Following the format of my recent skincare essentials post, I thought I would share the makeup that I use on a daily basis. As I mentioned, I have super sensitive skin so I have to be extra conscious about selecting makeup that doesn’t aggravate it anymore than necessary. I have been using a lot of Jane Iredale products for years now because they have great, natural ingredients and it’s definitely the line that my skin most consistently responds well to. That said, there’s a few other brands that make standout products I couldn’t live without, like this YSL brightener.
Jane Iredale Dream Tint (in Medium Light) this tinted moisturizer is super light and sheer, so I find that it makes for the perfect, non-drying base to start off my makeup routine. The Medium Light shade matches my skin tone perfectly so it’s like nothing is on.
bareMinerals Blemish Remedy (in Medium) I previously used a Jane Iredale concealer (pictured), but had to switch when it was discontinued. I headed straight to bareMinerals since it is another natural brand that doesn’t irritate my skin, and this one is very similar in consistency. It provides light, smooth coverage for any blemishes or spots.
YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch (in 1.5) the standout star of this line up is this YSL brightener. It can be used as a highlighter on other areas of the face, but I use it as an under eye concealer. Prior to trying this I had never found an under eye concealer in exactly the right shade. This one is a perfect match and does a killer job of brightening any dark circles or discoloration.
Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Foundation (in Warm Sienna or Golden Glow) this compact powder provides fuller coverage, without feeling as heavy as a standard foundation. I switch shades depending on the season, so I use Warm Sienna in the cooler months and Golden Glow to match any tanned skin I manage to achieve in the summer. Rather than the powder pad provided, I use a kabuki brush to apply.
bareMinerals All-Over Face Color (in Warmth and Clear Radiance) for years I used a simple dusty blush on my cheeks, but about a year ago switched to a bronzer and highlighter combo. I brush a few strokes of the Warmth shade underneath my cheekbones and the Radiance shade on the height of my cheeks. The combination of the two slims the face while adding a little more dimension and color. I’m by no means a contouring pro, so this is my light version.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist (in Blonde) similar to the Anastasia brow pencil, but at a much better price point, this eyebrow pencil is simple but gets the job done. It’s not too waxy like some, and comes with a brush to even the color out in a natural way.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara (in Black) in my high school and college days, I was obsessed with DiorShow mascara. Frankly, I still am because the brush is amazing and it works wonders, but eventually I became fed up with the cost since the tubes dry out so quickly. CoverGirl LashBlast is a great and super inexpensive alternative that somehow last a lot longer at a fraction of the price.
L’Oreal Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner similar to my DiorShow enthusiasm, there once was a time when I never would have given up my Chanel liquid eyeliner…until I found this L’Oreal product. They’re nearly identical and this common drugstore alternative has the same smooth tip that I fell in love with from Chanel. Like any liquid liner, it takes a bit to get the hang of application but this one is so much easier than most.
Urban Decay Naked Palette I typically don’t wear too much eye makeup (just mascara and occasionally liquid liner), but this palette is my go-to when I want to kick it up a notch. I still keep my eyeshadow fairly minimal for special occasions, so I love the neutral hues in this palette that allow me to create dress up without being too dramatic.