As I mentioned in last week’s Double U’s post, I recently had a unexpected beauty consultation.
It all started when I innocently went to Sephora to purchase some Bare Minerals Original Foundation.
Now, I am not someone who normally wears a lot of make-up. My typical routine is to put on some under-eye concealer, blush, and mascara OR eye-shadow. However, my sister, Rachel, has been wearing foundation fairly religiously for the past couple of years and I’d heard good things about Bare Minerals products. It also didn’t hurt that I had a few holiday gift cards that I could use to cover my purchase. So, I figured, why not try?
What started as an innocent question, “Which shade do you think would suit me best?” (There are 20 options)…
…turned into an hour-long beauty consultation during which I learned two things.
One, the Sephora beautician who worked with me, Missy, was very nice but, for some reason, couldn’t figure out my skin-tone. Poor Tyler sat outside of Sephora for an hour as she tried three different shades before figuring out the right one.
To put this in perspective, Missy started by choosing “medium beige”. If you know me, there is NOTHING “medium” about my skin-tone, especially in the winter. “Ghostly white”? Fair? Yes. “Medium Beige”? No. That being said, it was fun to have someone do my make-up, AND I also learned a very valuable lesson – HYDRATION, HYDRATION, HYDRATION!
Missy would not stop commenting about how dehydrated my skin was and explaining that the make-up would not look its best because my skin was…well…dry. Again, she said this all very nicely and was even kind enough to give me a couple of sample products to continue using at home to help with my “hydration” problem.
After leaving Missy, I knew that I had to be more consistent about my cleansing/moisturizing routine, and I am happy to report that I have done a great job over the past two or three weeks of achieving this consistency. To her credit, both of the products Missy gave me have been extremely helpful, and I hope to continue using the Korres moisturizer. Unfortunately, at $50 a pot (.5 oz), the Dior Eye Creme is a little excessive, and when I say excessive, I really mean rid-on- culous.
Finally, the foundation has been working well too. I ended up with “Fairly Light”. I don’t wear it everyday, but when I do, I use a brush that creates a “tinted moisturizer” effect. Again, I’m not a heavy make-up person, but the “lighter” approach definitely still helps to even out my skin tone and create a pretty canvas for my blush, eye-shadow, etc.
My final tip (thanks again to Missy) is: Remember to wash your make-up brushes! It will help them to last and keep your face clean.
*All product images thanks to Sephora.com.