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?


Catch up on Weddingbee’s “Helpful Posts” Series!


Mrs. Rainbow

October 01
Wedding Date:
May 2010

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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Kristie, Guest @ 3:32 pm

    I have extremely oily skin my makeup seems to melt off my face as the oils build up. I have been using Mary Kay minerals powder foundation. Should I use something else?

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    Julie, Guest @ 7:47 pm

    Can I use a different foundation other than Mac? It breaks me out…

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    Regina, Guest @ 10:23 am

    How do u mix lotion .mobistar and foundation.. equal parts or what? Thanks for the info…waiting for more tips…thanks…

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    Alisha, Guest @ 11:49 am

    Do you have any recommendations for people with extremely dry and flaky skin, yet oily too? I wash my face with Dove soap and I have a soft body scrubbing mitt that I use on my face (twice in the shower and lately again once I’ve gotten out and applied Suave Vit E lotion). I then apply more lotion, Nutreogena oil absorbing lotion and then concealer and foundation. My skin usually still has flaky skin showing and I have no idea what to do to fix it. Thanks

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    Sue, Guest @ 9:30 pm

    Wow I did this yesterday and it was amazing on my skin! It last all day long, and I had a airbrush finish. This method will be in my foundation routine!

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    Sue, Guest @ 9:32 pm

    @Julie: Actually I used my Lancome foundation, my La Roche Posay cream and my Smashbox primer and it was totally amazing!

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    Diana, Guest @ 7:36 pm

    Google “oil cleansing method”. Also, it sounds like you might be scrubbing/exfoliating a bit too much. But the oil cleansing method solved my flaky yet oily skin.

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    Lauren, Guest @ 9:02 am

    Could you apply the chafing gel alone or does it work better if you mix it with your foundation? Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing this tip and not taking it to the grave! :-)

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    nana, Guest @ 3:30 am

    I can’t get most of these brands outside the USA. Any suggestions as to which products to use instead, for us european girls?

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    Clara, Guest @ 1:23 pm

    I too would like to know how much can you mix
    up at 1 time

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    Tara (@BandtheBBlog), Guest @ 4:03 pm

    This is AWESOME! I use the Tarte version of the MUFE HD powder & really like it. I’ll definitely have to try mixing these together!

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    DlLAnOK, Guest @ 10:22 pm

    Well I went to the site to get the 100% silica powder but it was 4.75 I was okay with that then to mail was 4.08 wasn’t that, but then I thought still just 8.80 better than $30 so just might. Thanks

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    Amy, Guest @ 8:07 pm

    love love love! definitely going to use these tips! I see that you are big on saving money and finding the cheapest alternatives! is a shopping portal website that your customers can use to get the products you recommend online and get cashback for nearly everything they buy! I would love to chat with you about it if youre interested!

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    Maureen Schrader, Guest @ 8:22 pm

    Can any liquid foundation be used?

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    Debbie, Guest @ 1:46 pm

    This make up trick is awesome and I don’t even use the foundation she uses. I don’t have very nice skin and just using the other two ingredients make it look great, plus it gives staying power.

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    cabana_bride 88 posts, Worker bee @ 8:29 am

    neat!! this is just the advice I was looking for =)

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    pebbles, Guest @ 8:02 pm

    you shouldn’t use HD powders for weddings! you’ll get major flashback.

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    Chrissie, Guest @ 2:16 am

    Wonderful tips…thanks a million

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    Lauren, Guest @ 6:45 am

    E.L.F. also has an under-eye brightening powder that I love, similar to the MUFE HD powder, for $3. I notice a big difference when I (forget) to put it on.

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    Kate, Guest @ 5:17 pm

    Can you mix a whole bunch at one time and use the mixture or do you have to mix it daily? Also, if there is no SPF in your moisturizer or foundation, would adding an equal part of a non-greasy sunscreen be good? I use a generic version of Cetaphil moisturizer, and Mary Kay foundation, neither of which have SPF protection. I like Neutrogena’s sunscreen on my arms/legs/neck during the day because it’s very non-greasy, but when using it as a part of the makeup cocktail, is an equal share too much?

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