Welcome to the second part of our Spotlight on Cindy Joseph. Here are some of the questions our Timeless Beauties sent me along with Cindy's responses. I think you'll find her answers to be forthright, informative, and downright thought-provoking.
Some of our Beauties had more than one question in their emails so I split them into the appropriate categories for easy and organized reading.
Q. I would love to know what hair products you use for cleansing, styling, keeping yellow tones away (if you experience that) and how you get your beautiful hair to shine.
A. I wash my hair every other day. I have naturally very fine hair that is quite soft. I use USANA products. Sense is their skin care and hair care line. The shampoo and conditioner are perfect for my hair. You can purchase them online or from a distributor.
Q. What is your skincare regimen?
A. I do very little. I wash my face with the Sense facial cleanser by USANA because it’s very gentle. It does not sting my eyes at all. I find that is a good indicator that it's safe for my skin. Then I use my Boomstick Glo to moisturize and that's all I do. I do not wear sunscreen either. I believe the fewer chemicals the better.
Q. Why does my foundation and blush disappear into my skin in about three hours no matter what I do AND what can I do about it? The facts:
a. My skin is dry though it gets a tad oily in the t-zone.
b. This happens whether or not I use a primer; I've tried maybe 10 different kinds.
c. This happens whether or not I dust with loose powder over my foundation. I've used many different loose powders like Laura Mercier, Armani, Bobbi Brown...
d. This happens no matter what foundation I use...tinted moisturizer, cream, liquid...many high-end brands.
e. I use a light moisturizer underneath and a sunscreen on top of that.
f. This happens no matter whether I use a cream blush, powder blush or powder blush over a cream blush...many different brands.
g. I am 57 years old.
A. My guess is you need a better moisturizer. Your skin is most likely drinking up all and anything it can from the foundation. I would try a very rich moisturizer that not only nurtures your skin and is absorbed but also sits on top of your skin. That way it creates a protective coating as well as moisturizes. After applying, let it sit on your skin for a while before using the foundation. Add more if it is totally absorbed.
Armani makes a very high quality foundation in three textures. The lightest one is very effective. It's called Luminous Silk. The colors are extremely realistic as well. They are about $60 a bottle and well worth the price. I would use Boomstick Glo for your moisturizer and then the Armani foundation. No need to use powder! Powders really dull the skin and add way more texture than desired.
However, I question using foundations altogether. I have never been crazy about it. I don't like it for myself because it’s just too much to do. I prefer to let my skin show, with uneven tones, scars, freckles, wrinkles and all. It is honest. It is easy to get so used to what you look like with all that make up so when you are without it, you look too different. I find foundations messy (ring around the collar, yucky on the pillow, etc.). I find it adds extra texture and creates a flat, dead quality to the skin. When I have to wear it for modeling I always add Boomstick Glo on top to bring back the dewiness of natural skin. No matter how thin, natural, or moisturizing the foundation is, I find I still see it on the skin. Healthy skin glows, has life, circulation, and a radiance that foundations eliminate. A foundation is a mask. Plain and simple. However, if that is what you prefer I would use one that does what you want it to do and looks as natural as possible.
Q. What is your age?
A. I am 60 as of January 26th this year.
Q. Please let us know your everyday fashion style. You seem so very comfortable and yet still sexy, and not too many 60-year-old women, at least in the Midwest, have that quality.
A. I dress for comfort. I wear simple, classic clothes. I never wear patterned fabrics. I wear colors that match my hair and skin tone. I like simple clothes that are conducive to the occasion and weather. I prefer to wear my clothes rather than my clothes wear me. If I am not comfortable I won't look good. I like dark jeans and cotton jersey v-necks with three-quarter sleeves. Cashmere in the same style for winter. LOVE UGGS in winter. Flip-flops all summer, with pretty ones for parties. Leather boots with a little heel or low heels for business affairs. I love to see women that dress according to their character and personality, be it kooky, colorful, dramatic or whatever. I say honor what turns you on and makes you feel good! Sometimes I think I should try something more playful or costume-like, but if I do purchase anything like that it ends up just hanging in the closet. I have learned that I prefer simple and classic.
Q. What was the transition like going from being the makeup artist to having makeup applied to you?
A. Fun and sometimes frustrating. I love seeing how another makeup artist works and sees me. It’s fun to share experiences and products as well. If I am uncomfortable with anything they do I will be very diplomatic and make sure it is done so I’m feeling good about it. I know how to talk to a make up artist because I am one!
Love to hear what my ramblings have inspired or provoked.
Thanks for asking.
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Many, many thanks to Cindy for taking the time to so thoroughly respond to our questions. Cindy has been asked to write an essay (I read it and it's really informative) for the primebook.com and it will be appearing there shortly. I love knowing that, according to Cindy, I am always in the prime of my life.