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Who doesn’t love to read a little beauty post every now and again? I am very interested in seeing what other people, or other bloggers, use for makeup products whether or not beauty is their specialty. Beauty is not my specialty, but it is something I take joy in.
Life is crazy with my toddler throwing at least three huge tantrums every day, refusing naps, and acting like she’s being tortured when it comes time for bedtime. With life being so nuts, I am lucky if I can get makeup on some mornings—or more often afternoons. I needed to combine some steps in my makeup process and get rid of some completely. I don’t have time to go all out, and I don’t care to go all out either.
Foundation, now CC Cream
After prepping my face with some lotion, I have decided to skip out on a primer and go straight into what I am using for coverage of my face. I am currently using the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and I apply it with a Beauty Blender sponge. The CC Cream has a lot of claims, which I don’t know. I don’t really care what they claim as long as it can even out my skin tone and last most of the day.
This was my first time using a CC Cream, actually, and when I put it on I wasn’t sure what to expect on my skin. In my opinion, it looked seamless. I was instantly impressed, and it lasted a long time too. It was also able to cover the rosy color I tend to get in my cheeks when I am pregnant. The only thing I wasn’t loving was that if I kept it on too long it would feel dry around my mouth. I discovered that was because the first two times I wore it I skipped out on moisturizer before putting the CC Cream on, so if you have dry skin be sure to moisturize your skin first. It also does not match my neck at all even though it is the lightest shade they have (as you can see in the photo, haha). I am past the point of caring if it matches my neck, though.
I switch between two different concealers, the Tarte Shape Tape, and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which are also applied with the same Beauty Blender sponge. The Tarte Shape Tape is my personal favorite. I like the consistency of it better, and it feels a little smoother and thinner on my skin than the Radiant Creamy Concealer. The Radiant Creamy Concealer is really good though, and I feel like I can control the amount I apply better when using it.
I don’t go nuts when I put concealer on my face. I do a little under my eyes, a line down my nose, a little on my chin, and then a little on my forehead, but sometimes I will skip that step because it can really emphasize the lines in between my eyebrows. I am not going in with a heavy hand when I say under my eyes; I mean literally just under my eyes. A little goes a long way, and you can drag it down underneath your eye a bit if you need.
My new love for setting powder is the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. I feel like the powder is so fine and looks beautiful on my skin. It doesn’t make the areas I apply it in look cakey either. I mainly apply it over all the areas I put the concealer, and then a little near where I will apply my bronzer. I also apply the setting powder with a beauty blender, the same one I used for the CC Cream and concealer.
Skipping steps is oh so fun! No blush for me when I am trying to be quick. I have rosy cheeks that get rosier in pregnancy, so I know the color will peek through the makeup I already have on. I also skip out on contour because I just treat my bronzer as my contour too.
After concealing, I go straight to bronzer. I use Benefit Hoola Bronzer—it is a great bronzer, and I am happy with the color it gives me. Not much to the application of bronzer, just go right under your cheekbones, your jaw, and forehead. I was told, as a 17-year-old trying to learn how to apply face makeup for the first time, create a 3 on your face. That’s the best tip I can give you there.
I don’t have much for eyebrows, so this is the longest part of my routine. I just switched over to the IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Power. I had heard good things about it and decided to try it out. The pencil is a little too big for my liking, but I love the color. I will definitely use it up, but I am not sure if I will repurchase it again.
After I have drawn on my eyebrows, I set it in place with the ABH Clear Brow Gel. I like clear the best because when I would use colored brow gel it would get on all the baby hairs around my eyebrows and make them look weird. I am not the best at brows, so maybe if you have more experience, you will have a different result than me.
I have been using the same eyeliner for years. I use the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner either the skinny version or the normal one, it is just whatever I find at Walmart or Target the day I go. I apply a wing every time I do my makeup because I like the way it makes my eyes look better than just a line, but that’s personal preference.
I just started trying out a new mascara actually, and I like it a good amount. I am not super loyal when it comes to mascaras and eyeliners though, so if I find a better one, I will probably switch to that. I am currently using the Lancome Monsieur Big. It isn’t clumpy, and it adds good volume and length. It does kind of fleck off on my bottom lashes though, but I always have that problem. I also tend to poke myself in the eye with the wand because I am not used to the size of the it.
Well, that’s it! It sounds like a lot but in reality, it takes me probably around 10 to 15 minutes. If I was better and more efficient at doing my eyebrows, I bet it would take less, but I am not the best or fastest when it comes to doing makeup. What are your go-to quick and easy makeup applications for the summer?
P.S. You can buy most of these items at either Sephora or Ulta.