My Makeup Routine

Okay, so be gentle.

I'm not a makeup girl.  I own a lot of eyeshadow palettes, pigments, singles, and almost every 24/7 pencil by Urban Decay (eyeliner)... but when it comes to foundation?  Forget it.  I have pretty red skin (been asked several times if I have rosacea) that's also pretty dry.  I've tried 4 different kinds of "green" primer but I always feel like I look like the Hulk afterwards.  (For reference, I've tried Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Color Adjust, Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 1 Green, FusionBeauty Prime Results Anti-Redness Primer, & Pur Minerals Correcting Primer-Green.)

Before I even started wearing makeup, the only thing I'd put on was Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel.  Yep.  When I realized that it was making my skin look like it was peeling off during the day, I moved to Saint Ives facial moisturizer.  While it did the job of moisturizing, I was still left with very red skin.

My most recent trip to Sephora was also my determination to cover my red skin without looking like the Hulk, or cakey, or oily.  It took three associates and several brands before we finally found that this combination worked best for me.

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum - $34 for 1.7 oz
-One pump into the palm of my hand, apply to the entire face.

Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Airbrush #55 - $34
-This was the brush recommended to me for the rest of my makeup application.  I haven't had any bristle fall out from this brush and it does bounce back to its original fluffiness after washing.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 - $52 for 1 oz
-One pump on the back of my hand, applied with the Airbrush starting in the t-zone and working over the face in small circles.

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15 in Ivory - $55 for 1 oz
-One pump on the back of my hand, applied with the Airbrush starting in the t-zone and working over the face in small circles.  Tap the brush only in areas that need extra coverage.

Hourglass Oxygen Foundation Mineral Powder in No. 2 - $46 for 0.46 oz
-Sweep Airbrush over powder, apply to cheeks, t-zone and chin.

Now for the results, right?

Here is my before, freshly showered, nothing on my face at all.
You can see how I have red cheeks and chin, a blemish on the right side of my mouth and freckles across my nose and cheeks.

After - my skin tone has been evened out without appearing overly cakey.  The blemish is less noticible and the freckles and redness are mostly covered.

The associates had suggested a cheek stain but I just wasn't ready for that yet.  It does kind of leave my face void of color but I tend to add eyeshadow/liner/mascara and some type of lip color or gloss.  Either way, I'm very happy that the redness is less apparent without me looking green!


  1. I can relate to the red skin. My nose and cheeks are so red that I look permanently sunburned. I can't live without Revlon Colorstay foundation. I recently also discovered Lucy Minerals. It offers the most amazing coverage for a mineral makeup. My skin is also dry so I apply rosehip oil all over my face before the powder and it looks quite good. So good infact that I recently started wearing blush for the first time in my life since my face looked a little flat without it!

  2. very awesome but that's also the thing with coverup.. it makes you look void of colour.
    and i understand what you mean.. i hardly put on makeup but i have tons of palettes, eyeshadows etc!

  3. Clinique Redness Solutions. The setting powder is the greatest thing of my entire life- takes out the ruddiness of my face, without looking freaky.

  4. Wow all this does a good job at hiding the redness - but indeed you look a bit pale now. It is certainly a budget to cover your face. You should try just a tiny bit of blush on your cheeks though, for a natural look.
    Actually I think that you look better without foundation - don't take me wrong, you look good with it too. But your face has a natural blush, and freckles, not breakouts or anything - except for one little there, but that is it. I don't think you really need to cover your face...

  5. It all does a great job of covering up - but I do love your freckles!! I think just a hint of blush would look amazing.. I used to be super anti-blush and now it is the one product I cannot be without (ok, that is a bit of a lie.. I cannot be without mascara!)