Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster: THE Solution to Drying Concealers and Foundations

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster Hydra-Plump Serum

Do you ever try base products that look amazing when you first apply them, but by day's end, they look....ugh? That's my reality far more often than I would like. I learned only recently that most of the time, it's not because my skin is producing too much oil and making things slide around. It's because my skin is dehydrated. It literally absorbs the moisture from my base products, leaving behind blotches of pigment. It's not pretty.

Typically, adjusting my skin care solves this problem. But sometimes you run into a product that just doesn't like your skin. This was the raved-about Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer for me. It looked great when I put it on, although I could tell it was a "dry," long-wearing formula by the way it applied. By mid-afternoon the first time I wore it, my base was a broken-down mess. No amount of powdering could fix it. After another day or two of testing, I determined that alas, it was a product better suited to younger, oilier skin. I was so disappointed. I'd wanted to love it. I couldn't return it. And I didn't want to waste it.

Then I was reminded of a product that Make Up For Ever shared with me at an event a couple of months ago: Their new Ultra HD Skin Booster Hydra-Plumping Serum. It's a thin, clear serum designed to hydrate and plump your skin using hyaluronic-acid and argan oil extract.

You could dispense a tiny bit of the serum right onto your skin with the dropper before your primer or foundation and tap it in. But my favourite way to use Ultra HD Skin Booster is as a cocktail, mixed right into my base product. For me, this trick transforms Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer from an unusable disaster to a beautiful concealer that still looks amazing under my eyes even after 12 hours of wear.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair mixed with a drop of Ultra HD Skin Booster. (Please forgive this photo. I've misplaced my camera battery charger, so I'm down to my iPhone today.)

When the Make Up For Ever artists were showing us how to use Ultra HD Skin Booster, they shared a handy tip: mix products on a palette instead of on the back of your hand. Why? The beneficial ingredients in the products—like hyaluronic-acid—will begin to absorb into your skin as soon as you apply them. Rather than wasting them on your hand, mix them on a palette so that your face is the products' first contact with your skin.

Once the serum and your base product are on the palette, mix and and apply them with a brush or damp beauty blender. Abracadabra—your base product is transformed into a slightly sheerer and more hydrating version of itself.

I'm so glad I remembered this trick before I gave up on Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer. I'm planning to try my Ultra HD Booster with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer next.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Skin Booster to transform a base product? If not, what other concoctions do you swear by? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: Ultra HD Skin Booster was provided by Make Up For Ever for my consideration. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

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Guest Post: Chelle From Makeup Your Mind Shares an Orange Look!

Hey everyone! My name is Chelle and I’m taking over Amy’s blog today to share my look for the Canadian Beauty Bloggers theme of the month: Orange! If you like what you see, maybe come take a peek over at my space on the Internet—I blog about makeup with a side of fitness on Makeup Your Mind.

I’m a huge user and abuser of vibrant makeup, especially eyeshadows. If there’s an opportunity to use colour, I’ll take it! With this month’s theme being orange, I took full advantage.

To balance out the very bright monochromatic orange look on my eye lids, I opted to go for more of a pinky-coral on my cheeks and lips.

The vibrancy of the shadows make a bold statement, so I made sure to ground it with some black liner. Plus, I love me some winged liner, so it’s very rare that I don’t add one in!

Here’s how to get the look:

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.

  2. Makeup Geek Chickadee all over the lid.

  3. Makeup Geek Poppy on the outer corner and through the crease.

  4. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on brow bone.

  5. Naked Cosmetics IV-04 pigment on the inner corner.

I used Poppy on the outer corner of the lower lash line and used Chickadee for the remainder of the lower lash line. I then created the wing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner inTrooper and tightlined with Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner. On my lashes is essence‘sLash Princess mascara.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52 Vanilla

  • Contour: Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach eyeshadow

  • Blush: Tarte Charisma

  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt

  • Lips: Revlon Papaya gloss

Is orange a colour you’d wear? There is always shades of peach and coral that many consider to be more “wearable”! But me? I’ll stick to the suckerpunching vibrancy that orange can deliver!

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Mascara Chronicles: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Top to bottom: Deluxe samples of Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.

Like many beauty addicts enthusiasts who have come before me, I trudge bravely on in a never-ending quest for the PERFECT black mascara that makes my lashes look awesome. A month or so ago I was working a combo of Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (for volume and separation) combined with Clinique Lash Power Mascara (for length and lasting power) that was pretty great…but I can't help but wonder...is there more out there?

Today, I thought I'd give you a quick run-down of some of the other mascaras I've tried recently that have not passed the Eyeshadow Addict fabulousness test. At least they get me closer to The One, right?

1) Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara

This mascara was completely underwhelming. The wand was kind of cool—there were little balls at the end of each bristle that, in theory, helped with separating my lashes. But there was really nothing full or fabulous about my lashes with this mascara. They were…acceptable. That's all.

2) Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I wanted to love this mascara. It made my lashes look pretty awesome—black, thick and long. Almost better than….never mind. But it flaked. A lot. There's nothing sexy about swiping little black flecks off your face all day. Never mind the number that said swiping can do on the rest of your makeup. So disappointing.

3) Diorshow Mascara by Dior

This mascara, with the biggest, most club-like brush I've ever seen, was so, so blah. It didn't live up to the volume hype at all. Did I get an old, dried-out sample, maybe?

4) Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

This mascara was probably the best of this bunch. There are nice, tightly-packed bristles that deposit a decent amount of volume and an okay amount of length onto my lashes. It also holds up all day. But isn't there a longwearing mascara out there that will give me VA VOOM lashes? 

I guess I'll keep looking! And maybe go back to the Smokey Eye/Lash Power combo. It held promise. Potential. Hope.

What are your favourite mascaras for big, bold lashes? I want it all: Volume, length, separation, and great wear time. I prefer not to wear waterproof formulas. Help me out, fellow beauty lovers!

Disclosure: One of these was provided for my consideration. The others were either purchased by Eyeshadow Addict or earned with Beaty Insider Points. This post contains affiliate links. 

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