My beauty discoveries of the week

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I feel like no matter what I do or which products I use, my makeup has mostly slid off my face my mid-afternoon, if not sooner. I’ve tried makeup setting sprays in the past and been disappointed, but this stuff does not let down. You just spray some on both before and after you’ve put on your makeup, and it works its magic. Yesterday, I applied makeup at 10am or so, and by 5 it was still in place—eyeliner (which is always the first to go) included.

You may recall that I love bronzers from Milk because they’re some of the only ones I’ve found without shimmer, and they’re really natural-looking. I’ve been using their stick formulation for a while, but I’m trading it out for this stuff, which goes on really evenly, and makes a nice, authentic-looking glow. Also, a little bit of it goes a very long way.

I’ve been mixing the above with my Kosas Tinted Face Oil, and the result is glowy magnificence, if I do say.

 

 

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    SAK
    9 Mar 2022
    12:52pm

    Would like to hear some recommendations for reliable eyeliner- I have used Bobbie Brown gel for a while but the formula must have changed because it disappears in a couple of hours.

    and a belated very happy birthday to you Kim- your podcast is great.

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      elizabeth
      9 Mar 2022
      5:13pm

      I’ve been liking Em Cosmetics Felt and Brush Tip eyeliners. I have very hooded eyes so if eyeliners are not extremely smudge proof, I just look like a raccoon in a couple hours. These have stayed put all day and then through a workout.

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      Laura
      10 Mar 2022
      10:52am

      Stila Stay All Day is very good. Also, Elf makes a eye primer that comes in a tube like concealer, Shadow Lock. Using it makes a big difference for me.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    9 Mar 2022
    1:10pm

    I’ve been using MAC Fix+ in the coconut scent because I love all things coconut, but the Charlotte Tilbury sounds intriguing. I hit upon a promising combo yesterday, purely by accident; I forgot to put my moisturizer on after my antioxidant serum but I’d already put on a few swipes of my Westman Atelier foundation stick so I used my fingers to blend it out with a few drops of my beloved Prestidge Beauté face oil. When I got home at the end of the day, my skin was still looking glowy and fresh – no small feat when you’re 61 with dry skin. I’m going to try to make the same mistake again today!

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      Gt
      10 Mar 2022
      1:49pm

      Just curious. Does Prestidge Beaute oil make real difference?

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    Rosemarie
    9 Mar 2022
    12:42pm

    I’ve tried a few primers to shore up eyeliner and eyeshadow. Some work so well, though, that eyeshadow, which I wear often, is very difficult to blend. I’ve found that MAC’s Paintpot, marketed as a long wearing eyeshadow, negotiates each need really well: Stuff stays on all day for me, but in the short-term, I can easily blend both liner and shadow. Paintpot comes in many colors; I use a neutral shade as an eyelid base/primer.

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      Jenny
      10 Mar 2022
      1:05am

      Rosemarie, thanks so much for the paintpot recommendation!!

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    Y.k.
    9 Mar 2022
    9:52am

    Thanks for that setting spray recommendation- i will definitely pick it up next time I’m at Sephora. The sliding off/dissipation of makeup was not a thing when i was 30 ..40, even 50. But now(57) I’m often shocked when i look at a mirror mid afternoon – this is how I’ve been presenting myself?

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      Shelly
      9 Mar 2022
      10:36am

      Yes. OMG. I am 56 and this is driving me nuts. I leave the house happy with my makeup and by afternoon it is mostly gone and what is left seems to have separated from my face, if that makes any sense…

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    cw
    9 Mar 2022
    9:59am

    I was in a business meeting Monday morning with three other women––the women were all incredibly put together both with clothes and makeup and I had put no thought into my clothing and was not wearing any sort of makeup when I suddenly realized how BLAND I looked. It was kind of shocking––while I’ve never been huge fan of makeup, but I’ve worn, at the very least, mascara and undereye cover cream etc.– I was appalled with myself for putting so little care into how I looked particularly since this was a business meeting and I wasn’t dressed in “bad” clothing, but it was all BLAND clothing. All to say I’m ordering these products and shipping myself off to Sephora since all of my face enhancement products are Pandemic Years old. And my closet is getting a firm talking to. Oy and Egad. WhereTF is normal?!?!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Mar 2022
      1:17pm

      CW, my dear, you could not be bland if you tried! Funny story: I met a woman at my new job the other day that leads a Zoom book club I’ve taken part in a few times. I mentioned that we’d met before online and she said, “Oh! I remember you now, but you looked so schlumpy then that I didn’t recognize you!” WHAAAAT!?! I cannot imagine EVER saying such a thing to someone.

