Monday, September 13, 2010

FAQ: What's your makeup routine like? Do you use a lot of awG?

This will be a fun question to answer as I'll have to stop and analyze myself as it has become so "auto-pilot" I don't think I can just quickly type this out, lol...

Well, the first thing I like to do is moisturize my face. I have some old lotions I am still using up but my preferred moisturizer is a mix I made for myself using shea & cocoa butter, then also coconut oil (my favorite) with a little bit of Edelweiss extract. I need literally a teeny smudge of it as it can get very greasy but find that it softens my skin so well and naturally. After testing it for a little longer, I may consider tweaking the recipe and selling it at awG, more than likely as an LE during the winter months since I am concerned about it melting during shipment in the warmer months. I'll also apply some of my Vegan Lipbalm because my lips tend to chap and this helps significantly with that and provides a smoother base to my lip liner.

After that, I go straight to the eyes. Since using my own loose eyeshadows, I got tired of applying that after my foundation and having to fix some fallout underneath my eyes so I've learned that doing my eyes first is more efficient. I will use an eyeshadow base like UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion) if I need an all day look (like more than eight hours) but if I am just going out for nothing special, like the grocery store, I leave that off and just apply a base shadow with my favorite all purpose brush, the Ingenue Large Chisel Fluff. My favorite eyeshadow base colors I use from my line are Honesty, Natural, & Trustworthy from the Regular line and then Phenomenal from my Premium colors. Then I like to finish off my eyes with a (non-awG) gel liner, usually a dark brown (daytime) or soft black (evening) using my Ingenue Fine Liner since it seems foolproof in getting a perfect thin line since I'm usually in a hurry as I get ready. Then I find a loose eyeshadow to soften the line such as Devoted, Genuine, Noble, Exquisite, Tenacious, Ingenious, Romantic, Intuitive (Regular) or Marvelous, Introspective, or Admirable (Premium); my brush of choice for that job is the Premium Smudger. Then I apply my favorite mascara, Maybelline's Full and Soft Waterproof.

From here, I apply my under eye concealer, Merciful Color Corrector in Yellow Tint, assuming the area under my eye is clean and there is no need to wipe off any extra loose eyeshadow. Then I apply either my Celestial Silkening or Supreme Smoothing Powder in Golden Tint with a powder puff as a base to make sure my foundation has a smooth surface (good-bye fine lines!!!).

With my Premium Small Pointed Face Brush, I apply my Foundation (Grace 4.0). It make take a hair more time that a kabuki or larger powder brush but I really like how I can easily apply foundation to areas around my nose, eyes, and mouth evenly. It reminds me of a foundation brush but is thicker and has the pointed head. If I have any blemishes (like I was bad and had too much sugar, lol!) I will spot conceal with the foundation using either the Ingenue Oval Camouflage or Premium Pointed Sculptor.

From here I line my lips and either apply a lip gloss or use a clear gloss and mix in the blush I wear that day for extra color. Occasionally, I will wear a (non-awG) lipstick but I like a more transparent, natural look. Another FYI, awG does not have any current colored lip products--still in testing and development. I mainly use e.l.f. lip glosses that I bought in bulk a few years ago.

Then, finally, I add a blush to the apples of my cheeks with my Premium Small Dual Fiber. My most favorite to wear are Felicity, Gentleness, Curious blushes and then Sensational, Lovely, Glamorous Shimmer blushes. But my "go-to" color is Gentleness since it is very soft and natural on my skin and seems to go with everything!

And the finisher: either Heavenly Rice Powder or Supreme Smoothing applied to my face, again with the powder puff rather liberally but this time I carefully "press" it on my T-zone area where I sometimes get shine later in the day (esp. in the MS heat!) and wait about five minutes and then whisk it off lightly with either the Ingenue Large Dual fiber or Premium Large Rounded Face.

So there you have it! I basically depend on other companies right now for mascara and colored lip products but lean heavily on my own line for everything else--I don't even want to think about if I was not able to make my own makeup anymore; I would not only lose my creative outlet but be out my favorite colors, lol! It really is a blessing and an enjoyable one at that, to have adorned with Grace in my life. Hope you all have had as much fun with my makeup and brushes as I have!

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