On a day-to-day basis during the summer, you will rarely find me wearing any makeup at all. The sickening heat waves that make their way through Indiana during the summer are a leaning factor, as well as my drastic decrease in human interaction. I really don’t see anyone besides my family and close friends every day, so makeup gets pushed to the back burner for a little while.
However, I am a creative and makeup loving person who cannot be away from her hobby for very long, so I have to put on at least a few fun products just for an afternoon or evening, still keeping it pretty minimal though. There are a couple of products I have found that are quite difficult to get away from, and I wanted to share them with you all in case you needed another excuse to go to Ulta or Target’s makeup isle. You’re welcome. The best thing about these products is how their purpose is really more to just enhance natural features instead of covering them up.
I’ve been insecure about my skin for years, but every summer makes me realize that covering it up shouldn’t be the most important thing. I know that there are beautiful features to my skin, and I don’t want to spend the time or energy to cover up my freckles or acne spots or carve out fake brows. So these are the products I use.
Not to brag, but I’ve been told since I was a little girl how long my lashes were. At seven years old, I didn’t really understand what was so special about that. I cared more about my new tennis shoes I got each school year and throwing the football better than all of the boys in my class. Once makeup became a real part of my life, I understood then.
I know that I have long eyelashes, so why not make them even longer? Mascara has become a must for me with any makeup look. I just feel lost without it because it adds this stunning attention to my round eyes. A mascara I have been using for over a year now is the L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. I usually have to bend all of the way down to the bottom row in the makeup isle to find it whenever my tube starts to dry up, but I can’t use any other mascara besides it. I have tried out a number of different mascaras, but the lengthening qualities of this mascara compare to nothing else, and that’s all that matters to me. I’ve never really cared about having thick lashes, just long lashes that almost touch my lids.
What I really like about this mascara is how wet it is. I find wet mascaras add much more length than more dry mascaras. You might have to work a little harder to get out those clumps, but it’s worth it when your lashes basically double in length with just a few swipes of this mascara through them. Happy to have this back in my rotation, I don’t plan on switching any time soon.
Continuing on with the philosophy of enhancing natural features, I find brows to be a pretty important part of my look. I have naturally thick brows (I would like to thank my lack of desire to get them waxed and holding off on tweezing until I really knew what I was doing), so they often don’t need much work except for a little powder and taming, but I find that just a few touches can make a stunning difference for anyone’s look.
No matter how much makeup I have on, I find that brows really make the biggest difference in my look, and I can’t really explain why. Because of that, I have two products that really help me to create the perfect brow, and they are both under four dollars! I’ve never heard much from makeup gurus on YouTube or Instagram talking about Elf when it comes to brow products, but let me say it is the only place I go. Both my powder and gel are from Elf, and they work just as well as more expensive brow products I have used in the past.
When doing my brows, I start by sweeping a little bit of the Elf Eyebrow Kit powder through the bald spots. I use the brown shade that is a touch warmer than my natural brow hairs, but it’s perfect to help match them the the hair on my head that graduates into warmer tones in the summer time. I usually just focus this powder on the tail end of my brow and briefly at the front. I really don’t need much because I never want to change the shape of my brows, just beef them up a touch. I only use the powder from this kit because I don’t find I have much control with the tinted wax, but it’s great that I have the option for bolder looks if I want.
The next step is brow gel. Elf Clear Brow & Lash Mascara is a great option because it’s only two dollars, but it does the job. I’ve found that most clear brow gels basically work the same, so why spend more than two dollars. This product has both a brow and mascara end, but I really just use both ends for my brows. If I don’t have the time to do my brows in the morning, sometimes I will just sweep a little brow gel through my hairs to keep them in place (my brows can get pretty out of control because of how bushy they are), and I’ll be set for the rest of the day.
Natural is a relative term when talking about this highlighter, just a single drop can make my cheek bones practically beam! I hunted down the makeup isles time after time looking for an affordable liquid highlighter to replace my beloved Becca Shimmering Skin Perfect before coming across this gem. It was only a couple dollars, and I just need the smallest amount, so I know it will last me a long time.
Whether I’m going for a full face of caked on, creative makeup or a barely there look, I always sweep a little highlighter on my cheekbones. I actually think that highlighter looks better on a fresh face with little to no makeup. It’s a great way to add focus to the higher points of the skin with an added glow. I love dabbing just the smallest amount of the Kokie Liquid Highlightes in Superstar to my cheek bones, above my brow, on the bridge of my nose, at the cupid’s bow, and in the center of the forehead. It really adds a healthy look to the skin that is a lot more natural than a powdered highlighter.
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