Monday, November 12, 2018

Beauty Basics for the Makeup Beginner

I recently did a questionnaire on Instagram about what you guys want to see here on the blog and one of the most requested topics was makeup!  I have a bunch of make up posts planned for you girls but I figured I would take it back to the very beginning and start with the basics.  Shortly after I had Roman, I realized that I hadn't worn make up or hardly even fixed my hair in what seemed like years.  I had the boys only 18 months apart and somewhere between the back to back pregnancies, I sort of lost myself.  I desperately wanted to feel like myself again and get a little confidence back that I lost.  When I went to do my make up, I quickly realized that I was completely lost with the new trends.  Highlight and contour was now a thing, I had never worn lipstick before and all of my eye shadow palettes were several years old.  So, I was starting from square one with learning how to do makeup again and building my collection.  I have learned a lot since then but still love to do a very minimal look sometimes!
So let's get to it! Everything I used for this simple "everyday" make up look is in this post.  It's quick, easy and doesn't require many products.  The products I used are a combination of budget friendly beginner products and tried and true staples that I can't stray away from.  This look is very minimal and great for those who still want to wear something on their face to feel a little more put together.

1. Foundation
Foundation can really be a personal preference.  I have used high end foundation and budget friendly.  One of my favorites and one that I am currently using is the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation.  It's great coverage, not too heavy but also buildable, and my favorite part is that you can pick it up right at the grocery store.

2. Concealer / Highlight
I have talked about this before but my absolute staple for under eyes and hiding my dark circles is Tarte Shape Tape.  IT. IS. THE. BEST.  Fantastic coverage and great for brightening up your under eye.  If you are using this as a concealer and highlight, you will want to go quite a few shades lighter to really brighten up.

3. Bronzer / Contour
On days where I do minimal makeup, I use bronzer as my go-to for as much as I can.  I use it to contour, warm up my face a little and as my blush as well.  It helps to simplify products used and cuts out a few steps too.  Great for a quick makeup routine on busy days.  I've been using Rimmel Bronzer that I picked up at Walgreens recently and love it for a budget friendly option. 

4. Eye shadow
My absolute favorite brand for eye shadow palettes is Urban Decay.  They have several palettes within their Naked line which is made up of the perfect neutral tones that are great for beginners or anyone who is on the timid side when it comes to adding color into your makeup routine.  This was one of the first things I bought when I decided to upgrade my beauty products and I still use these palettes almost every time I do my makeup.  For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics.  

5. Mascara
Just like foundation, this is a personal preference.  I have really tricky eye lashes that are somewhat stubborn when it comes to a lift so when I find a mascara that I like, I stick with it. This Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara by L'oreal is FANTASTIC!

6. Setting Spray
Setting spray is something that I added to my beauty routine about a year ago and I haven't looked back since.  Urban Decay's All Nighter is a great one.  My makeup stays right in place all day and the travel sized bottle has lasted me forever! (They really nailed it with the name on this one!)

7. Lip Stick
On days where I don't necessarily want to wear lipstick but don't like a naked lip, I usually just cover my lips in a nude lip liner.  My all time favorite is NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nude.  It's the perfect pinky nude to warm up your lips just a bit.  I buy them in bulk. :)

8. Extras
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
I use this for my brows.  I usually just fill in very very lightly on days like this and I'll go a little heavier for a full glam day.  I love the pomade.  I know some people prefer the pencil but that is something that I could never master.  I use color Light Brown.

Contour - NYX Wonder Stick
If you are wanting a little more contouring than using your bronzer, this is what I usually use.  It's super simple and very budget friendly.  I have been wanting to try out a few others but I'll probably stick with this until it runs out. :)
I have never used the highlight side because I love my Shape Tape too much. 

Ok so that wraps up my super light makeup days!  All of these products are what I consider my basics.  I can wear just these for a very minimal look or I can add in a bunch of other products to take it full glam.  Either way, these are what I use every time I do my makeup and great products to start building your collection!

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