Foundation Favs!

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Since becoming a makeup artist 3 years ago, I have come across a lot of good foundations & some that aren’t so good! I have decided to bring you all a list of my currently top favorites & why! Just to give you all a little back ground on my skin, I have oily skin & I am prone to getting white heads & have hormonal acne issues. I cleanse, tone & moisturize 2x daily & 1x a day I use Dermalogica’s Daily Micro-Foliant to exfoliate the skin. I do own a Clarisonic but use it mostly on the days that I wear makeup after I remove my makeup. I do not use my Dermalogica product & Clarisonic on the same day, that would be a little to much exfoliation. 

I love love love, dewy glowing skin & don’t mind using foundations that will add a little bit of that extra glow. Matte skin is beautiful but it really isn’t my thing! So now that you know a little about what type of skin I have & how I like my foundation to look, lets get started with some of my favorite foundations (for the moment)!

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1. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin ($39) is an OIL FREE foundation that sets to a demi-matte finish. It is designed to blur fine lines & wrinkles & give the skin that flawless airbrushed appearance without having to use a ton of foundation.It is buildable coverage so use just a little or use a lot…it’s up to you.

I love this foundation because it really does feel & look like skin when you apply it. It’s lightweight, easy to wear & makes your skin look perfect. Even though it sets to a demi-matte finish, it still allows you to have glowing skin without looking greasy.

2. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation ($40) is another BBB fav! This foundation is a water based liquid foundation that will help to hydrate the skin, soothe inflammation & reduce redness. It is silky in texture & provides, buildable sheer to full coverage. It is designed to last from day to night while looking natural & soft. It is water resistant & long-wearing. 

This foundation was kind of iffy for me at first but when I realized that less is truly more with this foundation, I fell in love. This foundation seems to be thicker in texture when you first squeeze it out of the tube however, once you apply it you realize that it isn’t. The coverage is perfection & my skin looks & feels amazing with it on. Now, remember I am oily skin so when I wear this foundation I tend to skip the moisturizer. This foundation is already designed to hydrate the skin so I don’t mind going without the moisturizer. I know that is a rule that you typically aren’t supposed to break but that is what works best for me. I was very impressed with the wide range of shades that it came in & being a makeup artist that is a plus!

3. I was just recently introduced to Stila’s Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer ($44) & I really have enjoyed using it. This foundation is an oil free stay all day foundation that gives your skin a flawless finish. It helps to minimize blemishes & skin imperfections all while hydrating the skin. It is a full coverage buildable foundation. At the very top of the cap there is a concealer that is supposed to work wonders however, I have never used it. I may try it out 1 of these days but I have a concealer routine right now that I am loving.

I used this foundation recently backstage at a fashion show & fell in love. I grabbed a couple of bottles & tried it out on a day that I knew I was going to be gone all day to give it a good test run. IT PASSED! It looked & felt great on the skin, gave me great coverage & by the end of my 8 hour day it was still in tact. It hadn’t separated or worn off like other foundations that I have tried in the past, it really did “Stay All Day!” A great foundation for that “skin like” appearance. 

4. Benefit’s Hello Flawless ($36) is an oil- free brightening liquid foundation that builds from light to medium coverage giving you a natural complexion. It has an SPF of 25 built in & comes in 9 different shades. 

I have heard good & bad reviews about this foundation in particular but I am here to give it a good one! I love this foundation. I think that it is beautiful & it lives up to it’s claims, IMO. I will say that if you are oily skin & do not like the extra dewy look, then you might want to stay away. In my case, I love that extra added glow that this foundation gives. I will say that I tend to wear this foundation more in the winter time than in the summer since I am an oily skin sufferer. I did attempt to wear it on a hot summer day & with my skin type I noticed a little melting! LOL I knew then that I should reserve it for the winter. In the winter when your skin is dull & it needs some brightening, this foundation is great. The coverage is perfect for me (I don’t want full coverage all the time) & it really makes my skin GLOW!

