Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Should My Approach to Cosmetics and Skincare Change Now That I'm Almost . . . Forty?


When I first met my husband, I was 22 years old.  My skin was naturally flawless.  I did not wear much make-up . . . just a little mascara, blush, and lipstick.  I did not even wear eyeliner because wanted to look natural.  I certainly did not need to wear foundation.  Fast-forward 17.9 years and the case is very different.  My skin is either oily or very dry.  I also breakout very easily.  I have not been happy with my the appearance of my skin for at least 7 years and now that dissatisfaction has peaked.  I have already begun wearing eyeliner in recent months because my eyes always seem to look tired and less . . . there.  Now I am considering adding a foundation to my make-up routine.


How do I go about choosing the right foundation for me?  Should I go with something liquid or powder?  Since I never was able to pinpoint what makes my skin breakout, I am inclined to think I should choose a healthy natural foundation.  From there, I think I may need to go the trial-and-error route.  After all, what one person loves might not be great for someone else, especially when it comes to cosmetics.

After shopping around for a bit, I came across the tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation.  This natural foundation is said to be very light, but still offers full coverage.  If the coverage really lasts for up to 12 hours, that would be ideal for me.  I am not one to reapply makeup throughout the day.  The only drawback I can think of when it comes to a powdered foundation is that it does not offer any protection for the sun's harmful rays.  Another product to consider, which is also made by tarte, is the Maracuja Miracle Foundation.  This foundation also last for up to 12 hours, but it has a broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen built-in.

Both products seem to be well-rated, but the Amazonian Clay foundation appears to have received a slightly better rating than the Maracuja Miracle Foundation.  Which would you choose?