But first, makeup.
So I've been getting quite a few beauty related questions so I wanted to dive more into the beauty side of things and give y'all what you asked for.. Yay! As far as my makeup routine goes, I basically do the same thing all the time.. I don't really have different makeup looks just because I have always done my makeup the same way and every time I try to change it up, I end up just doing the same thing I always do.. Does anyone else do this?! BUT if it's a super special occasion, I may add a little bit more and make it a little bit darker, but for the most part, this is my go-to makeup look..
Before I put on my foundation, I like to just use a moisturizer for my primer because I like the hydrating feeling of it much better than a primer. The foundation I use is also a full coverage foundation, and the moisturizer helps it look a little more dewy which I love. I use the Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturizer. I naturally have normal-dry skin, and this moisturizer is so hydrating and makes my makeup go on incredibly smooth. If you are looking for a moisturizer that is not as pricey, I also recommend the Olay Complete all day moisturizer. These both have SPF in them, and being the Junie B. Jones freckled face that I am, I love them for the spring and summer time when I am out in the sun! AND Olay is on sale at Ulta for less than $8!
This. Foundation. Is. Everything. I have NEVER used another foundation for as long as I have been doing my makeup. I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in the shade Tawny. I use a damp Beauty Blender and dab into my skin! Seriously y'all, this foundation is the best full coverage foundation out there, hands down. It is not cakey whatsoever and lasts ALL DAY. A little goes a long way, and my bottle lasts me a good 3-4 months. I have gotten so many friends hooked to the Double Wear and they are in love! If once in a blue moon I fall asleep in my makeup, I can wake up and it still look fabulous.. That's how great this stuff is! Another thing, I have very sensitive skin and if I get my makeup done for a shoot or try another foundation, I seem to get blemishes and break out. But I have never broken out from the Double Wear, so it's great for sensitive skin as well! GET IT and thank me later.
3. Setting Powder
No, I do not use a concealer.. I know.. but every single concealer I have ever used makes me get the itchiest, driest rash under my eyes! But, I just use my foundation under my eyes, and the Laura Mercier setting powder on top and I am good to go! Whenever my foundation dries completely, I use my damp beauty blender to apply the setting powder under my eyes. I love this Laura Mercier Translucent powder because it doesn't crease and it keeps my foundation under my eyes last all day long!
4. All About the Brows
But really.. I used to never fill in my brows and I look back at pictures and my face just doesn't look complete at all.. I have more of a doey eye shape, so filling in my eyebrows makes a huge difference! While my setting powder is "baking", I fill in and shape my brows. I love the Goof Proof Brow Pencil by Benefit. I get my brows waxed at the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta, and my girl filled in my brows with this and I have never gone back since! It's amazing. After I fill and shape my brows, I used the NYX Control Freak (accurate lol anyway) Eyebrow gel to keep my brows from hanging down towards my eyes, not cute. Been there. After that, I wipe off the access setting powder under my eyes and blend that in using my Light side of my Kat Von D. Shade + Light contour brush!
After I blend my under eyes, to set the foundation on my entire face, I use the Bare Minerals Matte Powder in Medium Beige. I have used just the regular Bare Minerals powder before, but I love the Matte powder much better! You may be thinking that Bare Minerals is not a full coverage powder, and it is more of a natural powder, but keep in mind that the foundation I use is a full coverage foundation, so I don't like my powder being too thick. And it does a wonderful job of giving you that Matte smooth look.
6. I came, I saw, I contoured.
I honestly don't know what I did before I contoured.. I mean, really. For contouring I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light/Medium. I use the Shade side of my Kat Von D Shade + Light contour brush like I mentioned earlier! I contour right beneath my cheek bones, around my forehead, and along my jaw bone. I like to use a big fluffy brush to blend afterwards so my contour is a little more natural. This fluffy brush is bae and I have used this for years! You'll also never guess where it's from and how cheap it is..
I don't really like to spend money on blush anymore, I just think its silly because they all seem to the same to me. I now use the Milani Baked Blush in the color Carollina. I got mine at my local Target! I wear blush every day.. Even if I have BB cream on going to class with just mascara, you will always find me with some blush on girllll.
8. I know when that Highlight bling..
I love love love highlighting. I feel like such a girl boss every time I glow in the sunlight because of my highlighter.. I love the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfecter. I highlight the outside of my cheek bones around to the temples and up on my brow bone, the tip of my nose, and sometimes I like to highlight my collar bones because why not.. At this point, let's just highlight our entire body why don't we. *shrugs*
I used to always use Estee Lauder eyeshadow pallets, but my bestie, Reilly, just recently got me the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow pallet (Love you!) .. and YUM! Literally.. it smells so delicious you could almost eat it. To start off I will use the "Nectar" color all over my eye as a base. On my lid, I like to use the "Bellini" shadow to have that golden shimmer on my lid. For my crease, I don't tend to use sparkly shadows here so I like to use "Puree." On the outside of my lid I use "Cobbler" and on the lower outside lash line I will use the "Tempting" shadow. Depending on how dark I want to go, I will use one of those darker colors on my lower lash line.
My eyeliner and mascara came in a kit together and I am loving them right now! I use the Urban Decay Perversion Fine Point Eye Pen for my eyeliner. Sometimes, I don't really like a super sharp line for my eyeliner so I'll just use a black shadow as my eyeliner.
For mascara I use Urban Decay Perversion Bigger Blacker Badder mascara.
My go to lip color is usually the Buxom Lip Gloss in the color Dolly. I have a lip liner that is Sephora brand that I tried to match up as close as possible to the Buxom Lip gloss. For every day wear, I use the Baby Lips Cherry Me lip balm. I have gone through at least 7 tubes of it, and it smells sooo good!
And that't it!! Let me just say, it's so much fun being a girl! Don't get me wrong, I love my laid back days in a hat and running shorts, but I love to doll up and get ready on the weekends! I have always been infatuated with beauty.. I love finding new products I love and use and sharing them with y'all! So, if y'all have any questions or suggestions for future posts let me know here! I love getting messages from you guys, they make my day and are always so sweet! Thanks for stopping by. :)
All my love,