Best Drugstore Makeup Products!

I have spent years scouring through the local drugstores to find the best products for daily usage. All of these products listed have withstood my scientific studies and have been voted my favorite drugstore products. When all else fails, these are the products to turn to. This list could go on and on, but I felt that these products were the most noteworthy.  Let’s begin!

First is this Maybelline Fit Me concealer. Typically, when you go to the drugstore they only have like 3-5 concealer shades that range from really light to a deep dark color. The Fit Me collection has tons of different colors that are designed to match any skin tone. Even though this concealer is a liquid, it builds very easily and doesn’t leak into any fine lines. This product is also great for covering under-eye circles. Simply stroke the brush in downward lines and blend with a small brush.

My favorite  foundation is, of course, the Revlon ColorStay foundation. This foundation is a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish. It comes in different formulas for different skin types. I use this foundation everyday and if it were ever to be discontinued I honestly don’t know what else I would wear. If you prefer a more dewy finish rather than the matte, Neutrogena Healthy Skin has a nice formula that is light and glowy.

The best blush is the Milani Blush collections. They come in either shimmer or matte. The shimmer blushes are supposed to be a highlight and blush combo, while the matte is just regular matte. Milani blushes have often been compared to Benefit blushes because the pigmentation and quality is so high. The packaging also makes them look very luxurious in your makeup container! I also really enjoy NYX blushes.

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is one of my all-time favorite bronzers. This bronzer comes in a few colors, but all look great no matter the skin tone. Although this bronzer does have a light shimmer, the pigmentation out-weighs the shimmer. I blend this on my face with a fluffy brush and then apply my blush. This bronzer has a natural look so if you accidentally put too much on you won’t look dirty. I also really love the Covergirl bronzer that I found in the Ulta clearance.

When it came to eyeshadows, I was at a draw. My two favorite eyeshadow palette are the E.l.f. Essential Beauty School Eyeshadow Compact in Neutral and the Wet n’ Wild 8 Eyeshadow Palettes. Both come in a variation of colors. I really like this E.l.f. one because it has a combination of shimmer, sparkly, and matte colors. And the Wet n’ Wild one is a favorite because the color pay-off is amazing and if you are new to makeup, each color is labeled where to place it.

My favorite lipsticks are the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks. They come in these gorgeous plastic packaging and have been compared to high-end lipsticks all the time. The texture is creamy and the colors work well with all skin tones. These shades aren’t completely matte, but aren’t super glossy. My favorite lip-stain would have to be Revlon Just Bitten.

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 😉 Just add contour, blush, or a matte highlight of your choosing to finish it off.

Waterproof Makeup Tutorial!

Unfortunately, not all makeup can withstand the earth’s elements. We have all been there where you come out of the pool and mascara or that smokey eye is just oozing down your face. Thankfully, I have found this full face makeup look that can defend itself against water and sweat. This isn’t the best every day makeup, unless you come into contact daily with water. Let’s begin!

For a full-coverage foundation, I would recommend the Makeup For Ever Full Cover foundation. You could apply a primer under this foundation, but it is so waterproof it isn’t completely necessary. It can be a little pricey, but it has true full coverage and the lady at Sephora said this is the only absolute waterproof foundation. Apply this with a foundation brush and use Covergirl Clay concealer to cover up any redness and under-eyes. Using a clay concealer is a lot thicker than a liquid and will cling to your face better. If you don’t want a heavy foundation, then apply Physicians Formula BB cream for moderate coverage.

  

On the eyelids, I apply Maybelline Color Tattoo in the color Tough as Taupe. This cream eyeshadow is waterproof and is a shimmery gold that reflects the sun with your eyes making them looks brighter. If you prefer a more smokey look, go for the Revlon cream eye shadow palettes. They come with four sets of shadows and come in hundreds of color sets. For a pop of summery color, using a angled liner brush apply Tenacious Teal to the under eyelids. If you wanted a black winged liner instead, a gel liner swiped with an angled liner brush will do the trick.

The Colossal mascara by Maybelline is an amazing waterproof mascara. This mascara won’t come off for anything. Curl the lashes then apply even coats. Tip: Don’t apply mascara to bottom lashes because it could increase the risk of bottom lash line makeup dripping off in the water.

For blush, I sweep Dream Bouncy blush across my cheekbones for a natural flushed look. Dragging the blush up into the temples will give more structure to the face. Applying a light pink or coral lip stain is best because it won’t come off. And that’s it! You are now ready to jump into the ocean and ensure that your face will stay on all day.

Celebrity Inspired Makeup~ Selena Gomez

  

Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” is at the top of the charts and Selena looks absolutely gorgeous in her video. This fast-beat song pairs well with the sultry eye and red lips that Selena wears throughout the video. Someone actually requested that I do a celebrity inspired makeup tutorial, so if you have any preferences be sure to comment your desire below. This will explain her eye, face, and lips. Let’s begin!

