While I can’t stress enough how very little I know about makeup or hair styling, I have gotten so many requests about what products I use that I thought I’d finally share my spartan makeup set with you. Again, my techniques are essentially non-existent and/or questionable, but when you guys ask, I deliver. Without further ado, here’s a little run-down on what I typically do to get ready!
During the winter, I’ll use MAC coverup and Lancome foundation, but when the sun finally bestows a little sunkissed “glow” upon me I very happily switch over to tinted moisturizer. I like Clinique’s Moisture Surge tinted moisturizer – I use it just where I need it and find that it gives good coverage without ever looking unnatural.
I’ve tried so many bronzers and find nothing works for me as well as Rimmel’s incredibly affordable Natural Mineral bronzer. I use bronzer as a contouring tool more than I use it for colour, so this relatively matte powder formula works perfectly for me. I use a fluffy brush and apply it under my cheekbones, along my hairline, across my nose, and along my jawline. If I’m wearing something strapless, I’ll brush it over my collarbone and shoulders too.
I’ve been using Nars’ Cactus Flower cream blush for years and love it. Aside from my lips, my blush is the one thing I almost always have on. I’m not fond of powder formulas – you just don’t get the same dewiness and pop of colour that you do with cream formulas. Since you only need a tiny amount to achieve the colour you want, these cream formulas last forever too – I’ve had the one pictured for well over a year now and still have plently left.
Now when it comes to eyes, I literally know nothing. I can do a little cat-eye with my Bobbi Brown gel eye liner, but when it comes to contouring and all that I don’t even bother. I’ll inevitably just get makeup in my eye and cry or end up freaking out. When I go out, I do use my CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast cream eyeshadow duo and eyeliner in their purple shades to bring out my green eyes (thank you by the way CoverGirl for making a product that even a makeup-moron like me can understand), but other than that I just use my Dior Show mascara and Benefit High Beam highlighter for my brow bone. I find that since I have such light features but dark hair, I don’t really look good with very much eye makeup. Because of this, I’ll usually just do mascara for everyday and only add more if I’m going out.
While I can very happily go without eye makeup, lips are a must for me. I feel very naked without something on my lips. On the far left is Chanel’s Rouge Allure liptsick in Flamboyante, my go-to colour in the winter months. During the colder seasons, I tend to gravitate to lots of true reds or dark pinks. In the summer, I like something lighter and more fun – MAC’s Vegas Volt lipstick, a tangerine-pink shade, is my current favourite. I also love MAC’s Lustre, a light berry pink shade, in the summer too. I don’t really wear lipgloss on its own, but I like to layer CoverGirl’s Shine Blast lipgloss over my lipsticks for nights out.
My true staple though is Nivea’s Lip Shine in Cherry. On a good day, I just wear this. It gives good moisture, natural colour, and is easy and comfortable to wear. Plus, it costs $2.99. You can’t go wrong with that.
As anyone who knows me can attest to, I’m petrified of wrinkles or developing bad skin as I age. I invest in products and am very strict with myself about my skin care routines. In the morning, I wash with Cetaphil (the only cleanser that’s gentle enough to not irritate my sensitive skin) and while my skin’s still damp I apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. To depuff after an inadequate sleep, I roll Garnier’s Skin Renew eye roller under my eyes.
At the end of my day, I wash with Cetaphil again (always for 45 seconds – I learned this trick from a dermatologist and it’s made a world of difference for my skin), finish with a cold rinse, and apply Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Gel. As some of you may remember, I have a couple scars on my face from a dog bite earlier this year, so I alternate between La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Epidermal Recovery Accelerator and Chanel’s Dark Spot Corrector Roll On. The scars have seriously faded a lot and used to look horrible, so the duo must be working!
I load on Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 at night…since my lips are usually my makeup focus, I’m pretty obsessed with keeping them moisturized.
If you thought my knowledge about makeup was laughable, then just wait for my hair-styling techniques! Here you go:
1. If I want my hair to be straight with a bit of wave, I wash my hair and then…I let it dry!
2. If I want my hair to be straight, I let it dry then…I blow dry it for fifteen seconds!
3. If I want my hair to be slightly curly (it can never be very curly, it’s too fine for that), I let it air dry and then…I put it in a bun with Goody’s twirl pins for a couple hours!
….that’s it. That’s all that I know how to do. Probably explains why my hair always looks….”natural”.
I highly doubt that I imparted any invaluable application techniques with any of you, but I do love all these products and if you have colouring that is at all similar to mine, you will love them too. I’ve been asked a few times about what I do exercise-wise, but that’s a whole post unto itself. Exercise is a huge part of my life and I have always felt weird about not making it a more present topic on this blog, so at some point or another I will definitely do a post on what a typical week of exercise looks like for me! Maybe I’ll even include some pictures of me sweating and grunting it out doing pushups and rows. Just for you guys.