OK, this is technically not five different things, but I struggled this week, so I’m sharing something else instead. Based on comments from the cabin getaway post, it looks like I owe a few of you a makeup tutorial so I can share my go-to products for when I play “dress up”. I already told you all about my favorite everyday beauty goodies a few weeks ago (you can read that edition here), so now on to my tried and true beauty tricks, and products I love for when I get to go out on the town (which doesn’t happen frequently enough I might add). I tried to recreate the exact process I go through when I put on the full face, and have included step-by-step (yes, I apply my makeup in steps) instructions below, too! And of course, thank you so much for all the sweet comments…yall know how to make a girl’s day.
First comes the daily moisturizer and that’s a must…especially one with SPF in it to combat the sun. I use Clinique Even Better Moisturizer and love it because it keeps my skin hydrated as it tends to get dry during the day…if I am out of that, I go with Loreal Revitalift which is just as good in my opinion. Then I apply Smashbox Photo Finish Primer with a makeup brush. I have found this works better and makes for a more even application. Next up is the concealer which goes under my eyes (ALWAYS), and then other areas where I might have a blemish, skin spot, etc. After that I follow up with foundation and I recently switched from Makeup Forever to Smashbox Halo Liquid Foundation. Both are VERY similar so I will probably continue to switch it up. For this I use a different makeup brush and start at my forehead and work my way down.
Step 2: The Cheeks and The Eyes
See how we are working our way down the face?? Next up comes the bronzer…yes, I wear bronzer in the winter because I hate feeling “ghostly white” and I tend to think bronzer works better than plain pressed powder. I use Too Faced Bronzed and Poreless and apply with a BIG makeup brush. If I’m on the bargain hunt, I use Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer and I like it for everyday use. Then I move to blush..ya’ll know I love me some blush, and pink is my favorite hue. I actually use a combination of blushes…first is the powder by NYX and I love the Powder Blush in Rose Garden, and then I apply a small bit of the Blush Stick by NYX in Pink Poppy for that dewy, glowy cheek stain.
Then it’s on to the eyes. I start by applying Loreal Infallible Eyeliner in Carbon Black, and then move on to eye shadow. I switch it up between by Urban Decay Naked Two Palette and the ELF eye shadow kit (which is AMAZING for a fraction of the price!!). Then it’s on to mascara, and I know I exclaimed my favortism for Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara, which still holds true. Finally, it’s on to filling in the eyebrows (because mine are very blonde in color) and I don’t use anything fancy here..Maybelline Master Shape in Soft Brown is my go-to.
Step 3: The Lips
You best believe I don’t ever leave the house without lipstick/gloss on my pout. Chapped lips are a big no no!! I start with a fairly light lipliner and I have found the NYX Lip Pencil/Crayon works well and lasts a long time. My newest obsession is Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Nude Peach.
That’s it…we’re done. Gosh that seems like a lengthy process, but I assure you, this is a routine I can have done in less than 10 minutes, it just takes practice. Plus, I hope this shows that you don’t have to buy ALL expensive products to have makeup that looks good and stays put.