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        Viajera
        10 Mar 2022
        2:15pm

        Maybe she was embarrassed that she didn’t remember you, and got flustered? I agree, that’s not the sort of thing to say to someone! And I’m sure it isn’t true, either. … … … I hear so many complaints about zooming. We should all rebel or something.

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        Bobby
        9 Mar 2022
        1:26pm

        Screw her and the horse she rode in on

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        cw
        9 Mar 2022
        2:15pm

        You are far too kind, Val. And schulumpy?!?!?!?!? WTF?!?!?!?!?! No doubt this woman was a “mean girl” when she was in high school. You are NOT schulumpy. We’ve hung out enough times for me to know that you are ALWAYS well put together and your makeup (which never looks like makeup) is always perfect. You are gorgeous. Oy and effing Egad. Has the Pandemic made people more thoughtless?

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          Mamavalveeta03
          9 Mar 2022
          8:14pm

          This is whyI love being a part of this community -you’re all so supportive of one another! Thanks, everyone! XOX

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            Tahe Z
            10 Mar 2022
            3:47pm

            Mamavalveeta03, you are always there with the kindest words. I agree with CW on this simply being a mean girl comment that was only to make her feel powerful (LAME). CW, I’ve had those days, but I’m sure you looked perfectly lovely. I have an anecdote where I defended myself which surprised me. I had red, cream, and black checked pants, suede heels, and a cream blouse with tiny black polka dots and my friend had the nerve to say I was brave to mix patterns and that it didn’t go together. I said, “I am brave and I know what I’m doing!” I couldn’t believe it! I have my days of bad fashion, but that day wasn’t one of them.

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              cw
              10 Mar 2022
              4:47pm

              Tahe Z, I think this combo sounds awesome! Good for you for standing up for yourself!

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        Laura
        9 Mar 2022
        1:58pm

        That’s horrible! It is shocking that adults behave this way.

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    The Prof
    9 Mar 2022
    9:02pm

    Since I went gray over the lockdown, I have had to rethink my makeup routine. More thickly applied black eyeliner has been the solution for me after all kinds of trials and errors. I’m curious as to whether others who have said goodbye to dye have discovered any other products or techniques to bring one’s face to life.

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      cw
      10 Mar 2022
      8:56am

      With my mostly white hair I’ve found eyebrows seem to be the key to keep me from looking washed out. I use nuebrow to keep them there and I also use Glossier Boy Brow because so many of my eyebrow hairs are also white (does it never end?!?!?). Now that masks are coming off I’m wondering if I also need to re-up my lip game since those tend to disappear as we age and our hair goes grey.

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        Laura
        10 Mar 2022
        10:48am

        The inner quarter inch of my right eyebrow is white. The rest of the brows are very dark ash brown. I have yet to come up with a good way to work with this. Using brow color or dye is tricky, because the color is uneven – lighter in the white section and darker in the rest. If I don’t use brow color, the white part fades into my (extremely pale) face. I would appreciate any suggestions any of you might have.

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          Viajera
          10 Mar 2022
          2:22pm

          Keeping eye safety in mind, whatever that means, I would keep trying with the dye. You only have to get sort of close – I don’t think most people are too focused on other people’s eyebrows during a conversation. They should be paying attention to what you’re saying! … … … I think the trick is to get the right tone of color (warmth v coolness, or what-all). Then just work up until it is almost the same darkness. I would think a nice colorist would be willing to help you be able to do it at home. Or just an arty friend. (Again, assuming there isn’t really some danger to your eyes.)

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            Viajera
            10 Mar 2022
            2:26pm

            Oh also … you’re not putting the color on the whole eyebrow, right? bc then you’d have to do both of them. Hmm actually that might be a strategy. Well. (Actually, maybe not – the white hairs might still take the color unevenly.) I feel for you anyhow – and I think there is a good chance of getting to a solution.

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    Susanna
    9 Mar 2022
    5:49pm

    I was really intrigued by the Kosas, but on me it just looks like I have a face full of oil, which I guess I do. Yet there’s very little coverage and I can’t find a good match. Sigh. I’ve heard great things about the Ilia foundation so I may try that next.

