Bare Can Be Dangerous
Now that your skin is beautifully clean and blushing like a bride’s (do they still?), you may think you’re through with your work. You’re not. For if you’re one of those natural-look lovers who believes that you’re giving your skin a treat by letting it go bare, forget it. Again, you’re leaving it open to a lot of horrible things.
Your skin should never be left defenseless for even one red-hot (the condition your skin is in by now) moment. This means that some sort of protective skin covering is a necessity, and here’s where I hit a snag. I am used to that thin-stuff makeup I once complained about so bitterly the Laszlo treatment-foundation that is more the texture of watered-down calamine lotion than anything else I can think of.
You know I am not going to tell you that you must do it my way. The trouble is that so many of the commercial foundation makeups available on the market today are greasy. It’s Myth No. 3 at work again, and it’s working harm on more skins than one imagines. Dr. Albert A. Kligman, professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has submitted a paper on “Acne Cosmetica,” in which he maintains that most cosmetics contain ingredients that can cause acne even on mature women. We certainly don’t want to get on that hard-to-get-off-of road. As for many dermatologists’ deep knowledge of skin, Dr. Kligman says: “They know damned little about it.”
There are, I understand, a great many water-based foundations available. Revlon’s “Natural Wonder” is one; Max Factor, I understand, makes another. Water-based sounds like a more sound foundation to build a skin on than oil, as far as I am concerned, for oil is one of the slippery spots I mentioned one where your skin can fall and hurt itself.
It’s very difficult for me to find the perfect makeup for your skin from this vantage point. Perhaps the one you are using now is perfect for you. But, before you decide it is, be sure you test it with your Nitrazine, for skin-safety’s sake. My advice would be to look for the water-based, test with the Nitrazine, and avoid all makeup that smacks of oil. Grease is not the look we re after.
As for powder, which you ought to have, try to find the most lighter-than-air sort you can. And it should be practically colorless. In fact, that’s a pretty sure way of making sure it’s the light kind. What looks white in the box should look like no powder at all on the skin. Some theatrical makeup companies make “No-Color” face powder and many, many commercial cosmetics companies make what is called “transparent” face powder. That is the kind to head for. As for the way to apply it, I disagree with some of the makeup experts of my acquaintance. I have been told, by professional makeup artists, that the only way to apply face powder is with a brush. And I have tried that method and don’t like it.
I prefer the way I was taught by Dr. Laszlo, which is to apply the face powder thickly (and here you will look like a clown for exactly one minute) with a big wad of absorbent cotton. Leave the powder on for one minute and then take a clean piece of cotton and buff. That’s right, buff. Polish your face until it shines, not with oil, but with cleanliness. It makes for a wonderfully natural, unpowdered look, but your face is further protected from the elements all the while. Only you are the wiser.