Since you're doling out pretty awesome makeup truths I figured I'd ask for your sage advice. I'm going backpacking in two weeks with my boyfriend. I need a lightweight makeup regime to travel with so I don't look like the pasty swamp hag I really am (he doesn't need to know). Do you have any travel essentials/favorites?
My travel essentials really lie in the weeks before. Use an exfoliating scrub (Philosophy’s Microdelivery Scrub or Aveeno Scrub doesn’t have those poisonous little balls in them) three or four times before your departure. Apply a hydrating face mask two times a week to make your skin dewy (splurge on Glam Glow or just go to a drugstore). Tweeze your eyebrows. Do some deep-conditioning on your hair. Take care of your skin and locks before you leave and make ‘em shine…you won’t need that much makeup on a trip.
Soooo: what would you need for minimal makeup backpacking? Get a small bag and fill it with:
-bb cream WITH SPF that you can put on with your fingers and is also buildable for breakouts, like the Garnier BB Cream.
-a champagne or nude shimmer eyeshadow that looks good applied with your fingers (I love Maybelline color tattoo in barely branded or stila in kitten)
-a trusty, buildable mascara that isn’t waterproof enough to never come off (try Cover Girl Clump Crusher for a natural look)
-a lip/cheek stain or cream stick (try Benefit Benetint or Maybelline Master Glaze or Elf All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade)
-a brow pencil
-one lipstick of your choosing for special occasions
-a good chapstick
-an eyeliner pencil for special occasions
-a face moisturizer (get a travel sized one at any drug or beauty supply store)
-bobby pins/hair ties
And NEVER underestimate the beauty of a pasty swamp hag. You say it like it’s an insult, but that sounds like a compliment to me. Sometimes, you just gotta let your inner hag shine.
Do u know of any sweat proof makeup? Like foundations or shadow or anything?
I’ve gotten quite a few questions about summer makeup for swimming and sweaty summer days so i’ll recommend some long wearing, waterproof products :)
One tip is using a cream product under a powder product will help your makeup last longer for example using a cream blush or bronzer and using a powder blush or bronzer over it. This will help blush and bronzer last all day through!
Another tip is using primers like foundation primers, eyeshadow primers, lash primers, any sort of primer will also help any product last longer.
Foundation. Water based foundations are great for sweating and swimming, they are water based instead of oil based so they won’t slip and slide once wet or sweaty like oil based foundations. Long wearing foundations work well too because they are made to withstand heat, sweat, water, oily skin, etc.
MAC Face & Body (water based)
Estee Lauder Double Wear
Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast Foundation
Eyeshadow. Long wearing cream shadows work best because they stick to the lid instead of just sitting on the skin like a powder eyeshadow. Using an eyeshadow primer underneath and dusting powder on top will also help the shadows last longer.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Cream Shadows
MAC Paint Pots
Makeup Forever Aqua Cream
Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Eyeshadow
Eyeliner. Liquid liner is a lot more long lasting than pencil or gel. Waterproof liquid liner is best and won’t smudge or transfer as much as a non waterproof liner.
Makeup Forever Aqua Liner
Stila Stay All Day Liner
Maybelline Ultra Liner in Waterproof
Physicians Forumla 2 in 1 Serum Liner
Mascara. There are many, many waterproof mascaras so i’d recommend getting your fav mascara in the waterproof formula!
Makeup Forever Aqua Lash
Maybelline Falsies in Waterproof
Covergirl Lash Blast in Waterproof
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof
Blush Stains/Lip Stains. Cream/liquid lip and cheek stains work best because they stain the cheeks and lips so they won’t fade away of rub off when in contact with sweat/water.
Benefit Cheek and Lip Tints
Josie Maran Magic Marker Cheek & Lip Stain
Makeup Forever Aqua Cream (blush and eyeshadow shades available)
NARS Disco Inferno on my nails and a red lip that just won’t quit.
NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe, Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in Just-Pinched Pink, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde, MAC lip liner in Redd, MAC RiRi Woo, NARS eyeshadow duo in Charade, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof.
A warm, summery, pretty, peachy, bronze makeup look which can be worn by all skintones including fair/porcelain/pale skin. A great look for summer/spring but can also be worn all year round for a gorgeous glow.
From left to right: Urban Decay eyeshadows in Toasted and Hustle (de-potted from the original Naked Palette), NARS Contour Blush in Paloma (c/o), Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation in BR32, Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in Mad About Mauve, NARS stick concealer in Custard, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara (Sephora sample).