April 18, 2014

Makeup Anxiety

You know what this post will not be?

A makeup tutorial.

Because, as I've mentioned before, I am a complete makeup novice.

In fact, between the time bareMinerals asked me to partner with them on their new bareSkin liquid foundation launch and the time the makeup arrived on my doorstep, I had multiple makeup-related dreams. Apparently, I have makeup anxiety.

In one dream, I was so overwhelmed with the idea of trying out new makeup, I just went to a makeup counter and had a professional do it for me (obviously, a great long-term strategy, there). In another, I watched hours and hours of YouTube video tutorials before attempting it myself. You'd think I was building a rocket ship over here, not trying out a new liquid foundation.

Happily, when I finally got to try it out on my own, it was clear that my makeup anxiety was not warranted. I was amazed at how evenly and easily it went on. You don't even need a tutorial (let alone a dozen hours of YouTube videos).

I've been wearing powder foundation, but it only took one day of wearing this to be completely converted. (bareMinerals has been working on a liquid foundation for twenty years. I was eight when they started developing it).

It really does feel like I'm not wearing any makeup, plus in the week or so I've been wearing it, I've noticed how much better my skin looks. Since I started wearing a little more makeup in January, I'd begun noticing that my skin has not been super thrilled about that development, and I was breaking out more than I have years, which in turn making me both not super thrilled about wearing more makeup and also making me more dependent on wearing makeup. Very bad.

The bareSkin foundation both looks better than any foundation I've worn before and it's not ruining my skin in the process. I can definitely live with that.

Also, if you'd really like to be impressed by how much better you look with makeup on, I'd suggest you wake up at 4:30 a.m. to catch a flight out of Chicago, along with your small children who are NOT very impressed at having to wake up when it's still the middle of the night.

Don't shower, sleep on the (thankfully empty) plane, take a nap when you get home, and then, around 4 p.m., finally take a shower and get ready for the day. You'll be kind of blown away at the improvement when you put on some makeup. Thank your lucky stars there are no before and after photos.

We went on a picnic at the Duke Gardens with some friends the other evening and when I took Ella to the bathrooms and looked in the mirror, I was surprised all over again at how GOOD this makeup looks, even after a full day (and when you look good in one of those outdoor public restroom mirrors, you know it's a good day).

By the way, there's something just a little bit heartbreaking about picking out the three fairest shades and thinking, "Well, it's not like I'll need the LIGHTEST one" and then putting on the middle one and realizing you are, in fact, not fooling anyone and yes, you do need the lightest one.  It's nice, though, that they call that shade "porcelain" instead of "ghostly-white."

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with bareMinerals, but all the goofy photos of myself putting on makeup are my own (and. . . not shown in this post because I have some pride to retain. I won't tell you how many photos it took to get one where I didn't look like an idiot (albeit an idiot with lovely skin)).


  1. Umm, I *love* this post. :) I can so relate!

  2. Hah! I am ALWAYS the lightest shade of every makeup product I've ever tried. Salespeople usually try to humor me by saying, "Well, let's just try this darker shade first." No, let's not. We all know I'm almost glowing in the dark here.

  3. Porcelain sounds lovely. My current color is "Parchment." I so wish I was kidding.


  4. This is so great!! I am definitely going to try it. You look stunning! Also...pretty sure I will fall into the porcelain category. :-)

  5. I love how you and Merrick schedule your posts for the same time, so every day your two posts are right up next to each other in my RSS reader. It's so funny how you guys have such differing views on makeup (and I definitely relate to you more!) so I love to read both of your opinions. I'm totally intrigued by the Bare Minerals foundation and will have to check it out when it hits stores!

    Also, I never really saw the sibling resemblance in you two until these pictures. You look totally like Merrick in your applying-makeup pictures! Oh, and I'm totally curious to who is older. :)

  6. Hahahah this made me laugh so hard because for some reason when I was on maternity leave I went makeup crazy. I don't know what happened. I seriously watched YouTube video after video looking at product reviews and different ways to apply makeup. I went from maybe wearing mascara and chapstick to feeling like I needed a full coverage makeup routine because I was so stinking tired with dark circles and I felt pale and felt like I looked sick because of how tired I am. Thanks goodness for Ulta - you don't even want to know how many products I purchased and returned because they didn't work/were the wrong color/I didn't know how to apply it right/etc. I think we're long lost sisters (not in a creepy way).

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