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Makeup that survives the barn, looks nice after 14 hours of wear, and doesn't take HOURS to apply?

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  • Makeup that survives the barn, looks nice after 14 hours of wear, and doesn't take HOURS to apply?

    I have found lately that I really should wear some makeup to work and then the barn - I am looking rather "frumpy" and I look _far_ better with makeup on than without. Now, when I do my makeup - it's a full face, and it's /not/ something that would survive the barn. I'm talking about foundation, contour (cream), powder, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. It's usually lovely and tasteful, but it takes me nearly an hour to apply and I just don't have the time at present. Most of the women at my workplace wear light but tasteful makeup, and I'm beginning to feel that I stand out in a negative way despite lovely outfits because I'm not "blending in" (and yes, I know it shouldn't matter.... but when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I'm from a different background than most of them, and have little in common with them at a personal level (although they all seem to be perfectly nice people!) so blending seems to be important).

    In short - I'm looking for an intermediate look that will survive work (7-3) and the barn (4-7:30) and still be presentable when I finally make it to the grocery store or out to dinner at 8:30 with my boyfriend (having my makeup sliding down my face isn't the appearance I'd like to present to the world either...).

    Mascara and eyeliner are relatively easy, and I'm happy to wear lipstains.
    However, what I find most helpful appearance-wise (and that I'm at a loss to replicate in a way that doesn't melt at the barn) is foundation/concealer/contour/blush. I also simply don't have the time to apply all of that every day in the morning.

    What do you find is quick, easy, flattering, and survives long wear including barn time for foundations, powders, and concealers? I always use a fixing spray.

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    Mineral powder.
    But I dont wear much anyway. I just brush on mineral powder in the mornings and it lives as long as it lives.
    However you are recieveing advice from someone who managed to spray themselves in the face with crib stop spray yesterday and nearly rubbed my eyes out, so you know know, prob dont listen to me.

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    • #3
      I don't think it exists, frankly.

      I suggest doing your usual a.m. make up routine, then after you leave the barn, wipe off your face and just use some powdered bronzer and re-apply your eyeliner/ mascara.

      There is nothing on this earth that's going to endure all you're expecting it to. Sure, if it was a 14 hour day of just office work and dinner out. But actually grooming/ riding/ bathing after? And still look presentable for a date after ward? no way.

      Go to Sephora and ask for a make over with their most durable products. I've found that service to be quite handy.

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      • #4
        I can't even get my makeup to stay put for a full work day, let alone anything else. All I wear is a little foundation/ CC cream with sunscreen in it. A little primer and setting spray helps it last longer, but even then I don't get more than 5 hours out of it, and I've tried everything from drug store brands to prestige brands.

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        • #5
          It takes an hour to do your makeup? I am trying to imagine the longest ever makeup tutorial I have seen on youtube and none have been longer than 20 mins. I can't imagine taking much longer than that with liquid eyeliner and false lashes for a night out... time to speed up!

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            Originally posted by Xanthoria View Post
            It takes an hour to do your makeup? I am trying to imagine the longest ever makeup tutorial I have seen on youtube and none have been longer than 20 mins. I can't imagine taking much longer than that with liquid eyeliner and false lashes for a night out... time to speed up!
            I'm really, really meticulous about it. If I'm not I end up with eyeliner on my forehead and lipstick on my nose. I'm good at it, but quick I am certainly not. In fact, I think I would win the slow-poke award out of 100 randomly selected makeup wearing women.

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            • #7
              Supergoop CC cream. It's tinted so it works as a concealer and foundation plus its 35 SPF. Then I use urban decay eye potion. It makes eye shadow/liner STAY ON. Maybelline liquid linear and Loreal telescope mascara.

              No joke, it lasts ALL DAY and while at the barn. Even in Texas weather. Takes me 15 minutes to apply.
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              • #8
                I'm not sure it's possible to do a full day of work, barn time, and dinner without touch-ups.

