You can tell a lot about a woman by what’s in her makeup bag; it’s a testament to her stance on quality. In my eyes, girls who spend more on the right makeup for their complexion and skin tone, rather than those who settle for products strictly found at the pharmacy, always look better. I’m also talking strictly cosmetic right now, and not even about skin care. Ladies who shop for quality makeup tend to invest their time into some product knowledge, price shopping, and of course, some tutorials from in-store makeup artists.
We all should want to know what shade of concealer looks best on our skin, and what lipstick or bronzer would look incredible without making us look completely cake-faced. For those of you who don’t know what a cake-face is, imagine taking your finger and running it straight down a girl’s face and having all her makeup rub off onto it, so much so that you could see the contrast between her real skin tone and her makeup. Ew.
I want to shed light on some really key products that I’ve found through my own trial and error, and that are now staple items in my makeup bag.
Your face should, first and foremost, be an investment.
You want to be buying good quality products rather than pharmacy-brand stuff because the quality products really last longer and conceal better. For my face, I usually stick to MAC concealers for covering blemishes. These concealers come in either liquid or more solid form, but either will do the trick. The MAC liquid cover-up is really good for under-eye circles and blemishes that are flat on the skin, whereas the more solid version in the pot is better for covering blemishes like pimples. It is best to use a brush for the liquid, but your finger is better for applying the solid creamy one. Just make sure it’s clean!
I find the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is really great for nights out, while the Smashbox concealer goes on pretty thick for a liquid, and should only really be used when there’s something to cover. Finally, top your flawless-looking face off with NARS bronzer (I use the Laguna shade) for a sun-kissed glow that doesn’t sparkle or look cakey. NARS is really the best bronzer I have found to date and can be found at Sephora. I’m also not one for blush, but I know that NARS ‘orgasm’ blush is a go-to for a lot of people; it’s apparently the shade that looks good on everyone.
MAC has the ultimate liquid eyeliner, and I must say, it’s an incredibly reasonable price for the wonders that it does and for how long it lasts. MAC Fluidline, seen above, can be applied in the morning and will literally stay on all day without moving, fading, or smudging. It’s actually the most incredible product. To apply this Fluidline as a cat eye, I use the angled brush on the left (also from MAC). I start in the crease and move outward, and the line gets thicker as I move from inside to out. The brush on the right should only be used for the application of eyeshadow.
These cat eyes are all done using the angled brush and MAC Fluidline in ‘Blacktrack’. They are fairly simple but require a steady hand, and if you are going to do some shadow and then the liquid liner, the shadow needs to go on first. I particularly like that the Fluidline comes in a pot because it doesn’t dry out quickly, and one pot can last about 6 months. As can be seen, the Fluidline can also go inside the eye on the bottom lid. And it stays…not too shabby, right? Top it off with the mascara of your choice, pharmacy ones will do here, and you’ve got the perfect look that will stay on ALL day or night.
I used to buy individual eyeshadows from MAC, but then I discovered this unreal palette called ‘Ludwig’ by Kat Von D at Sephora. It’s about $50 CAD but it can literally last forever, and can make for some wicked colour combinations on the eyelid. My three favourite shades are the 4th, 5th, and 6th colours, combined with some black shadow on the outer eyelid for a night out. I also use the Sephora brand shadow called ‘Golden Girl‘ for the upper part of my eye, between my lid and my brow. These can go on with the shadow brush above, but a thicker brush can also be used for a light shade like ‘Golden Girl’.
Now here’s the fun part…I find that lipstick tops my own face off, but some people may find that lipstick in conjunction with a heavily made-up eye may be too much. In that case, opt for lip gloss. I’m a lipstick kind of girl because I like its dramatic ability to transform the face, but also because it doesn’t need reapplying for hours. I’m lazy.
In one of my first posts I mentioned that I really like the ‘Backstage Bambi‘ bright pink hue by Kat Von D. Her products are made on the premise that they’re like her tattoos; they stay on a long time. I also find, however, that MAC has really great lipstick and I find myself buying their matte shades. Additionally, Make Up For Ever has some great long-lasting lipstick that can be found at Sephora too.
‘Rebel’, ‘Russian Red’, and ‘Girl About Town’ are my go-to shades from Mac.
I think these lipstick shades are really sexy and playful, and if I went any lighter, I would look very pale and washed out. It all depends on where you’re going, though.
As we all know, there needs to be a place to keep all these goodies. Here are some of my personal favourites, available at MAC.
There are some really good brush sets available for the holidays now, and I would get there before they all sell out!
What do you think of these products? Has anyone else tried something that has really changed their makeup regimen?
Let me know,