STEP 1: PREP SKIN
It’s extremely important that your skin is clean and moisturized before you apply your makeup. Makeup can already clog your pores and cause breakouts, so if you’re applying makeup on top of all the dirt and oil that has built up on your skin, you’re just asking for it. I wash my face with Cetaphil’s DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash, then apply Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel (which keeps my skin feeling smooth and hydrated) and Cerave’s PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (I use this morning and night).
STEP 2: FOUNDATION + CONCEALER
Once my skin is prepped, I apply the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over my face (a little bit goes a long way) with my fingers. Next, I do 2 pumps of the Lancôme Rénergie Lift Makeup (color: 255 Clair 20) onto my damp beauty blender and just dab it all over my face until it is blended evenly. It’s extremely important that you blend your foundation into your neck, or else you’ll end up looking like Jim Carrey in The Mask. Not a good look. A beauty blender can be used wet or dry, but I prefer to use it wet, as it makes my foundation easier to blend and won’t make my face looking cakey. Then it’s time for concealer. I use my Maybelline Cover Stick Green Concealer to conceal any red areas on my face (like in the corners of my nose and on my chin), and blend it out with my beauty blender. Once that’s done, I’ll apply my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer (color: light) under my eyes, on top of the green concealer, and on any problem areas that need concealing. Again, I’ll blend it out with my beauty blender.
STEP 3: SET WITH POWDER
To set my foundation and concealer, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder (color: 120 Classic Ivory). I use a big fluffy brush to buff this in all over my face. Remember to blend it down to your neck!
STEP 4: BLUSH + BRONZER + HIGHLIGHTER
Since I use self tanner, I like to lightly apply Milani’s Bronzer XL (color: 02 Fake Tan) all over my face (with the same fluffy brush) to even out my skin tone, blending it down to my neck. Then I take an angled brush and contour under my cheekbones and in the corners of my forehead, using my Benefit Hoola Bronzer. For a sharper contour, I will sometimes swipe Maybelline’s Fit Me Set + Smooth Powder (color: 120 Classic Ivory) just below the bronzer using the little puff that comes with it, and I’ll brush it away with my fluffy brush. Using my NYX Butt “Naked” Palette, I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks, a little bit above my brows, and on the tip of my nose with a medium powder brush, and highlight my cheekbones and nose with an angled powder brush and Lancôme’s Dual-Ended Shadow/Liner Brush (for a more precise application).
STEP 5: EYESHADOW
After recently purchasing the Morphe 35P – 35 Color Plum Eyeshadow Palette, I highly suggest their shadows/palettes. From my experience, the colors are super pigmented and blend extremely well. After priming my lids with the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, I use my Morphe M433 Brush to apply the first color (in palette: second row, third from left) onto the outer two-thirds of my crease. Then, I take that same brush and apply the second color (in palette: fifth row, fifth from left) onto my outer crease. Next, I use my Morphe M510 Brush to blend the colors out and together to avoid any harsh lines. With my Morphe M506 Brush, I apply the second color onto the outer half of my lower lash line. Using the same brush, I apply the third color (in palette: fifth row, third from left) to my outer “V.” Finally, I go back with my M510 brush to blend everything.
STEP 6: EYELINER
My eyes are on the smaller side, so to make them appear larger, I apply the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (color: Milk) to my waterline. I also put a little bit on the inner corners of my eyes and go over it with my NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow (color: Frostbite) to brighten up my eyes. After trying liquid eyeliner, I will never go back to using pencils. In my experience, liquid liner lasts longer and is more bold. I’ve tried a lot of different ones, but my favorite so far is the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, which I apply in a thin line on the outer two-thirds of my lash line. Sometimes I’ll do a little wing too; just depends on how I’m feeling.
STEP 7: EYEBROWS
Whenever I look back at old photos of myself from high school, I cringe at the fact that my eyebrows were 1) way too thin and 2) naked. Your eyebrows frame your face, and keeping them well-groomed can do wonders for your look. I like to take an old, clean mascara wand and brush through them, then take an angled eyeliner brush and outline/fill them in using the gel from my E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit (color: light). If they still aren’t defined enough for me, I’ll take that same brush and sharpen the arches of my brows with an eyeshadow color that matches.
STEP 8: SET WITH SPRAY
Before I do my lashes, I set my face with the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, doing a couple spritzes all over to keep my makeup lasting all day. Then, I spray a little bit of hairspray onto the mascara wand I used for my brows and brush through them to ensure they stay in place.
STEP 9: LASHES
If I could only pick one makeup product to use, I’d pick mascara. Mascara makes a big difference in your look, and drastically enhances your eyes (which is what people are drawn to when they first see you). After I curl my lashes, I apply Lancôme’s Cils Booster XL Mascara Primer to my upper lashes. I love this product because it lengthens your lashes and ensures you get an even, non-clumpy coat. I immediately follow with my all-time favorite mascara, Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara (color: Blackest Black), which provides volume and separates my lashes beautifully. I’ll apply 1-2 coats on my upper lashes and do a little wiggle through my outer bottom lashes. My lashes aren’t very long to begin with, but when I use these two products people ask me if I’m wearing false lashes.
STEP 10: LIPS
This last step is one that people tend to skip, but my look isn’t complete without it. There have been countless times when I’ve tried to leave the house and my mom has made me turn around and go put some lipstick on because I looked “naked” without it. I love a bold lip whenever the occasion calls for it, but for my everyday look I like to stick with a nice, subtle pink. Using liquid lipsticks can really dry out your lips, so I like to apply some Carmex first to keep my lips as moisturized as possible. My go-to lip color is a mix of products. First, I’ll apply Morphe’s Liquid Lipstick in the color Vanity, then add just a touch of NYX’s Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oil in the color Baecation. Then, I just rub my lips together and hope for the best! It’s really trial and error, so I have to play around with the colors and amount I apply to get my desired shade. To finish them off, I lightly dab my NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick (color: Pink Pearl Lace) in the center of my lips to brighten them up a bit, and use an oval lip brush and the eyeshadow I used on my brow bone to highlight my cupid’s bow.
“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack” (Coco Chanel)