As I get older, the more I invest in my overall beauty routine, but especially anything having to do with my face. Our faces are the first thing to make an impression, they show if we're happy or sad, and it'll start to show signs of aging before the rest of our bodies. The face holds all! Skincare is so important to me, and it's one area that I'll definitely invest in good, quality products. I want people to question how old they think I am for as long as possible. I didn't always apply that same thought to makeup, but I know where I can cut corners and where I can't. A high quality foundation, concealer and bronzer are a must! The rest? I suppose they're a bit more negotiable.
Having been born and raised in Florida, I know there's nothing worse than cake-face or the mid-day slick. Both of which will happen if you don't invest in a quality foundation. About a year ago I switched to the Dior Nude Air foundation, and I've never looked back. It's a serum formula, and yes I have oily skin, and yes this foundation works amazing with my skin. It gives off this dewy/matte finish, so it looks just like my skin, but better. It has buildable coverage, so on the areas I need more help—I add more foundation.
Another important product to invest in is concealer. I have a few tucked away in my makeup drawer that I really like, but lately I've been reaching for the Tarte Maracuja Oil Concealer. It's a bit scary at first, and honestly I really didn't like it at first, but I realized I was using it wrong. It's one of those less is better products because it's so dense. I use this just for under my eyes, and I blend a small amount under each eye and in somewhat of a triangle shape, down by the side of my nose. Then, I seal in the product with the Prep + Prime Translucent Powder by MAC. This powder is finely milled, so it just locks in the concealer without adding any additional color, weight or product to the area, which is perfect for that tissue soft skin under the eye.
That being said, I've learned that I can save a few dollars on primer. Well, primer for everyday use that is. I still have a really nice bottle of higher end primer for special occasions when I need my makeup to last a practically unattainable amount of time. For everyday though, I don't need that. So, I recently purchased the Beauty Amplifier Primer from Sephora and it's exactly what I was looking for. It helps my foundation last, but it also has an illuminating glisten to it, so I get a nice glow from within look, which is perfect on those office days when you just don't get enough vitamin D.
Blush can be tricky; you can definitely save a few dollars and get some great blushes, but you can also spend a few more dollars and get something even better.
I have blushes in varying price ranges, and the only differences I really notice are pigmentation.
With drugstore products it takes a heavier hand to get the right amount of blush on my face, whereas, the higher priced blushes have better pigmentation and I'm not running my blush brush over the pot five times to get some color on my cheeks. So, in the long run it's probably no savings on a cheaper blush because you're going to run through it faster and have to buy another one in a shorter amount of time. Lately, I've been loving Peaches from MAC. It's highly pigmented, but it's also buildable, so you can get a great flush for any look.
Bronzer, I always buy from a higher end makeup company. I've never found a bronzer from the drugstore that blends really well, and they typically end up turning orange on me. My favorites are the Nars Laguna bronzer, Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Each of these bronzers are a matte brown color, which is ideal for contouring, they don't look orange, and they blend so nicely into the skin.
Eyeshadow primer is really helpful in keeping eyeshadow locked in where it is, keeps it from moving around or fading, and it can help intensify the color. I literally just found the Maybelline Master Prime this past weekend and it's already a top favorite.
Eyeliner is one of those things that if you find a really great product, it doesn't matter the price range. I've had a lot of great higher end liners and some really great ones from the drugstore as well. Lately, I've been loving the Maybelline Skinny Liner. It creates a very skinny line and really makes the lash line pop without looking like you have a thick line drawn there. It has good staying power and doesn't require a sharpener.
I don't use a brow pencil all the time, but I really like the Anastasia Brow Wiz. The color range is great, the product stays put and because the pencil is so thin, it never looks like I've actually done anything to my brows other than the fact that you can't see the sparse areas anymore.
The one difference I've noticed between drugstore and higher end mascara is the formula. I'm not a huge fan of wet mascaras and like more of the gel-type formula. The watery formulas take forever to dry and I have long lashes, so I end up with mascara on my brow bone—not cute. There are a few mascaras I like from the drugstore, like Maybelline Falsies, but I do lean more toward beauty counter mascaras. I'm obsessed with the Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof mascara since I got it last month. I had been looking for a waterproof mascara, and love this one. It stays put, but with a little makeup remover it comes off easily at night. It has that thicker, gel-like formula to it, so it really thickens up my lashes and makes my eyes pop.
Pigmentation is another huge factor when it comes to eyeshadow. The higher end brands tend to have better pigmentation, and better staying power than some of the lesser expensive brands. Tarte has amazing eyeshadows! They glide on like butter, they're highly pigmented and they wear so well. I found this small palette called Tease this past weekend and it's perfect for everyday or creating a smoky eye.
Lipstick worn: Marc Jacobs Clara
Necklace | Kate Spade
Asheville T-shirt | Mtn Merch
Duvet | West Elm