I love make up. I have never considered putting my make up on a chore. In fact, it's my favorite 5-10 minutes of my morning. I consider it my me time. Here are the products I'm using most right now:
First, I cover my blemishes and dark circles with boiing concealer. I also use it on my eyelids as an eyeshadow base/ to lighten up my eyes. This concealer changed my life, and I'm not being over dramatic by saying that! I have really dark under eye circles and I looked for something to cover them for years. Finally I found boiing, and I've never looked back since. It's well worth the $19, especially since it lasts me about tusix months. Boiing is available anywhere Benefit is sold. I usually buy mine at Macy's because it's more convenient than Sephora.
Next I use a loose powder foundation. I've tried a lot in my day, but my current favorite is Physician's Formula Airbrushing powder. I love that it has SPF 30 and evens my skin tone without covering up my freckles. However, I don't use the brush it came with because it was scratchy on my face. One of these usually lasts me about 6 months and I buy it at CVS.
One thing I don't like to spend a ton of money on is blush/ bronzer. This creamy stick does the job and doubles as a shimmer lip color.
My college roommate/ bff introduced me to Urban Decay eyeshadow. I'm obsessed. They're so expensive, but the quality is amazing. They actually stay on my face all day! Lately I've been keeping it neutral and using the Naked1 pallet my mom got me for Christmas. Sin, half baked, smog and hustle are my favorite colors for day to day wear.
I've been using this Stila mascara for a few years. I panicked when Sephora stopped carrying it because I thought it had been discontinued. Luckily it is still available at Ulta and Macy's. It's just as cheap as the drug store brands, but has a little more staying power. I also like the smaller brush. Plus, I'm a contact lense wearer and it never irritates my contacts!
Add some chapstick, and that's it. I try to keep it simple. I can usually do my makeup in 5 minutes, closer to 10 if I'm doing more elaborate eye shadow, or if I have a lot of stubborn blemishes. Here's a little cellphone before and after for you:
Pretty subtle eh? What's your makeup routine like? Any products you can't live without?