To kick of this blogging marathon I have decided to start makeup Monday with a “Whats in My Makeup Bag” post. I have loved makeup for about 10 years now, and I started experimenting with makeup when I began to work at the bank years ago. Something about sitting behind a glass and only being seen from the chest up made me want to enhance my appearance. So I began to gather some drug store items like Maybelline, Revlon and beauty supply brands like Kiss and LA Colors. I would sit on the train and paint my face (tastefully of course) at 6 am and arrive at the bank ready to take on the world.
I think doing my makeup on the New York City subway prepared me to minimize my travel items and prevent loss in order to maximize the potential of the items in my bag. I have had tons of spills, cracks and breaks and learned a lot from my mistakes. My daily makeup routine is fairly simple and I hope to share that with you all this month. Comment below if you guys want to see that for the first Thursday Tutorial and don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date. I have been loving MAC for their mini travel containers that allow me to carry a little product at a time and not loose entire pots of loose powder which has happened many times before.
Every great face starts with a strong base and I like to start all my looks with a combination of MAC Oil Control Lotion and Benefits Porefessional.
My skin lacks moisture due to bad skincare practices and not moisturizing my face as I should. When I first started to wear foundation I found that by the end of the night I was shinning like the sun (and not in a good way). The oil control lotion has quickly become a favorite of mine. I find I have to blot a lot less and it does not break out my skin by closing off my pores completely like some home remedy pore blocking techniques (milk of magnesia for example). Benefits Porefessional is a great pro balm to smooth and diminish the appearance of large pores under my foundation.
My face product of choice is Black Opal’s Stick Foundation.
I have a lot of hyper pigmentation on my skin so I am not blessed to be one of those beauty enthusiasts that only wears a mineralized setting powder. I also don’t want to look like I’m wearing a mask and I feel like Black Opal does just that. It covers a lot with very little. I use it to shape my brows highlight under my eyes and all over my face mixed with a little Nars liquid Bronzer in Laguna to achieve a flawless (or close enough) canvas.
The two shades that I use are HazelNut (and sometimes Beautiful Bronze) and I highlight with Rich Caramel. A tip I learned from attending Renny Vasquez’s makeup class was to use the same product to achieve a look. That means if you are using a cream highlight and all over your face you should also be using a cream foundation (preferably the same brand). This has helped a lot with blending and not achieving raccoon eyes. To set under my eyes I usually go with MAC’s Prep and Prime and use a little Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Topaz to restore color.
I set the rest of my face with MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Dark Deep.
My favorite Blush at the moment is MAC’s Love Joy and I contour with a few things but in my makeup bag right now I am using BlackRadiance Pressed Powder in Ebony.
My favorite highlighter if all time is MAC IRRIDESCENT loose powder in Golden Bronze. To deepen the crease of my eyes I have been loving the NARS Cordura eyeshadow duo, the rich chocolates really warm up my eyes and give me that sun kissed glow for the Spring and coming Summer.
Benefits They’re real mascara has been great and even helped me to not feel the need for false lashes it’s great at defining and separating and lasts all day.
I’ve been using MACs eyebrow pencil in spiked for ages but I ran out so currently in my bag I am using a cheap dark brown pencil. Last but not least is my favorite cheap nude lipstick by NK (or Nikka K) in Natural that was recommended to me by Alex the MUA. The actual makeup bag is a leopard print Steve Madden bag I picked up from Marshall’s for $10. What is in your makeup bag? Comment below! Don’t forget to subscribe!