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Figuring Out Foundation

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Figuring Out Foundation

“You can layer these foundations. For example, start with CC Cream for a great primer and then add a liquid foundation for more coverage.” 

~Amy Wilson
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Let me just start off by saying foundation is a struggle for most women, and for us blind beauties wow. So I thought I would do two things for you today.

  • One, talk about what types of foundations are out there.
  • Second, discuss where to apply it so it doesn’t look like a mask.

Let’s get some of you off the foundation struggle bus. Lol! I am going to start with the easiest and work my way up to the tougher ones to match. Now I admit I am totally biased on this one because it’s my favorite., it’s CC Cream. The CC stands for complexion corrector.

This CC Cream is a powerhouse. It does multiple things for your skin all at once: it moisturizes, primes, sunscreen and of course foundation. This product blends to match your natural skin tone and it’s the easiest foundation to match for anyone.

Other Types of Foundations

Mineral Powders

Mineral powders are a popular one. They are great for light coverage. Many different companies make mineral powder. They typically come in circular containers. You shake some of the product onto the lid and apply with a powder brush.

Tip: Investing in a set of quality makeup brushes will take you far and take your product even further. I know by using my brushes I lengthen the use of my foundation and other products. I can recommend different brushes you may want to use.

Now let’s bump it up to some more coverage for that beautiful face.

Timewise Liquid Foundations

Mary Kay has what we call our Timewise Liquid Foundations. These have age-fighting ingredients included in the foundation. It comes in two different types:

  • One is matte-wear for those ladies who have combination to oily skin. This formula won’t make your face as shiny.
  • The second one is luminous-wear for a skin type of normal to dry.

Tip: Checking the foundation on your jawline is the best way to find your match. Remember Mary Kay consultants will let you try these before you buy. We want you to love the products, satisfaction guaranteed.

Medium Coverage Foundation

There is a Medium Coverage Foundation which gives your face 8 hours of coverage. Its been described to me that it can give you that airbrushed look.

Cream to Powder Foundation

Finally, there is Cream to Powder Foundation. From my understanding, you can either love or hate this one. For myself, having a normal to dry skin type this one sounds nice. I am sure if you have really oily skin this one could be frustrating.

Wow! That’s a lot of information about foundation. I hope you find it helpful.

Tip: You can layer these foundations. Example start with CC Cream for a great primer and then add a liquid foundation for more coverage.

Application

Now let’s talk about how to apply foundation to the face.

  1. Start in the middle of your face and blend towards the outer part of your face. You can apply in your T-zone (this is your forehead and straight down the middle of your face).
  2. When getting to the jawline, make sure to take the foundation to your neck. If you stop at your jaw it can look like you are wearing a mask and that’s not good.

Alright, I will wrap it up and wish all of you a fresh and fabulous day!

As usual, you can find me on Facebook or join my Facebook group:

Bye Beauties!

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Makeup Basics 101

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Makeup Basics 101

Introduction:

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and my friend, Amy Wilson. Amy is a phenomenal wife and mom whose goal for this year is to become a Mary Kay Director or at least in qualification. What would make this even more special is, we believe she would be the first blind director. Without further ado, here’s Amy!

Starting with the Basics

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Hello, Beauties! My name is Amy Wilson and I am a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. I am also blind.  Through my business, I’ve learned basics are not taught enough, so here we go.

Any good makeup regiment starts with great skin care. This means using at least a cleanser and a moisturizer morning and night. Using an eye cream can be beneficial if you are a woman of a certain experience. Lol

If you don’t know where to start with this then feel free to reach out to me and I will give you my advice for free. With so many options it’s had to know what to do.

Now for basic makeup…

Foundation

Foundation is tough to match but luckily there are CC Creams (complexion corrector creams). These will blend to match your natural skin tone. I think some of these are also called BB (blemish balm) creams.

You can apply these foundations with your fingers or to make the product last longer use a liquid foundation brush. Cuz who doesn’t want to make makeup last longer lol.

