You asked, so I answer. Today, I am sharing my makeup routine and the products that I use before I take blog pictures for Styles For Thought. This makeup routine is different from my daily makeup routine, and it takes me 4X as long to finish everything (around 40 mins). I don’t do this normally. Only on special occasions and for you guys because you guys are special to me! 🙂
Before diving in, I want to give you some background about my skin type since skin types dictate the type of makeup you should purchase and use. Growing up, I struggled with very bad skin – acne, large pores and oily skin. You name it, I have had it including cystic pimples. After many visits to the dermatologist and endless trial-and-errors with different facial products, I finally established a skincare regime, and now my skin is mostly clear. And so, the type of products I mentioned below are good for oily, combination, and acne prone skin. If you have dry skin, you should do additional research before purchasing them (specially face makeup)
To help keep my oily skin at bay, I use OC Eight Mattifying Gel as a primer. My dermatologist actually recommended this, and I immediately fell in love because this is the best oil-control primer I have ever used. It keeps my oily skin matte for 4 hours which is like a miracle. I tried so many other oil-control primers before such as BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, the OC Eight Mattifying Gel works the best so far. BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is the next best alternative. But the BECCA primer balls up during application, and it dries out my skin without keeping my skin matte for more than 3 hours.
I use Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup for my face. When I put on liquid foundation, I always spread it all over my face with my fingers first then blend it evenly with a Shiseido foundation face brush after. If you apply foundation with this technique, you will use less product at a time and save money in the long run.
In terms of the foundation itself, I absolutely love Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup. This is by far the best liquid foundation I have tried because of the coverage and the oil control. The foundation is also super long lasting, and it smells like jasmine.
I love MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I have tried many other concealers before, and they usually tend to move around as my skin gets oily, making me look like a hot mess after a few hours. But this concealer from MAC actually stays in one place after many hours, and it is super long lasting!
I dap it sparingly with my index finger under my eyes, around my nose and on my chin. The only negative thing is the packaging because it forces me to use one entire pump at a time, and that’s too much product for me. I wish I could do a half a pump.
I use both Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, and I switch products depending on my skin condition of the day. I prefer the pressed setting powder when I have facial redness. Otherwise, I use the loose setting powder for a longer matte look. When I travel, I usually take the pressed setting powder with me.
I highly recommend Bobbi Brown’s blushes because they are highly pigmented and matte. A little product goes a long way, and a tiny pack of blush lasts me over 2 years. I used Bobbi Brown Blush (Pale Pink) before, and I loved it. But now I have switched to Bobbi Brown Coral Sugar for a muted pink look.
I am actually very impressed by theBalm. I originally stayed away because of their flimsy paper packaging. But after visiting their stores on Mission in San Francisco for a brow appointment, I changed my opinion about them. Their makeup products are high quality and affordable. I use theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, and the color looks amazing on my pale skin. I put this bronzer along my hairline and jawline, and I also use this to blend out my eye shadow.
I purely bought Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick because of the packaging. But I don’t use it often enough to be able to rate it. I use it along my nose bridge and cubic bow before I take pictures.
The highlight of my makeup definitely goes to my eyes. I bought an eyeshadow palette from Bobbi Brown 4 years ago, and I am still using it! Out of all the colors that come with the palette, I only use the shimmer dark brown color (a similar color here), and I apply it over my lid. Then I windshield-wipe it out with theBalm bronzer using a blending brush. You can achieve my look with any brown eye shadow like Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe (I have used this before, and I loved it).
I do a winged eyeliner on the top lids using bobbi brown long-wear gel eyeliner black ink. I love Chloe Morello’s eyeliner youtube tutorial. I prefer gel over liquid or pencil because liquid takes too long to dry during the application, and pencil doesn’t last long enough on my oily eye lids. To make my eyes appear brighter and bigger, I ALWAYS line my lower lash line and keep my waterline clean. This step is super important and makes such a big difference. For a cheaper version of a black gel eyeliner, I recommend L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Eyeliner 24H, Blackest Black.
I outline my brows first with an angled brush using Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW in Chocolate. Then, I fill them in with a heavier application toward the tails of my brows.
This tiny pot lasts me forever. I bought it last year, and I haven’t even made a dent. While I have good experience with Anastasia dip brow, I am open to try something else after finishing this.
Currently, I am using Le Volume De Mascara – # 10 Noir. I like this Chanel mascara because it’s very black and it lengthens. Another mascara that I love is Eyelash Extension Mascara. It’s only $12 on Amazon but it works so well ,and it’s fragrance free.
I also try to put on falsies when I have time, and I get them from a Japanese makeup store because Japanese falsies tend to look more natural.
I usually only wear lip balms. Currently, I am using Fresh Sugar Rose SPF 15 Lip Treatment. For blog pictures, I occasionally layer over with a shimmery lipgloss.
Removing your makeup is super important, and this is a step that you cannot miss.
Currently, I am using Biossance Purifier, and I really like it! It’s so fast to remove makeup with this oil, and it cleanses thoroughly with one wash. It also smells very nice.
To remove my makeup, I massage the oil over my dry skin in a circular motion. Then, I splash water over my face, and all the makeup and oil will get dissolved and washed off. Super easy and fast.
I hope you enjoy this article! If you have any questions about my blog makeup routine, please leave me a comment!
Smile and style on!