The foundation of the perfect look is foundation

I have used foundation to cover my skin disorder since I was 12.  I’m so good at it that many of my friends had no idea there was anything wrong with my skin until they read this blog. So what’s my secret? I take excellent care of my skin and use make-up that provides enough coverage without looking heavy.  Here are a few basic tips anyone can use to achieve that flawless look in a few minutes. 

    1.  Moisturizer:  Apply a light moisturizer a few minutes before putting on makeup.  This preps the skin and helps the make-up blend.  I swear by Imperialis by Lush.  It soothes my skin and is not greasy.  Find one that works for you.  The more natural the ingredients the better.  The better condition your skin is in the less noticeable any imperfections will be with and without make-up. (not that you’re not already perfect!) You were born with one face – take care of it.
    2. Apply Foundation:  I use Studio Sculpt by Mac Cosmetics – perfect amount of coverage and still looks “natural.”
      • Put a small amount on a wedge make-up sponge and apply dots of foundation to the areas you want to cover. 
      • Blend the dots together.  Don’t forget to blend under your chin so the make-up just doesn’t “stop.”  Remember, applying make-up is like cooking.  It’s easier to add than take away.  If one area needs more coverage, add a little more foundation. That’s the other reason I love Studio Sculpt.  It’s “buildable” so you add more to areas that need more coverage without looking like the make-up was caked on.
    3. Set with powder:  I prefer a pressed compact powder to a loose powder. Less messy and easier to throw in your purse for touch ups during the day.  My favorite is Studio Fix by Mac Cosmetics. This can also be used by itself if you want light coverage.
      • Using powder puff gently pat powder over face.
    4. Wipe off excess: With a tissue, gently wipe over face to remove any excess make-up.    I find this also give one final blend to the make-up for any spots I may have missed.

So there are my tips for foundation.  Let me know if they work for you! Have any tips of your own or a favorite product, please share!

How Inner Beauty Leads to Outer Beauty

I planned my next post to be about make-up tips  but I needed to write this first.

Here’s a list of comment made to me over the years in regards to my skin:

  • “What’s wrong with your hand/face/shoulder?”
  • “Is that poison ivy? If it is,  don’t touch me because I am allergic.”
  • “Is that contagious?”
  • From elementary school, “Ew, you have Cate germs! Don’t touch her or you’ll get them!”

Here are some other things that have been said to me:

  • “You are the most beautiful woman in the world.”
  • “You light up a room.”
  • “I wish I had your eyes.”
  • “You always look perfect.”

Being teased and bullied as child taught one very important thing.  I really don’t care what other people think about me.  Now it would be wrong of me to say my feelings never get hurt.  Anyone that’s been picked on knows that. Instead of letting the hurt control me, I learned to control the hurt.  I get a nasty comment, I gently (or not so gently) correct the person, let myself be upset for about ten minutes and go about my day.  That person’s opinion of me has no power.  It’s alright to be hurt, we’re all human.  What’s not alright is letting that hurt define you.  I learned very quickly to be myself.  I dress how I want to dress, raise my hand in meetings and say what’s on my mind.

I wear make-up for myself.  If I go the gym after work and have make-up on, so be it.  I go to the gym first thing in the morning with a bare face, I don’t care.  I am more than happy to share my tips because every woman deserves to look like the diva she is, not because there is something that needs to be hidden.

Why I started this blog

This is a picture of me.  Pretty cute, right?

This is also a picture of me.  Still pretty cute, but something’s different.

I was born with a skin condition called epidermal nevus.  It causes parts of my skin to grow faster than the rest.  The result is red, itchy patches on my face, hand, shoulder, scalp and side.

I was teased all through school, told I had “Cate Germs.”  As I got older not only did I become skilled in the art of the witty comeback,  I became an expert at applying make-up.  Today unless someone notices my hand, they can’t tell there is anything wrong with me.

My biggest challenge has been finding make-up that covers my skin without looking like I baked a cake on my face.  I also have a hard time finding cleansers and moisturizers that don’t irritate or burn my skin.

I started this blog to share what make-up and products have worked for me over the years. I also want to let anyone with a similar condition know that you are beautiful with or without make-up.