What kind of makeup do you use?

April 19, 2013

“What kind of makeup do you use?” is a question I get asked very frequently, which is ironic because I normally don’t wear that much makeup.
Let’s take a look inside my makeup bag and I’ll show you how to achieve my look.  Each bolded product is clickable and will take you directly to the products website.



To start I use my StudioFix SPF15 Color: NW20($27, MAC Cosmetics)
paired with my Softpoint Sponge Applicator ($18, MAC Cosmetics)
I absolutely am in love with this foundation and have been using it for years.  It gives a healthy look and doesnt look too caked on and applied with the softpoint sponge it gives an even and flawless look.  After applying the foundation I then take my Jane Iredale Kabuki Brush ($36, Jane Iredale) and swirl it around my Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Color: Medium Dark($30, MAC Cosmetics) and apply the natural powder from forehead to cheek, cheek to chin in an even motion.  I prefer to use a Kabuki brush with my powder, but it depends on preference.  If you do buy a Kabuki brush, while Jane Iredale’s brush is soft, I wouldn’t shell out the original price of $36 for it again.  You can find similar brushes at Sephora, Target or your local drugstore.  One of my favorite finishing touches is my Soleil Tan De Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder Color: Terre Epice ($50, Nordstrom) which I apply with the Kabuki brush as well.  While the price may seem steep, this is one of my favorite makeup purchases I have ever made.  You can make it last years, it is oil-free and gives me a gorgeous bronze glow. To top off the look, I recently purchased my Nars Blush in Orgasm ($29, Nars).  I had seen this blush in multiple magazines and celebrities raved over it, but I couldnt justify spending $29 on a blush.  I sucked it up, went to the Nordstrom makeup counter and decided to try it and if I didnt like it, Nordstrom would gladly return it.  Well, I loved it.  You can apply with any blush brush but I used my Mac Blush Brush Style: 129SE ($35, MAC Cosmetics).  My style brush is so old that they dont make it anymore, but the similar style is 129SH.  All of the MAC Makeup brushes I have purchased I have had for years and when they get dirty I use their brush cleaner.  Such a great investment!

Finally, for the eyes!
I fell in love with my Nars Eyeshadow Palette which was a Limited Edition and Nars currently doesn’t sell anything similar to it, but you can compare it to the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($50, Urban Decay).  I start with a base neutral shade and usually use the two browns in my palette for the smokey eye effect.  A new eyeshadow that I purchased recently and gives my eyes a POP is my Mineralize Eyeshadow in Smutty Green ($21, MAC Cosmetics) which I use on the corners of my eyes to enhance the smokey eye and bring out the hazel pigments in my eyes.  Again, applied with a Mac Cosmetics eyeshadow brush. ($30, MAC Cosmetics)
After applying the eyeshadow I use my black Chanel Eyeliner Crayon ($29, Nordstrom) softly on my bottom lid and then my other favorite makeup essential, my Mac Penultimate Liquid Eyeliner ($19.50, MAC Cosmetics) and draw a subtle line on the top lid, sometimes swooping it further off to the sides to give a “cat eye” effect.  It can be fun to play around with this pen and see if thick or thin lines suit you best.  To top off the eye’s I use my Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Black ($30, Nordstrom) but I like to play around with different mascara’s and have found that I actually prefer some drugstore brands.  I dont use it often, but when I put on a full face of makeup I will also use my Brow Set ($16, MAC Cosmetics) which gives my eyebrows a little more color and also grooms them and keeps them in place.
That’s my makeup routine, and I achieve it on most days within 10 minutes!  For more beauty tips subscribe to my blog or stay tuned for more!  

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