A Day in the Life
Not to toot my own horn or anything... but I do get a lot of compliments on the way I typically do my own makeup. Sure, I switch things up from time to time. Maybe I'll do a winged liner vs. a tight line. Maybe I'll even ditch eyeliner all together. Maybe I'll wear a bright pink lipstick. All in all, whether I'm giving a one-on-one lesson or doing someone's makeup, most of the steps are interchangeable.
This is my basic "everyday" no frills regime:
First: MOISTURIZE! If you have dry skin, nothing- and I mean nothing- is going to look good.
I'm not going to lie... I hardly ever use a face primer on myself. So moving on.
Next, it's time to even out my complexion with a tinted moisturizer. I have pretty good skin, so it's very rare that I go for a fuller coverage look.
Under eyes/Blemishes. They are no one's friend, and not mine either. Thank God for amazing concealer. My go-to for myself and my clients is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
The one primer I DO use is for my eyelids. Since I used to work at Benefit, I use Air Patrol. It even has SPF in it to protect the eyelid area and keep eye makeup on for a long period of time. I like it, and I'll just finish what I have. When I'm done, I'll probably switch to the Urban Decay Primer. It's cheaper, has less fussy packaging, and works great.
This is when I feel like I really have my blank canvas and you can have some fun. Do I want a dramatic brow today? Brighter blush? Do I want to look like I have a tan? The options are endless! Since this is just the basics, next step for me is Blush.
I switch my blush day to day. There are tons of good ones out there. I'm a big blush fan, and I can go on and on about the different options. I really feel like for the basic day-to-day look, blush is essential, or I would look washed out/dead. My current obsession is from Becca.
My next favorite thing! BROWS! I swear by the Brow Wiz from Anastasia. I'll have to do a separate post about the importance of brows, because I can go on. If I'm in a major rush, I'll at the very least brush through Gimme Brow from Benefit.
Now on to the eyes. To just give a soft definition, I'll use a blending brush and swipe some bronzer in the crease. I use Benefit Hoola. If I'm applying bronzer to the face, I'll use this also. Who needs a light brown eyeshadow, when you can use something so multi-functional?
Eyelashes are very important. I can't stress it enough that it's also important the way you apply mascara. Start at the base of your lashline, and wiggle the wand as you go up to avoid clumps. Clumpy lashes are NOT cute. Please avoid clumps at all costs. You can literally buy an eyelash comb at Sephora for $6 to help with this.
So, there you have it.
Until next time...