I had the pleasure of taking my old roommate and good friend makeup shopping at Sephora this week and oh em gee was it fun. Sarah has never been a makeup obsessed gal like myself so I had endless amounts of fun picking out products for her to use and telling her how to apply them. This post is a reference for her to come back to plus I thought it would be fun for others to read - who maybe are also new to the makeup world!
Step 1 - Correct and Conceal
Lightly dab the Bobbi Brown corrector under your eyes to mask dark circles. Remember to use small amounts at a time so it does not cake up or crease over time!
Conceal any facial blemishes with the NARS wand and let set until well sunk into the skin!
Step 2 - Tinted Moisturizer
After your concealer has dried take a pea size amount of the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in your hands or finger tips and warm up by rubbing together for 15 seconds. Then smooth over your entire face making sure to work into the skin well. Focus on blending well around your hair line and neck as to not leave an awkward “makeup” line.
Step 3 - Eyes (tips for going out looks)
CURL THOSE EYELASHES!
Put on TWO coats of mascara!
Smooth on the Laura Mercier caviar stick (in Sand Gold) from your eyelash line to the crease (where your eye folds when you open it). If needed lightly blend with your finger before it sets. I suggest putting macara on your lower eyelashes if you are going to use this under your lower lash line :)
Try putting eyeliner in just the outer one third of your lower lash line!
Origins Vita Zing- this is pretty much a lightly colored moisturizer but It has given my skin an amazing glow all year long and feels so fantastic on! Top with a powder foundation for heavier coverage.
NYX Blush - REVIEW HERE - These blushes just can’t be any better for the price! I own four but have to say my two fav’s (pictured) are peach - a light pink - and mauve - a natural shade. Smooth, pigmented and very easily blended on the cheek.
Urban Decay eyeliner - this is eyeliner (shade underground) is pretty much the ONLY thing I wore on my lower lash line this entire year. Soft enough to provide definition without being harsh.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores- this clear setting powder is all you need to look FLAWLESS. It really does work miracles in the pore blurring department and makes your skin feel as smooth as a babies bottom. Silk I tell you!
Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzer - REVIEW HERE - This powder smells like coconuts or sun tan lotion and I can’t get enough! It has a velvet texture and blends on super smooth. It has the slightest red undertone which makes it look very natural plus it is like $5!
Maybelline lash discovery- I go through mascara like a mad women. I love trying new ones and am constantly falling in and out of love with ones I give a go. This however, is something I come back to time and time again. The brush is so tiny it can grab all of your lashes - top and bottom!
MUFE aqua eyes pencil - These pencils are the bomb. I have terribly oily eyelids and these are the only cream shadow I can use without a primer that won’t fade within like, an hour. They come in amazing shades I own two (20E and 28E) and would buy the whole line if I could.
MAC pro longwear concealer - when it comes down to it this is the best concealer I own. It stays like nothing else. It doesn’t crease if you use just the right amount and can be used under the eyes or on the face.
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick - any shade. You will love them. I own two of them (Saint Tropez and Cherie Bow) and have to make myself not wear them daily.
Essence eye quad in “to die for” - this is the perfect natural eye combo for $2. The shadows are so easy to blend, don’t have a lot of fall out (you know that stuff that ends up on your cheeks) and last a long time over a primer on my eyes.
Urban Decay All-Nighter - I set my makeup with this every. day. It get’s rid of any powder that might be setting on your skin looking like ‘makeup’ plus makes your hard work putting that face on last allll day!
I picked this product up mostly to try the cream bronzer - something I have not used in the past but have been itching to try. Since most of the options I have heard about are high end I thought $3 was the best place to start.
First off I do not LOVE cream products. I find powder so much easier but cream can LOOK so much more natural when the product works. This due is WELL worth the money because they are so incredibly pigmented and smooth. They however are very dark. Beware!
Give them a go with a synthetic haired brush and a light hand if interested.
Ideal for all skin types, this dual cream bronzer and blush creates a sheer, natural wash of color on the skin. The lightweight cream-to-powder formula provides extended wear and allows you to layer for desired intensity. Sculpt eyes, cheeks, lips, body and anywhere you wish to highlight and contour with the rich cream formula.
Cream blush! Great for dry skin or anyone who loves a dewy look. This Stila one is a great high end option. It is smooth and blends into the skin nicely. It can also be used on the lips but is a bit too drying in my opinion.
The color I got to try was Peony a nice mauve-pink. It goes on the skin nicely and seems to have fairly good lasting power. I think these would not work well for oily skin as many cream products often dissolve with oils.
Full size retails for $25 - I got this mini as a 100 point perk from Sephora.
What it does: Stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush-in-one proves irresistible. Non-greasy, this creamy, sheer tint adds an natural glow to the cheeks while lips bloom with fresh, radiant color. A mini mirrored-compact makes touch ups on the go a snap.
Check out these two great less expensive options first if you are new to cream blush!