I’m not a makeup artist, beauty blogger, or expert of any kind. I’m just a girl whose trying to make herself look presentable to the world, but who also happens to like makeup. So, I thought I’d share my current favorites. Most of my products were recommended by friends, and my other friends— the experts at Sephora.
From time to time I do indulge in those awesome You Tube makeup tutorials, but it’s more out of fascination vs. actually doing my makeup like them. I mean…am I really ever going to “bake” my makeup? (Yes…that’s a term, and the answer is no.) When I decide to go all glam, my routine is definitely a bit longer (I blame it on the eye shadow), but on an everyday basis, I’m usually done in 8 minutes (it’d be 5 if I didn’t have to do my eyebrows these days…ugh).
My routine has definitely changed, but I think it might be for the better (!) Below are the products and tools that I use almost daily—they range from drugstore to high-end. Most times I skip concealer, setting spray, and/or contour, just because they are unnecessary that day. Short descriptions about each product are below the video.
Products I Reach For
Botanics All Bright Day Cream with SPF15: After using Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer Lotion with SPF for years now (which I still do love), I recently switched over to this one. While it doesn’t have as high of an SPF, it’s still light, smells amazing, is inexpensive (around $12), and made with all organic ingredients. Plus, it doesn’t make me break out.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Dark-Neutral (whoa…that name!): Concealer is a new product for me, and I actually use it more for highlighting and spot concealing. I apply it in a “wing” shape about a ½ inch under each of my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow, and any blemishes. Then blend it all in with a Beauty Blender. It blends so smoothly, and matches perfectly with my tone—it truly feels and looks like naked skin. It is a bit on the high-end ($28), but the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer is also great, and less than $10.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite: I actually hate this part of my routine, and really wish I could just skip it. Unfortunately, because some eyebrow threading aunties botched up my eyebrows numerous times, I now have small gaps in my brows, and lost an arch in one of them. I’ve tried various pencils, powders, brushes, etc., but this is by far my favorite one. It stays on longer, exactly matches my hair color, has a very precise point to make fine hair strokes, and the spoolie is pretty legit. (Yes, I just said the spoolie was legit.) At $21 it is a bit expensive, but since it’s something I wear every day, it’s worth it. (I first prep my brows by combing through them with the Sephora PRO Brow Comb #21.)
L’oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark: I use this to keep my eyebrow hairs in place after I’ve filled them in with the ABH Brow Wiz pencil, and add a bit of color to them to make them seem “plump.”
If you have awesome eyebrows, the eyebrow pencil and plumper are probably not things you’ll need (!)
L’oréal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara: I’ve been a diehard L’oréal Telescopic girl for years. When I experimented with this one, it also quickly became one of my favorites. The product actually works better after a few uses because the ink has had some time to dry a little, which really helps. The formula is the perfect amount of inkiness, and adds volume, length, and fullness. Plus, it doesn’t feel dry, irritate my eyes, nor run. Another favorite is the L’oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black.
NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna & NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross: Not going to lie—I do love a subtle contour and highlight! Using the E.L.F. Complexion Brush, I’ll apply Laguna (bronzer) in to the hollows of cheeks, on my jaw line and forehead, and sometimes, my nose. Then I’ll sweep Orgasm (blush) onto my cheekbones, using the Bare Minerals Handy Buki Brush. To add a bit of glow, I’ll apply the Albatross highlighter using an Eco Tools Deluxe Fan Brush on to the high points of my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and a teeny bit to the tip of my nose. Sometimes I’ll swap NARS Orgasm blush with Dolce Vita (less shimmery with a darker, dusty rose tone).
Smith’s Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm; Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out; Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Touch of Spice: I don’t always like wearing lipstick—most days it’s just the balm. However, if I’m feeling particularly cool, I’ll apply either the Smashbox or Maybelline lipstick. Stepping Out (Smashbox) is a mauve color, and is great if you want a nude lip that lasts a good amount of the day. Like most liquid lipsticks, it is a bit drying. I suggest scrubbing your lips, applying a thin layer of clear balm, then the lipstick—this will keep it a bit more hydrated. Touch of Spice (Maybelline) is great for everyday wear—it has a more natural pink tone to it. (It’s what I’m wearing in the images in this post.)
NYX Matte or Dewy Finish Setting Spray: I’ll spray a couple spritzes of this just to help keep my makeup set. Especially on days when I know I’d like to have it on for a good portion of the day, or if it’s extra muggy/humid (which is pretty much every day in Texas).
I don’t have plans on doing a full tutorial on makeup looks—just this fun video. However, if you’d like to see an actual tutorial, let me know! Also, if you have any recommendations on your favorite go-to products, I’d love to hear them.