Gold Millennials and Makeup – A Roundtable Discussion

Welcome to our first roundtable discussion! In these discussions, the three core team members of Gold Millennial will share their views on various topics of millennial interest and occasionally invite guest speakers to participate. Our first topic is makeup and skincare.

What is your daily skincare routine?

Stacy

I really don’t have one.  I have been using a stretch mark cream on my belly since the summer but I only put it on at night.

Angela

I’m pretty low-maintenance with my daily skincare routine. In general, I just wash my face twice a day.

Mia

Face wash – St. Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Coconut Oil Facial Scrub

Moisturizing Toner – e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence

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Do you have any skincare routines that you perform on a non-daily basis?

Angela

If I’m having any issues with breakouts or dry skin I might apply a little organic extra virgin coconut oil. It’s super healthy, antimicrobial, balancing and moisturizing, a little goes a long way, and makes your skin feel impossibly soft.

Mia

Occasionally I will use a mask. I use different types of masks depending on how my skin feels that week. Sometimes I use clay masks, other times I use sheet masks.

What is your standard day-to-day makeup look?

Mia

I work from home, so unless I have video conferences scheduled or need to leave the house, I’ll often not wear any makeup. If I do wear makeup, it’s really basic – just e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 and a generic lip balm with SPF 15. I like that the tinted moisturizer not only provides light coverage, but also helps keep my skin hydrated and doubles as facial sunscreen. The lip balm helps keep my lips from getting chapped and also provides protection from the sun.

Stacy

I use a liquid primer on my face and then do highlights with a brush/powder. I always use liquid black eyeliner on top of my eyelid and make little wings, nothing too dramatic. I have a double-sided applicator and use the pencil on the other side just to dot under my eye. I do one coat of mascara. I like to use a setting spray to finish up.

Angela

As a Lyme Warrior who works from home, putting any amount of synthetic chemicals on my body is not optimal. While there are organic, all-natural lines of makeup out there, to my knowledge, they’re way too expensive to justify it, considering the hefty price tag of Lyme treatment. So, typically I don’t wear makeup.

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What is your go-to “fancy” makeup look?

Stacy

I don’t always put on eyeshadow, but when I do I use the same three shades of brown: stone in the crease, journey all over, then ember in the corners. I have used dust on my eyebrows but I sometimes feel like it makes me look unnatural, so I don’t really mess with my eyebrows anymore. About once per year, I like to get my brows waxed. I hate how expensive it is, but I love how it looks.

Angela

There’s never been too much of a difference between my day-to-day and fancy makeup other than perhaps adding lipstick and eyeliner. I believe that all women look best when they play to their strengths and simply emphasize their natural assets. I have always used warm natural tones, a hint of highlighter and blush, then eyeliner on the lower eyelid, and mascara. I currently have CoverGirl Trublend foundation, Clinique Fresh Bloom blush, CoverGirl Country Woods eye enhancer, Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara, and Rodial smoky eye pen.

Mia

My “fancy” makeup is still pretty basic. I stick to my same tinted moisturizer, but upgrade to e.l.f. Lip Balm Tint in Berry for my lips. I also might add in some eyeshadow – right now my favorite is a limited edition e.l.f. x Christian Siriano eyeshadow palette that I bought earlier this year. I also tame my brows using Glossier Boy Brow. I used to wear eyeliner, but now hardly ever wear it. I’ve never been a big fan of mascara. I also seldom use concealer, blush, bronzer, shader, or highlighter.

Do you feel obligated to wear makeup when leaving the house to run errands or do other day-to-day tasks?

Stacy

I used to, but I seem to care less nowadays. I don’t know if it’s being pregnant or that some days I just don’t care as much because I just can’t be bothered with it. I do feel more “put together” with makeup on, more confident, and more awake. Sometimes I will do my makeup just because I am really dragging through the morning and I need to wake up and get stuff done.

If I were going to an interview or meeting or party out of my house, I would definitely take time to put on makeup. I’d probably wear jewelry too.  I am a big fan of fashion jewelry! I used to sell a brand called Chloe & Isabel. I think I love makeup and jewelry primarily because I’ve always loved dressing up. My girls have always loved dressing up too.

Mia

It depends on the task. I don’t feel obligated to wear makeup if I’m simply running out to the grocery store and I definitely make sure I’m not wearing any makeup before I head to the gym. However, I do usually feel obligated if I’m going out to dinner, hanging out with friends, or going to an event. As I said, I also usually wear makeup if I have to attend a video conference.

Angela

I used to. Living with chronic illness has really transformed my self-worth when it comes to looks. It shouldn’t matter what I look like when I leave the house. If the cashier at the grocery store judges me for not wearing makeup then they probably don’t have a lot going on in their life. Other people’s opinions don’t matter. I am who I am. Your circle grows pretty small during chronic illness. You need people who accept you for all that you are inside and out til their last breath. I have no time to worry about other people’s opinions and neither should anyone else. Rock it.

How has your skincare and makeup routine changed over the years?

Mia

In high school, I used to spend well over an hour every day when I was getting ready for school. I always felt like my makeup had to be just right! In college, I did a complete 180 and very seldom wore makeup since I walked to class and felt like it was melting off my face in the heat. When I was younger, I cared more about experimenting with fun colors and using makeup as a way to express myself. Now, I mostly just wear makeup in order to look more professional or put together.

Stacy

When I was younger, I wore very different makeup than I do now. I like to think I have evolved into a more sophisticated look as I’ve gotten older. I started wearing makeup when I was 17, the summer between high school and college, and I was in a goth phase then so I did really heavy black eyeliner all around my eyes (and I wasn’t very good at applying it! lol!). In college, I wasn’t “goth” anymore but I still preferred liquid black eyeliner (as I still do now; never quite got the hang of pencils) and I remember always using an eyelash curler, wearing blush, and an all-over face powder. I also always straightened my hair. Now I don’t even own a straightener.

