the opposite end so you can use to blend/smooth easily. I also love the brand’s cream shadow in organza with black mascara for when I’m more dressy.
Lastly, a touch of tinted lip balm or sheer gloss is great for lips and sometimes I blend into my cheeks too, so I don’t look too washed out, but then I’m ready to go. Super easy and paring back on make-up makes a fortuitous cycle of good skin because it lets your skin breathe which means fewer breakouts which means you need less make-up!