I love makeup and beating my face every now and then. I’m no makeup artist, but I hope in the near future I will be able to go to beauty school to learn how to do makeup professionally. There are a million YouTube videos of thousands of people doing makeup tutorials using high price brands like MAC, Urban Decay, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever and the list goes on. What’s a girl to do when she can’t spend $50 on her foundation and $75 on an eye palette? I’m glad you asked!
My makeup bag is filled with a mix of name brand products and drug store buys. I use Maybelline, Smashbox, E.l.f, MAC, Revlon and NYX. My skin can go from medium brown to a rich chocolate color in the summer. I haven’t tried Shea Moisture’s new cosmetic line yet, but I do know they have a variety of shades in their foundation cremes and press powders. Lancome has also extended their foundation shades since Lupita became their brand ambassador.
No matter what skin tone you have, everyone should have a summer foundation and a winter foundation. In between seasons when my skin tone is transitioning from light to dark or vice versus I mix the shades to give me the perfect match for my skin. Now I wouldn’t recommend mixing two different brands of foundation. There is a chemistry behind these creams and I don’t want anyone breaking out in a rash.
For my foundations I use Maybelline’s FIT me! press powder in mocha, their Dream liquid mousse airbrush finish in caramel dark 2 and dark 3, and in the summer I use Maybelline’s Dream Pure BB 8-n-1 Beauty balm. The BB cream is perfect for the summer and I set it with the press powder. In the past I’ve used Black Radiance and Black Opal.
Over the years I’ve found that if you properly apply your makeup, you’ll look like a million bucks with or without the brand names. It’s okay to have a few key staples and gradually grow your makeup set as you go . Just don’t break the bank for the sake of beauty.
P.S. If you’re not use to wearing makeup and you want to start, I encourage you to start with a BB cream, mascara and lipstick or gloss. This is makeup 101 and the best way to get comfortable applying and wearing makeup.