I love make-up but it took me a long time to figure out the right colour, the right brand and how to apply. I didn’t have anyone in my life that could teach me about make-up so I had to figure it out for myself. My friends were all wearing it and so I asked them what they wore and the colours they used, the only problem was they all different skin tone and type from me. I am a redhead with very fair skin, freckles and acne-prone skin. I ended up with an acne infection because I was using cheap make-up and no skin care. I went to live with my grandparents when I was almost sixteen and my grandmother took me to the doctor and he looked at my skin and told me I had an acne infection. He prescribed me a prescription medication and a cream and it worked like a charm. Then I started trying out different products: skin care; make-up; foundation; different colours, different cosmetic companies and discovered that neutral tones are the best for me, no pinks, reds and a select few shades of orange.
When it comes to foundation, you have to figure out your skin type and tone. I am fair, with acne prone-skin, therefore, powder based foundations work best for me. I used MAC for awhile but wasn’t happy with the quality, I found a great product in a direct-marketing business that I was involved with but got out of it because it wasn’t working for me. Then one night I was up late and caught an infomercial for a mineral-based cosmetics company called Sheer Cover. They had a great deal on a starter kit so I ordered one. The beauty of minerals is that they are all natural, no fillers, nothing heavy so you don’t feel like you’re wearing make-up and foundation at all. It also controls acne which was a big plus for me. The only issue I had with Sheer Cover was that you had to order it by phone and pay with a credit card, which for me was a problem because I like to pay cash for most things so as not to incur debt.
Two years ago I was in Edmonton visiting my best friend and we stayed at the West Edmonton Mall Hotel for some girl time and found Sephora. It is my candy shop, all that make-up in one place, so much fun. I discovered that they carry a brand of mineral make-up called Bare Minerals. So many colours, so many choices of foundation colours, so little time. I was in love, but at that time there was no Sephora in Vancouver so I had to find another alternative and discovered Pur Minerals in a store called Shopper’s Drug Mart. The only difference between Bare and Minerals and Pur Minerals is that Bare Minerals is loose powder and Pur Minerals is pressed. Either way, I’m doing what’s best for my skin and looking beautiful all at the same time.
So try mineral make-up and foundation and see what it will do for your skin. They have all the colours in the rainbow and all the same choices; lip gloss, lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, blush and bronzers. Have fun.