C&C's Everyday Favorites
As a self-professed make-up addict, I am constantly trying out new products to achieve the best daytime make-up look. I read blogs, watch youtube videos, get subscription boxes (clearly), and read product reviews to try to figure out what works best for me. The products in the image above are what I use on a daily basis. My favorite part: all of these products are versatile and can take you from grocery shopping to a girls’ night out.
To get my normal, neutral, daytime look, I first prime my face using a pea-sized amount of theMonistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. This secret is all over Pinterest, so I’m guessing it’s not as surprising to some of you. I’ve used numerous high-end and drugstore primers, but this is seriously my favorite. I continue setting the foundation for my make-up with Rimmel London BB Cream. I apply a small amount (somewhere between pea-sized and dime-sized) with my fingers all over my face, blending into my neck. To set everything, I swirl a stiff powder brush (like this one from e.l.f to be exact) in my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, then blend the powder into my face to set the BB cream and control shine throughout the day.
Once I’ve set the foundation, I like to do a little highlighting and contouring (HAC) to bring dimension back to my face and emphasize my cheekbones. On most days, I just use a little blush, but if I’m in the mood to feel extra pretty, I’ll go all out with HAC. If you haven’t done it or want some tips, I always revert back to Maskcara’s blog post about how to HAC like a pro. For contouring, I stick with a matte, dark powder (instead of a shimmery bronzer) to add depth to my cheekbone hollows, contour the sides of my nose, forehead, and jawline. I’ve found that the L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder in Cocoaworks really well, especially for the price! Once the contouring is done, I add a pop of color to my cheeks by applying TheBalm’s Hot Mama to the apples of my cheeks, and then I blend up the cheekbones toward my hairline. I LOVE this blush. It’s a beautiful shade of peachy pink with a gold shimmer. It is super flattering on my pale skin, but it looks great on darker skin tones as well. Once I’ve finished with the blush, I highlight using TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. I usually highlight just above my blush and down the center of my nose. Then, I blend everything together (bronzer, blush, highlighter) with a fluffy brush to eliminate any harsh lines.
Once the rest of my face is all said and done, it’s time to move on to the eyes. I hesitated for 6 months before buying the Urban Decay Naked2 palette due to the high cost. I’ve probably spent more money looking for dupes of this palette than I did on the palette itself. I’ve had it for about 5 months now, and I can easily say it was worth every penny. If I could choose ONE high-end product to include in my entire collection, this would be it. All of the colors are highly pigmented and last for a long time. I’ve barely made a dent in the colors that I use everyday! If you do buy it, use an eyeshadow primer (I like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but a good dupe is the e.l.f. eyeshadow primer) to really make the colors pop. My usual go-to look involves a tutorial that I found from the Glam and Glitz girls. I like to finish it off with some nude eyeliner from Rimmel London on my waterline to help combat my tired eyes, and then top it off with a nice, clump-free mascara. I’m non-committal when it comes to mascara, but I’ve already purchased a few tubes of Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara for when I run out).
When it’s all said and done, I either finish with some form of lip balm, gloss, or if I’m feeling down, I like to use a lip crayon. Right now, I’m loving the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. I have three different colors: Rendezvous (coral), Romantic (classic red), and Crush (wine). Huge fan of all of them!