I have a million excuses running through my mind. When I took this picture I had a headache, my allergies were bothering me, I was tired, but nope this is really what I look like when I wake up. Although straight up close shots like this are pretty tough to look good in no matter what right? So let's see the difference a little makeup and doing my hair makes.
Again there are no re-touches here, this is all me, well except now I have the power of hair and makeup on my side. This is what I look like every day before I leave the house and let anyone see me. Not to shabby if I do say so myself! I wear a Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer ( I use to use Laura Mercier, but this stuff seems exactly the same to me and I save $30!), then I put on a loose mineral powder, no preference, whatever I have really. I currently have Ulta brand and Bare Minerals brand. The Bare Minerals lasts longer, but the mica in it irritates my skin. I mix Nars Laguna Beach bronzer with Nars Orgasm blush and apply them together. I use a light brown neutral eyeshadow very lightly - again no preference to the brand, I mostly use bare minerals because that is what I have, and then I use my Dior Show Mascara, which I swear by. Sometimes I swatch some eyeliner on if I am in the mood or going out at night. I use Styli Style 24 hour. That stuff all day! On my lips I love Bobbi Brown's tinted lip balm in raspberry, Fresh sugar rose lip tint or Victoria's Secret Voluminous lip plumper. I swear by any of the three of those for long lasting light lip color and preventing chapped lips. I tend to buy one and when I run out then I just buy whichever one I want next. Very rarely will I have all three of these at once. I wait until I run out before buying the next one. If they didn't cost $18 - 22 each, maybe I would have all three at the same time. I am currently out of all three - hence the nude lips here. I just used some bath & body works lip gloss I had lying around and can I just say that stuff sucks! I need my lip balm!!! I am going for the Bobbi Brown Raspberry this time. Out of the three that is my favorite one. Anyway blah blah blah, who cares right? I guess I am just in a babbling kind of mood. Distracting you from going back to look at the first picture again. HA!
So anyway there you have it: Me - Before & After. Your turn!