Over the past few months I have started becoming a bit of a makeup and skincare junkie. The more blogs and YouTube channels I visit, the most intrigued I become. Shelbey Ashburn (aka Love Shelbey) is my favorite YouTube channel to watch. I stumbled onto her channel via Pinterest when I was looking for bareMinerals tutorials. She has so many great tutorials on bareMinerals as well as other makeup lines. I love watching her videos; they are so well edited and her makeup is always flawless. BM is my go-to makeup brand. I love how it is so gentle on my skin. This makeup never makes me breakout or irritates my eyes. I have tried some other lines, but I think my makeup always looks best with BM. When in doubt, I always “go Bare!”
Beginning your makeup routine with a primer is so important. A good primer will help you apply makeup more smoothly and will prevent it from wearing off. I have tried three bareMinerals PrimeTime Foundation Primers; Original, BB (in light) and Oil Control. The Original and BB formulas are easy to apply and have a velvety texture. I have nothing bad to say about the original formula. It is my go-to primer and I recommend it to everyone. I am currently using the BB primer and cannot wait to finish up this bottle. Even though the BB and original primers have the same texture once applied, I find them to be a bit different. I would have to agree with many of the comments on the bareMinerals website because the pump on this bottle stinks! This formula is a bit thicker than the original and clogs the pump. Sometimes I find myself having to use more product to cover my face. Also, I do not think the tint makes all that much of a difference when it comes to coverage. I tried the Oil Control formula last summer to combat that good ol’ summer shine. Sadly, I returned it after about a week. I did not like that this formula left my skin feeling dry and not velvety.
After applying primer, my go-to powder foundation is the bareMinerals Original Power Foundation. Most of the year I wear fairly-light and in the summer I can wear medium-beige. To apply this foundation I literally, “Swirl, Tap and Buff!” using a small amount of product at a time. I apply this foundation in four sections (right cheek, left cheek, chin and forehead) and spend a good five or so minutes buffing it in. I have learned the more you buff, the better the foundation blends. I usually opt for light-medium coverage which I achieve by applying the foundation in layers. To apply this foundation I alternate between the BM Flawless Face Brush and the Real Techniques Powder Brush. The Real Techniques Power Brush gives achieves a fuller coverage, so this is my go to brush for parties and special events. I have also tried the matte formula which is great in the summer months!
As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts, my under eye area can get very dry. I was a little hesitant to try a powder concealer for an area of my face that typically gets dry, but I am SO happy I did. The bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener Concealer is one of my holy grail products. I love this concealer! It gives me great coverage with minimal cracking throughout the day. Since my skin is pretty fair, I can also use this as an all over face concealer. I apply this concealer with the Real Techniques Setting Brush.
Using a setting powder will complete your look and help your makeup to stay in place. It is also a great way to prevent shine. I use the bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil everyday. A little goes a long way, so this jar will last a long time. Using the Real Techniques Powder Brush I apply the Mineral Veil all over my face, but focus on the areas that get most shiny especially when only wearing a CC cream. Once this jar is used up I am planning on trying BM’s hydrating mineral veil.
xo Miss Alyss