I Did My Mom’s Skincare & “Makeup” (No Foundation, No Concealer with Before & After Photos).

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After

So let me just start by saying I am not a professional MUA or anything. I myself don’t wear foundation but I adore skin enhancers. I love when people wear a fresh-faced looked. I have nothing against foundations at all, I just prefer a more natural look. I think that just enhancing the skin is such a gorgeous and liberated thing to do. Now, I understand that there are times when you just need a full-coverage foundation. But, I really just love seeing peoples skin vs looking at a thick layer of foundation.

Now, my mom is one of my best friends and anytime I get the chance to use skincare and makeup products on her, we both enjoy it! She was feeling very down about her skin lately so I offered to help her out before we went to go to lunch recently. I wanted to give her a youthful and dewy look. She typically wears foundation when she does her makeup so I think she was definitely a little apprehensive when I told her I wasn’t using foundation or concealer on her.

So, before we get into what I used on her skin… Let’s take a look at the ‘Before’ shot (FYI my mom gave full consent to post these photos of her… she actually encouraged me to do this post).

 

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Before.

As you can see my mom has issues with discoloration, pores, and fine lines (She will be 53 soon). So I really wanted to focus on evening out the skin tone, bringing a glow, and making her skin look more youthful. I personally think that heavy makeup can age anyone no matter their age or sex.

Let’s take a look at some of the products I used to achieve the youthful glow look I gave her:

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Brands used: Charlotte Tilbury, Lancome, Tatcha, Glossier, and Fresh.

So first off we used the Rose Sugar Scrub by Lancome ($25) to prep the skin. What I love about this product is that it is gentle but effective at quickly getting rid of the top layer of dry skin on your face. My mom really liked using this.

Next up I used Charlotte’s Magic Cream ($100) & Magic Eye Rescue Cream ($60) by Charlotte Tilbury on my moms skin. These are two of my absolute favorite products. They really give life to the complexion and prep the skin so well for enhancers/makeup.

I applied a bit of Wonderglow Face Primer ($55) by Charlotte Tilbury to the skin. This product just gives the skin a bit of a glow– it is really pretty!

I did use a tiny bit of Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint ($26) in the lightest shade to combat discoloration. I know there is dispute on whether or not this product has any coverage or not. But, immediately after applying this the discoloration on my moms skin was balanced.

For the next step I used Argan Daily Moisturizer Tinted SPF 47 Protect+ Perfect ($36) by Josie Maran. This is obviously one of my favorite products and I actually bought a bottle of this for my mom recently when Josie had a BOGO sale. What I love about it is that it really does even out the skin tone while providing you with SPF coverage. There is a tint that just really gets rid of redness and discoloration while still looking like your skin. This is great for normal/dry skin. I don’t recommend it for oily skin.

Once the SPF was applied and had time to skin in I applied Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 02 ($44) by Charlotte Tilbury. This is clearly one of my favorite products and my mom really liked it as well. It literally gives such a gorgeous glow to the skin. We applied this all over but really focused on the eye area. This is where I like to use it most. I also used it on her eyelids.

I applied a bit of The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment in the lightest shade ($48) by Tatcha to give a little extra brightness to my moms eye area. This is such a beautiful product, I love how it instantly brightens your under eye area up.

For eye makeup I used Lash Slick ($16) and Lidstar in ‘Slip’ ($18) . My mom loves Lash Slick , she is faithful to her old school Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara, though.

The last step I did was a little color to the lips and cheeks using Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in shade ‘Candy’ ($24) by Fresh. This si such a pretty pink color to bring some color to the skin. I applied it to the lips and cheeks because to give her a little bit of a pink flush.

My mom LOVED her look and said how she loved how it looked like healthy skin and not makeup. I told her that a dewy, fresh-faced look really gives a much more youthful look vs heavy makeup. I think she will let me do her skincare/makeup more often in the future. Like I said, I am not a professional at all. I just used my knowledge of what I’ve learned and what I know works for my skin to achieve a natural looking glow.

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SkInsecurities VOL. 8 @samantha.parsons

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I do not pretend to have perfect skin and often feel uncomfortable when I look at myself bare faced in the mirror. I have always had very dry and sensitive skin. If I do not moisturize at night I will wake up with flakes and if I pop a blemish (I know it is a skincare don’t, but I have a problem) I will scar. The skin on my face has always been so pale and thin that you can see my veins and just touching my face makes me bright red.

Acne did not become a thing for me until about three years ago when I noticed these clusters around my mouth, chin, and forehead. They had no color and if I was able to extract anything it would come right back. I found out it was Perioral Dermatitis around this time last year and felt so much relief in finally knowing why my skin was the way it was. Hormonal Acne has recently occurred and I am trying my hardest to treat it.

I have found that a double cleanse with nonabrasive products really keeps the PD and Hormonal acne at bay. The Marie Veronique Replenishing is my first cleanse that really removes impurities from the skin while hydrating it. My second cleanse varies and I have not really found one yet that does everything I want it to do, but tht means I get to try amazing products!

