I Got a Makeup Consultation from a Professional and Here’s What I Bought and Use Daily
I felt like I was in a makeup rut before my 40th birthday. The last time I tried different makeup was when I was pregnant with my second son and dealing with frequent breakouts. The make-up counter salesperson suggested a heavy foundation to cover the breakouts and oiliness.
By the time my birthday hit, my son was almost three and I no longer had breakouts, but I was still wearing the same makeup. A few years ago, I made the mistake of going to Sephora and asking a 20-something year old salesperson for makeup that will help me look younger. She pointed me in the direction of lipstick and walked away. Of course she doesn’t know what you need to look younger, she is younger!
I was hesitant to go back to Sephora for makeup help, but I’m lazy and it’s convenient. This time, I sought out a salesperson who looked to be in her late 30s and told her I was coming up on my 40th birthday and wanted a makeup update. I need to be able to put on my makeup quickly and I want to look fresh and not tired. She did not disappoint me. In fact, almost one year later, I still wear most of what she sold me.
My 7 Minute Makeup Face
I wear makeup every day, unless I am not leaving the house. I wore makeup every day in my late teens and 20s. It’s just something I prefer. Before, my daily makeup face was strictly vanity. Now, it is still vanity, but it is also a bit of a disguise.
As I’ve mentioned, I have had an autoimmune disease for eight years. I notice that it is starting to take a toll on my appearance. I actually “look” sick when I don’t have makeup on. I’m not OK with that. I try really hard to keep my invisible illness invisible so I make sure to cover up the sickly person who looks back at me in the mirror.
While I never go without makeup, I don’t have a lot of time to put on makeup. I struggle with joint stiffness in the morning so I am pretty slow moving. I also sleep as late as possible since my three year old is staying up until around 11:30 p.m. because he takes naps at daycare and clearly doesn’t need that much sleep.
So, what did the makeup consultant recommend that I’m still using a year later?
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- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (Oil Free): I used a tinted moisturizer in my 20s, so I didn’t think I could still get by with the light coverage at 40. It turns out, I look more “fresh” with lighter coverage than with a heavy foundation. Bonus – since it is a tinted moisturizer, it’s tough to mess up so I can throw it on quickly.
- Laura Mercier Secret Concealer: I previously had been using the same Lancome concealer for years and years. It wasn’t really hiding the dark circles and it was settling in my laugh lines but I assumed all concealers did that since it was a high end product. I was wrong. This creamy concealer blends really well and doesn’t settle in the lines. I still have a bit of darkness since I have some serious dark circles and reddish eyelids (due to illness), but it definitely covers all of the red and most of the circles.
- Eye Shadow: I normally wear a light eye shadow as a base (again, to cover redness on eyelids), but the consultant suggested a stick eye shadow pencil since it goes on really quickly. Truth be told, this is the only item I haven’t re-purchased. I’m used to shadow and the stick broke fairly soon after I got it, which makes it challenging to use. I didn’t find it saved me any extra time so I stick with my light shadow base and a brownish/plum shadow on my crease area.
- Eye Liner: I have been wearing Cover Girl Perfect Point eyeliner for years. I have tried other brands and none come close to this eyeliner. I usually get Espresso and will go to two or three stores to find it since it seems to be really popular.
- Mascara: I normally buy either L’Oreal or Maybelline mascara from the drugstore but she recommended the Laura Mercier mascara so I gave it a shot. It definitely is a better quality but if I’m short on time or money, I go back to my drugstore brands, no problem. I am prone to infections and get eye infections fairly regularly. It is a lot less painful to throw out a drugstore mascara than a $26 mascara.
- Eyebrow Pencil: I had never used an eyebrow pencil before my makeup consultation and I am officially a convert. It takes seconds but adds so much definition. Most people probably don’t know I’m wearing it but I definitely know the difference. I didn’t purchase the Laura Mercier brand since I was unsure that I’d use it. I use my L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer daily. That is the only makeup item that I may skip in a major time crunch but I rarely skip it.
- Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Power Compact: I don’t use this daily since it feels a bit overdone on days when I’m working from home and just doing school/daycare drop offs. However, this is bar none, the one item that truly gives me a fresh natural glow. I love it! It makes me feel so pulled together and since I don’t use it daily, it barely looks used. I take a makeup brush and brush the number 3 from cheekbone to forehead. Start at cheekbone, halfway in, up towards brow bone and up to forehead, both sides. I’ll usually also dust a very tiny amount on my nose and chin.
- Lips: I don’t really wear anything other than lip balm most days. However, I try to step up my game every now and then with a light lip gloss or a deep red lipstick at night. I get my lip products at the drugstore and have been really happy with Wet N Wild. It is super cheap so I can buy a bunch of colors and the quality has been really good.
That’s it. That’s my 7 minute face. If you’ve never had a makeup consultant do your makeup, I highly recommend it. Pick someone whose makeup you admire and let her know your limitations (i.e. I have 5 minutes in the morning or I want something dramatic for date nights). You don’t have to buy everything the suggest – or anything for that matter – but it will help you refresh your look.