I’ve received a ton of questions about my daily makeup routine and what products I use, so I decided the best way would be to list the products and let you know how I use each of them. I am currently in the market for a vlog camera, so I plan to film a live tutorial for you in the future, but for now, editorial format will have to do. If you have any recommendations for good video cameras, I’d love to hear, so please let me know in the comments section! 🙂 P.S. information on entering the giveaway is listed at the bottom of this post!
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am a complete beauty binger, and often buy far too many makeup products. The good thing about that is that I get to try a ton of items and review them for you, so that I only provide the products I think are the best ones in every category. Keep in mind that the products I use vary depending on who I am seeing, daytime/nighttime, and what event I am attending. Obviously, I am no makeup genius, but I do watch a ton of tutorial videos and practice with different products all the time. All of the products I list are the best in my own personal opinion. If it doesn’t work for you or your skin type, then please keep with your normal routine. You do you.
I prefer a dewy look with a glow, so the face products I am listing are not meant to be used for a matte finish. Also, a quick tip. I start with my eyes first when doing my makeup to avoid fall out on my face, so I am listing the products in order of use. The products I am listing below are the ones I use most often and on a regular basis. I will only list brushes if I truly feel it makes a difference when applying the product. I’ll link everything at the bottom under “shop the post” for easy access. Hope you enjoy…
Eye Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate – Warning, do not use a lot of this product, it is serious overkill. I apply this product in minimal amounts in the direction of the angle of my eye brow hairs and then blend it in with the included eyebrow brush. If it looks too artificial then I will take a tissue and better rub the product into my brow
Brow Gel: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear – I use this product when my eyebrow hairs are way out of wack. Again, only use a small amount but it helps keep the hairs in place throughout the day so your eye brow hairs are crisp
Eye Primer: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – I love this product because it prevents eye shadow from creasing over time, and it comes in a bunch of different shades so it is adjustable depending on the eye look you plan to do. I use a thin layer over my entire eye prior to applying eye shadow
Base eyeshadow/eye highlight: MAC pigment in Naked – Again, another one of my favorite products. This eye shadow is highly pigmented so you can add a little for a sheer effect or coat it on for a heavier color application. I use this product as my lighter eye shadow base and under my eye brow as a highlight
Full crease eyeshadow: MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown – I use this color across the entire crease of my eye lid, and as my middle shade blender for the shades below. The best blending brush for eye shadow is HERE
Outer crease eye shadow: MAC Eye shadow in Embark and in Carbon – I use these colors in the outer triangle crease of my eye, creating a sideways v for a darker, dramatic outer eye shadow look. I recommend this brush for precise eye shadow placement
Wing/Upper Eyeliner: MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black – My favorite eye liner on the market, hands down. It makes applying a precise wing liner extremely easy, and it is not easy to do. However, I warn you, it is very wet, so once you apply look down for a couple of minutes until it is done drying
Lower Eyeliner: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved – I don’t like to use a super wet liner like the Boot Black above on the waterline of my eye, so this pencil is a perfect liner for smudging out the lower lash line
Face Primer: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (no bronze) – Again, one of the best products on the market. I prefer a dewy primer because I think matte primers look cakey and can crease throughout the day. This Primer is great for disguising pores while also giving you a good base for powder and contour application. I apply evenly all over my face. If I am using the heavier MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation I’ve listed below then I usually mix this primer in with the foundation in a 1:1 ratio for a dewy thin application that isn’t a super strong coverage. If you prefer heavier coverage, then I recommend doing more of a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio with the primer, but either way the foundation is better when first mixed with a primer before applying to your face
Foundation: MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation in NC35 (I think this is the shade I use, but you will want to get color matched for your shade) – A great dewy foundation, but very full coverage. See above under Face Primer for how I apply. Also, don’t forget to apply to your neck as well to blend the product and make everything match so you don’t have the terrible makeup line under your chin. This is my favorite foundation brush HERE.
- If you prefer even lighter coverage for daytime, I recommend Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, add Laura Mercier Radiance Primer first, let it dry and then add the tinted moisturizer over the primer
Color Corrector: Bobby Brown in Peach – If you are like me and you are cursed with dark circles under your eyes, then I recommend applying a color corrector prior to adding your concealer. It will prefer the dark circles from showing through as the day goes by. Orange cancels out purple, so I like the color Peach since it is the strongest orange tone for this product. Pat the product anywhere you see a dark spot on your face.
