“Beauty ‘addiction'”? I meant “beauty EDITION”…
I will be the first to tell you that I’m not the biggest makeup person, not because I’m just “naturally flawless,” but simply because I have no idea what I’m doing. Winged eyeliner? Forget it. Contour? Jokes. False lashes? Hilarious. But all that aside, I think I have my “natural” yet somewhat “made-up” makeup routine down and I obviously want to share it for you other novices out there, or maybe even some experienced artists who are looking for new products! Here are my top five favorite products at the moment (in no particular order).
Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof in Blackest Black by L’Oréal
I can’t even begin to tell you how many mascaras I have gone through over the years. Smudge-proof, waterproof, regular, lash extending, curling, the list goes on and on. Thankfully, soon on I realized I needed waterproof because regular mascara kept coming off under my eyes. As you can imagine, this was a huge upset when I had to stop using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (the waterproof one just isn’t the same). So began the search for the best product that didn’t flake, came off easy when washing my face, and ultimately didn’t give my raccoon eyes by the end of the day. After hours (yes, literal hours) of research, I came upon Voluminous Lash Paradise by L’Oréal and figured I would give it a try. I have never looked back. It not only lengthens and curls my lashes, but the thing stays on all damn day! My only cons are that towards the end of the bottle it starts to flake a little and it can be slightly difficult to get off after washing my face (although I use a very gentle face wash that may not be the best for makeup removal – my next search).
Under Eye Concealer
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in Light-Medium by it cosmetics
Yet another hard-to-find product for me, and most people because we all want to avoid caking, creases, and just overall the wrong color. I just recently, over the past year, started wearing under eye concealer and I’m not sure how I got through life without it. Bye bye dark circles (pun intended)! After consulting my friends on which was the best out there, I purchased another brand that I was mildly satisfied with. Unfortunately (but also fortunately), I forgot my bottle at home when I was getting ready for brunch at a friend’s place and had massive dark circles due to a night out with little sleep. She saved me with a sample tube of the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination from one of her many sample packages. I immediately fell in love. While it was slightly sticky, I was able to blend it in perfectly with my beauty blender (God send) and my face immediately brightened up. I can definitely say it has saved me from hearing all my coworkers tell me I looked tired all the time.
Amazon Clay Bronzer Waterproof in Park Ave Princess by Tarte
Bronzer was new to me. I wore it a little in high school but I’m almost positive I did it wrong and probably looked like a baby prostitute. This was a difficult one since it goes pretty much in all the zones where potential breakouts can happen, and we all know how sensitive my skin is. I didn’t want anything sparkly or with a shimmer because that was too made-up for me. I was looking for something subtle that gave me that sun-kissed glow on my deadly-pale skin. Since I’ve used Tarte Amazon Clay products before (see below for highlighter), I decided to take the leap and go for the Amazon Clay Bronzer. After going probably about three weeks with putting it on incorrectly, I watched YouTube videos one after another and I think I got it down pat. You can be the judge if you ever check out my Instagram page.
Tossup: Haloscope in Quartz by Glossier and Amazon Clay Highlighter in Exposed Highlight by Tarte
This was definitely a hard one to choose, since I use these two products interchangeably. Haloscope is a classic Glossier product, and one of the first they put out. I love the way it glides on smoothly with the applicator and gives a nice, dewy effect. The Amazon Clay Highlighter by Tarte was my first-ever highlighter and it’s done me wonders. I typically forgo using a brush and just use my fingertips to apply. Honestly, I choose whichever one I can grab the easiest in the morning before work. BUT, my secret for super glowy, highlighted skin is to use the Haloscope and then put the Tarte on top. Talk about high-shine. I’ve gotten many compliments and I want them to keep coming.
Lip + Cheeks in Werk by MILK Makeup
I first started using MILK products when I received them in my Birchbox a few years ago and the lip + cheeks product was amazing. I’ve since forgotten the name of the color, but it was just the right amount of peach and pink to give a flushed look. However, on a recent trip to Sephora, I noticed they had come out with a new Lip + Cheeks color in Werk that is more of a mauve/dusty rose color, which works really well with my pale and tanned skin. It’s a little darker, but with proper blending it looks fantastic! I also love the tube applicator that all their products come in for seamless blending and precision on the face.
While I have many other makeup choices in the morning when I’m rushing to work, these are my top favorites and my go-tos for my day-to-day, and even night. Not convinced? Check out my Instagram page and see for yourself how each product looks on my face! Definitely let me know in the comments (or a more private DM) if I’m wayyyy off!