Bare Make-Over

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my Bare Face Off post, that I had received a Bare Minerals Starter Kit for Christmas. In the interest of “doing things properly” I booked myself in for one of the complimentary “lessons” I’d been invited to take advantage of, courtesy of a cute postcard in the box.

I remember when I lived in London, a friend and I had stopped by the pop-up Bare Minerals counter which had appeared at Lakeside about nine years ago, and whilst she had been ooo-ing and aaahhh-ing as the make up girl transformed my skin with this amazing new product, I (normally a slap on the liquid kinda girl) couldn’t even tell I had anything on! “That’s the whole point!” Bells declared at me.

This time, though, in my quest to buy products which are going to help me look less as though I am in my teens, I was looking forward to the lesson, and the subsequent new morning routine.

“Would you like to go for full coverage, or barely there?” I was asked by the girl on counter (I’m over 40 – I can’t remember her name! Shocking!).

“Definitley full!” I replied.

She was very good as she talked me through the products, whilst wiping off the foundation mask I’d refused to leave the house without. Why do these make up counters have to be so out in the open?! She used the “Bare Minerals: Blemish Remedy range to cleanse and moisturise, before using the Primer she assured me was in my starter kit, before the application of the original powder.

“Do you have a mirror so I can watch what you’re doing?” I asked, “And would you mind if I took a photo of what you’ve used?”

As she found a hand-held mirror, I mentally ooo-ed and ahh-ed as Bells had done all those years ago, as she worked on one side of my face, “I’ll let you have a go on the other side so you can get the hang of it.” I’d probably looked like a wonky-faced doll by the end of it, so I’m glad I didn’t see anyone for the rest of the day!

“So you start with the originals as your has layer, and build it til you get the amount of coverage you want. Then we add the warmth.”

In Steph-language… A blusher/bronzer type thing, “Just use the brush to draw a number 3 from your forehead, over your cheeks, and under the jaw line.” This is where I put more on the side I was doing, and – you remember those old dolls that had bright red circular blobs on their cheeks…yeah that’s the look I was going for apparently!

“We can just blend it in, and it reduces the intensity of the colour.”


imageNext came something not in the box….. Stroke of Light Eye Brightner! Which I have to admit, was pretty good at hiding the evidence of too many sleepless nights! I shameless gave in to the soft sell and bought one before I left! I felt bad about ignoring her advice to buy the blemish remedy range!

“And then we finish with the Mineral Veil” Aahhhhh the mysterious mineral veil. “It’s to seal the base.” She explains. The website describes it as, “finishing powder, a see-through but spectacular finale for any kind of complexion. Minimising lines, absorbing oils, and softening your complexion, it gives you a flawless finish that’s too good to miss. And best of all, it’s utterly weightless. Just a bare veil of minerals that lock makeup in place and give your skin airbrushed perfection.” Fancy schmansy, hey!

As each layer was built up and applied, I genuinely could see a difference, but for a hardened liquid user, the finished result wasn’t what I was used to. I felt too naked! Too exposed! Where is my mask! I asked her if she could add some eye make-up, which she did, as well as explaining that really I should book in for another “lesson”. Based on the fact I’ve been doing my eyes for a while, I think I’ll risk leaving the lesson!

My skin actually felt softer and smoother after applying the Bare Minerals base, so I’ve decided, rather than finish the bottle of liquid I had been using, to jump right in and use it after the new skin care routine I’ve been trying… See how the two work together, and how my skin looks.

Here goes…!




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