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I got into the make-up game late. My mom didn’t wear any to speak of and I never really learned what the heck to do with it. I love to have my make-up done. But when it comes to doing it myself, it’s not too pretty.
I started using powder mineral products because they offered pretty good coverage and we’re pretty easy to use. Liquid make-up always ended up looking too heavy or gloppy.
But I kept seeing ads for BB Cream and kept wondering if maybe that would give me better coverage than the minerals while avoiding the gloppy factor of liquid make-up and… voila. It did. I use the Rimmel’s version in medium and I put it on after my moisturizer, even tough moisturizing is one of its gigs. I only did a tiny bit and it goes on really smoothly and evenly with basically zero effort on my part.
It makes my skin even a little dewy. Read, young. Or younger any way. I use a little mineral powder on top to set it. They also offer it in “light,” which I may need come winter.
Much to my girlfriend’s delight, it’s 25 SPF, which is awesome since I never remember (read bother) to put on sunscreen. It claims to primes, moisturizes, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect. All I know is that it works for me.
While I was investigating Rimmel, I thought I would check out their lipstick as well. I tried their new Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss and I really dig it. It’s enough color for the day without being too much and it’s super moisturizing, which is great since I am generally always reaching for the lip balm.
It goes on really smoothly and, as the name says, nice and matte. Which means, of course, that you can add gloss on top if you feel so inclined. But it certainly isn’t required.
I also tested out the Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bad Girl Bronze, another near idiot-proof product, making it ideal for me. It’s thick like a preschool crayon. So, you just draw a line across your lash line on the top lid and there you go – instaglam.
You can ramp things up by going for a thicker line or tame the drama with just one sweep. The color sticks with me until I physically remove it, which is what you want from an eye color, naturally.
For me, it’s all about making things as easy as possible. Mission accomplished.
Jenny Block is the author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). Her work also appears in One Big Happy Family; It’s a Girl; and The Divinity of Dogs. In addition, she writes for the Dallas Voice, the Dallas Morning News, edgedallas.com, huffingtonpost.com, and a variety of other publications and websites.