beauty: everyday makeup

December 22nd, 2010

So, before you read a thing, click over to Seventeen, where I was so excited yesterday to be featured on their Style Blog!

Just goes to show that food and fashion are everyone’s favorite combination.  So, when you’re done reading there (and scouting around their awesome blog), here’s what I have to say about makeup for everyday.

For the most part, my makeup routine is pretty simple.  I have a few favorite products that I use all the time, and rather than experiment and risk looking like a kid playing dress up or a drag queen, I figure it’s better safe than sorry.

But I was looking through my older beauty posts, and I realized that I’d never written about my everyday routine — not the crazy fake lashes or pink eyeshadow, just what I put on when I’m running out for a little shopping or dinner with some friends.  There are a lot of days when I don’t wear makeup at all (although I never leave home without at least moisturizer with SPF), but when I want a simple, understated made-up look, these are what I reach for. 

A good foundation is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, and I’m extremely devoted to Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Foundation.  For my eyes, I’ve already said that I’m obsessed with DIORSHOW mascara, but for shadows, I’ve been using this Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Kit for nearly a year (!) at least two or three times per week.  I felt sort of like a dope when I bought it (are smoky eyes so hard that I needed the ‘smoky eyes for dummies’ kit?), but having everything in one place is amazingly handy.  Add a $2 eyeliner pencil sharpener and you’re good to go.

My lips are the thing I experiment with the most, but in this post, I’m using Dior Rouge Lipcolor that was sent to me after the launch a few weeks ago.  I think lip color can be the toughest to match to your skin tone (I never buy anything bright without seeing it in natural sunlight first), but this has quickly become a staple.  And to top everything off, I’m still using a Clinique Aglow, which is somewhere between a bronzer and blush, even though it’s really more of a summer product.  I just love the way it makes my skin look like I’ve been laying in the sun all day, all without the UV exposure!

On me: Rebecca Taylor dress, Lagi Nadeau necklace (at the Sugarlaws Boutique)!

Tags: beauty · style

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 VeggieGirl // Dec 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Can I hire you as my makeup artist? 😀

  • 2 Sara // Dec 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I love smoky eyes (subtle for everyday and full-on for a night out!), but I’m pretty clueless when it comes to blush and bronzer. I always assumed that with my pale complextion and super-red undertones that blush wasn’t an option. But maybe I’ll have to swing by the Clinique station, they always have really great subtle colors…

  • 3 Susan // Dec 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I agree that food and fashion are everyone’s favorite combination!


  • 4 Jen // Dec 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I tried the Laura Mercier foundation- everyone said my skin looked flawless and I looked brighter in general. Do you use it with the primer or alone? I just have the foundation, but am considering the primer if it makes a difference.

  • 5 admin // Dec 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I haven’t used primer, but I’m definitely going to have to try it!  I just use the foundation by itself, and I agree, definitely a major improvement!

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