Oct 6, 2010

Confessions of a Tomboy – Makeup 101


Of all the things I had on my to-do list for the wedding learning to wear makeup was the thing I was looking forward to the LEAST.  Narrowing down the guest list; no problem.  Booking vendors thousands of miles away sight unseen; bring it on.  Learning to apply makeup... *whimper*.

None the less I knew it had to be done if I didn’t want dark circles and blemishes in my wedding photos. I put my big girl pants on and scheduled an appointment with our local salon’s makeup artist in hopes that she could teach me how to be a girl. The trial was going great until my face started to itch and break out in little hives. I looked like I had chicken pocks! Needless to say I was washing my face really quickly.

After a couple weeks I decided to give the whole makeup thing another chance. This time though I headed to our local Clinque counter for a trial. I learned quickly that not all hypo-allergenic makeup is created equally. Every product there is 100% fragrance free and allergy tested on 600 different test subjects.  This time my face didn’t break out and it looked unbelievably natural!

Then I got the total cost for the products I would need:  $194!!! 

My face has EXPENSIVE taste. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on something I would maybe use four times so I had to buy selectively while trying to minimize the chance that I would have an allergic reaction.

First thing I bought was the perfect real foundation #7 for $23.  I felt this one was worth it since it looked so natural and I knew it wouldn’t break my skin out into hives.

I also bought the light quick corrector for $14 because the coloring matched perfectly.

And the natural translucent powder for $19.  I tried a mineral based one from another company but it didn’t give the makeup that smooth finish.

Later on I did also buy one splurge product.  The strawberry bliss lip gloss for $17.50. 

The mascara, eye liner and eye shadow I use are from the E.L.F. line of makeup. I got mine as a gift from a friend but I would highly recommend them.  They are very low cost and I had no allergic reaction to them. 

The moisturizer and cleanser I use are both Olay.  They are moderately priced and are great for sensitive skin. Total cost for everything was around $90. A little expensive but I think worth it for the wedding.

I would love to hear what products everyone is using for a natural look!!

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