My Make-up Essentials for Daily, Summer and Humid, Winter and Dry, and Evenings

18/11/2019Virgie

Throughout the different stages of my life, make-up came and went. There was a time when I never went out without make-up and there was a time when make-up was not even in my dresser, that is if I had a dresser at all. I’ve also come from inexpensive make-up to the most expensive and best make-up products there is on the market. Nowadays, I’ve realized bare is best. If I had to put on make-up, I already have a set number of steps and products depending on the occasion.

Daily Make-up

As a stay-at-home-mom, my forays into the outside world only involve bringing and taking my daughter to school, walking the baby around while doing errands, and visits to the doctors. I either go bare-faced or I do the most basic. It takes less than five minutes.

My daily make up is simple. It’s just BB cream/ sunscreen as a base, bronzer powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, lipstick and lip balm. It takes me less than 5 minutes.

Benefit Pencil Sharpener. Surratt Eyelash curler. Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender

Here are the products I use:

1. Kiehl’s BB cream spf50 sunscreen
After completing my morning routine and finishing with a moisturizer fit for the weather, I put on the dual purpose Kiehl’s BB Cream with SPF50 sunscreen. I put it on even if the weather is dull because I’ve been told we should make “sunscreen is life” as a motto for various reasons.

2. La Mer bronzer
When I decided I wanted to put on make-up, I walked into the Douglas store and asked the salesladies there for help with choosing my foundation and they made me up. This limited edition bronzer has different shades of it including highlighter. It is just the perfect pressed powder for me. I get a little bit of highlight and a little bit of shading and any shine is covered. I love it so much that I bought another one to make sure I will never be without.

3. Etude house drawing eyebrow pencil
I have many eyebrow products because I noticed that as I aged, my eyebrows became sparser and sometimes I looked like I didn’t have eyebrows at all. I am trying to grow my eyebrows now with the help of castor oil. I have many eyebrow products but this is my go-to pencil. I discovered it years ago and when I was moving to Italy, I decided to buy four of them.

4. L’oreal eyeliner
The skin around my eyes is oily and products always smudge. I have tried to remedy the situation by using an eye primer but on basic days, I skip it. I also tried many high-end brands and somehow this L’oreal eyeliner that I picked up at the supermarket is the best one so far and I use it almost all the time.

5. Estee Lauder lipstick
I have full lips so I am careful not to use any lipsticks that are bold in color. I like dark-hued lips and this is my favorite. I only use a little with a lip brush every time.

6. Burt’s bees lip balm in Pomegranate
Another product I have issues with is lip balm. Some lip balms dry out my lips so much. An example is the La Mer lip balm. I even gave it away because it just wasn’t working for me. I have Burt’s Bees lip balms in different shades though I barely notice the difference. I pair the pomegranate Burt’s Bees lip balm with my Estee Lauder lipstick.

Here is the look that I get with the products listed above. I look amazing here, almost like it’s not me. I photograph well so I caution people not to believe what they see in photos. It’s a camera trick, people! But anyway, if you’re wondering how to get this look, you can see it doesn’t take much. *winks*

Special Summer/Fall/Winter Humid Days

On days I have to go somewhere special, I do a little bit more. If I want to go all-natural because it’s warm and sunny, I use the entire set of Perricone MD No Make-up line. I use my La Mer Sunscreen for this.

Perricone MD No Make up Line. Foundation, Bronzer, Highlighter, Blush, Concealer, Mascara

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Pore Minimizing Primer
2. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation
3. Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer
4. Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
5. Perricone MD No Highlight Highlighter
6. Perricone MD No Blush Blush
7. Smashbox Photofinish Lash Primer
8. Surratt Eyelash Curler
9. Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara
10. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil
11. Make Up Forever Artist Color Pencil
12. Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer
13. Smashbox Always Sharp Clear Lip Liner
14. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino
15. La Mer Loose Powder
16. Make up Forever Mist&Fix Setting Spray or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender

All about Lips. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Pomegranate and Wild Cherry. Earth Mama Lip Balm. Estee Lauder lipstick in Pure Color Love 120. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino, also in Woppin’ Watermelon

 

Special Winter/Fall Dry Days

Getting made-up on dry days require more moisturizer and more products. I tried different foundation primers and Benefit and Smashbox are the best ones so I stick to them. I went through a period of horrendous hormonal acne and Clinique was the best for me. Though now I have no blemishes, I am still using the products I had and will continue to use them until they are all finished. When they are finished, I will stick to Perricone MD or La Mer so I have fewer products in my arsenal.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Concealer. Clinique All About Shadow Trio. Clinique High Impact Mascara. Clinique Cheek/Blush Pop in Ginger Pop. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino, also in Woppin’ Watermelon

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Pore Minimizing Primer
2. Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Liquid Make up Foundation
3. Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Concealer
4. La Mer Loose Powder
5. Clinique Cheek/Blush Pop in Ginger Pop
6. Clinique High Impact Mascara or Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
7. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil
8. Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer
9. Smashbox Always Sharp Clear Lip Liner
10. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender

 

All about the Eyes. Voluminous Lash Paradise. Clinique High Impact Mascara. Pink Sugar Honey I’m Good Eyebrow Gel. Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eyeshadow Quad. L’oreal Le Kohl in Pure Espresso. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara and Waterproof Mascara. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Bourbon. Make up Forever Artist Color Pencil in Universal Earth 708. E.L.F Liquid Eyeliner in Coffee. Eye Candy All Day Liner. Make up Forever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil in White

Evening Make-up

I barely go out so I rarely get to do this but when I have to, I take somewhere between 30 to 45 minutes just preparing before I can get out of the door.

La Mer Bronzing Powder. La Mer Foundation Brush. La Mer Concealer. La Mer Soft fluid Long-wear Foundation Sand 23 SPF20

 

All about Primers. Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. Too Faced Lip Insurance Primer. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. Mac Prep+Prime/Skin Base Visage

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Pore Minimizing Primer
2. La Mer Foundation
3. La Mer Concealer
4. Smashbox Contouring Palette
5. Smashbox Eyelash Primer
6. Surratt Eyelash Curler
7. Too Faced Eyeshadow Primer
8. Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer
9. Smashbox Always sharp clear lip liner
10. Clinique Eyeshadow Palette
11. Smashbox Artist Pencil
12. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
13. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil
14. Shiseido Lipstick
15. Voluminous Lip Plumper
16. La Mer Loose Powder
17. Mac Prime Setting Spray

Smashbox Shapematters Palette Contour for Brow, Face, Eye. Smashbox Always Sharp Clear Lip Liner. Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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