My Current Favorite Makeup Products
Everybody likes makeup, right? Wrong.
Did you know that there's a group of people in the female population that never wears makeup?! And also a group of people in the female population that wears a full face of makeup, all the time?!
Yep, there's a pretty diverse collection of makeup wearers and makeup products that those wearers enjoy purchasing and applying.
But today I'm giving you a peak into my makeup collection. Just one makeup wearer and the products she uses. So I'm afraid today is not the day you will not be witnessing diversity in the makeup field. My apologies.
I only began getting into makeup recently. I didn't really start wearing makeup (except eyeliner) until after high school. And when I did start wearing makeup, it was only blush, eyeliner, and the occasional lipstick or mascara.
But this past year, I fell in love with dewy skin and dewy makeup looks. And when I say dewy, I mean glowing, healthy looking skin. Like Gigi Hadid. Just like Gigi. She should give you just the picture you need.
Story time: I've never left my house (psshh, my bedroom) without eyeliner these past 6 years or so. But a few months ago, based upon the suggestion of my sister, I swapped out my beloved eyeliner for mascara. And I've never looked back. I now prefer mascara to eyeliner, and wear only the former. Every day.
The moral of this story is that you should be inspired (can "to be inspired" count as a moral? Is that how it works?) to switch up your own makeup routine and start experimenting with new products and colors.
Hopefully, my makeup guide/collection below can give you some new ideas to start you off on your life-changing journey. And by life-changing I mean purchasing a new eyeshadow color.
So behold, the makeup products I present to you here today are my current favorites, and the ones I wear daily or most of the time.
The products you see here pretty much comprise my entire makeup collection, aside from a few more lip balms and brushes that didn't quite make the cut.
If I had to choose one makeup product to wear, I would choose mascara. Unless I broke out that day, in which case I would choose cover-up. But we were talking about mascara.
The Dior mascara you see on the left (or if you're reading this on your phone, it's the top photo) is my everyday choice. I've experimented with lots of different mascaras but I keep going back to this Dior one. It applies easily and doesn't flake or smudge. You'll see two mascaras in the photo there - the black one is a regular mascara, and the silver one is a curling mascara. You certainly don't need both, but I have both anyway. Oops.
The pink Too Faced mascara is my go-to for special occasions, as it's more black and bold. I find the Dior to be more natural looking and the Too Faced to be more pronounced. And it does flake sometimes. On me at least.
In short, both are great mascaras, and the choice just depends on if you're going for a softer look or a bolder look.
See, I told you I was obsessed with dewy makeup.
I spray this Tatcha dewy skin mist a couple times on my face after I finish applying all my makeup. It gives your face a glossy, fresh look. Which is why this mist is also great after a nap or long flight. Just spray it a few times over your face and you'll be feeling bright and perky.
In truth, this mist probably just works as a placebo. The spray may just be water with some fragrance (although it claims to have Japanese minerals in it, whatever that means). Either way, it gives my face the dewy effect I'm looking for.
I don't wear eyeshadow every day, but when I do, I use my Naked 3 Urban Decay palette.
This palette has all the colors I like (mostly just light, shimmering pinks), as well as a few darker colors like brown and black to be used for an attempt at a smoky look or even as eyeliner.
Lipstick is another makeup product I don't usually wear except for special events.
My color selections range from light pink (like the Mac one you see, in "Angel"), to a touch of deep pink or rich purple, which I like to use more as a lip stain than as a bold lip color.
This Mac concealer really does its job. It provides amazing coverage and lasts all day long. I usually apply it under my eyes and over pesky pimples.
I wear this concealer in one of the lightest shades, as I'm very pale, but this concealer comes in a wide range of shades for you to choose from.
I apply just a tad of this Chanel foundation all over my face before applying the Mac concealer shown above. It's light-weight, makes your skin feel very soft, and even provides some sun protection.
I also very much enjoy using this Chanel foundation brush. Just in case you were wondering.
If you use makeup brushes, you need to use a makeup brush cleaner. Like this one from Sephora. It does the trick.
Ah, the beauty blender A.K.A. the modern makeup brush.
I wet this sponge slightly and use it to apply highlighter, cream blushes, and even foundation occasionally. This beauty blender can pretty much be used for everything, is what I'm saying. And it's a lot cheaper than most regular makeup brushes.
Do I fill in my eyebrows? No. But do I brush them to make it look like they're filled in? Yes.
The comb part of this brush I use to separate mascara that clumps, and the other two bristles I use to brush out my eyebrows to make them look thicker and fuller.
I use this makeup tool every day. No, twice a day.
I mentioned before that I stopped wearing eyeliner recently and now only apply mascara. But since I've used this Clinique eyeliner for over 5 years, I had to give it some recognition.
This creamy eyeliner applies easily and allows you to achieve a neat, thin line over and under your eye. Even if, like me, you've never properly learned how to apply eyeliner.
There's also a smudger (not a word) on the other end of the wand. Just as an added bonus.
Nars the Multiple. A very appropriate name. Because it has multiple uses.
These creamy makeup sticks can be used as blush, eyeshadow, or lipstick. I use the darker pink shade for my cheeks (and occasionally lips), and the lighter pink shade for my eyelids and as a highlighter.
When I don't use the Nars Multiple stick as my blush, I use a powder mac blush.
Are they the best? I don't know. But they work well enough for me.
I use this shimmering pot of awesomeness (in the "soft and gentle" shade) to brighten up the inside corners of my eyes and sometimes as eyeshadow.
I also apply this illuminator on my cheekbones on top of my other highlighters (shown below) to attain a glowing, glimmering finish.
These are my favorite highlighters. Plain and simple.
If you don't know what a highlighter is, that's okay. Neither did I before I got into my dewy makeup fixation a few months ago.
Highlighters are applied on top of the cheekbones, brow bones, on the inside corners of the eyes, and on the Cupid's bow. Just as the name implies, a highlighter highlights and brightens the face and is the most important product used to achieve a dewy, glowing look. According to me.
The Benefit High Beam highlighter comes in liquid form and is more pinky. The Benefit Watt's Up highlighter comes in a creamy, stick form and is more golden.
I really, really like both highlighters. So I alternate between the two. And sometimes wear one on top of the other.
This lip balm is not actually a lip balm. It's a natural ointment made from 100% papaw (another name for papaya) and is used to treat burns or dry skin.
I use it for chapped lips. It seems to do the trick.
And that's the end of it, folks.
On a completely unrelated note, truth: