Help me, girls!

  1. Okay, I feel like the most un-feminine woman on the planet but... I don't wear make-up. Not at all. For one, I never really ever learned much about how (boy that sounds dumb), plus I always felt kind of fake when I did try to wear it and ended up giving up quickly. The problem is, I have a sort of uneven complexion, and unfortunately even at nearly 27, my face still breaks out. How frustrating!

    Anyway, so do any of you gals have any advice for a total makeup newbie? Websites? Preferred brands?

    Thanks!
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  3. by   JenW
    I don't have any advice really, but don't feel alone in the whole makeup thing. I will only wear blush and lipstick on very special occasions. I just hate wearing it. I didn't grow up with it and was never really shown how to apply it properly. (Personally, I would rather see a woman WITHOUT makeup than one with makeup applied wrong.) I'm 28 and my face will break out every now and then unless I consistently use the Oil of Olay daily facial cloths (or some similar brand). I love them and won't use anything else on my face.
  4. by   manna
    I love my St Ives Apricot scrub (I have really oily skin) - I've seen those Olay cloths but never tried them. I just always felt like going all natural (no makeup) seemed sort of juveline and here I am getting older and my skin isn't quite as perky as it used to be, or maybe I'm just worried that people will judge me (I've got a big scholarship interview coming up that I'm nervous about) me on my facial appearance and/or lack of makeup (since it's just assumed, especially in the South, that all the "girls" will be "done up"). I certainly keep myself clean and well groomed, but I just don't have a very cooperative complexion.

    Thanks!
    Last edit by manna on Feb 19, '04
  5. by   AnnaN5
    Quote from manna
    I love my St Ives Apricot scrub (I have really oily skin) - I've seen those Olay cloths but never tried them. I just always felt like going all natural (no makeup) seemed sort of juveline and here I am getting older and my skin isn't quite as perky as it used to be, or maybe I'm just worried that people will judge me (I've got a big scholarship interview coming up that I'm nervous about) will judge me on my facial appearance. I certainly keep myself clean and well groomed, but I just don't have a very cooperative complexion.

    Thanks!
    Something that has worked wonders for me is using Clinique's 3-Step System. It is a little more expensive than just getting products from the drug store, grocery store but I think it is well worth it. I have combo skin that is sometimes oily w/ breakouts, sometimes dry and it has helped to tone my skin down and be more 'in control'. They have different versions for for each skin type. I used to have to worry about trying to cover up blemishes or make my skin look even but now all I have to do is maybe put on a little powder or bronzer and I am good to go.
    I am not one for wearing make-up either so now I don't even worry about putting on foundation or anything like that except for maybe special occasions.
  6. by   eltrip
    Manna,
    My best friend in college helped me to purchase makeup & taught me how to apply it when I was 18. Now I'm 40...still not much on makeup but I wear it to work Mon-Fri. I'm a redhead with sensitive skin. Finding usuable products can be a challenge. Neutrogena facial products, especially the foaming skin cleaner & moisturizing facial cleanser have worked well for me. I recently had a consultation with a Mary Kay rep. I have now tried their skin care line & am loving it...seeing a positive difference in my skin. I would recommend a consultation with a Mary Kay rep...they'll even show you how to put on your makeup. Don't let anyone pressure you though. My rep has brought some makeup samples to me but I have yet to use them. I like Neutrogena's & Almay's makeup lines, as they are hypoallergenic.

    I've learned how to be a girl since I had a daughter seven years ago. I can now paint my nails. I had to offer to paint her nails in order to persuade (bribe) her to let me trim them! I'm learning how to do LOTS of girly things now. Great way to learn & teach at the same time!

