Helpful Series: Ace Your Face (Pt. 1)

Originally published on January 23, 2010

Mrs. Prairie Dog nominates Mrs. Rainbow’s amazing makeup tutorials for the Weddingbee Helpful Series. Mrs. PD says, “I nominate Mrs. Rainbow’s makeup tutorials, particularly since my skin and I are not BFF. Though I didn’t do my own makeup for my wedding, I’ve used the tips for everyday wear. And yes, I tried the chafing gel on my face, and it is awesome. Love ya, Rainbow. Thanks for making my check-out process at CVS cheaper AND more awkward.


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.

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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.

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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?):

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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(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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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Andrea, Guest @ 8:27 pm

    Do you have another link to the product that is like MUFE HD powder? It’s no longer working.

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    LoveMyBrit 761 posts, Busy bee @ 11:56 am

    ^^ To Andrea above:

    When you click the link, it doesn’t work, but it takes you to the Coastal Scents website. If you search “silica gel spheres” it takes you to what I’m GUESSING is the same thing she’s talking about. Here’s the current link:

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    cowpoke06 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:25 am

    Holy crap this is amazing. I’ve wanting that face primer but the cost is a bit steep. I’m gonna look pretty weird buying the chafing gel but who cares!…You used the term MUA – I’m assuming you follow r/mua???? and possibly r/sca…cuz I sure do! I’m also on the lookout for a light to medium coverage foundation. I have oily skin so by the end of just an 8 hour work day, My face is slick and the makeup has lost it’s power. Do you like the MAC foundation that you use for this? The first goal reward in my diet is to get an awesome foundation. Thank you so much for doing this. For real.

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    Ashley, Guest @ 8:01 pm

    Instead of the HD powder I brush on cornstarch. I have oily skin, especially after leaving foundation on my face. The cornstarch works! Brush it on lightly and know one will ever know!

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    Ace, Guest @ 8:55 pm

    Can one use a different foundation in the mixture? I have the perfect shade foundation and it’s oil free and I lve it but if it’d work even better mixing it with these items then I’m SO going to try this! 😀

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    RJ, Guest @ 11:51 am

    I appreciate the makeup tips – especially the Monistat-as-primer-substitute (heard that elsewhere too) and the HD powder substitute (though the link leads to a page that’s no longer there – update?)- but what really stuck out to me was this part: “(please excuse my no makeup face)”
    It’s… just your face in its natural state.

    You don’t have to apologize for it.

    (Makes me think of this post: )

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    Julie, Guest @ 1:04 pm

    Great tips! I don’t know if you still check this blog, but I can’t find any silica gel spheres in Coastal Scents. I’m glad I discovered a new makeup store, though!

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    posey 0 posts, Wannabee @ 8:12 pm

    Since you’re all brave enough to wear the chafing gel, I’ll give you another dupe for MUF/HD powder. Ready? Cat litter. Now before you get too grossed out, its a specific type of litter and its made up of 100%silica gel balls. The xact same stuff you spend $25+ on for a tiny little jar, is $6 for 5 lbs at most supermarkets, walmart or pet store. Its all made in the same place, and as long as the bag says 100% silica sand, silica powder or gel, its all the same thing. Pour 1/8 of a cup into a small lidded container and simply swipe over the rocks with your brush a few times. Shake before each use to loosen the powder. Powder on.

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