                I do a Missha CC cream all over, concealer under the eyes and on any errant zits, Sephora brand powder, and brow gel and mascara. It takes less than 5 minutes and if I re-do the powder once or twice easily lasts through a workday and dinner. I rarely wear makeup to the barn so can't comment on that, but in your situation I would probably develop a fast routine and carry makeup wipes. Apply before work, then after the barn wipe your face off and reapply?
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                • #9
                  Makeup? What's that?
                  Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
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                  • #10
                    I'm not sure foundation is that important unless you have acne scars or some kind of really uneven skin tone. If you have a nice complexion just a quick tinted sunscreen and some powder will take off any shine. You can reapply powder during the day. Eyemakeup and lip colour really give you the most impact for the effort. A good waterproof mascara and some eye pencil and a good lipstick.

                    I came of age in the 1980s when blush and contour were doing their first round, and I've never felt they look anything other than wierdly artificial.

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                    • #11
                      I don't agree with Scribbler (although I often do) that foundation isn't that important. For me, closer to 70 than 60, foundation is essential ---although I have nearly perfect skin and almost 100% wrinkle free (yes, it's been lifted more than once), I do have faint age spots and uneven coloring under my eyes. If you look at photos of women to guess their age, it is the darkness where the nose meets the eyes, and the bags under the eyes that are most telling of age. So to me foundation --evening the skin tone and "removing the darkness" near the nose is my first step. To your question OP as to best --I'd suggest trying a few that have been mentioned --but what worked for me was given to me by my plastic surgeon to cover bruising as I healed --not only did it do that, but it stayed on! If I didn't take it off when I went to bed, it was still on in the morning and my pillow was makeup FREE --no makeup had rubbed off on my pillow. Secondly, one puts it on with a brush, controlling the amount of coverage --more here, less there, all good. Water and sweat won't take it off --you need soap or cream. What worked for me was Jane Iredale line --suggest you find someone near you to help you select colors --then buy on line. It is expensive, but it is "medical grade" or used to be. You can buy sample sizes and see if it works as well for you as it did for me. One last suggesting --make sure you are using a light hand contouring --too often when out and about, I see a woman walk out of an office into the sun --she looks as if she's got stripes on her face --too heavy a hand with the contour brush! And for everyone who looks wonderful without makeup --congratulations! I don't look scary without --(actually SCUBA and camp and don't wear it at all --FYI no makeup survives SCUBA), but I enjoy putting it on and wearing it. Personal choice as is yours.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pluvinel View Post
                        Makeup? What's that?
                        This! All kidding aside I am very ignorant about make-up. I do wear it on seldom occasions and never to work or the barn. Thankfully for me one of my friends is a genius with it and helps me buy new stuff every 5 or so years and teaches me how to use it if I get something new. (Again I never really wear it.). What I have learned is less is more. I love the mineral foundations (not sure if that's the right term, it's a powder and evens out my skin), I put two colors on my eyes, one very light almost whitish cream color up to my brow to make them look bigger (my eyes are kinda smallish) then whatever color I deem fun for the night (no I don't look like Mimi from Drew Cary) some mascara, eyeliner pencil only on top (again the small eye thing) and a lip color. All this takes me 20 minutes which is pretty good since I put makeup on maybe once a month.

                        All that being said, OP you are using WAY too much makeup. The above is for going out at night. Day time, subtle eye color no liner, mascara, the powder stuff and tinted chap stick. Less is more. I have been using Mary Kay products lately and after a sweaty night of dancing in the Keys in August, it was still in place. So, my suggestion is to learn how to do your whole face with WAY less makeup. Then apply quick touch ups.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by puzzle View Post

                          I'm really, really meticulous about it. If I'm not I end up with eyeliner on my forehead and lipstick on my nose. I'm good at it, but quick I am certainly not. In fact, I think I would win the slow-poke award out of 100 randomly selected makeup wearing women.
                          Maybe something is trying to tell you something.

                          Like, why are you doing this? If it takes this long to put makeup on, maybe try leaving it off.

                          Why do you want to wear makeup to the barn where you are sweating and getting dusty and should be wearing fly spray/mosquito repellent/sunscreen instead?