I love a good serum and the Odacite ones are always on rotation. They have so many to choose from to help with different skin concerns like acne, elasticity loss etc. I really want to try the May Lindstrom or Renee Rouleau! Facemasks are one of those things I reserve for special occasions, I think if you find one you like then you should use it when you really need to relax. Overall though, it is about consistency and learning to be comfortable in your skin. I have my bad days just like everyone else but am trying to be more kind to myself.

Be sure to follow Samantha on Instagram HERE! 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.

SkInsecurities VOL. 7 @devsday

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Devan 100% makeup-free.

I grew up with cystic acne, so I have had a lot of (sk)insecurities, which started around middle school. I have combo, acne-prone skin with large pores— I am also prone to congestion. But more recently, I’ve been getting prominent lines on my forehead (here’s to turning 30!). That’s right, I’m in my early 30’s. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s, when I discovered the beauty community on Instagram and YouTube, and met my now husband, that I became dedicated to really figuring out my skin. I wasn’t having a lot of success with my dermatologist and realized that I could (somewhat) take my skin into my own hands.

All through college, and even a few years after, my derm put me on countless topical medications, that dried the crap out of my skin, and countless oral antibiotics, where my acne would return as soon as I stopped taking them. No one had told me how important cleansing was, how important moisturizing was. I was doing one gentle cleanser, not removing all of my heavy makeup, and not using any type of moisturizer. A light went off when I went to Sephora and asked why my foundation was disappearing midday— the Sephora employee told me that my skin was so dehydrated it was sucking all the water out of my foundation. A light-bulb clicked for me— all of the makeup I was using to cover my skin, would look a hell of a lot better if I actually had a skincare routine that fixed the origin of my issue: wearing makeup to cover up my problem skin.

I went into a YouTube/Instagram rabbit hole and learned everything I could about skin. K-beauty was what really caught my eye, and it was all about hydration (which I knew I needed). I then read up about Biologique Recherche P50, an acid toner, that was all the rage with celebs. So, I ordered a few things. Through hydrating layers, retinol, and an acid toner, I really got things under control. This was all in combo with finding a new dermatologist, who put me on Spironolactone— a life changing drug that has changed my skin and my life by preventing those hormonal cysts. I was at the point where things were finally calm, and I wanted to get rid of the pesky pigmentation left behind by acne. I learned that in combo with acids, and retinol, I could add vitamin c to help fade these marks. I picked up Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma and six months later, my skin was in the best shape it’s ever been. For the first time I felt like I could go outside my apartment without makeup and feel confident. My goal was to feel fantastic at my wedding, and I did. My recommendation is to learn your skin and trust your gut— knowledge is power. I was able to learn a lot about my own skin through trial and error, but also knew my current dermatologist wasn’t helping me and found someone who clicked and understood my struggle. There is no shame in asking for help. In addition, this whole process took almost two years of consistent work. Be patient, and consistent and the results will follow, and ask for help! Reading blogger’s struggles helped me through some of the dark and frustrating times. We are here for you and to help you.

Be sure to follow Devan on Instagram HERE! 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.

SkInsecurities Vol. 6 @hellojewlie

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For me, my biggest skin insecurity is simply that I’m getting older! I’m really lucky in that my skin isn’t prone to breakouts or blackheads and the texture stays pretty smooth, but ever since I turned 27 (I’m currently 29) I started noticing fine lines and a few things were more…droopy. Haha! That was around the time I really kicked my skincare routine into high gear.

I would say I’m most insecure about my under eye area in general: dark circles, fine lines, puffiness…they’re just not what they used to be, and without any makeup, I look pretty tired. I feel like it’s the one part of my face that shows my true age. I wear eye cream day and night- I’m still trying to find my “dream” eye cream, but I like the Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Eye Cream and the Drunk Elephant C-Tango. If anyone has any miracle eye creams, slide in my DMs. If I want to look more awake and cover up some of my fine lines, I always reach for the Maybelline Age Instant Age Rewind concealer- I get it in the lightest shade so it brightens the area as well.

I also try to do Drunk Elephant Baby Facial once every week or so, and have been for about a year and a half. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the visibility of my fine lines, especially my 11s (another huge insecurity of mine) when I use Baby Facial regularly. I’m not trying to prevent the signs of aging, I’m just trying to age gracefully!

Be sure to follow Jewlie on Instagram HERE! 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.

SkInsecurities Vol. 5 @Skinjolie

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Skin insecurities; oh gosh, where do I even begin? After years of never washing my face in my youth (I used to think swiping my face with one of those super drying makeup removing cleansing wipes was all I needed to do), my skin has A LOT of issues that I’m currently working to correct.

I have enlarged pores, oiliness, and hormonal acne that all plague my face every single day, which can make it really difficult to feel comfortable going out with a bare face. One thing I constantly have to remind myself is that I am my own harshest critic and that these tiny imperfections do not make me lesser than anyone else. While these concerns may only appear skin deep, they sure do wreak havoc on your self-esteem. It’s taken me a long time to accept that I will never have that glassy, doll like skin that others are blessed with due to my acne being hormonal.

However, I feel like I’ve come a long way since high school by implementing a structured skincare routine that I actually stick to. Not only has my skincare journey taught me so much about products and what works with my own skin type, its also made me feel beautiful in my own skin.

