Now that Iâ€™m in my late twenties, Iâ€™m noticing some subtle signs of being in my late twenties and hurtling towards my thirties. The wrinkle across my forehead doesnâ€™t really bother me. The dark undereye circles really do. As weâ€™re planning and attending weddings, I think weâ€™re all more aware of these things.Â Or it’s just me, but you are all too polite to say so – right?
Anyway, I thought Iâ€™d share the tricks and products that work well for me, and maybe youâ€™ll give me your tips in the comments too.
For my everyday go-to-work look, I donâ€™t put a ton of effort into eyeshadow, blush and lipstick.
This is me – although when this photo was taken I had not yet found the miracle mascara.
My dermatologist tells me that itâ€™s okay to cheap out on skincare, for the most part, as long as you keep up the habit. She says that cranky, breakout-prone skin does well with gentle products and the occasional chemical intervention. She practically forced a particular brand of moisturizer on me, which comes in an enormous, no-nonsense container. My mornings and evenings look like this:
Cetaphil cleanser, DML lotion. The Cetaphil is gentle enough to remove eye makeup, which is a nice shortcut.
In the evenings I pierce a vitamin E capsule and dab it around my eyes and lips, then swallow whatâ€™s left. My mom swears this is good for my skin, hair and heart. She has great skin, so I believe her. In the mornings I do SPF instead.Â Tip: do the backs of your hands too, and keep an extra in your bag to reapply throughout the day.Â No age spots, please!
I find tinted moisturizer to be forgiving, since you donâ€™t have do a particularly good job blending it. A dash of powder holds it all together. I really like Clinique Almost Makeup and powder. They donâ€™t make me break out, and the amount of pigmentation is just right.
I use Smithâ€™s Rosebud Salve all the time.Â I know itâ€™s just pink petroleum jelly, but I like it. I rarely wear lipstick to work (unless itâ€™s red and matte) but this little tin is constantly in use.
Hereâ€™s my splurge: mascara. Recently I fell in love with Tarteâ€™s Lights, Camera, Lashes! Not for the cute case (although it is cute) but for the actual mascara.Â One coat, and you have slightly-better-than-natural lashes.Â Two, three, or even four coats and you can build thick falsies with a little finesse, and no clumping.Â I even wear it on my lower lashes.
Other mascaras I have tried and liked, but not as well: Lâ€™Oreal Voluminous (lush, but flaky), MAC Plush Lash (lush and doesnâ€™t flake much, but the fat brush sometimes gets mascara on my lids), and Lash Fusion XL(good for loooong lashes, but not much volume.)
I find that translucent powder is the trick for keeping mascara from giving you raccoon eyes. It must be translucent, because for this to work you have to make sure thereâ€™s nothing for mascara flakes to stick to – that means a heavy coat! Â Use a cotton ball or a clean foundation brush,Â and swipe a liberal amount under your eyes -Â then go back and buff lightly with a powder brushÂ until it disappears.
Translucent powders Iâ€™ve liked: Laura Mercier and Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil. Those are the only two Iâ€™ve ever tried â€“ they last so long, I havenâ€™t needed to shop around!
Your turn – what are your favorite everyday products and tricks?