Lately, I've been trying to simplify in all areas of my life, and that includes makeup. I decided to create a capsule makeup collection (including tools) that could fit in a pouch no bigger than a quart size bag
The plan was to have these items accessible for daily use and be able to reach for others on occasion. I ended up not missing any of my other makeup and stuck to just these items for months on end. It's not surprising as most of the products that made the cut have been my long time favorites that I used 80% of the time anyway. A lot of people have asked me for my favorite makeup items, so I thought I'd share them here!
I don't use every product listed below every day -- I probably use four products on a typical day and all but one or two when I go to an event.
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The only thing I didn't include in my capsule challenge is lip products because I do like to stash glosses and lipsticks in various purses and jacket pockets. But I still included my favorite lip products below.
My next post in this series will be a roundup of absolute favorites from the women in my Facebook group.
Sephora is my favorite place to buy makeup as they have an incredibly liberal return policy -- you can try an item and return it for any or no reason. I've heard that Nordstrom allows this too, but is more strict about original packaging and receipts. I included Sephora or Nordstrom links wherever possible.
Under the click through images is a tutorial on how I use the products.
Eye Makeup Products
Eye Makeup Tutorial
Here is my full eye routine (on a regular day I use nothing or a bit of nude shadow + mascara):
- Apply a thin coat of eyeshadow primer on lids
- Swipe a nude slightly irridescent shadow across upper lid with this brush
- Apply eyeliner to upper lashline (lower lashline too for a more dramatic look)
- Apply a colored shadow just along the lash line of upper lid to set the liner and add some color.
Note that these colors are buildable -- they can be applied very sheer or more intensely for impact. Also, I have hooded eyes, if you don't, you might want to apply color higher up).
- If time permits, I may apply another super thin coat of liner very close to my lashline.
- Apply brightener to outer corners of eyes. This instantly makes me look more awake.
- Curl lashes with an eyelash curler.
- Apply mascara
As I mentioned above, I don't really stick to one lip product. This product, however, is the one that I always come back to. I wore it to my bridal shower, wedding and many other special events.
The shade that I wear (Keep Blushing), it is a pretty neutral pink with a hint of shimmer. Once it dries, you can layer the included clear gloss or any other lip product over it. When the other product wears off, you will be left with a nice base color. This color would look appropriate on a 16 year old too, so if you like a more intense lip, try a deeper color.
What are your favorite makeup products? My next beauty post will be a roundup of my readers' favorite makeup products and tools!