Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Makeup Essentials

Every girl has her everyday makeup routine and certain products that she buys over and over again. At the moment, these are mine. I own a mix of drug store and high end products that I use daily. They are posted in the order I apply them. I'll try to find all of the prices and list them, too.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream $8
I have never used foundation because I don't really need it. Aside from the occasional pimple or blackhead, I've never had acne so I don't really need the coverage. I use Maybelline's BB cream in the Light Sheer Tint to moisturize and even out my skin tone because I do have a little bit of redness. I apply it with the E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush $3 (not what it's meant for) and it gives me flawless skin with a radiant glow.




E.L.F Essential Eyelid Primer $1
I was a little bit skeptical when I bought this primer because it was so cheap but I was completely sold after my first use. It goes on pretty easily and once it's dry it helps my eyeshadow stay on all day. I've only bought one tube so far but I've been using it for about three months so it's lasted me quite a while. I definitely recommend this product.



MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15 $20
I've spent so much time and money going through concealers because I have a huge problem with dark under eye circles. They're not pretty to look at and it's probably my biggest insecurity about my face. This was the first MAC product I've purchased and currently the most expensive makeup product I own. I have to say, it does its job. It does a great job of brightening up my under eyes and making me look less zombie-like. I apply it with the very small brush that is in the tube and use the E.L.F Professional Foundation Brush $1 to blend it. This has definitely become my go to concealer.



Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer in Medium Bronze $5.50
This is actually the first and only bronzer I've ever tried and I am looking to find a better one. It's a packed powder formula, it goes on easily, and it's very blendable but the shade is just a little bit too dark for me. I tried the Fit Me in Light Bronze but that one was too yellow for my taste; it made me look sickly. So right now I apply a very very little amount of this bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks to contour and then blend it to my skin with a sheer translucent powder and it looks pretty good. I still would like to find a better one.


L'Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Peach Gold $10
I actually really like this blush. The peach gold color goes great with my skin tone and it is very easy to apply. It isn't exactly a cream formula but it isn't a powder either. It's a strange mix of both but I really like it. It isn't too loose or too creamy. To apply I use the E.L.F Studio Blush Brush $3 and it goes on flawlessly.



Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder in Translucent Light $12.95
I've used the Bare Minerals powder and this one is just as effective for half the price. I apply this powder with the brush it comes with all over my face to set my under eye concealer and to blend my bronzer and blush. I'm very pale so my bronzer and blush is way too bright when first applied and this sheer formula does a great job of blending and toning the color down a bit so it's just the right amount.



NYX Love in Paris 9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in LIP05 $10
From this palette, I create a nude colored smokey eye. I begin by applying the nude/gold color located in the top middle all over my eyelid. I then use the white color on the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone to highlight. I finish by using the dark brown located on the bottom row in the middle in my crease and outer corner and finish by blending. It's a very simple look that give my eyes a little extra pop. To apply the shadow, I use the Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit $10.95 available at Target.





L'Oreal Paris Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner $8.99
This is a great liquid eyeliner. It goes on smoothly and lasts all day without smudging. I like to apply it as thinly as I can and wing it out at the end to give a slight cat eye effect.




Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude $4.49
I use this nude eyeliner to line my bottom water line. It is nude so you can't see it but it makes the eyes appear brighter, whiter, and larger. The effect is almost instant. This eyeliner goes on very smoothly and lasts all day.


Almay One Coat Triple Effect Mascara $6.89
Mascara is my favorite part of doing my makeup because it's when the look really starts to come together. I was blessed with long eye lashes so I don't use a curler. I use about two coats of this mascara and apply on both my top and bottom lashes. I also run it over the back side of my top lashes to ensure full coverage. *Quick Tip: If you accidentally get mascara on your eyelid or under your eyes (I do all the time) do not try to rub it off right away. All you'll do it smudge it everywhere. Instead, wait for it to dry completely and then rub off with a dry q-tip. It should crumble right off leaving the rest of your makeup intact. 



Almay Brow Defining Pencil in Blonde $5.99
I'm a firm believer that no look is ever finished until you've filled in your eyebrows. Even on the days where all I apply is concealer and a thin coat of mascara, my brows will be filled in. It just takes your look to a whole other level and it's a very subtle way to do so. Full eyebrows are really in right now and this is my go to pencil. It's very thin so it allows a lot of room for shaping and it goes on very smoothly. I love this pencil and will always repurchase it.



So that's my everyday makeup routine and my go-to products! I usually finish off with some sort of chapstick or lipgloss but that varies from day to day. Thank you so much for reading and if you have any questions feel free to ask!



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