Thursday, January 26, 2012

Beauty Basics (See Jane Make Up)

I'll admit that I'm not very adventurous when it comes to makeup.  I stick with what works best for me and rarely stray unless it comes highly recommended by a friend.  Since college, my skin has become increasingly sensitive and the term 'adult acne' has become unfortunately familiar*.  Long gone are the days of sleeping in makeup and showing up places with a bare face.  Here are a few staples that have treated me well amidst my skin's temper tantrums.

1. Bare Escentuals Foundation SPF 15 (my #1...rarely leave the house without this on)
2. L'oreal Voluminous Mascara (I've strayed but I always go back to it)
3. Bare Escentuals Bronzer in Warmth (no need for a fake tan--just a quick swipe on the cheekbones and forehead)
4. Mario Badescu Facial Spray (perfect for rehydrating skin--especially in the winter)
5. CoverGirl Lipstick in 'Spellbound' (I can't bring myself to buy expensive lipsticks and this hot-pink hue does the trick every time)
6. Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in 'Starlight' (finishing touch for that dewy, air-brushed look)
7. MAC Lipstick in 'Crosswires' (A wonderful everyday lip color and great value for $12)

*If you have any issues with sensitivity or breakouts, I highly recommend testing out Bare Escentuals; it's a little scary making the jump from a liquid like tinted moisturizer, but I'll never go back.


Also, do you have any eyeliners you love?  I've never found one I love and am always looking for suggestions!

62 comments

Jen said...

Lots of great products for a natural look! I don't wear foundation anymore but I used to wear Bare Escentuals and remember my skin glowing. Just trying to use minimal things on my face these days! Eyeliner wise, I'm a big sucker for MAC Fluidline and am on my third jar of it. It's more resilient than a pencil liner and is so much easier to apply than liquid, so it's a happy medium for me!

Have a great day!
xox
Jen

Kendra said...

Such great choices here. I have such a hard time picking cosmetics and as much as I love wandering around Sephora, I always end up a bit overwhelmed! It's so hard to decide what will actually be worth the money! But these are some great options, so thanks!! I have sensitive skin so I may give #1 a try :)

PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Jane,

I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I've been rampantly stalking you ever since!! I so enjoy seeing your outfits. I signed up to follow you super-fast!

I've just started doing a 30 for 30 on my blog, where I have 30 pieces to remix over 30 days, which has been partly inspired by blogs like yours!! So thank you so much for inspiring me to take the plunge!

Sarahx

Post Grad Chic said...

Hi Jane! For eyeliner I recommend MAC like Jen mentioned above, but a cheaper version I recently found is actually by Wet n' Wild. It's an eyeliner pot and it works great for just a few bucks!

Also, I used to have horrible cystic acne and the only thing that saved me is using Lush's facial cleansers and face creams. I use Angels on Bare Skin as a cleanser and Cosmetic Lad for a moisturizer and my skin is amazing now. I can go without makeup and I have clear glowing skin! I highly recommend you trying it out. They always give out free testers in stores that last a while.

xo,
www.postgradchic.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Great makeup choices, I'll have to try these! My skin has become more sensitive and breakout prone as I've gotten older too. The only thing that's helped me is the Clarisonic.

Thanks for the post!

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Ruth said...

I love urban decay liquid eyeliners - the colours are so bold and solid! The black is brilliant for a casual look whereas their glitter liners add a bit of sparkle. I also have an electric blue one which looks amazing - it gets many comments!

www.flossyblossom.blogspot.com

Lipstick Sunshine said...

Love the products! I think sticking with what you know flatters you is always wise, but venturing out of your comfort zone when you're feeling brave is also a healthy way to experiment and discover some amazing new things! Eyeliner: gel eyeliners with a brush are wonderful for long-wear; I love MAC fluidline, or Clinique or Bobbi Brown equivalents...if its a pencil you're looking for, the Urban Decay 24/7 liners come in a massive range of colours and last forever on the eye (including waterline). Hope this helps! x

Doux Rousse said...

