I’m going to be 35 on Sunday.
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A couple weeks ago, suddenly and as if to throw this point in my face (literally), a frown wrinkle set in between my eyebrows. Wtf.
I stared at it in the mirror and made a bunch of faces to see where this wrinkle came from. How did I do this to myself?
Disapproving disgust is apparently a look I give quite often.
So, of course, I went into a mass panic and bought some Neutrogena “Rapid Wrinkle Repair” junk with hyaluronic acid and retinol. It works. In almost 2 weeks, I’ve seen a major difference… like it’s pretty shocking. I have hope. It’s also made my skin a little flaky so, I’m going to have to dial it down a notch. (I was putting it on my face over 3 times a day. I kinda lost my mind.)
I used to joke about how tough my skin was, that I could scrub my face with Ajax and it would be fine. I don’t know if it’s age, or medications, or this wretched Winter, or what other fresh hell has made my skin go to the dogs. It gets red and unhappy after St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub, which never used to irritate it. My combination skin is more erratic, with weird dry patches and pores going “heeeeeyyy look at meeeee!” My tiny broken capillaries have gone rogue and all splotchy. The fat in my face is changing and shifting. It’s all happened so rapidly that it’s kind of shocking.
I stole my neighbor’s latest InStyle magazine (she moved and they keep coming here) and saw an ad for Sephora’s new Pantone skin matching service called Color IQ. Yesterday after work I drove to the mall in sleet to fix my goddamn face (or at least cover this crap up) and have some ladytime pampering. (Department store makeup ladies frighten and fascinate me all at once and I’ve seen nothing good come from a counterside makeover but I was desperate.)
I recommend doing this on a slow night. I received all the attention with no one looming. The sweet girl (Bri) working the testing area all alone on a Monday night was such a sport. (She said I looked like Snow White so I immediately wanted to put her in my pocket.) She gave me a Vitamin C face wipe to remove makeup off my cheeks and neck and then gave me a dollop of moisturizer to replenish my skin and I sat in a tall chair while she placed a handheld device on 3 points – my neck, cheek and forehead. It gave her a calculation and she did it again on my other side to see if the readings were the same. I’m a 1Y06, which is light with slight yellow undertones.
So, we went to a small tablet and talked about what kind of formula (liquid/powder, etc.) and coverage I wanted (sheer, medium or full). I wanted liquid with medium buildable coverage so after she tapped around the screen, I put in my email address to send myself my foundation matches. Then she walked me through the matches, explaining that some were more sheer and some were super matte and some had a reputation for oxidizing on oily t-zones. Girl knew her stuff. I picked a few, based on some reviews I’d seen online and she painted me up with one on my left side. I just couldn’t figure it out but something wasn’t right. This is one of those moments where you need to speak up and be honest with yourself and those trying to help you.
The lighting in Sephora is nuts. She got me to stand in 4 different places with a hand-held mirror to get a good sense of it. We both felt that the recommended shade was a little too yellow so, she picked one shade lighter and did up my other half and it was perfect… like so perfect. The Pantone match is simply a starting point. You may have to make some adjustments.
With this service, they’ll let you take a few samples home to try out but I was sold on Lancôme’s Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo. It’s a liquid foundation with an adorable perfectly matched cream concealer built into the cap and is supposed to genuinely “correct” your skin over time, with 20 SPF built in – a mega foundation – a lot of bang for your buck. It sets fairly quickly and lasted all day today. I’m really pleased with it so far and got 2 compliments at work today, that I looked “pretty.” I’ll take it!
I know I know, this shit is expensive. We all have our things we spend stupid amounts of money on but; considering it took a year to finish off an even smaller bottle of Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation, this is roughly 16 cents a day to put my best face forward. Suck it Trebek.
Natural looking foundation is really important to me. I don’t want to look powdery or cakey in sunlight and you guys, that dark contouring/highlighting insanity looks creepy as hell in broad daylight. I apply natural blush on the apples of my cheeks. I don’t want to look gaunt or angular or sculpted. I want to look fresh and glowy and rosy. Honestly, I think this contouring madness makes you look old and straight off the set of Dynasty if you’re not an absolute pro. It’s great for photo shoots and nighttime makeup but good lord I’ve seen some disasters downtown during the day.
This scares the hell out of me:
Let me share a secret that will solidify all your suspicions of my absurd vanity – I bought that little double pack of mini evian facial sprays at Ulta a while back. Frou frou overpriced water in a can. I keep one in my makeup bag and one in my desk at work (office air is so dry). After I’ve done my foundation/powder/blush, I do a quick burst of mist and everything melts together and it takes the powdery edge off giving it a natural finish. Don’t tell me I can put water in a spray bottle. This mist is magical!
Next ridiculously priced makeup temptation I’m 99% sure I’ll succumb to soon? Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power (and maybe the blush). I played with it all last night and whoa mama, this stuff is lovely. Dim Light is my shade of choice.
Are you going to get matched at Sephora soon?
Have you mastered contouring or are your scared?