8.14.2012

My Beauty Routine - Makeup

I had written a post about my skin care beauty routine and meant to make this a "series" of sorts, but I guess I kinda forgot about it. :-/

Like I've said before, I am by no means a beauty expert. I feel very inexperienced actually, when it comes to hair and makeup. Especially beauty products. I wish I knew more, but whatev.

I'm just here to share what I like and what works for me! :)

After I've cleansed my face, I start with a concealer. I usually have a breakout going on that I want to cover up, so concealer is a must for me. In the past year, I stumbled across Bare Minerals and fell in love.

I start with the concealer in summer bisque. I was color matched at Sephora, so go ahead and do that yourself.


I put this on any zits or red spots I have. I put it under my eyes too because I have been blessed (sarcasm) with lovely under eye circles, and they are DARK. It does it's job pretty well there, but I feel like it could give me a bit more coverage on the under eye area. However, on the redness and zits, it makes them virtually invisible. It's amazing.

Next I use the Bare Minerals original loose foundation in Medium.

When I went in looking for a foundation/powder, I was adamant on NOT buying liquid. I hate the texture and I always feel like it makes my face look cakey. I have always been one to wear makeup that makes me look like I'm not wearing any. I don't want to be the girl who looks like a totally different person when she takes her makeup off.

I don't wear eyeshadow every day, but when I do I always use my Urban Decay Naked Palette. If you don't already own this palette, I highly suggest going out and splurging on one for yourself. You won't use anything eyeshadow again - I know I haven't.
Typically the colors I use are Virgin, Naked, Buck, Half Baked and Smog. Like I said, I'm no expert, so I still haven't mastered the "blended" look or even the smokey eye. I tend to stick to more earthy tones that look well on me. :)

After I apply my eyeshadow and curl my lashes (this is a must, I feel off kilter if I skip this step!), I throw on my mascara and eyeliner.

Now, I'm not prejudice to mascara brands. I will pretty much use any and every brand. It's my favorite product to experiment with. I have found that the brands you can find at drugstores (Maybelline/CoverGirl) usually work best, and for less than $10 a tube, it's a win-win!

Right now, I'm currently using Falsies by Maybelline. I looove it. I have a couple of tubes stashed too for when I run out of it.


I'm very picky about my eyeliner. I had the hardest time looking for one that didn't run by mid-day or every time I sneezed or my eyes watered. Finally, I came across TechnaKohl in Graphblack by MAC.

I haven't used another eyeliner since. It goes on SO smooth and lasts all day. I typically only have to reapply if I've sweat a lot that day, otherwise it stays in tact and looks great.


At $15, I do feel like it's a bit steep of a price, but it's totally worth it. This little pencil lasts a LONG time. Promise.

Then of course I top it with a pretty, shiny gloss. There's something else I'm not picky about. I have TONS of chapsticks, lipsticks and lip glosses, so I just grab whatever I'm feeling that day. :)

Do you have any product recs for me? Do you use any of the same products that I do?

13 comments:

Southern Belle Mama said...

I love Bare Minerals too!! I'm really wanting the Urban Decay palette; just waiting for the opportunity to splurge. :)

If you like neutral eyeshadows, I use Nude Beach and Celestine by Bare Minerals. They're great and last forever!

Laura said...

I need to get that naked eye pallete. The colors are so workable. Thanks Amber!

Life With Lauren said...

I use Bare Minerals every so often. I agree and LOVE the naked pallete! I may have to try that mac liner!

Katie said...

I love BM bisque! It's like a magic eraser for your face!!

Lauren said...

Some of my favs too :-)

Shelley said...

I love the Naked Pallette!!

Joey said...

Love! I am a bare essentials user too. More like a junky. The people at the store recognize me (in Raleigh) even if a year or more go by before I get to visit again). A little tip (from one BE user to another)...Do your foundation first THEN your concealer. I use the exact same shades as you, and I promise you, you'll be wow'd by the results. Firstly, you'll use less concealer so you won't go through it as quickly and secondly, the concealer will blend better. I promise! Just give it a try ;)

I'm DYING for a naked pallet, but I'm pretty sure the husband would spoon out my eye balls if I spent that much on eye shadow at one given time. But maybe he doesn't have to know? ;)

Chelsey said...

I love falsies mascara! and bare minerals! seriously they are my favorite

Meghan said...

I think Bare Minerals is next on my list to try!

tara said...

loved reading about your makeup routine! i can hardly remember what life was like before i had the naked palette!

Amanda said...

I am all about the Garnier BB Cream right now as well as the falsies mascara. Since I have acne scars I use the Garnier dark spot corrector at night and let me tell you that stuff really works!!!!

Kelly { MessyDirtyHair } said...

I use the falsies mascara on top of my lash blast! I love it. Gives me a nice curl!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I use that Urban Decay Primer and I love it! It always works so well. I really want to get that Naked Palette but it's expensive!

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