With the exception of trying every lip color under the sun, I don’t often switch up my makeup routine. I’ve received e-mail requests for a step-by-step breakdown of the makeup products I use each day. I promised I’d share it eventually, so here you go!
Step One—Under-Eye Concealer: Dark circles are a certified pain in the ass. We all hate them. We don’t want them. And if you don’t have them, I hate you. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is the only product I’ve found that hides them.
The light-yellow color corrector offsets blue tones. The concealer provides further coverage and blends the corrector with your complexion. This two-step process is what works so well. I use #2.
Step Two—Setting Powder: After applying cover-up, I set it with Makeup Forever HD Powder so it stays put all day. It gives concealer an even finish and keeps it from creasing. I’ve seen this powder in loads of professional makeup kits and decided to add it to my own.
Step Four—Big Eyebrows: I’m obsessed with big eyebrows—always have been—and with the exception of an unfortunate incident in eighth grade, I don’t let anyone touch mine except me. I’m blessed with distinctive brows, so I never felt the need to fill mine in. Big mistake.
A friend recommended Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color, and trying it once was a game changer. The color looks so natural—I use the medium shade—and the marker tip makes it 10x easier to apply than messy powder. It added a little extra oomph to my overall look, and my makeup feels incomplete without it.
Step Five—Blush: I’ve used M.A.C Powder Blush in Harmony since high school, and it’s still my favorite color in history. The warm pink blends with my skin and builds well when I want a dramatic look. This blush is matte, so you don’t run the risk of looking shiny. I sometimes apply it to my jaw line and above my brow bones for a bit of contour.
Step Six—Black Eye Liner: My next step is M.A.C Eyeshadow in Carbon. I use this dry powder as eyeliner by applying it with a wet angled brush. I’m all about a thick line on my top lashes à la Brigitte-Bardot. If I want to wing it out, the angled brush allows me to do that with ease. My sisters always make me do their eyeliner, so a tutorial on how to create the perfect cat eye will be posted in the coming weeks.
Step Seven—Eyelash Prep: M.A.C’s Prep + Prime eyelash primer adds length and thickness to my lashes before I apply mascara. It makes such a visible difference and (bonus!) conditions and shields lashes from the harm mascara can cause.
Step Eight—Mascara: I’m old school when it comes to mascara. Like an ’80s working woman, my loyalty lies with Maybelline Great Lash. I use Blackest Black with a curved brush. It’s my favorite formula because it layers well and doesn’t clump. I usually put two to three coats on and take my time because eyelashes can make all the difference.