“Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick” -Gwyneth Paltrow
It is rather difficult to narrow my favorite makeup items down to five, but here they are…the things I can’t live without.
**Even though I did survive without through USCG basic training, but I’m sure I scared some people in the early morning. The bags under my eyes rival that of Mary Poppins magic carpet bag. You should have seen me trying to apply mascara after those 8 weeks; it was like a baby deer trying to walk. WOOF.
e.l.f. poreless face primer
aka whipped miracles in a bottle
If you're like me and suffer from pores the size of craters on the moon then this magical little bottle of affordable goodness is for you! It's light, non oily, and smoothes your skin for the perfect canvas for makeup and minimizes the appearance of pores. I literally cannot believe I ever put on make up without this primer!
aka why didn't I know these existed before now
Ok, let's be real here. Beauty blenders are a gift to the makeup world. How else can you get a perfectly blended contour line, even foundation coverage or an eyebrow mistake erased? I can't imagine my life without these little guys now and you'll thank me later. **PRO Tip! Get the sponge completely wet and your makeup wont absorb and get wasted into the blender!
Maybelline Superstay 24 hour Foundation
A complete drugstore "designer feel" win
I haven't worn actual foundation since 2010 so when I tried it again I was expecting to be disappointed. FALSE. This foundation is so light to the touch it doesn't even feel like you're wearing anything! All the while covering up any blemish or darkspots. It's sorcery and I love it. **PRO TIP: a tiny tiny bit goes a long way! Use a beauty blender or foundation brush to blend on your face and avoid that cake thick look!
tarte shape tape contour concealer
Blemishes and under eye bags be gone!
With this magic tube, a little goes a long way which makes this stuff last forever! Just dab a bit under your eyes and over blemishes and like ACTUAL magic, they're gone and blended into your skin for a natural light look. **pro tip: use a damp beauty sponge for best results!
Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette - tarte
Contour always scared the living crap out of me. Too much and you look like a Bratz doll, not enough- what was the point. The pallete gives you several color options to find the right contour, bronzer AND highlighter that works for your face! Transition from summer to winter colors is a breeze and you can blend it all perfectly with a beauty sponge. **YAASSS*
Smash box Spotlight Pallete Highlighter
Glow up girl!
This is a recent find and I am obsessed with it! I use the middle shade for highlighting and contouring my cheekbones and the last shade to add sparkle wherever I feel like it. It's such a natural highlighter without looking heavy or overzealous. I mean we all love glow and glitter, but let's keep it in check.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
Brows for days...even in the water!
Secrets out, I don't have the greatest natural brows. So I recently tried this little miracle in a tube. The precision brush allows you to add the tinted gel to the actual brow hairs rather than the skin underneath leaving you with natural color and easily shaped brows that don't look like they were tattooed on by a retired mechanic. Yes. Please.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
A precision cat eye in a tube
If I can say I have one signature makeup look it would be my cat eye winged liner. It just works for me! But, this little felt tipped precise liner is perfect for an everyday liner look to a dramatic cat eye like mine! Best part, it doesn't rub off super easy but if you are a mistake- take a beauty blender with a little water and boom; gone!
Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Mascara
Natural. Perfect. Lashes. every time
I've tried fake eyelashes, I've tried eyelash extensions. None of them work for me. I do have naturally long eyelashes but they're pretty light brown. This little tube of goodness adds the perfect amount of volume and color to make them go from bleh to va va voom!
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
All Day Lip wear thats kiss proof!
I have loved this brand for a couple years now and not only is there like 40 colors to choose from but the color lasts. all. day. It is drink proof kiss proof and just dana proof which is a feat in and of itself! *PRO TIP: I find after eating I like to touch up the inner parts of my lip that tend to wear faster. Top with some moisturizing lip balm and you're good!
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This is my greatest secret.
When people ask how I get my makeup to last all day in the Florida heat and humidity; this magical goodness in a bottle. Little spray all over the finished face; you're set baby!