Makeup is one of those things where, done correctly, it highlights your features. But done incorrectly, it’s tacky or looks plastic. It’s also difficult to know how much is too much for daytime or nighttime, and how to seamlessly flip between the two looks. Here are my go-tos for an all-natural, polished look that can be used for work and updated for Happy Hour.
So I actually had no idea what corrector was until a couple months ago. You know those dark circles under your eyes that never seem to disappear with concealer or foundation? Well, adding corrector beforehand creates a layer for your concealer or foundation to sit upon, rather than having it soak into your skin. This little guy is a complete miracle worker and worth every penny. Plus, it lasts forever (okay, a very long time).
2. Light Foundation or Concealer
I’m really not a fan of too much makeup, but I must say my new light foundation from Bobbi Brown is incredible. It smooths everything out and I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup. Be sure to moisturize your skin and use a makeup sponge for seamless application. Concealer is great for spots, the indents where your nostrils meet your cheeks, and under your eyes (don’t forget corrector!). I’ve found Laura Mercier’s concealer to be amazing, though I’ll admit to mainly using foundation.
This might be my favorite makeup tool. As a fair skinned blonde, I tend to look washed out. So mascara is kind of necessary. But THIS mascara works wonders. It gives natural but full length and volume to lashes without looking fake. It lasts all day (even through tears) and comes off easily in the shower. One coat is perfect for day while three makes a perfect nighttime statement.
Kind of a no-brainer, powder helps set everything you just put on your face. Packed powder is great for travel, but loose powder gives a few more options. Be sure to get translucent powder so your skins doesn’t look cakey. I’ve found Laura Mercier to have the best loose powder, but I haven’t found a best packed powder yet.
* Dip a dry, never been used mascara wand (you can find these at your local drugstore) into loose powder. Coat your lashes. Apply your regular mascara on top for fuller lashes!
* After applying lip color, take your fingers and put some loose powder on them. Press into your lips to set the lip color. This will make the color last for hours without coming off – I dare you to drink from a glass or kiss someone just to see the magic.
I cannot seem to find an eyeliner that doesn’t rub off and lasts all day. But this is a staple for anyone looking to widen their eye. A small flip at the outer corner subtly opens your eye for daytime, but you can easily thicken and lengthen for nighttime. Plus, if you add some eyeliner to your bottom lid (I go above my lashes – be sure to soften with a Q-Tip!) and on your top lid below your lashes (only about 3/4 of the way in), you’re eye will be just framed enough to pop without boxing it in.
6. Eyelid Primer
They make primer for your skin, but I personally haven’t tried them. I do, however, love this shadow/eyelid primer from Too Faced. It smooths the skin around your eyes and is perfect for keeping eyeshadow from creasing. I use it to ensure my eyeliner stays on point.