Well there you have it, Britt’s Beauty Bag top 4 foundations! I hope that this review has helped you all & made it a little easier for you the next time you go foundation shopping. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment & I will get right back with you!

Love,

Britt

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“Beauty is Power, a Smile is it’s Sword!”

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LIVE Makeup Class in your Bedroom!

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Join me Sunday September 14th at 7pm (CST) for a live makeup tutorial! You will learn how to take your everyday daytime makeup & transition it into a sultry night time look with just a couple of added products. 

This class will be 90 minutes long & at the end there will be a Q&A portion where I will answer your questions live on air. Grab your notebook, a glass of wine & come and enjoy the fun from the comfort of your own home. 

The fee for this class is “Donate What You Can,” meaning donate a minimum of .5 & you can join the fun. Click HERE to register for the class, there might even be a few prizes!

See you there!

Love,

Britt

 

 

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Contour & Highlighting…Products I Use!

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This is currently what I am using to Contour & Highlight. Products listed below

1. NYX Stay Matte Powder #15

2. Wet & Wild Fergie Collection in Rose Golden Goddess

3. Performance Ultimate Coverage Professional Foundation in Golden Olive

4. Performance Ultimate Coverage Professional Foundation in Golden Mocha

5. Beauty Blender (not wet)

6. MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush

7. MAC Mineralized Concealer in NC35

8. YSL Touche Eclat in #4

Personally I don’t like my highlight to be really light so I don’t use super light highlighting products. I prefer to use a much darker shade to contour to still give the appearance of being contoured & highlighted.

Love,

Britt

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“Beauty is Power, a Smile is it’s Sword!”

 

The Story of FOREVER

Wanted to share a little clip with you all of one of my favorite people. Not only is she a regular client of mine but I can also call her a friend. This young lady has been such a blessing to my life over the past 10 months that we have worked together & I am so proud of all of her accomplishments.

Makeup in the video was done by me!

The video below tells the story about how Grammy Nominated Christian Singer, Kari Jobe, came up with the song Forever.

Forever was featured on her latest album Majestic which was released March 2014.  Majestic was recently nominated for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for the 2014 Dove Awards which will air October 21st at 7pm CST

I will be doing Kari’s makeup that day for the show so be sure you tune in to see what look we came up with for the big day!

Makeup & The Gym

photo (24)   Do or Don’t? Unless you are filming a workout video or reality TV show, I think that you should just skip the whole “Makeup in the Gym” look & be all NAT-U-RAL! In my opinion, I think it is totally unnecessary & a nuance to wear a full face of makeup in the gym. Let’s face it… if you are really “GETTIN’ DOWN” in the gym, your makeup would be a hot mess once your workout is over. I say skip the powder & foundation & tough it out for an hour or with your bare beautiful face. Trust me, if other people are in the gym working out as hard as you are (or should be) they are not paying attention to your blush color. The only thing that you should keep in your gym bag are some facial cleansing cloths. These are great for removing the sweat, dirt & oil that built up during that glorious workout. Now for those of you who want a little product while “gyming” it up here are a few little tips. Throw on a little waterproof  mascara, lip balm & at max a tinted moisturizer. The mascara will lift the eye and since it is waterproof it won’t smudge with all that sweat, your lip balm will help to hydrate the lips throughout your workout & your tinted moisturizer will add a little color to the face. No need for blush, your cheeks will be pink soon enough! When you work out your body releases heat causing you to sweat, when you sweat, your pores are open & if you have on makeup guess where it’s going? You guessed it, right into those pores which will cause black heads, white heads & other unwanted acne issues. Are you still protesting against my “NO MAKEUP AT THE GYM” mantra? Well here is a solution for those of you who just can’t imagine going bare face. Be sure that immediately after your workout you head home & remove all of your makeup with a makeup remover wipe or Makeup Eraser (click the link to find out more). Don’t run any errands or make that long-awaited SB run just yet, go straight home & get it off (or take your skin care to the gym). This is super important because you don’t want your makeup settling deeper & deeper into your pores, the deeper it settles the harder to get out.  Once you have gotten everything off, go ahead & start your normal cleansing routine (cleanse, exfoliate, tone & moisturize), this will help to prevent  any yucky bacteria from forming which can be the cause those pesky blemishes. Well I hope this helped some of you…leave me a comment below & let me know what you think. Remember, “Beauty is Power; and a Smile is it’s Sword!” Love, Britt lipstick-kiss-mark