I'm the same with my basic, tried-and-true makeup routine. The thing I do go dramatic on is eyeliner. I use Sephora's liquid liner. Teeny little brush so you can have precision.

XO,
Doux Rousse
www.douxrousse.com

modern Suburbanites said...

great items! thanks for sharing!

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Tania said...

Unfortunately I have become familiar as well with the term adult acne and extra sensitive skin! I'm definitely going to try out that Mac lipstick... As for a good eyeliner I a have an on going quest as well but right now my favorite has got to be the maybelline stiletto liquid one. It has a nice tip and the lines can be as thin or as thick as you like.

xoxo

Jill GG (good life for less) said...

I am the exact same, as I age my skin keeps freaking out! It is so embarrassing and frustrating. I am on a pretty good regimen now with some RX from a derma, but still. Ugh!

For eyeliner I love Stila's Stay all Day (the name is something like that). It seriously does stay (even in the summer) and it's really easy to use.

Tiana said...

BareMinerals is seriously my favorite! I think its underrated just because its so overrated. It works great :) Love this post!

Can't wait to read more!
- tiana of l'esthetique

Alison said...

I recently made the switch from liquid eyeliner to a cream and it is AMAZING! This is the one I have and love it!

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/maybelline-eye-studio-lasting-drama-gel-eyeliner/ID=prod6013567-product?V=G&ext=frgl_Google_Beauty

I am also loving all of these comments about the cystic acne. I have the same problem and like hearing what others have done to help it!

Emily said...

I too have strayed...but always go back to Voluminous. There's just nothing quite like it! NARS has a great long lasting eyeliner (Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner) - my favorite shade is Rue Saint-Honore.

Collections said...

Those lipsticks look great.

Collections

Courtney Erin said...

I've noticed that my skin is getting increasingly sensitive as well so I should really try out the bare minerals line. I'm actually a really big fan of Avon in terms of tinted moisturizers and powders - they're gentle on my skin and effective but also well priced and cruelty free. I also tend to have fairly oily skin so I swear by Le Papier Poudoir blotting sheets.


Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Liz {Sequins And Stripes} said...

Bare Escentuals is the only makeup I wear, and I've heard so many good things about the Mario Badescu Spray - I think I need to invest.

Kimberly Horne said...

Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in 'Starlight' is amazing, I love this stuff!

xoxo, Jjanga
www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

paige said...

Thanks for the post! I love bare minerals and laura mercier- those are the exact two lines I use on my face as well. As for adult acne, it seems like we're all in the same boat. What helps me the most is my Clarisonic. It was an investment but definitely worth- and it helps fight wrinkles! As for eyeliner, I'm lazy and can never get the gel or liquid on fast enough or straight enough. I'm addicted to MAC eyeliner pencils with the sharpener built in.

Kailey said...

I use Gosh eyeliner - the application is really smooth and it stays in place all day. My only complaint is that the pencil doesn't sharpen easily.

I love that Spellbound lipstick! I am the same way with wanting bright colours without the big price tag. I recently bought some beautiful red lipstick from Revlon (if you're interested you can see it here: http://forloveorfashion.blogspot.com/2012/01/heat-wave.html )

Laura said...

I agree, the mac eyeliner that comes in a pot is excellent... stays on all day, and won't irritate your eyes if you're a contact wearer. An alternative, and much cheaper option is eyes lips face eyeliner in a pot, which i found at a target.

also, i started using lemon juice as a toner (I just bought a bottle from a local grocery store) and it has worked wonders on my acne. I no longer have any :) You do have to stand the sting though.

Laura
http://thenudgepatrol.blogspot.com/

Melanie said...

as for eyeliners, i've tried all sorts because it tends to disappear by the end of the day, even though i use my UD primer potion pretty religiously. there are a few drugstore brands of cream eye pencils which work pretty well (i.e. L'oreal's HIP line), but i never go wrong with a gel eyeliner- bobbi brown's is the first i tried and is really killer, but MAC's fluidline is also good. i've actually now found that ELF makes a gel eyeliner (these all come in little pots), and it's really quite good for the price. the key is getting a good eyeliner brush (i recommend bobbi brown), but it's fairly foolproof and lasts all day. i will sometimes additionally set the liner with a little eye shadow, which also gives it more of a smudgy feel.

