First things first: I am not a makeup artist. That being said, I think makeup is wonderful. I don’t feel “ready” until I have my makeup on. On the other hand there are plenty of times when I’m home on the weekend and I’m too lazy to put some on, so I’ll run errands or go out to eat without it. That’s not a big deal.
But, I love when I have a lot of time to get ready because that means I get to play with my makeup. Playing means spending extra time with whatever new product/pigment I’m trying or being more precise during application.
To me, the most important step in makeup application is “prepping the canvas”. Sure, eyes and lips are the most fun, but if the all-over face makeup doesn’t look flawless, no one will even notice your eyes or lips. Evening out your skin tone and doing some highlighting and contouring make a huge difference.
At this point in time, these are some of my favorites for all-over face and cheek makeup (including bronzer & blush). Most of the Laura Mercier and Cover FX products came recommended by the YouTube makeup guru, Kandee Johnson. I tried them out and have been very pleased.
Primer: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Foundation: Laura Mercier Liquid Foundation
(I use moisturizing in the winter and oil-free in the summer)
Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation
(Although it’s a cream foundation, it works really well as concealer)
Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Bronzer: Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color in Faux Tan
Blush: NARS Blush in Desire
Cheek Shimmer: Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color in Clear Radiance
(I don’t wear this all the time, but it’s fun to wear occasionally)
What are your favorites? I’m always on the hunt for new products, so please comment below if you use anything that you think is worth a try. Thanks!