Inside my makeup bag.
A few weeks ago I went live on Facebook and walked you guys through my daily makeup routine as I was getting ready. This post is dedicated to the products I mentioned in that video with a bit more info on the must-haves in my personal makeup stash.
Without further ado, here they are.
It Cosmetics CC Cream- One of my most frequently asked questions is what foundation I use. The answer is that it really isn't what one would consider a true foundation. Years ago I used to be into everything with super full coverage and a matte finish, but as I've gotten older I prefer a more natural look. This CC cream has pretty much been my holy grail face product for a few years now. I like it because it has the texture of a moisturizer, but offers a medium to full coverage while still looking like your skin. It Cosmetics is known for taking a skincare approach to their makeup, which I appreciate. There are yummy ingredients in their products that are beneficial for the skin, plus this one has SPF 50. I prefer a more dewy look so I opted for one with an illuminating finish, but if you're more oily you can go for their regular which is more matte.
$38 at Ulta.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer- The reason I like this product is simple. It is full coverage and a little goes a long way. My one complaint about this product is that it tends to be a little on the matte side, so when using it under my eyes I find that sometimes I need to prep the area with a little more moisture before applying to keep it from looking too dry. Those that are more oily may not have this issue.
$27 at Ulta.
Bare Minerals barePro Powder Foundation- If you're the type of person who likes a mineral foundation but don't want to mess with loose powder, this is a good choice. I personally don't use it to get full coverage, but you can build it to achieve that look. I just finish off setting my makeup by dusting a little of this over my face with a big powder brush, then I stash the compact in my handbag in case I need a touchup later in the day.
$30 at Ulta.
It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Face Palette- That's a friggin mouthful. I feel like this choice of product is self evident. It offers you the convenience of a highlighter, blush and contour color all in one palette, which is much more ideal than three separate products. Piece of cake, right? The highlighter has a nice sheen to it, the blush is a soft coral with a little shimmer, and the contour color is a matte neutral brown. The only downside to this product is that it doesn't come in multiple colors, so it wouldn't work for darker skin tones. If you're looking for a more budget friendly dupe, Ulta brand carries a face disc that's almost identical for less than half the price.
$38 at Ulta. The 3-in-1 face pallet dupe from Ulta's store brand is just $14.
Urban Decay Brow Beater- The main reason I like this product is because of the fine point on the pencil. It's small and precise unlike some pencils which are chunky and can cause you to overline your brow. I also like that the finish is matte, whereas some can look more waxy and less like natural hair. A bonus is the spoolie brush on the other end.
$20 at Ulta.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow- The itty bitty brush is my favorite part of this product. It's so precise that it will work even on the thinnest of brows, and the formula is matte and long wearing. You can use this solo for a little enhancement, or on top of your favorite brow pencil or powder.
$24 at Ulta.
Maybelline Eye Studio Tattoo Eyeshadow- On a daily basis I rarely bother with eyeshadow, so this is a great product that's quick and easy to use if you're short on time. Just put a little on your finger and smudge onto your lid. It has a creamy consistency that dries down to a creaseless finish. It's also available in a variety of shades. If you're familiar with MAC's paint pots, this is a very similar product but at a fraction of the cost. Wear it alone or under powder shadow as a primer.
$6.99 at Ulta.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara- I've always been a free agent when it comes to mascara, because I like to try new brands and formulas. But I tried this one last year on myself and I immediately ordered 3 more for my freelance kit. For a while I bounced back and forth between this one and It Cosmetic's Hello Lashes, but I like this brush and formula better.
$23 at Ulta.
As I mentioned in my Facebook video, I keep things fairly simple on a daily basis. This may seem like a lot but in all honesty it takes me about 10 minutes. 15 max if I'm trying to be fancy.
What are your favorite products? Leave a comment and tell me! I'd love to try some of your recommendations.