Since starting this blog I’ve focused a lot on fashion, however, I’m hoping that this blog will eventually be viewed as both a fashion and beauty blog. Over the past few years I’ve really developed a love and interest in makeup. It used to be a chore for me to wear because I never felt I could get it right and I hated my skin. If I had only known about all the bloggers, youtubers and Instagrammers when I was in high school! I would’ve not only learned how to properly wear makeup earlier but I would’ve been more confident in wearing it and using it to its full potential. Anyways, since learning about all these amazing sources of information I’ve tried tons of products, as we all have, and for the past year or so these have been my favorites. I’m 100% not a makeup guru but these are amazing everyday products!
My disclaimer, lol!!! All these pictures are screen shots from a makeup video I shot for fun. I’m not sure if that video will ever see the internet lol!!! I used my camera which has a soft skin effect so I think that does make me look a little airbrushed but I didn’t add any editing so you guys could see the true nature of the product. The video was shot in natural light in front of a window. And my hair looks so ratchet because my shampoo that keeps it grey/silver is backorder and all the color is fading (crying emoji). I hope you guys enjoy my crazy faces!
Step 1 Primer: I can’t decide if primer actually does anything or not. I’ve tried quiet a few from high end to drug store and have decided that drugstore works just as well and it’s worth saving the money. I used the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer. More than anything I love how this primer makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. I use a pea sized amount and rub it all over my face and neck before makeup application.
Step 2: For my foundation I use the Makeup Forever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation (Shade R230). I stipple it on with a damp beauty blender until it’s even across my skin. This foundation is easily blendable and looks flawless as if you aren’t even wearing makeup. This product always photographs well which is why I like it but it also lasts well thorough out a day at work. I generally use one-two pumps for my whole face and build on more layers when necessary.
UPDATE (7/6/17): Recently for foundation I’ve been using the NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation. It’s a water based foundation that is light and beatable on the skin. Perfect for summer!
Step 3: I take my Urban Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and make triangles under my eyes, a line down my nose, a V on my forehead and then a spot treat on any problem areas. I again use a beauty blender to push the product into my skin and blend it. Under my eyes I do a tapping motion back and forth to ensure that the concealer fills in any fine lines. I love this concealer because it provides amazing weightless coverage and never creases.
Step 4: Baking. If your not familiar with baking, it’s a process in which you apply a thick layer of translucent powder to your skin and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Your body heat gets trapped between the setting powder and your skin and essentially ‘bakes’ your make up on. On a daily basis I only do this under my eyes using the RCMA no color powder, however, if I’m going out I’ll also do it in my T-zone and to clean up my contour. I again use my beauty blender for this, surprisingly mixing liquid and powder on the same blender doesn’t ruin it. Since using the RCMA powder I have noticed my makeup lasting longer and not getting oily as quickly. This product is great because it doesn’t leave you too dry and when you brush off the excess your skin feels and looks soft.
UPDATE (7/6/17): Although I love the beauty blender, I’ve found a cheaper alternative by Real Techniques that works just as well.
Step 5: While the RCMA powder ‘bakes’ I fill in my eyebrows. I generally use the Anastasia Beverly Hill Brown Definer Pencil (Sephora) to do my eyebrows but recently have been testing out the NYX Tame & Frame (shade: 01 blonde). The ABH Brow Definer is definitely quicker and easier to use but the NYX product works great for long wear and comes at a better price. When I do my eyebrows I first brush the hairs up and trace the lower brow. Then, I brush the hairs down and trace the tail of my brow and use short heavy strokes to fill it in. I lighten the strokes as I come in closer to my nose, I continue these brush strokes until my brow is the desired thickness.
Step 6: Now, I brush off the RCMA powder. I then take the Mac Mineralize Skin Finish (shade: light plus) and lightly, using very little product, pat it over my whole face. I probably could skip this step but I’ve been using this powder for so long and love the finish. When I had bad skin I used it because I needed the extra coverage. Currently, I like that it evens out my skin and leaves me with a smooth palette before I add my contour. This powder has been with me through thick and thin and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I Usually I find MAC to be cakey but this powder is so sheer and weightless.
Step 7: Contour… thank you for coming into my life! For contour I use my ABH Highlight and Contour Powder Palette (shade: light to medium). I’ve had my first palette about a year now and still haven’t gone through all the contour powder. I did just get a new palette for Christmas which is what I used for these pictures. However, I blew through the highlights and I don’t even remember my thoughts on them, I’m excited to experiment with them again since I just got the new palette. So, when I contour I use my Morphe Contour Brush, make a fish face and angle my head slightly down. I use the angled part of the brush to brush up from the cheek bone and then make small circular motions to blend in out. Then, I use the excess on my brush to shade the sides of my forehead, nose and a little on my jawline and neck.
Step 8: Glow girl glow! For highlighter I love the BECCA shimmering skin perfecting highlighter. I began using it when Jaclyn Hill created her shade Champagne Pop with them, Sephora was basically always sold out of Champagne Pop so I gave one of BECCA’s other shades a try, it’s called Moonstone. I absolutely love this highlighter because you can build it up to go from a day to night look. And it always captures the light beautifully in pictures- which is all we really ever want! I use this Morphe brush to apply above my cheek bone and on my brow bone.
Step 9: I have been wearing a winged eyeliner for about 8 years now, no joke, since high school I’ve been rocking it. It’s rare that I’ll go a day without it because I just don’t feel like myself without it. That being said if I know anything about any makeup product its eyeliner. This Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (shade: trooper) is indescribable. It goes on so smoothly, the applicator is so precise (like a felt marker) and it stays on allll day, and sometimes all night! I think these marker type eyeliners are so easy to use and great for everyday. I have tried some gel eyeliners but I just don’t have the patience for that everyday. To apply I line the top of my lid first, then build the wing out toward the end of my eyebrow, and then bring it back in the the corner of my eye. Sounds easy right?!!
Step 10: Mascara is another one of those things that I don’t feel the need to buy high end. However, I’ve never purchased a high end mascara to compare. Currently I’m using the L’Oreal Paris Volumious Mascara and it works great! I tend to always be switching up my mascaras though because I just get tired of them lol!
Last Step: Throw on a nice little lipstick, I generally do a neutral and BAM, girl you lookin’ good! The shade I’m wearing here is Rimmel’s Heather Shimmer. I have tons of amazing drugstore lipsticks. I’m wondering if you guys would like me to do a post on the best brand and shades??? Comment below!
AND hit em’ with the glam selfie….
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Current Makeup Products (Updated July 5, 2017)