One trick, when you're terribly unphotogenic, is to always purposely look stupid in pictures. I'm not saying I'm the butt-ugliest person to ever walk the planet, but boy does it take a lot of tries to get a decent picture of me.
Anyway, this post is about Bare Escentuals' bareMinerals makeup. You are all familiar with the lame yet intriguing infomercials. You know, swirl, tap and buff your way to beautiful skin?
Well, I finally decided to try it. And OH MY GOD! It really works great. First of all, if it seems hard at first, it only takes a couple of days before you're a pro.
You can get the starter kit for $60 (I bought mine locally instead of from TV. This saves time and you aren't enrolled in the automatic shipment "club") and you get two foundations (which you may prefer to mix for the perfect color) mineral veil - which is an illuminating finishing powder and "warmth," which is just a tricky word for bronzer, despite what they say. I haven't mastered "warmth" yet and tend to look a little streaky-brown when I use it.
The kit comes with three brushes: the kabuki brush for those with horrific skin who need to plaster on a good three inches of makeup, the regular brush for the rest of us, and the concealer brush. See, instead of a separate concealer, bareMinerals has you use the foundation with a special smaller brush. I don't like this, so I still use my Clinique airbrush concealer. I find using the bareMinerals as concealer leaves obvious spots, which is exactly not what you're going for.
The other great thing is that it's made completely from natural stuff, and even if you don't wash it off before bed, THAT'S OK!!! I tend to have lazy periods where I can't be bothered for days and weeks to wash my makeup off before bed. I realize this makes me a disgusting pig, but my point is that I start to break out and have icky skin, which then makes me stop being a nasty pig for a while. With bareMinerals, I never have to wash again! Oh yeah, and by the end of the day, when my forehead is usually as greasy as a double pepperoni pizza, with bareMinerals it's still as though I just applied my makeup.
ADDED 8/22/07: By the way, my skin has completely cleared up since using the product. I don't understand it, but it's okey-dokey with me!
Consider this my stamp of approval! Go forth and start swirling, tapping and buffing!