the fresh list: ways to stay pretty when the weather ain’t …

November 2, 2012By stephanie

If the recent rain and roller coaster wind has your makeup looking more like war paint than a fresh.beautiful fall goddess … don’t worry – you aren’t alone. There is an abundance of tips and tricks out there to keep your makeup working 24/7 and in place and you’ve heard them all (use powder to set, use a primer, use a stain), but I believe that when the weather has you beat, keeping it simple is best.

However, sometimes what looks simple, requires more than just some chapstick and throwing your hair in a ponytail. Simple does not have to equal boring. :)

Here is how I weatherproof …

The less foundation I wear, the less I have to worry about.

But in order to wear less foundation, my skin has to be on point. I’m moisturizing using Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Facial at night, and in the morning, I’m mixing my Argan Oil with Consonant Body’s new HydraExtreme. Soft, smooth, well hydrated cream always looks healthy and bright.

I still need some cover up … just not a lot …

Depending on what may or may have popped up overnight (read: how much I picked at a potential zit), I’ll either choose between a tinted moisturizer for all over evening, or a strong concealer for spot coverage. Right now, I’m mixing it up with Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot that has one brightening concealer for under the eyes, a thicker concealer for blemishes, and then powder to set as well. It’s small and compact so it’s great for portability BUT you do need to carry a brush for it as well … so it can get cumbersome, but the wear and formula is worth it.

Just a hint of cream blush …

Cream blushes are pure ease. I’m a big fan of NARS The Multiple, but right now, I’m using a Bobbi Brown Limited Edition cream colour in Pink Truffle that comes in a tube. It’s dark straight out of the tube, but once blended it’s a nice pink. When the weather outside is grey, this hint of pink warms up my skin and makes me feel healthy.

Eyeliner instead of mascara … no, seriously … eyeliner instead of mascara …

I know, I know – mascara is supposed to be the one thing you put on if nothing else BUT on me, it just always causes trouble and smudging. I don’t have this problem with eyeliner. I dot on a black eyeliner on top of my lash line and then right up in there in between the lash. Right now I’m using Benefit BadGal in Brown, Bobbi Brown in Smoke, or from the new NARS/Warhol collection, 47th Street – a black with glitter. Each of these allow me to smudge and push around the colour … but then set and don’t budge until the next day!

And then, depending on my mood, I’ll finish with some sort of lip something (see here) or other …

With this routine, I find I am never worrying about touching up – cause really, what is there to touch up?

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