I have to admit that even I get burned out on wine and writing about wine. Since my sommelier exam I’ve been wanting to drink anything but wine. Give me saké, pour me a Moscow Mule, cheers me with something on-the-rocks, anything but wine. And in terms of writing and blogging, I want to write more about make-up and fashion and books.
The make-up look for the season (for me) is Hollywood Glamour: luminous skin with a matte finish with red lipstick shades and black eyeliner. I’m channeling Anne Hathaway and Rooney Mara.
This look starts with great skin. I love Laura Mercier products and frequent the make-up counter at Indulgence in Bozeman, Montana, for her latest releases. I won’t use any other tinted moisturizer but Laura Mercier. I don’t need too much coverage, but something else to consider: in this weather it is way too dry to use powder to finish off the matte make-up. Lucky for me (and you), Laura Mercier has a “pressed” tinted moisturizer Creme Compact. With SPF 20 and a creamy feel, it’s not going to dry out your skin, but gives a lovely luminous finish to set the face. You could add a powder to set the look and make the face even more matte, but if your skin is dry the powder will just emphasize dry, peeling skin, especially in winter. I skip it.
The one thing about compacts that I don’t like are the sponges that come with them. You can’t wash them, and the transfer of germs is inevitable. What a difference a brush makes! For $2.99 at the campus bookstore,
I grabbed a Simply Simmons Flat Wash 1″ brush. I feel like I use less product, but get better coverage. And I can wash this brush. I don’t like traveling with brushes–again, they get too dirty, and take up too much space–so the sponge will have to work for those weekends away. I’ve seen make-up brushes for $20-50. Go to an art supply store or bookstore and spend a fraction of the cost. Sure, you can also spend more money on art brushes, too, but the selection is more varied and the price range a little easier on the wallet. The brush I bought is synthetic, and natural bristles will cost more. For what I’m using it for, it’s perfect.