Hi everyone! I wanted to show you all what I’ve been doing pretty much everyday for my make up. It changes all the time, but lately I’ve been really into this look. Enjoy!
Please excuse my make up free face! Here, I just got out of the shower where I used my Clarisonic ($130) to exfoliate and I used an acne face wash with it.
Okay, so starting out with a freshly washed face I like to moisturize, as you should no matter if you’re wearing make up or not. I like to use a light daily moisturizer from Aveeno during the day under my make up to help it go on smoother and give my dry skin a plump and hydrated feel and look. Adding a moisturizer helps any cream products you put on top go on without dragging on the skin. This is the Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer ($12).
After the moisturizer has sunk into the skin, about 5 minutes or so, I move onto primer! Today I’m using an aluminizing primer from L’oreal. It’s the Magic Lumi primer ($12). I’ve heard this is a dupe for Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41), I haven’t personally used it so I can’t say it’s a dupe for sure. Anyway! I like to use this primer for days that I want my skin to really “glow from within” even if my natural skin doesn’t have that glow. I can just fake it with this primer 🙂
With this primer I don’t use it all over the face. I just use it under the eyes, tops of the cheekbones, nose, chin, eyelids, and forehead. I find if it use it on my cheeks or on the sides of my nose it make me look too luminous and shiny.
After the primer has set and isn’t “wet” anymore, I move onto concealer. This is the only coverage I’m going to have for this look. I’m using a Revlon concealer ($8). Honestly, it isn’t my favorite, but it was what I had next to me so it’s what I used.
Since this is the only thing I’m using to get coverage from, I apply it heavily under the eyes in large triangles, chin, cupid’s bow, nose bridge, and the center of the forehead. While blending this out, I also put it on the eyelids and bring any excess onto the cheeks. Also, any blemishes I have I put it on.
I then use my damp black Beauty Blender to blend all the concealer out on my face. Make sure your Beauty Blender is damp before using it. If it isn’t, it won’t blend things out as smoothly as it can. If you don’t have a Beauty Blender, or simply don’t want to drop $20 on a make up sponge, there are a million other options out there for you if you still want to use a beauty sponge. Real Techniques beauty sponge is about $8, but you can also get cosmetic wedges at Wal-Mart for even cheaper. No matter what sponge you use, the same rule applies: dampen it before using it.
After I’ve blended the concealer out, I move on to powder. I recently purchase this powder at Target so this is the first time I’m using it. This is the NYX HD Finishing Powder ($10). So, it’s a white powder that is very “slippy” because of the silica used in the powder. If you are going out where there will be flash photography, avoid using any powder like this because there will be flash back and the powder will be visible.
I pour some powder out on the lid to pick the product up with my dampened Beauty Blender. It’s just easier to pick up in the lid than in the jar to me. I apply it under my eyes, my chin, upper lip, jaw line, eyelids, and forehead. I avoid the area where you will later put bronzer. And yes, use the same damp sponge you use earlier. No, this won’t cause you to be cake-y. I know that as we were learning make up we were always told to not mix powders and creams, or even introduce any liquid to powders, and while that is usually true, this is an exception to the rule. Using the damp sponge will help apply the loose powder in a way that will help diffuse the product more than a brush will. It packs product on under the eyes, but doesn’t settle in the lines. The dampness from the sponge will help pick up any excess product which is why it doesn’t leave your face cake-y.
After letting it set for a few minutes, 5-10 minutes, I use a large Tarte brush ($35) to get rid of the excess product and leave the face smooth. Again, avoid using an HD powder if you’re going somewhere there will be flash photography.
After brushing away the excess powder, I’m moving onto the eyes. Since I used a concealer and powder on my eye lids I’m skipping an eye primer since the concealer and powder act as one. If you pile up too many creams and powders, the eyelids will start to crease and look crape-y. So, if you want to use a primer, avoid using concealer and powder around the eyelids. For the majority of this look I’m using Urban Decay Vice3 Pallet (limited edition, no longer available). I’m going use a light brown in the crease and a burgundy pinkish-red as the liner. You obviously don’t have to use this particular pallet, just any colors that are similar will give you the same look.
