I have been going through a troubling time with my skin these days, ever since I returned from the dry climate of Greece two months ago. It seems like I haven’t gone a day without discovering a new pimple somewhere on my face and it has been very exhausting to say the least. The daily morning inspection in the mirror constantly leaves me annoyed and disappointed about something that seemed effortless to maintain—skin care has always been fairly easy for me.
However, seeing that this bout of acne doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, I’ve realized that I need to start changing my makeup routine to deal with it. I have also begun using a new cleanser/ moisturizer combo that I will be discussing shortly on this blog. But for now, I am going to stick to daily make-up and what I have been doing to hide those unwanted blemishes.
MAC Skin Studio Fix Powder Foundation: While skimming through various online sites for managing blemish prone sin or the best way to get rid of blemishes I came across an article promoting powder make-up as a better alternative so people who have been dealing with acne. It claims that powder foundation allows the skin to breathe better than it’s liquid counterpart which, in the end, helps resolve minor blemishes (if that is your condition). Once I read this I couldn’t help but remember the significant difference in my skin when I was using a BB cream daily instead of my usual powder and so I opted to change my routine back.
Seeing as my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder in medium wasn’t enough coverage to cover the now more noticeable pimples, I decided to give MAC’s powder foundation a try. So far I have been very impressed with it; it gives a great amount of coverage while still maintaining the natural look that I like. I also find liquid foundations too messy, time-consuming, and not easy to use for slight touch-ups throughout the day. As for my skin’s reaction, I can’t say I’ve noticed a decrease in the appearance of blemishes, but it definitely has not gotten worse which is one step closer to where I want to be. Maybe with a bit more time and a few skin treatments my skin can get back to normal.
Maybelline Under Eye & Regular Concealer: I have never been much of a concealer girl, but with this onset of red dots across my cheeks and forehead, it seemed like the primary option for some sort of coverage while I sorted things out with my skin (we’re currently not on speaking terms). Maybelline has been my tried and true for a long time, both for the quality and the price. The concealer, if found in the correct shade, provides smooth coverage without emphasizing the blemishes more. I am also using Smashbox High Definition concealer here and there, but I find that Maybelline’s wand applicator is much easier to handle and less messy.
As I’ve mentioned before, I really don’t wear that much makeup and so considering using an under eye concealer always worried me. Would it look natural? Would it crease throughout the day? Seeing as I was now going out of my way to create a flawless base, it looked almost silly to not tend to those slightly dark circles. Of course, my first instinct was to do a few searches on Youtube for popular conealers and it seemed that the age rewind concealer by Maybelline is the consensus for a drugstore product. I took the advice of the few beauty gurus I follow and picked one up only to be pleasantly surprised by how effective it is. Not only does it smooth out the colour under my eyes, but also blends easily to avoid any streaks or patches.
What is your go-to for a smooth base?