Makeup is one of my favorite things to experiment with. I strongly believe that makeup is a very personal choice and that one needs to find the best products that work for them. Two makeup products that I cannot live without are my Clinique Almost Makeup Foundation and my Strawberry Fudge eye shadow from Clinique.
The Clinique Almost Makeup Foundation has the perfect blend of color and moisture for my skin. The makeup is oil free, so it will not clog pores, or cause shininess. It also includes an SPF 15 which is great to shield your skin from the sun. The reason that I like this foundation more than any other that I have ever tried is the way it feels on my skin. It feels like it is not even there and leaves your skin looking naturally flawless without the “made up” look that some other foundations leave behind. This foundation does last on my skin all day unless I go swimming, or something of the sort. I do find that it even lasts through the hot summer months, which is great because no one wants to spend time re-applying makeup. This foundation evens out my skin tone with ease.
Tips: I always use a moisturizer before using the foundation to make my skin extra soft. You have to shake the tube before using for the best results. I apply the makeup with a sponge, not a brush. I finish off the look with a light powder in a natural shade and a bit of bronzer. I would not recommend this for anyone who wants dramatic coverage. It will cover slight discoloration, and occasional acne, but would not be good for if you are looking to conceal more than that.
This makeup is available in six different shades and costs $21. This is a very reasonable cost because one tube lasts forever. I only go through a tube every six months. It can be purchased from: http://www.clinique.com/product/CATEGORY4900/PROD547/Makeup/Foundations/index.tmpl and many cosmetic counters in higher-end department stores.
My second makeup item that I cannot live without is Clinique’s Strawberry Fudge Eye Shadow Duo. I originally got the eye shadow as a special promotion because of purchasing other products from the company. Ever since then, I have not been able to live without it. The shadow colors are so vibrant and rich. They stay on all day and do not settle into the creases of your eyes. The Strawberry Fudge due features a golden pink and a deep brown color. I have found that a combination of the two is neutral enough for almost any outfit. I have also found that you can layer the colors to create the shade that you want.
Tips: I apply the brown color to the inner portion of my eye and blend the pink over the rest of the lid. I use a translucent shimmer to highlight my brow line, and finish off with some black mascara.
The eye shadow duo costs $ 17.50 and can be purchased from: http://www.clinique.com/product/CATEGORY4898/PROD6984/Makeup/Eye_Shadows/index.tmpl and many department store cosmetic counters.