Here I am using a neutral brown shade focusing it in the crease. Don’t bring the brown onto the lid or on the brow bone, leave it focused in the crease only.
After applying the brown in the crease, move onto the burgundy-pink-red color. I’m using an angled brush to apply this color in a wing shape on the outer corner of my eyes. I’m only going to bring it in a little less than half way. I like to use a powder first for the wing because it’s more forgiving and it give a much softer and less dramatic look.
After using the Vice pallet, I’m going to use my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction pallet (limited edition, no longer available) for the matte black shadow. Any matte black color will work. With the same angled brush I’m going to put the black close to the lash line to add a touch more drama to the look.
I’m going to use a liquid liner from Make Up Forever ($22) on the lash line very thinly to help the lashes stand out more and look thicker at the base. This also helps add some more structure to the look rather than leaving it completely feathery.
I’m now going to use Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow ($19) on the inner part of the eyelid with a flat shadow brush. Not completely on the inner corner as a highlight, but just as a shimmery “pop” on the inner lid. This shadow is sold as a single, but it’s also in the Naked pallet. But any champagne shimmery shade will work.
Now, I’m going to tight line my eyes using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25) in black. Any creamy black pencil liner will work. I really love this one because it dries very fast on the water line and doesn’t transfer or run throughout the day. Tight lining the eyes means you put the eyeliner on the upper waterline. It helps your lashes look really thick and full! At first, it might tickle and feel very odd to do, but once you get used to it, it’s just second nature and doesn’t feel strange at all.
My favorite part! Mascara! I’m using TooFaced Better Than Sex ($23) mascara. This is my favorite mascara ever! This is my fourth tube of it. It really makes my lashes long and full and dramatic without having to use falsies. If you haven’t tried this mascara, I really recommend it! A waterproof version was also recently released.
Moving on to brows, I’m using the Anastasia of Beverly Hills DipBrow ($18) pomade to fill my brows in. I bought this about a month and a half ago, and I’m so glad I did! It’s one of my new favorite products. Before I bought it, I was very nervous because I didn’t want “drawn on” brows, but there is a way to make your brows look “natural” and not drawn on with this product. After a few trail and errors, I figured out the way I like to fill them in.
Now Im going to use this NARS blush and bronzer duo ($24) on my cheeks. First, I’m going to use Laguna bronzer on the “hollow” part of my cheek. This is the part under your cheek bones. If you’re like me, though, and can’t see your cheekbones or the hollows of your face, if you just touch your face near the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth, you should feel the underside of your cheekbone. That is where your contour shade will go. This, however, is a bronzer. It’ll go in the same area, but it’ll be more blended and warmer than a contour shade would be.
With a kabuki brush, I’m picking up Orgasam blush and using it on the back of the cheeks instead of the apples. Applying blush on the apples of the cheeks will cause your face to appear more round, and for someone like me, I don’t need any help in that department. So, using it in a similar way as your bronzer, it will give your face a much more “slimmed” look.
For highlighter today I’m going to use the Coty Airspun powder in Luminous Translucent ($6). This is a HUGE container of highlighter that is inexpensive and a good quality powder. It’s fairly finely milled, so it helps your glow look pretty natural and not powdery. This is definitely one of my favorite powder highlighters. I use it on the tops of the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cupid’s bow, under and above the arch of the brow and very lightly on the chin.
When I was in Sephora a few weeks ago, one of the girls gave me this little booklet of lipstick samples from Urban Decay. Today, I’m going to use a nude pinky shade on the lips. Using a color like this will brighten the face and help it look more awake.
When I’m completely done with the look I like to spray my face with LUSH Breath of Fresh Air ($10) toner water to help take away any excess cakeiness and powdery-ness. It also gives the skin a nice refreshing dewy glow.
That is the finished look! It’s really simple and quick to do. It’s not a heavy look for summer, it’s very fresh and awake. It can also be quickly changed to a night look by adding more black to the eyes and a darker lip color as well as touching the cheek products up. It’s been my go-to look for the past few weeks and I have been loving it! I hope you do too.