“Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.” -Janelle Monáe
Of course nothing trumps (poor word choice) natural beauty, but there’s nothing wrong with a little enhancement sometimes…right? RIGHT! It’s safe to say I’m a bit obsessed with beauty products from skin care to make-up. It just brings so much excitement to my soul browsing through the cosmetic aisles and testing new products. Only downside is it could burn a huge hole in your pockets if you go nuts! I don’t discriminate, I’ll try ALL brands from Chanel to Revlon. Just because a product is a higher price point, doesn’t always mean its the best! It’s all about trial and error. My make-up collection consists of all different types of brands.
Throughout the years I’ve gone through a lot of make-up products; some that were AMAZING and some that were an epic fail (and waste of money)! Here’s a peek at my daily routine and the products I’m loving right now.
Smashbox Photo Finish Water Primer
First thing’s first before applying your make-up…PRIMER. Make sure you are working on a CLEAN palette before applying your primer. I normally use the Smashbox Foundation Photo Finish Primer, but decided to give the new water primer a try and I LOVE it! This baby is formulated without parabans, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, silicone, oil, fragrance and talc. I have super oily skin so all the products that I use are all oil-free. What’s best about the water primer is that the light mist leaves your skin super hydrated and make-up flawless for hours! Just a few sprays and you’re good to go! This is perfect for all skin types as well. Since I was testing it out, I purchased the travel size which was $16 from Sephora (also available at Ulta).
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
After using my water primer, I then apply my foundation. I can never seem to find the right foundation for my complexion (Don’t you hate that?!). Especially with the season changes; Summer time calls for a darker shade…Winter calls for a lighter. I’ve always had to personalize my own color, mixing two foundation tones together (COSTLY!). This product is the only one that comes close to my actual complexion (a tad darker than my complexion). I purchased this from Sephora and what I love is that the ladies there have a device they use to closely match a foundation to your complexion. A lot of choices appeared on the device but I chose the Urban Decay line because I’m a fan. I tend to go for the foundations that have a matte finish because of my oily skin. It’s also full coverage; I tend to use full coverage in the Fall/Winter months and sheer to light coverage in the Spring/Summer months. It wears beautifully and really lasts all day with not need to touch up. A little goes a long way with this product which is great; one pump and that’s it! It’s $40…but worth the splurge!
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
So…how my bags and dark circles are set up? Concealer is a MUST and my savior! I usually apply my concealer after my foundation but sometimes apply it before…depends on the day. Picked this one up from CVS for $6. It wears really well and has a natural finish and look. Apply to your problem areas for example; under eyes, blemishes, acne scars and any discoloration. I also use concealer under my brows sometimes to make them POP.
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Next, I apply my powder. Now…some folks opt out of using foundation because they already have perfectly flawless skin and just need a little powder…YOU are BLESSED my friend(haha)! My foundation is full coverage so I use very little powder just to set it. I hope powder doesn’t expire quickly because I’ve had this one for a while (Google’s…). Also purchased this at Sephora for $49…I know, but it really does LAST! I also use MAC Mineralized Skinfinish bronzer (Gold Deposit $30) for a little highlight action on my cheekbones and nose.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
Now, time to make the eyes pop. I’ve always been a fan of liquid eyeliner because it’s longer lasting and doesn’t smudge. The felt tip pen also makes for a good winged out look. You can purchase this at any drug store, again I got mine from CVS for $6 (Blackest Black color).
L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara
Honestly, there are tons of great mascaras out there. This one is my normal go-to if I’m not trying to spend an arm and a leg on mascara. Clump-free is a must when choosing mascara for me and color of choice is the Blackest Black for a more dramatic look. Only $7 from Ulta, CVS or any drugstore. If you’re looking for length and volume, try this out!
Last but definitely not the least…the lip color. Let me tell y’all…I have lipsticks for days and will most likely post a blog just for it! It has to be my all time favorite make-up product; it just sets everything off. How do I determine what lipstick color to wear? It really just depends on the day, how I’m feeling and what I’m wearing. One thing’s for sure, I will always love a bold lip. If you don’t care for a bold lipstick color…totally fine! Go for a nude shade or just some lip balm, it’s all up to you.
There you have it! Whether you are into wearing make-up or not, CONFIDENCE is key and knowing YOU are beautiful with or without make-up. Remember, you wear the make-up, don’t let the make-up wear you and let that confidence shine through (promise I didn’t mean for that to rhyme)!
What are your make-up go to’s?
Until next time!