Creating a Canvas

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I asked Krissy (the friend I'm dragging to the BE event) to tell Miss Tified's readers a little bit about her makeup regimen. Here's her response:

Whether you're wanting to play up your eyes, cheeks or mouth, make-up and color always look better when you've created an even-toned, clear canvas on your face.  Unless you were born with perfect skin, this can be easier said than done.  For instance, I've always had really dark undereye circles.   I get tons of sleep (8 to 9 hours a night), drink plenty of water and eat a fairly good diet, so I chalk up my dark circles to genetics.  My skin in this area is very delicate so I'm careful not to tug or rub on it too much.  Having very pale skin also means that any blemishes, redness and little broken veins show up pretty prominently.  I've noticed that these days I need a little more makeup than I used to, and that makeup starts to slide off my face about halfway through the day. 

Here's what I've found in my quest to create an even-toned canvas for pale skin:

I use Benefit's Dear John moisturizer every morning after washing my face.  It's a thick cream that moisturizes dry areas without making my face greasy.  There's nothing worse than a watery moisturizer that feels like it's not doing anything, and moisturizers that are too thick make me worry that they'll clog my pores.  This one is, as they say, just right.

Eyecon_1 Eye area
I follow the moisturizer with Benefit's Eyecon underneath my eyes, following under the lash line and spreading down to the top of the cheekbone.  It's a thick cream that moisturizes and feels like it forms a little protective layer over the delicate skin.  I follow that up with TouchbaseBenefit's Ooh La Lift on the same area.  It's a light pink liquid that's supposed to depuff, firm and brighten.  Mixed together with the Eyecon, it prepares my undereye area for the next step, concealer.

For the eyelid itself, I use Clinique's Touch Base for Eyes in "Canvas", naturally.  It makes my eyelids a neutral color and covers any tiny veins or discoloration.  It can be worn by itself, or if I add eyeshadow on top of it, it serves as a nice primer to hold it in place.

I've searched high and low for a good concealer over the years.  Concelears that are too solid never seem to be the right color and they are difficult to apply, and concealers that are too watery tend to slip right off my skin.  The best I've found is Fresh's Absolute Concealer in shade No. 1, the palest color.  The Fresh container is a little cylindrical pump that delivers a small squirt of liquid concealer.  I like the liquid because it allows me to apply a thin layer without tugging at my skin.  It's thin enough that it could melt away on bare skin after a while, but the combination of Benefit's Eyecon + Ooh La Lift forms a nice base that helps my concealer stay put.

Bluffing_1 For the rest of my face, Benefit's You're Bluffing - a yellow-hued stick that only comes in one shade - is great for redness or dark areas around the nose or at the outer corners of the eyes.  For paler areas, I dab on the Fresh concealer. 

Two things I haven't included in my routine are foundation and powder.  Do you use them?  Which brands do you recommend?


Beauty Stuff to Buy

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