I’m not quite out of my makeup funk yet, but I’ve been trying to gain some inspiration here and there from various YouTube videos and fashion magazines in my spare time. Last week, I had to be “professionally appropriate” for presentations and meetings, so I definitely had to put forth a little more effort for that reason. I also needed my face makeup to last through the long days, the commute, and the hotness that we’re experiencing in Texas. Also, since I work in an academic setting, my makeup needed to reflect that as well.
As usual, I kept things simple but appropriate.
Normally, I don’t powder over base products (unless it’s my T-zone); and, very rarely do I layer a mineral foundation over my original base product. For the sake of looking polished and extra put-together, I used my Chanel CC Cream and dusted my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Porcelain” over everything. The finish was light and perfect. However, the layer did leave me looking a bit matte and flat. So, I added some glow by using the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in 01. For blush, I resorted to my trusty MAC “Well Dressed” to finish off the face.
The star of the show and my newest primer love is the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer. After my skin care, I swiped this primer on before adding my CC cream on top. And, let me just say, this is what saved the day for me. If you’re looking for a primer that is strictly designed to make you makeup last — this is the primer you should be using. The glue-stick design is appropriate because it really does make you makeup stick.
Not pictured is MAC’s Fix + face mist, but I needed something a little extra to help my skin look more natural and to diffuse the effects of the powder. My brow routine is the same and is still in its growing-out process nearly 8 months later, lol. For lips, I kept it simple with just some La Mer lip balm. As for the eyes, I dusted on a skintone-like eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s “Naked”) from a palette, added some eyeliner and mascara.
For me, looking professional and put-together is important; but functionality is important as well. I had these products on my face for nearly 14 hours and nothing melted or smeared. As mentioned before, the primer was truly the star and I would totally recommend that.