This year, I’ve decided I want to create more beauty-related posts. I have my go-to products that I always use, but I am also always experimenting with new shadows, lipsticks, face creams and perfumes. And because I love trying new things, I enjoy it when other people share their new favorite items too. It informs and inspires me as to what else is out there in the beauty world, so hopefully I can do the same for you! (You can find all the products listed in order at the bottom of the post in order of how they are photographed.)
Above, are the contents of my makeup bag. Not the most organized, but I just transferred everything over to this new wide zip case and it makes finding things so much easier. My beauty routine is actually pretty quick and can be done in under ten minutes.
Step 1: First I clean my face, using either these MAC wipes or Clé de Peau Cleansing Foam, then make sure to always moisturize. I love using Restorsea or Olay face cream for daily use.
Step 2: Next I use Stila’s CC Color Correcting Stick to even out my skin a bit before applying Clé de Peau concealer. I either use my fingertip and lightly tap all along the skin underneath my eye to blend it, or I use the thin silver brush you see in the picture below.
Step 3: Then I combine Dior Hydra Life BB Cream with By Terry foundation for a natural look that feels light but still offers substantial coverage.
Step 4: I have started to get really into brushes. The right ones make such a difference. I also love these compacts by MAC. I begin by dusting my face with this powder (top left). Then I contour my cheekbones with a darker pressed powder (top right) using the brush on the far right. After I apply my blush, I finish up with this sheer highlighting powder, using an angled brush (shown above, second in from the left).
Step 5: Eyeshadow time! I usually combine a few different shades together to create a customized color depending on my outfit, mood or time of day. Lately I’ve been mixing and matching colors from these palettes by NARS, Estee Lauder and Stila.
Step 6: If I take the time to do my makeup and then forget to put on mascara or fill in my brows, I feel like I look incomplete. So, the key essentials for me are eyeliner, brow pencil and mascara. And just for good measure, I always keep this little bottle of Santal 33 perfume in my bag, along with this amazing little anti-aging eye and lip compact by La Prairie, and usually some color of nail polish (big fan of the brand Julep) for emergency touch ups.
Step 7: And lastly, the cherry on the sundae, lipstick! Right now I’m obsessed with By Terry in Carnal Attraction, MAC in Viva Glam 1 and By Terry in Fanatic Red.
And there you have it! My beauty routine in under ten steps. Now I’d love to hear what your favorite go-to products are that you can’t live without. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below! xo
Cleansers and Creams:
MAC wipes / Clé de Peau Cleansing Foam / Restorsea Rejuvenating Day Cream / Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Face Cream
Concealer and Foundations:
Stila’s CC Color Correcting Stick / Clé de Peau Concealer / By Terry Foundation / Dior Hydra Life BB Cream
MAC Powder Brush (Not sure where mine is from, but this brush is very similar.) / Sephora Collection Pro Angled Brush #49 / Estee Lauder Powder Foundation Brush (I use it for blush instead) / Sephora Concealer Brush / MAC Flat Contour Brush #163 / Laura Geller Air Whipped Bronzer Brush
Powders and Blush:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder / MAC Blot Powder in Deep Dark / MAC Blush / MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
NARS And God Created The Woman / Estée Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette / Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye
Pencils, Liners and Other Essentials:
Stila Liquid Eyeliner / Shobha Brow Pencil / Rimmel Mascara / Santal 33 perfume / La Prairie Anti-aging Eye and Lip Compact / Julep Nail Polish in Martha
By Terry in Carnal Attraction / MAC in Viva Glam 1 / By Terry in Fanatic Red