“Treat your makeup like jewelry for the face. Play with colors, shapes, structure – it can transform you.” – Francois Nars
Everybody has their own makeup style. Some prefer a full-face look, while others prefer to go as natural as possible. My preferred makeup style is dewy and natural. I want to look like I just stepped off the plane from spending a month in Costa Rica. Here are some of the products that I’m currently using in my 2019 make-up routine, many of which you might have already have tried.
I started using this primer back in December, and for the price it is an excellent product. It is hydrating, lightweight, and my foundation looks beautiful on top of it (plus who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?). Now, am I jumping up and down about this product? The answer is no. Personally, because I have dry skin (especially between my brows), I wish it left my skin a little more hydrated and dewier. But I will definitely be buying it again. I have yet to find a primer that is reasonably priced and also matches my needs, but this comes pretty damn close.
FLOWER ‘In your Prime’ Hydrating Primer, $10.00; Ulta.com
This foundation has changed the game for me. Seriously. It is the dewiest, most hydrating foundation I have ever worn and is just BEAUTIFUL on the skin. Yves Saint Laurent ‘All-In-One Glow’ is a medium coverage, hydrating foundation. It is NOT transfer proof so make sure that you set your foundation. I only set underneath my eyes and in my T-zone because I don’t like a lot of powder on my skin (due to my skin being drier), but to each their own.
I highly recommend this foundation and I find that Sephora’s shade matcher is usually pretty accurate for this product. Just remember to use your own judgment as well. The BIG downside of this foundation is that they only offer 12 shades, and 11 of them are white. In my opinion, YSL totally missed the boat on this foundation regarding their shade range. I mean come on! Are we still fighting this battle? How many bad launches do there have to be before companies start releasing more shades? This is a serious issue and I hope brands start jumping on the Fenty bandwagon and offering more diverse shade options. That being said, if you happen to match one of their shades I would highly recommend trying this foundation.
YSL Touché Eclat ‘All-In-One Glow’, $48.00; Sephora.com
I’ll start by being blunt – if you are a full coverage, turn me into a glass doll type of person, just skip to the next item. But, if you like a more natural look, this product is excellent. The Glossier Stretch Concealer is a VERY natural concealer and it is definitely not full coverage. It goes on very smoothly and really brightens your under eyes. It also has buildable coverage so you can get closer to medium coverage if you’d like. Just make sure you set this concealer quickly, as it will crease.
In regard to Glossier themselves, their products are beautiful and so is the company. Glossier is all about natural beauty, personal style, and empowering women to be themselves. If you want to learn more about their company I recommend exploring their website.
Glossier Stretch Concealer, $18.00; Glossier.com
I was recently on the search for a new bronzer and I did not want to put a lot of money into a product. For years I had heard the likes of Tati Westbrook, Jeffrey Star, and other YouTubers praising Physician Formula’s ‘Butter Bronzer’, but I had never actually tried it out. I have to say… OMG I am in LOVE. The formula is so smooth, has buildable coverage, and it smells like a beach in a tropical paradise.
Physicians Formula ‘Butter Bronzer’, $14.99; Ulta.com
This is another product that I heard about over and over again but had not tried until I received a sample of it in the mail from Sephora… And then I purchased it almost immediately. I know, I know, I am way behind the times. But believe the hype, this is the most stunning ‘peachy pink’ blush I have ever used.
NARS ‘Orgasm’, $30.00; Sephora.com
MILK Makeup’s ‘Face Gloss’ is a multi-use (and vegan formula) gloss that can be applied to lips, cheekbones, eyelids, and even your body. It creates an opulent natural look to give you just the right amount of glow. It does stay sticky, but it is a gloss so you shouldn’t be surprised by that. To me, it is the perfect all-in-one makeup product for a natural, radiant look.
MILK Makeup ‘Face Gloss’, $10.00; Milkmakeup.com
This was my first venture back to a brow pencil after using the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Dipbrow Pomade’. I had tried the Anastasia ‘Brow Definer’ prior and did not love it (I know, crazy). Let me tell you that I am not very good at doing my brows, but I have been loving how they have been looking with Benefit’s ‘Precisely My Brow’. It has a firm enough point that I can neatly fill in my 90’s over-waxed eyebrows, without looking like eyebrow dog. Also, I have yet to break the tip, which I did more than once with the ABH ‘Brow Definer’ (I think that might have been my fault though, maybe I should give it another chance?).
Benefit ‘Precisely My Brow’ Pencil, $24.00; Sephora.com
If you follow the make-up community you will have already heard Loreal ‘Lash Paradise’ being called the drug-store dupe for the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara. I’m going to leave those comparisons up to the professionals, but I will tell you that this mascara is one of the best I have ever used. In my opinion, for the price point, this should be your weapon of choice. The formula volumizes and lengthens your lashes without making them clumpy. Seriously, try Loreal’s ‘Lash Paradise’, I guarantee you will love it.
*Tip: make sure you are not purchasing the waterproof version (unless you really need to), because that stuff does not come off!
Loreal ‘Lash Paradise’ Voluminous Mascara, $7.39; Target.com
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