Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Face of the Day #1: Melt-Resistant Make-Up

For more than a week, the Western United States has been baking with heat.  Day upon day of one hundred plus heat is not only terrible for your electric bill, it’s a nightmare for your face.  If you’re anything like me, as soon as a high pressure system starts to dominate the weather, I scramble to find some of my most heat-resistant products.




[caption id="attachment_654" align="aligncenter" width="300"](L-R from the top) Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation ($38.50); Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99); Benefit Stay Don't Stray ($22 for full-size); Benefit Porefessional Primer ($30 for full-size); Maybelline Waterproof formula The Falsies ($6.99); Cover Girl and Olay Concealer Balm ($9.99); bareMinerals blush in Vintage Peach ($19); L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe ($6.99); Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Riviera Strip/ Sand Bronzer ($12.99); and Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lip Color in Some Like it Taupe ($7.49) (L-R from the top) Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation ($38.50); Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99); Benefit Stay Don't Stray ($22 for full-size); Benefit Porefessional Primer ($30 for full-size); Maybelline Waterproof formula The Falsies ($6.99); Cover Girl and Olay Concealer Balm ($9.99); bareMinerals blush in Vintage Peach ($19); L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe ($6.99); Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Riviera Strip/ Sand Bronzer ($12.99); and Maybelline Color Sensational Color Whisper Lip Color in Some Like it Taupe ($7.49)[/caption]

In summer, when I know I am going to be out in the heat for hours on end, I favor using some industrial strength primers.  Benefit’s Porefessional is one of the longest lasting face primers on the market and has the added advantage of smoothing out enlarged pores-- a gift during the pre-congested summer months. A word of warning: if you don’t like the feeling of silicone-heavy products, this isn’t the right primer for you.  I also like to use Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray eyelid primer both on my lids and under my eyes to prevent my undereye concealer from settling into any fine lines.


 

On hot days where I need a long-lasting foundation with a good coverage, I reach for Shiseido’s Perfect Refining Foundation with SPF 15.  This foundation dries down relatively matte, so its best to apply the product with your hands and only one section of your face at a time-- otherwise, you’ll end up with the none-too-attractive cake face!  Also keep in mind that this foundation, as with all Shiseido face products, doesn’t have a terrific shade range, particularly for darker and cool-toned complexions.


 

During the summer, I like to use harder concealer formulas, like the Cover Girl and Olay Concealer Balm, to hide any remaining imperfections.  Using a sturdier concealer also helps to delay any product breakdown that may be exacerbated by the weather.  Luckily, this product is still creamy enough to use under my eyes.


 

Since I have oily-combination skin, I have to set my makeup with a powder regardless of the weather.  One of the best, and least expensive, mattifying powders on the market is Rimmel’s much-loved translucent Stay-Matte Pressed Powder.  There are similarly brilliant powders out there-- finely milled, providing light coverage and great longevity-- but you’d have to pay five times the price.  You can’t beat a cheap and cheerful winner like Stay-Matte.


 

For my cheeks, I used bareMineral’s blush in Vintage Peach, a shimmery pinky-peach color that adds a hint of natural color and dimension to an otherwise matte look while still preserving the makeup’s longevity.  To add dimension and warmth to my pale complexion, I swirled my brush in Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Rivera Strip/Sand Bronzer and dusted it in the hollows of my cheeks, down my neck, and along my hairline.


 

I kept my eye look simple and long-lasting,yet polished by blending the highly pigmented L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe all over my lid and slicking two coats of the waterproof formula of Maybelline’s The Falsies on my lashes.  In these steamy days, the importance of a waterproof mascara cannot be emphasized enough.


 

Lastly, I slicked Maybelline’s Color Sensational Color Whisper Lipcolor in Some Like it Taupe, a moisturizing gel-based lipstick-like product that’s comfortable, natural, and low maintenance for these sweltering summer days.


Here is the finished look:




[caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="210"]Getting my melt-resistant face on! Getting my melt-resistant face on![/caption]

What are you wearing during this heat wave?

Adieu,

j.

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