Concealer/Liquid Highlight: Nars Concealer in Vanilla – Following the color corrector, I apply this concealer, and again it is another one of my favorites. I generally go with the lightest shade possible for concealers because I like a strong highlight under my eye. You can always add a powder or bronzer to darken it up, so I recommend the shade Vanilla
Powder Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light to Medium (Photo Below) – I’ve included below in my professionally done graphic photo of myself (not really!) where I use each individual color on my face. I definitely use the darker shades more often than the light because I like other products better for highlighters and powders (see bottom of post for demo)
Powder: Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder in Medium – I only use this if I want more coverage above and beyond my applied foundation, perhaps at night. It is a matte finish, so it helps remove an oily look if you feel it is too dewy
Bronzer: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 02 in Winter and Bronze 03 in Summer – I only use this if I feel like my face powder and contour is too light, and I only apply a very light layer to the darker/contoured areas of my face and forehead. Never apply under the eye area, this area is meant to be lighter than the rest of your face.
Blush: NARS Blush in Dolce Vita – I don’t know what they’ve done, but NARS definitely makes the best blush on the market. They’re famous for their Orgasm blush, which is also one of my favorites. Dolce Vita is great for olive skin tones like my own. It’s a little darker and pigmented so it brings out the darker tones of my skin. Recommend it for you olive girls.
Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics with Jaclyn Hill in Champagne Pop – There is a reason this is the best selling product at Sephora, it is amazing. I use this product on my upper cheek bone, above and below my eyebrow, on my cupid’s bow, and down the center of my nose. Demonstration on a photo is below. Basically you should use this product anywhere the light hits your face.
Sealing/Baking Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder – This is the secret to any fabulous makeup look. It evenly blends everything together and helps create a smooth finish to all the face products you have added. Apply a thin layer, and use it as a powder all over your face. I also use it under my eye with a beauty blender to “bake” in my concealer so it doesn’t fade away throughout the day. I can’t tell you how many containers of this that I have gone through in my life. This is God’s gift to beauty gurus.
Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex – One of my favorite designer mascaras. I apply multiple layers/coats and let it dry between each one. For an extra dramatic effect, use an eyelash curler once all coats are dry. I get it if designer mascaras aren’t your style because they are expensive and they run out quickly. My favorite drug store mascara is Loreal Telescopic or Maybelline Lash Stilletto.
Lipstick and Liner: MAC Lipstick in Persistence with MAC Lip Liner in Whirl – great neutral lip combo that won’t wash you out, I always apply a prep and primer lip moisturizer before adding lipstick to avoid it flaking throughout the day
- FYI – Long Lasting Lip Color: Kat Von D in Lolita (nude) or Outlaw (perfect red) – Kat Von D has done an amazing job at creating a long lasting lip color that truly lasts and in some bomb shades too. I’ve listed my two favorites here for both a neutral and red look. Quick tip: Be sure that you apply very precisely, especially along the lip line. It doesn’t come off very easily, hence the long lasting effect, so it will be difficult to get the liner just right if you don’t do it precisely the first time. When you are ready to remove the lip color, just use a oily makeup wipe and it should come off with any oil-based makeup remover
Finishing Spray: MAC Fix + – This is another great product for sealing in your makeup look. I spray it 3 times while holding the bottle up and away from my face about 2 ft. Let the product fall on your face and then air dry. It should help hold your makeup in place through the day. Quick tip: if you would like to turn your eye shadow into a more stay hold pigmented color, then apply Fix + to your brush and rub it in your eye shadow before applying to your eye.
Contour placement: This is very make-shift and unprofessional, but it is the best way I know how to show you where and how I contour without physically doing it for you with a video. The key to contour is a good primer and base foundation, as well as the brushes you use. This brush and hands down the best brush when it comes to contouring, especially on the lower cheek area. Sometimes, this brush can create too strong of a precise line, so I often blend and buff it out with this angled contour brush. My favorite highlighter brush, specifically on the upper cheek bone is this one HERE. For blending in the concealer or any gel products, I recommend the beauty blender. For everything else, I just use your average powder or concealer brushes, and the size depends on the area. Smaller brush for smaller areas, and larger brush for larger areas, pretty self explanatory.
The pink represents blush, the brown represents the 3 contour shades mixed together as appropriate for each area, and the lighter shades are highlighter or concealer depending on the location. The white under the eyes is concealer. The white on the forehead, chin and cheek is a light color powder or cream, whatever you prefer. The remaining white areas on the upper cheek bone, nose, cupid’s bow/lip and around the eyebrow are the champagne pop highlighter. The highlighter helps create a brightness to your face and pull those areas forward. It is necessary if you do a matte look for your face so everything doesn’t look dull. If I can tell you one think about contour, it is BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. You do not want it to be obvious that you covered your face in a tremendous amount of product. The point is to make it look like you have nicely chiseled cheek bones and a thin face, not like you just got attached by the makeup monster… you get my point. If you have any questions or you are more confused now then you were before, feel free to leave it in the comment section or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really like how I look in this picture, I think I should go with this more often…
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