Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily Makeup Must-Haves..









The past few weeks I've heard more and more feedback and questions regarding my daily makeup routine - specifically what foundation, mascara, & bronzer. I won't even deny it - I love makeup & I enjoy talking about it so I look forward to these posts! Random fact: I didn't wear makeup until college! My mom never really taught me how to use it so I just didn't - not until college. That being said, when I am asked for tutorials on makeup, I kind of second guess whether or not I should do it! 
Really quick - I have pretty oily/acne prone skin - most products do not actually work on my skin so I'm pretty picky to what I will use. Anyway, that being said here's a step by step guide as to how I apply my makeup in the a.m.:

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1. I use my Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush to apply 1-2 pumps of this Estee Lauder Double Wear and cover my entire face starting in the center & working outwards. I wear 'Desert Beige'. This foundation is a dream - it hides so many scars, discoloration, etc. And it does wear longer than most foundations.

2. Next, I use this Sigma F86 to apply concealer. The MAC Pro-Long Wear is a good one - I don't know if I would rave about it like I would the Estee Lauder foundation - but I do really like this concealer. It gets the job done in tricky, hard to cover areas. I also use a Beauty Blender sometimes - as apposed to the brush (it soaks up excess product.)

3. Finally, I go in with this brush & set the liquid foundation/concealer with my Mac Studio Fix powder. Again, I can't say that I'm obsessed with this powder -but I own SO many other brands of powder and I always come back to this one. 

4. RUN -- DON'T WALK - to the Nordstrom site and GRAB THIS PALETTE before it is gone! Seriously y'all - this Anastasia Contour Kit is everything. It makes life easier & your face look much thinner (lol.). This palette was unavailable for months & months - just yesterday did it become available on Nordstrom.com & I am sure it won't last long. SAME goes for the NARS ITA brush. I had to wait for almost 6 mos. to finally get mine. I will say that the ITA brush is ridiculously priced - but I haven't regretted paying for it. I like that it applies my contouring shade in a perfectly straight line & then blends it out nicely. (Sidenote - see the brown shade that the brush is on - that's what I use to contour my cheek bones! 

5. Let me tell you how much I love my Beauty Blender... Fitz has chewed up THREE of them. (err!) The first one was a dupe so I wasn't too devastated because it didn't work too well. But the next two were the real deal. Anyway, I don't go a single day without the BB. It's good for soaking up extra product so that you don't have that cake-y look. I use the NARS Concealer under my eyes (shade Chantilly) and use the BB to blend it in. Then, I grab my Anastasia Contour Kit and dip my BB into the shade 'Banana' and set the concealer with that. This is the ONLY way to brighten up my under eye area & truly cover the dark circles. ALSO, that big brush by ECO TOOLS - seriously great! I love it for putting bronzer on my chest or neck - or even in my hairline/jawline.

6. Finally, I grab my MAC Blush Brush & my Morphe palette. I usually mix a couple of colors to create what I am looking for... As I've said before - with blush - stay above your nostrils & outside of your pupil (does that make sense?). AKA. don't go too low w/your blush or too far into your face! 

7. When it comes to eyeshadow - I am not so great with mixing multiple colors. I practice at it but it just never turns out! But the one color & brush that I use daily is this Bobby Brown shade in camel. I use the brush to sweep it through the crease. 

8. My 2 go-to eyeliners - STILA on the top (great for the wing!) & MAC's 'Feline' on the bottom for the waterline.

9. I love love love eyelashes. I'm just that girl. I think every girl needs to invest in a bottle of eyelash serum to get them growing! (I like this one!) But, this Loreal mascara pictured above is the best primer I've ever tried. If I want big lashes- I use two coats and holy smokes it works. (I do not use the other end of the L'Oreal product - just the primer.) And then of course my favorite mascara by Too Faced - I've used this same mascara for a year now which is proof I love it.

10. Last but totally not least is the brow products. I have tried almost everyone of the Anastasia brow products but these are my dailies. I use this wax to get the eyebrows in place (tame them + use as reverse lip liner!!) and then use this powder to lightly fill them in. Finally, I use the Brow Wiz to fix any places that need a close touch up. I own several more products from Anastasia but those are the 3 that I would most highly recommend.



25 comments:

  1. very informative post! i love estee lauder make up! it is perfect!

    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  2. Love this! Your makeup always looks flawless so thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  3. Great choices! Love Estee lauder foundation too!
    xx
    www.theblackblush.blogspot.pt

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  4. What a great round up of products! I really need to get the Sigma brushes... I have two girlfriends who work for them and they tell me I really need to try them out! Also wanna try that mascara! I have only heard great things!

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  5. How funny I use a lot of the same things. I love my sigma kabuki brush! I use that, stilla eyeliner, the primer and same mascara. Glad you are letting people know about this great makeup, your makeup always looks great!

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  6. Have used Double Wear from Estee Lauder for a very long time and I have to agree -- nothing better! Thanks for sharing this round-up. I have been curious about some of the products for a long while and now I will have to give them a go! ;) XO, Alison

    http://www.simplyfairbyalisonjeanine.com

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  7. These are all great tips! I definitely get into make-up ruts, so I look forward to trying out some of these great products!

    xo
    -A-

    http://peckonthechic.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! I wanna try that amazing tool (nr 5), I have heard so much great things about it!

    http://annlooos.blogspot.com

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  9. I always love how flawless your skin looks in photos! I'll have to pick these up!

    Evolution of Glam

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  10. I just recently finally purchased the Beauty Blender and I couldn't agree more, it is definitely essential!
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

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  11. Great round-up!!! I need to look at the Anastasia contour kit - looks like a really good palette to have everything in one place!

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  12. I love the Sigma kabuki brush!!! And that's the concealer I use for under my eyes!! Great items on here!

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    1. I am a Casey Holmes fan.. bored line obsessed!!! She followed me on Instagram right around my birthday and I said it was the best present ever, lol!

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  14. What skin type do you have? Have you ever used mac studio fix liquid foundation? If so, how does double wear compare?

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  15. I love to read suggestions from other who have oily/acne prone skin. Even in my 30s my skin is still very oily so lots of products don't work for me either. I would love you to list skincare products you use as well!

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  16. Our hair colour is pretty much the same one! What shades do you have for the anastacia brow powder and brow wiz? Please tell us. I just use a brown shadow from mac! Thanks!

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  17. What lipstick are you wearing on this picture?

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  18. What type of primer do you use? I have the same skin type as you and my makeup does not last more than an hour. Do you have any suggestions that are less than $30? Also any suggestions for my blush to stay? It always turns out splotchy and never lasts. I use the Aphrodisiac from Bare Minerals

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  19. Would love an eye liner and brow tutorial. I can't get my lower lash line to look right, do you have to retouch during the day? Thanks so much!

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  20. What shade do you used in the Anastasia Brow powder??

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  21. Hi Emily! I've looked but can't find. What is the name of the lipstick you're wearing in the link to this post? it's an IG picture too. Love it! Thanks so much.

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  22. You always look flawless and I've been wondering what your skin care routine is! Totally tired of my darn Maybeline routine. The quality is just not there! Paying more for a good brand just may be worth it!

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  23. Does morphe still make that blush palette? The link you posted doesn't work :( I love the colors! If the palette is no longer made, do you have favorite colors from the palette to recommend?

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