Every morning when I wake up, I like to wash my face immediately... well, immediately after I grab my coffee. It helps me wake up and get a jump start on the day. I follow that with a moisturizer with SPF all over my face, and a soothing eye cream to help with dark circles. I am totally and completely in love with my eye cream. It is Clinique All About Eyes and I use it in the morning and before bed at night.
When it's makeup time, I start with a little concealer on any blemishes or red spots. Right now I am using Maybelline Cover Stick in fair, but I change up my concealer quite a bit. I run a little bit of Stila Brighten & Correct Concealer under my eyes and gently blend in. As a working girl, mama, and lover of late nights, having a good under-eye concealer is really important for me. I finish this off with some powder all over my face. My absolute favorite powder is Mary Kay loose powder in Ivory 2. It's an old faithful that I always find myself coming back to.
I then move onto my eye area. I start by combing and lightly filling in my brows with a brow pencil. I have about a lifetime supply of Sephora brand eyebrow pencils that I snagged on sale. (Hooray!) I like to sport the cat eye look most days, so I line my eyelids with Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid liner in Blackest Black.
I never used to curl my lashes, but once I started I never stopped. For me, I found that curling my lashes really opens up the eye and makes my lashes more noticeable, which I like. After the lashes have been curled, I apply mascara. I've been using Maybelline Falsies in Black Drama lately. I'm actually just finishing up my first tube, but it's been pretty good to me. I finish my eyes by lining my bottom eyelids/lashes with a touch of dark eyeshadow on a flat bristled brush. If I'm going out I may use some pretty, shimmery eyeshadow, but for everyday wear I typically skip it.
Blush is another really important beauty product for me. I will often use a cream blush, but lately I've been really liking Radiant Cosmetics powder blush. I've been alternating between Apricot Mist and Harlowe Pink. Even on days that I don't wear other makeup at all, I will still sweep a little blush on my cheeks. Growing up I always heard that flushed cheeks make you look like you're full of life. I guess that stuck with me.
I always finish my makeup routine with something on my lips, whether it be a bright red lipstick or tinted lip balm. My go-to lip balm is Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion. I use it most days.
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