It's time for another round of personal makeup questions. I picked questions that I haven't answered before (see my 2012 and 2014 versions) and stuff that won't appear later this week in a "Currently" post.
1. I'm looking for shopping inspiration since the Sephora VIB sale is coming. What's on your makeup wishlist?
The biggest item is Viseart Dark Mattes eye shadow palette, though I'm not sure I'm going to get it from Sephora. I might wait till the next time frends.com has a sale since the discount is deeper. Other than that, I want the Burberry primer, the new Lancome eyeliners, and I always have brushes on my wishlist.
2. What are the last products you finished? Did you repurchase any of them?
Bioderma micellar water, NARS Light Diffusing Powder (loose), and several travel-size mascaras. I restocked the first two, but have more mascara tubes (full size and samples) to last me for a long time, so no mascara shopping for now.
3. I'm still waiting for the promised makeup storage photos you promised eons ago.
I know. I just finished a major reorganizing of my dressing room, which included adding another Alex unit, labeling all drawers, reshuffling of just about everything, and coming up with a new system to organize incoming products. I still need more drawer dividers and organizers, but now I feel that there's something real to show. So, soon. I think.
4. What lights and mirrors do you have? Any particular recommendations?
I have a large mirror with track lights on the wall that work for general makeup checkups, and also two smaller makeup mirrors on the dresser. One regular and the other is the 8" Simplehuman sensor mirror. I find the sensor thing annoying, because it turns itself off too quickly (if I turn to grab something), but it's an amazing and scary tool. I don't love being magnified and lit to this level, but you can't argue with its efficiency, and the light is stronger and more effective than the old OTT mirror/light this one has replaced.
5. Which makeup colors do you refuse to wear?
Lavender and lilac. I'm not big on purple in general, but in its coolest and lightest form purple is especially awful on my skin. I don't own any lilac or lavender clothes, either.
6. How old are you?
Forty four, until next month. No idea how that happened.
7. Do you own any Too Faced palettes? Can you please review some Too Faced products?
Sorry, but no. I lost my interest in this brand nearly six years ago after this incident, and while I'm sure their PR team has changed ten times since then, I find that I can't be bothered. There's so much great stuff out there to waste time on anything that brings back a sour memory.
8. How long does it take you to get ready and do your makeup?
I get dressed very quickly, because I usually know what I'm going to wear ahead of time. My outfit tends to dictate most of my makeup (sometimes if I'm testing a particularly assertive makeup item it's the other way around, but in both cases clothes are pre-planned). Accessorizing may take a couple of minutes, but mostly it's the makeup that requires the longest. I need about twenty minutes to feel "done" without being rushed, and I spend most of it on skin and blending my eye shadows. I hate rushing because it guarantees stupid decisions and a wonky liner. I don't skip primer, no matter what, and go for cream shadows and blush if I'm really in a hurry.
9. Are you subscribed to Birchbox or other beauty boxes? Do you have any recommendations?
My only subscription is to the Mask Maven program on BeautequeMonthly.com. I signed in because I use so many sheet masks anyway, that it's a great deal for me and lets me discover new ones that I love (and buy more). Otherwise I prefer to pick everything myself, and I'm a bit too particular about stuff, so most subscription services are not for me.
10. I remember you wrote about getting glasses. Has doing so changed the way you apply or wear makeup?
Realizing that my sight is not what it used to be has made it very clear that I must use the magnifying mirror for everything. I also adjust the shape I create with eye shadow if I'm going to be wearing my glasses out, and elongate the outer corner a little further out. I can also get away with brighter colors that play well with my frames. There's a great tutorial by Lisa Eldridge about makeup for glasses, which is the best way to begin, but I think everyone needs to experiment and find what works and what doesn't.