I’ve got a lot of respect for Little Richard. I mean, he’s a musical legend. He was fey and fierce back in the Fifties. One of his earliest bands featured James Brown, Billy Preston, and Jimi Hendrix. (That would be an awesome combo to see live! Iâ€™d love footage of their recording sessions, just to see James Brown, Little Richard, and Mr. Jimi trying to out-preen each other). As much as I love his music, I have never been a fan of his makeup. It’s a generational thing, I think. My mom and those of her era are big believers in the pancake. There’s this dangerous tendency to overdo with foundation. I personally have never been able to stand the stuff. Itâ€™s gloppy, hard to apply, and in climates that are hot and humid (like Miami, where you start sweating the minute you leave the house), it always looks terrible on me. I inevitably break out after I put it on. I could continue, but you get the idea. I hate foundation. And for every person who knows how to use it to enhance their beauty, there are several others who obviously donâ€™t.
She looks like she rubbed ash on her face. My problem is, Iâ€™ve always had the kind of skin that needs a good cover-up. Itâ€™s not like I need Proactiv, but I do get occasional breakouts and having the particular shade of brown skin that I do, that means dark spots. Iâ€™ve never had much luck covering them up. I started using the Iman foundation stick on my problem areas, over whatever moisturizer I was wearing that day, but then when I went outside, my face would take on that Big Mommaâ€™s House melting-in-the-sun look. Not pretty. My salvation has been mineral powder. Iâ€™ve been reading the reviews over at MakeupAlley.com and I realize that mineral powder certainly isnâ€™t for everyone. If you use too much, you can wind up looking like youâ€™re wearing bad kabuki makeup. The important thing is to try a few different varieties before you settle.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers:~ I thought the packaging was so cute in the store. Then I brought it home, tried to apply it, and realized what BS it was. First I managed to crack the container while trying to follow the instructions (shake the brush for the powder to appear), then I couldnâ€™t get enough powder on the brush, and the damn stuff didnâ€™t cover anything up for me at all. Sad, because Iâ€™ve had a lot of success with most of Neutrogenaâ€™s products in the past. I won’t give up on us yet, Neutrogena.
I was ready to abandon mineral powder for a while, then I discovered Lâ€™Oreal Bare Naturale Mineral Foundation. Thank you, L’Oreal. You make my face look smooth and near-flawless, and somehow manages to minimize the appearance of my large pores. Itâ€™s a near miracle, given this infernal weather. When I’m wearing this in the blazing sun, my sweat appears as little beads on my nose that wipe away without ruining my refined look. My advice is to apply your moisturizer first, let it sink in for about seven minutes, then apply. Make sure your face is well lit when youâ€™re putting it on; you want to make sure youâ€™re not overdoing it. Not only does this stuff protect you from the sun (SPF 19), itâ€™s also helped me to keep my oily/combination skin clear and pretty. I only have to do a light touch-up with an oil absorbing sheet in the late afternoon, and itâ€™s August! All this and more for around $15. I really canâ€™t recommend it enough.