I am LOYAL to the products I love and even though I’m frugal in every other part of my life, I don’t mind spending some serious money at Ulta or Sephora on products that make me feel good. (also, I can vouch for some pretty legit drugstore products, too.) I love to find out what other people use- and if you’ve been looking to switch up your makeup routine or try new products look no further. These are my current and some even year after year favorites for perfecting your skin. You didnt think I could fit ALL of my faves (eyes, lips, brows) into one post did you!?
Makeup Favorites: SKIN
Primer: Primer helps your foundation or face makeup stay on longer, look smoother, and even mattifies or hydrates your skin depending on the brand or type you buy. I swear by Benefit Porefessional for special occasions when I need to look smooth, poreless and know my photo will be taken. (its PRICEY-but a tiny dot goes a long way. I buy the 12 buck trial size and it lasts a long time.) For everyday, I use Loreal Lumi Primer, which adds some dewy light into whatever foundation or moisturizer you mix it with. It also looks really beautiful on no makeup skin as a little light diffusing sublte highlighter. I always think Matte skin looks much older than dewy skin, and Im not interested in looking older and drier. (is anyone?)
Foundation: For the past 3 years the ONLY foundation I’ve put on my face is IT Cosmetics CC Cream. Its medium to full coverage, has skincare and moisturizers built in, and literally one pump covers your entire face and neck. It has a physical SPF 50 (physical is WAY better for your skin than chemical sunscreen, and Physical SPF won’t give you that annoying white cast in flash photography.) One tube is around $38, but one tube usually lasts me at least 6 months, and it technically does the work of at least 3 products. I cant reccomend it enough. I also hate to call it a foundation because it lets your skin show through, has a pretty dewy finish and doesnt make you look like a mannequin like some foundations can. There arent a ton of shade options, but they are super forgiving and I can use both light and medium with no problem. If you won’t take my word for it, trust the almost 11,000 reviews on ULTA.com
Concealer: You should own at least two different kinds of concealer: one for your undereyes (usually in a tube with a wandlike applicator) and one for blemishes/trouble spots (usually in a pot and applied with a brush.) For my undereye area, I will never use anything else but Tarte Shape Tape. I almost had a heart attack when I purchased the tube ($27 bucks), but you only need a TINY bit, and there is a ton of product in the tube. I apply it with the wand, then blend it out with a damp beauty sponge. I apply my makeup around 5am everyday, and when I get home around 4:30 its still hydrated, not flakey or creased, and theres no sign of my dark circles. For blemishes or any spots I don’t like, I always use a potted concealer and the smallest brush I can find. I’ve tried tons of high end concealers but my constant favorite is from Target’s Sonia Kashuk line. Sonia Kashuk All Covered up Concealer is my all time favorite. Super creamy, blendable and it looks pretty and natural on its own if thats all I feel like wearing on the weekends. Also, it’s $9.99…so its a no brainer.
Powder: I use the tiniest bit of power to set my undereye concealer and tap a tiny bit onto my forehead and chin to stop any excess shine. In my humble opinion, if you use powder products all over your face, you tend to look older and a little lifeless. I only use a translucent powder so that it doesn’t add coverage, but sets and blends all of the other products on my face. My favorite right now is a power by Tarte, their Filtered Light Setting Powder thats full of good ingredients, not drying and doesn’t have that chalky feel. The best part is that it has vanilla extract in it which makes it smell AMAZING but also adds tons of anioxidants directly into the powder.
Bronzer/Contour: I have two bronzers that I love. They are both powders, and both can be used for contouring or bronzing. Typically, I’ll use the matte side for contouring my cheeks and under my neck, and the slightly shimmery side for bronzing a wash of color all over the face. My absolute favorite is actually a palette, with two matte shades and two shimmer shades- I think a bronzing palette is a smart way to go so that you can use it year round. The one I have: LORAC Take me to TANTEGO Bronzer Palette is currently out of stock on their website but you can find it at ULTA or Sephora. It comes with a brush as well as a mirror. My favorite drugstore versions come from RIMMEL and Milani and both are fantastic and have at least 4 shades to choose from.
Blush: Theres only one blush thats touched my cheeks for the past two years (and well into the future) I’ve tried several drugstore blushes and typically they are too shimmery, or too chalky. If blush is too pink, you can look like a secretary in the 80’s, and if your blush is too shimmery, your pores and fine lines can be magnified by the billions. You’ve probably heard of NARS blush with the infamous name and its worth the hype. Ive had the same package for over a year and I’m no where near halfway through. The high price tag comes with the universally flattering peachy-pink color, the chic packaging, and the fact that its so pigmented you barely need to dip your brush in. It’s the most famous blush in the beauty buisness for good reason. This shade also comes in a cream stick form, and a new liquid blush if you prefer them to powder.
Brushes: Other than the brushes/sponges I’ll list, everything else I use is Sonia Kashuk (from Target) I wash them once a week and let them air dry and some have lasted me years. For Foundation or CC cream, I apply with IT Airbrush blurring Brush #101 and its lasted me several years. The bristles are densely packed and it lays product down perfectly. I couldnt live without this MORPHE sponge (the BeautyBlenders cheaper, better dupe.) I dampen it under running water, squeeze it once into a clean towel and use it to blend my CC cream. There is nothing better than this sponge damp to blend undereye concealer and also to set it with. It also picks up excess product and keeps you from looking cakey. A new discovery for Bronzer is this ECOTOOLS brush specifically made for powder bronzers. A huge fluffy brush like this allows your bronzer to go on more like the sun, and less muddy and thick.
If you have any faves I should try, comment below. Ill be working on a few more lists like these soon- totally irrelevant to the world of cooking, but if something makes me feel beautiful its worth sharing.
It’s hard enough to be a women these days– bring on the expensive blush if it makes like more chic and fun, am I right!?