When I was down in Melbourne visiting Tine last year, we spent most of the cool afternoons at home, chatting about various topics from blogging to makeup and we got to reminiscing about the good ol’ days. Thing is, I’ve known Tine quite a while from early blogging and beauty days so we had a lot to reminisce about.
And one of the things we talked about was that “Makeup Lightbulb Moment”. You know that moment when you put on a makeup item and suddenly it was HALLELUJAH! Angels sing, you are amazed at how much better your skin and you look and you go “So this is what makeup can do! I look like me but better!”
You know that moment?
Well I had my lightbulb moment a little late in the day. I’d been wearing just powder or powder foundation for a while with a touch of blush. I was a very simple low maintenance gal… well back then anyway But one day, I came across an item I’d never thought to use and that lightbulb came on. So, THIS is what makeup can do!
What was it? Ah… take a guess… It’s something I obsess about till today In fact, it was such an interesting discussion that Tine and I have done a little collaborative post to tell you what our makeup lightbulb moments were.
Did you guess that mine was concealer? You would have gotten it absolutely right!
I don’t have that original concealer anymore but I had never thought to wear concealer. I had worse skin back then than I do now and I was regularly working very long, late hours and getting very little sleep. It’s no wonder I had bad skin to be honest but I had never thought to wear concealer.
One day, I received a swap package and in it was a sample of Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I wasn’t sure what to do with it and on reflection, it was actually a whole shade too dark for me but I tried it anyway with some help from the internet and the first thing I did was to tap some of it on my under eye area and look in the mirror
That was the sound of angels singing as I stared at the dark panda eye circles that had all but disappeared from view! I actually looked fresher and in a working environment, more bright-eyed and bushy tailed. I did not necessarily feel better but I LOOKED better and that was when I realised just how useful makeup could be to help me look better and put my best face forward in a professional environment.
I have never looked back since and have always been on the lookout for the next best concealer. I don’t have that pan of Boi-ing anymore. It was the wrong shade and by the time I actually planned to get one, I realised I didn’t quite like the texture. It just felt too thick and I didn’t notice it at the time, but it settled into lines and looked cakey if I wasn’t careful.
Being wary of my budget, I went on to use up copious tubes of the very affordable and very effective L’Oreal Touche Magique pen until it was discontinued and later moved on to Make Up For Ever Full Cover, which works well for covering up blemishes and discolourations but is too thick for the under eye area. I have since found the one concealer I don’t think I can do without, but I am always swayed to try others to see if they match up to my ideals.
Concealer was the one thing that changed my outlook on the makeup I used and how it could help me put a better face forward and I have my swappee to thank for this lightbulb moment If you want to know what concealers I’ve tried, they can be found here.
So, you know mine now check out what Tine’s makeup lightbulb moment was. I’m curious what she picked!
What is your makeup lightbulb moment? What makeup item did you try or use that made you change the way you feel about wearing makeup?
I can’t rave enough about wearing concealer and in fact, if I’m having a good skin day, I am quite willing to skip base makeup and just wear a touch of concealer to keep me looking fresh. What’s yours? Do share!