I had been working on a post about my make-up routine for a couple of weeks now, but after I went and chopped all my hair off, I knew people would spend more time actually seeing my face, so I figured now's the time! (FYI: Longest sentence ever?)
I follow the exact same routine every day; I could probably do it in my sleep, and on some early mornings, I probably do!
Building the Base
Step Two: I've used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin ($20) for three years now, and I will be heart-broken if they every discontinue it. Not only does it provide a perfect shimmery base for eyeshadow it also keeps that eye shadow locked on all day. If I'm being really lazy, I will just apply the primer and call it done.
Step Three: Next I apply my Lock-It Tattoo Foundation from Kat von D ($34), and when I tell you that you one need a little I am serious. The foundation comes in a pump bottle and one pump covers my entire face and neck. It is a full coverage foundation with lots of pigmentation for amazing coverage. I honestly have terrible skin- lots of acne, fading acne marks, blotchiness, you name it, I got it, but this stuff is magic. See that photo at the top of this post? No Photoshopping. Just mak-up. You do have to be REALLY careful when picking your shade, and it's a little expensive, but I think it's worth the investment- especially if you are self-conscious about your skin.
Color Me Pretty
Step One: I think this Kat von D Shade Shifter eye shadow ($16) is probably the best $16 I've ever spent in my life. This eye shadow is "multidimensional" meaning it seems to change color depending on the lighting. You apply it with a damp applicator and it creates the perfect smokey eye with zero effort. The color "On the Road" is this gorgeous green- bronze shade and it's very wearable. It comes in four different shades and I am definitely getting the purple one soon!
Step Two: Another item I've been using for years is Nars Orgasm Blush ($28). Again this is a pricey option but I'm telling you the quality is so much better than drugstore stuff. Plus I use it every day and it last over a year each time I buy it. Orgasm is this super flattering pinky-peach blush that goes on sheer but can be layered to build up the color. It's just so soft and natural. Plus it has a super naughty name!
Step Three: I've blogged about the Revlon Lip Butter already this year, but here we go again. This stuff is great- the color are sheer, but buildable (just like the blush) and I love every shade I've bought. It's very glossy and shiny, but not sticky and it's better than any Chap Stick at keeping my lips soft and hydrated. What are you waiting on?
The Finishing Touches
Step One: I apply two coats of Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara. I can't speak much on mascara because I am constantly changing it up. Mascara drives my eyes crazy. The flaking, the clumping- ugh. So far this one seems pretty good. I have short, stubby eye lashes, so I am always trying to find something to lengthen them. I am seriously considering eye lash extensions, so I will keep you posted on that.
Step Two: I have pretty good eyebrows but they are a little short on the ends and sparse in places from years of overplucking. I fill in these spots with the super thin and precise Tarte EmphasEYES Eyebrow Pencil ($19.50). It is perfect for making total natural-looking eye brows.
Step Three: I keep this Cover Girl Fresh Complexion Powder Foundation in my purse in case I need a little touch up during the day. Because it is a foundation, it also provides great light coverage on "good skin" days.
So there you have it- my make-up routine. If you have any questions at all, post in the comments or drop me an email at email@example.com.