Now, I am so much more comfortable leaving my house without feeling like I need to add several coats of full coverage foundation to my face, and I also have to give the Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Cream an extra shout out for that. Not only does it have SPF, but it also smooths my pores and color corrects all of my redness from breakouts and acne scars, giving me a radiant and even complexion without any cakiness. It definitely gives me that “my skin but better” look.

Be sure to follow Kristen on Instagram HERE! 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.

SkInsecurities Vol. 4 feat. @seangarrette

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Growing up, I never had any real issues or insecurities with my skin. I was always complimented on how clear and smooth my skin was. It wasn’t until I turned 21 that my skin started to have issues. At that time I went through a huge lifestyle change. I lost about 150 pounds, my diet changed significantly and I was exercising a lot more. Along with those lifestyle changes my skin changed as well — for the worst.

My skin went through some sort of purging, and I was having breakouts like crazy. Mostly on my forehead and really painful papules on my cheeks. This experience led to my obsession with skincare. I was incessant on finding a solution to curing my acne. After many fails, I discovered La Roche-Posay’s 3-step acne kit. The star product was the Effaclar Duo. It contains micronized benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. After about three/four months my acne had cleared up significantly. The acne had cleared but what the acne left behind was hyper-pigmentation and acne scarring. I then discovered chemical exfoliation and acid toners. These dramatically changed the look and feel of my skin. There are a few that I love including: Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid, First Aid Beauty & Nip + Fab exfoliating pads, The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid solution and, plenty more (I’ve tried a lot lol).

My journey of treating my own skin has led me to become a Licensed Esthetician. Now, I can help others with their skin issues and insecurities. I still deal with some hyper-pigmentation but, the key to maintaining my skin is having a consistent skincare routine. Cleansing is one of the most important steps. I love the Youth To The People’s Age Prevention cleanser. It breaks down the dirt and oil that collected throughout the day. Thayers Rose & Witch Hazel toner is one of my favorite non acid toners. Serums are another important part of my skincare. I can’t live without some type of hyaluronic acid in my life. And lastly, sunscreen and vitamin C. sun protection and antioxidants help protects your skin from harmful and cancer causing sun rays and, prevents pre maturing aging, hyper pigmentation and the loss of elasticity and collagen.

 

Be sure to follow Sean on Instagram HERE & you can email him at seangarretteskin@Gmail.com for a skin consult. 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.

SkInsecurities Vol. 3 @actually.skin

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My biggest (sk)insecurity has to be the acne scars on my nose. It’s there, it’s flesh toned now since I had cystic acne there from middle school till college. I was so ashamed of myself that I begged my parents to not let me to go school (Asian parents are really tough about education). While I had them, it was red, pulsing, and usually had several whiteheads on top of them. Not only was it smack in the middle of my face, I also didn’t grow into my nose yet (my first was in middle school) so I was insecure about my big nose and I have a giant pimple to emphasize it. Just the cherry on top, right? 

Fast forward a couple of years, I’ve accumulated quite a couple of these cysts but always on my nose. Back then, (this was about 8-10 years back), no one talked about skincare and YouTube was still in its early ages. I thought my only resort was to go to the dermatologist to get painful cortisone shots in my nose. It still left a scar but at least it was gone, right? My nose was a bumpy terrain and my self-esteem was non-existent. It was hard, especially since I was in such a vulnerable time of my life. Around my junior or senior year in college, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and came across Claire Marshall’s channel (Hey Claire). She struggled with acne as well and mentioned the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. By then, I’ve tried about every acne product in the drugstore so I thought, why not? 

It changed my life. My cysts were quickly coming to a head and coming down. I was still getting these fleshy scars but smaller ones because I was catching them before they grew. It’s been a couple years now and I still get them occasionally. I still have the scars from middle school, now small hills rather than dunes. What really helped me with this was changing my diet. The core of it all was dairy. I’ve noticed when I consumed more, I was getting more spots. More insecure. While I was consuming less (mainly ice cream during the summer), I was getting smaller and less cysts, and minor whiteheads. Now as I’ve learned more about skincare, I’ve discovered what my skin needs rather than what television and advertising is telling me it needs. 

My main points if you’re suffering from cystic acne are:
– Find out the cause of it. Is it diet? Hormones? Can you help it, if not, what steps can you take?
– Acne is temporary. It’s hard to step back when we’re so focused on that one spot on our face.
– Hydrate your skin! No matter what skin type you have, make sure it’s hydrated and strong to prevent infection.
– Lastly, if you ever need any advice, chat with a skincare blogger/influencer. Chances are, we suffered from skin problems too and we’re more than happy to help you be your best self.

Be sure to follow Sally on Instagram HERE! 

Note from Matt: My idea behind this series was to show readers that bloggers have (or had) real issues with their skin just like everyone else. If just one reader out there can find someone to relate to and get some helpful advice from then I feel like the mission has been accomplished. Remember that nobody is perfect and we all have struggles with our skin. The illusion of perfect skin on social media and in magazines is not always a reality. Remember that. And remember: YOU are beautiful and your personal skin struggle is important, but it does not define you.