Just as a disclaimer, I don't always wear all of this everyday. Some days I only wear a few items shown, some days it's just BB Cream and mascara, but this is my full-on, put-together face for going out in the evening or when I want to look polished during the day.
Prep: These days my moisturizer/sunscreen is either Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55 which is great for oily skin, or the less matte La Roche-Posay Tinted Anthelios Mineral SPF 50. Both are great, but I prefer the Neutrogena for underneath foundation and the LRP for wear by itself.
Base: Yes, still using and loving my Revlon ColorStay! I do a lighter application in the summer, though, and either apply it only where I need it, or use a thin layer all over and really work in into my skin with the Sigma F80 Flat-Top Kabuki (post). You know how much I love trying under-eye concealers, so that gets switched up a lot, but the current favorite (despite how much I dislike the applicator) is Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, reviewed here. Powder is a must, and lately I've been using the new Neutrogena Shine Control Powder which is shockingly similar to MAC Blot Powder! More on that soon!
Eyes: Ah, the fun part! The star product here is the super famous Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze which I won't review since there are about a million of them already. Plus I'm sure you've already tried them! But in case you haven't here's the gist: absurdly long-wearing cream shadow that doesn't smudge and (on me) only creases a little without a primer. Bad to the Bronze is a beautiful minky, taupey bronzey (but almost looks a little silver) shade that is so versatile, I'm making all my friends get it. I apply it with some random Eco Tools brush, all over the lid and (kind of) into my imaginary crease.
You know I like my colorful liners, so then it's MAC Pearlglide Intense in Undercurrent, a glittery teal that looks a little more green on me. Normally I'd pair the bronze shadow with my purple liner, but it got a little lost in the intensity of the lid color. Lashes are next, and it's my Shu curler and then Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King (post) for the top, and Clinique Bottom Lash for the bottom. If you've ever been afraid of getting under-eye smudges from mascara (as I was) this little thing is just as amazing as its reputation leads you to believe. It's gotten to the point where I honestly can't imagine my makeup without it.
|Do you see what I mean about the purple? Not as strong as the teal!|
Cheeks, Lips and Brows: Sometimes I'll skip bronzer, but if I do go for it, it's my favorite Physician's Formula Organic Wear (post). Not dark enough to contour with (not that I would) but great for adding all-over color. This time of year, my blush absolutely has to be matte so most of my stash is out, so it's either Tarte Amazonian Clay in Exposed or MAC Peaches mixed with a little NYX Peach when I want some more color. Exposed is a no-brainer, goes with everything blush, but I mix the other two because Peaches can sometimes look too orange on me.
|Real Techniques Blush Brush--my favorite!|
As long as my brows have been threaded recently, it's just a quick brush with a comb and then some Maybelline Clear Lash to keep them in place. If there's a bit of sparseness, Maybelline MasterBrow takes care of that.
Lip-wise, I've been really low maintenance. I'm all about the easy tinted lip balm these days and since I'm trying desperately to avoid repurchasing my beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow (post), it's drugstore lips! I'm into the Nivea Kiss of Strawberry at the moment, as well as the Carmex Tinted Lip Balm in Peach (which is also more of a pink) seen here. Neither is amazing or groundbreaking, but they're fuss-free and have SPF 15 so what could possibly be more appropriate for summer?
I'm really enjoying exploring makeup I typically wouldn't try (mascara on my bottom lashes is a fairly new discovery) and love having the luxury to play with my cosmetics.
It's so nice to think of applying makeup as fun, and not as a type of chore to do before going out!
A ton of product reviews coming up!
Hope you're well!