“Actually, umm no, that isn’t my purse –
THATS JUST MY MAKEUP BAG!
Once a Tom Boy throughout grade school, the most color I wore would be blue hair (seen in my first day of High School pictures). Since my style never went beyond jeans, skater shoes & a tee shirt I never really had to put much thought into my outfits.. Needless to say I was a bit of a late bloomer, and at the time refused to conform to High School normalcy, gagging at thought of wearing makeup! Mostly because it terrified me, probably because I had no idea how to use it.
Remembering the exact day that lightbulb “clicked” in my head when a good friend of mine got me to wrap my mind around the thought of actually putting thought into what I look like! (What a concept, Right?) The day I learned how to match, coordinate and yes of course – apply MAKEUP! Ever since that very day I quickly fell in love, snowballing into my current obsession with Beauty products. Thinking back if I would have had such luxuries like the internet, now anyone can become self-taught on just about anything.
Its the most empowering, liberating, warm-and-fuzzy feeling inside when you can sit a complete stranger down in front of you, and within minutes of applying a few, tailored products to accentuate their face, hand them a mirror and see the light inside of them ignite. Makeup, skincare, [with a sprinkle of talent and technique] is all it takes to make someone feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Being a professional Makeup Artist, I get asked this all the time: What is in your Makeup Bag?
My own personal Makeup Arsenal I have crammed inside my Medium sized Michael Kors clutch? I’ll break it down for ya.
- BENIFIT’S THE PORE-FESSIONAL
This is a new product I am trying, I have only had it for about a week but I do like it so far. I have had no issues with breaking out from this primer (yet) which has always been an issue for me – especially with primers! But this is a great product if you have larger pores and need something to smooth the texture of your skin.
- COVER|FX – BLEMISH TREATMENT PRIMER
I love this whole brand, they really stand behind skincare in their cosmetics and I love that! This is a MUST for anyone who suffers from breakouts, this primer is for active blemishes and acts as a barrier between broken/inflamed skin and your makeup. Trust me, especially if your a “picker”, you need something to protect your acne before trying to cover it up with a bunch of products. Think of it like this: If you scraped your knee or scratched a bug bite you wouldn’t go and slather on a bunch of foundation or concealer without FIRST using some Neosporin or liquid Band-Aid, right? This is your liquid Band-Aid. haha I hope that makes sense?
- MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH
DUH. This is a well known staple for powder. This is a great powder by itself, or after your foundation to set your makeup. This is one of the FEW powders that I would ever use under the eye – as MOST others will collect and make you look 10x older than you really are. This is exactly as it claims to be the Perfect SKINFINISH, I also LOVE the highlighting versions they have, perfect for summertime!
- MAKEUP FOR EVER: HD FOUNDATION
I love this foundation! This is an everyday, medium-coverage go-to foundation that is also very buildable. MUFE calls this Hi-Def for a reason, this looks great for HD Filming, Photography or any kind of media that will be under 1080i scrutiny!
- LAURA GELLAR – REAL DEAL CONCEALER
This is another great product that does NOT tell a lie, this is THE REAL DEAL PEOPLE. If you are like me and suffer from acne or need a concealer that will actually COVER this is what you need. You only need a little tiny bit and it’s creamy formula will hide any imperfections – just a dab dab dab’ll do ya!
- BENIFIT – ROLLER LASH
Again I LOVE this mascara! Prior to this being released I only wore Lancôme’s Hypnose – I saw this on an infomercial (I know its bad) But WOW I am so happy I’m such a compulsive shopper sometimes! ha. This formula in conjunction with Benefit’s patented brush curvature it acts as if you were curling your hair with a round brush – Since I started using this product I have not touched my lash curler, really, it works and makes your lashes look soooo much longer!
- ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – “MAYA MIA” PALETTE <3
This has been my GO TO palette for eyeshadow. Which is a first for me, I have always been known for switching it up but I cannot pull away from this one! The colors are so pigmented and creamy, no fallout and are true to color. I am so happy that they sell these as individual shadows now, because I really think these compare to brands like MAC as far as rich pigment and blendable textures. This Palette includes: Nude, Deep Brown, Sienna, Warm Taupe, Vanilla, Aqua, Fresh Peach, Glisten, Caramel, Gold Bar
- ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW POMADE IN TAUPE
I use this product every single day. This is so key to having perfect eyebrows, every time. Using just about any angled brush (I use a small paintbrush from Michael’s) starting out outlining the bottom of the brow and then the top, then fill them in. its pretty simple but practice makes perfect. This is one of those products that looks intimidating but once you try it, its not so bad – plus it lasts forever! <3