Tip when applying foundation make sure you go past your jawline. You don’t want to look like you are wearing a mask.

Eye Makeup

Cream eyeshadow is a basic eye makeup. You know, something you can apply with your finger so you know where the heck its going. There are all sorts of colors you can use made by a variety of companies.

If you are under 25 you can use shimmer but over that use a matte color.  As we age our eyes are the first thing to show our age so having shimmer will make you look older than you want.  No Bueno.  No good.

Mascara

There are so many different types of mascara its crazy. Start with a basic one. Apply with the brush horizontally not vertically.

Practice, practice, and practice some more. Have some eye makeup remover handy because I guarantee you will mess up. This happens to anyone when they are learning. I could do a blog just on mascara.

Blush

For color on the cheeks, you can take it or leave it. I went years without wearing any because I wasn’t sure what color to wear. Powder or cream blush is a great way to add some color to your face in a simple way.

Now for the kiss…. Lips

Have fun with it. There are so many different colors out there. If you’re not sure where to start, try a red or pink, these colors look great on everyone. Personally, I love my crushed berry red. Again, I could do a blog on just this topic.  Just have fun with it.

Stay fresh and fabulous Bold Blind Beauties.

If you want to connect with me you can find me on Facebook under Amy Wilson or join my group Wilson’s Wildflowers.

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Amy is sitting in a mini coop that you can earn as a Mary Kay consultant. Her white cane is hanging out of the driver side window with Amy sitting in the driver seat.

 

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Get Your Face Summer Ready

SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ
SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ

Nothing aggravates me more than trying to find the perfect or near perfect foundation shade for my face. With so many shades, formulations, types and brands it’s enough to make your head spin. You’ve got your creams, liquids, oil-based, sheer, matte, mousse, stick, powder, minerals, tinted moisturizers and let me not forget BB (beauty balms) and CC (color correcting) creams.

Over the years I’ve tried many brands and different formulas some good, others not so good. It didn’t help matters when my skin would change from sensitive, to oily, combination to dry or anywhere in between. Until recent years, the whole looking for new foundation process was just an exercise in frustration.

So, when I caught a May beauty episode on The View I couldn’t contain my excitement on some of the products as shown by Lori Klein. Lori, an expert in the field of beauty, has been makeup artist to Barbara Walters for 19 years.

The first item the outcome of the collaboration between Sephora and Pantone is Color IQ. Color IQ takes the guesswork out of determining the perfect shade of foundation for your skin tone. The Color IQ device (looks to be about the size of an iPhone) is placed against your face in 3 different areas this will ensure you obtain a foundation shade tailored specifically for you. After this is done a number will be assigned which then needs to be inputted into Sephora’s foundation library.

With over 1,500 formulas in Sephora’s library, once you have plugged in your Color IQ number and selected your preferred type of foundation you will receive a number of results from which you can choose. The in-store consultation is free and once you have your Color IQ number you can purchase foundation in the store or online.

For those of you in search of a self-tanner that doesn’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa (the orange people in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) you need look no further than Clarins Golden Glow Booster. All it takes is adding 3 drops to your favorite day or night cream to develop a gradual tan that adjusts to your skin. Jenny McCarthy even spoke up and said that the golden tan she has through the winter months is from using this product. By the way when you stop using the product the tan will diminish as gradually it evolved.

Golden Glow Booster
Golden Glow Booster

Eye makeup wearers the world over have at one time or another had that panda bear look from eyeliner smudging. Heat from the sun, sweat, rain and tears can all wreck-havoc on our eyeliner. Thank goodness for Makeup Forever Aqua Liner available in pencil or liquid formulas.

