18 April 2011

No-Makeup Makeup

As far of the finer aspects of looking like a girl are concerned, I seemed to have gotten left behind in the beauty department. Makeup and I have never been friends, as we don't hang in the same crowds and haven't taken the time to know each other.

Dabs of concealer, a puff of powder and quick sweep of blush are about the only products I actually put on daily and mascara only gets applied on the days where I am bound to rub at my eyes a lot. I don't own eyeliner as I am scared of it, and I only recently purchased a set of eye shadows that I rarely use.

As for my skincare routine, I am just getting interested in that ('cause I am not getting any younger and fresh-looking here). My mom has been a life-long Olay devotee so I've been using their Total Effects 7-in-1 moisturizer for years now and have recently added Philosophy Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope to my routine. I haven't broken out or turned into a wrinkled hag yet, so I guess these new products are working?

My freckles and dark eye circles have always been "sore" facial items for me, though, so on an anti-dark eye circle beauty bender last night, I ordered a bunch of stuff from Sephora and Nordstroms, all in hopes of "brightening" my face. I haven't found a concealer or cream yet that has helped my eye circles, but I'd be happy with my stripped-down beauty and makeup if I can actually manage to look "fresh."

What is your everyday makeup routine? What makeup items can you not live without? Do you gals have a rec for a non-cakey, non-smudgy under-eye concealer?


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Blazer: Zara cotton (similar here)
Top: Anthropologie Fei buttondown cowlneck (similar here)
Jeans: J. Crew high heel flares (worn here before - similar here or here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (check in stores, worn here before - similar here or here)
Belt: J. Crew embossed (similar here)


  1. I love your bright blue top with the dark jeans. Cute belt!

    I am in the same boat. To me, putting on makeup means dabbing a little cheek stain on my cheeks and applying lip gloss. That's about it. I do splurge on skin care and I have a routine that I follow every night (wash, tone, eye cream, night cream, etc.). One of my favorite brands right now is Duchess Marden.

  2. I don't have a huge problem with dark circles but I've heard GREAT things about Vasanti's eye wonder cream (Canadian brand but available online). It's $30 CDN but the jar is the size of a face cream jar.

    As for concealer I've heard mixed reviews about the garnier tinted roller ball but I like it. It's not cakey at all - actually quite thin and light and I find it does brighten my under eye area up a bit. The only draw back is that it only comes in two shades, medium and light so they may not necessarily work out for you.

  3. I am so bad with makeup. I only wear mascara on my eyes bc I've never figured out the proper way to apply eyeliner and shadow w/o looking like a clown.

    As far as skincare, I'm still loving my Olay cleansing brush thing. I use aveda and bliss facial washes and Origins Starting Over moisturizer. I have tried Hope in a Jar but it makes me break out :(

  4. I'm in the market for an eye cream - I think I should finally start using one in my old age - hehe, so I'll be checking back here for recs!

    I honestly don't leave my house without makeup. I am a huge fan of Two Faced Foiled Eyeliners - they're awesome. I use the bronze daily. I also love CoverGirl Last Blast Volume Mascara. Only mascara that hasn't flaked, smudged, or smeared on me.
    As for concealer, I use Maybelline, but I'm looking for a new one too.

  5. Ok this is my area of expertise! Once while working at Outback (where I used to work 10 years ago) I had a table refer to me as: the server with the dark bags under her eyes! I got my feeling hurt and went on a HUGE hunt for concealer. I finally found the BEST ever one!! Bobbi Brown creamy concealer in the color sand. They sell just a pot of it for 20 bucks or a pot with setting powder for 30 I just buy the pot for 20. You need to try it I promise it will not disappoint!!!

  6. I love the blue blouse with the pop of coral, that's going in my color combo notebook. Thank you for the inspiration!! Lovely outfit!!

    ps. I love make-up, but never wear concealer so I have no advice.

  7. You look effortlessly cool here - love it!

    I am like you - make up seems to be more hassle than it is worth!

  8. Cute outfit Lisa!! I'm just like you...not friends with make up at all. That being said, I did learn a few things a few years back.

    My husband's cousin is a phenomenal make-up artist in Boston. I went to her studio and she gave me a skin care regimen (I needed exfoliation--had no idea) and a make-up tutorial. There was a mixture of a bunch of different brands. I think it's different for everyone so you should splurge on a make up tutorial with someone you trust. I love his cousin bc she never looks like she has make up on...just glows.

    And after all that, I only wear my make up on special occasions. LOL.

  9. I love your top! It's such a pretty blue

    Haha my Mum's HG moisturizer is Olay, too! She has been using it since I was a kid and I kind of got influenced by her so I use Olay, too.

