I attended my first makeup event ever last week. It was a makeup party hosted by a fabulous makeup artist named Cynthia Ndona. She hosted the QT Makeup Ball and I had a wonderful night…mainly because there were makeup and food: two of my favorite things. During this fab event I got my makeup done with Motives Cosmetics, a brand that I discovered that day.
I was obviously happy to learn more about a brand I had never tried before but the fact that Motives offers customized mineral liquid foundation and blushes made the experience even more interesting. The makeup artist at the event, the fabulous Jenny, created a foundation for me based on the Motives Custom Blend foundations. They are designed to match skin tones perfectly and provide the coverage you need as well as adding bases, toners, enhancers, and modifiers to answer the skin problems you might have.
I got a sample of foundation at the event and honestly the color and coverage were just perfect.
Now, here’s a little something about mineral makeup. I had tried it a few years back with Bare Escentuals. I had ordered (after watching their almost mesmerizing infomercial) their mineral foundation because they said that “I could sleep in it”. That claim got to me for two reasons: I used to skip makeup removal almost every night and I didn’t want anyone to see me without make up. Friends, family, no one. I was willing to sleep in it to make sure no one did. So I bought a foundation without trying it and, of course, the color was absolutely wrong. That was my first and last experience with mineral makeup. But if you’ve never tried it or never heard of it, here’s the main difference between the mineral and the regular makeup
What makes mineral makeup different from traditional makeup isn’t the ingredients it contains, but what’s left out. That list, for many leading brands, includes preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. These are all possible causes of irritation, one reason many dermatologists recommend mineral makeup. “I’m very bullish on mineral makeup,” says New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD. “It’s much less likely to cause a reaction in women with sensitive skin. And because it doesn’t contain oil, it won’t aggravate acne-prone skin .” Read More on WebMD
The blend Jenny made for me was an absolute match but I would definitely have to add a mattifyer to my blend because I was shining like crazy after one hour.
You can create your own custom blend with a Motives representative that will test the different colors on your skin. If you’ve ever had a hard time finding the perfect shade for you, this might be the answer. Keep in mind though that the bottle of custom blend foundation goes for 50$, so it definitely is on the pricier side. Plus, as you see on this picture here, the bottle is tiny. Add to that $5 for each additional property such as moisturizing, sun protecting, mattifying or anti-aging and it makes it pretty expensive especially if you’re comparing it to MAC (where the huge bottle of Matchmaster goes for a little under 40$). But if you can’t find your color among the blends offered by MAC, Make Up Forever, Fashion Fair or Iman…it’s definitely worth splurging. It is available for purchase through certified Motives Consultants.
Stay tuned: since I am discovering this new brand I will probably have more things to tell you about it soon!
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