Last Friday I did my first Instagram live showing you all my favorite products for an easy + quick look! It was a little nerve-racking and I broke out in red splotches haha (REAL), but practice makes perfect! I shared links to the products used on my Twitter, but wanted to share on the blog for those who wanted a little more information + a how-to.
P R E P
Step one. Rub all over your face to prep.
I love prepping my skin with oil. Rosehip oil has a TON of benefits + creates a perfect base for makeup.
F O U N D A T I O N
it Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination
Step 2. Apply CC cream with damp makeup sponge. You can dampen with water or add a few drops of oil. This will help create a dewey and smooth finish. If you leave your sponge dry, the makeup will stay on the sponge and not your skin, creating a patchy look.
I’ve been using this CC cream for about two months now and I’m in LOVE. While its a little pricier than a drugstore CC cream, I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of this cream. It provides great coverage and I don’t feel the need to add concealer when wearing this. Its light, has SPF 50 (woot, woot!) and has anti-aging ingredients. Honestly, what could be better? I’m with you when I’m not ready to spend $$$ on something I’m not sure that worth it. it Cosmetics has their CC cream in a TRAVEL SIZE! This has to be my favorite thing ever when trying something new. Try the travel size and let me know what you think. I have a feeling you’ll be crushing.
P O W D E R
NYX ‘Set It, Don’t Fret It’ Matte Finishing Powder
Step 3. Apply powder to t-zone + under eyes.
I snagged this powder up at Target (my happy place) and its been treating me well. I’m not too makeup guru-y when it comes to powder, but I dig this one.
B R O N Z E R
Smashbox Bronzer (Warm Matte)
Step 4. Apply bronzer around perimeter of forehead, below cheeks (this creates a little low maintenance contour), along chin area and by the nose. This simply warms the face and creates a natural glow.
I’ve mentioned a few times that in high school, I was severely orange. I was hitting up level 3 in the spray tan booths and adding the orangest, most concentrated bronzer with shimmer on my face as if it were a translucent powder. Proud to say, I’ve come a long way and this bronzer helped me get there! Again, this bronzer is pricier than something you’d find on a run to the drugstore, but not kidding you, it lasted me TWO YEARS. Last Thursday is when I picked up a new compact. The color is what impressed me the most. Its a matte with little shimmer, which makes it a FANTASTIC bronzer to build to create you own look. Sine rehabbing from my orange stage, I love the bronzer to warm and give a natural and healthy glow. 100% recommend this to anyone in need of a bronzer.
B L U S H
No.7 Match Made Blusher
Step 5. Apply to apples of cheeks.
One of my FAVORITE this to add in makeup is blush. I feel like it instantly brightens my face and adds a touch of healthy color. I’m still exploring blushes and this is the current one I’m using. No.7 is a great brand and super accessible. The color Damson Mist is bright + vibrant, but looks natural on skin.
M A S C A R A
Benefit’s Roller Lash
Step 6. Apply mascara to lashes.
Another mascara from our Mascara Master List! (My thoughts have been added!) It did a great job of lifting and separating lashes. I snagged a travel size of this mascara and would definitely go for a full tube next time!
B R O W S
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
Step 7. Fill in brows with small strokes to create a natural and defined brow.
You guys saw my LOSE MY MIND over this brow pencil. Seriously. I’M SO IMPRESSED with how natural it fill in my brows and how easy it was. Previously I was filling in my brows with a weird brush I found and eyeshadow. You guys, EYE SHADOW. Some days I could make it look great, other days they looks like a mess. Benefits Goof Proof is just as it says, GOOF PROOF. I’m hooked on it that I’m most likely going to do a full blog post on it, so STAY TUNED.
L I P S
Sonia Kashuk Lip Definer in Dusty Rose
Step 8. Line + fill lips.
This color is amazing. Its a neutral with a tint which makes it great for those who can’t pull off a nude lip. I like using this pencil solo because of the color and it gives a matte vibe. Plus, i think it lasts a little longer.
I promise you 8 MINI steps won’t take you long. Its super simple, takes minutes and just enhances your natural beauty opposed to reconstructing it. Let me know if you have any questions or if you have suggestions on new products for a quick, natural look!