Aug 15, 2014

About Face

For me, summertime weekends are all about relaxing and fun summer activities. I don't fuss too much with my makeup or hair because it's just too dang hot to do much more than the minimal. Saturdays, my hair tends to be a controlled bedhead look and my makeup, while I still cover all my bases, tends to be a simplified version as well. By simple, I mean, I tend to reach for easier to apply products instead of products that I need to spend time blending or perfecting. Yet, I still need products that will win out against heat and humidity.
Weekend Makeup in 10 Steps:
  1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer: This product is very similar to a bb cream, but I feel like it looks better on my skin. It's very light, like a moisturizer, provides just the right amount of coverage and really evens out my skintone nicely. It has SPF, so it's great for the weekends because I'm outdoors a lot more. I also just pump out some product on my index finger, tab a little product all over my face and blend in with my fingers—no brush necessary. I have tried to apply with a brush before, and it actually goes on better without the brush. The "skin enhancer" call to fame is definitely true too. My skin just looks good with this product. (With a tan, I'm currently wearing shade 40-Neutral to Tan, but I typically wear Light to Neutral.)
  2. Sarah McNamara's Miracle Skin Treat & Conceal: This concealer is my all-time favorite. I find a lot of concealers either only work for undereye or only work for blemishes; this one works great for both. It's light enough that it doesn't settle under my eyes, yet provides the best coverage on my undereye circles. It also conceals blemishes without even trying. It's so easy to blend, and yet another product that applies best with my fingers. (I  wear shade light/medium year-round.)
  3. MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish NaturalThis face powder is part of my weekday routine as well; it's so easy to swipe over my face and I don't have to spend any time blending it in. It works really well with my heavier, weekday foundation and it sits on top of the Neutrogena one nicely as well. The first time I purchased and used this powder, I was in shock at how it made my skin look. In real life and in photos, my skin always has an airbrushed look to it. I am oily, so I do have to re-apply to keep that airbrushed look going all day, but that's due to my skin, not the product. (With a tan, I'm currently wearing shade medium-deep, but I typically wear medium.)
  4. Benefit's Hoola Bronzer: My face is very round, so contouring is a permanent part of my makeup routine even if I'm just leaving the house to put gas in my car. It's that important to me. To keep the contouring process simple, I stick to a matte brown powder like the Hoola bronzer or Laguna by Nars and the Chocolate Soleil bronzer by Too Faced. I've used all of them and love them all for the same reason. They work great on most people because they are matte powders, they don't turn colors or look orange, and they provide that chiseled cheek bone that I don't normally have. A good brush is also key to an easy contour. I love the MAC #167SE brush because it's dense and rounded. So, I can use the rounded top to cover the area by my ears and then turn the brush on the side to really contour under my cheekbones.
  5. Nars Blush in Orgasm: It's always so uncomfortable to type or say the name of this blush out loud, but it's truly one of my favorite and works well on just about everyone. It's not too pink and it has a sheer golden glimmer to it that looks great on your cheeks. I always feel like I'm glowing from within when I wear this blush and it blends so easily.
  6. NYX Eyeshadow Base in ESB03-Skin Tone: This is one product some people might skip on the weekends, but due to the heat and humidity, I need a little extra grab to get my eyeshadow to stay put as long as possible. This one applies quick and easy, evens out the color of my eyelids and grabs onto the eyeshadow.
  7. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Moonlight: This is a cream, stick eyeshadow and I love them. I seriously want one in every color. I do a few swipes directly onto my lids and blend out with my ring finger. That's it. No blending, no harsh lines, no moving around during the day. Plus, this moonlight color is like putting gold leaf on your lids. It looks great with bronzed skin and because it's more metallic, you only need one color because the shadow looks different from every angle. I really love the amethyst shade too.
  8. NYX Eyeliner in Golden Olive: I wear black eyeliner every day during the week and couldn't live without it, but on the weekends it seems a bit harsh. So, I've been reaching for colored liners that still define, but aren't too harsh. Green eyeliner has been a favorite of mine for years because it helps make my eye color pop. I also really like purple for the same reason. Blue-green eyed girls, get you some green or purple eyeliner.
  9. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black: I have long and thick lashes, but they aren't very dark. So, black mascara is the only way to go for me. It really defines my eyes and darkens my lashes, so you can actually see them (especially in photos). I love how this mascara separates and coats my lashes and it never clumps. The only downside, is I could probably use this in a waterproof version; again simply due to the Florida weather. Sometimes, if I've been outside a while, when I blink I can feel my upper and lower lashes stick a bit. Florida has it's faults y'all.
  10. Urban Decay's Naked Lipgloss in Lovechild: Seriously, just go get this lipgloss; it's amazing. The pinky nude color is great for any day of the week, but I especially love it on the weekends. The formula is smooth and non-sticky, plus it's formulated to be nourishing on your lips. Win-win all around.
My weekend makeup is all about easy application: quick, blendable products that don't always require a makeup brush for precision application, with a swipe and go mentality behind them.

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