I’ve experiences with a lot of different makeup to truly find what I love. I’ve tried different foundations, baking, highlight and contouring because honestly, I will always try a trend once! And mostly its a few times to see if I like it. I don’t like caked on makeup and I have pictures I can just look back on at cringe at because I tried really hard to like that! (ahem, baking and flash photography) I find that I always come back to more natural and fresh makeup. I call it my more face less base makeup! I don’t know if it comes from growing up in LA where its so casual and not a lot of makeup and more skin but I don’t like heavy makeup! I think it photographs well because I see beautiful makeup on youtube and instagram but its in person where it stands out. Sometimes I feel like I’m cakey even with the sheerest BB creams! I think wearing a lot of makeup is almost a trend at the moment and I tried it and I know it’s just for me and thats ok. I’ve learned always go simple and that’s how I keep my makeup light and how I like it.
So if you made it through that paragraph and you like natural makeup and are in need of creating your makeup bag or of products that are simple and natural… KEEEP READING!!!!
At the moment, I am lucky enough that my skin is good enough where I can just conceal my blemishes, powder it and be done with base! I LOVE doing this because then I can have more fun with bronzer/blush/highlighter. It’s NOT always like this and when that is the case I try to only apply BB cream to the spots that need it.
For concealer, I love, love, love the NARs creamy concealer. Best concealer and the coverage is great. I use the color Custard. For BB cream I love the It cosmetics one! It’s very sheer and lightweight but gives good coverage. I think it may actually be a CC cream but they’re very similar. I have the illuminating one with flecks of glitter and you can totally get away with putting on the BB cream and just going because it makes your skin glow!
Other good option is the Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer. It’s very dewy. I can’t recommend a good drugstore option because I don’t mess with different foundations/base makeup because 1) I don’t like heavy base and 2) have the most sensitive skin.
When I go out is when I tend to use a heavier base and just wear more makeup overall. (its fun!) Usually thats the It Cosmetic CC cream or the Maybelline fit me foundation! This is a really great foundation and its cheap! It can get full coverage so I try to be sparse with my application. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation is AMAZE! It feels so light but has has very full coverage. Options, here people!
I got my Laura Mercier powder in a kit I got from Sephora and it will last me for forever. Tip: get the travel version, it’s cheaper and will last forever. Its the one I have! Currently, I use it to powder a spot I have on my forehead and around my nose. Very lightly! Applied with a wet beauty blender. If you don’t want to wear foundation/ base, concealer and powder is a great way to avoid that.
I love being tan. I find I can wear less makeup when my face is tan. But with that being said I love bronzer. I am very loyal to my Benefit Hoola! This can work for contour also but I don’t contour. If you’re new with makeup, skip it. You can bronze the cheekbones but you don’t need the harsh lines of contour. The Physicans formula bronzers are also a good bet! Use a big fluffy brush for lighter application.
I think the Tarte cheek stains are so easy to use!!! I have one in Glisten which is a dupe for Nars orgasm. If you’re new use this: its so easy and blends extremely well with a sponge. I think the benefit boxed powders are all great. I own 4 and have hit pan on all of them. The Sephora brand blushes are very pretty and are great options.
The best part, the cherry on top, MY FAVORITE PART. I love highlighter so much! Ahh, first and foremost, Becca highlighters are the best highlighter in my opinion. The first highlighter I ever got was the Becca set with the mini pressed and liquid highlighter. I recommend this with every bone in my body. Any Becca highlighter is great. I love the new Anastasia Glow kit, though I would stray away from the past ones as I heard they’re chalky. I love this flower highlight stick. Great drug store find. So are the elf baked highlighters! I have heard great things about this Sephora collection highlighter palette and it swatches beautifully. And Patrick Ta who does Chrissy Teigen’s makeup uses it on her. I’m fascinated by him.
Better than Sex mascara is so good. So is the Loreal volume building mascara. The two are very similar. I use waterproof because that keeps my lashes curled better. I just got the Diorshow mascara in the waterproof version because it was on sale at Nordstrom (not anymore) and I was obsessed with it in high school. It’s not as great as I remember and that is quite sad.
Hands down, the Kat von D tattoo liner for cat eyes. I have very oily eyelids and this paired with a eyeshadow base is indestructible. The Marc Jacobs eyeliners are also great. I have them in black and brown and they smudge right after application or can be left and won’t smudge.
I don’t fill in my brows because they are VERY thick and doing so freaks me out hahaha. I’ve used the benefit brow products and can say good things about all of them. I’ve heard glossier boy brow is insanely good, too.
Eyeshadow is so much fun. I only wear it when I go out but I love buying it!!!! Any of the TwoFaced eyeshadow palettes are a great bet. The Tarte ones are really great, too. And so are the naked palettes. I have the Naked2 and the Naked3 is so pretty. Colourpop has GREAT eyeshadows and I love the buttery texture. They’re super cheap and great quality. I heard the pressed shadows are great but I have’t tried those out yet. I have a Morphe palette that I LOVE. Although, I will say I have the palette with only shimmer shadows so I can’t attest to the other ones. Those are only $22 which is insane because the shadows are plentiful and really nice.
I love makeup sponges. The beauty blender is great but so are the real techniques/ sponges at ulta. Just wet it before use! For brushes I used real techniques or ones I find at Tj Maxxs. I don’t splurge on my brushes. I got a silicone sponge and I’m not a fan. It does not blend the makeup onto your skin. It just sits on top.
If you have oily eyelids or are wearing eyeshadow for a long period of time, the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer is amazing and will last you forever. I don’t really use face primers as I stay away from base. I just moisturize my face. For setting sprays again the Urban decay one for when I’m going out. Heres a kit with both. For everyday, I’m obsessed with the new Mario Badescu aloe spray. The rose water one works well too, I like the aloe better.
I love the Colourpop liquid lips! I have a gloss that I love, too. Those are so cheap and so worth it. I like the NYX liquid lip for the nude colors. Kylie lip kits are fun but rival any other liquid lip honestly. They’re all very drying. I only wear lipstick for going out. I like the NYX liners for day to day or under liquid lipstick. I love the Grande Lips plumper and always wear it. It makes your lips shiny and is not painful. The Sephora brand gel lip liners are great and have a more satin finish which I LOVE. I also love the Neutrogena color sticks which rival chubby sticks! And the clinique almost lipsticks in black honey and pink honey are glossy and sheer and universally flattering. I only wear nudes/pink lip colors so I can’t personally recommend a great red.