I always start with a clean, moisturized face and then add a very small amount of foundation, just enough to even out my complexion and create a smooth base. I use Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless in Shade 322 Warm Honey because it creates the perfect amount of sheer coverage and provides a matte finish so that you do not feel oily or the need to touch up at all throughout the day.
Next I highlight, I use a lighter shade of my foundation and swear by these chubby sticks which make application so easy. I make sure to highlight my cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin. You want to highlight the areas where light would naturally hit.
After I highlight, I contour. I use the same chubby stick but a few shades darker than my foundation. You want to contour the hollows of your cheeks, hairline, nose and jawline.
After you have highlighted and contoured you want to blend, like crazy! All of those unnatural looking lines need to be blended in, in order to create a natural looking contrast. I am a beauty blender believer and think it is totally worth the price tag. But be sure to use it accordingly in order to get the best results, I always clean and wet the blender then pat it with a towel. You want it to be damp and hold some moisture so that it doesn't just absorb all of your makeup.
Once you are all blended add a bold lip, I am loving this red for Fall!
Then last, but certainly not least add mascara, eyeliner and fill in those brows! On a normal daily basis my eyes and brows are my second step after foundation, I do not wear a full face of makeup on the daily but cannot leave the house without doing my eyes and brows.
There you have it! That is my most recent makeup routine for photoshoots, events, a night out or just on those days when I feel like getting dolled up. I do not wear this much makeup on a daily basis but do enjoy what makeup can do to my face, and think it is a fun way to enhance features. I truly believe that makeup is all about trial and error, I have bought and tossed so many products but figuring out the best routine for YOU is what it's all about. I am aware this routine will not work for everyone but hope it can provide you with some great products that I love and which will hopefully work for you as well as they have for me.
A couple other products I am loving to up the ante:
photos by Oscar Merrida