    I'm like you, not really great in the make up skills department. However, I can't live without my Benefit lip tint. I find that even if you don't have any make up on, some colour your lips will brighten your face :)

  10. You look beautiful, Lisa! Just effortless! I'm a huge fan of the no makeup look, especially in the summer, because it's just so easy! I'm no makeup guru so I often just wash my face with Cetaphil, put on my Aveeno moisterizer and Aveeno sunscreen, a dab of Lancome eyecream, my Nivea shimmer lip balm, and I call it good! :P

  11. I wear some make-up, but I'm a bit apprehensive about things that involve the eye area since I wear contacts.

    I've been wearing an undereye concealer from Milani because it comes in a shade I need and it has a cream and liquid combo in one. I also use Revlon Photostay but I think that's foundation. I've got those lovely hereditary dark circles too and want to find some kind of eye brightner.
    Since I'm getting up there in age too, I feel like I should start some kind of skincare regimine. I just was my face and put on moisturizer now. I know that won't cut if forever. I keep hearing reviews for Olay though, so I might have to try it.

  12. The blue & coral(?) look too good together! I don't own concealer although me and my dark eye circles should be all over it.

  13. Didn't we just have this chat a little while ago? ;) Freckles and dark circles are the bane of my existence, and trust me, I've tried just about everything out there. Have to give a shoutout to Skoah, a spa based in Vancouver. Amaaaaazing stuff, esp. the eye creams (either of them) and serums (all of them). They've just opened up shop in Boston, and you can order their products and they will ship to the US. When I'm flush with cash, that's what I use. A worthy supermarket brand is Aveeno. Wear sunblock, as high as your skin can handle (my max seems to be SPF 45, anything higher makes me breakout). For me, Aveeno's Clear Complexion SPF 30-45 for the summer, and the Calm SPF 15 or 30 for the winter. Physician's Formula mineral powder make up all over, I dab on double layer to conceal my dark circles, when I actually give myself the 2 minutes to do my face, which is not often, cos, you know, 2 extra minutes of sleep is 2 extra minutes of sleep. And mom was right, drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, and exercise.

  14. kristin - I need to get a crack-a-lackin' on the skincare stuff. My big sis - older by 10 years - has been a faithful skincare diva since college and often I wonder if people think I'M the older sister because her skin is phenom! (But unfortunately her regiment is also pricey ...)

    Thanks, Elaine A - I'll look those up!

    Pamela - You should see me with an eyeliner, I am surprised I am not blind right now!

    Kim - I just ordered some Shiseido white lucent eye brightening cream - it is supposed to help with my dark circles and make the whole area look fresher, we'll see!

    triciathomas - I just ordered Bear Escentuals well rested that is supposed to be good, but the area around my eyes are kind of dry and I am not sure a powdy will cut it - THANK YOU for the rec on the Bobbi Brown stuff, I need to go look for it, stat!

    Thanks, Mrs. J!

    Thanks, Eek - yeah, I just don't have the talent nor patience for it! But I never leave home without at least some powdy - don't want my forehead to go blinding anyone!

    Anne - is it wrong of me to be scared of makeup artists because I think 1) they'll put something together that I'll never be able to recreate, much like my hair people, and 2) they'll end up "encouraging" me to come home with $500 worth of new products! I guess I need to get over my fears and get some pro help!

    Joey - I'm big on colored gloss because I can't ever keep the lipstick on my lips! I just got the Clinique Almost Lipstick in black honey - so excited to try it!

    Mandy - you've got such pretty skin you don't need a whole lot! Unfortunately my freckles have a tendency to make my skin look blotchy and my dark circles - argh, my dark circles!

    fshnonmymind - I've tried multi other kinds of Olay moisturizer and for my slightly oily skin, I've found the Total Effects 7-in-1 to be the best for me. It isn't heavy but not too "am I wearing lotion?" light either - plus for $15, so far it can't be beat.

    Ashley - unfortunately I DO own concealer and my dark circles are still all over it, not under it!

  15. You look young and fresh looking to me Lisa! I only wear make up to special occasions and it's usually just foundation, eyeshadow, blush and maybe some lipstick. I skip the make up t work and only use sunscreen. Im in the market for a new eye cream. I bought one from la prairie but that gave me a rash!

  16. I don't really know how to wear makeup, either. Eyeliner is my nemesis! But my mom wears undereye concealer everyday, and she swears by MAC Select Moisturecover concealer. It doesn't cling to any fine lines you may have (I am only 25 but already starting to get them around my eyes!) and it stays put.

  17. I am a second- generation Olay user too. ANd I've tried TONS of stuff.

    If you're interested in makeup, get thee to a Bobbi Brown counter. I went last week and had a GREAT experience, as did my bestie (though she did prefer her eyes the way Sesheido did them).

    I blogged about it- but basically we went to the counter, told the guy what we wanted, and he made us look and feel like princesses. I can't recommend this enough- it SO beats the product shuffle- trying this, trying that. That gets expensive!

  18. Eeee! Love the neon belt. I've been looking for some!!

  19. Dermablend! Give it a whirl and let me know what you think. I am very new to wearing makeup, I love that I don't NEED it. I wear mascara and offcourse lip gloss daily. I am a lip gloss freak!!!! I am a Oil of Olay fan since my Granny swears by it. I also us Ponds cold cream its my new fav obsession.....

  20. I'm with you! Did we miss the day of school where they teach you all this stuff?? My makeup routine is super simple and my skin routine is laughable. I'm still on board with ponds beauty fluid and that's about it. I'm worried that I should be using some kind of preventative anti-wrinkle cream, but I have ABSOLUTELY no idea how to choose one. I'd love it if you did a little round up of products or habits that people recommend to you. I've always been interested in upping my beauty game.

