Everyone has their thing, whether it is shoes, jewelry, or makeup, we all have that one obsession that we cannot have too much of. My particular thing has always been clothes. I am a clothes freak and would rather have 10 new tops rather than 10 new eyeshadow palettes. However, I do have 12 products that I cannot live without that I typically wear every day.
After I wash my face in the morning, I moisturize with Olay’s Total Effects ‘Whip’ moisturizer. Not only does it keep my face moisturized day and night, but it smells amazing. Adding a good moisturizer into my morning and night routine has changed my skin.
After I moisturize, I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer throughout my t-zone. This stuff is pricey, but it lasts so long and reduces the look of oil on my skin. It is a must have product if you are looking for something to smooth out any texture on skin before applying foundation. I used to notice a lot of oil on my skin after a long day of wearing makeup, but this primer has totally changed the game and given me that photo finish look it promises.
Once the primer is on, I put one pump of the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation onto the back of my hand. Then using a damp beauty blender, I dab the foundation all over my face. This foundation is recommended to people on the more dry to combination side of skin because it is a hydrating foundation. I wouldn’t recommend this foundation to people with oily skin, because the shiny finish may accentuate the oil on your skin. However, it never hurts to try out a product because you never know what will end up working for you!
Once finished, I use the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer under my eyes. If you are not used to a thicker full coverage concealer, I would go light with it at first because a little goes a long way with this product.
When I’m done with the base of my face, I use a big brush to set it all with the Laura Mercier loose setting powder. This is also a huge step in reducing the look of oil on your face and preventing creasing! Setting the face makeup with powder locks the product in so it does not rub off your face throughout the day.
After setting powder, I use my favorite mascara primer from Loreal before using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Because this mascara dries out very quickly, I only buy the small travel size.
After mascara, I bronze it up. Bronzer is my favorite! Who doesn’t love a good sun kissed look? I just started using Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Powder Bronzer and I love it! It is very pigmented, so you do not have to go in super heavy and it lasts forever!
Once I am finished with the bronzer, I do my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I really love using a small brow pencil such as this, because I am not a fan of heavy eyebrows. However, it’s also because I’m not the best at them. So, if you know how to make them eyebrows on fleek then go-ahead girl!
After brows, I typically spray with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This helps to get all excess powder/ makeup off my face.
Finally, once the setting spray dries, I apply my absolute favorite lip gloss in the world (I’m a gloss girl not so much lip stick), Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer from NARS. This gloss is super thick and stays on for an hour at least!!
I have no idea if my makeup routine is in the “proper” order or whether or not I am using this stuff the right way. However, it works for me and I have yet to find products I like better than these thus far! I know some are pricey, but I choose to invest in these few products rather than constantly buying cheaper ones that do not work as well. Personally, this is all I need!