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Monday, September 27, 2010

My Step-By-Step Makeup Routine

So I thought I'd show you exactly how I apply my "face".  It's probably got more steps & products than your average woman, but then again, I'm no average woman.  So here's my first step:
 Actually, this is my first step after I've moisturized.  My moisturizers are, in the order I apply them:

  • Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Lotion with SPF 20 (T-Zone)
  • Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer with SPF 20 (cheeks & jawline)
  • Bare Escentuals Rare Minerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream (upper & lower eyelids, eyelashes)
Now these two pictures are showing the above plus Benefit's Girl Meet Pearl Luminizing Primer.  This primer is just as good as its predecessor and smells so amazing.  You can see in the pictures how it just faintly glows ~ it's doesn't show up shimmery at all.

Now for the second step:

My next step is my foundation & my finishing powder.  You can see here exactly what I use ~ Meow's Pampered Puss Mineral Foundation in Sleek Chausie & MUFE's HD High Definition Powder.  I apply the Foundation with either a big buffing brush or a blending sponge, depending on how much coverage I want that particular day.  This day, I used my brush, which is BE's Full Flawless Face Brush from the Pure Platinum kit.  I use a flat top Heavenly Face Brush from BE's Pure Moxie kit for applying the HD Powder.

Third Step:
I define my brows after I put on my foundation & finishing powder.  I first use the Smashbox Brow Tech Wax Pencil.  Then I use my Bare Escentuals Brow brush, which is the best brush I've used for this, and my Bare Escentuals Brow Powder in Brunette.  I used Smashbox's brow tech powders for a while but found that BE's powder looks more natural & covers more completely because I have a couple bald spots.

Fourth Step:
I put my eye primer on after doing my eyebrows.  I have several eye primers I use, but on this particular day, I used my new Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Eye Primer.  This stuff rocks!!!!  Cute packaging, leaves behind a sparkly pink wash & helps your eye shadow lock in place & last for at least 8 hours.  I got this at Sephora this last week and fell in love with it.  I'll be posting a separate review for this sometime this week.
 If you'll click on the eyelid pictures to enlarge them, you can see the beautiful wash of color & shimmer this amazing primer leaves behind.  Oh, I Just love it.  I kept my receipt in case it didn't work & I had to take it back.  I have an issue with most eye primers not working because I have extremely oily skin and my lids are no exception.

See how gorgeous it is!!

Fifth Step:
Ooooooh my favorite part!!
I do my eyeshadows next.  On this particular day I used the following colors:

  • Aromaleigh Sylph (from the "En Pointe" collection) lash to browbone
  • Aromaleigh Tangled Tinsel (from the Holiday Blast collection) inner third of lid, inner V & tear duct
  • Aromaleigh Moth (from the L'Orchidee collection) patted onto the middle & outer third of lid
  • Sephora Glitter Pot in Black in crease & outer V

Sixth Step:
Now, I don't utilize this step every day.  There are some days that I want a soft look & eye liner just doesn't go with a soft look for me.  But this day, I used the following:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero upper & lower waterlines
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Gunmetal upper & lower lashlines

Seventh Step:
I LOVE mascara.  To prep my lashes, I used my Shu Uemura eyelash curler (the absolute BEST curler!) but I first heated it up with my blow dryer.  Now if you're a reader of my blog, you know that I have stick straight lashes.  They stick out from my lids like diving boards with no one on them.  So I usually like to pick up curling mascaras & I always use my curler.  I used Sephora Atomic Volume first on my upper lashes only.  I then used Stila Convertible Mascara on my top & bottom lashes.

Eighth & Final Step:
I always do my lips last & it's almost always just a layer of lip gloss since I don't own any lipsticks other than my Buxom one.  Here, I used Smith's Rosebud Salve.  This stuff is so yummy & I love how soft it makes my lips.

So, there you have it!  How many steps are in your makeup routine?  Do you use more products than I do??  Let me know in the comments!!!!


1 comment:

  1. ohh! Love the colors!