I am taking a detour from fashion today to talk about another great love of mine, MAKEUP. I love a full fancy face for a glamorous occasion, but realistically speaking those times are rare. I also love products and trying new things. However…I hate a messy vanity. I have narrowed down my current top picks from Ulta Beauty for an everyday fresh summer look. In the warmer months, less is more. This look is simple (my mom might argue with that:) and flattering.
SPF! Look no further than La Roche-Posay for the best of the best advanced formulas trusted by dermatologists worldwide. They offer an extensive line with options for all different skin types. I use Anthelios 50 AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum with SPF 50, and it is AH-mazing. In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, it is also a powerful antioxidant complex that improves fine lines and skin texture, and corrects signs of aging. The formula is oil-free, super light weight, and makes a great makeup primer.
Concealer- I have been in favor of skipping foundation, and instead lightly applying concealer where it is needed (which is some days a little all over, and that is a-okay:) If you are dry, you may want to try mixing your foundation with moisturizer or your favorite primer. My go to concealer is Bo-ing Brightening Full Coverage Color-Correcting Concealer by Benefit Cosmetics. I love that this concealer goes on light and creamy, yet magically provides amazing coverage. $20 for the cute little thing might seem steep, but that cute little jar goes far; I promise. If you are looking for something more budget friendly, but still great. NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand is fantastic and a whooping $5.99. It too provides great coverage, goes on silky smooth, and can easily be tucked into your handbag.
Bronzer- Next I lightly dust on bronzer for a little summer glow. I was faithful to NARS bronzer for years, but I recently took the $10 Ulta Beauty Matte Bronzer version for a test run and loved it just as much. Easy to blend, silky smooth, and great natural color.
Highlight and Blush- If you are like me and dig a good shimmer, I recommend Lancome’s Bronze & Glow Palette. This beautifully packaged palette not only looks great on your vanity, but has rose, bronze, and pearl shades that seamlessly blend. I apply a bit of the lighter shade under my eyes to open them up, and the bronze shade on my cheeks for an extra glow. If you are not a fan of shimmer, skip that guy and head straight for blush (I like both:) Blush is a product I don’t believe needs to be fancy. The $10 Ulta Beauty version is just as good as the $40 blushes I have experimented with in the past. Smile nice and big, and dust those cheekbones!
Eyes! When applying my concealer I always lightly apply to my eyes for a good base. Next I curl my lashes and fill in my brows. The $10 NYX Micro Brow Pencil is super easy to apply whether you want just a light fill-in, or to build full-on brows. My current favorite eyeshadow palette is Dose of Colors in shade Sassy Siennas. The warm matte shades are a peachy mix of rusty hues. Easy to blend and highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. This is a palette I use a small amount of the lighter shades for a natural daytime look, but also mix the light and darker shades for a sultry evening look. I also love the brush that it comes with. I like to use the small end to very lightly apply the lightest shade all the way around my eye for a nice symmetrical look. Seal the deal with your favorite mascara of course.
Lips! I prefer a good stain that will stick with me for the day and Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick from Ulta is my favorite. It applies as a creamy liquid, but quickly dries to a matte finish. I love the shade Campfire for a great everyday neutral and it goes so well with the rusty eyes. I also adore the shade Pinky Promise for a super girly girl look. I believe it to be the most perfect shade of Barbie pink. Added bonus Dose of Colors is a vegan and cruelty free brand.
Setting Powder- I finish by applying All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder by Urban Decay. Many days I skip the eyeshadow and lipstain, but I never ever skip this magic. The weightless powder blurs pores and blocks shine, keeping your makeup flawless all day. A great item to pack in your purse for a long night out, if you tend to get shiny.
Here’s a few photos of the products because I looove me some pretty packaging. The pretty pink personalized cosmetic bag is by Gigi New York…great quality bags and their option to personalize make it extra special. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, as much as I love applying makeup, I love organizing it and admiring it even more:) The grand finale photo is a sophisticated, seat belted, car selfie….because as I stated in the beginning, this is my everyday makeup routine. Everyday makeup living it’s best life that is:)
“May your day be as flawless as your makeup.”