Fresh Faces at USC, courtesy of Clinique and Teen Vogue
It wasn't until my makeup artist, Julie, asked me what cleanser, foundation, concealer, and moisturizer (just to name a few) I used that I realized I was such an avid Clinique user! From their most basic products (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion) to their advanced eyebrow liner (Super Fine Liner for Brows), I realized that most of my makeup or skincare products are from Clinique! Fine, fine, so it was my mother who bought me my first Clinique items, but I never thought about switching to a different brand! And after coming to the Clinique Fresh Faces 2010 Tour at the University of Southern California, I remembered why.
Clinique is the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. The brand prides itself in being one of the highest quality and most effective cosmetic and skincare lines to formulate products using the latest scientific technology. The company is extremely health conscious, assuring that all products are Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free. With a bounty of disposable lip gloss wands in a jar and an assistant to help her clean her makeup brushes every 15 minutes, Julie informed me that Clinique places a huge emphasis on hygiene. Almost every other swipe of a q-tip, Julie used a new one so the colors won't mix or simply just to keep her work station clean.
Because I was about to spend a few extra hours on Trojan campus, I wasn't about to let them turn me into a clown, so I asked for a more natural makeover. Julie looked incredibly disappointed and said, "I would have loved to do a dramatic look on you since you have incredible skin." Okay so she might have said that to every single girl she put makeup on, but what was a girl supposed to say to that? So I gave in and gave them the OK.
I was never a fan of letting other people put make up on me because I always felt like I knew my face shape and the contours of my face better than anyone – even a professional makeup artist - but I must say, the makeover wasn't half bad! Julie did an incredible job (thank you!) and a big thank you to Christine at Clinique for pairing me up with her!
As I mentioned above, I'm a pretty big Clinique fan. But I'm also quite impatient. If I don't see immediate improvement (maybe within 24 hours), I deem a product not useful. So, rest assured, I don't suggest something unless I know it's a steal.
I've been recently getting stubborn dry patches around my chin area (on each side) and around my jaw line. I brought this issue up with Julie and she recommended the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. By the time I went to bed at night, these dry patches were gone. As I am writing this (which is the next day), I am feeling the same area on my face and there is not one single dry patch.
There are other Clinique products that I definitely suggest to young women who are looking to experiment with the brand. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (or Gel) is an amazing everyday moisturizer for those with dry, sensitive skin.
I would also like to recommend the Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer. I asked Julie, "What do you recommend if I want to hide my incredibly large zit but still want to give it some air to breathe?" Normally I would use concealer and cover it up as much as I could, but frankly, that wasn't working, because the zit only became more inflamed! Gross! Julie recommended this concealer that satisfied both needs. This product comes in 4 shades and will hide your fiendish breakout and yet, still give it a chance to breathe and go away!
If Clinique were to go on tour again in 2011, I would definitely recommend young women from all college campuses to attend. The 2010 tour stopped at 13 cities across the United States and offered college students an exciting opportunity to meet some of the most influential beauty entrepreneurs and journalists, such as Eva Chen (Beauty and Health editor at Teen Vogue), Caroline Cagney (Freelance Stylist), Laura Schreffler (Freelance reporter), Melissa Magsaysay (Style Writer and Editor for the L.A. Times), and Jeannie Lee (Boutique owner). Honestly, it doesn't get any better than this.
But it does! At the end of every attendee's complimentary makeover and personal consultation session, you get to stand in front of a professional camera and experience your very own photo shoot. Okay, maybe it wasn't like America's Next Top Model, but some of the pictures I've seen make you a very likely contestant for the show. The tour itself is also a contest for one lucky student to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with Teen Vogue and 10-week internship with Clinique in NYC in the summer of 2011.
A makeover, a consultation session, a photo shoot, a career panel discussion AND a potential opportunity to work with Clinique and Teen Vogue all in one sitting? Believe it or not: The 2010 tour is actually the second year Clinique/Teen Vogue Fresh Faces has hosted the event so I'm pretty sure they'll be back in 2011. In the meantime, head to your nearest department store and ask those friendly Clinique specialists to introduce you to some of the best products in skincare.
(LEFT) Before: Unfortunately, I forgot to take a "before" shot so this is the best I've got for you.
(RIGHT) After: My makeover!
My friend Kristal also went to the Clinique Fresh Faces Tour at USC! Check out what she had to say about her beautification experience! Read Kristal's story.
Joanne Seto November 10, 2010