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      Linda Boardman Kerr
      10 Mar 2022
      6:59am

      I bought the Ilia stuff last weekend and it’s perfect.

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      Jenny
      10 Mar 2022
      12:29am

      I think the ilia skin tint is a bit too oily for me, but I use a lot of hydration/moisturizer/ sunscreen, as I’m accommodating to tretinoin.

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    elizabeth
    9 Mar 2022
    5:16pm

    Does the setting spray keep your foundation from oxidizing? I’ve tried a couple different ones, including the Loreal Teint Idole and Armani Luminous Silk, and in a few hours, I just look orange. I’d love to go back to the days of more sheer, but I’m Asian and the hyperpigmentation/melasma has finally caught up with me.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Mar 2022
      8:10pm

      Try NARS foundations. I used to have very good luck with them on Asian skin when I was a MUA. They have quite a wide variety of skin tones. Bobbi Brown would be another option worth checking out, Elizabeth.

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        elizabeth
        9 Mar 2022
        8:31pm

        Thank you! I will check those out.

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    H
    9 Mar 2022
    3:43pm

    Having been someone who couldn’t be bothered to wear make-up for the last 25 years (I’m now 46), I’ve recently bought myself a drawerful of the stuff, including the Charlotte Tilbury setting spray. I’m getting married next month and that feels like a good time to start wearing make-up again!

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      Tahe Z
      10 Mar 2022
      3:50pm

      Congratulations!!

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    liz
    9 Mar 2022
    2:12pm

    It has been two years since I have regularly worn makeup.
    I feel like I am now too old for eyeliner. I do have the BB cremeshadow sticks and think they might be better on me.
    I also love bronzer but I feel like my skin is even better now than two years ago. Maybe I will embrace the clean face look or just really pare down my makeup when I start to again regularly wear.

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    Eloise
    9 Mar 2022
    1:20pm

    These posts are always so foreign, yet increasingly intriguing, to me. I don’t wear makeup – never have, but as I age I think maybe I should? Except that I’ve literally no clue! I use Prestidge serum and Augustine’s Bader Rich Cream (with both costing so much $$$$ that I thought I’d try a bottle of each and give up, but I love them!) and, sometimes, for Zoom meetings, I add a hastily applied swipe of Chantecaille lip stick in Calendula (pretty bright red, which I never thought would work with my pale skin, but it does). That is all. Sigh. I think I have two fashion” genes (as in my love for “fashion,” not in how I pull it off) and no “ makeup” gene. I also use parentheses too much!

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      Liz
      10 Mar 2022
      8:35pm

      Same here, Eloise. I’ve never worn makeup because I always loved the barefaced look and also because I’d put a little on and immediately feel overdone. Plus, I have small lips that look very weird in lipstick. But after the last two years of being distracted by my own washed out face on Zoom I feel like I want to try something. Just ordered the Kosas and the Milk bronzer. My skin also always felt dirty and clogged up with foundation, so we’ll see if I can even stand it. I do really like Nars the Multiple sticks, though. The colors are really lovely and they blend well.

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      Tanya
      10 Mar 2022
      1:02pm

      I’ve been so curious about the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream. Is it worth the pile of gold it costs? What makes it special? Eeek–I want to try it!

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        Eloise
        11 Mar 2022
        9:16am

        Tanya, I ordered it from Nordstrom because they let you return used cosmetics. I may be falling for the whole Emperor’s new clothes thing but don’t think so. It evens out my skin and hydrates without being greasy. I had been using Weleda Skin Food, which I liked at first but got tired of. (I still use it on my hands.) I tried Le Mer years ago and didn’t think it did anything (but, to be honest, it was so long ago that I may not have needed “anything done). Yes, it is expensive but two pumps covers my face, neck and decolletage (a word I don’t think I’ve ever typed before) and the bottle lasts a long time.

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          Tanya
          11 Mar 2022
          1:36pm

          That’s a great tip to buy from Nordstrom. Thanks for the info! If/when I buy it, I’m going to name the bottle ‘Eloise.’ 🙃

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    Liz
    14 Mar 2022
    5:38pm

    Just be careful if you order the Kosas from Sephora’s website. There is an issue with the shades being switched up. I ordered Tone 03, which, according to the website is light with warm undertones, but the actual product Tone 03 is fair with cool undertones. Womp womp 🙁

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