Out of all of my makeup, my M.A.C. Studio Tech Pressed Powder in N9 ($27.50) has to be my favorite item. I have tried other powders from Mary Kay, Clarins and Clinique but I feel M.A.C. makes the best makeup for women of color. The product never goes on chalky or cakey; it always leaves a smooth finish. I have combination skin so the matte finish is great as well.
What can I say, I am a M.A.C. addict! I use their blush in Ambering Rose ($19.50), GORGEOUS color. The product gives my skin a healthy glow without being overwhelming; great for everyday use.
I use concealer primarily for perfecting my eyebrows but this product is great for covering blemishes as well. I purchased my Milani Concealer in Deep Tan ($5), it has a nice creamy consistency and does not appear greasy.
Ever since Jasmine put me on to filling in your eyebrows I have been addicted ever since! Your makeup just looks so much better with a defined brow. The eyebrow pencil I use is by NYX in Black/Brown ($7). The color blends perfectly with my eyebrows, and the retractable pencil is way more convenient than a pencil that needs to be sharpened.
Liquid eyeliner is a staple in my life, you will RARELY see me without my signature cat-eye (unless it's finals week then I get a reprieve!) . Tokidoki Liquid Eyeliner ($17 each) is the BEST liquid eyeliner EVER. I have tried them all, from Revlon to Benefit and none of them go on as smooth and defined as this brand. The felt tip applicator feels like you're holding a pen which makes applying easier. I have them in Black, Turquoise and Navy. You can find them at any Sephora.
I like to use a variety of eyeliners and I like to have a pencil on deck for rimming my waterline. This pencil does so much more than that. Loreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($9) does not have the consistency of a liquid liner but it has the LOOK of one. An added bonus is the smudger on the other end of the applicator. Hello smokey eye!
I call my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($6) "old faithful" because no matter how many department store brands I try this one is the best. Tried and true, it makes my lashes bold and lush. Perfecto.
Are you drooling over this pallete!? I was as soon as I saw it and knew I had to own it. This is the Urban Decay Anniversary Pallete ($45) and I am telling you it was a worthwhile investment. I don't wear eyeshadow daily, but on days when I feel like experimenting or a special occasion, this pallete comes in handy. The pigments are so rich and this pallete provides you with all the colors you need to feel glam.
As you can see I am a huge fan of NYX products as well. I love their Megashine Lipgloss ($5), I own them in just about every color, the color is rich and the product is affordable.
As I stated before I do enjoy variety and Revlon's Colorburst Gloss ($9) is soooo LUXE! My favorite is Fire (a rich red), perfect for a date night or night on the town with the girls!
I don't wear lipstick daily but when I do I reach for my Covergirl Queen Collection Lipstick in Powderpuff Pink ($7) which is basically a rich fuchsia. The color looks great with my skin without being too stark. This color is big this season, go for it!
NYX Lipliner ($4) is a necessity. So many girls like to wear colored glosses or lipsticks and do not line their lips. This a crucial step, not only does it define the lip and prevents bleeding it helps your color last longer. I have these pencils in all of the neutral shades and pink and red as well.
So many people underestimate the importance of makeup brushes. They make a difference! Don't believe me? Try a smokey eye with the applicators that come with your makeup, then do it again with an eyeshadow brush. My set is by Sonia Kashuk ($30) and so far I love it. I have also used a kit by EcoTools which is also very nice. If you are really into makeup, invest in a set of brushes because it really does make a difference.
Well that’s all folks! I hope you all enjoyed my beauty post, I did. Have fun creating new looks. Remember make fashion simple, and then add a touch of glam.