High Definition Makeup with a Little Tarte on Top

22 Jun

I have to admit when I found out the Studio was going to be making the switch to HD, I was a little bit freaked out! I knew that it meant a couple things: 1) that my go to MAC Studio Fix Plus Foundation Powder was no longer going to work and 2) every line, wrinkle, smudge, was going to show on camera. One word came to mind: Aaaahhhhh!!!!! This prompted a search for the best in HD makeup, that would have enough coverage for both men and women. I needed products that I could build upon and layer without caking. I needed coverage without looking like a mask. Luckily, I didn’t have to search very far. Here is the best of what I’ve found so far

Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
 ImageOMG!!! This foundation is the absolute best I have ever used, both personally and professionally. It’s lightweight and oil free and feels like you don’t have anything on. I, myself, am a powder foundation girl, but my problem is that my nose is very sensitive to any product that goes on it. If the product is too heavy (be it moisturizers, powders or foundation), my pores open up and I get these little beads of oil on my nose…not cute! I end up wiping it away anyway, so I have no coverage on my nose…not ideal. I tried this product and I am hooked! My whole face stays matte for the first time ever! It provides medium to full coverage depending on how much you use. The best part though is that you can still see your skin through the makeup. It’s like being very lightly “photoshopped.” The packaging is great, it’s a little pump that squirts out just a little bit of product at a time. It comes in 25 different shades, so you’ll find the one that’s right for you (I’m #160). If you don’t find your exact shade, you can buy a couple tubes and mix yourself; This is ideal for someone who tends to hyperpigment. It’s pricey at $42 a tube, but I will tell you, it’s worth every penny.

I usually set it with Makeup Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is so amazingly beautiful as well. It’s 100% silica and also gives that slightly “photoshopped” finish. My comment about it is that it is so fine that you might not notice how much you actually have on the surface of your skin until you’re photographed and the flash bounces off the product. Then you look like you got attacked with a powder puff. So use sparingly, a little is all you need:-)



MAC Mineralize Loose Foundation Powder
My heart broke a little when I found out that I could no longer use MAC’s Studio Fix in the studio. It’s so versatile and it really covers anything you need to. You could even apply it with a wet brush for more coverage. My primary concern with the Studio Fix was my male studio guests. Most guys don’t want a face full of makeup, but if you’re going on TV, you really should have it on. Applying liquid foundation on a man seems to be a little too much, even for some of my most seasoned tv guests. I needed to find a powder, so I turned to MAC once again. I tried their Mineralize Loose Powder Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised. It has medium coverage with a natural finish. You can apply it with a foundation brush and really lay the product into your skin for full coverage. It comes in nine shades, which I mix to get individual shades just right. I’m so glad I was able to find a new go to powder foundation with MAC.

I usually set this product with MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Pressed). It gives me that little extra matte that I need in the studio and also softens the face. I love that it’s pressed into a compact so that I can run in into the studio for touch ups.

Tarte Cheek Stain


This is not an HD product, but I got to see firsthand how it looks on camera and I must admit, I am impressed! It’s a gel cheek stain. It provides a natural dewy flush of color to your skin. I put it on my lips too LOL, I initially had my reservations about this product looking wet or sticky in HD, but I was excited to find that it looks dewy in a kind of doll like innocent way. It’s perfect for summer, when you don’t want to have a whole lot of product on your skin. A little dab on your cheeks, a little blending with your fingers and you have a sexy summer flush of color. The initial stickiness evaporates away, as it’s water based. So you’re left with a beautiful sheer stain that really lasts. This is so helpful in the studio because you don’t have to re-apply! Another way to use it would be to actually lay it in your cheeks before applying your liquid/creme foundation. You get this kind of contoured look and the texture of it helps keep any product you lay on top in place. My blush usually streaks by the end of the day, so reinforcing cheeks with a little of the Tarte Cheek Stain really helps. I do that and also dab a little right on the apples of my cheeks just as I’m finishing. It’s literally a little sweet treat right at the end. Did I mention it’s scented! It has this lovely sweet lemony smell. Doll Face even smells like strawberries and cream! My personal favorite is True Love, it’s this watermelon shade. I am so in love with Tarte! I can’t wait to try more!

Check out the pic below to see the Makeup For Ever Foundation  in #160, HD Microfinish Powder and Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love in action


And as always, thanks for reading Beauties and Studs!



One Response to “High Definition Makeup with a Little Tarte on Top”

  1. Marilu June 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Love it!! =)

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