Since I’ve been at school, I haven’t really prioritized buying new makeup or wearing super complicated makeup looks to class. Partly it’s because I don’t have much time or money, but it’s also because my tastes are changing constantly. I used to love shaving off my eyebrows and doing bright, avant-garde makeup looks, but I now I prefer doing a much more simple, classic face of makeup. I’m especially really into warm-toned looks and red lips right now, which is perfect for fall!
This isn’t exactly a tutorial, and I’m obviously not a beauty guru, but I did just want to show you what an average full face of makeup looks like for me right now. These are all the products I’m using, in order of application:
-e.l.f. Soothing Face Primer | $6
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Ebony” | $21
-L.A. Girl Inspiring Brow Kit in “Medium and Marvelous” | $9
-Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer in “Light Ivory” | $12
-BH Cosmetics Crystal Quartz Brush Collection | $29
-Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette | $38
-NYX Matte Liquid Liner | $7.50
-Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara | $9
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Liquid Foundation in “Soft Ivory” | $6.50
-e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder | $6
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Quirky” | $15
-Morphe Continuous Setting Mist | $16
-Lime Crime Matte Velvetine Lipstick in “Sparrow” | $20
As you can see, there’s a fairly good mixture of drugstore and mid-range products in there. I only shop products that are cruelty free, so drugstore lovers, take joy in the fact that e.l.f., Covergirl, and Wet n Wild are all safe options!
The first thing I do before I start applying makeup is to put on some music or a new episode of the Vanished podcast, if one is out. Lately, I’ve been really into John Denver, and his music seems very fall-themed, so that’s who I’m listening to today. I like to do my eyes before my face, because I tend to smudge up my foundation if I do it vice versa (oily skin problems). I’ve been using e.l.f. primers for as long as I can remember, because they work pretty well for the price and there are a large variety of primers to try. So far, I’ve tried the soothing face primer, the poreless face primer, the blemish control face primer (didn’t love that one), and the purple one, which I cannot remember the name of. I’d have to say the soothing face primer is my favorite so far, because it doesn’t carry a weird scent and a little goes a long way.
I shave off the tails of my eyebrows, because I prefer to cut them out into a new, more arched shape. I’ve been using this exact pot of ABH dip brow pomade since ninth grade. It has NOT dried up, ran out, or changed in consistency in any way. I am literally blown away that this has lasted me six years without even hitting pan yet. Ladies and gents, go out and get yourself a pot of Dipbrow pomade. After I use the pomade, I go over the gel with the darkest powder from the L.A. Girl brow kit, and that keeps my eyebrows from getting shiny throughout the day.
Then, I carve my brows out with a Covergirl concealer. I used to adamantly use Tarte Shape Tape, but it started to get a little too pricey for me and I switched to this one. I have to say, the consistency and performance is very similar, and I hardly notice a difference. For $12 instead of $27, I’ll take it any day. I also use this concealer as an eyeshadow base, as regular eye primer tends to make my eyes have a puffy allergic reaction (cough, Urban Decay Primer Potion).
For my eyeshadow looks, I tend to follow the standard rule of putting a medium color on my lid, a light shimmer in my inner corner, and a darker color in my outer corner. Obviously, you can apply your eyeshadow however you want, but this is just the pattern I like to follow with any three colors I use. I love the Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe because the colors are extremely practical, while still giving you a lot of room to be creative and have some fun. There are so many looks you can create with these colors! They also perform very nicely and blend like a dream, which is helpful for when you’re working with multiple colors at a time. For my eyes today, I used the shades “Beam”, “Creamsicle”, and “Hillster” to create a lovely fall sunset look.
I’m not too picky about my liquid eyeliner, as long as it’s opaque and gets the job done. I used to buy the Stila liquid liner, but again, it got too expensive for me and I had to downgrade price-wise. To be honest, I actually like the NYX liner better than the Stila one. I find it easier to use and the tube tends to last a lot longer. Just a little wing today, nothing fancy.
I don’t wear false lashes anymore because I think they make my eyes look smaller than they already are. Instead, I just apply a couple quick layers of mascara to my upper lash line, and that seems to do the trick. My tube has bite marks in it because this cap is literally impossible to open, so just keep that in mind if you decide to buy this mascara. With that being said, the mascara works pretty damn good, so I’ll probably buy it again.
My absolute favorite foundation is the Becca Ultimate Coverage foundation in the shade “Linen”, but sadly, (again), it’s way too expensive and the bottle does not last long enough for me to justify buying it repeatedly. If the foundation lasted me four months at least, I’d keep buying it, but I can hardly get through two months before I have to drop another $44 on one bottle. That’s why I decided to try drugstore foundation instead, and I picked up this foundation by Wet n Wild at Target in September. It’s not a terrible foundation, but I don’t love it as much as I love my Becca one. It smells quite a bit like paint and it never really dries down completely, so my face starts to look really oily after about four hours of wear. That being said, it’s a perfect color match for my skin, so I’m going to keep using it until I run out and try something new. I always apply my wet foundation with this microfiber velvet sponge by JUNO & Co., because it completely erases my pores and makes any foundation look airbrushed. I’ve bought about five of these sponges so far, and I can’t get enough of them.
I don’t wear any concealer over my foundation, because I think it looks too cakey and I tend to break out more easily. My next step is to pat over my foundation with some e.l.f. finishing powder, which brings down the shininess. This powder, as you can see, is very well-loved and will definitely be purchased again. After powder I fluff on a little bit of blush (oddly, I can’t find this shade online anymore?), and then I spray on an even coat of setting mist. The last step is to apply my lipstick, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the shade “Sparrow” from Lime Crime for months now. The color payoff is absolutely dreamy, and I think the shade in general is just extremely flattering and unique. I look forward to putting it on every day.
On average, I would say it takes me between 30 minutes and an hour to do this look. I’ve been wearing makeup since middle school, so I’ve gotten pretty used to doing it quickly. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions about these products as well, as well as some new makeup suggestions for me to try! Let me know down below what you think.
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