Real Women Makeovers: Gail

This makeover is one I was really excited to do.  Gail and I met while I was still working and she was a professor at APU.  Since then, amongst many other accomplishments, she has embarked on a mission called the Junia Project.  I was able to hear a little about how this all got started while doing her makeup.  Very exciting stuff!  The Junia Project is allowing others to study and learn more about women in the church, and is courageously asking church leaders to rethink their stance on women in church leadership.   Gail is a quiet force with a quick smile who clearly loves her growing family (including grandchildren!).  It was such an honor to get to talk about this with her!  For more information read this. Gail was my first makeover of the day!  It was also her birthday.  :)  Here is her before picture:

I airbrushed Gail's face with luminess air ultra foundation (water-based).  Airbrush makeup is very subtle and yet the coverage is pretty amazing.  It also lasts all day.  The foundation I used has a little bit of a glow to it without looking like an oil slick.  If you are curious about airbrushing and want to invest, I might suggest a small kit like the one I have from Dinair.  You can check them out here.  I contoured (of course) with Loreal True Match foundation in Deep Cool.  I highlighted with Maybelline Dream Lumi highlighting concealer in Nude.  We went for a very subtle eyeshadow in shimmery champagnes and lined her upper lid with Dipdown brown gel liner from MAC.  We added a few individual lashes to the outside edges to give her a doe-eyed look.  I used powder shadow to fill in her eyebrows and an angle brush and pulled them in just a bit on the insides (I try to follow the classic brow look with taking a brush and lining up the inside corner of the eye with the beginning of the eyebrow).  Blush in a light peach just on the apple of the cheek to lighten and brighten.  Her lips were lined with Spice from MAC and Revlon Colorstay in Bare Maximum.  A few thoughts on makeup for the mature woman:  1.  Do use lighter brighter colors for a daytime beauty look.  2.  Stay away from heavy powder under the eyes.  3.  USE FAKE LASHES!!!!!!  Lashes tend to shorten as we age.  You can achieve a more youthful look by using fake lashes.  You can use halves, individuals, or full strips.  4.  Soften eyebrows by using a shadow instead of a pencil.  #5.  And this is a biggie.  Ladies..... GET A MAGNIFICATION LIGHT MIRROR.  As our eyesight goes, or we need bifocals, its really hard to see stray hairs, and other small issues.

The contouring process caught by photographer Jesse Stone.

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And here is the finished makeup!  The final look:

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