Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer
MAC Oil Control Lotion
Tony Moly Silky Smooth Balm
Cinema Secrets Foundation
Mehron Celebre HD Pro Creme Foundation
Pantone Universe Marsala Multistick
Graftobian Setting Powder
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
Palladio Rice Powder in Natural
MAC Fix+ Setting Spray
NYX Brow Gel in Espresso
Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
MAC Pigment in Magenta
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Impulse Cosmetics Oil Slick Eyeshadow
Femme Fatale Crystal Guardian Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
Stila Eyes Are The Window (Mind) Palette in Brilliance, Genius
NYX Wicked Lashes in Tease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Violet Voss Venus Glitter
MAC Zoom Lash Mascara
NARS Lipstick in Cruising
Covergirl Colorlicious Gloss in Candylicious
Why is it that sometimes you feel like you look really goddamn great and other days you are like "WTF, face and self?". I have been in sort of a late winter funk lately because I haven't been eating well, and I could feel it in my energy levels (or lack thereof) and could see it in my gross, dull skin. Well, I started to change my diet and eat better and holy cow do I feel energized and glowy (per these photos). You know you've got it bad when you eat a salad and you can feel your body actually singing a heavenly praise of gratitude. PRODUCE, SON.
Anyway, this look was from last Friday at work. I knew I had to close and I embraced the idea, which made me feel more optimistic about being up and on my feet super duper late. To ring in the weekend/my Monday, I went for a glitzy smokey eye with long lashes and winged liner. My first outfit was a dress with my cat tights (the cat hits the knee), but then I realized my dress was far too sheer to wear to work. A time crunch upon me, I quickly changed into jeans and a lovely shirt I rarely wear, and suddenly I realized the odd combination of up-in-the-club makeup and my hello-welcome-to-the-office top. It was a funny pairing, but I rolled with it anyway.
Lately I've been using my kit foundations for myself instead of my usual MAC products, and I'm really liking them a lot more. I don't need to use as much product and I get a more even finish without looking or feeling cakey. Traditional foundations have a lot of water content, even those heavier coverage foundations. However, most kit products from brands like MAQ Pro, Ben Nye or Cinema Secrets are pigment-dense, wax-based products with less water, which means you need less to cover fully (a little goes a long way in a pro's kit) and also photograph a bit better because of the HD finish they give. I use all 5 colors in my Cinema Secrets brick by scraping a little bit from each color and mixing them on my palette. Then I apply some white Mehron to lighten it up a bit, and buff the colors together onto my skin with the Optical Blurring brush by Urban Decay. After this step, I dampen my Beautyblender and bounce it over my face to further blend and soften the foundations together. My skin looks so natural and I'm in favor of this method and these products the more I use them. A bit of setting powder and a baked highlighter are all I need to seal the deal!
Are there any new makeup products or methods you've been experimenting with lately?