Many of you have been asking for posts on routines/looks so this is my take on a “current routine” post. As I’ve stated previously, my looks don’t change much day-to-day because I like the rather neutral look. However, since my products are constantly on rotation, it still makes the post worthwhile (or, at least I hope).
“Teddy” eye kohl by MAC
“Sketch” eyeshadow by MAC
“Nepal” eyeshadow by NARS
“Taupe” eyeshadow by NYX
Shisedio mascara base
MJ lash expander frame plus mascara
Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
KOJI lash curler
“Nepal” is placed in the inner 1/3 of the lid and “Sketch” is lightly blended in the crease and the outer portion of the lid. I used the MAC 217 for all blending purposes. “Taupe” was placed above my crease to blend the top portion of the look together. I like to use “Taupe” for this much of the time because it’s a neutral, skin-tone shade that leans a bit brown and provides good contrast. That way, it doesn’t look like colors appear out of nowhere.
“Teddy” eyeliner was used to line my lower lashline. This is an impressive dark brown eyeliner that has subtle shimmers. It’s not stark like black, but not as dull and uninteresting like your regular dark brown eyeliner.
* For eyebrows (products not pictured), I used MAC “Espresso” with an angled liner brush.
As always, I curled my lashes with my KOJI lash curler, added mascara base, and layered my MJ mascara over it to hold the curl. After it dries for a few minutes, I coated My Blackest Lashes over it for maximum volume, thickness, and darkness.
The rest of my face is quite simple. For me it’s all about face products that will make it through a hot Texas day. Prior to makeup application, I used my Hydra Beauty serum and skipped the moisturizer. This, on its own, provides an instant moisturized and plumped effect – yippee! Afterwards, my trusty sunscreen was applied before applying my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B10.
For this, I used Sephora’s buffing brush for an airbrushed effect. MAC’s “Pink Tea” blush was applied using the MAC 116; “Phloof” eyeshadow (MAC) was used as a cheek highlight because of its opalescent pinkish glow that it gives the skin.
Strangely, I don’t enjoy using “Phloof” on my brow bone like everyone else as a brow highlight. It’s just so pinky-white that it look unnatural and too obvious. For months this color went neglected until I thought about putting it on my cheeks as a regular highlight.
It’s a little unconventional, but I think it’s a great multi-tasking product (and it’s super for traveling since it’s the size of an eyeshadow).
Technically, the Hydra Beauty Serum and Shiseido sunscreen are skin care items. However, without them, makeup application would be pointless. It’s important to prep the skin well before anything so that your SKIN looks good. In my opinion, if your skin is looking good, so will your makeup.
Last year, I noticed the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation lasted surprisingly well when it got hotter. Also, the light texture is great so you don’t feel like you’re sweating your makeup off. “Pink Tea” blush is so pretty and it’s not just your regular, average pink color. It’s a milky tone that gives a bit of a glow to your cheeks – unfortunately, it’s SO similar to “Well Dressed” so I ended up returning that one.
How has your routine changed now that it’s warmer?
Thanks for reading.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)