Monday, June 25, 2012

Beauty Routine - Part 2

So, where I last left off, I had just found a blush without any metals, and was going to talk to you about my beauty routine and how it applies to the wedding day.

I currently wear makeup every day for work, and when I have things going on on weekends that I leave the house for, not including errands. I usually try to give my face at least one day off per week.

Since I have so many problems with my skin, I used to go to the dermatologist multiple times per year, trying to find solutions for the issues.  The dermatologist would prescribe something new every trip, and some of them would work, and some of them would not.

No matter what, I would always have acne, and it's at its absolute worse a few days before that time of the month. But, it seems like that's just hormones, so there's not much that can be done about that.  The other problems I was having however, should have been treatable with topical medications, but no matter what we tried, nothing seemed to be working.

I stopped going to the dermatologist about three years ago, when it turned into me wasting money going to appointments and filling prescriptions for medications that weren't working.  Instead, I decided to try just using normal soap and then sunscreen as a moisturizer.  Even the oil-free sunscreens though were causing my face to be greasy and just felt too heavy, not to mention that my makeup was essentially melting off of my face by the end of the day.  So, I decided to try the face wash and moisturizer that Bare Minerals came out with.  It's a dry face wash that you add water to to form a paste, and wash your face with that.  That seemed to be working for a while when we were living in Indiana, but then we moved back to Rhode Island, and the humidity seemed to really make everything melty again, and the face wash didn't really seem to be helping out my skin any longer.

I gave up, and just started using Aveeno Body Wash on my face, and then using their Daily Moisturizing lotion on my face after washing.  I have been doing this for a few months now, and have noticed that my face is so much less oily, and that it isn't as dry in some of the places that I had flaky skin.

So, in terms of the wedding day, I will be doing my own makeup.  I don't want to look overdone, and want to look like my normal self, but I also know that for photos, the makeup needs to be a bit heavier.

Here are some inspiration pictures of what I'm trying to go for:

Image via Project Wedding

Image via WeddingByColor

I really want something that looks light, where my eyes aren't too dark, and my lips are just a slight shade of pink.  I have decided that I will be wearing my glasses, so my eyes will need to stand out a bit more than normal, but I typically don't like the look of eyeliner, so I'm going to have to experiment a bit.  

Any thoughts or suggestions on how I should go about doing this? Because, oh, by the way, this is going to be DIY.  I can't take any risks with makeup artists doing my makeup because of my allergies to so many products. Suggestions on products?

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