Everyday Makeup Products--6/21/11

Monday, June 20, 2011

I had a request from a very sweet reader--I'm sorry, I didn't get your name!--to do a post on the items I use to get ready everyday. It's a great idea, so I've decided to turn it into a series of posts where I'll talk about my "face" of the moment and how I get ready.

You might recognize a few things from my Travel Make-up post, but this is my streamlined makeup routine that I've been wearing a lot lately.

A lot of people tend to start with face makeup, but I start with my eyes--or rather, my eyelash routine, which I did a post on a while back. I find it's the part of my primping that makes the most difference, so if I run out of time and have to dash out the door, the most crucial part is done. Again, you can review the eyelash post for pictures and stuff, but I just curl with the Shu Uemura, apply a coat of their Mascara Basic, and then comb through quickly with any eyelash/eyebrow tool.

And then, just to give some added lift and life to my tiny eyes (damn you, asian genes!), I'll run the Benefit Eye Bright on my waterline and smudge a little on the inner corner of my eyes. You'll want to blend the Eye Bright out with your finger, as it looks a little freaky if you leave awkwardly bright patches by your tear ducts.

Once I'm done with the eyes, I'll use some of my Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer (sadly discontinued but still available on Ebay!) to cover up those lovely things called acne scars that like to hang out on my cheeks. It's very smooth, covers exceptionally well and best of all, dries to a comfortable matte finish.

You could use the Dream Mousse as an under-eye concealer as well, but I find it creases on me, and dries out that sensitive area, so I use my beloved Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller--read my review on it here! It's super light and moisturizing and its shimmery quality does a lot for dark areas.

Now that I've finished with all the cream/liquid face products, I'll grab my EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush--mentioned in my EcoTools post--and pat the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder onto my face. A kabuki brush is meant to buff the powder/product into your face in circles or whatnot, but that method tends to move my concealer around, so I just pat it on. This particular brush is not only great for travel, but is an excellent all-around powder brush as it rarely sheds and is super soft. (Note: if you like more powder, a kabuki is great because it picks up more product; but if you like a more dewy finish, you'll want to use a different brush).

I like the Mac Blot Powder for really controlling my oily skin, but as it's been really mild weather here in Zurich, the Maybelline powder is enough to cancel out shine. Plus, it makes for a great touch-up product as you can apply a lot and it won't cake on you.

I change up my blush a lot, but I think the Benefit Bella Bamba has a somewhat permanent status in my makeup bag. It's very similar to Nars' Orgasm, only I find it more flattering as it's a touch more pink than peach, and doesn't have such chunky glitter. The Bella Bamba also applies more smoothly (for me) and smells like watermelon!

Lip products are something I also switch out a lot, but these days, when I'm not using the incredible Dior Addict Lip Glow (see my post here), I've been in love with Revlon's Colorburst Lip Gloss in Strawberry. I did a post a few months ago on Revlon's Super Lustrous Glosses, and the Colorburst are just as good. Strawberry is a gorgeous, shimmery, pinky-red color that would flatter a lot of skin tones-check your drugstores!

Wow, that seems like a lot written out, but it only takes me about 5 minutes to do in the morning!

I've never done a post like this before, so I'd love some feedback from all of you!

And for the awesome person who requested it, I hope this was what you wanted to see!

Let me know if there's anything else you want me to post about, or if you have any questions!

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