    Good luck & don't worry about it one way or another. Focus on skin care. That's your BEST foundation!

    baskets of blessings,
    eltrip
  7. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Hey manna, I definitely concur on the Mary Kay skin care line, the products are really great and since I have been using them, I have noticed a definite improvement in my skin. One make-up free thing to consider is eyebrows. Have you ever had yours professionally shaped? I didn't think it would make such a difference but WoW! It was amazing and didn't even cost that much. Think about it.
  8. by   LisaRN2B
    Here's yet another vote for MaryKay. Here is the link to the site, and it has a consultant locator link on the page.

    http://www.marykay.com/

    Any MK consultant worth her salt will be able to help you with all your skin care and make-up questions. Now, go and have some fun with it! And remember, you can still look natural even with make-up if done right!
  9. by   June55Baby
    Hey, Manna.... we Southern Belles usually need very little in the way of make-up! But I have found that a Mary Kay Consultant can be helpful in assisting you to find just the right style of make-up and teach you to apply it as well. Also, their products are guaranteed! Look in the phone book or online for your nearest consultant.
  10. by   SharkadelicRN
    Here is what I found worked for me. I went to a professional makeup artist and let them pick and choose colors for me and found that colors I thought were good for me weren't and vice-versa. Make sure that you let them know your makeup history and ask for a very subtle look. I think Mary Kay is OK, but maybe try a local salon/beauty school that does makeup and get some advice from them. Then after that you can choose products in whatever cosmetic line you like because you know what color palette to work with. Now that I'm wearing makeup more often and have learned what looks good, I've gone with a more expensive line of makeup than before because I also found that it lasts longer/wears better.

    As for the eyebrow advice...definitely get your brows done. My hairdresser offered to do mine one day...WOW!!!! What a difference it made. Now I get them done often.
  11. by   Dave ARNP
    I know I wasn't invited (being male and all...but I am very nosy )

    My question is...
    Why paint the peacock?

    Dave
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Manna . . . I tried the new moisturizers with foundation added and they are much lighter than just foundation alone and even out skin tone (Benefits is a good one). And I hate that line people leave at their jawline. Their face is one color and their neck is another. Duh, you are wearing make-up.

    Be careful about the department stores make-up "consultants". Took my daughter for her first try at makeup - she is a pale, redhead with very light colored eyelashes. Well honey, she ended up looking rather "hookerish". Too thick mascara, way too pale foundation. Someone suggested taking her to have her eyelashes dyed a little darker as they are golden and it bothers her that you can't see them (I love them). I'm thinking of doing that so we don't have the "hooker" mascara look. The other problem is she is at the breakout stage and that is the only reason she wants to wear foundation. So I've made an appt. with a dermatologist to clear her face up so we don't have to worry about that.

    I tried Mary Kay . . . . again, you have to have the right consultant. I went to two parties pretty close together and the same person assigned me two different foundation colors. arrgghhh!

    I think the person I'd trust most is Bobbie Brown . . but she is a celebrity make-up person and probably wouldn't make a housecall.

    Just think minimalist . . . . and try the moisturizer/foundations . . most are non-comediogenic (don't make pimples).

    Now, if they only had make-up that really hid wrinkles.

    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Feb 19, '04
  13. by   zambezi
    I love Aveeno facial products...they are inexpensive and are easily found in stores...As for makeup--I too have a pale, somewhat uneven complexion (at least in the winter)...I use MaryKay foundation...I just found a color that matches my skin tone, put that on, use a little bit of eyeshadow and a bit of eyeliner, takes about five minutes and looks natural--I use mascara if I am going out and want to look dressed up...
  14. by   ?burntout
    Something that has worked wonders for me is using Clinique's 3-Step System.
    I am a big fan of Clinique too. A few years ago, my skin went haywire-like I was a teen again. So I started to buy Clinique-my skin has behaved much better, even though I do tend to break out occasionally. Now my skin is dry-Clinique has wonderful products for that.

    I do not have much experience with Mary Kay, but is there a BeautiControl consultant near you? One of my friends had a BC party and I learned alot about my colors to use in my make-up and what colors look best on me. BC can be expensive, but might could try!

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