Face of the Week (using powder foundation)

This week I decided to forgo the liquid bases and put my powder foundations back in rotation. One of these days, I’ll do a post about only powder foundations including my favorites; however, for now, I’ll just feature my favorite PF of all time: the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation.

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Benefit POREfessional
I started off with priming with Benefit POREfessional to cover pores and control oil production. I find that it’s important to have a smooth and perfected surface before applying powder foundation so that it has something to stick to. Read more about it in my reviews here and here.

Candy Doll Concealer
I’ve been really into my new Candy Doll Concealer in shade 01, because it’s no surprise I’m a huge fan of Japanese cosmetics in general. This shade is perfect for my fair-pinky skin and the pigmentation and coverage is insane. I ordered mine through eBay and have had no issues. I like this concealer better than the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer.

Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation
After primer and concealer, I buffed on the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation with a large powder brush. This is great for oil-control and evening out the skin tone. And, since the powder is so finely milled, it doesn’t take any extra work to help this product look good on the skin. It sets instantly without looking too matte or flat and stays looking good all day. When I’m in the mood for PF’s, I turn to this one first.

Tony Moly Cristal Blush in 03 “Pleasure Peach”
Tony Moly is a Korean brand that I’ve been playing around with. This brand is in the same price range as Etude House, Face Shop, and Skinfood (among others). I came across “Pleasure Peach” when I was reading Korean beauty blogs and ordered mine on eBay. It’s not a new and unique color and there’s plenty of shades out there like this, so technically, it’s nothing to write home about. However, I like the formula — even though it’s a powder blush, it looks and feels creamy.

Benefit High Beam
For some added highlighting, I lightly dabbed Benefit High Beam along my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. Normally, I’d advise against applying liquid highlighter after PF application, but the formulas work well for each other despite one being powder. Plus, Benefit High Beam has a pinky glow that I love and I’ll use it no matter what!

Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm
I recently featured the Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm in a recent post, and I’m still loving it and using it every day — day and night. For lips, I layered on this lip balm before adding Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Instinct” over on top. The pretty wash of moisturizing color is my idea of perfection. :)

What did you wear this week?

Face of the Day — featuring one eyeshadow

I’ve included an eye look in this face of the day post. I’m quite simple (and lazy) when it comes to eye looks, unless I have somewhere to be, lol. I know that using one eyeshadow may not seem like anything special, but it’s a good trick to know for a rainy day. When you’re in a pinch or in a hurry, and you find it necessary to put in some effort for your eye look, using one shadow can really help.

It’s quite simple: you apply a wash of your singular color of choice and then blend. Blend to sheer it out. Then, apply the same color to the outer corners of your eyes to add depth and some dimension. Blend. Add more of the same color into the same place. Blend.

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For my face, I’m using the Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 as my sunscreen/base, but I’m finding that it’s kinda oily for my liking. That’s why I paired it with powder foundation for a bit of oil control. Since finishing the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation in “Petal,” I’ve re-purchased it in “Shell” and still love it. “Shell” is not pink-toned like “Petal,” and it adjusts well to the skin. It’s still one of my all time favorites — even though it’s stupidly expensive.

For blush, I’m STILL obsessed with my Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise.” Enough said, lol. For some minor contouring of the nose, I’ve come back to the Benefit Hoola Bronzer because it’s warm for my pale skin tone.

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Here are my eye products. I’m still using the same KOJI eyelash curler with my Shiseido Mascara Base and new MJ mascara. I’ve been using the clear Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to run through my brows. I’m really liking it for the brows after using brow powder, mainly because it’s less sticky and hairspray-like. The finish is very soft and natural. Because it’s clear and my powder brow products are dark brown, I assume this will get dingy and dirty looking really quick. Good thing it’s just a few bucks!

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The “one eyeshadow look” is featured in this post using the Laura Mercier eyeshadow in “Bamboo.” In a previous post some time ago, I wrote about Top Neutral Eyeshadows to Own and mentioned this very shadow. As you can see, it’s still one of my favorites for sure.

I’ve also been playing with the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in dark brown. The packaging has changed and so has the amount of product. I like it, but to me, it’s just like my other eyebrow powders.

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The “one eyeshadow look” is literally that — I’ve only applied on eyeshadow, but layered it so that it looks dimensional. :) While I know that this look may not be interesting/useful to others, it’s just another way to simplify. During the hotter months, nothing is worse than having all your makeup melt off your face and get streaky! Another things to keep in mind is that not all singular shadows can look good on its own. I feel that there are some colors that need a partner, so try it out and see what works best for your eye color and skin tone.