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So, I think I mentioned last week that I was experimenting with contouring.  Which could be an 80s-style disaster but I have learned over the years to blend, blend, blend!  I was unsure, even though I tried doing my makeup out on the balcony where there’s plenty of sunlight (though it’s a lil hot out there) just to be sure I wasn’t going all glamazon, but the proof came when I went to a meeting Tuesday night and a male friend came up and said “You look stunning tonight.  You’re actually glowing.  Can I ask, are you…  (with child)?”  He had the tact not to say it but basically, he was telling me that I look glowing and pregnant at 42!  My husband and I had a good laugh out of that (I have 3 stepchildren and 5 step-grandchildren so I’m pretty full up on the kid front) but I figured I must have some idea what I am doing!  So here are just a few quick pointers I picked up (check YouTube, it’s really the best place for step by step beauty videos), but I’m sharing some of my basics.

I don’t actually use this myself but my girlfriend swears by Sunday Riley products, in particular her Face Oil, and man, can I tell the difference in her skin.  I think the key to good face makeup is to make sure the skin is cared for and prepped first.  So face oil, moisturizer (I’m including a couple good ones below, a heavy-duty eye cream by Charlotte Tilbury (can’t go wrong) and then a basic Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, can’t go wrong with Laura Mercier).  For me, I then use the Bare Minerals power, I use the medium tan matte because skin can get really shiny down here and matte works best for me.  And finally, I topped it all off with the e.l.f. contouring kit ($6 baby!).  I just followed a tutorial, using the two darker shades mixed together to make a “3” shape from hairline to chin, and then I think the key is the white highlighter powder in the kit, I ran some down the bridge of my nose, under my eyebrows, on my cheekbones and then a tiny dot on my cupid’s bow.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes and well, if you want to look like you’re with child, bada bing, bada boom!  Result?  A sheer, post-post-post-coital glow!

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