I try to stick to a simplistic lifestyle. For example, the only soap I use for hair, body, face & hands is Dr Bronners Pure Castile Soap. I even use that same soap for brushing my teeth!!
I basically try to limit any potential toxins, after all… they say your skin is your largest organ. No need in slathering it with toxic products, as it will be absorbed into the bloodstream! But I do have one guilty pleasure that I just won’t give up!!!
Makeup! I absolutely love it! To me, it’s an art form that I get to wear. I love taking my time and trying different looks.
I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a teen, and I can’t even tell you how many embarrassing makeup fazes I’ve gone through! There was even a time I used sharpie on my eyebrows! I wish I could say that was a joke!!
So I’d like to share the makeup look that I’m loving the most right now. Its a natural glam, with winged liner and a nude lip.
I start by making sure my face is clean, exfoliated and moisturized. I use a wash cloth in the shower with a small amount of Lavender Dr Bronners. I gently apply the soap with the wash cloth using circular motions. I also pay special attention to my lips, making sure they are exfoliated is the key to the perfect matte lip!
After my face is all clean, I moisturize heavily! I have combination skin, and live in a dry climate, so I use 2 types of moisturizers. First I use a Cocoa Butter stick as a deep moisturizer on my dry patches, and I use it as a lip balm, the smell is so delicious and chocolatey!
Then I use Pure Aloe Vera Gel all over my entire face. I’ve used this stuff for years and can’t say enough good things about it! Its a light weight moisturizer that never looks greasy. It provides a barrier on the skin to protect from the elements, and it locks in moisture!
As a primer, I use MAC Fix+ Spray, I spray a generous amount all over my face. I love that this stuff is like 2 products in one! Both a primer, and a setting spray! Plus, if you have a product that has dried out… spray a little of this in it, and it’s as good as new!
Now its time for eyebrows! I’ve been obsessed with the perfect brow for a long time! I’ve gone through a lot of struggles with mine, but I’m happy to say I’ve finally got the brows I’ve always wanted! I’m working on letting them grow in as much as possible, and only plucking minimally.
I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Taupe, and I grab a small amount of product with the ABH Brow Brush. I start with the arch and tail of my brow, then I work through the rest. I try to only use a small amount on the beginning of the brow to give it that “gradient” effect that makes the brows look more natural. Then I use the spoolie side of the brush to comb through the brows.
Every time I do my eyebrows they end up a little differently.. they were a bit on the heavy side in the above pic, so heres an image that shows what I am going for when I do my eyebrows.
After my eyebrows are filled in, I use ABH Flesh Toned Pencil to “carve out” my brows.
I love using this pencil because its very simple to conceal all around the brows without using a brush. I then use my Beauty Blender to blend the concealer in.
After my eyebrows are all finished, I get started on my eyes! I used to do my foundation before my eyes, but I always got fall out shadow all over my face, and would have to go back in with more foundation to fix it… which resulted in a cakey look. So now, I do my eyes before my foundation, that way I can easily wipe away any fall out shadow.. and won’t have to go back over it with more foundation.
First I apply Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyelids. Then I get out my beloved Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and use the lightest color (ounce) all over my entire lid. The eyeshadow primer leaves eyelids slightly sticky, which is great if you want your eyeshadow to last a long time.. but it can make blending your shadow a little challenging. I’ve found that using a flesh toned color all over the lid first eliminates this issue, and makes blending my eyeshadow a breeze. Now I go for the color “sauced” and apply it to my crease generously using the eyeshadow brush that comes with the palette. Then I use “low blow” in the crease over a smaller area.
Next I use the lightest shade again, “ounce” on my inner corners and under my brow bone. I like to use this lightest shade to clean up the look, in case I blended the colors a little too far out. Now I grab an Angled Eyeshadow Brush and use the dark purple color “ashes” to create a small wing on the outer corner of my eye. After the wing is created, I line the top lash line ever so slightly with this same color.
Much like eyebrows, the winged liner comes out a little different every time. I have always used black liquid liner to achieve the winged look, but as of the last few years I’ve stopped using it, and switched to just using eyeshadow! I find the look to be much softer, more natural.. and not as dramatic. Perfect for anytime of day, and any occasion.
The last step for eyeshadow is to use a Flat Eyeshadow Brush and pick up the color “Low Blow” and apply a small amount to the lower lash line, being careful not to bring the shadow in too far. You want it to be just at the outer corner of the lower lashes. I use my finger to gently blend this part out to make it look seamless and natural.
Time to move on to foundation! I’ve fallen in love with Lancome 24 hr Foundation, this stuff is amazing!! It gives my skin an airbrushed finish that really does last 24 hours! I’ve fallen asleep with my makeup on a few times, and I’m always surprised at how flawless my makeup still looks the next day!! I highly recommend going in to Sephora or Ulta to get this foundation matched to your skin, there are tons of shades.. and after I had an associate match my skin tone, it was a game changer!! I’ve never loved a foundation as much as I love this one!!
I apply this foundation by adding a few pumps to my finger and dotting it on the areas I need it most. Then I grab my Beauty Blender and blend the foundation out using a dabbing motion. I used to just smear the foundation around, but I’ve found that patting it in provides a more natural finish.
After the foundation is perfectly blended, I use one of my new favorite products… Becca Creme Highlighter in Moonstone. I didn’t understand what all the hype was when it comes to highlighter, until I got this one a few months back. I chose this creme formula because I was going for a dewy look.. but after using it a few times I realized that the creme is perfect if you’re going for a more natural daytime look! The powder version tends to go on a lot heavier, while the creme is more sheer.
I use my fingers (making sure they are freshly washed so there is no makeup on my hands,) to apply this to the top of my cheekbones, slightly on my temples, under my brow bone, and in the inner corners of my eyes. Highlighter is now my number one must have makeup item!! Even when I’m going makeup free, I like to add a little of this for a radiant glow!
After highlighter I apply bronzer. Golden Bronzer by MAC has been my favorite for years. I use it as subtle contour, by picking up some of the product with an Angled Blush Brush and applying it just slightly under my cheekbones.. blending it up onto my temples, and on the top of the forehead. I also add a bit on each side of my nose for a sun kissed look.
Lipstick has become one of my favorite things lately! I start with MAC Lip Liner in Spice, lining my lips carefully.. and filling in most of my lips with the liner. I rub my lips together to spread the color evenly… patting them with my finger to ensure the color is even. I originally bought this lip liner because I was looking for a color that would perfectly match my all-time favorite shade, Velvet Teddy by MAC. But after using this liner a few times, I tried it with my Stila Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima, which is a light pink shade. I apply the lipstick only to the center of the lips, and I’ve found that this is my new favorite combo! Naturally, lips tend to be darker on the edges and lighter towards the center… so this dark lip liner and the light lipstick create a natural and beautiful look!
There are SO many mascaras out there, and I’ve tried a lot of them! A few years ago, for Christmas, my husband got me Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, and it quickly became my favorite! It applies well, and isn’t clumpy. My eyelashes gain a lot of volume and length, and my favorite part is that it doesn’t transfer to my brow bone! I usually apply one coat, and if I’m looking for a little extra drama, I will go in for a second coat after the first has dried.
The final step with my makeup is to apply MAC Fix+ as a setting spray. I spray a pretty generous amount all over my face, and allow it to air dry. This step is really important, as it helps me makeup stay in place all day!
Thank you for taking the time to read about my current favorite makeup look! If you found this post helpful, I would love to hear about it in the comments!!
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