While going through my pile of makeup to pack for a weekend away, I thought it may be worth doing a post on my favorite beauty products to share with you. My love of makeup is deep, and I love getting tips from other girls on which products are worth the cash – and where a good deal on a cheaper line can be had. I have no problems trying new products, but when one works for me I tend to be quite faithful to it until the next improved version rolls out! This post will just focus on basics – the things I wear everyday. I’ve linked to all the products as I go through – but take a look around to see if you can find them elsewhere – the NYX products, Vichy concealer, and Stila eyeliner can be found at Shoppers, as an example. In the future I will do some more beauty posts – so let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to hear about!
One thing that is important to me is to have a nice even base for my makeup so I look radiant and well rested – even if I’m really not either of those things. First I put on Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup from Urban Decay (my shade is 6.0) which you can find here from Sephora. This stuff is super light and can be built up a bit, but certainly isn’t heavy coverage if that’s what you’re after. It also comes in 24 colours – which is nice if you have a non-light complexion like I do. I wear this year round and have never had too many issues with it.
Next I cover my undereye circles with either Benefit’s Erase Paste (I use Dark) or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (I use Tan)- or sometimes a layer of each – well blended and set with powder. The Erase Paste is thick – which makes it great for the undereye area – but I’m not sure how well it would fare with any crow’s feet or fine lines as it may settle into those areas. Bye Bye Under Eye is a thinner formula, so it may be worth a try for any ladies with some smile lines. A bonus for the Bye Bye Under Eye is that you can also use it to highlight your face as well.
If I have any little pimples on my face (ugh…) I like to use some of the Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfecting Stick on them and then blend with my finger (the heat from your finger helps thin out the formula just enough to smooth it out). This concealer is very thick, has salicylic acid in it, and doesn’t melt off the pimple – although there isn’t any shades to pick from at all, which probably isn’t the best thing for anyone outside of a fair/medium skin tone.
Finally, if you’re into contouring and highlighting you may want to check out NYX Cosmetics Highlight and Contour Pro Palette which offers a variety of bronzer/contour shades, highlighters, and even a banana powder! I also make the set work overtime and use it for eyeshadow as well. I’ve also included Benefit’s Watt’s Up cream highlighter stick in this list as a “splurge” item. I love this stuff and usually run a thin line of it down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow – to add a little extra bling to my look.
For my eyes and brows, I tend to keep things a little more simple. I like to do my brows first as they frame your face, and I think they set the stage for whatever eye makeup you are going for. I recently tried this NYX Micro Brow Pencil as a substitute for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz when I ran out. With the same thin pencil for natural looking “hairs” and spoolie brush for perfecting your brows – I think it is the perfect hack and you can save $15 just making the switch.
For eyeliner I am a huge fan of a cat eye, and am still trying to find the ultimate eyeliner to accomplish the best (and easiest) cat eye around. Right now, the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (in Jet Black) is my favourite with its felt tip and shiny finish. I also like to set my eyeliner with a matte black shadow as well to make it stay on my oily eyelids a little longer.
My new mascara discovery is the Buxom Vanity Lash. This has a nice dark formula and you get to pick what kind of brush you want! I love the Big & Bushy brush for lashes that gain some length but also look nice and full. I also find the brush an easy shape to work with and haven’t had as many issues with mascara transferring onto my eyelid as some brushes have given me.
Next up is some of the NYX Wonder Pencil (I use the lightest shade) on my waterline to brighten my eyes and make me look a little more awake. You can also use a white eyeliner pencil to do the same thing – although I think a nude shade like this looks a little more natural and less cartoon-ish.
That is it for my makeup must haves, for now anyway! I hope this post helps for anyone looking to expand their makeup routine, or uncovers some new favourites to be added to your lineup if you’re a seasoned pro at makeup. Let me know in the comments or by e-mail if you also love one of my favourites, or if you have one of your own to share!