Not every brand will cut it. Since my melasma markings are so deep and so dark, it is exceptionally hard to find a formula that you don't have to cake on your face to camouflage your melasma. I am on the verge of ridding my face of melasma but it is a CONSTANT battle, I have a skincare regimen for my melasma and cystic acne and here it is
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I like products that I don't have to reapply after 30 minutes. I have quite a few favs. I'll include a video later on...
So, they say to start with a primer. I'm sure there is one out there that I will remember to put on but not today. So, I go with
Moisturizer: Neutrogena Grapefruit then, Sunscreen: Neutrogena Zinc-it is one that will not sting my eyes. I have sensitive skin. And remember, Moisturizer then sunscreen. You want the moisturizer to moisturize and sink in the skin then put the sunscreen on top of that.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Dermablend. I tried MAC and I love it but it doesn't love me. I have sensitive skin. I tried drugstore foundations and powders but I have an extremely hard time matching my skin tone so, it is not cost effective. Like it's so hard, I've gone up to Chanel and they can't match me...Lancome couldn't match me...I just have a strange skin complexion. So, I stick with either Dermablend if I want to hide all my melasma to where you cannot see it at all or I gravitate to Giorgio Armani if I want a more sheer and luminous look. I love certain other foundations and they do cover well like MAC and Estee Lauder and Tarte even but my skin is very sensitive and doesn't respond well to many others than Giorgio Armani or Dermablend.
Nars Orgasm is such a perfect pink. I haven't found a peachy one in the world that I like
All in Oner:
Rimmel Sculpting Kit "KATE" is a great tool for contouring, I've used the bronzer as eyeshadow, as a contour and the shimmer as an eyeshadow as well. This is a great tool for a great natural look without breaking the bank.
I found Stila Eyeliner and I haven't looked back since. I tried the roller ball thing and I just made a mess. I've yet to master the wing. I just can't get them even and then I get annoyed and so no...someone else can do that on me. I cannot I just can't. I swipe it on, it stays, I use intense black and it's pigmented like a boss and it doesn't bother my eyes. Win Win!
MAC. It's the Extreme Division 3D. I go into the store and this is the way I describe the mascara I want...I tell the person, "I want to look like a mini drag queen." No, seriously. I do. I want lashes for days.
To be perfectly honest, I used to sell makeup for Younique and I really like their pots of eyeshadow. I just thoroughly enjoyed the pigment and ease of use. But, I think I might like any that are in pots and loose. It seems that when they are pressed that the application is more difficult.
MAC "spiked" stick thingy. I tried Anastasia. I prefer easy over perfect. I also fear I would get too brush happy and end up looking like a clown with a brush and pot and all that. Just no...a few touch ups of MAC spiked and I'm good.
I really wanted to like Lipsense. I really did. I was given some by my Grandma Cathy but sadly I don't like it. I'm sure it stays but the gloss that you put on after the color tastes nasty. It's pretty but I just don't like it. My first love and unless something is invented otherwise, is Revlon Colorstay. I have tried Rimmel, Cover Girl, Lipsense, MAC, Stila, Urban Decay. Revlon Colorstay outlasts all of them. There aren't that many colors like the other brands but if I want to wear a lipstick through a shrimp and crawfish boil and have it on my face after all of that, Revlon Colorstay is a clear winner. Stila kind of stays and they have beaucoup shades too which I love.
I have tried three. I like dermablend's best. I discovered this and if I think about it, I will spray my face as I step out the door. If my face looks tired or kind of dry, I'll spray this in order to spruce up my face. And it's supposed to make your makeup stay. I do agree that if I spray it before in the morning, my makeup holds up better throughout the day.
Perfume: Well, I always finish my makeup with deodorant and perfume. Every single day. I have had many loves of perfume but nothing has been the same as my Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. I smelled it on someone back in 2010 and I've been wearing it ever since. In the winter, sometimes I'll switch it up and I'll wear Guilty by Gucci. I know they are super expensive. But a whole bottle lasts a year and I love every day that I spray it. I get compliments out the wazoo when I wear it too. Checkout people, random people on the street, it don't matter who they are, everyone including myself loves my Chanel. Buy from a licensed retailer though. I always go through Ulta or Dillard's. Chanel does not allow their brand to be sold by anyone other than a place like Dillard's, Nordstrom's, etc..
I sometimes venture out of my natural makeup look with a burgundy lip as my favorite. And, almost my trademark since I have been wearing it since I was a teen but, I find that the more natural I look, the younger I look.
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