My Makeup Essentials

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!

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

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 Three—Foundation: My next step is Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder. I use #4. It feels like a second skin and everything you need to know is outlined in this previous post.

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.

Step Nine—Sheer Lip Tint: I wrote about my love for Medieval by Lipstick Queen in a previous post. I carry it with me wherever I go.

4 thoughts on “My Makeup Essentials

  1. thanks for this post!!! im gonna buy some of the stuff and see how i like it. i esp want the eye lash primer (never knew it actuallyh made a difference), blush and foundatoin. heck, i want it all. youre makeup seriously looks flawless…. and sooo natural.

    Christina on November 7th, 2013 at 8:56 pm
    • The eyelash primer is something I couldn’t live without makeup-wise. I’ve been using it for years, and when I don’t use it, there’s such a difference! xx

      Lana Jayne on November 7th, 2013 at 10:56 pm
  2. ah i cant wait to do it. im having a relaxing night to myself tonight for once…maybe ill hit up sephora and the MAC store in short hills…hmmmmm. also- do you use eye shadow ever? i also use the mac eye shadow for my liner like you do…i dont like my brush though- which one do u use? i feel like mine is too thin and it hurts me..its made my mac.

    Christina on November 8th, 2013 at 7:06 am
    • Hey love! I use the M.A.C. 266 angled brush that I featured in my post (you can check it out in the product scroll on the bottom of my post). I used to use a smaller M.A.C brush, and this one’s slightly larger, so it gives well and glides smoothly because the bristles are a little thicker. I never actually wear eyeshadow! I almost put that I never wear eyeshadow in my post, but I didn’t, so I’m glad you asked :). It’s just never looked right on me :/

      Lana Jayne on November 8th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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