People tell me I’ve got that “pregnancy glow.”
While I’m sure that’s true, itz also this new makeup I switched to: bareMinerals. I feel like switching makeup is a pretty big deal. At least to me it is, especially when itz not just one product. I’ve never spent a lot of money on makeup. I’m totally good with using products purchased at drugstores with an occasional high-end eye shadow or lipstick. Anyway, my sister recently convinced me that I had to buy bareMinerals setting powder. After using hers a couple of times, I was convinced, so I ventured into the nearest bareMinerals store.
As I walked in, I was approached by a sales associate and asked what brought me in. I told her what I was looking for, and she responded by asking if that was the only product I was looking for or if I was interested in more. Right away, I was pleased because I felt like I wasn’t going to be pressured into buying a ton of stuff like most beauty stores try to sell. I blatantly told her I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I also know they have really great packages, so please let me know what the best deal would be. She immediately suggested the bareMinerals starter kit.
The setting powder was around thirty dollars alone and the starter kit was just over sixty and was a $175+ value. Easy decision in my book. Switching to bareMinerals was a big decision. Not only because I wear makeup everyday, but because I had never worn mineral makeup before. I used liquid or mousse foundations and compact powders. The idea of using brushes to apply all my makeup intimidated me. I wasn’t sure I’d get the same type of coverage I was accustomed to.
The woman who helped me was amazing. She explained everything, showed me how to do it, and even wrote notes on a piece of paper so I could replicate the process at home. After washing my face before applying makeup, I always apply a face lotion with SPF 15. (I don’t want wrinkles!) The starter kit comes with a small vial of prime time. I don’t use this everyday, only when I have a big event or know I want to look really, really good! When I do use it, itz after my lotion and before the powders. Here are my daily steps:
First, I use the bareMinerals matte foundation in the fairy medium shade. (This also comes in non-matte, but I prefer the matte look.) I use the full flawless face brush. Both are amazing because there’s literally no way to mess it up. The foundation never appears streaky, and never gives me any lines. I was also incredibly surprised by how much coverage this provided. Usually I wear liquid or mousse foundation on my entire face to smooth my skin, and this mineral foundation totally did the trick!
Second comes the bareMinerals original mineral veil. This is the “setting powder” that my sister loves. Like the primer, I don’t feel like this is necessary to wear everyday; only if I know I’m going to need my makeup last extra long. This is also the stuff to throw in your purse to touch up your face with. It brings out the color of the foundation or your bronzer. I like that I don’t have to use it everyday since it comes in a smaller container than the foundation. I use the same full flawless face brush with this as itz essentially colorless. Itz purpose is to extend the dairly life of your makeup.
Last is the bareMinerals bronzer in the warmth shade using the flawless face brush. The bronzer is the trickiest of the trio and it took me a few tries to figure it out. Itz important to tap your brush after swirling it around in the lid, so there’s not too much powder on the brush. The bronzer can appear a bit streaky if you’re not careful, and I find it hard to correct if I do mess it up. That being said, it only took me a few tries before I got the hang of it and now I like the subtle color it gives.
I’ve never used brushes for anything besides eye shadow and blush. I use the full flawless face and the flawless face everyday. The max coverage concealer brush is not used as often. The lady at the store showed me how I could use it to conceal a blemish, but luckily I have yet to need to do that. (Thank you, pregnancy!) She showed me how I could use it to apply the foundation powder or simply mix a little primer with the foundation for fuller coverage.
It goes without saying, I’m very happy with my purchase and switch. I’m hooked on bareMinerals and am eager to try their other products (namely their eye shadows! ok, and their lipsticks!). The makeup looks natural and really lasts all day. If you’re wanting to get started, you may as well go with the starter kit as itz the best value and includes all the essentials.
What makeup do you use?