                          Nobody at the grocery store cares whether or not you are wearing makeup. They just care that your hands are clean. If that.

                          Don't be so hard on yourself. If you don't love yourself in your own skin, then trying work on your inner beauty.
                          "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                            I'm not sure foundation is that important unless you have acne scars or some kind of really uneven skin tone. If you have a nice complexion just a quick tinted sunscreen and some powder will take off any shine. You can reapply powder during the day. Eyemakeup and lip colour really give you the most impact for the effort. A good waterproof mascara and some eye pencil and a good lipstick.

                            I came of age in the 1980s when blush and contour were doing their first round, and I've never felt they look anything other than wierdly artificial.
                            LOL blush was doing its "first round" long before the 80s, and even before that, as rouge.
                            "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw

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                            • #15
                              I don't wear full face, but my complexion needs some coverage and evening out occasionally. For summer, I've been using Clinique's work out make up since its been so dang humid here. Some mascara and a little blush and I'm good. Takes 5 minutes. Still, there is no way I would ever be ready for a date after the barn. I'm lucky my husband still has dinner with me the way I come home! Lol

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                              • #16
                                OP, you could freshen your look in the evening, without re-doing everything, with a tinted moisturizer. I like Laura Mercier but every major makeup line has a version of this kind of product. And use a Q-tip to remove any smudged makeup right around your eyes. Those two things will take you through the evening looking good.

                                But I suspect what you need is not just a new set of products but re-think your relationship with makeup. You'll just be fighting yourself and feelings of insecurity if you feel unattractive in anything but "full makeup", (which sounds rather extensive/heavy).

                                Maybe start on weekends and go with a very light makeup look, like just some tinted moisturizer and mascara only. Get used to how that looks and feels, realize that no one is pointing and laughing Re-set what 'normal' looks like and before long, your full makeup look will start to feel clownish and exaggerated.

                                And with that hour you saved each day, by not putting on all that makeup, I'd suggest doing something specific that makes you feel good and healthy from the inside out. Yoga, go for a brisk walk, etc.




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                                • #17
                                  With the list of requirements you have I think tattooed perm makeup is your last resort.
                                  Go without.
                                  It is a barn. You are there for the horse and they don't care about makeup.
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                                    • #19
                                      I find full makeup or heavy foundation looks a bit creepy outdoors or at the barn. If you get your heavy makeup right for fluorescent lights, you *might* have a matte uniform look at 6 paces at the office. But guaranteed in the sunlight your foundation will look obvious, your mascara clumpy, etc.

                                      There are lots of products that will freshen your complexion and provide lighter and more natural looking coverage than a full hour photo shoot type makeup.

                                      The right shade of tinted moisturizer or sunscreen and a dab of actual foundation around the nose and eyes or on age spots takes about 2 minutes and is pretty much fool proof.

                                      Blush and contour just don't look natural IRL. And if you have anything you are trying to cover up, like wrinkles or scars, they just emphasize it.

                                      I do find that it pays to get higher quality foundation type products from the "department store" brands like Clinique and Estee Lauder and Mac, etc. If you get the right tint and texture you can use it sparingly or as a concealer and it will not be obvious whereas if the tint doesn't match your face or the texture is too heavy, it will be obvious it's patchy. Obviously this means you don't want to use makeup to alter your actual skin tone and you might need a different tint summer and winter.

                                      I feel like a little bit of makeup cleverly applied does boost many people's appearance, but more doesn't necessarily look better, and too much is most often wrong except in very distinct situations (like you work at the Mac counter and need to look Goth).

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                                      • #20
                                        I do a full face including liquid eye liner and often lashes every day. It takes me 20-25 min.

                                        I can "touch up" in five minutes, and do so if I have to run to dinner, whatever and still want to look "good enough".

                                        I like a pressed mineral powder, pur, or physician's formula for touch up face, then yep, qtip or cosmetic wedge even a napkin to remove any smudgy eye makeup, touch up liner and mascara, lip gloss, done.
                                        Let me apologize in advance.

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