When it comes to make-up, I am a minimalist. In my mind, less is definitely more, and if I can get away with nothing at all, I’ll do it. But for those times when I’d like to add a little oomph to my outfit, I’ll whip out my make-up bag and slap on my war paint! Some of my favorite make-up tutorials are by the Pixiwoo sisters on YouTube, so if you’re interested in learning make-up techniques, I would definitely recommend them. They do a lot of high fashion tutorials, as well as plenty of your everyday type lessons, so there’s something for everyone.
Because I am fairly low maintenance on make-up, my favorites are very much the basics. For some of you, this will seem ridiculous at how minimal it is. My friend, R, is a make-up goddess and she would shake her head at this if she were sitting next to me. Oh well…this is my Powerpoint, kids…so hang on.
I love this stuff. It feels like powder after it’s applied, and just has an overall silky feel to it. One of my favorite things about Tarte is the fact that their entire line is cruelty free. It’s harder to find cruelty free make-up out there, but it’s very important to me, and Tarte is my favorite brand of it. The tinted primer comes in five shades, and I have one each of the two lightest. The lightest is for my everyday shade, and the slightly darker one is for summer, when no matter what I do I’ll still wind up with a slight tan on my face. But, because they’re tinted primers, there doesn’t need to be that many options because most of it will blend in with your natural skin tone. I don’t wear foundation, but I do occasionally want minimal coverage, so this is my go-to option for that.
I wasn’t joking when I said I love Tarte make-up. Their blush is just as awesome as their tinted primer. I have Exposed, which is a nude pink shade. It gives a hint of color without looking ridiculous (as most blushes do when you’re this pale). This is a must have in my tiny make-up bag, and I have used it when both tan and not, so it goes well with my skin regardless of how “sun-kissed” it is. Tarte cosmetics are a bit on the pricey side, but since I absolutely love the way they feel, I splurge. It’s one of the few make-up brands that down break me out, so it’s worth every penny!
There’s a reason why there’s so much hype about this eyeshadow palette. It’s because it really is that good! I can do any look I’d ever need with that palette, and had I bought it first, I never would have spent another penny on eyeshadow. The colors in the Naked palette (the original) are fairly pinky, so if you’re not a fan of pinks and browns, this might not be for you. There aren’t any purples, which surprised me a bit, because all these colors are fairly warm, but even though I’m a big purple color fan (it looks good with hazel eyes), I don’t even miss it in this set. Also, the original Naked came with a trial size of the Urban Decay eye primer, which is another fantastic product. It’s a win/win!
Pixi by Petra is another cruelty free brand that I really like. I’ve admittedly only tried their mascara, but mascara is usually one of my biggest issues in make-up, and I’ve never had any problems with Pixi. The wand is quite fat, and doesn’t cause clumping. On top of that, it’s one of the rare mascaras where it’s easy to find a brown/black color, instead of the harsh black that most mascaras come in. You can find this brand at Target (which is where I get it) and while it’s a bit expensive for a brand you can find at Target, because it’s so easy to apply and never clumps, I think it’s well worth the extra money. I’ve had several tubes over the past two to three years, and each one is as good as the last. I’ve had no reason to find a new brand, so that’s good enough for me!
My last go-to make-up product is one step up from chapstick. It’s Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. I love the feeling of the lip balm; it’s not sticky like gloss, and doesn’t have that thick feeling like lipstick. It feels exactly like my favorite chapstick, while giving my lips just a hint of color. I already have fairly red lips to begin with (though they’ve gotten paler as I’ve gotten older), so I don’t need a ton of color. I have the Red Dahlia color, which is a perfect reddish pink color that looks great with my natural lip color. To top it off, it’s incredibly moisturizing, so even after it wears away my lips are left feeling very smooth and soft.
So, you’ve now seen what’s in my make-up bag, but what about you? What are your favorite cosmetic products that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them!