2018 was one of the BEST years for me in the makeup and skincare department. I learned so much about what works for me and what helps me look and feel my best. I probably spent 90% of my 2018 in an Ulta or Sephora, so I’m hoping that gives me some sort of credibility (okay, not 90%, but maybe 20%).
After doing a short video on my Instagram stories on how I do my daily makeup look, I got a few questions about the products I used, so I was super inspired to write a blog post on the products I’m loving currently in the beauty arena.
Doing my makeup is honestly my favorite part of the day – I’m comfortable in my own skin, but makeup makes me feel confident, lifts my mood, and highlights the parts of my face that I like the most. I realized it’s not “shallow” to love makeup and whether you do or don’t put extra effort into it, you are still going to be beautiful. So without further ado, here are my current makeup favorites!
This is my favorite foundation of ALL TIME. I wore this constantly and had to buy another bottle during the Sephora sale.
It makes my skin look SO radiant, glowy, and healthy. It lasts all day and looks incredible in pictures, and I get endless compliments every time I wear this. I’m never going to stop repurchasing this.
This is ALL I used to bronze. Literally. Every single day of 2018.
This palette is the entire package – it has 2 brightening shades that I use to set my undereyes and it really enhances my skin. There are 4 contour shades, 2 light and 2 dark – so it works for all skin tones!
I LOVE foundation sticks like this one for cream contouring.
I got a slightly olive-toned, darker shade that complemented my skin tone when contouring, and I used a firm contour brush to buff it out. This is my favorite way to contour – everything looks so precise and well-defined, and your contour will really pop.
If you were wondering what I used to contour in my everyday makeup look video, it was this. Cream contour is my favorite method of contouring, because it ensures that you get that chiseled look (if done right).
This is actually a concealer in a darker color, which is also a trick you can use when looking for a way to start using cream contours.
I am currently on my 5th tube of this. It’s happiness in a lipstick, and I need one with me at all times. This color goes perfectly with my skin, and I can wear it as an everyday lipstick or a “going out” lipstick. I need 10,000 more of these.
I got this recently after I was browsing the Colourpop website and needed to order more of Speed Dial – I gave in and added this one to my cart.
I couldn’t resist the reddish-burnt orange color (my weakness) and I don’t regret buying it one bit. It’s definitely NOT long wearing since it’s a cream lipstick, but just keep it on hand for touch ups throughout the day!
In my opinion, Morphe is one of the best brands out there. Their products are so affordable, so high quality, and work so well that it’s almost a no-brainer to invest in them.
This palette immediately caught my eye when I noticed that it has the best fall-toned colors you will ever find. I always prefer a very subtle eye look, and this palette is perfect for that. It has all the warm tones you need, including browns, oranges, reds, and creams.
This is another mascara that was raved about everywhere – for good reason.
This is different from Lash Paradise because it doesn’t clump up my lashes as much – it actually gives off a more natural yet voluminous look.
They’re both incredible mascaras, they just have different effects.
And that’s it for my Current Makeup Favorites! I hope you all were able to find some good products that also work well for you, and if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know! I always need an excuse to run to Ulta or Sephora 😉
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