The Makeup Forever Aqua Liner is available in a variety of shades, is waterproof, smudge proof and doesn’t fade throughout the day. What I found interesting about the liner is that it was developed for the Parisian Aquatic Ballet and it was tested underwater for 5 hours.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes

For lips Lori presented Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector a 3-in-1 lip color that I can’t wait to try. I’ve noticed with age that not only has my skin become dry but my lips as well and it got to the point where I found myself constantly using lip balm so I’m open to trying this product. This 3-in-1 is lip color comes in 18 shades and is described as:

  • Hydrates like a balm
  • Shines like a gloss
  • Intensity of a lipstick
Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector
Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector

Though I am satisfied with my Sheer Cover Mineral foundation the next time I am in the vicinity of Sephora I am going to do the Color IQ so that I can write about my experience and subsequent feedback. The Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector is the other item I am going to try because if memory serves when I tested Lancôme lipstick years back I liked it. So be sure to stay tuned…

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” Calvin Klein

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Landscapes of Our Faces

The Terrain

Landscapes of Our Faces; sounds poetic and could double as a soap opera title. The first time I heard the term used was when Stephanie Van, my vision rehabilitation teacher, was giving me some makeup tips and I liked the sound so much I just had to write about it.

Like life itself, with the exception of those whose livelihoods depend on facial care, many of us can take our faces for granted. How many times do we really pay close attention to our own face unless there’s an issue requiring closer examination?

I think it’s safe to say that we understand the face is necessary for individual recognition and we are familiar with its various components. We may even know our facial shape, tone and type but what if you couldn’t see your face? How would you do what millions of women do every day when preparing themselves to face the world?

Many of us get up each day, take a shower, get dressed, style our hair, apply makeup, and go about our day without giving any of these preparations a second thought. There is a segment of our population however who for numerous reasons are very intentional in any given area of their morning ministrations.

I suppose a certain amount of complacency with regard to routine is not a bad thing for if we were constantly reminded of pain, discomfort or incessant empathy, moving beyond today would be a great hardship. The pain of childbirth is one of those milestones though very rewarding, if we had the ability to carry that pain for any length of time beyond the birth of a child I dare say there would probably be a serious population decline.

Facescaping

Back to Landscapes of Our Faces, when Stephanie demonstrated what she meant by the landscape of the face it made complete sense to me. Allow me if you will to take you through the process:

  • Close your eyes
  • Using the pads of your fingertips on both hands start on your forehead gently trace your hairline past the temples
  • Continue down past your ears, under the jaw line and to chin
  • Going back up to your forehead trace your eyebrows and the orbital socket of the eye
  • Feel how tissue thin your eyelids are
  • Trace your eyelashes
  • Notice contour of your bone structure from your eye socket to your cheekbones
  • Run your fingers along the ridge of your nose to the cartilage at the tip and nostrils
  • Now trace your lips

It took me several times of doing this to be able to feel my unique characteristics. I found that though the skin on my face is very soft there are some uneven areas that feel like tiny pimples. I’m now even able to feel the soft tiny hairs on the sides of my face (okay I have to say I was a little shocked to find that I have a quasi-beard). Taking it a step further and smiling I could feel the muscles under my cheeks causing them to elevate along with the laugh lines.

Just like I recommended at the outset of this blog, Stephanie also advises her blind and vision impaired clients to consult with a trusted friend or family member when first learning how to use or switching makeup products/types. This is to ensure that you’ve attained complete coverage and correct application.

I showed Stephanie some of the stencils that I’ve recently acquired and asked for her opinion. While she could see the benefit of some of these tools for some women with low vision she recommends using the fingertips for most makeup application. The reason being, that one can use the sense of touch to determine the amount and coverage of the cosmetics.

Stephanie went on to show me how to line up an eyebrow pencil with the eyebrow and tracing with the fingertip along the brow line. For liquid foundation she uses what she calls the Power of Three. First she places one dot of foundation on each of the following: forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Then with three fingers on both hands she swipes the cheeks in an upward and outward motion three times. This process is repeated on the forehead, nose and chin.

What I would like to do next week is shoot a video demonstration on Stephanie’s method so that I can talk you through the process.

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” ~Sally Field