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I feel like I have written a few “everyday makeup” posts (2016 & 2012) since starting this blog but let’s be honest, I am constantly trying new products and as our personal style revolves over time so does our taste in makeup. WhenI started this blog almost eight years ago I was a diehard Bare Minerals fan. In fact I still was until last fall and finally decided to try a new foundation. What can I say, when I love a product I use it forever!!
Let’s start with foundation! Like I mentioned earlier I was a diehard Bare Minerals fan until last fall. I used the products for 10+ years and loved how they felt on my face. I don’t like to feel makeup on my face and so the powders were perfect for me until I decided to try something new. I think I had just been in a funk because I felt like I could see every line and crease on my face every time I put my makeup on. I had also read an article online where sometimes powder foundations can make you look older and this was also around the same time that I got Botox so I think all that just snowballed and I decided to try something new.
IT Cosmetics sent me a PR package and it included their new Confidence in a Compact Serum Foundation and I decided to try it. Y’all know what a big skincare junkie I am and so I was super excited to try this foundation. It is a cream based foundation that combines a full coverage foundation with a solid serum and SPF 50+. The solid serum combines anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream. It goes on super smooth and I only need a tiny bit to cover my whole face. I use the medium shade and have the medium tan for summer.
After my foundation I use Trish McEvoy’s Instant Eye Lift under my eyes as a concealer. As a diehard IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye user for the past couple of years I tried this amazing stuff when I was in Seattle and have been hooked ever since. It brightens darkness as it reduces the look of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and puffiness for the appearance of a dramatically lifted eye. I have bene using this in addition to this under eye serum and I have to say that my under eyes have never looked better. They aren’t dark and you can hardly even see the bags! HA!
After I am properly concealed I use this IT Cosmetics blush (in Je Ne Sais Quoi). I have been using it for about a year now and I am obsessed with the color. It’s the perfect pink and looks good on literally every skin tone. I use it on the apples of my cheeks and then swipe it across my forehead, down my nose and dab it on my chin for an “I’ve just come out of the sun” look. I think blush is making a comeback in a major way and I am sooooo excited about it!!!
To set everything I use this Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder. I use my beauty blender to do under my eyes to set my concealer and use a big fluffy brush to lightly set my foundation. I don’t use too much because that would defeat the purpose of getting away from the powdery look…right??
After my face is on I finish up with eyes. For my “everyday eyes” look (when I’m going to work, not really dressing up, whatever) I stick to just using a brow pencil and mascara. I like to keep it simple, especially during the warmer months when my eye makeup has he tendency to slide off my face, HA! For my brows I use this IT Cosmetics brow pencil (it only comes in one shade) and this mascara has been my go-to lately. I have been obsessed with drugstore mascaras lately and you can check out the post I did on my faves here.
For my everyday lips I usually stick with a lip balm and my fave is this rosebud salve! It is a universal salve that you can use on your lips, hands, elbows, hair, whatever but I just stick with using it on my lips! LOL!!
So there you have it, my everyday makeup must haves. This may sound like a lot of products but it literally take me five minutes or less to do my makeup before I walk out the door in the mornings/afternoons/you know what I mean. My hair, on the other hand, takes forever! HA!
Which products do you consider your everyday makeup must haves??