Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”. Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.
Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip! (Think Hints from Heloise!!)
Makeup for your Face
We’ve all been applying makeup for a long time, I bet. Yet we tend to keep the habits that were formed as young adults–when we “learned” how to apply it. I suggest that it’s not a bad idea to revisit the makeup counter at least every ten years to see what new and improved products are out there. This is also smart since coloring and skin tone may have changed along the way (those of us dealing with menopause know this all too well!). I did my same extensive research (giggle) for these products as I did for the eye make up products in last Monday’s post (here).
Foundation Primer: What I did: I used the primer under my foundation on the right side only. End Results: I sincerely couldn’t tell a difference.
There are quite a few of these primers everywhere and if you read any magazines, it is something touted all the time (and, of course, I’ve been using it for years). Therefore the end result was surprising to me. One of my friends who used to sell makeup thinks I’m crazy and of course you should be able to tell a difference–hey, we’re all different so who knows? Maybe, it’s because I use a brush for putting on my foundation?
This is the brand I’ve been applying under the same brand foundation (I also switched to a different brand foundation for half of the study). This primer is not inexpensive (here). (Of course if you sign up for their emails, there is an occasional deal to be had.)
Word to the wise: Before you apply either primer or just foundation, apply your moisturizer!
If you are going to use a primer, there is the consideration of the composition of primer vs. foundation. There are water based, silicone based and oil based versions (rare) so if one doesn’t work well for you, try the others! And it’s usually better to match the kind of primer with your kind of foundation (not brand but type)! See article here
Eyebrows: Whatever your age, it’s a good thing to have eyebrows. As we get older, these are some of the hairs that tend to disappear along with the leg & arm hairs. So fill them in. Even if you have them and they are light grey, add a little color so they can be seen. This really helps to define your face.
I did not do any experimenting with this portion since I actually get my brows tinted. In between those times, I’ll just add some brown eye shadow. I’ve also been know to use eyebrow tint (below) that is like a mascara for your brows.
Available at Ulta (here)
Highlighting: This is a great step to make you look like you are living in the twenty-first century. Adding bronzers, darker foundation & highlighter in certain areas of the face is all the rage & gives our faces some dimension.
I did no experimenting with this step as I feel this is a must do!
There are even “kits” like this that explain how to apply it. (here)
Blush: I’ve read over & over that us older women should use cream blush instead of powder. What I did: I used a cream blush on the right side of my face and a powder blush on the left. End Result: No noticeable difference.
Maybe as I accumulate more wrinkles the difference could be more evident?
What I used (here) although I got mine at Walgreens.
Thanks for reading! For this week’s blog I’ll be personalizing the color Purple. Next Monday’s Amuse Bouche will complete the makeup theme about the lips. If you missed last week’s Eye Makeup post, see it (here).