Flawless Foundation Routine!

Foundation, the magician of makeup. It can makeup your blemishes, redness, and dark spots vanish in thin air! Well, not literally, but it does a great job in covering it all up. I usually wear this foundation routine daily, with the occasional quick swipe of concealer when I am rushing. This routine is truly for people with problem areas, but if you just enjoy the even coverage then you can just switch a few steps around. All of my products used are from the drugstore, but you could substitute your own precious products where needed. Let’s begin!

First, you have to use a good primer. Lately, I have been using the Alway Smart Shade Primer. I started using this because my old primer ran out and just wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore. So I went to the drugstore and saw that there was only one left of this and it looked a lot like the Stila primer so I bought it. It comes out with green and purple swirls that are supposed to cover and correct your skin. I don’t really notice it, maybe it does do that. Using a makeup wedge, put about less than a dime squirt onto the wedge and rub it all over. If you get really oily in your T-zone then apply a little extra there.

Now this step can vary depending on your skin. If you don’t have many blemishes or unwanted areas, then just skip to foundation and apply concealer if necessary. But I do have troubled skin, so I apply this concealer to my unwanted areas and blend them in with my middle finger. Applying concealer first will allow you to not use as much foundation.

For foundation it is of course the beloved Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in the color 110 Ivory. Yes, my paleness is verging on transparent lately. I usually apply this with the same makeup wedge that I put the primer on. I prefer makeup wedges because they are cheap, blend well, double sided, and keep everything clean. For more coverage, apply with a makeup brush. This will apply the most possible product without using too much. I typically save using the brush for special occasions or where pictures will be taken. Apply, wait for it to dry which takes about 10-15 seconds, then apply any extra concealer. This is mainly for spots you missed or the under-eye area.

When using powders you truly need to look at how much coverage you need. I prefer a loose mineral powder because it covers without caking makeup on. I really like Physicians Formula Mineral Loose Powder because it works great and is exactly like Bare Minerals. Using a powder brush just dab this across the face. Powder is used to set the face and without it the whole thing would just melt off and be pointless.

On occasions, I will apply this shimmery powder from Physicians Formula only to highlight my face more. It adds light and natural-looking shimmer. I don’t typically use this as a highlight because it does have a brightness to it that isn’t meant for every day wear. I wouldn’t recommend this for full-face wear or you might look quite odd.

Now your complexion is completely flawless! Not that it already wasn’t ūüėČ Just add contour, blush, or a matte highlight of your choosing to finish it off.

Prom is in the Air!

Prom, short for promenade, is what little girls dream about daily. When I was in high school I only got to go to prom once due to that I graduated early. When I did attend the theme was “California Dreaming”. Which no one knew how to dress according to the theme and once we got there the decorations were like old Hollywood. Prom is truly one night where you just feel free. Surrounded by your friends, date, and ready to make the best memories of the school year. In order to have a good time, a lady must overcome obstacles. Finding the perfect dress, finding the perfect makeup that won’t melt off your face from dancing the night away, etc. Much like a prom scavenger hunt. ¬†This makeup look is my favorite and is¬†guaranteed¬†to last the entire night. Let’s begin!

First using Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer, I spread this across my face. I usually buy the green primer and use one squirt on my whole face. If you are prone to be greasier in certain areas, like your t-zone, then apply a small bit more in those areas. The green primer is more beloved than white because the green works along with your foundation to cover up anything from blemishes to sun damage. It really keeps the face together the whole night.

 

 

Next is the foundation. The foundation I recommend can be used for prom and also every day wear. I wear it every single time I wear foundation and I truly adore it. It is¬†Revlon ColorStay foundation for combination/oily skin. I like it because it contains salicylic¬†¬†acid which helps fight breakouts. This foundation shows up great in photos as well. It doesn’t get splotchy or shiny. I apply this using a foundation brush all over my face. I will use a Covergirl concealer to my under-eye area and any blemishes or troublesome spots. This face mix sets fantastic with Neutrogena press powder. Using a thick powder brush, gently apply this powder to your face.

 

 

If you have an issue with your brows then using the Benefit Brow Duo shadow set gently shade in your desired shape. I do not have to shave in my eyebrows because they are already¬†voluptuous, but if you have to this set has amazing reviews by everyone I know. It has two colors inside that help you get the preferred shape. For gently blushed cheeks I applied Bobbi Brown blush in the color Nectar on the apples of my cheeks using an angled blush brush. I applied just enough to add definition to my face, but not consume the whole look. This color is¬†completely¬†matte and is a gorgeous color. I don’t apply a¬†highlight¬†on my face or contour, but if you do it will bring more shape to your face. Afterward I primed my eye lids using Urban Decay’s¬†Eye shadow¬†Primer. Priming the lids will ensure that the makeup doesn’t ooze off your face mid-prom from all that dancing.¬†Eye shadow¬†time! For my eyes I will be using the NAKED2 palette by Urban Decay. I use this palette for everything from formal events to going into town.

 

 

First, cut off two 1 inch rectangles of household tape and from the corner of the eye to the edge of the brow tape it down. As weird as this process sounds, it will ensure the eye shadow will have a winged flare. Using a flat shadow brush, pat Verve across the lid. The names of each shadow are found below the shadow in the palette. Apply Tease with a medium fluffy brush to the outer 1/3 of the eye, blending outwards towards the tape. Using a blending brush, apply YDK into the crease and outer portion of the lid. Smudge busted in the outer lash liner and apply a small amount into the crease. Apply Blackout to the lower lash line with a liner brush and the top line. You could also apply liquid liner to the top liner if needed. For an inner eye highlight I highly recommend using Ellis Faas Light Pen. Apply this to the inner corners of the eye to lighten your eyes. The shimmer in this brings out the color pigments in your eyes. Taking off the tape, the shadow should have a sharp wing to it. If you would like more sparkle to it, add a shimmery shade to the middle of the lid.

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For eyelashes the choice is either natural or fake. Since this event is very formal I would recommend using fake, because it shows up a lot better in pictures. For long-lasting lashes, I recommend using any Kiss eyelash product. I have used them for years and they have never un-glued themselves unexpectedly from my eyelids.

Since this eye shadow is a more dramatic look, for lips I will apply and lighter color. Using Mac lipstick in the color Myth, apply this to your lips. For bigger looking lips, take a white liner pencil and outline the cupids bow on the top lip and the middle thickest part of the lower lip. This will highlight your lips when picture taking time comes around.

And that’s it! You are¬†officially¬†prom ready. Along with the gorgeous dress, every girl needs to bring essential items. For inside the clutch, I recommend bringing cover-up, blotting facial papers, your cellphone, money, I.D, a camera, keys, and, of course, your tickets to get inside prom. For many girls, prom is a night like no other, and I wish everyone the same for their prom experience.

Recently, my cousin went to prom and here I did her makeup with the same look, but added orange to compliment her dress. Have fun!

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