My make-up brushes are a mix of both brands. It’s a pain to pay for make-up brushes, but I would highly recommend buying some nice ones. They make a big difference when you are applying your make-up and as long as you take care of them, they will last for years. (Post on washing make-up brushes here.)
First thing I apply on my face everyday is sunscreen (I’ll share my favorite sunscreen at some point! I forget to take a picture of it). Next is foundation. I LOVE Bobbi Brown foundation. I’ve tried lots of different brands and this one is my absolute favorite. Aside from great coverage, it just seems to give my face a nice even glow. “Sand 2″ is the shade that looks the best on me. I have very fair skin, so obviously find the shade that matches your complexion. This stuff isn’t cheap, but a little bit goes a long way and this bottle lasts quite a while. I once made the mistake of asking Kenny to pick me up some new foundation on his lunch hour because I didn’t have time. He came home that night and said “HOLY CRAP ERIN! Is that how much you’re paying for this stuff!!?” So now I ask for new make-up a lot for my birthday, Christmas, etc. Takes the sting out if it’s a gift. ;)
I also really like Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer. It’s a lighter foundation (not as good of coverage as the foundation above) but it still gives your skin a glow and offers a little sun protection. I use this the most in the summertime. (For some reason the Amazon price was a lot higher than I paid for this in Nordstroms so check out your department store first if you want to try this.)
Switching over to MAC, this is their Strobe Cream. I got this in my stocking last Christmas and have really enjoyed it. It’s a cream you apply over your foundation and it sort of brightens your skin giving it a little extra pizazz. I don’t wear this every day, but it’s fun to apply for special occasions/date nights.
If you decide to try this I would totally recommend getting the touch-up brush that goes with it. It applies the cream so evenly. I love it!
Just use your finger to rub a little on your eyelid and it keeps your eyeshadow looking great all day long. No more creases!
For everyday eyeliner, I use either “Prunella” by Mac (it’s a dark brownish purple color) OR I just apply some of my eyeshadow in a really thin line below my eye with a special “eye definer” brush. I tend to use the Prunella the most often because I can put it on so fast. I love the way my shadow looks, but it takes more time to apply. I usually have 5 minutes or less to put my make-up on so I tend to stay away from anything that slows me down!
My blush is “Cubic” by Mac. I like it, but I’m not in love with it. I want to try something new as soon as I use it all, but this stuff won’t go away! I do love Mac’s blush brush though and have used it for years.
Let’s talk Mascara! YES! Use an eyelash curler! I know a lot of people don’t, but this makes the biggest difference for me and my eyelashes. Just ten seconds on each eye with an eye lash curler and my eyelashes are curled up and SO long. Sometimes if I’m really rushed, I just curl my lashes and don’t even put on the mascara and they still look so much better. My favorite eye last curler is the top silver one by Mac. You can buy one that looks the same and is cheaper in Target, but the Mac curler has more of a spring in it or something. It works better and is totally worth the extra 10 bucks. I also love this lash curler by Laura Mercier. I read about it in a magazine (it was voted the best eye lash curler in a contest). But again, it takes me a little longer to use so I find that I grab my silver Mac eyelash curler most days.
I replace it about every three to four months (3-6 months is recommended for replacing mascara). I kept putting my old mascara in my cupboard after I bought a new one thinking that I’d keep it just in case for a back up. Last time I cleaned out that cupboard I realized how many I had stashed away! HA! I tossed them after taking this picture. :)
This picture is from a couple of years ago, but this is the lipstick combo. It’s a fun splash of color!
Bobbi Brown’s shimmer lip gloss is super expensive, so for day to day I substitute it with other lip gloss like these from Bath and Body Works. I especially love “Brown Sugar.”
So there you go! My favorites! I know these colors won’t work on everyone (if you have fair skin and freckles, you’re hooked up!), but maybe this post gave some of you an idea of something new to try next time you’re shopping for make-up. It’s always fun to discover new products so if you have a favorite when it comes to make-up please share in the comments!