I’m kicking off this new series today, (I didn’t want to call it a series, but it’ll be a recurring topic so I think that’s what a series is right?) which I’ll call “Beauty Scenario”. What it basically is, is a post where I pose a beauty related scenario, whether based on my own experiences, or based on questions I get from all of you curious cats, and we all get to gather around and have a good ol’ jaw about what YOU would do in that scenario.
You might be wondering how this is different from the other discussive “Your Say” posts that I have from time to time. Well, those tend to run a gamut of anything that enters my head from tampons to nosy questions about whether you shower in the mornings; but I thought we’d enjoy and benefit from something that’s a little more focused on beauty, since this IS supposed to be a “beauty blog” after all right? LOL!
I invite you to pose your own beauty scenario (you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t want to ask it publicly in the comments) and I’ll bring it up the next time around 🙂
To kick things off, here’s a topic we see arise quite often.
If you want your makeup to last all day or for a few hours without melting off, what are the products you would use?
This is a real concern in our sort of tropical heat and humidity and while it will naturally depend on the situation and our skin types, here are my picks and why I pick them! Please do share yours – we’ll all learn from each other here 🙂
The most common answer I’d say, is to wear a makeup primer or makeup base. I however, don’t. It’s a personal thing, where I just don’t like primers so I don’t wear them. But it also means that I have to figure out products that work to stay on my skin, regardless of a primer.
First off, I have normal-dry skin so I need something that will stay on my skin without drying it out further. My regular sunblock (Shiseido Perfect UV Protector) works as my primer and because of its texture, it doesn’t break down and turn oily so it doesn’t mess with my makeup that goes on top.
To set, I rotate between the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder or RMK Pressed Powder N or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. The Bourjois powder can be a little mattifying for me, so I use it sparingly with a large fluffy brush. The RMK powder controls shine beautifully without adding any weight to the skin and is a nice blend of pressed powder and adds a bit of dimension to the skin. While the Hourglass powder isn’t really a setting powder, I find that it does help control oil for me, and it gives my skin a nice glow, which like the Guerlain Meteorites, is imperceptible, but you’ll notice it when you look in the mirror. I didn’t include the Meteorites despite loving them, because sometimes, shine can be equated with oil and since I’ve been using the Hourglass powder, I’ve switched to that for days when I want to look polished for longer.
For a blush that lasts wonderfully on my skin, I always find myself reaching for the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush. In the picture above, you see the limited edition blush palette that I never reviewed because it sold out so quickly, but I absolutely ADORE it! The single blushes work very well as well and I alternate between using the blushes in this, or the single blush in Radiant Magenta or Diffused Heat. Their lasting power is incredible and it never looks glittery or shiny on skin.
For my eyes, it’s a no-brainer. If I need an eye colour that lasts, I always reach straight for my cream shadow sticks from either Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier. I use a mix of the two brands, blending shades from each brand to my liking. Sometimes, I use a powder eyeshadow on top, but most of the time I don’t. Effortless technique and longlasting colour makes these super easy for me! For my brows, my absolute favourite brow pencil so far is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting pencil. Ah-May-ZING! I love it so much so remind me to blog about it one day if I don’t soon! LOL 😀
I’m less fussy about lipstick because I can quite easily top up colour as I go, but I always have a Nars Audacious lipstick at the ready in my pouch. The longevity is quite impressive, taking me for hours even through eating and drinking, without needing a touch up and the colours too are very easy to wear.
So on days when I know that I have to put a decent face forward for fairly long hours, these are the products I automatically reach for. They’ve served me well, and I hope they’ll help you too! 😀
Beauty Scenario: You need to wear makeup that will last – what products will you pick?
Do share your skintype too, which will be more helpful for those who might be looking for something to suit their similar skin type 🙂 I’d love to see what you pick – I could even learn a thing or two eh? 😀
Beauty Scenario is a series of discussive posts where I invite you to share your thoughts on what you’d do in a beauty related situation. If you have a scenario you’d like to share and gain some insights from the MWS community please feel free to email me at email@example.com and I’ll pose it!