Love, Shelbey: Flawless Face Routine: Powders ONLY

Monday, June 25, 2012

Flawless Face Routine: Powders ONLY

Hi everyone! I always receive two specific questions on a daily basis: "What foundation do you wear?" or "What concealer are you wearing?" I follow with the same answer each time: "Bare Minerals "Light" Foundation (w15) and Bare Minerals "Summer Bisque Concealer". No one ever believes that I ONLY have powder on my face. I always receive comments like "You must have some type of liquid on." or "But what cream foundation do you use with it?"

If you are a reader of my blog or follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube then you already know that I am a little bias when it comes to Bare Minerals because I do work at a Bare Escentuals retailer. After working here for a year, naturally, I have been hooked. I love the feeling of having a full coverage look but not being able to feel it. Yes my look is full coverage, but it's a natural full coverage without all the cakey creams and liquids. Switching from liquid makeup to BE was definitely a challenge. However, my skin has improved 110% since I switched. I am more confident without makeup than I am with it on now!

I wanted to share with you all how you can get a full coverage look with Bare Minerals. If you find Bare Escentuals is out of your price range then a lot of these products can be duplicated (your result may not be as flawless but using powder is always better for your face.) Enjoy!

Step 1: Apply Primetime "Original" Foundation Primer
Bare Minerals foundation primer provides an amazing base for your foundation. Primetime works to fill in your pores, keep your foundation on top of your skin, and also provides longer wearing coverage for your powder foundation. Primetime retails for $23. A drugstore alternative to this could possibly be one of the new Wet n' Wild Intuitive Blend Foundation + Primer or Loreal Magic Lumi Primer. I can't say that these two products are paraben and preservative free though.

Step 2: Buff On Powder Foundation

For My base foundation I use Bare Minerals Original Foundation in the shade Light w15. Light is a warm shade so it provides more of a golden/yellow undertone. It also counteracts redness in your face. In my experience with powder foundation I can honestly say no drugstore compares to this. The coverage is outstanding! It also gives such a glowing finish. BE Original Foundation retails for $26-28 dollars.


As for my concealer, I use Bare Minerals Summer Bisque. This is a medium shade concealer. At first glance you wouldn't think that this little container of powder really packed a punch. Think again! You may find the concealer doesn't appear to be covering while you are applying it, but just give it a few minutes to absorb into the skin and watch your dark spots, blemishes, and scars minimize! During the summertime I don't feel as if Summer Bisque is necessary for my every day routine (just because I like a lighter look in the summer) but this is a full coverage blog and concealer is essential! Summer Bisque retails for $18

Step 4: Add Color to the Face

I generally use two types of bronzer, one for all over the face and one for contouring/sculpting my face. For my all over bronzer I use Bare Minerals Faux Tan Face Color. This bronzer is extremely pigmented and dark. A little goes a long way with this stuff. I light sweep my brush into the lid, tap off the excess, and buff onto my face. Since you don't have to use much of this bronzer it will last you a long time. The picture photographed above is of a Faux Tan I bought over a year ago and I still have some left! Faux Tan retails for $19.

Step 5: Sculpt and Contour Face

Contouring my cheeks is one of my favorite parts about my makeup routine. I switch my contouring powders up every now and then but the best one I always go back to is Bare Minerals "Warmth". Warmth is the exact same thing as Faux Tan only it has more of a red undertone to it, which is why I think it looks perfect on the cheeks. I apply warmth to the hollows of my cheeks just under my cheek bones. It creates a smooth bronzed contoured line to define my face. You honestly can't go wrong with this stuff. Warmth retails for $19.

Step: 6 Apply Blush
The blush I am wearing in the photo at the beginning of the blog is this extremely light neutral color by Bare Minerals called "The Whisper". This blush is part of their READY collection which features solid makeup in compacts. The Whisper blush is a perfect transition between your bronzer. I normally focus my blush on the apples of my cheeks and slighty work my way up to the temple (lightly). Bare Minerals READY blushes retail for $22.

Step 7: Highlight the High Points of the Face
 Bare Minerals produces amazing highlighting products. My cheeks always have a fantastic and natural glow. Their highlighting powders are called "Radiance". They make many different shades. However, I do try to only stick with the sheer ones. A little also goes a long way with the Radiance. I generally only apply this to the high points on my cheeks (a little above my cheek bone more or less). Bare Minerals Radiance colors retail for $19.

Step 8 (LAST STEP): Finishing Powder

I NEVER wear my full coverage look without my mineral veil. I generally use the original loose powder veil. However, since it is summer I have been using the READY SPF 15 Touch Up Veil. I really enjoy this veil because it is compact and I can touch up with it while I am on the go. Mineral Veil evens out the skin tone and gives you that flawless finish. I highly recommend this product for a flawless look. The READY Mineral Veils retail for $22 and the original veils retail for $20.

So guys, this is my FULL coverage foundation routine using ONLY powder. I hope you guys enjoyed! Don't forget to check out my upcoming tutorial on how I do this look

Have a lovely day. -Shelbey