I don't really have a set make-up routine, honestly, I am always trying out new products, methods, etc. I love to watch YouTube videos and see what other people with my skin type love. However, I've found a few products that will stay a part of my everyday make-up routine and I wanted to share the details! Funny fact: my dad always says "you gonna put your war paint on, Emmy?" lol! I've always loved playing with make-up!
I usually use Mac's Studio Fix (I do like it still!) as my foundation but I recently was introduced to Chanel's new foundation & I am ob-sessed. This particular Chanel foundation is called Perfection Lumiere Velvet, it's a smooth-effect makeup and it's their newest foundation. Truth be told, I always assumed that Chanel foundations were going to be $80+ so I never tried them. This one is $45 which was less than I expected but I do believe you get what you pay for with certain products. This foundation is not cakey or thick - its very light, but still provides good coverage & stays put. I am very oily so this one is great since it is oil-free & dries to a powdery matte finish. It's made to smooth pores & even out dark spots which is one of the reasons I have grown fond of it!
(I am wearing Beige 30 - I apply with my fingertips because I was advised to do so.)
For under my eyes I use Mac's Select Cover-Up (NW15) to brighten up my dark circles. I apply it with a Mac 242 & then blend it with a Japonesque brush. I just recently started using the IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation (in light). I am liking it so far... it's a full coverage powder which is nice for wearing alone or applying on spots that I am more oily. Typically I wear Mac's Studio Fix powder (NC25) & it's never done me wrong. I have been applying my powder with this Tarte brush - I've only had it for a couple of days so I am not sure just yet my feelings on it. I think this is one of the best powder brushes.
I don't like to get much sun exposure so bronzer is something I don't want to live without! My face is super pale because I tend to always keep it out of the sun & I use skincare products on my face that more or less 'bleach' it (dark spot fading). That being said, I have tried every bronzer on the planet it feels like & so far I love this Too Faced one the best. Currently I am just trying out the IT Cosmetics Ombre Bronzer. It's a really subtle bronze which is great though, but not so great if you are looking for a contouring product. I prefer using a MAC 120 for bronzer.
Okay, so another thing I have tried a zillion types of is eyelid primer. Not kidding - none of them work like they promise they will! Sadly, I have such oily skin I think my oil just dissolves the product!! ha! Anyway, this Mac Pro Longwear Paintpot is hands down one of the best. I am using it in Painterly because I like that it is a skin color so it helps brighten the eyelid if you just want to wear it alone. I apply the shadow 'Bronze' into my crease with an E35 by Sigma & then dust some 'Tan' pigment on top and blend with the Sigma E25. The pigment colors will last you a lifetime, btw!
Once my eyelids are done, I use the Kat Von De Ink Liner on the top & the Mac 'Feline' on the waterline. I prime my eyelashes with this primer - it's a secret trick I learned from Caitlin. Then I apply the Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara. I've been using it for almost a year and I don't know if I will find a mascara any better! Many of you have inquired about my eyelashes being falsies - unfortunately those things are too complicated for me so I rely solely on a serum to keep my eyelashes growing nice & long. Using a serum nightly for a month or 2 will jumpstart the growth and then applying it 2-3x a week will keep them there.
Last, but definitely not least is eyebrows. I've always had thick, unruly eyebrows. When we were moving monthly I would let people wax them that I didn't know much about and over time the natural shape of my eyebrow was gone. I think many people don't realize that your eyebrow has a natural arch & shape so I find it important to make sure you are not over-plucking or over-drawing. I had never used a stencil until I bought the Anastasia Brow Kit when I was in Florida & now I don't go a day without using it! It really just acts as a guide - I lightly dust this Anastasia Brow Powder (in dark brown) on while I am holding the stencil. After that, I use the Brow Wiz (medium brown) to fill a sparse area. Out of all of the products in the photo, the Brow Powder Duo, Brow Wiz, & stencil are the essentials. It takes like 2 seconds but when I first did it it took like 2 minutes, lol! You can use the Brow Fix as a primer to make the powder stick if you don't have a lot of hair. And you can use the Brow Gel as a 'glue' to hold hairs in place. You can also use the Brow Duality to highlight your brow bone or clean up the edges around your brows!
The products I used in the above photos are what I was wearing on my Instagram photo last night by the way...
I mentioned before that for our 2nd year anniversary John got me a Clarisonic - and I've had it for about 3 weeks and I LOVE it. My skin is temperamental & crazy (lol) so I feel like it's helped keep it normal. I use it with this Clarins cleanser that I love!
Thank you so much for reading! Have a great weekend.