When I was 11 I was diagnosed with Morphea Scleroderma. It caused extreme discoloration on my right temple and also caused my lashes to fall out in an area on that eye as well. As you know, kids can be cruel. They can be total and utter asshats. I was called cyclopes. They moved their seats far from mine because they didn’t want to “get it”. They said, you have AIDS (this was height of 80s). The list of stupid really just goes on and on. Not every kids was an asshat to me. The majority were. It certainly made my skin thick. If you would have told me when I was 12 that I’d be a “public figure” who has her picture on the back of books, on websites and does live appearances on shows and signings I would have thought you were from Mars and totally full of crap.
I thought I’d take a minute to walk you through not only why I wear makeup but what I wear. So, here is the before shot. I need an award for putting this up. Note the redness. It always looks like I have a sunburn. I should also say, I have combination skin. For the most part it tends to run dry. Often the winter it will start to peel if I don’t stay on top of moisturizing. Also, my skin while sensitive is not as sensitive as some.
STEP ONE: Olay Complete moisturizer. A great moisturizer is key to your foundation having a good shelf life on your face for the day. Then, I start off with a concealer stick. The stick is important because it provides more coverage without feeling too heavy. I prefer Revlon’s PhotoReady one. I apply it all over the redness. Mind you, most people do not have to put this much on. I also put it on my temple that has discoloration on it. I do NOT blend it in yet.
Step Two: Foundation. I like Loreal’s Visible Lift. It has good coverage, is light feeling, very creamy and has no smell. I hate makeup that smells. I dab this on my T-zone. I then use a dampened wedge and blend it in along with the concealer that is on my face.
Step Three: Pressed powder. I use it to “set” the makeup around my eyes, my cheeks, chin and forehead. I like this one. Its cheap but works well for me.
Step Four: Bronzer. I like the Physicians Formula Healthy Glow Bronzer. I put it under my cheek bones to add depth, on my neck, to the left and right of my nose and my temples.
Step Five: Highlights Powder. I like Physicians Formula Translucent Glow. I put this right under my eyes but above blush line, down nose, forehead and chin.
Step Six: Loose powder brushed all over to set it all in.
Step Seven: Eyes. I like browns and warm colors. Cool colors don’t work well with my skin tone. The newest love of mine is the “Knock on Wood” pallet by Wet n Wild. I love the browns and pink mix up. I apply as suggested. I use makeup brushes for nearly everything I do. They give me much more control and better blending capabilities.
Step Eight: Eyeliner. I am totally in love with Almay’s eyeliner. Has a great applicator for control and has really good staying power.
Step Nine: Mascara and liner pencil. I’m a fan of Revlon’s Photoready 3d Volume Mascara and Almay’s black pencil (called crayon contour). I use the pencil on my eyebrows lightly and under my eyes.
Step Ten: Eyelashes. I love them. They will take some getting used to as far as putting them on. Keep makeup removing wipes handy to remove glue from your fingertips. I love the Revlon Lash Glue. Don’t freak when you put it on, its turns blue and then dries clear. Also, a great tip is to put the glue on the lashes and then wait almost a minute before putting the lash on your eye. This way the glue is tacky and the lash isn’t sliding all over.