Some of my greatest memories of my childhood have been the times when I was watching my mother getting ready for an event and putting on her make up and spraying her favorite, very distinctive perfume on (Opium – from Yves Saint Laurent). I would sit on the floor with my mouth wide open, staring at my mother with admiration.
My mother is a very fierce and charismatic woman by nature but there was something special about how she would command the room after she had put on her makeup. It made me want to be just like her.
Even though there are days I go without putting on any make up (and I feel great about that) – I find it very therapeutic to take the time out of my day just for myself and. Ever since I was younger, I love how makeup can make you feel (fierce, self-confident, girly, natural, sexy,…). Every day I decide how I want to feel and what I want to do with my make up (after all I can just wash it off at the end of the day).
I believe that everyone is beautiful and by accentuating your inner beauty (the radiance of your eyes, the warmth of your smile,etc…) you can take a step towards feeling more gorgeous, confident and happy!
Here, in this quick video, I use a few of my all time favorite makeup items and show you how I like to apply them.
Below I listed my fave’s (organized by face, eyes and lips). If you would like me to write a detailed review on a specific product, please let me know in the comments below!
Tinted Moisturizer: NARS Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer with SPF in the shade Saint Moritz (= When I want just a little bit of coverage for a ‘my skin but better’ type of makeup look)
Foundation: Too Faced – Born this way in the shade light beige (= for a bit more of coverage but if I still want it to look like my skin)
Under Eye Corrector/Brightener: Becca cosmetics – Under Eye Brightening Corrector (= this is great to brighten dark circles and make the light reflect; rather for lighter skin tones)
Concealer/Brightener: NARS – Radiant creamy concealer in the shade custard (=my ride or die concealer)
MAC – Prep and prime in the shade light boost (= a great yellow based brightening pen)
Setting powder: NARS in translucent crystal (= great for the T-Zone)
Contour/Bronzer: Kat Von D Shade and Light palette (=Best powder contour palette, the powders are so blendable and perfect color payoff)
Too Faced – Chocolate soleil powder in medium-dark (= Best bronzer, it gives you a sunkissed tan)
Blush: Milani -Baked Blush in Luminoso (= great universal luminous blush that goes with a lot of skin tones)
Highlighter: Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette (= for a settle and lit from within kind of glow)
The Balm – Mary Louminzer (= a glow all out kind of highlighter)
My most favorite face product is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer!
I have almond shaped eyes and like to accentuate that with a winged liner. This, together with a nude/brown eyeshadow combo, is my go to eye make up look.
Urban Decay -Naked Palette (= great for a matte, nude eyeshadow look)
Morphe – 35O Palette (= warm, reddisch, brown and nude eyeshadows)
MAC – Embark Single Eyeshadow ( = great intense reddish brown)
MakeUp Geek – Beach Smoothie, Crème Brulée, Frappe & Latte (= so buttery and easy to blend)
Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz in medium brown and the clear brow gel
Clarins – Eye pencil in 01 noir waterproof (= intense black; great for smoking out upper or lower lash line or to put in your tight line)
Eyeliner: Kat von D – Tattoo Liner in trooper (= easiest to draw the wing)
Make Up Forever – Matte Ink Liner (= intense, black matte finish)
Maybelline Lasting Drama Eye Gel Liner – Blackest Balck (= best of both worlds)
Mascara: Artdeco – Angel Eyes (= best mascara I have ever tried)
Rimmel – Lash Accelerator ( = great for the bottom lashes)
Lashes: Ardell – Demi Whispies
My most favorite eye product is the Clarins – Eye pencil in 01 noir waterproof !
I like to contour my lips for a fuller pout and either stay in the neutrals or put on a classic, sexy red
Kat Von D – Lolita and Bow & Arrow (liquid lipstick)
Bobbi Brown – Rich lip color (32/uber beige)
Clarins – Instant light lip perfector (03 and 06)
NARS – Velvet matte lip pencil (Dragon Girl)
What is your MUST HAVE makeup item for FACE, EYES and LIPS? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Have a beautiful start into your weekend!