I never thought I could be so excited by something like a makeup line. Maskcara changed that.
I’m not the girl who always played with makeup. I wear it, I think it can be fun and it can boost confidence levels, but I never really loved my makeup.
Most of the time it acted as more of a shield than an enhancer for me.
After pregnancy and childbirth, I just couldn’t believe how much my face changed! It’s not that I looked “bad”, right? Everybody talks about the new-mom-glow, but I just looked (and most of the time still look) TIRED.
I don’t think I slept more than twenty straight minutes for the first four months of my daughter’s life, and it showed.
I wasn’t feeling like myself, and I started thinking maybe some new makeup could help me look and feel less tired. I’d stopped wearing most of my old makeup, because I didn’t want some of the more sparkly products to transfer to my baby’s skin. What I was left with was foundation that washed me out, an eyebrow pencil that turned my brows red, and some old mascara.
On Instagram, I came across an old friend and found that she was promoting this brand called Maskcara. My interest was piqued and I reached out to come over and give it a try.
That was it. I loved it on the spot. It was so different than anything I’d used before, and it really made me feel more beautiful and more put together. I read a little more about the company, did my due diligence, and then decided to just take the plunge, go all in, and become an Independent Maskcara Artist!
I’ve loved using this stuff, and sharing it with other women. I’ve especially loved being able to sit down with new friends and help them feel pampered and gorgeous. I think it’s been a great tool for me to cultivate a sisterhood with the women around me and reach out in a more personal way than I usually would. As a writer, it’s pretty easy to spend all my time behind the computer screen. This whole endeavor has been a breath of much needed fresh air.
Out with the old.
My old makeup bag has been lurking under the bathroom sink for months now, and I decided it was finally time to clean it out. While I was at it, I figured it would be interesting to see how the old makeup compares to the Maskcara products I love so much.
Below is a little video to show the difference.
(I say little, but it’s about 30 minutes long. It took longer than expected, and between juggling baby and filming I’m just glad I got it done. I label everything in the video, so if you want to scroll through it to see the products compared, you totally have that option.)
Old Makeup Routine, New Makeup Routine.
Old Makeup Routine
Most of these products I purchased for my wedding. I thought made more sense to buy good makeup I could keep, than to pay a bunch of money for someone to do my makeup for one day. I went into a Beauty Brands and bought everything the sales rep suggested.
There were other little odds and ends I collected from drugstores. It was the familiar hodgepodge collection of cosmetics typical of most makeup-wearing women.
The thing is, I didn’t use all of these products everyday. It always felt like the whole routine took too long if I was in a rush, and I never wanted to haul the whole slew of items into my car on the go. I’d settle for something like foundation, brows, mascara, and lipstick. At the time it seemed fine, but looking back a pictures now I can see that my face looked a little washed out and painted on, and especially, still tired.
Roundup of all my old products:
Foundation: bareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Foundation in Fair Ivory 02.
Brush: bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush.
Concealer: bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer.
Tool: beautyblender Original.
Contour/Bronzer/Highlight: Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette.
Blush: Covergirl Cheekers Blush.
Brushes: eco Tools Brush Kit.
Eyeshadow: L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich La Palete Nude Eyeshadow.
Eyeliner: Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner.
Brow: Maybelline Expert Wear Twin Brow&Eye Wood Pencil in Dark Brown.
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara in Blackest Black.
Lips: L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich Matte Lipcolor in Matte-jestic 707.
All of these totaled out to about $220.
The problem is that after two years, I’ve barely made a dent in most of these products, and now they are all expired, so unless I want to irritate my skin, I have to throw them out. To me, that seems like a waste.
New Routine with Maskcara Beauty
A few things I love about Maskcara are:
- I can buy each color individually instead of paying for a whole palette with colors I won’t use.
- Everything fits into one compact, making it easy to take on the go. (Also, no fussing with twisty lids, it’s all easily accessible. I feel like a painter, with all my paints neatly set before me.)
- The size of the tins makes it very likely I’ll use all of a product before it expires. (i.e. No waste.)
- It made learning the best application techniques so easy, making me more confident in my abilities and therefore in the way I look and feel.
- It’s just pretty!
Roundup of Maskcara products used for this look:
Primer: Stay Outside Setting Spray with SPF.
Foundation: Candlelit Highlight.
Concealer: Linen Highlight.
Contour: Ash Contour.
Blush: Pink Grapefruit Lip+Cheek.
Highlight: Pearl Illuminator.
Bronzer: Cayman Bronzer.
Setting Powder: Vanilla Dust Setting Powder.
Eyeshadows: Mama, Sabrina, Stay Golden, Bend and Snap, Salem.
Mascara: same as above (Maskcara ironically doesn’t offer a mascara yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!)
Brushes and Tools:
IIID Perfector Sponge
B-Squared Bronzer and Blush Brush
The Detail HAC Brush
The Multitasker Brush
Eyeshadow Everything Brush
Power Powder Brush
A note about this look:
For this comparison I wanted to recreate my old routine using my new products. This look totaled out to almost $300. About half of that was spent on the brushes, which are each double sides, amazing quality, and will serve me for years to come. I’ve noticed that using these brushes makes the biggest difference in how my makeup looks, and I feel like they are worth every penny.
That said, if I were to total up what I actually use for my normal daily routine now, it would look a little different.
Sandstone Lip+Cheek (use on eyes too)
Rose Gold Illuminator (use on eyes too)
B-Squared, Detail HAC, and Multitasker Brushes, Perfector Sponge and Setting Spray.
So, I could still throw in a bronzer or a setting powder and match the price of my old routine.
Conclusion about Maskcara.
Overall, the costs for each routine are about the same. However, the time spent, the finished look, and the way I feel all lean in favor of Maskcara. I also love knowing that I’ll only have to replace one small piece of my collection at time. While the initial investment may seem large, I like knowing that I only have to spend $14 when I need new foundation instead of $30.
If you want to find out what a new routine would look like for you, click here to get color-matched. I would be so happy to help you!