Ace Your Face (Pt. 1)

Miss Rainbow here, reporting for duty.

It’s tutorial time, yet again! We’ve talked lashes, we’ve talked brows, and now it’s all about the face. I’m not going to go on and on about how important a smooth canvas is, but suffice it to say—it is, so take care of your skin. Now, back to the makeup! I’m going to teach you a few insider tips and tricks so you’ll have the most fabulous face in all the land. Enough chit chat; let’s get started.

First and foremost, start with a clean face (please excuse my no makeup face). After I wash my face, I always use toner. Biore Triple Action something or other. It’s inexpensive and works amazingly. It always gets off whatever make-up/dirt/oil that washing may have left behind.


Next, I make my signature cocktail.

No, this has nothing to do with weddings, alcohol, or cute little umbrellas. It’s a mixture of equal parts moisturizer, primer, and foundation and it’s my trade secret. I was planning on taking it with me to the grave, but since I love you all so much, I’ll have to find something else to take to the grave with me. Buff it with a brush, set it with powder, and I kid you not, it will not come off until you wash it off. Airbrush, Schmarebrush. Don’t have one, don’t use one, don’t need one. Here are the products in my cocktail (don’t tell, ‘kay?):


source, source, source

Good ol’ cheapo Cetaphil moisturizer, MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15, and what’s that in the middle? That, my friends, is Monistat Chafing Gel. Yes, you heard right. Here’s a little MUA insider information—Monistat Chafing Gel is the exact same formula as Smashbox Photofinish Primer, but at 1/5th of the price. You can thank me later.

I always apply my makeup with clean fingers. The heat from your hands really smooths it out and makes it a bajillion times easier to blend into your skin. Now, buff it with a brush and say it with me: airbrush schmarebush. To achieve a flawless airbrushed finish, without the airbrush, use this:



A DuoFiber, or “skunk brush” as some people so lovingly call it. MAC sells one for $42, Sephora sells one for $35, Sonia Kashuk sells one at Target for $13, and there’s a brand at Target called Studio Tools that sells a skunk brush for… wait for it… $6. I can’t vouch for Sephora or Sonia Kashuk, but I have one from MAC and two from Studio Tools, and they work exactly the same. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Target and snatch one up.

Next, concealer. I don’t use concealer. On anyone. Ever. Instead, I use Studio Fix Fluid straight from the bottle as opposed to turning it into my foundation cocktail. On it’s own, Studio Fix is pigmented enough to be used at a concealer (which is why I blend it with other things, I don’t like full coverage foundation), and that way you don’t have to worry about matching colors or spending more money on another product. Just put a little bit on a sponge for under the eyes, or on a small brush for blemishes, and tap (don’t rub) it in, and there you have it! Foundation and concealer, one product, perfect match. To set your work of art, use this:



Make Up For Ever HD Powder. It’s a total wonder product that give you a flawless finish without being “dry looking” like a lot of other powders. Bonus: it’s invisible. I’ve used it with success on all different skin tones. It’s made from 100% silica powder spheres and you can get it at Sephora for $30 for a .35 ounce jar. Yes, $30 for approximately one third of an ounce. You know just as well as I do that that’s ridiculous, and you know I’m not going to leave you hanging like that. As much as I love MUFE, you can get the exact same product (100% silica powder spheres) here. One whole ounce will cost you a whopping $4.

(Left: smooth and even, yet natural. Right: Not so much.)

Follow these steps to get a long-lasting flawless face. Seriously. It doesn’t budge.

Stick around for Ace You Face (pt 2) Contouring!

Do you have any makeup tips, trick, or money saving secrets?


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    cbgg 3470 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:21 pm

    Question – what do you use to apply the silica powder (which I’ve already ordered through your recomended site thankyouvermuch!)? The same skunk brush?

    And is a skunk brush interchangable with a kabuki brush? Any thought on the one available from Eyes Lips and Face?

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 pm

    I use a big fluffy brush or a kabuki brush for the powder. To buff the foundation itself, you can definitely use a kabuki instead of a skunk brush, but the skunk brush has two lengths of hair, both natural and synthetic, so I think it works better for buffing than a kabuki, but you can totally use a kabuki if that’s what you have.

    I’ve tried a couple of brushes from e.l.f and I think they’re horrible. The only brush that I find useful from them is their lip brush, the other ones I can’t stand. They shed a lot, they’re not very soft, and the metal part comes unglued and falls off of the wood handle very quickly.

    If you want some great quality inexpensive brushes, try

    You have to place your order online and then they’ll call you to get your payment info. Go for the studio series, or if you have a few extra bucks, the italian badger series. They’re both great, but the italian bardger brushes are amazing.

