Welcome back love bunnies! Instead of a dramatic makeup look requiring falsies, and the extremes of shadow, today I decided to share my CURRENT everyday makeup look featuring under 10 products that truly WORK. If any of you recall, last year I started a series with a new "everyday" look each month, but slowly weathered this concept off due to things occurring in my life! With a new year, I felt reintroducing this concept again was beneficial to not only me, as it gives a nice variety of tutorials, but for you guys to have an all inclusive guide to beauty. I hope you loves enjoy :)!
Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, sharpness enhancement or a saturation enhancement. These factors DO NOT physically change the construct of each photo, they make it so you loves can see em' clearly! Acts of "blurring" are NEVER done. Skin, is skin. If my makeup is not up to par on the lens, then it is not something I shall introduce to you beauties, though this has never, and will be never the case. Information stated below is both cited, and from my own studies. NOTHING has been copied, everything is my ideas, or shared concepts.
To not include imagery of FALSE advertisement my skin type is dry/sensitive, and any redness, or scabs happen to be hives from sadly...my nerves. With that being said, product recommendations, and your ability to relate might fluctuation, so feel free to ALWAYS ask me questions, this way you don't end up spending money on the wrong items (for example, I use coconut oil as a base to sooth my hives, but for others this can be too oily, and NOT affective in curing one's acne, in which I don't have. Hives come, and go, and can sometimes last only 3 hours, so again, always ask before actually investing in products).
Time to complete this tutorial: 18 Minutes (professionals/myself)
20 Minutes (beginners/ intermediate)
Shea Moisture - 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Marc Jacobs Beauty - Genius Gel Foundation, 14 Ivory Medium
Laura Mercier - Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, Highlight 1
Seeing as this is a simple look, except no less from the "how-to" descriptions.
For a booste of hydration, and as a priming base, I smoothed on ONE sheer layer of Shea Moisture's 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil onto the four main planes of my face with the concept of keeping Winter skin at bay (most of the coconut oil was applied on my driest areas, such as down the bridge of my nose, and on my chin)! Coconut oil has a tendency to dry fast, so effortlessly I moved along to evening out my skin tone with the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation product. A pump should suffice your entire face, if of course you use the product as a blemish concealer, rather an actual all over foundation hue! I personally spot applied the foundation onto my skin, followed by stippling motions for blending purposes with Morphe's M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush! For a sheer glow to brighten my features, I proceeded to dusting Laura Mericer's Matte Radiance Powder onto my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose with E.L.F.'s Studio Stipple Brush.
Gerard Cosmetics - Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick, Everything Nice
Nyx Cosmetics - Plump It Up Lip Plumper, Elizabeth
Lips can be played up or down! With that said, my favorite combination for January happens to be Gerard Cosmetics Everything Nice liquid lippie, paired with Elizabeth plumping gloss by Nyx Cosmetics. Pinky coral is just a conventional color ;)!
Mac Cosmetics - Eye Shadow Pro Pallet Refill Pan(s)
I filled my eyebrows in with Brun eyeshadow by Mac Cosmetics as I typically would with a Morphe G11 brush! As a tip, try placing a rather thick piece of tape down the center between both brows, then fill em' in. You'll see the edges come out SHARP, without the need to use concealer for cleanup!
Makeup Geek Cosmetics - Eyeshadow Pan(s)
Vanilla Bean (lids); Peach Smoothie (crease); Mocha (crease, lower lash line); Latte (outer thirds)
Blend Latte from the outer thirds of your lids inwards hugging the natural creasing of your eye socket, with Mocha weaved in for dimension, and smokey eye purposes. Drag excess product down towards your lower lash lines for a defining, and smoldering effect! Be sure to apply Peach Smoothie throughout the crease, too, this way the eyeshadow will be blended completely, and a tad softer. Vanilla Bean was dusted across my lids to brighten things up!
NYX Cosmetics - Jumbo Eye Pencil, Black Bean
Urban Decay Cosmetics - Perversion Mascara
I like to keep my eye makeup simple when it comes to everyday makeup, and I feel many women do as well! For myself, I always apply black liner across my waterlines, today I chose Black Bean by Nyx Cosmetics, finished off with a bit of plumping mascara, Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara. Especially if you have lighter eyes, the black contrast will REALLY make your eyes pop, and will pull the makeup look together! By the same token, for those with darker eyes, the black contrast will create an uber sexy effect. Working with softer browns that still happen to be dark would work also, and perhaps could be seen as even MORE wearable!