Karen said...

I am def going to try the Laura Mercier! Thanks for introducing me to a new product. I have been using Clinique's Egyptian Eyeliner for YEARS, I will never not have it in my makeup bag. For more dramatic looks - I like using the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. I think suing a brush is much, much easier than liquid liners.

Natalie said...

i love bare minerals! i will never go back to regular foundation, it feels so light and is so quick to apply. and the best thing abuot it is that it actually covers imperfections well!

Tarana said...

I love Bare Escentuals Foundation! My favorite eye liner that I use everyday is MAC Penultimate Eye Liner in rapid black - highly recommend!

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skippysays said...

As far as eyeliners, I love the urban decay one I get from sephora- goes on super smooth and has the perfect amount of little shimmer :)
www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

Josie said...

What great picks -- that lip color is killer. I'm desperate to learn to use liquid liner. I always ruin it when I try!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Anna Rose said...

I love this!! Thanks for all of the ideas : )

xx Anna Rose
www.aroseandherclothes.wordpress.com

Betsy said...

Your post was so funny because I was excited to see some new products, but I saw all the products that I already use!! I unfortunately also developed a case of horrible adult acne which is rapidly improving thanks to a prescription for Differin gel. If it's really a problem for you I would check this out with your dermatologist. It's a retinoid so your skin is going to get a lot worse (dry, flaking, peeling, red) before it gets better but it's been a lifesaver! Retinoids are also good for anti aging.

I love my Clinique quick liner eyeliner, it glides on super smooth and easy. But I have heard from friends who swear by the eyeliner in a pot such as the one from Mac. Maybe I will give that one a try too!

Betsy said...

Also, you said your skin is becoming more sensitive, which happened to me too. I love the Purpose cleanser and moisturizer with SPF. It's at every drug store and it's very gentle with no added products or fragrance that will clog pores. Cheap and easy! Also I would highly recommend investing in a Clarisonic. I couldn't live without mine now that I've had it!

Eileenie said...

For eyeliners, I have never found a perfect liquid liner. Sad..considering that fact that I always wear cateyes. But I do love properly sharpened NYX Slide On eyeliner in any color. It's an amazing dupe for UD 24/7 but it's good for the wallet since the formula makes these kind of eyeliners used up quickly (I use lots every day.) Revlon ColorStay liners stay on even longer than these. (Like, I forgot to take off my make up and it still looks perfect the next morning.) But the application isn't as smooth.

sea to shining port said...

I LOVE my Smashbox Powder eyeliner. I usually have to put it on with tissue under my eye, because it can flake on to my cheek bone...but its perfect for smudging and a more soft look.

Caitlin

sea to shining port said...

I LOVE my Smashbox Powder eyeliner. I usually have to put it on with tissue under my eye, because it can flake on to my cheek bone...but its perfect for smudging and a more soft look.

Caitlin

The Egg said...

i'm having a fashion dilemma over at my blog! i'd LOVE your advice

the egg out west.

Grace Lynne Fleming said...

I love all these choices and the natural look is my favorite

grace
http://herumbrella.com

Lacey said...

I love all these make-up products especially the bright pink lipstick. One recommendation for the eyeliner that I always use is MAC gel liners, that stay on for as long as you need them to and come in many great colours! Always love visiting your blog,

Lacey xoxo

Kate said...

That lipstick is lovely!
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Audrey said...

I love these kinds of posts! I've been a Bare Escenutals user for years now. Best foundation ever! www.casualglamorous.com

Ashley said...

Eyeliners- Almay makes a good one in deep brown on the cheap, and MAC's feline is a must-have. :)

I'm a Bare Escentuals fan, too. Love the stuff!

-Ashley
http://lerougestylo.blog.com

Taylor said...

bedroom eyes by revlon is my absolute favorite! it's a really nice pigmented powder, and stays on ALL day. love it in brown, it goes with my brown eyes.

