Monday, September 17, 2012

kiss and makeup.

i love makeup. i love images of beautifully made up lips and eyes....
but, i look best with very little makeup, 
so here's my ten favorite products for a natural looking 'made up' face. 
i go through this routine most days, 
some days i go sans make-up {never without sunscreen} 
and sometimes, i boost the intensity of my eye make up, 
but basically, here are my favorite everyday products.

  • ROC Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer Day / Sunscreen,  i use ROC Day SPF 30 every day, or if i'll be inside, mostly, i use Jergens Natural Glow FACE SPF 20, but without a doubt, i use sunscreen everyday {on my face and my neck}. 
  • ROC Instant Facial Smoother, this product primes and illuminates. i love the look of primer.
  • Loreal Magic Lumi, this is also a primer {shake well before use} i like to use this illuminating primer on my brow bone, on the lower center pout of my lip and above in the bow {this highlights the fullness of your lips} and down the center of my neck {if i'm wearing a low neck top {which is 90% of the time, i also put illuminator on my collar bones}. i love the way it catches the light, very feminine. very sexy. use this with a light hand, you aren't wanting to look shiny or sparkly, the idea is for the light to catch drawing the eye to the areas you want to bring attention to.
  • Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation, if someone asked if i wore foundation, i would say no, as i have never liked the look {on myself] of a covered up, made up face, so i don't do that, but i like the consistency of this creme and it works perfect for around the nose, under the eyes and around the mouth. if i have any red marks, i use it to cover those up as well. it doesn't suit me to completely cover my skin. i always put this on after moisturizing so it doesn't crease or look dry {tip: if your skin is dry after applying foundation, you can always rub a little more moisturizer between your palms and dab it on your face with open palms}.
  • Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, this is perfect for lightly dabbing around the eyes. {this is a step two for me, if i have a date, an appointment, a photo shoot, i'll add this extra step}.
  • Clinique Gel Blush, {my color: new clover} the trick for this gel is to use it to achieve that flushed, glowing look. i already have a lot of color in my face, so i use this sparingly, but i use it all over and i love the result. i dab, then rub it on each cheek, then right below the hairline in the middle of my forehead and down both sides of my neck. 
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, {my color:  black brown} i do my brows every single day, even for yoga, and even before i go to bed {i like to look my prettiest, always}. i just love the look so much and it only takes a few seconds to achieve it. i use very light handed, very soft brush strokes to fill in my brows. {step two is to add brown powder; Bare Minerals: Dark Blonde is my color, with a slanted brush to go over pencil, following the proper placement for filling in brows and then add Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara; brushing up}. i always go over with a Q-Tip so the brows never look over done, just filled in. if you do nothing else in your daily routine, fill in your brows. it will dramatic change your look.
  • Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, {my color: black} this step i reserve for a date, a night out, a special occasion, etc., again, i like to line the eye, then use a Q-Tip to smudge it softly, no hard lines, then i use eyeshadow {either a dark brown or aubergine to set it, both Bare Minerals}, followed by a paler all over shadow, my favorite is Bare Minerals in Summer}.  
  • Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara and Maybelline Lash Discovery, i love Lots of Lashes mascara, and use it every day. i've tried others, but this is my go-to favorite. for a step two, i take Lash Discovery and put some extra attention into the tips of my lashes. this mascara truly discovers lashes you didn't know you had}.
  • Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss and MoistureShine Lip Smoother Cooling Hydragel, i love lip gloss, these two are in all my bags, my color: plum and glow, these are my every day. i also love Bare Minerals lip glosses Buxom, for a date night.