I never feel like using heavy foundation, but especially not in the summer months. I ran out of my usual Revlon Colorstay, and my mom wasn't using her Revlon Colorstay Whipped, so I'm giving it a go. It's a moussey texture and goes on with lighter coverage than the normal liquid foundation, which I like. It's also really hydrating. I like to apply dots of it all over my face and then tap and blend it in with a sponge, and it wears all day.
Since I have more blood these days, I get more rest and feel better all around, so the bags under my eyes are less severe...except on allergy eye days which are on the rise. I've been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer (pictured) in the brightener shade (pinkish) under my eyes and down my nose. It brightens up the darkness and it adds a little extra coverage to my nose where I have a hard time getting foundation to stick. I also use a face sponge to blend this in.
Some days I've been really into beautiful eye makeup, and other days I'm in a hurry and just want to add a little something to my crease and skip the eyeliner and mascara to give the allergies a break. I had given my Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow palette a rest for a while, but now I'm right back to it. I still think this is one of the best palettes for beginners or anyone who just loves versatile matte shades. Read my review.
I've also found that I love mixing warm and cool colors in my eye looks.
This is my favorite eye makeup lately. I use the white shade in the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette all over my lid and up to the eyebrow. I'm so pale, it doesn't look crazy, and once I apply color all that's evident is the brow bone highlight. Then I go in with the terra cotta color from the palette in my crease. I add a cool toned (almost purple) gray on the outer edges of my lid and into the crease a bit, and then I tap a bit of Colourpop's La La (pictured above), a metallic copper, onto the lid. Finally, I put just a touch of an iridescent highlighting shade (The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer) on the inner corner. It sounds harder than it really is, and it makes my blue eyes pop.
I remain an avid fan of Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (pictured). It's pricey at $20 a tube, but it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes, it gives great volume, and it doesn't smudge or flake on me until it's getting old and drying up...an easy-to-recognize sign to restock.
Finally, I'm a complete blush ho. I've never been into bronzer so much, but when I grabbed the Too Faced Soulmates Blushing Bronzer duo (pictured) recently, I fell in love a little. I like to swirl the pink blush together with just a bit of bronzer for a nice glow. It works as eyeshadow, too! These were limited edition and are going out of stock, but I snagged mine at Nordstrom Rack for $11.97. Much better than the usual $34 price tag.
And I almost forgot! I've decided that I'm just not a lipstick person. I am a lipgloss and balm person, though. I really love a light wash of color that I don't have to worry about perfecting and that I can apply quickly. I recently found Loreal Paris's Colour Riche Balm in the "rose elixir" shade. It feels really hydrating and balmy, but it's got a beautiful wash of rose color. I also like this line because I can wear shades that would normally make me self conscious if they were opaque (bold pinks, corals, and reds) because it's more of a gentle watercolor effect. Warning: These don't wear for a long time, but reapplying isn't hard, so I don't mind.
So those are my makeup faves as of late. What are yours?