Hanna said...

I love Laura Mercier eyeliner. I have it in brown copper. It is great for everyday!

Cori said...

Oh, I love bare minerals! Best face make-up ever. I made the leap a few years ago and I feel the same way. I WILL NEVER GO BACK.

haley said...

Clinique gel eye liner is great! I have super sensitive eyes and wear contacts and it still lasts all day without irritating.

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TheChambrayCountess said...

Wow, I thought it was strange that I used to have great skin and now have cystic acne in my mid 20's, but it looks like it is more common than I thought. My Clarisonic has not made much of a difference for me, but it has for a lot of friends, so I still would recommend it. I will have to try the bare minerals, thanks for the recommendation! And although I haven't found a great liquid liner yet, the basic Sephora kohl is excellent for creating a smoky eye but stays in place on the inner eye rim quite nicely. And it's cheap!

DNA (designers+artists) said...

Mario Bedescu is my face bible.

http://www.designers-artists.com

Shannan Maynard said...

Check out Kat Von D's Tattoo liquid eye liner at Sephora. http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P245205&categoryId=B70

::always::
Polished White

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Lisa Griffin said...

I've recently switched to bare escentuals as well because of my sensitive skin. i love it except i have so much trouble getting it on correctly, and find the colors a bit tricky. also i saw trunk club on the today show this morning, congrats!!
in dramatic fashion

Libbie said...

I use the spellbound lipstick almost everyday! Perfect hot pink shade!

lauren said...

the best pencil eyeliner i've ever used is l'oreal hip... i love when cheap products surprise you!
for gel versions, i use stila and mac.

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Amy said...

My skin has become more sensitive especially in winter. Thanks for sharing I'll have to check out Mario Badescu.

Melissa said...

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes is amazing eyeliner. Buy it at Sephora. As for the adult acne, go to your derm and make sure you're not in the early stages of rosacea. If so, it's very manageable when caught early. It's harder to manage and a total pain if it progresses, so it's really best to figure it out if that's the real problem now. Good luck!

Nat said...

I love Bare minerals- I've been using it for about 6 yrs now and I don't think I'll ever go back to liquid make up. My skin sounds similar to yours and this is the only stuff that won't make me break out.
My favorite eyeliner is Smashbox Cream eyeliner, it comes in a pot and I apply it with a brush so you can easily do a heavy or light line and it's really smooth and easy to apply. I just use a generic Ulta eye brush with it.

The Jones said...

I actually really like my Neutrogena liquid eyeliner...I have SUPER sensitive skin, and for whatever reason, Neutrogena's products work great for me! The eyeliner has a great thin, easy-appy wand and never dries out. Love the stuff.

<3 Cambria
jupefashion.blogspot.com

Sally said...

Those exact two Bare Minerals products are my go-to makeup items also. Literally cannot leave the house without them!

laura said...

i just started using a mineral powder, and i have also had such temperamental skin for my whole life! so far so good! for eyeliner, i randomly picked up a brand called "noir" at a beauty sample say once--and it is the BEST. you have to try it! this is the one i've used: http://www.noircosmetics.com/details.php?pid=12496&title=Smooth%20Blend%20Eyeliner

elle said...

I love L'Oreal voluminous mascaras - I've tried everything but always come back to them as well! Love Mario Badescu skin care as well!

NRC♥ said...

I use a Sleek eyeliner but I'm not sure if you have that brand.
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Cecile said...

Mac Penultimate is the best eyeliner I have ever found! I swear by it.

Amy S said...

Thanks for this post. I had been contemplating the Bare Escentuals foundation (love that adult acne). I also purchased the Spellbound lipstick and LOVE IT!

Amy S said...

P.S. I recently bought the Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes eyeliner from Sephora and really like it. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P35082&categoryId=S10505&shouldPaginate=true

thecredibilitygap said...

l'oreal voluminous is the all time best mascara ever. i like to use both the original and waterproof for volume + hold. but still way more cost effective and practical than other mascaras!
i'll have to try some of these other things!
- cori