When I first plunged into the realm of cosmetics, I slathered every inch of my face in thick foundations, concealers, and powders. Now, I wear fairly light makeup that emphasizes clear, dewy skin. I’m not too keen on wearing loads of makeup on a daily basis since, a) That’s terrible for the skin, b) Ain’t nobody got time for that, c) I like subtly enhancing my features instead. The entire process takes me around 10 minutes, as opposed to the 30+ minutes it took me prior.
Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with clear, blemish-free skin or awake-looking eyes, but for that there is always skincare and makeup (thankfully)! I shall save my daily skincare routine for another post but for now, here are my favorite products I use to create the illusion of a flawless face:
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand (link)
- NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Macadamia (link)
- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Sand (link)
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter in Bronze (link)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony (link)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (link)
- Stila Smudge Stick in Lionfish (link)
- Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara (link)
- Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Opal (link)
- Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Stiletto (link)
On a daily basis, I use a light hand when it comes to foundation. Tinted moisturizer works just fine! I bought this one by Laura Mercier on a whim, and upon testing, it instantly became a favorite. It contains a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation all in one. Less work for me, and less product for my face! Furthermore, the tube is beautifully sleek and perfect for travel. To apply, I dispense a pea size drop on a foundation brush and dot it all over my face. Then I buff the moisturizer with a small stippling brush. It gives a lovely, dewy medium-coverage finish which I adore.
The NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat are both holy-grail cosmetics in my makeup bag. I need heavier coverage for my panda-like dark circles, and these two products do just the trick. NARS concealer is creamy, moisturizing, not overly thick, and covers up my dark circles nicely. A tiny amount goes a long way. I like to make a inverted triangle under each of my eyes, and then lightly blend the edges using a foundation brush. Then I dab the Touche Éclat pen on top of my cheekbones and blend the product towards my temples for a dewy glow which contributes to my face appearing more awake and refreshed.
A tip: If concealer looks slightly cakey under the eyes, gently tap the area with your ring fingers to blend.
A good highlighter and bronzer are essential! The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick does a wonderful job of adding life back into my face. This palette is versatile, as I can use the lightest shade as a highlighter underneath my brows, done the bridge of my nose, on my cheekbones, and on my cupid’s bow (the little V above the lips). To contour my face, I take a bronzing brush and load it up with powder, focusing more on the middle three shades. Then I sweep the brush in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples, and on my jaw. After, I use a big fluffy face brush to diffuse everything.
Eyebrows frame the face, obviously. Therefore it’s important to pay them extra attention. I have rather thick dark eyebrows thanks to genetics, but they need a little help at the very tips. So I lightly pencil them in using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, then comb the rest of my brow hairs into place using the strangely miraculous spoolie. After that, I set everything in place using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gel. Both eyebrow pencil and brow gel are gold standards for their respective categories. Before mascara application, I emphasize the outer corners of my lower lash line with Stila Smudge Stick. I love the subtle, awakening effect it lends my eyes. For mascara, I’ve recently discovered Benefit’s They’re Real. It looks lovely on my lashes, neither clumping nor spidering them. So after curling, I wiggle the wand through both my upper and lower lashes, applying a single coat.
A tip: Fix imperfect brows or mascara smears with a Q-Tip dampened in eye makeup remover.
Stila Color Balm is also a new and happy find. Not only did I find it on sale, but I also took it with me to the Speak Yourself tour so it holds happy memories. I like to top it off with YSL Lipstick in Rose Stiletto, a perfect your-lips-but-better shade on me. Of course, my lipsticks change on the day-to-day, but this is a combination I currently enjoy.
There you have it – my most used everyday beauty products. I’m thinking about doing actual makeup tutorials on my blog, since I’ve been a makeup artist for many friends and family members in the past. However, I’m at a loss on what to post – smoky eyes, winged eyeliner, red lips? So many options! Any suggestions and requests would be welcome!