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
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