Since I'm a visual person I hardly ever remember the album title but I just remember what the album art looks like.
Body hair is probably one of my least favorite subjects when I’m talking about my appearance. I love discussing makeup, as you may have noticed since I’ve been writing for xoVain for an entire year(!). I love discussing makeup, hair products, weird tools and even more controversial subjects such as tanning. However, I don’t like talking about my body hair. Mine comes in dark, thick and lots of it. There’s just one thing I don’t like about it — it does not like to be removed.
Throughout my teens I’ve been super-insecure about my body hair. That all went away when I learned about feminism and Bigger Problems In The World and I decided not to give a F about it anymore. I deal with it, but I don’t worry about it anymore. That was, until recently. I started noticing something that I really didn’t like, and I don’t really like talking about it either. However, every time I open xoVain the ‘NO BEAUTY SECRETS’-mantra just looks me in the eye and I just have to be honest here: I have a part-time mustache.
My mustache isn’t noticeable in real life. It’s just peach fuzz, until I put on a non-nude lipstick and suddenly it appears in its full dark and fuzzy glory. In real life it’s still not really that noticeable, but I first saw it when I was #feelingmylook and took some selfies with my iPhone. Suddenly there it was: a mustache, distracting me from that bright lipstick I liked so much. I’ve been managing body hair for 10 years or so, and I quickly thought of my options:
- Shaving — I just don’t want to shave my face.
- Waxing — Allergic to it. Would be fine if I wore makeup every day and I could conceal the rash-‘stache, but I’m sleepy and I roll out of bed every morning with two minutes to get ready. Nope.
- Plucking — Too painful
- Threading — WAY TOO PAINFUL
- Use weird hand placements in my selfies to hide my ‘stache — Tried it but gets old quickly.
So I figured since my problem is caused by makeup, it can be fixed with makeup. I did some research and I found out that many people with olive skin tones have this issue. The internet mostly pointed me towards color correctors. I also found out that mineral foundations cling less to the hairs, so that could be a solution as well. I played around for a while and found the fix.
So where do these steps go in my routine? I like applying my base first, up until the point I have to set it with powder. I just skipped the entire upper lip area when I applied my foundation.
First, I get to work with the Soap & Glory sticks. I first used the Kick Ass Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser and apply it in a downward motion. This is a really great primer, and it helps me create a flat surface and stick all the hairs down. Next, I apply the Kick Ass Fake Awake Dark Circles Concealer, which I use to color-correct. This cancels out the darkness and shadows, which is what made it appear like I have a mustache. I also blend this in with my fingers in a downward motion.
Next, I use my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in the shade Light-Medium Sand. Even though I love the Tarte Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush to apply this foundation on my entire face, I prefer to use my BeautyBlender on this part to really stick the hairs down.
The final step is to apply the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. I use the shade Light Sand, and I apply that all over my face to set my foundation. This stuff doesn’t only just make your mustache disappear, but in combination with the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush it’s an instant FaceTune. This magical dust doesn’t look powdery on the skin at all, yet it makes a huge difference.
The final step is to apply a lip color as bright and loud as you like. I opted for Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Kae.
- Do you have a beauty thing you prefer not to talk about?
- Does anyone else have a part-time mustache?