Today I’m sharing all of my makeup/skincare prep products that I use every single day. These products are my ride or die and most of them I have used for quite a while! This is a pretty long post, but I wanted to show you EVERYTHING I use pretty much every day that I do my make-up. 🙂
Let’s start with the MOST important part of my daily makeup routine, which is skin care.
I love starting out with a cleansing wipe each morning. It makes me feel refreshed and gets rid of any sweat or oil that may have appeared over night! You ALWAYS want to start with a clean face. I use many different cleansing wipes, but lately I’ve been using these Clinique ones! They come in a pack of 50 for only $14!
Next, I moisturize. This is SO SO SO SO SO important!!!! If you don’t moisturize daily, I need you to stop reading this RIGHT NOW, go to Sephora or Ulta, and buy a daily moisturizer. It doesn’t have to be expensive or special!! Any moisturizer will do the job pretty much, however, when you wear makeup, sometime certain moisturizers don’t mix well with certain makeup… you feel me? So, when I choose a moisturizer I typically go for something that is oil-free. Mainly because I don’t like feeling greasy and some moisturizers can do that. I also look for something that sinks right into my skin when I put it on. There are quite a few moisturizers I have used and love, but I am currently using the Belif- The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb.
I also always use an eye cream at least once daily. This one (Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm) is my favorite!!! It’s a bit pricey ($65) but Algenist is an incredible skin care line and this little jar lasts me about 6 months.
My favorite primer to use is Benefit’s Porefessional. I typically put this in areas where I have the largest pores, which for me is my forehead, chin, and right around the nose area.
Next I start on my eyes. I opt to do my eyes first so I can clean up if I make a mess without messing up my foundation! I start with a primer, and I’ve used the MAC Painterly Paint Pot for quite a while. It’s perfect for evening out the color on my lids and creating a nice clean slate for my shadows.
As far as shadows, I am OBBBBSESSEDDDD with eye shadow pallets. I have so many and still, I buy more!! Maybe I have a problem… but if wanting eye shadow pallets is wrong, I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT!!!
My favorite ones BY FAR are the Lorac Pro Palletes. The quality of these shadows is incredible. They are super soft, blendable, and pigmented.
I also love MAC shadows. You can create your own pallets with is awesome AND they recently decreased their prices of the shadow pans. AWESOME right?!?! They are just $6 each. These are my favorite, everyday colors: Embark, Satin Taupe, Quarry, and Phloof.
After my shadows are in place I always use a gel liner to create my everyday wing! I have been using MAC’s Fluid Line in Black Track.
I also always use a nude liner in my lower water line. This is a great trick to make you look more awake and brighten up the eyes!
Then, I move on to my complexion. I’ve been using the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation for about 2 years religiously and I still LOVE it. It’s long wearing (which is a must for me) but also hydrating at the same time. Long wearing foundations are typically very drying, so that’s why this is such a great product!
For under eye concealer/highlight, I use the MAC Pro Longer Concealer. I’ve also used this product for years and I still love it. There are a lot of great concealers out there that I love also (NARS, Urban Decay) but I just always come back to this one. I use NW20 which is a few shades lighter than my foundation to give me that perfect highlighted under eye.
Next, I set everything. To set my under eyes I use the MAC Pro Shaping Powder in Emphasize. It’s beautiful setting powder that subtly adds a little brightness as well. The down side is that this is only sold online or at MAC Pro stores.
The bronzer I’ve used forever is the TooFaced Soleil Matte Bronzer. I go between the Chocolate and Dark Chocolate shades depending on how tan I am!
My favorite blushes are from MAC or Tarte. I am kind of obsessed with blushes just like eyeshadows… so I have quite a few that I love. However, for about the last 6 months I’ve been using the same one from MAC called Lovecloud. It’s the perfect pink!
Now that all of my complexion is finished, I move on to my brows. This is probably going to seem a bit excessive but these are the products I use…
HAHA! If you’re laughing at me right now, I take full credit for being ridiculously excessive with my brows. I am a fan of a nice bold brow and this is what it takes for me to achieve that! 🙂
Anastasia is HANDS DOWN the go-to brand for brows. These products are amazing and I have yet to find anything that compares. I start with the Brow Wiz to outline, then fill in with the Dip Brow and set it with the Brow Powder and Clear Brow Gel.
All thats left is mascara and lips!
I’ve been using the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara for YEARS and it is still my go-to. It thickens, lengthens, and curls. I also use the Lancome Cils Booster XL as a lash primer. You may think this is an unnecessary step, but trust me, it makes a HUGE difference.
And last, the lips! I start with MAC Lip Pencil in Hip ‘N’ Happy, and MAC Creme Cup is by far my favorite lipstick. I buy them two at a time… seriously! It’s creamy and moisturizing and the perfect everyday color for me!
If I am going out for a special occasion or I know I’ll be outside in the heat, I will end with my favorite setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter.
So that’s it! These are the products I love and use every day. I hope you find something you want to try, and if you have any questions please ask! Thank you for coming to my pretty party! 🙂