I have consolidated a list of items that i swear by for my makeup routine. Tried and tested, and these are the few that remained. You should give them a go and let me know if they do wonders for you as well. So, lets get started!
- Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
The best thing about Naked 3 eyeshadow palette is that it is not as flaky as a lot of other brands that i used before. Although, to be honest, it does flake a little when you apply it, but you just have to tap the brush on your hands a few times before applying it on your eyelid and the problem is solved. I do not own a lot of eyeshadow palette (in fact i only own 2) and i tend to use my eyeshadow palette for a long time (lets say around 1 year?). However, every time when i apply it, the colours are still as intense and vivid as when i just bought it. My favourites are the lighter shades towards the left. This palette is great for a light makeup that enhances your eyes.
2.Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Powder Blush
I only have 1 blusher in my makeup bag and it is this. When i find the right blusher, i stick to it. I believe blusher is the one product that will instantly brightens up your face and it is very important to find the right one. I really like the shades that they offer, and the blusher actually do last 8 hours. I have oily skin, thus to have a product that actually still stick onto my face after all the oil and blotting, is really quite formidable. I am using the shade call SCORE – ‘Medium pink peach with a touch of shimmer’ (that is how they describe it). This shade is suitable for fair to yellowish skin tone as it is not too pinkish nor orangey, but still gives off that natural rosy cheeks.
3. Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist
Innisfree green tea mineral mist is really good for your face when you feel that your skin is really dry, or when you need to give your makeup an extra boost after a few hours in the office or under the sun. I carry this in my bag whenever i go, especially when i am traveling. I will spray this on my face once every hour on the airplane just to prevent my face from being dehydrated. Dry skin is a NO-NO for me because it will actually encourage oil secretion on my face. It is available in the 50ml bottle, handy to keep one in your bag and carry it around with you everywhere you go.
4. Benefit the POREfessional
The POREfessional… It rhymes so well. And i hope you get it by now that it is a product specially formulated to tackle pores. There are so many primers in the market now, and you can easily find more than 10 of them just in a single Sephora store. So what is the hype about this POREfessional? Well, i only own 1 primer, and it is this. I swear by it. As i have huge pores, this really helps to smoothen out my skin (creating an illusion), so when i apply my makeup on later, my face will appear much smoother than if i didn’t put it on. I bought the large tube, which is 44ml, and i have been using it for almost 8 months. A tube last a long way. And the best thing is that it didn’t dry up (aka become cakey), or clog my pores. This is my second tube and definitely not my last.
5. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme
Yes! It is better than false eyelashes. I guess that pretty much sums up my opinion. When i buy mascara, i always go for this. It is the best i have ever used. I tried so many other mascara before this, but the same problem just keeps coming up. Flakiness, cakiness, smudges, these are some of the concerns that i have when i choose my mascara. And this is the only mascara that has not let me down yet. How to use it? Just simply apply the mascara on (on the left), follow by the fiber (on the right) and finally apply the mascara (on the left) again to seal the fiber on your lashes. It is as easy as it sounds, and you will be amazed by the result.
6. Etude House Color My Brows
Your eyelashes are important, so do your eyebrows. When crafted properly, it can literally transform your face shape. Good eyebrows complete the whole makeup. Thus, it is important that your brows are shaped correctly, if you don’t understand what I’m saying, then google ‘what eyebrow suits different face shape’ and you will get a tonne of answers. Next, you need to have the colour of your eyebrow to be close or nearly similar to your hair colour. Dark eyebrows almost always give off a fierce look, a look that i tend to avoid. And light coloured eyebrows will give you that soft look, but make sure it matches your hair colour. I am using the Natural Brown to match my dark brown hair. If you are unsure of which colour to get, head down to their store and try them on!
7. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
I love this foundation so much! Smooth, easy to apply, natural, and not cakey at all. So much to rave about! First of all, the ingredients that goes into making it is just wonderful. With coconut water, hyaluronic acid, alpine rose, you can be assured that your skin is getting pampered while looking good. Gone are the days where foundation leaves your skin feeling dry and red after applying it. I am using the ‘Ivory’ shade and it blends so well on my skin and neck. One or two pump is sufficient for the whole face. Priced at just USD$39, it is really value for money. Just try it and experience it for yourself.
8. 3CE Lip Color
This is a relatively new brand in the Sephora store and i only got to know about this brand a year back on a korean online site. Ever since Sephora bring them in, i knew i wanted to try their lipstick. And to my surprise, their colours are really nice and vivid on my lips. It just reminds me of all the Korean drama that i watched where the actresses will always have their makeup perfectly done and ended off with a bright peach coloured lips (a colour that was still not as popular in Singapore previously). I tried on the colour ‘SCANDAL’ and i instantly falls in love with it. It brightens my face instantly (sounds magical but it is true)! I would say even if you have a tonne of lipsticks in your makeup bag, you still gotta own this colour and please do carry it with you always!