Pinspiration: Makeup

So I've been in a makeup funk lately.
I can never figure out how I want to do it.
And I'm never completely satisfied.
So I've been Pinteresting my life away
[not just on makeup...all the Pinterest goodies]
and I found two makeup tutorials.

The first tutorial comes from here.
Here's her picture of her before/after
[the left side of her face is make-up free,
right side is made-up.]
This is mostly just a skin eyes, lips, etc
but I thought it was worth a shot.
Mine turned out fine but I thought it looked pretty much the same as my normal makeup.
My regular, everyday makeup:
Almay clear complexion BlemisHeal concealer
Bare Escentuals mineral powder.
I swear by both.
Because the first tutorial required a lot of extra steps and my makeup turned out looking the same I decided to Pinterest some more.

I found this tutorial:
Her before/after is amazing.
But she uses a lot of face makeup and it was just too much for me.
I'm so used to the Bare Minerals which feels like nothing
and I know I'd feel caked if I did this one.

So then I happened upon this tutorial.
I think her makeup looks great and it was pinned as
"mommy makeup in 4 minutes."
I gave this one a shot and...I LOVE IT!
I think this is my new every day makeup.

Here's my before/after:

Just for reference, this is what my normal makeup looks like:

Maybe you can't tell much of a difference but I definitely can!
I think the best part of her tutorial is the highlighter.
You'll have to watch her video to get the full tutorial
but I'll lay out what I did since mine was just a little bit different.

First, I used my Almay BlemisHeal clear complexion concealer to cover problem spots.
It costs around $8 at Target for .18 fl oz but it lasts me a really long time since I literally use 1 or 2 dots.
It has salicylic acid in it so it helps heal your blemishes...hence the name "BlemisHeal."

Then I applied Bare Escentuals Original SPF 15 Foundation with a regular powder brush.
Then I used a really cheap NYC finishing powder with a duofiber (aka skunk) brush.
Don't skip the skunk brush. That's the best part! It gives you an airbrushed finish.
I learned about that part from the first tutorial.
You can get one by Studio Tools at Target for $6.
[note: you can also do your foundation with the skunk brush. I just haven't tried that yet.]

After this, I mostly followed the tutorial.
Bronzer to contour your face.
Eyeshadow base.
Light eyeliner.
Seriously, it makes a huge difference.
That stuff is magical.

Since I didn't use the exact same products as Cara, I'll list mine below.
Good luck and let me know how your makeup turns out!

My Products:
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in light
Bare Escentuals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige
NYC Finishing Powder in Translucent
NYC Sun N Bronze Bronzing Powder in Fire Island Tan
(I really like this bronzer because it's a color strip so you can choose how dark/light you want it)
Ulta Eyeshadow in Pearl or Ulta Eyeshadow in Sandstone
(I plan to do this same makeup look with several different eyeshadows but those are the two I've tried so far. Personally, I love Ulta or Bare Escentuals brand eye shadows)
Ulta Automatic Eyeliner in deep brown
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
(This mascara is the best I've found in my 3 year hunt since they discontinued my very favorite Maybelline mascara. For a list of the supposed "best drugstore mascaras" see this article.
I plan to try them all but the Revlon Grow Luscious is the first I've bought from the list.)
Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers in midnight brown for my eyebrows although I actually dyed them last week so I don't really need to use it. Maybe another tutorial on eyebrow dying another day :)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighter in Ivory
A combination of Bare Escentuals blush in Joyous Jennifer
and Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Bronzer/Blush in Pink Sand
NYX Round Case Lipstick in Circe + Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Honeysuckle
Elf Kabuki Face Brush for blush/bronzer
Studio Tools skunk brush for finishing powder

PS If you want to watch an actual professional makeup artist who really knows what she's talking about when it comes to face makeup, see this video by Jaclyn. I just discovered her YouTube channel (Jaclynhill1 - search it!) and she's amazing. And hilarious. And definitely knowledgeable.
PPS Don't let me confuse you. Cara is also a makeup artist. I'm just clarifying that I most definitely am not.

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