I birthdayed last week (surprisingly pleasant for happening during lockdown) and got my first covid jab on the weekend. Sore arm and feeling a bit exhausted which is what friends have reported (body of this post was written last week so if I felt completely rubbish I at least had something for Monday).
I’ve been watching too much of the French TV series Spiral set in Paris and it got me musing about this subject, the perfection of imperfection. I’m particularly taken by the Josephine Karlsson character’s makeup. She’s a light-skinned red-head with a lot of freckles and the makeup artist accentuates her skin beautifully. Whatever is used as makeup must be a wash because you can always see the freckles – she’s never wearing a mask of base. Lots of black mascara and sometimes a pop of eyeshadow and/or a red lip, but always that skin the star.
Anyway, this sent me off thinking about makeup. It’s been a year now that the world has changed here (we didn’t go into lockdown until late March but I stopped in-person yoga in late February when I offered a couple of people hand sanitiser and they refused it – ie, I decided it was time I retreated from situations I didn’t feel were safe). I don’t Zoom except for yoga and bar dog and solo walks I’m wearing a mask when I’m out. I had an appointment with the notary regarding a document recently and was masked the whole time. Which is to say I’m not wearing makeup at all right now (I did infrequently over last summer but really that was only a swipe of concealer and cream blush every once in a while). Even eye makeup. I just find I can’t be bothered. Which is sad. Really sad.
Anyway, the skin thing got me thinking about makeup again. I do have a foundation which I sort of feel meh about so I have decided it’s time to experiment a bit. I want coverage for when I have to look decent (actually what I really want is something I really feel excited about wearing – I need small excitement) but I don’t want heavy. And really I want to play.
In the past I’ve used (that I can remember) Laura Mercier TM, It Cosmetics stuff, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, and I had my makeup done years ago at MAC but found I disliked their foundation and concealer. Oh, and Bobbi Brown of some sort (meh), Armani (meh), Ellis Faas (nice, but hated the delivery system – those pens) and Chantecaille TM (meh) – most oxidised and I’m really not going to go down the primer path. I want enhancement, not full cover.
My all-time favourite foundation was the Prescriptives stuff that was personally blended at Bergdorf. So much fun and really worked well on my skin.
So, if you are a makeup wearer what are you playing with right now (if not, what else has taken your fancy)?
Help me out here. What do you love for coverage that still shows your skin? Do you have trouble with oxidation and if yes which products have worked?