I’m fairly new to the beauty/makeup game. In high school I used all CVS brand junk that just destroyed my skin. I did move up in the world to some brand name powder foundation but I still wasn’t getting the effect I wanted. Not that I really knew what sort f effect I wanted because I was so uneducated about makeup in general.
But after starting to follow a few fab beauty bloggers (hey Courtney Shields!) I’ve started to learn more about the beauty world than I ever thought I would. Once I gained a little confidence, and was a little braver with my choices, the beauty world became much less of a chore and way more fun.
I am by no means even close to becoming an expert, but I wanted to put together a list of my new favorite products for people like me who are still figuring it out! Before I get into the list, I want to tell you all how much I love my sleep. So waking up extra early to do anything extra that is beauty related does NOT happen in my apartment. So this routine literally takes me under 10 minutes. And the only reason it takes more than 5 is because some of the product needs to set for a hot second before having anything layered over it.
Step 1: Moisturizer – Clinique
I have wicked dry skin, and if I used the wrong product it will send my skin spiraling into a flaky world of despair. Clinique makes the holy grail of moisturizers. It is so gentle, and doesn’t make my skin super oily. It is also literally the ONLY moisturizer that I can use.
Step 2: Primer – Laura Mercier
Talk about luscious. This primer is everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. It is so silk and seriously evens everything out. This is one of the products that needs to sit for a minute before I put on my foundation.
Step 3: Under Eye Corrector – Becca
I have the darkest of the dark circles under my eyes. Like I look like I got punched in the face. But the Becca Under Eye Corrector is a total life saver. It brightens up my eyes as soon as I put it on. I only wish that it would tighten my skin a hair. This one has to set before foundation as well. So I will typically put on my primer and corrected, then make a cup of coffee, or make the bed while I wait.
Step 4: Foundation/CC Cream – IT Cosmetics
This is the first liquid foundation that I have ever used that didn’t look like I put mud on my face. It is fairly thin but covers everything that I need it to. I just pat it on with a damp beauty blender. The trick is not to over water your blender. If there is too much water it’ll cause the CC Cream to break up a bit on your skin.
Step 5: Concealer – Nars
This one is pretty basic. I just swoop a bit of this under my eyes and blend with the damp beauty blender. I’ll also put a little on my chin. I pull some of the excess onto my eye lids to even out any discoloration. The color is slightly lighter than the CC Cream so it adds some good dimension to my face.
Step 6: Bronzer – Becca
Bonzer used to scare the crap out of me, but this particular bronzer is so easy to use. I just swipe a bit right under my cheekbones, and at the top of my forehead. Pretty much anywhere on my face that would tan first when out in the sun. There is the perfect touch of shimmer so it give you a true sun kissed look. It is also wicked fool proof. You have to work really hard to put on too much of it.
Step 7: Blush – Nars
This is seriously the prettiest blush ever. According the lady at Sephora, the color Orgasm has been flying off the shelves. But this duo is magical. I brush on the darker pink (Orgasm), and layer just a little bit of the lighter shade (Hot Sand) over it. It pairs perfectly with the Becca Bronzer.
Step 8: Setting Powder – Laura Mercier
It took me quite a few trials before finding a setting powder I really love. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder leaves such a pretty finish on my face. It’s super light and brightens my entire face, while preventing any gross creasing.
Step 9: Lashes – Trish McEvoy
I can NOT believe it took me so long to find this mascara. It changed my life. It is so pretty and goes on so evenly and even when you sleep it in, it doesn’t flake or smudge down your face when it gets wet. But the best part about it is that taking it off is so much fun. Yes I said fun. When you apply the mascara, it sort of creates these little tubes over your lashes. So when it’s time to take it off, all you have to do is wet you lashes, then you can pull off the mascara like it’s false lashes. It is so easy and clean and it doesn’t rip out all your lashes.