These four products are my current go-to’s and holy grails when it comes to my daily makeup routine. I try to avoid a really heavy makeup look for the everyday, partly due to laziness but mostly because of personal preference. Aside from the NARS bronzer (which is nevertheless worth every cent), these products are also fairly cheap, making them perfect for everyday makeup.
In no particular order of awesomeness:
1. Essential Brow Kit by Models Prefer – in Medium/Dark ($12.99 from Priceline)
Of all the products on this list, this is the one I’ve had the longest. It hasn’t disappointed me once. This brow kit comes with shaping wax, filling powder, compact tweezers and a slanted brush. While the tweezers and the brush are nothing special (I use the Real Techniques Brow Brush which I bought as part of the starter pack), the wax and powder combination makes this product my holy grail when it comes to my eyebrows. It glides on smoothly and fills in well, regardless of whether you’re going after a lightly filled, natural look or darker, show-stopping brows. I only wish the wax was a little more matte as after a few hours, a bit of sweat mixed with flash photography can make my brows look slightly shiny in one or two places. No biggie. Not enough to stop me from repurchasing.
This product first caught my eye because of its brand. I had been using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (which I still use when I want heavier coverage) and was after something a little lighter that had SPF in it. This CC Cream comes recommended by Lisa Eldridge, which is in large part why I decided to try it out in the first place. I’m so glad I did. Although I do wish it had a higher level of SPF in it (it’s only SPF 15), it feels reasonably light, blends in perfectly and disguises blemishes without making me look too caked up. Because it blends in so well, the colour also suits my skin tone perfectly.
3. Bronzing Powder by NARS – in Laguna ($49 from Mecca Cosmetica)
This bronzing powder really is a cult classic and it’s not hard to see why. I purchased this at the recommendation of a number of my closest friends. Although it’s quite pricey, it’s well worth it. I’ve had this for a few months now and haven’t even come close to hitting pan. I’ve had a few people remark that it looks as though I haven’t touched the packaging, even though I use the bronzer everyday. It gives a natural, sculpted look with a matte finish. It’s also very build-able, depending on whether you want a really subtle touch or striking definition. Your cheekbones may not be the most noticeable part of your face – like your eyes, brows, or lips – but using bronzer (in my opinion) certainly completes a look.
Before this liquid liner I used Maybelline’s Eyestudio Gel Liner, which I still use for more dramatic looks. But for the everyday, the Master Precise liquid liner pen is the way to go. It’s just so easy and quick to use. It did take a little while for me to get used to it, but it was well worth it and now I realise just how easy the pen is to control and draw on a perfect flick. The tip itself is very fine, making it ideal for getting in between lashes and getting the precise (word play intended) look you want. The only thing I don’t like about this product is that there’s less product given than the gel liner, and so it’s not hard to use this up in a few months time – particularly if you’re using it everyday. That said, I feel like the benefits of this liner definitely outweigh its cons.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!