I’ve yet to find my holy-grail makeup routine, but I’d like to think I’m on the right path. I’ve exercised a majority of looks in my lifetime, and the metamorphosis has been…a journey.
Thankfully, with my horrendous goth phase in the past, I’d love to share the products I use now to give my face a classic vintage semblance!
(Preface: As I am becoming more aware of animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry, I am in the process of transitioning all of my products to ones that are cruelty-free. I can safely say that 95% of my products are now at least cruelty-free, and some of them are vegan as well. I’ll be sure to clarify under each product I use whether or not it is cruelty-free. If you have any suggestions for new makeup brands I can try, please let me know in the comments!)
(Another preface: I am by no means a makeup guru. Take everything I suggest with a grain of salt.)
After moisturizing, I officially begin my day with the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. I purchased this primer at a Sephora pop-up shop about seven months ago, and have been using it (almost) on the daily since. The slits in the side of the tube are attributed to me cutting open the package to get every last drop of product, as this primer was very, veeeery expensive. Laura Mercier claims to be a cruelty-free company company, and their products are not sold in China. While this product seemed like a nice little spurge at the time, I don’t see myself purchasing it again. It gives me skin a rather shiny appearance, and didn’t prove to have any remarkable results. In the future, I intend on stocking up on ELF for my cruelty-free primer needs.
On to foundation! I have been using the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 1.0 for about five or six months now. It is a little bit lighter than my natural skin tone, but doesn’t look chalky or ghostly once applied. If anything, it gives the pale, matte glow that my inner pinup soul has been dreaming of. I apply 1-2 coats of this all over my face and neck with the Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender- which is latex-free and vegan. The only criticism I have for this foundation is that it can look a bit drying and patchy unless you really get in there and moisturize your skin. Urban Decay is proudly a cruelty-free company, and received a pat on the back from PETA for their cosmetics.
For brows, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the color “Granite.” When doing my makeup, I prefer for my eyebrows to be quite dark, and my eyeshadow to be soft and warm-colored. This pomade is perfectly pigmented and stays all day, without being over-powerfully dark on my otherwise pale frame. And, fun fact, this brow pomade is both cruelty-free AND vegan!
I haven’t applied an eyelid primer since last summer, as the last one I tried by Urban Decay gave me a somewhat hilarious allergic reaction (think Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars). To prime my eyelids, I instead just coat them with my foundation and allow the formula to dry. My eyeshadow is a little bit different every day, but primarily, my favorite palettes are the Too Faced Peach Eyeshadow Palette and the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette. I start by applying a light, shimmery shade on my entire lid, and then go back in with a darker and warmer shade to buff out the crease. Occasionally, I’ll also add a little bit of black eyeshadow to make my eyes more dramatic, but it truly depends on the day. For my lower line, I’ll go back in with a medium-dark shade and brush it over my waterline, winging it out slightly to create an illusion of an eyelash shadow (a trick Marilyn Monroe did herself.) All of my eyeshadows are cruelty-free as well.
I use the Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner in the shade “Jet” to apply my winged eyeliner, though I generally prefer to use a liquid eyeliner if I have one on hand. This UD eyeliner gets an A+ for ease of use, but a B for longevity. Even with setting spray, I do find my eyeliner to be bit oily and faded once I reach the five-hour mark. I apply my eyeliner with a small angled brush that I purchased at an Ulta quite a while ago.
For mascara, I’ve been really hooked on Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes. Ideally, I would like to wear a pair of false eyelashes every day to make my hooded eyes pop, but who really has the patience to sit and apply those every morning? Tarte claims to be cruelty-free, and the products are not sold in China, but consumers should still be aware that Tarte’s money goes to KOSE, which does test on animals.
My favorite blush right now is another Tarte product- the Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in the shades “Paaarty” and “Seduce.” My face ends up looking like a nightmare whenever I try to apply contour, so I chisel out my cheeks with a popping pink blush instead. I’d like to add that I didn’t purchase these blushes myself- they were handed down to me by someone else. I wouldn’t spend more than ten dollars on a blush, let alone $29.99.
Before I apply my lipstick, I use a sweep of the Ulta brand setting spray, which I purchased in the store for ten dollars. Ulta brand cosmetics claim to be cruelty-free, but I’m going to need to do some additional research on this…
Lastly, I almost always finish off my makeup look with either a Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick, or one of my sixteen Froomer Liquid Lipsticks. Before I go any further, let me make it loud and clear that the Froomer lipsticks are almost definitely NOT cruelty-free. I purchased them off of Amazon a while ago, and the shipping label says they were manufactured in Hong Kong. These liquid lipsticks are designed to be exact dupes of the Kylie Jenner lip kits, and despite my ethical problems with the brand, the lipsticks actually perform quite impressively. That being said, I don’t intend on purchasing them again in the future.
Though my makeup routine may seem extensive from what you’ve just read above, the reality is, it only takes me about thirty minutes to complete my entire routine. I am also extremely open to other makeup brand suggestions, especially since I am going to need an ethical replacement for my Froomer lip kits oncetheyrun dry. Drop me a comment below!
Where to buy these products:
EYEBROW POMADE: http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/dipbrow-pomade-waterproof-color-brow-sculpt/dipbrow-pomade.html
EYESHADOW PALETTES: https://www.bhcosmetics.com/carli-bybel-deluxe-edition-21-color-eyeshadow-highlighter-palette / https://www.toofaced.com/eye-makeup/eye-shadow-palettes/sweet-peach-eye-palette/41025.html / https://www.urbandecay.com/naked-3-palette-by-urban-decay/409.html
SETTING SPRAY: https://www.ulta.com/matte-makeup-setting-spray?productId=xlsImpprod10141284&sku=2271525&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=pla-195115267710&CAAGID=39172131008&CAWELAID=330000200000136900&catargetid=330000200000921473&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwlIvXBRBjEiwATWAQIvHzTS8WSTbc4uU1D3ufsQhV08ecC28WNi_xOVUz4K4aKsrAeSomgBoCSRYQAvD_BwE
FROOMER LIPSTICKS: https://www.amazon.com/Froomer-Colors-Waterproof-Lasting-Lipstick/dp/B01N8YWE0V/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1524834874&sr=8-1&keywords=froomer%2B16%2Bcolors%2Bwaterproof%2Blong%2Blasting%2Bmatte%2Bliquid%2Blipstick&th=1
KAT VON D LIPSTICK: https://www.katvondbeauty.com/lip/lipstick/studded-kiss-creme-lipstick/40006.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwlIvXBRBjEiwATWAQIotAsVVhm69ZZoWlgiM44aoOgKVIN5RLrRQeQBS6P6Ds3-C4Q_U34xoCnYoQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds