What better way to get to know my makeup habits than for me to tell you about what I do to my face everyday? Now, let’s assume that this is a normal day: I wake up when my alarm goes off after 6-8 hours of sleep, and I actually have enough time to do my “usual.”
(Maybe one day I’ll post my “jolt awake after 4-5 hours of sleep, Oh my God, why did I sign up for this 9am class, I only have 20 minutes to get ready and put on clothes” routine.)
Anyway, let’s get down to business. The makeup I use is very affordable, with a few splurge-y items now and then when I convince myself I deserve them (Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette…). I would vouch for all of these items… if I hated them, I wouldn’t be using them.
First, I use a generic makeup sponge (maybe one day I will shell out the $20 for a beauty blender…) to put on my Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream SPF 30 in Fair to Light. It’s very sheer, so there is not much coverage. This isn’t my first choice in BB Cream, but for an everyday look, this is what I usually go for. (My preferred BB cream is Etude House’s Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit (#W13), which is Korean. Koreans know their stuff when it comes to BB creams guys. Unfortunately, I have run out of this stuff which makes me very sad.)
Then, I use Maybelline’s FIT Me Concealer in Sand under my eyes, on any zits, and to provide a little bit of contouring. I usually also use Revlon Photoready Concealer as well, to provide additional highlight/contour.
Then, I use Maybelline’s FIT Me Powder in Classic Ivory on my face. I use the sponge that it comes with because I’m poor. I am ashamed by this. If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of Maybelline’s FIT Me line.
In case you’re wondering when primer comes into play, it doesn’t. Well, when I was starting out in makeup, I did not know that primer existed, and I always was super annoyed with how my eyeliner would always transfer onto my upper eyelid by the end of the day. Eventually, I realized that using face powder on my eyelids prevented this, and this kind of just stuck. (Also this is an every day look. I don’t have time for this tbh.)
Now, depending on if I have an extra 3 minutes, this is when I pull out my Kat Von D Shade + Light Contouring Palette. I usually stick with the two middle shades, Lyric and Shadowplay, but sometimes use Lucid and Subconscious to add some more dimension. The brush I use is a random highlighting/contouring brush from Forever 21 (I can’t find it online but honestly it’s only okay. It’s not worth the search. Buy an E.L.F. brush.) that my sister left unopened in the kitchen. It’s okay.
Then, I the blush I usually reach for is in Tarte’s Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette. I unleash it upon my face (…The blush’s name is Unleashed…). I use an ELF Blush brush for this.
After that, I take my NYX Cosmetics Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Chocolate, and apply it to my brows using my Kelly Quan Eyebrow Brush (bought at Whole Foods for me by my boyfriend’s sister… I can’t find a link online for it tbh).
My eyeshadow depends on how much time I’ve wasted with the above steps, and how many more minutes I have to create an eyeshadow look. If I don’t care about being late to class, I’ll pull out my Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette. If I am trying to be on time, I’ll use my go-to smoky eye with my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Usually Verve, YDK, and Busted). If I am already late, I literally just smother on Bootycall from my Naked 2 Palette with my fingers (the fact that this is the only color I have hit pan on should say enough about my punctuality).
I throw on some winged eyeliner using NYX’s Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black. I really enjoy this liner, but I also really want to try Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner… The only thing stopping me is that the Tattoo Liner is double the price!
Mascara… Let me tell you a thing. I haven’t had to go out and actually purchase a full-sized mascara in about a year. This is because I keep getting deluxe samples from Sephora, Ipsy, or Ulta by buying makeup in sets or as birthday presents (SIGN UP FOR ULTA’S MAILER. I got a free Benefit They’re Real! Mascara because there was a coupon in it!). My favorite mascaras so far are Urban Decay’s Perversion or Make Up Forever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara.
The lipstick I use on that day depends on my mood/outfit. Here is a list of some of my go-to lip products (if they are very dry, I apply my favorite lip balm first):
- Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Blow
- Maybelline Divine Wine (very drying matte shade, use lip balm first)
- MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo (very drying matte shade, use lip balm first)
- Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive, Unapologetic, or Standout (I am a huge fan of this line if you can’t tell)
- Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Seduction and Devotion (some people say Devotion is blotchy, but I don’t have any problems with it. I will say that it’s not a true matte, but I still really like this product and plan to buy more).
Well, there you have it! This is by any means not all of the makeup I own, but these are the products I reach for in my zombie-like state using muscle memory in the mornings. If you have any suggestions for improvements, let me know (even if you’re going to yell at me for not using a primer or setting spray)! If you have any questions, comments, personal hangups, or concerns, feel free to let me know!
xoxo, Gossip Arvs