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    Mae0926 38 posts, Newbee @ 2:51 pm

    this is awesome. I don’t know too many other people that also use the chafing gel. I’ve been using it for over a year now and it works wonders. I am acne prone with a lot of scarring, and liquid foundation usually doesn’t work too well for me. I moisturize first, than use the gel, than use my powder foundation!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:37 pm

    When I saw you post about the chafing gel on Scissors’ makeup post, I was floored! It is currently on my shopping list, because I’ll be darned if I pay around $40 yet again for that Smashbox primer if this is the same thing!

    And ummmm come do my makeup? 😉 Okthanks….haha!

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:44 pm

    @Miss Buttons: Let me know when you’re back in Clearwater and it’s on!

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    sunset 56 posts, Worker bee @ 2:09 pm

    Wow, Miss Rainbow, thanks for the tips! This entry turned me from a mere Weddingbee lurker to scooting over (a couple days late) to sign up for an account! I was wondering, does this foundation cocktail work if you use moisturizer with SPF? I use the MUFE HD foundation and am pretty religious about putting at least SPF 15 on my face in the daytime so I use a moisturizer with it since the MUFE HD is lacking SPF.

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    ToBeDetermined, Guest @ 6:57 pm

    I think it will still work. Miss Rainbow’s cocktail has SPF in the foundation. You should be fine.

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    ToBeDetermined, Guest @ 3:41 am

    Another question: Once you complete the steps you indicated above, do you have to continue to use blot powder throughout the day?

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    ThePerfectBridezilla 4 posts, Wannabee @ 10:11 pm

    Thank you for all the tutorials!!!! I tried your cocktail and all I can say is WOW!!! I’m excited to try this for our epics because to see it in the mirror is amazing. Hopefully, I will be able to check out your eye tutorial prior to the epic appointment. Question = Cn toy use the primer/ cocktail on your eyelids?

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    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 10:27 am

    Ah yes, the Monistat chafing gel- I’ve been using that as a primer too. Awesome, awesome stuff! Thanks so much for the fabulous tips!

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    jjilyeah 299 posts, Helper bee @ 2:24 pm

    I’m finally getting around to trying this! I have a question: when you do your mixing, where do you do it? In your hand?

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    elusivephoto 342 posts, Helper bee @ 6:39 pm

    Okay, I’m going to seem extremely un-saavy when it comes to makeup. I’ve never worn foundation, at all. Do you finish with the silica gel, and then apply blush/eyeshadow, or do you wait and set it all at once?

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    Kim, Guest @ 8:58 pm

    Hello Mrs Rainbow. I had a quick question for yo u… mentioned where to go to find MU brushes online. What is that website again?

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    megan6788 47 posts, Newbee @ 9:24 pm

    this post is amazing!

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    Adriana.Niva 419 posts, Helper bee @ 4:03 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you. I am trying this TONIGHT. Please consider doing a tutorial on eyeshadow, maybe? Unless you have already and I didn’t see it. ^_^;

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    Brady, Guest @ 8:08 pm

    Any advice about places to buy the Monistat? I’ve tried 3 places so far and they only have the Monistat ladycream – not what I’m looking for!

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    ADBK2011 748 posts, Busy bee @ 7:40 am

    Just discovered this, I will be trying it!

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    cherrydoll 547 posts, Busy bee @ 1:57 pm

    This post is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I found the chaffing gel last night at Target. My makeup looks amazing today :)

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    lazybee 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:20 pm

    So happy to have found this post! I have sensitive skin and really hope this will not irritate! Made some changes though: instead of Cetaphil moisturizer, I used my own-tried and true-Olay Sensitive Skin lotion spf 15. Instead of MAC, I used Lancome Tente foundation, because I have a sample and because it has not caused me breakouts so far, so all is good. Mixed it all together with the chafing gel and yes, I do like! I’m considering skipping the moisturizer altogether since I have oily skin, and it’s giving me slight shine in the t-zone, but not as much as I used to have with my mineral foundation. This coctail is definitely a winner- loving it!!!

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    therascalqueen 204 posts, Helper bee @ 10:04 am

    @Miss Rainbow: This is so helpful. I’ve used your method a bunch without problems but came back here to check if I’d ruin it if I used an SPF moisturizer on my wedding day. You are a genius!

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    dazydeadpetals 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:09 pm

    Oh, wow, this is great!

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    samara85 3 posts, Wannabee @ 12:00 pm

    Thank you so much! This helped me a lot! I finally like putting foundation on, and it glides on so smooth when mixed like this!

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    Barbara Gannon, Guest @ 7:05 pm

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