I have oily skin, which may be why I’ve never liked wearing makeup. And I haven’t worn any in years. (Wearing a suit to court is required. Wearing makeup is not.)
But lately I’ve been noticing that I look, well, older. (Full disclosure: I’m rapidly approaching 35.) In a couple of weeks, I have to attend a family member’s bridal shower, and while the setting is upscale but casual (this is LA, after all), I anticipate the other women attending will be well-dressed. And stylish. The thought of which makes me – sitting here in my jeans and t-shirt – quite self-conscious. It doesn’t help that I hardly know any of them, which means I don’t really know what to expect.
I’ve got shoes and I’ve got pants. I’m working on acquiring an appropriate top. In the meantime, I’ve decided that makeup will help me feel more confident and like I belong (the bride wears a fair amount of makeup so I expect her friends will also). But I threw out all of my old makeup recently after realizing how long it had been sitting in the drawer. And I don’t want to spend a lot of money, especially when the odds are good I’m not going to wear it much after the event, if at all.
Unfortunately, I don’t know much about makeup. The first time I really wore makeup – junior prom – my mom took me to the Clinique counter at the local department store, had them do a consultation makeover, and bought what they recommended. It couldn’t have been cheap, and I learned nothing about how to select the right makeup for my face or how to apply it. (Eyeshadow still scares me.)
I started with a Google search for “best drugstore makeup”, which led me to the Makeup Moxie blog and her post on the best drugstore mineral makeup. After reading the reviews (including separate reviews of the products – links are in the article), I’ve decided that because of my oily and sensitive skin, I’d better head over to Sephora to see if Bare Escentuals looks right and doesn’t irritate it, and to find the right shade. But if you wear makeup regularly and are looking for the best inexpensive foundations, check out the Makeup Moxie article. It could save you hundreds in the long run.
Of course, I need more than foundation. At a minimum, I’ll also need lipstick and mascara. A little research revealed that lipstick and mascara are the perfect items to buy at a drugstore because the formulas are pretty similar to high end brands. And mascara in particular should only be used for three months, too short a time for the vast majority of women to use up an entire tube.
I saw two recommendations for Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara, so I’m leaning toward this in the waterproof version (just in case the bridal shower location is hot and muggy – not an impossibility considering we’ve had temps in the high 80′s recently). I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to follow all of the steps in Makeup Moxie’s ultimate mascara secret. Also, based on a quick read of reviews, I’m thinking of getting some MaxFactor Lipfinity lipstick, which gets high marks for not coming off.
Of course, I would love some input and advice from those of you who do wear makeup regularly. What are your frugal makeup tips?
Note: Right after I wrote this post, I read a post at Pink of Perfection that includes instructions on making your own concealer that will match your foundation exactly.