December 5, 2011

Gameday Glamour: Gameday Makeup

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My favorite makeup connoisseur and blogger, Gnomesdeplume, has graciously put together a guest post, to share her vast knowledge of makeup.  She really nails the importance of day-to-night looks and being able to withstand the elements (as we have all experienced during many a tailgate.) Read below for her words of wisdom.

Gameday makeup can be tricky.  You don’t want to look overly made up, you want to your makeup to withstand the elements if you’re going to be tailgating outside or going to the game, and if the game is at night, you also want it to transition well into any post-game fun.  Here are a few simple ideas.

Before I tackle the subject of foundation, the most important step (especially for daytime tailgating and games) is to apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30.  Look for oil-free formulas that are quickly absorbed into your skin.  I recommend Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, Laroche-Posay Anthelios 60, and Philosophy Shelter Sunscreen.  Remember, that UV rays can damage your skin even on overcast days, so don’t skip sunscreen if it’s a cloudy day.

The key with foundation is to go light.  Ideally, a good tinted moisturizer is all that you’ll need to even out your skin tone.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, and Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint are great formulas that go on sheer but also offer some buildable coverage.  If you’re not comfortable wearing only a tinted moisturizer, then opt for a light to medium coverage foundation and apply it with a stippling brush to buff the foundation into the skin and give you the effect of lighter coverage.  I am a big fan of the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman stippling brush, especially when used with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, NARS Sheer Glow foundation, Clinique Superbalanced foundation, and Clinique Perfectly Real foundation, all of which offer buildable light to medium coverage.  Other great (and more affordable) light to medium coverage foundations are Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation, Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation, and old trusty, Cover Girl Clean Makeup liquid foundation.  Use a good concealer to vanish any under eye circles and blemishes. MAC Studio Finish concealer is excellent, especially when blended into your skin with a MAC 224 brush or similarly shaped blending brush.  Revlon’s Photoready stick concealer also works very well when applied with a blending brush or with your fingers.
I will apologize in advance for not offering options in the eye department.  The truth is that ever since I got Urban Decay’s Naked Palette I haven’t been bothered to stray from it because it’s such a complete palette (and because I go through bouts of makeup laziness).  It has everything you need to create perfect daytime or nighttime eyes.

Pictured above are five colors that are excellent for creating a look that works well for day or night.  I normally don’t have a problem with my eyeshadow creasing or fading throughout the day, but if that is a problem that you encounter, I suggest prepping your eyes by applying Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly or Soft Ochre, or Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  I start by patting Sidecar to the entire lid up to the crease with a dense shader brush (MAC 239, Sigma E60 or similarly shaped brush). I apply Sin to the inner corner/tearduct with a pencil brush (Sigma E30 or similarly shaped brush).  Buck is applied to the crease of the eye with a fluffy crease brush (MAC 217, Sigma E40 or similarly shaped brush) to create depth.  I also apply Buck to the outer corner of the eye to give a little more definition to the eye. Using a fluffy blending brush (MAC 224, Sigma E25 or similarly shaped brush), I use Naked to soften the line made by Buck by blending it upward to the brow.  Lastly, I apply a Virgin to the brow bone as a highlight with a dense shader brush.  I finish the look off by applying a dark brown eye pencil along my upper lashes, lower lashes, and lower waterline.  I blend out the eye pencil along the lower lashes with a fluffy brush and Buck.  Finally, I apply a few coats of mascara.  Cover LashBlast Volume (waterproof) is excellent, as is Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara.  

Blush and Powder
A great idea for applying color is to layer powder blush over a cream blush.  MAC Cremeblend in Ladyblush is a great, universally flattering shade that you can apply as a sheer wash of your color with your fingers or with a stippling brush to the apple of your cheeks and set with a matching powder blush.  Layering your blush will ensure that the color will last for hours.  Another option is to use a cheek tint, like Benefit Benetint or Posietint.  

Finish off by using applying loose powder with a powder brush to your makeup, focusing primarily on the areas of your skin that tend to get shiny.  I cannot live without Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre and also highly recommend Laura Mercier’s translucent setting powder.

Since the focus of this look is on the eyes, keep your lips subtle.  I suggest using a color like Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Baby, Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Stellar Plum, Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, or any similar color of your choice.  

Enjoy the games and all the revelry surrounding bowl season and best of luck to your teams!   

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