when i got married, i decided to skip booking a makeup artist and instead have my maid of honor do my makeup for the wedding (didn’t hurt that she used to do makeup professionally). because i had her do it, i bought some fancy makeup which i never did ever, and got to keep it! buying a few fancy items really taught me how fancy items are actually pretty nice to have around — and i’ve really started figuring out which products are worth splurging on and which ones aren’t.
btw — i know this is a different type of post than normal. i always find reading about other womens beauty regimens super fun, so i thought you might too. if you guys like this type of post, i have more where this came from (how about favorite skin care products, hair products, nail polishes!?)
day to day, especially if i’m just running errands, i just wear powder from the pharmacy. i’ve been buying this neutrogena powder for years, i find it to be really subtle and just evens out my red. i had gotten some fancy powder for the wedding, but i honestly don’t see much of a difference. in the winter, or if i haven’t been in the sun a lot — i brush some bronzer over it along with a little extra as blush. i do see a difference between pharmacy bronzer and this fancy bronzer, the pharmacy ones can look jersey shore in a matter of seconds, but this one is really natural and light.
for the days when i want to look a little better, i use arbonne primer. my sister in law bought this for me for the wedding and i am OBSESSED. i honestly didn’t know what primer was 8 months ago, but it feels like silk going on and it keeps my whole face really even and not at all oily. the best part is even though it’s expensive, i use less than a dime size for my entire face. i just recently started using tinted moisturizer, because apparently that’s what you do when you’re in your 30s. i googled the shit out of which was the best one and everyone said laura mercier. i have to agree, it’s light and for someone who isn’t used to wearing concealer or foundation, it doesn’t feel cakey compared to just using powder.
i’ve literally been wearing the same exact eyeshadow and eyeliner for over 15 years. that is cray, but i guess i like what i like. i’ve never looked good in heavy eyeshadow, so i’ve always stuck with this really pretty simple mac shade. and when i’m doing nighttime makeup, i just add a little darker eyeshadow to the corners sometimes and that’s about it.
as for the eyeliner, the only thing i’ve changed in the last 15 years is the color. i have always worn a thin line on my top lid, like always. i honestly feel naked without it. i used to wear black, but once i started using a dark brown, i felt it looked a little softer and better on me. this bobbi brown gel eyeliner is basically no fail for me, i apply it with an angle brush and it always stays on from day to night. when i’m doing errands, sometimes i’ll use a cheap pencil, but i rub my eyes quite a bit and the pencils smear really easily.
i never believed in eyelash curlers until my maid of honor forced me to buy one. i must say it does make a big different before applying mascara, but i’m still trying to figure out how to do my left eye as well as i do my right eye. how does anyone do it?!
i do feel like i’m buying mascara quite a bit, and while i do notice a difference with the more expensive brands, i still will buy my share of maybelline before a vacation or whatnot. i definitely like to layer on the mascara, and this one really doesn’t look clumpy.
my last trick is a really simple and hopefully really helpful one if you don’t know it. i used to work on a TV show where i had to wake up at 6am and be on camera. i looked so tired everyday, so my girlfriend recommended i put white liner on my bottom inner lid, and it really does the trick to get rid of the redness in your eyes. when i’m looking a little worse for the wear, i just put a tiny bit on the inside and outside — and obviously i don’t need an expensive liner for this.
just like everyone says you should, i try to remember to put chapstick on before i do all my makeup. this doesn’t always happen, but i use this nivea chapstick all the time. i have about 5 tubes scattered everywhere, i always keep one in my purse, one in my nightstand, one with my makeup. i also have a really bad habit of picking my lips (we call this “lippy” in our house) because i have pretty dry lips. sometimes i remember to scrub them in the shower, but for the most part as long as i use this stuff regularly i’m in pretty good shape. doesn’t hurt that it’s cheap and its near the checkout stand at most pharmacies so i don’t forget to stock up.
as for everyday color, i am a huge fan of my nars pure matte lipstick. i got the same shade as my sister in law after seeing her wearing it — and it’s so natural and pretty and not too pink and it is super pigmented so it stays on for a good while. it’s like, the perfect everyday color. when i’m mixing things up, i also love my nars satin lip pencil. again, it’s really pigmented so the color stays on pretty well. if i wear a darker lipstick at night, i usually layer this on top to make it a more “me” shade.
for nighttime, i am obsessed with this maybelline lip stain. not only does it stay on for waaaay longer than the fancy lip stain i bought for the wedding (which was YSL!!!), but they have so many cute shades – and i get compliments on them constantly. the only drawback is when my lips are super dry, i’ll wake up with what looks like a nasty chapped vampire mouth if i forget to remove it before i go to bed. but i love it.
so that’s it, i always feel like i wear no makeup, but when they’re all piled together it seems like a lot of products… jeez it’d be fun to be a boy right?
and did you like this post? would love to know if i should do more beauty posts!