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This stuff is seriously magical. I have put this on while filming (click here to watch the video) and I can tell a huge difference in the before and after footage. It corrects any redness or other discoloration and leaves your skin soft, smooth and ready for your foundation. Plus, it also has SPF 35 in it so it protects your skin from the sun as well!
I have used several different foundations over the years, but this one is my current favorite. I have never seen another foundation quite like it. It’s totally full coverage, yet it’s somehow lightweight at the same time and doesn’t look thick and cakey. It feels refreshing when I put it on my skin and lasts all day. I apply it with this brush to blend it out evenly.
Concealer: Shiseido ‘Perfecting’ Stick Concealer
I recently got this concealer to try out because I thought it looked like it could be a dupe for the extremely expensive Cle de Peau concealer—and I was right. This is a lot smoother and the color is slightly different, but it is still extremely blendable and covers blemishes like a charm. Overall it functions pretty much the same, for fraction of the price! I’m gonna go ahead and call that a win.
I’ve been using this powder for about 5 years now, and I don’t see myself deviating any time soon. I love setting my foundation with this powder on days when I’m wearing a full face of makeup (but beware, a lot goes a long way) or by itself when I want something lighter and natural. If you’re looking for something more translucent, I also use this one for touch ups throughout the day and this one to set my concealer under my eyes.
Bronzer: Les Beiges Healthy Glow
This bronzer has been in my makeup bag for two to three years now. I used to use this one from Bobbi Brown which is awesome, but I liked the color and the creamy texture of this one slightly more. I think it gives a soft and natural glow, without looking too orange.
I use both of these palettes for contouring and I think they are both equally great. The NARS palette is more expensive, so if you’re looking for a drugstore find this NYX palette is amazing. The colors are all super blendable!
My favorite blushes are this one from Chanel and NARS Orgasm. These are my two ride or dies, but they are pretty expensive. I recently discovered these Milani blushes and omg… They are incredible! Especially for the price. There are quite a few different color options and the pigmentation is amazing. 10/10 recommend.
Highlighter: Soleil Tan de Chanel
I am convinced that this is the greatest highlight of all time. It has a beautiful, bronze glow to it that I looooove. I get the tiniest little amount on my fingertip, dot it on my cheekbones, and gently pat it in. It’s seriously poppin’ and the bottle will last you years. Yes, I said years. Which is awesome because it is a little pricier, but so worth the splurge.
Eyelash curler: I always curl my eyelashes before I apply my mascara. I think it just helps open your eyes up more to make them bigger. I have this one from the drugstore.
Lash primer: Cils Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer
This stuff is a game changer. It makes a huge difference in the way my eyelashes look. Swipe on a few layers, let it dry for about 30 seconds, and apply your mascara. Trust me on this one and give it a try. I promise you won’t regret it!
I use two different drugstore mascaras because they each do different things. I’ve been using this combo since high school and it’s never done me wrong. I’ve tried some high end mascaras over the years, but continue to come back to both of these every time. Plus, since they’re from the drugstore they are both super affordable.
Eyeliner: I always use liquid liner, but I like to use a pencil to start so I have a guideline to go off of. I also use it to line my top waterline. I’ve been using an organic one from Whole Foods, but it was recently discontinued. Other brands that I like from the drugstore are Maybelline and Loreal. For gel liners, my all time favorite is this one from Bobbi Brown.
I use the pencil first to fill in my brows, and then I start to shape and define them with the Sourcils Styler. I am obsessed with this product y’all. It comes in different colors (i.e. blonde, brown, etc) so it darkens your brows slightly without looking overdone. Additionally, it acts like a brow gel and locks those bad boys in place. And the best part is—the finished product doesn’t look overdone or unnatural. If you’re interested in seeing the exact process, check out this blog post.
Go-to eyeshadow palette: Naked 3
If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you know allllll about my obsession with blush pink. This palette is everything I could ever want: matte pinkish neutrals, pink toned metallics, and a few darker shades for some added definition. When I travel, this palette always comes with me! I love having all of these great shades handy in one easy palette. My favorite brands for single shadows are Lancome, Bobbi Brown, and Chanel. I also recently found this cream shadow by Revlon and I love it! See it in action in this video.
Liquid lipsticks: I still use traditional lipsticks and lipgloss from time to time, but most of the time I use liquid lipsticks. My two favorites right now are the MAC Nice ‘n Spicy and NYX Liquid Suede. I’m also obsessed with these Milani metallic liquid lipsticks! If you want to see them swatched and applied, check out this video.