The makeup I wore up until I was 26 was really cheap, dollar store makeup. I really didn’t know how bad it was  for my skin. I learned a little about better makeup and at 26 switched over to Younique, but when I was 27 I decided I wanted to detox and purify my whole body so I stopped wearing it. I had really bad acne for 9 months after that! I still don’t know if that was because my skin needed to detox from a decade of stuff on my face or if it had something to do with simultaneous dietary and lifestyle changes. Exactly a year later, when I was 28, I started wearing makeup again, but very minimally during that year. When I was 29, I decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right, so during Christmastime, I booked myself an appointment at Sephora. They do “free” makeup consultations if you buy $x worth of their products, and I needed everything because I was starting over from scratch. I was studying to become a  real estate agent and wanted to look the part. I learned how to apply makeup properly, finally, for the first time in my life. I asked for the most natural products available and bought about half of what was recommended to me, just enough to do up a pretty face. I brought my cheat sheet home and referred to it the first few times I re-created the look. That was exactly a year ago now and I am still applying makeup exactly the same way. I haven’t branched out to other shades or products, partially because I don’t want to spend the money and partially because I lack the confidence to create my own look. I don’t think I have a great eye for cosmetology and feel safer letting the experts tell me what looks good. I’m also pretty comfortable with my makeup look/routine so I don’t really need to mix it up.

Angela

It hasn’t changed much, except that I now rarely wear makeup.

Do you feel like the products now are different from when we were in high school and college and how so?

Mia

YES! Especially the formulas! Back when I was a teenager – makeup was just makeup. Most of it didn’t have anything extra added in – foundation was basically like skin-colored facepaint. Now, most makeup that takes the place of foundation usually has added appeal – a double use as a moisturizer, sunscreen, or other skincare uses. This seems way more useful.

Stacy

I have no idea honestly. I didn’t start wearing makeup til college and I bought really cheap crap. I had a whole Younique collection at one time but I stopped buying it when I got annoyed and frustrated by their backorders and long shipping times. Now I always go to Sephora and the brand I wear is Tarte.

Angela

Yes, overall I feel there’s better skin tone matching options, a few all natural lines, bb and cc creams, for a smoother, more natural look.

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Do you watch beauty vlogs or tutorials?

Angela

I watched one once to learn how to do a smoky eye for a masquerade event I was attending, but usually, my look is the same regardless of event or season, so there’s little need to watch them.

Stacy

I have before, to learn interesting techniques, but I don’t do so on the regular.

Mia

Not regularly. If I have a specific concern, am looking for reviews, or want to learn a specific new thing, then I’ll search YouTube. I don’t have any favorite vloggers or channels, though.

Do you subscribe to any makeup/skincare boxes/subscriptions or do you want to/do you have views on them?

Mia

Yes! I subscribe to both ipsy and Birchbox. They’re fairly inexpensive and it’s fun to get new products every month.

Stacy

I didn’t know that existed.

Has someone greatly impacted the way you perceive makeup and skincare?

Mia

Yes! When I was in college, there was one associate that worked at the local Dillard’s store – Apollonia – who really helped me progress my makeup wearing into adulthood. I was in my early 20s and starting to think of my career after college. After a few years of rarely wearing makeup, she helped me learn what types of products would help me look more professional and put-together for entering the next stage of my life, as well as how to apply them. She also helped introduce me to the importance of having a dedicated skincare routine.

Stacy

No. I feel like I’ve evolved my own style over the years. Even during the consult at Sephora, I told her what I liked and she basically just recommended products and gave me application tips.

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Closing Thoughts

Stacy

I think makeup is pretty and fun and I enjoy how I feel wearing it. I respect all other people’s personal use or not use of makeup. I honestly couldn’t care less how other people look or what they do. It’s not my business. I really think I wear makeup for myself; for my own confidence and my own personal fresh/awake, etc. feelings. I went almost two years (2016-2017) not wearing makeup so I know what it’s like not to wear it on the regular,  so I feel I have the “objective” distance from it to say confidently that I personally prefer it and enjoy it for myself.

I think my girls are way too young to wear makeup. I didn’t start wearing makeup til I was 17 and Papi and I don’t believe girls younger than 15 should play with it. We don’t even like them wearing lip gloss (at 6 and 8 they basically just eat it anyway). They are fascinated by my makeup, though, and when they do see me put it on, they beg me to put some on them. I have treated them to a little face-dusting (they don’t know there’s actually no powder on the brush) or a little dot of lipstick on really special occasions, but I try not to do that anymore because their begging gets much more tiresome in the weeks that follow a little treat like that. During a long car trip, they once colluded to put marker on their lips in lieu of lipstick.

Angela

I believe that women as a whole, are best served by accenting their natural beauty. Stop trying so hard! No one who matters actually cares or pays attention. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Mia

I feel like makeup and skincare have changed so much between when I first started wearing makeup at the age of 13 and today. Much of that change has been for the better, such as the creation of makeup products that can help with skincare and the increase in the diversity of available products. I also feel like not wearing makeup is more accepted today than it was 10-15 years ago. Additionally, for those interested in wearing makeup, online tutorials make it so much easier to learn new techniques than in prior years (remember the days when we had to search through grocery store magazines for makeup tips?). However, I sometimes worry about the beauty standards some people may feel the need to adhere to due to social media. Filters can make people look different than can be achieved in real life and not everyone has the talent to look as good as influencers and beauty vloggers – that, however, is a topic that can start another whole discussion by itself.

Reader Thoughts

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