#105, Demi Wispies, Wispies, #117, #118 :)
All these will be natural but glam, not too in your face but not super natural looking either :)
You can drop a few eye drops in the mascara tube or you can put the mascara in glass of hot water (make sure the opening/where the cap and bottle meets isnt wet) and let it sit in the glass this will help the mascara melt a bit and become more usable. This works with gel liner as well :)
Some products I use almost every day are
- Urban Decay Naked Foundation
- Garnier BB Cream for Oily/combination skin
- MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (super natural looking powder)
- Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer
- Milani Baked Blush in Coralina
- Makeup Forever HD Powder (translucent powder)
- Maybelline Under Eye Dark Circle Eraser Concealer
- Wet n Wild Megaliner (matte, thin brush for a thin line)
- Lorac Pro Palette
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- Jordana Extreme Lash Mascara
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Dupe? Loreal One Sweep Blush vs Rihanna Hibiscus Kiss
Yes I do! :)
- In my opinion the only things that are really worth splurging/paying extra for are skin care and face makeup like foundation, powder and primer. Even just buying a good high end primer will help any drugstore foundation look better and last longer. If the base (skin) makeup (foundation, concealer, powder) looks good the rest will look good. You can find great quality blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras, lip glosses, etc for an affordable price without buying high end options.
- Free samples from makeup counters! Often times makeup counters or Sephora (sometimes MAC) give generous free samples of foundation, cream and liquid products. This is a great way to try before buying so you don’t waste money. And you can even get samples of many foundations in one trip, for example you can get a sample of Urban Decay Naked and Benefit Hello Oxygen foundation at Sephora then go to Nordstrom and get a sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear and a MAC foundation! These samples can last up to a week or more so in one day you have a months worth of high end foundation for free. This may sound cheap and it probably is but hey if youre on a tight budget! lol
- Use products for more than one purpose. Use a bronzer for a brown eyeshadow or vice versa use a brown eyeshadow as a bronzer. Use a shimmery eyeshadow as a cheek highlighter or vice versa use the highlighter as an eyeshadow! You can also use lipstick as a cream blush. This way you don’t have to buy extra products.
- Buy from places that accept open/used returns. If you don’t like a product RETURN IT. I used to be really nervous to return things like I felt bad it was weird LOL. But you will save a lot of money this way so everything you own you actually use and love. High end brands usually always accept returns after a month or two (sephora has no return date). Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens all take open/used returns.
- Drugstore makeup is cheapest at Target and Walmart. You can easily save a few dollars every time buying makeup from these places rather than other drugstores.
- Pat on powder by pressing the powder into your skin instead of buffing/swirling. This gives more coverage while using less product so the powder will last longer so you don’t have to buy a new powder as soon.
- Rewards clubs/coupons. Look for coupons in magazines/newspapers on beauty products. If youre an Ulta rewards member they give 20% off coupons pretty frequently so thats already an easy way to save. CVS has a great beauty rewards club where you can get 10% off every purchase, special sales, $5 to spend everytime you spend $50, etc and it’s free to join.
Some matte drugstore bronzers are NYC Sunny and Revlon Photoready Bronzed n Chic!
However those bronzers arent as cool toned as I would like for contouring but still work pretty well, but I like to use a matte face powder atleast 4 shades darker than my skintone. You don’t want to only go one or two shades darker because it will look too muddy. My favorite powder to use is a Loreal True Match powder in the (n) or (c) selections because they are neutral/cool and not (w) warm aka more orange. The powder is also super creamy and blendable which is great for using as a bronzer/contour :)
Some great matte face powders are Rimmel Stay Matte & Maybelline Dream Matte powder :)
I was super surprised at how pigmented and matte these Jordana blushes were! Definitely a drugstore gem. Only $2.50! The shades I have are Touch of Pink (coral shade) and Rouge (mauve pink).
My drugstores have a limited Jordana selection however in NYC I found these at Duane Reade but you can buy them online as well!