Makeup Essentials

I will admit, I have an obsession with makeup. I see it . . . I want it . . . I got to have it!

Over the years, I have tried SO many different makeup brands and products. I tend to buy anything and everything that comes out and looks interesting to me. Sometimes it breaks the bank, but at the same time, it has allowed me to figure out my likes and dislikes when it comes to makeup. I personally tend to lean more towards hydrating natural finishes, and neutral palettes. I have found some amazing products lately that I am obsessed with so keep reading to learn all about them!


Primer is the single most important product to a makeup routine. I love to use skincare based primers like Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield: Primer. It's a multi-functional formula that is an anti-aging treatment, primer and sun protection in one! It blurs, primes and protects with a velvety soft finish to keep my skin, and makeup flawless all day long.


I'm super picky when it comes to foundation. I prefer a natural finish that doesn't dry out on my skin. Becca Cosmetics recently came out with Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation and it is perfection! It is a hybrid skincare/makeup foundation that is super weightless, with a medium to buildable coverage and velvety, natural finish that mimics the look of smooth, healthy skin.


Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.


My skin drys out very quickly so when it comes to powder, I use it sparingly and only under the eyes to set my concealer. I found that Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder works well for me because it is a weightless powder formulated with soft-focus light-reflecting particles to instantly blur imperfections. It's also very fine and helps to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for effortlessly smooth skin.


Brows really change the structure of our face so it's important to find the right products to perfect them. The brow queen herself, Desi Perkins launched the Benefit Bomb Ass Brows kit with hand-picked brow favorites to create dimensional ombré-effect brows and it has changed my life. It really takes a combination of powder, pencil and brow gel to get a natural look.


Anastasia Eyeshadow Palettes are hands down the best with highly pigmented colors and easy to blend formulas. I find myself reaching for the Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette the most, which is is an essential neutral palette, with shades ranging from warm and cool mattes to glamorous shimmers. I also love the Modern Renaissance Palette for shades ranging from neutral to berry tones and the Norvina Palette, for whimsical shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastels.


I don't wear eyeliner a lot because I tend to create a smoky blended liner look with eyeshadow, but when I do my go to is the Tarte Double Take Liner. It's a dual-ended eyeliner with a liquid liner on one end ad a gel liner on the other. It's great to be able to create different looks with the same tool using formulas that glide on & lock down without ever streaking or smearing.


Bigger, bolder, sexier lashes are my go to! I actually get volume lash extensions on my top lashes so I focus on a mascara that can really lengthen my bottom lashes to match. I love Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara because it has a unique brush that is perfect for bottom lashes and creates serious length and separation. My bottom lashes end up looking fake as well, which I love! It is also a long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out.


I love to be tan and I love a good bronzer and could not live life without it. Benefit makes the best for my taste because I prefer a neutral tone that is matte without shimmer. On a daily basis, my go to is the Hoola Matte Bronzer which is a powder. On days I want a more natural dewy finish I go with the Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer. I also use the Hoola Quicke Contour Stick to sculpt and contour my face.


Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

An illuminating powder in an ultra-smooth formula and delivers a natural-looking radiant finish that flatters any skin tone.


I recently started to wear blush again. I gave it up for years and I have no idea why? I feel in love with the Anastasia Blush Trio in Pool Party. It's a collection of three full-pigment blush shades ranging from Dusty Rose, Baby Pink, and Deep Pink so I have options depending on my look! It is also finely milled which makes it a super blendable formula.


Anastasia Dewy Set Setting Spray

Dewy Set Setting Spray is a coconut-vanilla-scented setting spray that seamlessly blends products together as it sets makeup—leaving the complexion with a dewy (never oily), radiant finish. This gentle mist is ideal for those with dry skin or those who want to achieve the ultimate dewy glow.


Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow

The stop-everything, give-it-to-me lip gloss that feels as good as it looks. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer delivers explosive shine, now in three universal shades handpicked by Rihanna herself to be the ultimate finishing touch to any look. Drench lips in Fenty Glow, a perfect rose nude—we’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone.