Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Make-Up for Dummies

{Title} <--- That is me anytime I try and buy new make-up! I am like a blubbering idiot, especially when the kind ladies at the counter ask varying questions as I stand there with glazed over eyes. Up until about, I don't know 10 minutes ago, well really about 2 years ago (my wedding) my routine was pitiful to say the least. My routine consisted of moisturizer (tinted if I was having a rough break-out week), the wrong color concealer, mascara and a really old eye-shadow 6-color thingy (like the Maybeline pack that has 3 or six shades of similar browns). And a lip gloss, a yup as in singular. Crazy complicated I know.

I am lucky. I was blessed with pretty decent skin. Save the random breakout, I never had a need to really wear make-up. Nor was I really allowed til near out of high school (but that isn't a conversation for right now! Hi Mom! :) ). And to be quite honest I never really felt the desire to! But on my wedding day, the first time I have ever had my make-up done (I am not counting a friend helping before prom), I was introduced to the amazingness that it really is. I was dead petrified that I was gonna walk out looking like a clown - and it was anything but! It was awesome - I looked like a better version of me (if I say so myself). So I vowed I would try and learn! {me so punny....did you catch that?!} 

Soooo.....over time I have tried. I now have the right kind of concealer to cover my dark circles not a random one grabbed on a whim. Amongst others!!! I even sat long enough to pick up techniques. No like really I can kinda sorta put on eyeliner now, just a little, but baby steps! 

With all that being said I wanted to share 3 of the items that have been rocking my world over the past couple months. So easy to apply (which is a must for me) & they make me look like I semi know what I am doing!!! 

Benefit Brow Zings - Brow filler, color greatness. I just use the tiniest amounts, esp near the outside tips of my brows, where my hairs are finer. It is amazing how much difference the tiniest amount of definition makes! 
Benefit Watt's Up - Highlighter, stick of glory! This stick I use on my cheek bones, instant dewiness, highlight, slight shimmer. And on the days I'm rushing, like 4/7 a swipe on the brow bone, hello I'm awake! 
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner - The easiest eyeliner I have found to put on. You don't have to press hard, which I think is my downfall of most, so easy to smudge and comes off easy on a q-tip for my err not so straight of lines! 

Do you have any great items I should try? Something that really packs a punch? I kind of want to try a BB cream. But all I can tell is it is a fancy tinted moisturizer....maybe in winter, when no amount of moisture is enough for my face! 

**I was NOT paid to write these nor given any of these products to try - I bought each of these products on my own, and these feelings are 100% my own. Just want to help a fellow-non-make-up girl out there if I can! 


  1. I do like the Estee Lauder BB cream, I really recommend it.

  2. my make up MUST haves are bobbi brown tinted moisturizer and bobbi brown corrector :D

  3. I'm clueless about makeup! My routine is really simple:

    -Garnier BB Cream
    -Maybelline Age Rewind concealer
    -Maybelline Bouncy Blush
    -Whatever mascara I happen to have on the go...right now it's Clinique High Impact
    -Lipstick if I'm feeling fancy...but I just wear a nude :)

    It takes probably three minutes, tops!

  4. I got the Boscia BB cream as a sample and its great for days when you just need a little something extra. However, I LOVE my Josie Maran foundation. It is amazing and so light!

  5. My daily routine is:

    Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (the best, hands down.)
    Benefit Boing Concealer
    Stila Convertible color in Lillium
    Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara

    I also try to wrestle my Italian eyebrows into shape w/a clear gel. I just use the cheapie Cover Girl stuff, it works fine! I will have to try the benefit highlighter, I used to use Nars in Copacabana but ran out.

  6. Oooh those benefit brow zings sound intriguing! Never heard of them!

    1. Go to Sephora/Department Store or a Benefit store and try it! It is almost like applying eye-shadow but with an angular brush, so easy!

  7. I've heard that I need to purchase a Brow Filler-- I think I'll try with this one! Thanks for the post.

  8. but you got to wear "bright red lipstick" for your skating competitions !!!!!!

  9. I'm with you on the low-maintenance makeup routine. Mine takes just a couple minutes: Almay Get up and Grow mascara (seriously amazing), Almay brown-black eyeliner for lower lid, Almay liquid liner for upper (the type of tip this liner has makes application surprisingly easy) and lately I've been getting into lip colors. My favorites are Cover Girl Nature Luxe Gloss Balms (I love the pinot and peony colors) and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain (although these colors are much more bold than the CoverGirl, they're really lovely!). Great post!

  10. Brow Zings is the best! I have been using it for 7 years!!


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