Before last year, I was convinced that I would more than likely never wear makeup unless there was some sort of special occasion. Even then, my selection was limited to eyeshadow, lip color and maybe a little blush. I tried foundation in the past and it never came out right unless it was applied professionally by a makeup artist.
More importantly, I never seemed to need makeup before becoming a mother. It's something about parenthood that changed not only the texture of my skin, but the quality as well. I've always had youthful, blemish free skin that was for the most part, even toned. Enter Go-2-baby, exit my baby soft brag-gable skin. If you can tell from the photo below, my skin has quite a few blemishes and uneven spots. If you cant tell, you can give credit to my Samsung Galaxy S4 for hiding my blemishes.
Being that I work in corporate PR, in a world where everyone is made up for meetings, dinners and events, not-so-good skin just will not cut it. I was forced to learn how to apply my own makeup, which ended up not being as hard as I once thought it would be. I must thank the beauty counter at Macy's in D.C. for showing me how to successfully apply my makeup. Since then of course, I've only vowed to stick to that one brand that shall remain nameless for the sake of this post.
Recently, I was offered an opportunity to try Loreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup, a bare skin perfecting makeup that transforms from liquid into powder. I must admit, the product didn't live up to my expectations at first. I was expecting unrealistic results that would blow me away and have me looking like I was ready to rip the runway.
Instead, I stood in the mirror and stared at my practically bare skin. Yes, all of my blemishes were hidden and my skin looked and felt smooth. But that's not what I was hoping to get out of this product at first. After trying it again, and taking more photos of myself, I can clearly see the value in Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup. It also didn't help that the first time I didn't exactly follow the directions. I used a sponge in an attempt to apply the makeup across my entire face. I must also say that the "Classic Tan" is slightly lighter than my skin color, that may also have an affect on the results.
I guess us parents tell our children to follow directions, but I failed to read the back of the bottle which clearly reads, "Not recommended for use with a sponge or brush." I can't, or won't say that I'm necessarily going to switch my brand of choice for makeup, but I will recommend that anyone who is looking for light coverage--and doesn't have extremely dry skin-- to try this product out. It will truly have you looking and feeling as if your skin is completely nude, while offering enough coverage to get the job done. It's also a good product for moms on the go, like myself, who don't have the time to apply a full coat of makeup everyday. The process took me all of 3 minutes to wash my face, dry off and apply. The process was completely painless.
DISCLAIMER: I received Loreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup based on membership with SheSpeaks. I was provided with an opportunity review the product, however my opinions are my own. I was not compensate by the brand or the organization.
About L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup:
This revolutionary liquid-powder formula glides on and transforms on contact to a fresh, powder-like finish for a look that’s flawless,yet undetectable. The lightweight foundation with SPF 18 will make you feel like you aren’t wearing makeup at all!
To apply: Shake well. For best results, pour just a few drops onto fingers and apply directly onto skin. Not recommended for use with a sponge or brush.
L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude retails for approximately $12.95 for 1 fl oz. It is available in 12 shades and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.