Victoria Tate’s Guide To Makeup
Well, well, well, my sincerest apologies lady friends but here is my long overdue debut back into the wonderful world that is fashion and beauty. I have been on quite the hiatus from this topic. (I’ve been avoiding mirrors.) I guess the fat gods took my article on skinny shaming a little too seriously, gave me the finger and granted me an extra fifteen pounds. Whatever, that’s cool. I stuck my double chin in the air and took my thunder thighs to the GYM and now I have this Nikyee Heaton (don’t be mad I didn’t say Kylie, I only roll with grown ups) bod going on. So I’m back. Enjoy.
I, ladies and gents, have been coloring my hair for twelve years and never, have I ever come across the perfect shade for what I am trying to do on my own. It infuriates me to no end. I am a cheap wanker and there are only two things I go to the hair salon for: hair cuts and bleaching. (Anyone one moderately intelligent knows they should never bleach alone.) Even then, lightening doesn’t always go as plan. Other than lightening, I have never achieved better color outside of my own hands. My hair is my first child with a third in line priority ranking.
I stumbled across a review in Allure magazine for something called esalon.com. I figured I should give it a try since it was voted twice as the best home coloring system. I immediately read the reviews, looked it up on Facebook, and checked out Instagram. I could not find a single complaint that wasn’t clearly an “operator error” issue. I signed up on Sunday evening. My profile asked me all kinds of questions from my hair type, color reaction, latest color, my color goals and asked me to post several pictures of my current hair in different lighting. On Monday morning, I received an email from my color stylist Courtney F. who informed me that the original color I selected may be too dark. I didn’t doubt her as the color squares were very small and I’m too lazy to put my glasses on. I think originally chose Dark Brown Mahogany which essentially means very dark brown with some red in it; too dark for me. She reformulated based on the fact that I wasn’t trying to change the color I already had but maintain it. My order shipped on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday. Perfection!!!! It came with everything I needed, specially formulated for me (it even had my name on it). Did I mention that these are salon grade products? Oh my, I KNOW I forgot to mention that my salon grade, custom color was only $14.95! I practically stole this shit. You can see the before and after below.
Moving on, because it doesn’t really matter how fab your hair is if nobody can stand to look at your face.
I now have my morning routine pretty much perfected. I normally have dry skin but sometimes I do a little too much over hydrating so therefore I have two foundations to recommend:
1. Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth: this is for my normal days of being too dry. It give me the luminous, hydrated it look without looking overly shiny and greasy. However, you HAVE to use this with a pore minimizing primer if you have large pores like I do. I recommend L’Oreal’s Magic Perfecting Base.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless: I use this on the days I’ve overdone it on moisturizer. I love the matte look and I can cut out the primer. I will add L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer in the area that I would normally highlight. It’s light weight and blends nicely while still highlighting the areas that help add definition.
I want to make it very clear that foundation should never be visible. Foundation is there to make you look flawless, not point out your flaws. It should not differ from your natural skin tone (best test is to match it with your neck). If you look orange or pink, you are doing it wrong. If I stop you on the street and tell you that you’re face is covered in the wrong foundation, your friends hate you. Bronzer however is your friend. A friend you have to treat right. Your contouring with bronzer should be highlight what you have. There should never be a brown line under your cheek bone or in the middle of your forehead. Bronzing should be subtle in the cheeks and blended in with the hair line. Blush should also match well with your skin tone. It is not ok to look like a clown. Your face is not a paint by numbers page. You are not Jennifer Lopez.
Eyes: the gate way to the soul. Make them fabulous. I am super into gel eyeliner at the moment. I find it way better than liquid liner. All the precision of liquid but the lovely matte finish you’ll soon discover I’m obsessed with. I’m equally in love with J Cat and Maybelline Eye Studio; both are great options depending on your budget. I have little eyes, I’m not guessing, I am speaking from the best form of experience known to man kind. Do NOT line your lower lid if you have small eyes. You’re welcome.
I don’t mince words on mascara. Don’t go cheap. My favorite is Smashbox Full Exposure in Jet Black. It adds volume and length. So it’s basically heaven. If you’re on a budget I suggest L’Oreal’s Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara.
No look is complete without a little lip color. I have become completely obsessed with Matte lip colors. I guess I associate gloss colors with middle school lip glosses but I don’t mess with them. In my opinion, coverage doesn’t last as long as matte. No lip color however will look good with dry cracked lips. Moisturizer is a must!! Do not be afraid to play with different colors. You never know what will work if you don’t try!
Happiest of makeup trails (and real happy trails) to ya!