Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to be Pretty

Every morning you wake up, look inside your own little make up bag, and think "I wonder what's in Amanda's make-up bag," right? Nope, probably not, because chances are you don't know me in real life and I could spend everyday looking like a troll for all you know. But I don't, and I'm going to prove it with a selfie.

Ta da! Not a troll! At least I hope you don't think so. So here's what I use to keep that face lookin' so damn fresh.

Step 1: Make Up Bag
I have this presh Laurel Burch bag, and it is the perfect size. Just big enough to fit all my crap (plus some) and just small enough to throw in any tote.

Step 2: Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer
I just started using this, and I love it. I used to use Philosophy: The Present, and I loved it and would totally recommend it, but this Mally shiz is better. The philiosophy stuff made my face look perfect, but it never felt dry. Mally makes it look just as good, and my face doesn't feel like it's melting off. Win-win!

Step 3: Sheer Cover Duo Concealer
I got this bad boy in a VoxBox a bajillion years ago, and it's great. It has wonderful staying power, and I like that the two tones allows me to keep using in the summer when I get tan(ish). I use it just on all my freckles/red marks/imperfections. And if you aren't sure how to use concealer, get the JC Penney lady to help you.

Step 4: Mineral Wear Loose Powder
This is just some cheapy stuff that I buy at walmart, but it gets the job done and lasts all day. I put this on my whole face.

Step 5: Random cheap highlighting powder that I stole from my mom
2 shades lighter than my natural skin
Step 5.5: Mary Kay Facial Highlighting Pen

I use the powder on my T-zone and the pen under my eyes. You can use the pen on your whole face, but it feels like a lot of work to me.

Step 6: Mary Kay Bronzer
I LOVE this! I use Bronze Diva and it's the perfect color. Mary Kay only sells two shades of bronzer, and it can be either sparkly or not. Mine is the darker one with no shimmer. My MK consultant tried to talk me out of it, saying she normally only sells the dark one to black people, but I think it's perfect for my skin tone.

Oh, and here's a little chart about highlighting and contouring. 
I can't find the one that I use anymore, but this is close. Where this highlights the cheeks I use blush, and I also highlight under my eyes, which helps a ton with the sleepy eye-bags look I always have.
Step 7: Bare Minerals Blush
I use the shade "rose." It's a perfect, subtle pink. And I always use loose powder blushes. I've tried other, but looser is just better, my friends.

Step 8: Define-A-Line eyeliner by Maybelline
I only the the outside of my eyes. I start in the middles, line the top and the bottom, and meet in a subtle point outside my eyes. If you click the picture of me you can see it pretty well.
Now, this is the only makeup I have that I wouldn't recommend. This stuff makes a perfect line and has the blendy tip, so it always looks perfect at first, but as the day goes on it starts to smudge terribly. It ends up all over under my eyes and even on my eyelids. I can't find anything with a semi-thick line that I like, but doesn't smudge. Any suggestions?

Step 9: CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara
I probably only bought this because of the orange bottle, but I love it. It doesn't clump, it lasts all day, and it makes my lashes luscious! Everything you want in mascara. I also never use waterproof mascara (Unless I know I'm gonna cry, like if I'm going to a wedding) because it is SO bad for your eyelashes, and also because I don't take my makeup off at night (I know, that's bad too), and that junk will last forever if you don't use makeup remover.

Step 10: VS Prime & Set Makeup Spray
This doubles as a primer, and I've done that a few times, but I prefer just to use it to set. This truly does make my makeup last all day, and at $15 (half the price of any others I've seen) it really can't be beat!

Step 11: Dollar General Lip Balm in Fruit Punch

Nope, this is not a joke. I love this lip balm. It adds just a hint of pink and moisturizes as well as the Chapstick brand. And for a mere 2/$1, you might as well try it!

And that's how I do my makeup! Do you use any of the same products? What products do you love that I need to try?

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  1. you know i hate to love these beauty posts because now i feel the need to go buy all this crap and try it....

  2. I love reading these posts! I actually just started a September series with different products I love and ones I've tried and don't like! Today was eyes! Next week I'm doing face products, then hair, then body! :-) Ive had similar results with cheapie chap sticks too! I like the ones from Walgreens!

  3. I think this is a great post because everything on here is so affordable! It's not like other makeup posts where you think, "That's great but I can't spend $500 on my makeup routine!"

    Amanda xx

  4. When I wear make up which is pretty rare now that I stay at home every single day I break out the Almay Intense i-color for hazel eyes, can't go wrong with something made specifically for your eye color.

  5. I love bare essentials but I hate that it gets everywhere! I love Bobbi Brown rose gold lip gloss. I am addicted!

  6. I seriously LOVE all of those Cover Girl Mascaras. The orange one might be my favorite. I need to learn the contouring thing.. Just like you, I do the blush where it shows, but thats it.

  7. Do you find that the loose blush powder stays on longer? I find my blush wears off so quickly!

  8. great products!! i ESPECIALLY LOVE THE CAT MAKE UP bag!!!!!

    the bare minerals blush scares me. it looks like its SO DARK. but i dont know why. i'm an avid bare minerals for all other make up products and i know how it goes on so i really should just try it lol.

  9. Cute bag and blush!