I am obsessed with reading makeup posts, especially if/when the featured products are affordable. I am pretty cheap when it comes to makeup, and am rarely sold on the merits of expensive goop and sparkles. If most of that crap just clogs your pores anyway, why not clog them and save a few bucks? However, I have been known to spend a small fortune on skin care. Maybe I’ll do a future post on that.
Despite being a tight wad, I still (like most women) want to look good when I head out my front door. So for fun, I threw together my own “what’s in my makeup bag?” post, so I can share some of my old favorites with you.
Eyeliner: I have tried a lot of different eyeliners. I even went to Bloomingdale’s and bought that Bobbi Brown eyeliner in a tub with the matching $30 application brush the woman at the counter insisted I MUST have. I loved it at first, but it was high maintenance and got all dry and flaky. I should have probably tried adding water or something. Instead, I got pissed, threw the brush in the corner, and now I don’t use it.
Every girl needs a good dark brown/black eyeliner. Can’t create the ever-mysterious smokey eyed look without it!
My favorite liner is cheap and works as well as any of the more expensive ones I have crossed paths with. It’s Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown.
Shadow: I like matte eyeshadow (a.k.a. NO shimmer). Shimmer is nice for going out in Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Otherwise, I like neutral matte colors. My all time favorites are Revlon’s ColorStay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Quads. I have found that they work very well, and go on sale at drug stores like CVS all the time. Our local Bed Bath & Beyond has a beauty section, so I use my 20% off coupons.
I also use the dark brown shadow to fill in my eyebrows. I noticed my eyebrows are getting thinner as I race toward 30, which makes me sad, but at least I can fake it.
Mascara: When I’m broke, I buy Maybelline Great Lash in the pink tube. But, it’s nice to splurge on decent mascara. Even a cheap bastard like me knows that. That’s why I buy any necessary Lancome products when it’s free gift/bonus time. Their free gifts always include a small tube of mascara, and it just so happens to be my favorite, Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara.
Foundation: I used to love Lancome’s foundation for dry skin, but sadly, they discontinued it. So I tried a few others, and settled on Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation recommended by my wedding makeup artist. You can get it at Sephora. I use it under my eyes, and to cover up some of the freckles on my cheeks. It works well enough. I have been itching to try other foundations, but I’m too frugal (read: lazy) to branch out. Maybe one day…
Blush & Bronzer: My favorite blush is Nars Orgasm. I found it through a number of online recommendations. But you have to be careful and not go too crazy with the Orgasm 🙂 It has a tendency to be kinda pink and sparkly. Wear too much out during the day, stand in natural sunlight, and you’re a disco ball…and not in a good way. Anyone tried any other shades of Nars blush? I’d be interested in experimenting with a new shade.
Powder: To finish everything off and prevent any unwanted shine, I powder my nose with Shiseido’s Powdery Foundation. This stuff is hardcore. It’s pretty heavy, but works amazingly well. I also use it to cover up zits, and press it around my eyes to set my eye makeup. When I look splotchy and tired, I use this, and it covers EVERYTHING.
Lips: I am not a big lipstick girl. I like lip gloss, but it can get gooey and my husband hates kissing me with it on. My miracle chapsticks are Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm or no frills Carmex.
There you have it, folks. My makeup basics. I don’t always wear everything I listed. For example, on low maintenance days, I don’t wear eyeliner. But this is a really good sampling of what I have in my daily makeup bag.
Oh, and I also always use an eyelash curler. If I don’t curl my eyelashes, my little Asian eyes look smaller than they already are. And I don’t have a Shu Uemura curler or anything fancy. It’s from Walgreens or CVS and costs like $5, but it’s the best investment ever.
What about you? What’s in your makeup bag? Any must-have products you want to share with us?