Make Up For Ever is sending their team to Boston on March 23 and 24 as part of their Makeup Bag Remix event tour. Their pros will sift through the goods you already own (whether they're MUFE brand or not) and teach proper application techniques and answer any burning beauty questions by appointment.
I sent a photo of my daily products to MUFE artist, Jenn, who analyzed my stash and some of the things I struggle with in my routine via e-mail before the bus comes to down.
This is a tally of what I've been doing right and what she was able to teach me:
Me: I have no idea how to apply bronzer. It's my secret shame. I know how to contour so I'll just use a bit in the hollows of my cheek but I have no idea how to create a nice sunny look.
Jenn: Don’t worry, bronzer is usually more sheer than blush so you can be okay with a simple tip. Think of bronzer like the sun-- it hits you stronger in certain spots, like the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheekbones, and the chest. If you stick to these areas, it will be believable. If your foundation is too light, you can also use bronzer lightly allover like a sheer finishing powder with a big soft brush. Bronzer can work for contour but if the contour is the same color as your sunny effect, it won’t look like contour.
Me: 0 Pro: 1
Me: I use way too many products for a daytime eye. I wear a winged eye every day using a liquid pen, I highlight using two different products, I use a peach Make Up For Ever liner on waterline, light black along lashline, and a Clarins "light creating" cream pen along my brow bone, and I wear a ton of mascara and use a MAC lash curler. Only waterproof mascara keeps my curl. It's a process and I have it down to a science so it only take 2-3 minutes top, but I'd love a more simplified routine with less products.
Jenn: You are doing a sculpted natural eye. You don’t seem to be using too many products and I could really visualize the look with what you have. I think if you like this eye look stick with what you are doing. It works! Find somewhere else to shave the time off. You could substitute your foundation and concealer on lids and under brow bone and set the creases with a light touch of your bronzer or a sculpting kit. Great job on using the waterproof mascara for holding curl. Most women don’t, but it is really the only thing that holds curl a la "hairspray" for the lashes.
Me: 1 Pro: 1
Me: I just started using a diffusion powder from Hourglass. I have no idea how to use it. I just put it on my nose and over my cheekbones. I have no idea if it does anything, but I find it helps with oil absorption but I'd like to know if I'm using it correctly.
Jenn: I’m not familiar with this particular product, but by the sound of it, it is for finishing and blurring lines and pores. HD powder at Make Up For Ever is the same concept. The difference between finishing and setting powders is that finishing powders have zero or very little pigment so they are more light and airy because of less fillers. These do sometimes control oil but mainly are there for surface smoothness. It shouldn't be noticeable just seen as flawless, unless it has some small sparkle in it.
Me: 1 Pro: 2
Me: I use a BB cream now rather than a foundation and a primer, but it makes me look extremely ashy and uneven. I tap it on with my fingers and use the damp Beauty Blender to blend it out. Am I doing it wrong? I use the Clarins flash balm as a moisturizer. Can I ditch one of the two?
Jenn: I think you could get rid of one. Since the BB Cream isn’t giving you the look you want I would start there. Let’s talk BB Creams. BB Creams started as a craze in Asia about three years ago. The US is a little late to the party on this one, however, they can be great for a certain effect. BBs typically are skin treatment and light pigment cover in one. in Asia, a 15-step skin treatment routine is normal and perhaps why they have such beautiful skin. The colors are generally lighter to achieve that creamy, un-touched by the sun look that is a cultural preference in some geographic regions. I would save this for the winter when you are a little more pale and use it sparingly to reduce redness and cushion the skin against the elements. It should keep and then you can enjoy your purchase seasonally.
Me: 1 Pro: 3
Me: I use Tarte Amazonian Clay blusher in Adored. I love the formula but it's a blue pink, which doesn't look great on me. But I love a dab of bright pink flush, if you have any suggestions for another shade!
Jenn: I love the pop of pink. Since I can’t see your skin tone, my suggestion is to mix a little of your bronzer into your blush when applying. You can do this by dabbing your brush into the bronzer and then into the pink, then apply on the top of apples, the pink will touch first and then the bronzer will lay over it. You can also get a similar effect by applying our bronzer as I described earlier onto to the tops of cheekbones then apply your pink blush lightly.
Me: 1 Pro: 4
Jenn's final analysis: You are doing a great job of keeping it simple. Only add more steps or products if you want to go from day to night or change your look. I would call this your signature everyday look and then you can always experiment with a trend lip color or add a more dramatic eye with a pop color or a neutral smoky shadow on the outer corners.
Me: 1 Pro: 5
Is it worth it to check out the MUFE team this weekend? I'll let the numbers speak for themselves.