31

Makeup bag

4/30/11




For those who have asked me about makeup tips/brands... here it is:

Foundation: for every day, I usually use a light layer of Bare Escentuals' matte foundation with a Bare Escentuals buki brush. It's never "cakey" and it really doesn't feel like you have much on... which is what I think makeup should feel like. If I were to go out and needed to dress up, I would use Make Up For Ever's HD foundation for a more "finished" look. I've actually just started looking into liquid foundations - I usually hate the look and feel of them but I found myself actually being content with Make Up For Ever's. I only use one 'dollop' and try to spread it evenly with Sephora's foundation #47 brush. Still trying to get the hang of it...

Concealer: I use one or the other, depending on the occasion. For a more "brightened" look, I use NARS concealer in custard. For some reason, using this concealer makes my skin lighter and brighter so I like to use it only when I feel like I'm going out on a nice date or GNO. For every day concealer, Make Up For Ever's "full cover" camouflage cream #10 is my go-to. It's fast to apply and they have so many different tints that you're bound to find one that really gives you a 'natural,' clear look.

Blush: I love Tarte's natural cheek stain in "Tipsy." It's rich in antioxidants and is naturally preservative free! I usually put one dab and spread it out accordingly with my fingers. At first I was really skeptical about using my fingers but the blush is incredibly light so it doesn't feel like you're tugging on your skin. Plus, Tarte's blush gives you just the right amount of pink 'tint' needed for a more 'natural' look haha.

Primer: didn't even know this existed until this past year. Oh boy. I recently started testing out some small sample primers and I'm really starting to dig the "Photo Finish" primers from Smashbox. I sometimes have red undertones so I've come to appreciate the Photo Finish "color correcting" primer (in green) since it balances out my skin tone. Of course, I find that adding primer takes a little too long so I only use it when I feel like getting spruced up.

Eyes/brows: for eyeliners, I am rather old-fashioned. I like using pencils - currently I use Estee Lauder's Artist's Eye Pencil in "Softsmudge Black." It's not too dark/hard but it does the job to 'open' up the eyes. Plus, I like the smudgy look so it's quite perfect. Sometimes I'll add a thin line of Sephora's Nano in "Silver Green" to create a slight 'disheveled' look. Other times when I want a bolder look, I'd use Stila's Smudge Pots in either "Brown" or "Black Cat" - but having to use a brush to apply detracts me from using them more often. For lashes, I use Bare Escentuals' Flawless Definition mascara in black... never clumpy and never messy. Eyebrows are filled in with Benefit's Browzings in medium - it's fast and comes ready with two handy brushes.

Lips: I hate the feel/smell/taste of lipgloss/lipstick so I'm really picky and end up just sticking to lip balms almost all of the time (I love Rosebud Perfume Co.'s strawberry lip balm and Burt's Bees' Honey lip balm). BUT I do like Make Up For Ever's matte lipstick in "Rouge Artist Intense" and Estee Lauder x Michael Kors' Very Hollywood lipstick in "Bungalow Pink" (not pictured). Both are smooth and come on just right - they don't smell or taste like anything, either. As for lipglosses, I do have an odd affinity for the ones from Victoria's Secret... select ones, of course.

By no means am I an expert (lol!) but I hope this helped somewhat, and sorry to put it off for so long - I just figured I should put up one giant post to answer everyone's questions at once than to repeat myself a bunch of times! x

Discussion

AliceSemeniouk said...

I use Nars concealer too and it's amazing!
xx
follow my tumblr! :) : http://alltheirresistible.tumblr.com/

Reckless Rekha. said...

Great tips. Loving your products <3

whitney said...

Everything's so pretty! Great post!

http://wwhitney.blogspot.com

Camilla said...

i love the new header :)


x Camilla

intothefoldfashion.blogspot.com

Blond Panther & Louboutin... said...

Love NARS makeup and M.A.C.... ;)
2nd royal dress of Kate Middleton: http://magmoiselle.fr/?p=9889

Maja Vonava said...

Really cool make-up stuffs.

maja-vonava.blogspot.com

La Petite Olga said...

I'm the same about primers even didn't know what they are supposed to do...

xx Olga
La Petite Olga

Anne said...

i love these kinda photo's/posts! thanks for your make-up tips, i always learn something from them haha.

xx

By Sara Romero said...

you definitely have made me want to try out a few products, like that lip balm. i feel the same way about lipgloss...i can never find the right one!

xoxo
FAKE EMPIRE

Lidiya said...

Great makeup collection xoxo
http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

Shasie said...

I love Bare Escentuals makeup!

Today is the last day to enter my Flowers From Fatima Giveaway

hannah said...

thank you so much for sharing!! very helpful!

xoxo,

insidelook19.blogspot.com

AlvianaKalin said...

nice new header!

xx,
Alviana

Dilan Dilir said...

lovely stuff :D

federica R. said...

lovely make up!

http://adreamonthewall.blogspot.com/

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

the red lipstick look perfect :)

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Iulia Romana said...

Hello there ! I've just found your site and I am very inspired by your style.
Also, talking about makeup.. I think it is a form of art and it completes the look.

Hugs my dear >:D<

YinGSaran said...

love your style
love that pics

http://yingsaranporn.blogspot.com/

It-Blogirls said...

love all the makeup

Ericka said...

Please help me with my Behavioral Statistics Course survey by answering ten simple questions hereClick here to take survey All responses remain anonymous and confidential. Thank you all, in advance

Liana said...

ooh now we know all your secrets as to why you're so pretty :)
lol i love looking at other people's makeup bags! i have the rosebud salve in the plain formula but i've been wanting to try the strawberry one...and i have the makeup forever hd foundation too, i love it but sometimes it feels too heavy for everyday wear so i only use it for special occasions :)

Fashion Bag 411

Masoom R. Minawala said...

Love all the tips and make-up! and the new header is fabulous. love love love your blog :)

www.style-fiesta.blogspot.com

amalie said...

I use I.d minerals myself, i love it!
x

Lady Jersey said...

Hi !!! I find your blog so great !
Your style and photos are just amazing !
I follow you ...

http://theladyjersey.blogspot.com

Xoxo

Angela Sim said...

I wish your makeup tips applied to me, but I haven't gotten to the point where it's part of my daily routine yet; concealer and foundation makes me feel so uncomfortable! I've been so busy lately, I haven't been able to keep up with your posts so I'm definitely reading backwards!

Taylor said...

Primer is my secret weapon, too :)

GretchTM said...

I use bare minerals. I love it!! Great post!

Denissa Hady said...

great postttttt. I love to buy makeup stuff but ended up not using it. haha

Style Worthwhile said...

Great tips! I suck at putting on make-up so I'm definitely going to try some of these!


Jacquelyn
www.styleworthwhile.blogspot.com

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Great stuff!

http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

Emily said...

YES! Haha, I'm def one of the people who have been bugging you about this... Your makeup always looks so good and photographs so well! I'm going to have to check out some of these products...

Thanks! :)