My makeup philosophy is to look naturally beautiful, and sometimes sexy. I want to highlight and define my cheekbones, make my eyes POP, and skin look smooth and young all year long.
From expensive beauty counter buys to drugstore secrets, I've tried and tested allllll the brands. Through trial and error, and spending 1/4 of my life in Sephora, SpaceNK, Nordstrom, and Walgreens...I’ve finally found the holy grail of makeup products that I can't live without.
Also, because we each have our preferences for where to buy beauty products (aka Sephora or Nordstrom), I’ve provided links for both to make it easier for you. See below for my simple 10 item makeup bag in order…
1. Beauty Blender
After my morning skincare routine, I grab my beauty blender. To be very honest, I've only started using one this past summer. I've always used my fingers to dab on product and thought it did a fine enough job...until I used one of these babies.
All I can say is WOW it's worth the hype. Your pores appear smaller, skin looks dewier, and your products will go on more evenly (aka less thick/cakey) on your skin.
Get it wet (like a sponge) and then dab product into your skin. #poresNOmore
2. Garnier BB Cream miracle skin perfector
True to it's name, this BB Cream IS a skin perfector. It's also made with mineral pigments (think pretty reflector particles) and has SPF 20.
As I've said before, my best friend is a celebrity makeup artist. She's tested every single high-to-low-end makeup product for the past 15 years including Nars, Chanel, MAC, Smashbox, Dior, Bobbi Brown...and Garnier is the hand-down-winner! If you don't believe me, even Vogue says so too.
I squeeze a dime-size amount on top of my hand and use the Beauty Blender to dab it into my skin (focusing on the t-zone).
It's available in person at any drugstore or Amazon:
3. best natural eye shadow palette (from day to night)
This is the best natural eyeshadow color I've ever come across, and if you have green/blue/hazel eyes you'll love it. It's a buttery matte that blends SO well, and the more you put on, it darkens.
During the days, I literally do one little swab of the left color, add mascara, and I'm set! If you want a smokier look, take any dark shadow and this will blend really well with it. It's hard to find, but if you order from nars.com they have free shipping or get it from Nordstrom. It'll also last you 2+ years.
4. Bye Bye Under-eye conceALer
This is the best concealer I’ve ever had. It goes on lightweight but has major coverage. it doesn’t dry out and lasts all day.
I’m definitely sold on this because it has such great coverage (literally doesn’t come off without washing your face) and still feels super light.
I use a pin size amount because it’s fairly thick and goes a long way. I’ve had mine for over a year and it’s the product that keeps giving, who knows when it’ll run out!
5. BaremineralS Powder Foundation
I've used this stuff since I was 18 and probably will never change. It's super light weight but smoothes out your skin. It mattifies but also has mineral pigments (hence the name).
I've always worn the color medium which is not too light and can be worn in winter AND summer. In warmer months or on vacation I use a lighter amount and put more bronzer on. P.S. there’s a reason why queen-bee supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley just became their spokesperson.
6. best bronzer and blush - hoola
Hoola is the best contouring/tan bronzer. It's more of a brown/olive color than orange which is key. I place it on the outer bridge of my nose, cheekbones, temples, and forehead (see my IGTV video).
The Coralista Blush is also the most perfect shade to grace your cheeks. I literally went around with a gal at Sephora and tested 10 different peach blushes, and nothing came close to getting to this amazing color.
Worth the investment and it'll also last you over a year when used every day.
Trish McEvoy is a new but favorite brand for makeup. I put this on the inside of my upper eye lid (see my IGTV video to see how). It sounds weird but it lines where your mascara goes and creates a * pop * effect.
It makes my lashes appear thicker without having to do a heavy line of eyeliner on my lid. Super natural looking and just brings out the color of my eyes.
From Chanel to 20+ different drugstore brands, this is the VERY BEST MASCARA IN THE WORLD and what a lot of pro’s use.
It also stays on all day and DOES NOT smear on your bottom lashes either...so perfect for all-day or a night out. I don’t care if I was given a $100 Chanel mascara, I’d still use this. You can buy it at any drugstore or:
It's probably the most famous eyebrow brand for a reason. I'm a slave to Anastasia. The Brow Wiz sadly goes by fast (every 2-3 months), but it lasts all day and creates the perfect shape and fills in the brows. I shape with the defined pencil and brush up the hairs to create a thicker look. I only use "Soft Brown" as it's less red and more of a brown color than the others.
I also use their eyebrow pomade (called Dipbrow) that is a sort of putty that fills in some gaps and makes them appear thicker (this last years). It's also waterproof so everything stays on for 12+ hrs or one sweaty dance night.
The best makeup secret I've ever ever learned is to use highlighter in 3 PLACES.
In the inner corners of your eyes (just a dab), the bridge of your nose, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT...the “V” part of your lip.
It creates a super dewy and natural look. Becca is the best brand in my opinion..the perfect highlight color (not to too gold or pink).
A few other makeup extras that I use for a fun date night or mix up my routine are:
Best rose colored lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury in Pin Up Pink. A super natural rose/coral color for day or night.
Trish McEvoy Eyeshadow Liner in Topaz. (I place this on the lower inside lashes and the gold makes my green eyes shimmer.