 To begin with the face, prime your whole face with Mac Prep + Prime. Using a foundation brush, blend Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over for an even tone. Apply concealer to under-eye areas and any red spots or blemishes. Brush a translucent Covergirl Loose Powder evenly across your face. This process will ensure that you will have the even and flawless look of Selena’s. Sweep Hot Mama by The Balm across the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. As you can see above, she doesn’t have a pinkish cheek, so apply Solar Riche by MAC into the blush and Gentle by MAC for the highlight. This will give a warm, earthy cheek tone. I filled in my brows to be thicker like Selena’s with the Brow Bar. 

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Now on to the eyes! Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids to prime them. Brush Copper Craze by Maybelline into the corners of the eyes and onto the middle of the lid. Now apply Half Baked from the Naked Palette into the inner corner of the eye. If you want to wet your brush while you apply this gold it will make it stand out more. With a smaller brush, sweep dark horse from the Naked Palette into the crease and blend it out. Taking an angled brush, slowly blend Black out into the deepest part of the crease. Use any light shadow and highlight the brow bone and clean up any stray eye shadow. Using a thick black pencil, line the water line and smudge it out onto the lower lash line. I prefer using Smolder by MAC, but any thick pencil will do. Apply a gel eye liner onto the upper lash line, and don’t wing it out. My false lashes are 105 by Ardel and I used Falsies mascara over them afterwards and onto my bottom lashes. 

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Finally, lips! I am using Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick is very matte, so I suggest exfoliating previously and wearing lip balm before applying. If you do make a mistake, then you can go over that with a concealer brush. And that’s it! I will try and do celebrity inspired looks in the future. 

G.N.O + Clubbing Makeup!

G.N.O, known as Girls Night Out, is what many women desire for at the beginning of each week. It’s that one night of freedom where you can just let your hair down with all your closest friends. Most ladies enjoy anything from a lovely dinner with a side of late-night karaoke to the pulsing clubs. Whichever you love, this tutorial will have 3 looks. From a hardcore clubbing look, to a gentle movie night look. Each one will have a different tweak, but use similar products. Let’s begin!

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The first look will be a dramatic clubbing look.  I wouldn’t recommend wearing this to a simple dinner because it is very climatic look. To start, I will apply a good primer. This primer needs to be able to truly keep the foundation together because the club will be hot and you don’t want your face melting off. I am apply Mac Prep + Prime to my face and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids. Next, I will take my Revlon Colorstay Foundation and apply it with either a foundation brush or a makeup wedge. Sometimes I like to use a makeup wedge to apply because the brush can shelter bacteria, but it does blend better. I usually let my foundation dry on my face before applying Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. This gets blended in my under-eye area and on any red spots. Now time for the eyes! I apply Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow on  my lid. I know, so much Revlon! Only apply this on the lid, not in the crease. The NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black should be blended into the crease and sweep down into the inner eye area. With a liner brush, apply the same black shadow to the lower lid line. Use a thick black liner pencil to thicken the lower lash line. Applying eyelashes with this look would be kind of pointless because the eye makeup is so dark, so instead I just use Maybelline Volum’ Express mascara. To brighten up the face, sweep Physicians Formula Mood Boosting blush with an angled blush brush. Since the makeup is so harsh, a nude lipstick would compliment the best. I applied NYX Black Label Lipstick in Nude on my lips. Spritz Mac Setting Spray all over your face to ensure everything doesn’t drip off mid-dance.

 

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For the second look, I decided to go with a less dramatic look. This look could still be worn to the club, but isn’t as drastic. For the face, I would recommend doing the same process above. It will guarantee that everything stays in place and doesn’t glide or slide off your lids or face. I next use the Lorac Pro Palette and use the shimmery white color with a small shadow brush to highlight the inner corners of the eyes. If you don’t have this palette then you can just use any white shimmery color. Using the L’Oreal Paris Extra Intense Eyeliner make a wing that extends into the crease. Take a blending eye shadow brush and blend it inward toward the eye and deeper into the crease. Using Milani Eyeshadow in Tickled Pink, gently pat this on the lid. This color is so subtle that the pink doesn’t stand out, but is noticeable. I wore  fake lashes for this look because it is a lighter look so the longer lashes help emphasize the sassiness. Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash will be swiped across my lips and since the lips are so pink I would recommend applying a bronzer rather than a blush.

 

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The final look is the least dramatic of all. This makeup look could be worn to a restaurant or the movies. For the face, you don’t need as thick and heavy of a primer and foundation combo. A simple BB cream and mineral powder will do the trick for a gentle full coverage. For the eyes, I would still prime those bad boys. Using the same Lorac Pro Palette in the color Nude, pat this all over the lid, inner corner of the eye, and into 1/4 the lower lash line before the lash growth begins. Using an Urban Decay 24/7 Blue Eyeliner blend it from where the shadow on the lash line begins. It will blend together from a turquoise into the blue liner. Line your waterline with the Black Urban Decay 24/7 liner. Using a liquid liner, make a small line across the top lash line as a map of where the lashes will go. I recommend using Kiss eyelashes with this look and winging the liquid liner out after you apply them. With an angled blush brush, stroke Physicians Formula Mood Boosting Blush across the apples of your cheeks. For the lips, using a light pink lip gloss will compliment the shimmery eyes the best. And that’s it! 3 Girls Night Out looks that will surely make a statement. Have fun!

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