Beauty: My Essentials

The great thing about makeup is that you can transform your look into something totally different each time you apply it. When you think about it, makeup is an art form, but it doesn’t come naturally for everyone…nor does it look natural on everyone….For some, playing around with different products and techniques is fun and enjoyable, but for others it takes up too much time and is difficult. For me, I have always loved doing my makeup. From the horrifying dark eyeliner in middle school, to the un-penciled brows just last year, to now, I have found makeup a great way to express who I am. Like clothing, makeup trends are always changing, and while I like to experiment with some, I usually just stick to my normal routine. I have variations of my routine depending on the day and what I’m doing, but I have found a series of products and techniques that I have found to be fool proof. From drug store products to high end brands, my everyday routine is a compilation of my very favorites.

Foundation: Perfection Lumiere Velvet x Chanel or True Match x Loreal – I always use my fingers to apply.

Powder: Natural Finish Loose Power x Chanel

Eyelashes: Extensions x Lush Beauty Bar – daily lifesaver, You hardly have to wear makeup with them! (check them out on Insta @lushbxbar)

Mascara: Roller Lash x Benefit (when I don’t have eyelash extensions)

Blush: Baked Power Blush 05 x Milani

Highlighter: Soft & Gentle x Mac – If I was to suggest one thing on this list to buy, this would be it. I have tried over five different highlighters, including the NARS Illuminator, but this one is the best out of all. It adds definition to your look every time whether it is a simple day look or a dramatic evening look.

Eyeliner: NYX White Pencil Liner – I love using a white eyeliner on my bottom lid. It freshens up your face and it really makes your eye color pop.

Brows: Brow Wiz x Anastasia – Brow saver!!! The pencil is great too.

Eyeshadow: Naked 2 Basics Pallet x Urban Decay – I love a good soft and natural matte pallet.

Lip: Lip Pencil, shade Soar x Mac – I hate lipstick, so I fill in my whole lip with a pencil. Soar is my favorite shade, I wear it almost everyday.

Setting Spray: All nighter x Urban Decay – everyone knows this stuff is killer.

What are your favorite products and techniques? Let me know and I will have to try them out! Also, want to see more makeup looks? Let me know what you want to see next. You can shop my favorites below.

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Photos x Luba Kochubey

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