Friday, June 19, 2015

About Face: bronzer and blush

On camera, since everything needs to stay matte, I stay away from the shimmer and sparkle.


I really like Bobbi Brown's Flat Bronzer in Golden Light for contouring. (Yes I contour with the lightest shade of bronzer-- I'm that pale, ha.)

I also just bought MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze which I like as well and is a bit less spency $$.

In normal life, I completely embrace the sparkle. I'll still use my matte bronzer but add on top Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond (Beige is similar) during the Winter months or Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic now that summer's here.


The key to blush on camera is something that isn't too strong. I've used shades that were a bit too harsh, and looked ruddy on my cheeks, like I had packed dirt on them.

MAC Powder Blush in Cubic is almost laughably light but I love it for the camera. (It's lighter than it looks below)

Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach is also nice if I feel like going the orange route.

A bargain blush my studio's MUA suggested for me is Elf's Tickled Pink. It isn't as pigmented (more powdery excess falls off the brush), but it's a great deal for $3.

Off camera, I like to punch up my blush a bit... I'll use MAC Margin or Bobbi Brown's Pale Pink.

About Face: foundation, powder and concealer

Foundation and powder are a really important piece of an on-camera look. If your skin isn't even in coloration, you can look sallow and shiny.

I just returned from a sunny tropical vacation, so my skin is a little bit more tanned than normal. I've simply been using NYX CC Cream in Green (which color corrects redness) and powdering on top. But when my skin returns to it's usual pale form, I'll resume the foundation.

I am always trying to find something better, but the following are ones I've tried and really like.

Liquid Foundation -- the key is getting a thicker, MATTE concoction :
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Foundation

I love the above two and think they're both great for on camera.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish foundation I also like, but not as much as the Make Up For Ever formulas.

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation -- This was recommended to me by my studio's makeup artist, who surprisingly uses mostly budget makeup from NYX and Elf.  To me, this foundation does the job but doesn't feel quite as luxurious as the Make Up For Ever or Bobbi Brown formulas. It's cheap, though (like 7 bucks), so it's a great option on a budget.

I've been wary of using MAC liquid face makeup and face powders ever since my derm told me to stay away from them. But my skin is in good shape again, so maybe I'll give MAC a try one of these days to see if it makes a difference.

One brand I'm not impressed with is NARS. The foundation I've tried looked cakey and chalky on my face, so I returned it!


Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation - It's a little thicker than normal powder without being a cream base. I will probably try something else when I'm out, as I'm not completely sold on it.

I also like Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation. I feel like you can't go wrong with Asian cosmetic brands because of how culturally obsessive they are about skincare.

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat powder -- Cheap and does the job, but not my absolute fave.


MAC Select Moisture Cover

NYX HD concealer - Also recommended by my studio's makeup artist and I've also seen others rave about it. I don't like it as much as the MAC's sheer-er and not as long lasting. Though, it is cheap.

Tip: I also use concealer as an eyelid base. I've used a few eyelid primers before (the Urban Decay one is great, the Laura Mercier Eyelid Primer is not that great) but I find that concealer usually works just as well and I'm all for product two-fers. Shhh don't tell! ;)

And of course, to combat shine I'm on the Oil-Absorbing Sheets train. I use them obsessively almost always before I go on camera.

About Face

My dad has always advised me to take 3 passions and find a way to combine them into a career.
Three of my greatest passions are reading, writing and! And I feel lucky that I've found something that accommodates all three!
I have loved makeup ever since I started wearing it at the end of middle school -- I think it can be transformative and empowering -- and now it is quite literally part of my job.

I'm pretty terrible at traditional forms of art like drawing and painting, but I feel like doing my makeup makes me feel like I CAN be an artist in some regard. Plus, it's very practical and frankly, necessary in my line of work. I've been on camera without it and there is a difference.

So the next few posts will be me gabbing about my fave products and what I've found works to wear on camera, in everyday life and for special more dressy occasions.
I'm working on my hair though. I've never had a knack for it-- I wore it in a ponytail for most of my life before I discovered Keratin treatments (seriously life changing). I only recently taught myself how to use a curling iron, and even then, I'm still not great at it. Most of the time I blow dry, maybe flat iron some outlier pieces, but mainly I just let it fly and hope for the best. Haha.