I always have people asking what it is I use for my makeup. I never mind telling anyone but sometimes I don’t think they understand my makeup routine is NOT a “fix all”. It all has to start with healthy skin, and by that I mean skin that gets exfoliated, deeply hydrated, and protected from the sun. Being a Medical Aesthetician I do need to take care of my skin to show my clients what taking care of your skin can do for you not just when you’re young but as you age. Now, don’t get me wrong, I definitely had my fair share of baking in the sun in my teenage years. When my mom tried to tell me and my friends at the beach to put sunscreen on more than one time a day but never listened, I always got burnt. I’m hoping though, that everything I have done since starting esthetics school has somewhat reversed that, and now I can focus on preventing from now on.
Of course the routine I’m going to tell you and the products used are things I use daily or weekly, but I also do some lasers and such on myself at the MedSpa I work at when I feel needed. If you live in the north Georgia area, come see me! Inbox me for details.
WEEKLY | Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel $55.00
I’ve been doing some form of chemical peels on myself since the third semester of college. For the most part I do a 30% Glycolic peel which is mild but does exfoliate the top layer of dead skin and helps give a nice glow for a few days. I bought this Murad at-home peel about 6 months ago and like it pretty well. It’s not as intense as I’m use to, but for the non-esthetician doing it at home, I think it’s perfect. I’ll do a series of once per week for a month then take a break for 2-3 weeks. You could also do this once per month year round. It is neutralized simply by water. If you want an all natural option, mix up some brown sugar and olive oil, simple and moisturizing!
DAILY | Skincare + Makeup
I’ve been stuck on MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Powder [shade: Medium Plus] since last summer for my foundation instead of liquid. I don’t much care for the way liquid feels on my face. Crazy, I know coming from a professional makeup artist. Oh, well. So before any makeup goes on, every morning (and night) I apply my Tarte’s Eye Cream + Tatcha’s The Water Cream as my moisturizer. These are both relatively new to me, but so far I’ve been loving them. When I’m picking out an eye cream and moisturizer for my normal to dry skin, I always test it by seeing what it feels like the morning after I put it on when going to bed. If my skin feels like nothing was put there, then it’s not “thick” enough. I need something that almost leaves a film but without being heavy. Also before I put my foundation on, I use my NARS Creamy Concealer [shade: vanilla] under my eyes, and in my “highlight” areas using my beauty blender and the Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Mist to help soak into the skin flawlessly. To finish off a simple run to the grocery store with a baby look, I add some color to my cheeks using my new favorite Cheek Parade by Benefit Cosmetics and throw on some Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. After I’m totally done, I’ll spray my entire face a couple of mists of the Tatcha Mist for a fresh and dewy look. Luckily, with most of these brands and others I get 20-40% off by being a professional makeup artist. Anyone in the cosmetology/esthetician/nail tech industry’s can get discounts too, FYI!