Through the years I have continually gotten questions about how I do my makeup, whether or not I wear fake eyelashes, and told that my makeup always looks nice. So, in honor of all the questions I’ve received about how I do my makeup, I’ve decided to give an explanation, and share what products I use! So, I use eleven products every single day, no matter how I end up doing my eye makeup. It may seem like a lot, but amount is key, and once you invest in the ten products, they should last a long time if you don’t overuse them.
1) Urban Decay Naked Palate: I use this palate daily. It has so many great colors, and since I have green eyes, the brown tones look great with my eye color. I’m also on the fair side as far as skin tone, so the shades aren’t too dark for my skin, and they’re not too colorful. I’ve had this palate for almost a year, and the colors I use the most frequently are Virgin, Sin, Half Baked, Smog, Dark Horse, and Toasted. I use Dark Horse or Toasted in my crease, then use a mix of a darker shadow in the corner to blend the bottom part of my eye with my crease, then apply Smog or Toasted all over, then add a bit of Half Baked to the first half of my eye to add a little highlight to the inner part of my eye. Once this portion of my eye is complete, I use my all over base to highlight the area between the crease of my eye and my eyebrow. Tip: clean eye brush regularly so that when you change eye shadow color the new color not tainted by the previous color. Also, cleaning brushes kills bacteria.
2) Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder (fair): This is face powder I use. I have tried numerous cover-ups over the years, including Mac, Mary Kay, Sheercover, Mally, liquids, powder, liquids that dry as powder etc. My mom is a makeup nut, and she goes through makeup like crazy, insisting you have to try everything before you really know which is the best fit for your skin. I love the Smashbox power because it is light, stays on all day, and is the perfect tone for my skin, not too dark, not too light.
3) Mac Pinch Me Blush: This product is fantastic as blush. It’s not too pinky, but if I accidently apply a little too much, and it looks pinker than I want, then I usually swipe a little of the Smashbox powder over it to tone down the pinkness. I don’t believe this particular color is available anymore, but I would say any of the Mac blushes that have a lot of pink would be similar. When I apply my blush, I smile a little bit, and apply the blush directly to my cheekbone, and up near the edge of my eye so that it looks more natural than just a line of blush from nose to earlobe.
4) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube: So, for this product there are two choices depending on what look I am going for. If I want a little more shimmer, I use the Sin version of the primer (gold tube), but if I want a really light, natural look I use the original (purple tube). This stuff is seriously magic. It keeps my shadow in place all day, without smudging. Using a primer also allows for the shadows to show up a little darker while using less, so you won’t have to keep buying shadows because they will not be running out as quickly.
5) Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black: This mascara is the best mascara I have ever used. My eyelashes are fairly long naturally, but this mascara makes it so that I can use less mascara and get my eyelashes really long, and they do not clump. If you want your eyelashes to look really long, or maybe a little longer, I would recommend in picking this mascara up on your next visit to Sephora.
6) Benefit Fake Up Concealer: I am cursed with extremely dark circles under my eyes, and it’s very hard for me to find a concealer that covers them without it being super thick. This new concealer by Benefit is light, and has a bit of collagen so that your eyes look awake. I just bought it recently on a trip to San Francisco, and I’ve used it everyday since. I’ve found it works best if you use a foundation brush or concealer brush to apply versus just using your finger.
7) Mac Shroom Eyeshadow: I use this after I put on my primer, as an all over eye shadow. As I said in the primer section, primers really make your shadow stick and make them a little darker. So, I use this color (or the Virgin or Sin in the Urban Decay Palate if you want to just buy the palate) as a way of putting a light layer between the primer and my darker shadows so the darker shadows aren’t too dark, but it also keeps the primer there so the darker shadows still show up in the shade I want.
8) Tarte Black EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay eyeliner: This is a liquid liner that is applied with a brush, and then dries to look more like pencil eyeliner. It is magic. I’ve tried many eyeliners, and I’ve found this is the system that works best for me. I like the easy application of liquid liners, but like the look of pencil liners, which is why this is the best option for me. I like a smaller line of eyeliner so I use the thinner end of the brush that comes with this liner, and I take a finger and pull my lid tight so it’s a bit elongated so that I have a straight line to apply liner to (a trick I learned from my sister when I first started wearing makeup, and this works for any kind of liner).
So, those are the products I use, and how I use them everyday. I also use three other products to maintain my skin, and those are the following:
1) Philosophy Release Me Makeup Remover: I used to use Mally makeup remover only, but then when I was going to college, I didn’t want to have to order my remover every time I needed it, so instead I switched to the Philosophy remover that is available at Sephora and Nordstrom (and anywhere that sells Philosophy products). It’s great because it isn’t too oily, and it always gets ALL my makeup off. However, I’m a little crazy when it comes to oil, and so usually I take my makeup off after washing my face, then take a fresh cotton ball and wet it with water, then go over my eyes with the wet cotton ball.
2) L’Occitane en Provence Angelica Cleansing Gel: I love this cleanser! I used to only use cleansers that were creamy, but this gel is light, has a nice scent, and keeps my skin soft and blemish-less. I used to use the moisturizer also, and do occasionally, but I’ve switched over to my next item.
3) Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: I’ve never had overly dry skin, but sometimes I just want an extra shine, and a little extra moisture. This sorbet is a great moisturizer, and it keeps my skin super moist. It also has a great scent, and is an all natural product so it is great for your skin!
Skincare is different for everyone, but those are the products I use to maintain my skin. I hope this answers the questions about how I do my makeup or just gives a little advice on which products work great for natural looks!