How to Successfully Pack Your Makeup

As the Managing Editor at NaturallyCurly I am an ingredient-buff when it comes to products for my hair, but one area that I’m admittedly uninformed on in is makeup. I won’t let dimethicone or sodium lauryl sulfate touch my hair but I have absolutely no idea what I’m slathering onto my face every morning in my foundation and swiping onto my own eyes in the form of mascara. I know, it’s a contradiction, and something I’m working to change.

That’s why I’m thrilled to be partnering with Follain in my own journey to educate myself and discover new beauty products that make me look good as well as feel good, and tackling a few of the myths or preconceived notions I’ve had about “natural” makeup. I have problematic acne-prone skin that veers from desert-like dryness and flaking in the morning to extremely oily in the afternoon, and I’ve typically combatted this with the highest coverage makeup I could find and prescription medicines. I’m curious to see how ingredient-conscious makeup brands might affect my skin.

This month I’ve been trying out RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up foundation and their Magic Luminizer highlighter, both of which come in a little pot like a cream eyeshadow would. The solid formula turned out to be perfect for a trip that I took to New Orleans for my best friend’s bachelorette party. Traveling with makeup has always been a major pain for me – spilled liquid foundations that stain my makeup bag, powders that somehow coat everything I own, worrying about the pesky 3-ounce rule. Traveling with the little RMS pots turned out to be a perfect solution because they’re solid, small, and can be used in several different ways. The “Un” Cover-Up is marketed as a concealer, but is light enough to use as a full face foundation. The Luminizer is a Holy Grail product that people use for a natural glowy highlight all over, and I found it really useful for my eye makeup too.
In case you’re wondering, the little container with Japanese writing on it is actually coconut oil which I put in a Muji pot, it’s my favorite way to painlessly remove mascara and lip stains, and I use it as a lip balm too. The RMS products are coconut oil-based, so I’m still getting used to the feeling of wearing it on my skin during the day. It feels oily, but when I check the mirror it doesn’t look oily. I’m interested to try their Lip2Cheek product next, and find an ingredient conscious mascara.

If you know of any ingredient-conscious mascaras that work well, please share!



This post is sponsored by Follain. I have a code for readers that will give you 10% off your purchase at Follain through March 31, FOLLAINFRIENDS. 

Pictured: RMS Beauty Skin2Skin Foundation Brush, Skin2Skin Blush Brush, “Un” Cover-Up, Magic Luminizer

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.