Everyday Look: Make Up Edition

I have been debating whether or not I should share my everyday make up look with y’all (yes, I say y’all again) and I have decided that it is time! I have gone through so many stages with my make up, and I can honestly say I am sure that there will be more as trends change. When I look back on what my make up looked like pre-pageant, during pageant, and now there are three very distinct styles. Obviously my make up has been completely toned down since my pageant days, but I learned some incredibly useful tips during my pageant run. I definitely had a lot to learn!

When creating an everyday look, it is important to not have too many steps because this usually happens early in the morning before a long day, and who wants to have to take a long time to get ready? Not me! I value my sleep and would usually rather have an extra few minutes of sleep then wake up early and use a lot of time getting ready. I use my trusty favorite products and am on my way in 10 minutes or less! The key is to make sure that you have a line of products that you always use, so guess work is no longer part of the process.

I have a few products that I absolutely love and use almost every single day to create a natural and beautiful look.

Step 1: Prep

To start I always cleanse my face with my Caudalle Micellar Cleansing Water to start with a clean canvas. I have found that harsh or aggressive cleansers make my skin even more problematic so I opt for gentle ways to remove impurities and dirt.

Step 2: Conceal

Using Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer. Photo:  Amber McDonell Photography

Using Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer. Photo: Amber McDonell Photography

After I have a clean canvas I take my Tarte Shape Tape concealer and use it under my eyes as well as on my lid as a primer, blending it in with my Beauty Blender.

Step 3: Eyes

Then it is time to do a basic neutral eye, with the goal of making the eyes seem wider and more awake. I alternate between using Charlotte Tilbury’s exaggerEYES pallet and Tarte’s Tartelette palette. I use a light base color, a medium swept color on the crease and upper portion of the lid to draw upward and then smoke out with a deeper color for definition.

Step 4: Brows

I then use my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade in blonde. I used blonde even before my hair was as light as it is now, the goal for me is to make the brows look more defined but maintain that light look so it does not look like I have done much to them.

Step 5: Eyeliner

Next I lightly line my eye with my Tarte Sex Kitten eyeliner. This gives me a very slim line and lets me be precise. I would be lying if I said that my lines were always perfect, and I still have never been able to effectively do a cat eye. But for an everyday look a simple, close to the lash line look is just perfect for defining the eye.

Step 6: Foundation

I have recently discovered Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Secret Flawless Filter. I put this on under my foundation for a natural glow, and sometimes over the top. I then follow up with Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation, blending in with my favorite foundation brush or Beauty Blender.

Step 7: Contour

I use Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess contour palate to gently define my cheeks and break up the single color that was just applied with foundation. After darkening along my cheeks, jawline and hairline I will use my Beauty Blender to soften the lines for a more natural look.

Step 8: Blush

NARS has been the number one selling brand and color of blush for years, and I have been a part of that for a very long time. I use the color Orgasm by NARS to create a nice and natural flush. This color is universally flattering and can be built upon for a deeper color, or just add a subtle color to the cheek.

Step 9: Set

I never used to set my make up, and pageantry taught me that it is necessary for a look that lasts all day. Recently I have been using Laura Mercier’s Invisible Loose Setting Powder to keep my make up fresh all day long.

Step 10: Mascara

My final step, has always been to add mascara. Once everything else is in place it’s the part that really makes the eyes pop. I have recently switched mascara to NARS brand with their new Climax mascara. I have found it to be just enough volume and length without clumping or becoming overpowering.

You might notice that I didn't mention lipstick or color, this is because I actually don’t put that on when I am getting ready because I am typically drinking my coffee during this process. I always keep my lip color in my purse, ready to pop it on when needed. I use MAC’s color Brave for a nice neutral pink lip.

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