I got some useful make up tips this week. The first came from Afrobella in a blogpost entitled "Stop the Shining." I didn't follow every step because I don't have all of the products, but I used the Smashbox primer that's been sitting in my train case for years, which made a big difference in this humid weather we're enduring right now. So, step by step, I applied in the following order: primer, tinted moisturizer, my new tarte bronzer,
then finally loose translucent powder. The primer improved the look of my makeup and it faded less than usual. I also have some of those Tatcha Aburatorigam Blotting Papers Afrobella raves about. I swear by them.
Rather than apply powder directly onto my oily face, I blot first. I've experimented with several brands of blotting papers including Shiseido; Papier Poudres, which are so small that I have to use two sheets every time I blot my face in the summer; some drugstore brands and others. The Tatchas are faves these days. They're bigger than most and don't leave powder behind. I haven't seen them here in the DC metro area - I bought some in San Francisco a few months ago, and they're available online at Tatcha.com, with free shipping.
By the way, we're entering the last week of Oprah's deals. Beauty Habit is offering 25% off its products, code word OPRAH at check out. They sell Tatcha blotting papers too.
The second tip came from a woman I met in passing. Her makeup was lovely and I had to ask what products she used. Turns out she studied at Barbizon way back when, where she was taught to use flesh-colored (whatever ever matches your skin color) eyeshadow as a concealer. I thought that was a brilliant idea especially for women of color. I have dark circles under my eyes these days that I struggle to hide. I've used several products, most of which only do a so-so job. I use Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in shade #2, which really does work, but in this humid/oily season, powder eyeshadow might be even better. I bought Urban Decay's Naked Palette which has a matte color that's perfect for me. Wonder how eyeshadow might even out skin tone on other parts of my face.
I've also read on a few blogs that if you're having trouble finding tinted moisturizer, you can make your own by adding a few drops of your foundation to whatever moisturizer you use.
Back to purging makeup and stuff. I'm having a hard parting with makeup - it's kind of like my attachment to Habu.