When I tell people I have a beauty blog, they automatically assume I’m obsessed with makeup.
While that’s sort of true (yes, I love makeup, especially lippies!), I tend to focus on skincare because I firmly believe that no bit of makeup can make you look absolutely gorgeous unless you have a healthy canvas (aka skin) to work with first.
Most days I keep it super simple with my makeup. On Sundays, I wear barely anything at all, but ramped it up a bit yesterday to share this first “makeup of the day” post with you.
I bought samples from Vapour to color-match my skin tone, and I think this is the winner! However, the “luminous” formulation is better for non-oily skin. The “soft focus” formulation is a much better fit for oily skin like mine.
I bought two samples of Vapour’s Illusionist Concealer — 020 and 030 — and found that the 020 is a better fit for my pre-summertime skin color. I’m not quite sold on the formula, though; it tends to slip around and feel a bit greasy. When I spot-cover blemishes with a brush, the coverage is great. I’ll keep perfecting my technique and report back.
I used the bareMinerals eye shadow on the right in the picture above to add a little dimension to my look. This little “The Top Shelf” palette seems like it’s going to be a winner for my everyday eye look. “Mixologist” is a pretty, pale champagne with shimmer; “Cognac” is the gorgeous bronze I’m sporting in the pics above. I’d add a little “Mixologist” to my brow bone for additional highlight if I want to glam it up a bit.
Luminizer: RMS Living Luminizer
RMS Living Luminizer is one of those products that everybody in the natural beauty world hypes up so much — which means I, of course, go to it with a skeptical eye. For the first few months of playing with it, I just didn’t get it. It’s creamy — which tends to be a “no thanks” for oily skin — and is just a luminizer … so what? Well, I obviously came around on this product because it’s now in daily rotation. I learned to dab a little more under my eyes to distract your eyes from my bags and discoloration and instead have you in awe of my dewy complexion.
*Mascara: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara
Y’all know I’ve been on the hunt for a nice, natural mascara. I’ve been testing a couple (reviews to come), and this baby from bareMinerals is the newest in my arsenal. I really like this mascara because even though the brush is a skinny minnie, the formula is amazing at lengthening my lashes and holding the curl. This is also one of the only mascaras that I dare use on my bottom lashes because again, the brush is so wonderful at depositing precise amounts of mascara onto the baby lashes without drowning them or making a mess. I’m going to call bareMinerals’ Flawless Definition Mascara a keeper for now. (Bonus: It’s also available at Ulta and Sephora!)
“Smooth Talker” is a pretty golden pink that I think would look nice and natural on any skin tone. It has a slight peppermint tingle and gives your lips a shiny finish. Look for a more in-depth review of this lip gloss tomorrow! (It’s also available at Sephora!)
I follow the “cream on cream, powder on powder” rule when it comes to layering products, so using my Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in “Bronzed” was a no-brainer for this look. It goes on with a deep hue, but easily washes out to a sun-kissed look after massaging it into the skin. This balm can also be used on eyelids and lips, but I tend to shy away from the eyelids because it tends to crease in my oily skin. (It’s also available at BeautySage.com!)
Brow Powder: Anastasia Brow Ex-press Kit
Warning! This kit is not natural — it contains the disgusting parabens that we all know to avoid. So why do I use it? Well, because I’ve had it forever and haven’t found a brow powder replacement just yet. I thought I was close to one when I was visiting a natural beauty store in New York, but after Googling the ingredients, found that it also contained parabens. What gives? Help me out with some recommendations, friends — I’m leaning toward Jane Iredale … thoughts?
Concealer Brush: Eco Tools Pointed Concealer Brush
I bought the Eco Tools 6 Piece Day to Night Set mostly because I really wanted this pointed concealer brush. This is the type of brush you must own if you’re constantly dabbing a little concealer atop pesky pimples. It keeps your concealing to a minimum (overapplying = making the zit more obvious) and forces you to be lighter-handed in your application.
Eye Shadow Brush: Eco Tools Stay There Shadow Brush
In that same fabulous Eco Tools 6 Piece Day to Night Set is this lovely “Stay There Shadow Brush.” This has quickly become my favorite shadow brush thanks to its neatly packed bristles and even application of pigment. I can’t say enough good things about the quality and affordability of Eco Tools products!
Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura Gold Eyelash Curler
I’ve been a Shu Uemura eyelash curler girl for years. A few months back, I replaced my old Shu curler with this fancy new gold one because, well, it just feels a little more luxurious to use.
What does your makeup of the day look like 1) on Sundays and 2) today? You can share your selfies with me via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and please leave me some comments with your paraben-free brow powder/pencil recommendations!
*bareMinerals product received c/o bareMinerals; Revolution Organics product received c/o FreshFaced
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