  21. Bobbi brown makes a good concealed and I use their corrector which helps cover the dark circles. I also use their liquid foundation. In terms of lotion, I've always heard you can use any brand as they all work the same. Let me know how the shiseido do brightening cream works. I heard the clinique one works well also. I'm also a freckled Asian and I tend to get red splotches.

  22. I used to only wear makeup on weekends when going out, but I've changed that in the last couple of years because I find my skin tone is all wonky. I have a huge problem with under eye darkness, and the only thing I do to combat that is use some concealer and foundation. I am thinking of trying one of these roller balls. And, I just started exfoliating my face this year and find it makes a huge difference in how my skin looks.

    Love this blazer. I want it.

  23. I'm a huge concealer fan! I have horrible dark circles so that is a must. Curling my lashes with mascara and adding eyeliner is also important for me.
    I think all women however, need to go at least a few days without makeup. Just so they feel comfortable in their skin; which is what you are right now! **PS- love the peachy belt!

  24. I bet I'm even more of a makeup n00b than you are, so... no help from me. But I want to say I love your use of bright colors in today's outfit. Two colors I wouldn't have thought to pair together looks wonderful side by side!

  25. Haha! My routine is too long for this blog, but I use the Bobbi Brown foundation and BB under eye concealer and they are the best I had so far.

  26. I've just discovered 2 amazing products that I can't live without - Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer and Chanel's Vitalumiere Liquid Foundation (combination of dewy with slight matte finish). I apply the concealer with Sephora's Concealer Airbrush #57 and the foundation with Sephora's Foundation Airbrush #56. These brushes are an investment but so worth it. My makeup truly doesp look airbrushed and natural. I recommend you get color-matched at the counter for any concealer and foundation. You can also look up reviews on makeup alley.com or even youtube the makeup gurus for tips on applying products or for product reviews before splurging.

  27. I'm in love with the bright blue color of your top! When I was younger I used to secretly dab on my grandmother's Olay face lotion. Even to this day, the smell of it reminds me of my grandma. Olay is the only brand I use for my face when the winter weather dries it up.

    Complex Cardigans

  28. Lisa, do you have a Nordstrom near you? Some Nordstrom stores have a Beauty Stylist, who is trained in all the brands carried in the store, and can help you figure out what will work best for you, etc. I love James, the Beauty Stylist at the Fashion Valley Nordstrom - he's so helpful, not at all pushy, and just super sweet too. =)

  29. I *just* tried a sample of Hope in a Jar this morning. I liked it. I wear MAC almost exclusively and they have at least 4-5 types of concealers. There's an eyelid base that also can work as a concealer. Part of the m/u thing is having the right tools. Application is easy and it looks good. You can do a private w/a MAC person and what's nice is they take you in the backroom. I did that before my wedding. However, I like the idea of going to Nordstrom. That's a good idea.

  30. Eyeliner. Maybe I'm just always going to be stuck in my teenage emo phase, but I am and always have been hopelessly addicted to eyeliner. I can go no-foundation or no-other-makeup, but going without eyeliner makes me feel like a tired old hag.

  31. Closet Crisis - you just blew my mind because I had no idea the higher SPFs could irritate your skin - no wonder some of the sunscreens I've tried felt like they were burning! And serums ... I have no idea what a serum is, is that just a different version of a moisturizer?

    Becca - thanks for the rec! When I get some of my new stuff in and have tried it, I'll do a review. I haven't done anything makeup-related before because - haha, what the heck do I have to show re: makeup?! ;o)

    Sunny - my big sis is a Shiseido devotee and she swears by their skincare lines. She hasn't used the White Lucent line yet though - I remember trying their dark spot treatment a few years ago (and they've since changed the formula because I swear it isn't as good anymore) and recall it actually noticeably fading my freckles (and then I went outside again, and even with SPF, "pop pop pop" came back those brown spots).

    Thirteenlbs / Anon / Carol / gigiofca - Thanks for the advice. You're right, I need to get over my stupid fear of makeup counters and need to get some pro advice. I don't think I've ever become one of those perfectly (un)done-up gals, but I'd love to learn how to use the stuff available!

    And that's yet another vote for Bobbi Brown concealer - sounds like a winner!

    Mugdha - I need some eyeliner lessons from you then, girl! I have friends who also swear by nothing by mascara and liner to go out the door in - I haven't been able to do that yet!

  32. You always look fantastic, and this outfit is no exception! On the skincare route I have a concealer from amazing cosmetics that I love. I can't say enough good things about it. I also have heard from multiple sources that olay has a micro-sculpting cream that works miracles on skin. Lets be honest though, water, adequate sleep, and some type of moisturizer will really work wonders.

  33. LOL! Yes!!! You should be scared of make-up artists for those very reasons!!! Your mission is to find someone in your life who knows you well, and is also a make-up artist...who will give you a discount on the aforementioned make-up tutorial. Simple as that. LOL..IDK...I just lucked out!!


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