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. 

Lately I've been using Ole Henrikson "Nurture Me" Cream. To me, it smells like bubble gum. My boyfriend said my face smelled like brownies one time. Hey, I'm not complaining. 

Lately I've been using Ole Henrikson "Nurture Me" Cream. To me, it smells like bubble gum. My boyfriend said my face smelled like brownies one time. Hey, I'm not complaining. 

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.

 

I squeeze out about a dime size and blend with fingers all over- except under eyes. That's next.

I squeeze out about a dime size and blend with fingers all over- except under eyes. That's next.

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.

If there's one thing that makes me feel prettier, it's looking awake. I take the wand and swipe under my eyes, then dab over any blemishes or dark spots. Pat in with finger, or a beauty blender (I love the mini size).

If there's one thing that makes me feel prettier, it's looking awake. I take the wand and swipe under my eyes, then dab over any blemishes or dark spots. Pat in with finger, or a beauty blender (I love the mini size).

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. 

Dab on each eyelid. Blend with ring finger or a concealer brush all over lid. I HATE eye makeup creases. Not cute. Without an eye primer, dirt and makeup excess would just be creasing away having me looking all haggard. 

Dab on each eyelid. Blend with ring finger or a concealer brush all over lid. I HATE eye makeup creases. Not cute. Without an eye primer, dirt and makeup excess would just be creasing away having me looking all haggard. 

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. 

 

This isn't exactly what I use, as I have a palette that seems to be sold out. This is the next best thing- a blush, highlight duo! I love looking dewy and flushed. Brush the blush starting on the apples of the cheeks, back to the temple. Then either brush or pat in the highlight over the cheekbone. Becca products are very pigmented, so I've found that you just need a little bit.

This isn't exactly what I use, as I have a palette that seems to be sold out. This is the next best thing- a blush, highlight duo! I love looking dewy and flushed. Brush the blush starting on the apples of the cheeks, back to the temple. Then either brush or pat in the highlight over the cheekbone. Becca products are very pigmented, so I've found that you just need a little bit.

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. 

The thin pencil gives perfect, hair like strokes. This pencil makes the brows look natural, but defined at the same time. 

The thin pencil gives perfect, hair like strokes. This pencil makes the brows look natural, but defined at the same time. 

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?

I love the matte finish of this. Especially since I use a highlight, I try to stay away from having too many other shimmery things on my face. 

I love the matte finish of this. Especially since I use a highlight, I try to stay away from having too many other shimmery things on my face. 

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. 

 

This has been my favorite mascara since it came out. It has great staying power, but is easy to remove. I love the little brush, so you can really get in there. Use the wand with the shape of your eye, and you'll get more curl.

This has been my favorite mascara since it came out. It has great staying power, but is easy to remove. I love the little brush, so you can really get in there. Use the wand with the shape of your eye, and you'll get more curl.

So, there you have it.

 

Until next time...

 

XO