I’ve always found makeup to be more than just putting stuff on my face. I love that it allows you to express yourself in different ways throughout different stages of your life. Every time I see a light purple eye shadow with extra sparkles in it, I think of my 7th grade self. Or when I see a light green eye shadow and a dark green eyeliner? That was my freshman year of high school. Though I’ve retired the green eyeliner (now that I’m thinking about it, I’d definitely be willing to bring that back), I still use makeup as a way to showcase my personality.
With the many phases I’ve been through, I’ve learned that purple brings out my brown eyes and that no, black eyeliner doesn’t actually look good on my bottom lash line (too bad I didn’t know this in middle school). Now that I’ve finally nailed down a routine, I’m showing you what I do to achieve my favorite look— a natural glow!
Once my base is done, I always go in with a light contour to define my cheekbones. I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in the shade Natural because I have a tan, but you can’t go wrong with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer either. That shade looks good on everyone (but really, how do they do that?). Add a little to the temples to warm up your face and on your jawline to define. If you really want to go at it with the bronzer (let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to fake a tan), add some to the sides of your nose and directly under your lip (this makes them look bigger).
Now when it comes to blush, I have a bit of an obsession and the one I choose to wear changes every single day. I went with MAC’s Gleeful this time because the deep pink and golden sheen looks nice on tanned skin, but I also constantly wear peach hues during the summer (my favorite at the moment is Milani’s Luminoso). Smile when you apply your blush to find the apples of your cheeks, and then blend backwards with a fluffy brush to achieve a natural flush.
One step I never (I repeat, never) forget is highlighter. Oily skinned girls, don’t freak out! As someone who’s skin can get so oily it almost looks wet, I REFUSED to step within a 10-foot radius of a highlighter for years. Once I figured out how to prepare my skin (like with a mattifying primer), I was ready to dive in head-first and bask in a sea of all the champagne-colored highlighter. My current go-to is Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. Put it on the tops of your cheek bones (this lifts the face making you appear younger), down the bridge of your nose, on the cupid’s bow (this also makes the lips look larger…yes please) and on the brow bone to accentuate the high points of your face. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did it.
Surprise! All of the beauty gurus were telling the truth. Brows do make a difference. I was never one to mess with my eyebrows, but there’s no turning back now that I see what defining them does to my overall makeup look. Anastasia Beverly Hills is pretty much queen of the brow game, so of course this was the first pencil I tried. However, Benefit just came out with a whole new line of brow products that I’ve been dying to try! I’ve got my eye on you, Volumizing Fiber Gel.
I like to keep it simple when it comes to the eyes (still thinking about that green eyeliner though), so most of the time I stick with neutrals. I blend a light brown into my crease and then add a champagne color onto my lid. I’ll put a darker color in the outer v of my eyelid and then blend it all together with my favorite blending brush— Sigma’s E40. Depending on the day, I’ll add Urban Decay’s Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog (a beautiful copper sheen) or do a subtle cat-eye with a liquid liner. Today I kept it simple and threw on some mascara for a natural look.
Lipstick is probably my favorite step because it completely changes a look depending on what color you go with. For an everyday look I use my Urban Decay lip liner in Rush and then go over that with the Katy Kat Matte lipstick from CoverGirl in Sphinx (this stuff ROCKS and it’s affordable). When you go neutral on the eyes, it’s okay to play around with different lip shades!
-Get My Look-
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
NARS Creamy Concealer (my all-time favorite)
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (100% worth the price)
Bobbi Brown Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil
Too Faced Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay Lip Pencil
Katy Kat Matte Lipstick
And there you have it! My everyday makeup routine. Even though makeup is fun, always remember that it’s not necessary to create beauty. Be comfortable in your own skin and your natural beauty will always shine through.