Don’t Let it Fade

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With SUMMER coming to a close & Fall just around the corner, your makeup routine might be changing, but don’t think that you have to relinquish that summer #glow that you spent all summer perfecting.

EXFOLIATE. First things first, in order to have healthy “looking skin” you must have healthy skin. Be sure that you are exfoliating regularly, at least 4-5 times per week. Exfoliating eliminates dry/flaky skin & cleans deep down into your pores to remove excess dirt & oils (which cause acne breakouts) that you don’t reach when hand washing. I like to use my Clarisonic to get a deep clean, especially after I remove my makeup.

MOISTURIZE. Next, make sure that you are moisturizing DAILY (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream). You may use other products like serums & eye creams before your moisturizer but at minimum, you need to moisturize (even if you struggle with oily skin). Be sure to find a moisturizer that is going to work with your skin type. Gently massage & press your moisturizer into the skin & don’t forget your neck. Moisturizing leaves the skin hydrated & supple, this will help promote that natural glow.

ILLUMINATE & COVER. You are now ready for your foundation (Urban Decay’s Naked Skin #8.0). Choose a foundation that will set to a natural finish & preferably one that is medium coverage (I will explain why medium in just a min) . Try to stay away from foundations that dry to a matte finish, a foundation that is matte will eliminate the dewiness that we are aiming for. When I want a healthy natural glow but I still want coverage, I like to use an illuminator (MAC’s Strobe Liquid) that is thin in texture & I mix it right into the foundation. You could apply this directly to the skin after your moisturizer, but mixing will give the appearance that your glow is coming from within & not like you added it. Now, back to why I said a medium coverage foundation. When you mix your illumniator into the foundation it will immediately sheer down the foundation. If you were to use a foundation that was sheer in coverage, when you add your illuminator to the foundation & apply it to the skin there will be a minimum amount of coverage. If that is the look that you are going for then you are right on track, but I like to have just a little coverage when wearing foundation.

HIGHLIGHT. Now that you have gone through & taken care of the skin, don’t forget to brighten underneath those eyes (YSL’s Touche ‘Eclat Radiant Touch in #4). Brightening the under eye area will give you the appearance that you are well rested & make your eyes appear as though they have been lifted. Don’t be afraid to take you under eye highlighter & pull it to the upper plains of the cheek bones. This will lift the cheek bone & help it to stand out. Make sure that your under eye highlighter is not to light. Remember, you are going for a “natural” glow & sometimes if your under eye highlight is to light it can appear unrealistic.

POWDER. Finish off your foundation & under eye highlight with a loose sheer powder. Gently press the powder into the skin & under the eye. Be sure not to use heavy powders or full coverage powders. You want you skin to be the focus!

BRONZE. Lastly, find a bronzer that matches your skin tone (MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Give Me Sun). If you have fair skin use a sheer rose/peach color bronzer. For ladies with olive skin tones try using sheer copper/earth tone colors. Ladies with deeper skin, use colors that are warm & rich, with subtle shimmer. When applying your bronzer, be sure to apply to the perimeter of the face (top & sides of the forehead, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline & neck) & not all over. Adding the bronzer to the perimeter of the face will create that beautiful sun-kissed glow.

Although summer is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that your makeup can’t look like you are still living in the middle of June!

 

NOTE: *ALL PRODUCTS LISTED ARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MY SKIN TONE & TYPE. PLEASE ADJUST PRODUCTS TO YOUR SKIN TONE & TYPE*

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