What’s In My Makeup Bag

I’ve come to the age where I know my makeup preferences and what products work for me or don’t. And everyday my love of my makeup intensifies. I teach myself new ways to use what I have to create signature looks. At 25, I’m learning that I don’t need too many makeup products. I don’t need to buy the latest & greatest. A few essentials can be just as luxurious!

Today I’m sharing my makeup bag essentials with you as I know a lot of readers want to know what I use to achieve my modern (and subtle) vintage pinup makeup look.

Foundation

I’ve taken a while to find a perfect full coverage and pale friendly foundation. But it finally happened over 3 months ago at the Sephora VIB sale. Bobbi Brown has always been a great brand for my skin – from the moisturizer to the gel liner, this brand is probably my most used. This particular shade is actually new to their collection. It’s a combination between ivory and porcelain. My skin tone is a mix of that so it’s perfect for both cold and warm seasons. I don’t tan (and I am adamant about wearing a hat to protect my face), so my skin never needs major foundation adjustments.

 

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Primer

This Too Faced Peachy Cooling Matte Primer feels really great on my skin. I’ve also tried about a dozen primers and nothing has gotten quite close to the matte result this one produces. There’s been a lot of hype about what the best primers are. And having tried most of them, I can tell you this one does not clog my pores or feel weird. Sometimes primers can have a heavy gel/silicone feeling. This primer feels and smells great.

 

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Loose Powder

I skip concealer (the foundation is enough coverage) and go straight to setting my face with loosed translucent powder from Laura Mercier. This setting powder is quite lovely – light and doesn’t clog my pores. Most importantly, my makeup stays! I don’t even have to use a setting spray on top of my makeup anymore.

 

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Liquid Lipsticks

Most days, I’ll grab a liquid lipstick to get my pinup look in a jiffy. One coat is all I need since I’ve started using these Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Lipsticks. Mum and I went shopping the other week and stopped into the VS downtown only to find they had greatly expanded their beauty section. They had a sale for buy two get one free so I choose 3 colors that I thought would suit my skin tone (and makeup look) the best. The beauty about these lipsticks is that they are truly stain free – even after meals and drinks.

From top to bottom (pictured above):

Desire: True Red – for the perfect red vintage lip. This one far surpasses the Anastasia Beverly Hills red lip I have been wearing for quite some time.

So Gorgeous: Pale Pink – the prettiest pink lip I have ever worn because of this gem! Pink doesn’t usually come through on me so it’s so refreshing to have that color stay.

Seduced: Deep Raspberry Red – this one is a great mix of the two above and is perfect for those that prefer a darker lip.

There’s a sale going on right now to get 2 for $18 so make sure you check out all the other wonderful colors!

 

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Eyeshadow

Ever since I’ve gotten the Tarte Clay palette, I’ve not had to use any other eyeshadows. This palette provides the perfect nude colors with a touch of glitter on some of them. The palette also features a bronzer/countour, blusher, and highlighter. Oh, and it also smells like chocolate! So essentially, it’s perfect.

Eyeliner

I’ve also been using the Tarte Sex Kitten Gel Eyeliner which actually comes in kohl and a gel tip. It’s as easy to use a liquid liner (and I’m only using that part). Easy to carry and creates the perfect cat eye that lasts all day!

Eyebrow Powder

The one eyebrow product I can always rely on is the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow powder. I have naturally bushy eyebrows so they don’t need much filling in. I take a small tip brush, dip it in the powder, and just fill in the sparse places.

 

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Overall, I find simplicity is best with makeup. That’s not to say I don’t have drawers stuffed with different lipsticks, foundations, or eyeshadow colors. I like to experiment, to play with textures and colors, and to try a new look everyone in a while. It’s ok to collect makeup – just make sure you’re actually using it within a few months. Some of you may remember by big “makeup clean out”. Since doing that I have been more conscious about how much makeup I’m buying. Less is better – not only for your wallet but for the environment.

 

Did you like this post? I’d love to know. Have you ever done a makeup cleanse? How did it feel cleaning out your beauty products? Leave me a comment with your thoughts

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  1. This is an AMAZING post. I’ve actually been wanting to try Bobbi Brown foundation and Laura Mercier loose powder and you’ve convinced me!

    Posted 4.4.18 Reply

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