I've broken down all my favorites to spruce up my face! Under each image, if you click on the "Click HERE" icon it will take you directly to a page to give you more info, pricing and ordering options for each one.
I don't usually wear foundation in the day. Just some concealer and loose powder as a base. Minimal shadow, eyeliner on my water line (the inside of your lower eye) and some bronzing powder and lipstick. Since I have eyelash extensions I don't need to wear mascara or liner on my upper lid:
I had my make up done years ago and the make up artist used this one from Laura Mercier and I have never looked back! I love the brush that goes with it too. Usually I'll dampen the brush just a bit and mix the two colors together on it. I use it under my eyes and blend it into the inner eye next to my nose. I will also put it on the creases of my nose or anywhere else that seems red.
I don't remember ever using another loose powder. I have probably had this in my makeup bag for 15 years (not the same one of course). It comes in an array of color to match your skin tone, they have all the samples in store. After I have applied my concealer I use a kabuki brush (see below) and swirl it in the powder and then then onto my face.
MAC NC 40
I absolutely LOVE this Bare Minerals brush to apply powder!
I will either do a blush OR a bronzer in the day - not both.
This blush is a long time favorite of mine! The photo makes it look more bright pink than it is. It truly goes with everything!
LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush in Velvet Rope
I've been a fan of this one since it came out from Bare Minerals! Apply it with their bronzing brush for a perfect application. When applying, I do my face in 2 halves. I start at the top of my forehead and make a brush stroke like a number 3 from forehead, to nose, to chin.
BRONZING POWDER BRUSH:
You know this is my current favorite!
Laura Geller Liquid Gelato Pillowtop Highlighter
Night time: (or special event)
BEFORE you even think about adding foundation to your face, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use a primer! It will create a thin base on your skin so your foundation goes on smooth, lasts longer and doesn't sit in your fine lines. Some people love their primer so much they just use that on their skin and nothing else. There are lots of great ones out there, some more oily than others so you may need to sample a few before finding the one that works best for you. This is my current favorite from LANCOME:
Do yourself a favor and stop using your fingers to apply foundation! The Beauty Blender will change the battle you find yourself in with blending your makeup into your skin flawlessly! Make sure you damped the sponge well before applying and rinse well after!
You already know this is my favorite foundation - it Cosmetics - but here are another few I love as well!
it Cosmetics CC foundation
it Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
Makeup Forever HD foundation
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundations
Night time Bronzer:
My absolute favorite from CHANEL! You have to use something a bit damp to apply this product (in my opinion). I use my beauty blender and swirl the tip of it around in the product and then blend it into the edges of my forehead and down into my lower cheek bones. With this bronzer I would also add a blush.
Make up artists swear that you need to put a setting powder on top of your foundation in order to get the longest lasting result! I don't always remember to do it but when i do I definitely notice a difference. This one I love from NARS!
Once you've actually gone to the effort of getting your "face on" the surest way to make it last is with a setting spray. A few sprays on top of your makeup will ensure no smearing or running or fading through the day. My Current favorite is from Urban Decay
So first! I started getting eyelash extensions about a year ago and that has eliminated the need for mascara or eyeliner on my upper lid. I did however have a favorite from when I used to use them.
My favorite EYE LINER!
This has been my tried and true, no others have ever compared - for years! It does not run when you sweat and it stays put throughout the day. It comes off easily with makeup remover. I use it on my water line, the inside part of your lower eye.
Now that I have eyelash extensions, if I do want more makeup for night or an event I don't like to use a pencil because I worry it will pull the lashes off. Instead, I take a brush made for eyeliner and wet it a bit and dab it in this powder and then press the powder on in a line across the top of my lashes. This one is my fav! MAC Carbon Matte powder.
Usually, I stick with a neutral palette. Light color on the base and up to my eyebrow. Medium color on my lid. For night I will add a darker color to the crease. This palette from TOO FACED has you covered in every shade of neutral. It takes the guess work out of what colors work together on your eye for the perfect shade combination.
This one from LANCOME has been a favorite in my makeup bag forever! Probably because it DOES NOT RUN, nor smear under your eyes!
This is a hard one because lipstick looks different on everyone depending on your natural lip color, your skin tone and hair color - it truly is a personal preference! I tend to go with rosie pinks, not bright - med to dark. I don't love gloss because I can't stand my hair sticking to it! My 2 favorites for the past couple of years have been REBEL ROSE from BUXOM and TWIG from MAC.
Click HERE for REBEL ROSE
Click HERE for TWIG