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MOTD: Simple, Dewy Makeup

IMG_4890 after photoshopQuick little makeup of the day that I decided to do after taking photos for my upcoming post reviewing the bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation. That post will be up on Monday if you’re interested.

I recently got some new products from Sephora (which I posted here) and decided to make a post where I used them. The new additions to my collection are the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

I wanted to go with a fresh, soft, dewy look today. Since I live in Florida I don’t really experience the insanity of dry skin when it gets cold, but my skin does react a little bit because of the constant change in temperature. To fight against this, I have been going for a glowy, minimal look lately.

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For my foundation, I used the bareMinerals Bare Skin foundation in the shade 01, Bare Porcelain, which is a great match for my fair skin. I don’t want to drone on about this foundation too much because I have an entire post on it coming up soon!

I next covered up my dark circles with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, which is the lightest shade. I set this and my foundation with my Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder. I only added this to my T zone and under eye area to avoid mattifying the dewy effect of the foundation. To finish off the face, I added a bit of my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in the shade Magic to the apples of my cheeks.

On the eyes, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden to prime my eyelids. I just used the sample package that came with my Naked 3 pallete. After priming, I went in with the Naked 3 and blended the color Nooner slightly into the crease. I then went in with Burnout on the inner half of the lid and the smallest amount of Mugshot on the outter corner. I then added a tiny bit of Dust into the inner corner to add some shine to the look.

After the shadows, I created a thin line along my lash line with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This liner makes a super thin line insanely simple. If you want to see my first impression on this liner, click here. I added some of my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara to finish off the eyes.

For my brows (which are in serious need of maintenance, forgive me) I used the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil and gel in Dark Brown. Once I gather all of my thoughts on this, I am thinking about doing an entire review on the product.

I topped the look off with a quick swipe of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in the shade Honey. This lip product adds the perfect amount of tint to my look but feels amazing like a balm.

So that was it! My MOTD for a winter day in Florida. Keeping it simple (as always) and, currently, dewy. Let me know below what your favorite products were for an everyday look in January!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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First things first, we need to get the whole skin tone situation down before we go any further into this… I am fair. I mean, really fair. I jokingly state that I have two shades: my summer shade, “white AF”, and my winter shade, “is that a ghost or a girl?”. Needless to say, finding a foundation that works and looks amazing on such fair skin isn’t an easy task. Generally speaking, pale people tend to have pink undertones with the occasional yellow-toned girl. I find myself to be neutral and can’t use anything that comes off unnaturally yellow or pink.

I have found my holy grail. Yep, I said it. While I haven’t tried every foundation in the world, this one kicks some serious ass. The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundations had so much hype surrounding them that I knew I needed to give it a try and see if I felt as attached to this product as the seemingly rest of the free world did. I picked up the shade “Fair Sand”, which is described as fair skin with yellow undertones. Personally, this foundation blends flawlessly into my skin and doesn’t come across as “too yellow”. The girl in Ulta wanted to shade match me before I made the purchase and she agreed, this foundation was made for my lifelessly pale skin.

Beware: photo of me fresh-faced is now going to be inserted.

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As you can see, my skin is generally clear from acne, although I do suffer from time-of-the-month-mountain-on-face syndrome and I always get small pimples after I get my brows waxed (does this happen to anyone else?).  My biggest concerns are some discoloration around my chin, awful dark circles, and redness.

I have been using my Real Techniques Blending Sponge to apply the product and it seems to do the trick. I put the foundation in small dots around my face and then just stipple it out. After one very thin coat this is what my face looked like:

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When I say thin coat, this is probably a pea-sized amount of product on my face. I don’t believe I have found a foundation that compares in dark circle coverage. This foundation is a perfect match for my skin tone as well. The look, even without primer, is flawless.

The finish is very natural, due to the Amazonian Clay, and leaves my face feeling as if I am not wearing foundation at all.

Website Claims:

“Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.”

Final Opinion:

Okay, I couldn’t save my final opinion for the end. If you are reading this far you know that I love this foundation. The color match is flawless and with the multiple shades they offer, I think anyone would be able to find a match. The coverage is full and flawless. The claim I was worried about was the 12-Hour because I purchased this foundation specifically for my outside graduation in Florida. If you have ever been to Florida in June, you know the humidity is no joke. I wore this and felt that it stayed put throughout the sweat and lasted all evening. I prefer a satin to matte finish anyway, so this foundation was perfect for me. There are also 1.7 fl oz in this foundation which is almost unheard of. I mean seriously, that is a lot of product. As the cheap skate I am, this helped me pull the metaphorical trigger and splurge.

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In this ridiculously close shot of my face you can tell that the spots around my chin are almost completely gone and my pores are less visible. I like my freckles to still be prominent on my face because I feel like they make me feel natural and like myself so this coverage is perfect for me.

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Here is my completed face with some basic every day makeup on (all hail the concealer gods). I love this foundation and would recommend that if you have been thinking about it, as I had for months, go purchase it!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. SPF 15. $38.00 USD.