I’ve never really liked eye shadow. It’s always made me think of either young girls trying to look older, or older women just trying to do too much. Because of this admittedly unfair Tammy-Faye-Baker bias, it’s the one product category I’ve never played with. Until now.
Call it the holidays, or boredom, or the fact that lately I only want to dress in black and white, but I’ve been feeling that familiar ache to change up, and amp up, my makeup look. So a few weeks ago I took a trip to my friend Jean’s store, Evolue—it had been ages since I made the journey across town for a visit—and had a little makeup shopping spree.
First I stocked up on old faves, like my Jane Iredale’s Active Light Concealer in both number 2 and 5. Then I decided to buy some brushes. Siobhan has one at her place that I use when we have sleepovers a few times a year—and because we usually stay up late into the night gabbing (OK, and drinking), I tend to need the extra concealing help. So I got one like hers: mid-size, a bit stiff, great for spot applying Laura Mercier mineral powder. Still a fave, as her new routine attests.
Then I surprised myself. For the first time ever I tried RMS’s karma shadow. I love RMS—who doesn’t here?—but I’d never given those eye pots a second glance despite the fact that S reviewed karma here, and many a Morning Routine has mentioned it.
At first I used it (with my other new small flat brush) more like a smokey eyeliner, which is no departure for me at all. But this past week I’ve been throwing caution to the wind and straight up covering my lid with it! And I love it. It’s more intense than what I’m used to, but it’s not in the least bit garish.
Are you adventurous with your eye makeup?
My next big move is going to be to try a cat eye with it—as demo’d here by Spirit of Spirit Beauty Lounge. I also came across this Refinery 29 video of Kate Moss’s makeup artist showing how to do a cat eye with a regular old pencil—has anyone tried this? Just as soon as I find a pencil sharpener I’m going to…
Um, why isn’t her makeup running?
The answer to that question isn’t fair (waterproof mascara and liner, obviously). This has been on my mind lately because last week, when it was really hot and gross in New York, my pal and colleague Diana came up to me and said: “As I was sweating off my makeup on the subway platform, it got me thinking: What do experts do? Do you wait to put on makeup at work? Are there tricks? We should do a post about it!”
In this case, we = Prevention.com, where we both work. It was a great idea, so our beauty editor Nina put together this list of fun tips from readers and editors about how they battle melty-makeup face when it’s gross out. They were really fun to read (check them out, seriously) and there were a bunch of natural solutions in there too, including from moi. Here’s what I had to say:
“When it’s super hot, I prefer to use loose minerals set with an organic spray-on face toner. This evens out my skin without looking cakey or adding extra moisture, and it stays put for hours even when I’m sweaty. Also, be sure to keep blotting papers on hand. I love these from Tatcha because they don’t smudge my makeup. Finally, since I wear organic makeup for the most part—which means it isn’t waterproof—I don’t line my undereyes until I get to work.” —Siobhan O’Connor, Deputy Editor
As for hair, I’m all about the washing my hair backwards thing right now, using Acure. I forgo leaveins, and airdry whenever possible. Seems to be working.
But back to makeup: One thing about naturals, we all know, is that by and large they perform differently and they wear and feel distinct from conventional makeup. As these things go, I’m no real pro on the difference, because I never really wore makeup before we wrote the book, mascara and concealer-on-zits excepted. Now I love makeup! But without a sweet silicone-based primer and waterproof mascara, I’m sort of at a loss.
The obvious answer to this is: “Don’t wear a lot of makeup when it’s hot out”—but what if you want to? Or you have a job interview? Or you have a monster on your chin? What then?
Please, share your tips in the comments.
Some good tips from our friends at Well+Good. How do you make your natural makeup last longer?
But lots of converts also have a complaint: The pretty pots and sticks just don’t last as long as their conventional counterparts (because they’re missing the chemicals that make them cling).
“It’s just something that everyone will have to learn to expect,” says celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno, who gets stars like January Jones and Christy Turlington ready for the red carpet. “There are no crazy intense polymers in the natural world that will equal long-lasting color.” (Though some hyper-pigmented brands do stain well.)
But, says Denno, while you may have to work a tiny bit harder and touch up your face during the day, it’s actually a good thing. Instead of feeding your skin endocrine-disrupting chemicals over and over, you’re nourishing your skin with hydrating bases like jojoba and coconut oil every time you reapply.
It will look better, too. “Instead of adding another layer onto old makeup, which creates a pancake-y look, you’re just adding a fresh glow,” she explains.
And while you’ll have to schedule a midday reach into your beauty bag, there are ways to maximize your natural makeup’s staying time. Here are Denno’s expert tips:
1. Moisturize first. Make sure your skin is properly hydrated. “If you put makeup on dry skin, it will be difficult to blend, and it will more likely disappear more quickly,” says Denno. “You don’t want your skin to absorb the cheek colors.”