The area of beauty products can be challenging and I took this article on because of that. Yes I am a girl, I like dresses and heels but makeup and skin care…not so much. I can appreciate it and I respect the talent in makeup artistry but I just hate taking the stuff off and I really just want products that I don’t have to think about. I went to my two friends Marlena and Alondra who are both make up artists, Marlena is also a licensed esthetician, to see which products they would recommend for make up and skin care. I want to clarify before we get started that when I say “best” as in “best skin care products” I use the term very loosely and realize that everyone’s skin, preference, and taste are different. I’ve mixed in what I personally use and what my experienced friends recommend. Take it as you will and I hope it helps!
Moisturizers: Marlena gave me 3 different moisturizers at 3 different price points, all good products. I think the thing that all of these products have in common whether it’s makeup or face wash is the more expensive the more concentrated the product is.This means less filler (water) and more of the actual ingredients which also means you can use less of it which ALSO means you save money because you don’t have to buy it as often. In this case the Image moisturizer is your best bet (which I use and LOVE) but if your low on the cash the Neutrogena one is just fine. Clinique lies right in the middle for those folks that can’t decide.
Face washes: Alondra suggested Cetaphil as a daily face wash as it light enough to be used daily but cleanses and moisturizes thoroughly. Marlena stands by the Image face wash because it is organic. medical grade, and contains Japanese green tea and oats in the formula. I personally use Clarifying Facial Wash by Earth Science from Whole Foods. I like this face wash because it has all natural products, I don’t have to use very much, it keeps my skin clear and it’s only $10. Of course with face wash everyone’s skin is different so when looking for a face wash try and get a type that is opposite of your skin type. For example if you have dry skin, get a moisturizing face wash.
Tanning Lotions: Alondra helped me with this one and she recommended two kinds: Sally Hansen’s “Air Brushed Legs” and Jergin’s “Natural Glow”. She likes them because they are light and have good coverage.
Lotions: My absolute fave lotion (which I mentioned in my Spring Break post) is Aveeno. I was really against getting this lotion because it seems so generic and if you can’t tell, I’m into the natural stuff but I was definitely proved wrong. Right on the bottle it says “moisturizes for 24 hours” and they are not kidding. Through all those daily hand washes and the horrible winter weather my skin is still moisturized and hydrated for 24 hours without being overly oily. I swear by it and I really like the unscented kind so my perfume can stand out.
SPF’s: Sunscreen is essential for the upcoming warm months but also, for every day you are exposed to the sun. Alondra suggested Neutrogena and Olay as her favorites. I personally use Kate Somerville, from which I received at a party, and it seems to work pretty well!
Makeup: All makeup artists agree on this one…the more expensive, the less you spend in the long run and the less you have to use. Mac is infamous in the beauty industry, and in life really, and it is for a reason. It’s a good quality product that lasts for a long time. Both artists say that if your going to get makeup Mac is the way to go. If you buy it once, your good for a while and you don’t have to use as much when applying. If you don’t quite have the money for Mac OR can afford some Mac but not others, then Alondra suggests NYX an Rimmel London as good substitutes. NYX’s eyeliners have good pigment meaning you don’t have to use as much and their glosses are also really good and Rimmel London has good bronzers and blushes. My personal experience with makeup is I do love everything Mac except their eye concealer, which makes me break out, and I find that store brand mascaras work just as well for me.
Welp, there ya have it folks! My mini tutorial on makeup and skin care. There are TONS of great products out there that I didn’t touch on which may raise some havoc but I hope you have at least learned something or learned about a new product. I also hope I (eh hem my makeup artist friends) answered any unanswered questions you had. What are some of your favorite products that I didn’t touch on?