Monday, February 6, 2012

Operation Gameday Makeup

I had a mission: come up with great derby gameday makeup that would be so water- and smudge-proof that I could do it once before the game and never think of it again. The first recon session for this mission was accomplished at the Polar Plunge, but I just did the eye makeup that day. After a 5K and the plunge itself, my eye makeup looked the same as it did when I put it on. That part was a success.

The Royals Pains had a fundraiser at the Czar Bar on Saturday, so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to test out the whole look. Here are some crappy camera phone pics from beforehand.



Here's the end of the night (sort of). And also our new helmet panties.


I'm calling the makeup test run a success! Sadly, it does take a lot of product to make this happen. This is also where I confess that I'm a terrible makeup snob. The good thing about fancypants makeup is that you can usually test it out in the store to make sure the color is good. Then if you don't like it, you can take it back. Woot!




My skin is not fantastic, and I'm not even that great at faking it. This routine seems to work pretty well for photos.

Face Primer: I have Smashbox Photo Finish and like it.

Foundation: The primer is going to hold this on, so whatever liquid you have and like that matches your skin us fine. I used Korres. It's pretty light, so I put it on kind of heavy and then touched up with concealer. I don't like to use powder foundation if photos are going to be taken because it looks, well, powdery in photos.

Blush: In a game, I'm guessing we'll all be naturally flushed. For an event, less so—especially if it's going to show through somewhat heavy foundation. I like Korres. Any blush should be fine.

Rub a little primer all over clean skin. Apply foundation a little heavy. Touch up with concealer. Finish with blush after foundation is dry.




Eye Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight is what I used and my favorite so far. If you purchase something for your workout makeup, get an eye primer if nothing else.

Eye Shadow: The primer will hold it on, so you can use whatever you have and like. If you have the money and are buying something for games, MAC and Urban Decay are super-pigmented. I actually used Bare Escentuals in Queen Phyllis for an almost-white based to get a sort of pinup look. It's pricey, but good for everyday wear as well. I also got a loose-powder copper by NYX for like $2 a while back on a whim and have used it a ton, including on the outside of my eyes for this look. So there are certainly good cheap products out there. I just don't know what they are.

Waterproof Mascara: For this, I used to Tarte's lights, camera, splashes! Just make sure yours is black and waterproof. Use two coats. My eyes look dumb with mascara on the bottom, but that's just me.

Pencil Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 in Black is waterproof and amazing. You'll need eye makeup remover to get it off at the end of the night.

Liquid Eyeliner: I have Mary Kay and it's fine, but anything black should do as far as I know.

Do eye primer first. Then line top and bottom lids with pencil eyeliner. Then do eye shadows. Then go back over the liner on the top with liquid eyeliner, and touch up the bottom if necessary. I never have trouble with this smudging, running or creasing.




Lipstick: I really like MAC Viva Glam I. Their Russian Red supposedly works on everyone, but I like this better. Red is hard to match to each individual, in my opinion, so I definitely like to go somewhere that will let me try it on. Otherwise I always hate what I buy.

Lipgloss: Gloss makes lipstick wear off faster, so I won't wear it for games. For the event on Saturday, I used MAC LipGlass in a pretty discontinued red on top of the lipstick for a nice little shine.

Lipliner: I used a Rimmel red just to provide better definition and keep the lipstick from feathering.


Line lips with lipliner. Apply just enough lipstick to cover evenly. (Extra will just end up on your teeth.) Finish with a little lipgloss if you're going somewhere that you'll be able to touch up frequently.


These are all just my favorite products and some tips that I've learned over the last couple years. I'm certainly not a professional, and it's up to you to judge whether you like my final result to decide if you'd even want to take my advice. Happy skating!

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