Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
This Primer gives a great even base layer for pre-makeup applications. If you have never used a primer before, let me warn you, it feels much lighter than you might be expecting. Regardless, it is a must, in my opinion, to start with an even surface before foundation application, + it makes a huge difference with all day makeup wear!
Estee Lauder ‘The Smoother’ Primer
I started using this primer after using the Smashbox option listed above for a couple years. It’s extremely light and you can definitely tell it gives smooth, even coverage. I’ve noticed that I don’t overuse in comparison to the Smashbox primer, so my product tends to last longer. I also really like the way my makeup feels all day!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
This foundation is the bomb.com. But seriously. It has amazing coverage without that thick, cake-like look that only leads to a shiny, greasy face by the end of the day. Been there, done that. I have combination skin (more on the oily side recently), so I can either feel super dry or really oily depending on the products I use. I never have a problem while using the Double Wear foundation. It feels super light and is very easy to apply + the coverage is INCREDIBLE (especially if you have larger pores or even scarring like I do!). I’ve been using this product for years and still buy it every single time!
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
This under eye concealer is my go-to. I think I’ve had the same tube for over 2 years and still haven’t run out of product. It’s very easy to apply, blend, and a little goes a long way with this product. I am really happy with the coverage as well.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
I was recently introduced to this product when I ran out of my previous concealer. I don’t have perfect skin and still have scars and blemishes that surface more often than I would like. While the Double wear always gives me phenomenal coverage, I’ll reach for this on occasion if needed for those pesky blemishes that need a little more coverage. Honestly, the thing I love most about this product is that you get a 2 for 1 deal. Not only can you use it for complete foundation coverage, you can also just use it as a concealer like I do. This product is also very easy to travel with.
Mac Next to Nothing Powder
I have also been using this product for the last couple of years. I like applying this to my face after foundation and concealer to set my makeup before bronzer and contouring.
Lorac Contour Palette
I actually just started my hand at contouring about a year and a half ago. I’ve never loved the drastic contour look, but think that subtle contouring can really highlight some of the natural features in your face. This palette is a great product for just that- and for the beginners, too! It even comes with a little instruction manual if you’re like me and don’t quite know where to start. Also comes with a brush!
NARS Bronzing Powder- Laguna
I LOVE me some bronzing powder, Y’all. It gives your face that natural glow that my skin desperately needs most days. Whether you were born with it or not, bronzer powder can give highlight to areas of the face that can naturally feel lost. This NARS bronzing powder is hands down the best I’ve ever used. Of all my makeup products, I go through this the fastest because even in my more simple everyday makeup routine, I love to apply this! It has a great natural look and 100% my most used product!
NARS Blush- Amour
NARS also has a great assortment of blush colors. This color, ‘Amour’ can look intimidating in real life, but rest assured it will give you the perfect pop of color and life to your cheekbones!
Naked Eye Shadow Palette
I cannot get enough of Naked’s eyeshadow palettes, they’re just that good! Of all my eyeshadows, I always come back to the original naked basics palette. Personally, those they have colors that I use the most but I’ve heard rave reviews on all! The price seems steep, but it’s worth it and you’re getting SEVERAL colors in one! Also, a product that will last you for quite a while!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer *SEPHORA*
This little tube holds a big job and doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been using this eyeshadow primer for years and love how long it lasts as well as how well it keeps my eye color looking fresh. When I use this primer, I never have weird creases or clumping of color after a long day. A little goes a long way, too!
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow/Brow Kit *Kit from SEPHORA*
I love great eyebrows but I REALLY love great eyebrows that look natural. Filling in your brows can go from gorgeous to scary real fast if you’re not careful. Just remember- sometimes, less is more. Which is why I love using eyeshadow to fill in my brows! It keeps their natural shape while filling in between the hairs so that they pop a tad more. It’s also dummy proof for those of you like me who could never even fathom being able to draw on your eyebrows and actually make them look even! Ha! The eyeshadow I posted is the one I use currently, but the kit lined next to it is from Sephora and would have bought this if it existed when I purchased the eyeshadow years ago!
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
My favorite product I own. Thank you, Laura Mercier, for gracing us with this invention. We will be forever thankful. HA! This is my holy grail makeup product- a MUST have for sure! The first time you use it you won’ t be able to see a physical difference right away, but it helps to set your makeup and keeps it looking fresh ALL. DAY. LONG. Again, this sucker will last you FOREVER, I promise! So much product comes in this container making the price just that much more worth it!
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish *SEPHORA*
This exfoliates and conditions to keep your lips on their A game. It sloughs off that dead skin leaving a clean slate for lip application of any type. Also has lasted me quite a while. A little goes a long way.
Fresh Sugar Lip Color *SEPHORA*
I absolutely love all the Fresh lip products. Their Petal lip line takes a pinch of lip color to a whole new level. The colors look so incredibly natural but also feel like your wearing lip balm all day- keeping your lips nice and moisturized! I also linked the clear one that has no color because I love this one for everyday moisture without the added color!
NYX lip primer
This lip primer does a fabulous job keeping your lip color looking fab all day. It essentially creates a layer for you lipstick to adhere to just like the face primer does for the foundation. I truly never thought it would make a difference, but have been proven very wrong. I find myself rarely every reapplying my lip color, if not at all!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Primer *SEPHORA*
This lip primer is also a fabulous option for long wear lip color as the one above! Your lips won’t crack, your color glides on easy and it keeps your lips smooth!
Sigma Brush Set
I received this Sigma brush set a year ago and have never looked back. I waited for SOOO long to take the plunge and buy expensive makeup brushes, and honestly, the choices can be overwhelming. While you do NOT need to break the bank when it comes to purchasing good brushes, I do believe they are an investment and that it’s important to do your research. because at the end of the day, these suckers should last you quite some time with some TLC. If your budget allows, I have been so incredibly happy with this Sigma brush set which comes with all the basics you need!
You made it! I know that was a lot, but thanks for sticking with me! Let me know if you have any questions about these products, as most of them I have been using for years! I keep this updated at all times with the products I am currently using and love!