Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and – of course – we have a great time catching up and reminiscing! Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became “of age” to wear it. Now that we are in our 30s, I thought it was a great time to learn more about skincare (ugh, the dreaded lines and wrinkles) and how to apply make up that works for us now.
I instantly thought of my friend, Claire Sloss, who works for Laura Mercier at Nordstrom in the King of Prussia Mall. They offer a Master Makeup Class, free of charge. There is a maximum of 15 people – we found that 12 was a great number, as there are Laura Mercier artists working with a couple of girls at one time to see what best works for them. Claire just requires a few weeks to plan the logistics – and offered with the class are refreshments and the products that you would like to purchase. The class is done in a private room so you can spread out, ask a lot of questions and have fun!
We had a fabulous time! Luis Soto was our lead artist that evening, and he selected me to be his model! I admit, I was awe-struck because he has worked with many celebrities including Cher, Cindy Lauper, and N’Sync! “What, you touched Justin Timberlake’s face?!?” Yeah, the 15-year-old in me came out!!!
We each prepped our faces with cleanser and moisturizer. I used One Step Cleanser, which was gentle enough to use with a cotton ball and then another cotton ball that was wet with water. I moisturized with Repair Oil Free Lotion SPF 15, and dabbed around my eyes with the Repair Serum. And if those steps didn’t make me feel awesome already, I was spritzed with the Perfecting Water to help make the moisturizers and primer bond to my skin (I’ve always wanted to be one of those women who mist their face after a flight and leave a plane with a glow – this stuff will help accomplish that!)
Then I sat in Luis’s chair and he got to work. He started with the LM’s award-winning primer, and selected the Radiance Primer for me. I have been using this product for years! It really helps make up stay in place. I often have evening meetings and events that I need to attend directly from work. I find that when I use it, I barely need to freshen up my face – if anything I will use a little powder on my T-Zone and may darken my eyes. After the primer came the Tinted Moisturizer in Nude, and then 2 types of concealer: Secret Concealer for under my eyes – thanks to genetics I have dark eye circles and Secret Camouflage to even out any redness or blemishes. Then he set it all with Loose Setting Powder in Translucent. So then his “canvas” was born!
I really liked that Luis did my make up in a way that was easy to remember how to apply it, but also that I could incorporate into my already busy morning routine. He started by applying Eye Basics in Wheat to my entire eye lid and below my brown – this acted as a primer as well for my oily eyelids. Then he blended a Caviar Stick Eye Color in Cocoa from my lash line and up onto my eyelid, which gave a nice look of eyeliner and shadow. On top of that, Luis blended in Sateen Eye Color in Kir Royal. I always love the way purples and plums look on it. Then he finished by lining my lashes under my eyelashes with Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Black Ebony. This added a great dramatic look – which would be excellent for the evening. During the day, I line my lashes with an Eye Pencil in Stone Gray. My eyebrows were lightly shaded with an Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde and Full Blown Volume Mascara for my lashes.
My cheeks were blushed with Mocha Spice Illuminating Powder and were finished with Radiance Baked Body Bronzer. My lips were left more natural by applying Lip Glace in Bellini.
Throughout the class, Luis would make up about half of my face to show the dramatic differences and would add in some fun anecdotes and things to remember when you are selecting colors for yourself like, “Look at the color on different areas of your skin like your face, chest and hands, and look at it in different lights.” And, “Make sure you feather on your concealers so it doesn’t look cakey, and BLEND in your powders.”…you know, all things that you know about but may need a little reminder. No one wants to be the girl whose ears look pale when she tucks her hair, while the rest of her face is beautifully bronzed! I would have never thought to put bronzer on my ears!!!!
So some of these products I already had in my makeup case – which helped for my budget. But since taking this class, I just don’t feel as put together if I don’t follow these simple steps before going to work in the morning:
- Moisturize skin and under eyes after cleansing
- Apply primer
- Apply Secret Concealer under my eyes
- Feather on Secret Camouflage on red spots – work into skin with finger tips or sponge
- Apply blush on apples of cheeks and bronzer under hairline, under check bones and jawline (the 3 method)
- Apply translucent powder to seal
- Fill in eyebrows with pencil (I cannot live without an eyebrow pencil now, what a difference)
- Apply Eye Basics to entire eyelid and line lashes with eye pencil
- Apply mascara
I know that it sounds like a lot of work! At first it took some getting used to, but now that I’ve been practicing for about a month, it only takes me half the amount of time as it used to. And in the end, regardless of the cost associated with beauty products, if you feel even just a little bit more confident, then it’s worth it!