I’ve always been someone who likes to test and try lots of different makeup. I’m more committed to my skincare routine, but my makeup routine changes with the seasons.
Right now (and always), I’m favoring natural, light makeup that still looks polished. In the cooler months I go for a slightly heavier eye (and by this, I mean eyeliner), but that’s about the extent of what I change from my summer makeup. I also find I have to set my makeup less in the cold months since I’m just not sweating as much I am in the summer.
My current favorite sunscreens are Beautycounter Daily Sheer Defense SPF and Supergoop Glow Screen. Both are lightweight and don’t make my makeup feel greasy. I am favoring the Glow Screen right now since I love the dewy (but not greasy) finish it gives, with just a little bit of color.
But I use the Daily Sheer SPF on my arms and legs. Yes, it’s a face sunscreen, but it’s lightweight enough and doesn’t smell like sunscreen that it actually gets me to wear sunscreen daily and that’s the most important thing. (My blog post about the Beautycounter Daily Sheer Defense shows how it applies.)
And yes, I still wear sunscreen in the dead of winter!
I just got the Tarte Radiant Shape Tape Concealer and absolutely love it. Tarte has lots of concealers, but for my dry, aging skin, the Radiant Finish has been a game changer. It brightens and conceals in one step. I wear shade 22N. It’s especially great in the cold months because it gives me some much needed glow.
After concealer, I apply foundation. I’ve been wearing the Tarte Juicy Glow Tint for almost a year now and just LOVE the finish of it.
Tarte Maracuja Juicy Glow Tint – I love love love this foundation. It provides medium coverage and gives the most natural, radiant glow. It also lasts all day, which most dewy foundations don’t! I wear this the vast majority of days. I use this Tarte Blur Brush to blend it. I wear shade 24N.
In the cooler months, I want a slightly heavier eyeshadow look.
Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Copper – This isn’t really a cream shadow, but I find it applies more like a cream than a powder. I use my finger to apply and blend just below my brow bone and it makes my green eyes pop.
Beautycounter Cream Eye Shadow – I love the shade Luster. It’s very sheer, but brightens eyes for a no-makeup look that makes me look just a little more alive.
Tarte In Bloom Palette – When I want a powder eyeshadow, I typically wear something from my favorite eyeshadow palette. I love this one because I actually use all of the shades.
Next, I do a true eyeliner. I tightline my upper lash line — never my lower waterline — since it looks more natural than lining above the lash line. (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, L’Oreal has an easy tightlining tutorial!)
I use the liner end of the Tarte Quick Stick (in mauve luster & black liner) to tightline my upper lash line (just the outer 1/2 to 3/4… not all the way across) to help open my eyes and make my lash line look thicker.
If I want a little more pop of color, I’ll use Chantecaille pencil liner instead of black; I have this in Amethyst. It pairs BEAUTIFULLY with the copper eye shadow.
I curl my lashes everyday and I’ve used this Shu Uemera eyelash curler for almost ten years. It never pinches and creates a long lasting curl.
Most days I wear just mascara, without a primer. If I do want a thicker lash that day for some reason, I love this Dime Lash Primer. I coat my lashes in primer and then add mascara about 1 minute later after the primer sets just a bit but doesn’t completely dry.
Most days I skip primer and use just this Tarte Tartelette Mascara only since it gives me long, thick lashes and is one step vs. two, and quick and easy is the name of the game in the warmer months! I have a full review of the Tarte Tartlette Mascara if you want to know why it’s my favorite (and I am a very big mascara snob). But, the bottom line is that it never smudges. Ever.
I fill my brows in no matter what, even if I’m not doing a full face of makeup. And I even filled them in for the Boston Marathon! I have multiple brow products I like and rotate among them. If you were getting just one, I’d get either Tarte or Beautycounter one since they are the easiest to use.
Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel – If you’re new to filling in your brows, this is a great option since it’s the easiest formula to apply of all the ones I’ve used. Choose a shade the same color as or lighter than your haircolor and use a light touch. I use the shade Neutral Deep Brown.
Tarte Busy Gal BROWS Tinted Brow Gel – This is a little harder to use than the Beautycounter one since the formula is a little wetter, but you can be more precise with the tiny brush. I tend to grab this one since I like the precision but if I am in a hurry, I use the Beautycounter one. I use the shade Medium Cool Brown.
I’ve gotten on the bronzer train in recent years and always feel better when I use it, particularly around my hairline since I’ve had some hair loss since having my son.
Tarte Sculpt Tape – I love this as bronzer although I think it’s designed to be contour. I just apply a little and blend it out.
Tarte Breezy Cream Bronzer – This is probably the easiest bronzer to use. Just apply with your finger and then blend in with a fluffy brush. I prefer the shade Seychelles but it’s currently out of stock.
Depending on my mood, I’ll either use the powder blush or a cream blush. I often layer powder over cream for staying powder!
Beautycounter Cheeky Cream Blush – They have lots of shades, but like rosebud, paloma and chai the best, and I rotate among depending on my outfit. If you’re nervous about cream blushes, this is a great option to start with since it’s sheer and buildable and very natural looking. You can see photos of the different shades in this blog post preview.
Precious Gems Amazonian Clay Cheek Palette – This is my favorite option for powder! I use all of the shades and just decide based on how I’m feeling that day.
I do just a tiny bit of highlighter – on my outer cheek bones and my brow bone. That’s it! I love the Beautycounter Highlighting Balm for my cheeks (it reminds me of the Westman Atelier Lit Up Glow Highlighter Stick). It’s so creamy and natural looking. I have shade Lunar.
I’ll also use the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Glow Highlight every once in a while. It’s perfect for getting exact application if you want just a tiny bit of highlight.
Tarte Shape Tape™ Glow Powder – If I finish my makeup and I look just a litttttle too glowy, I use this. It still keeps my makeup looking natural and dewy but tones it down just a bit. It also helps set my makeup. I use the shade Starlit.
I LOVE lipstick and lipgloss. I have tons of different colors and brands, but my current favorites are:
Tarte maracuja juicy lip products (yes all of the different varieties!) – If you prefer a traditional lipstick, you’ll love the Lipstick Creme. If you like gloss but don’t like the messiness of the gloss, you’ll love the plumping or the juicy lip!
Beautycounter Sheer Genius lipstick in Lily – this is the most forgiving color – I don’t even need a mirror to apply! It applies like a balm but looks like a lipstick and is very hydrating and it’s a very natural looking pink.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk – this is matte, but is very hydrating and the PERFECT nude color.
I also line my lips almost everyday, since I think it helps them look fuller (and we naturally lose lip definition and fullness as we age.) I like this Chantecaille lip liner in the shade Discreet.
This may seem like it takes forever, but it’s really only 5-10 minutes! This reel shows how I apply it all.
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