Unlike my sister, I’ve only learned to appreciate makeup fairly recently.
Back in high school, I would only play with a foundation that mismatched and looked cakey on my skin, some face powder and good ol’ black mascara. In college, it became a staple for me to be made up with at least the basics — foundation, powder, blush, contour and a nice lippie to match — all done in no more than 10 minutes before class. Now, I cannot be seen in public without any makeup which is a bit of an exaggeration but I think I’m not totally alone on this one. I now take these rare opportunity to do my make-up as one of the ways I can do as a self-care and it’s been enjoyable.
I used to see make-up as a vehicle for me to look decent enough for the public eye but it has transformed into an activity and skill I learned to enjoy. Partly because my boyfriend loves, and actually insists, that I doll up for him but mostly because I love looking like a pretty little girl when transformed with it. It gives me a nice little extra ounce of confidence.
I’m no makeup hoarder nor am I a brand snob or someone who only buys branded, expensive brands and products but over the years, I have curated a list of products that I’ve used frequently and have a place in my staples, which I would recommend for anyone to try as well.
Here are some make-up products I’d like for you to check-out:Too Faced, Hangover Primer
I first got to try a travel size of this years ago as a gift from a friend and I fell in love with it instantly. It has a light, coconutty smell and a smooth texture that spreads easily on the face. It doesn’t feel sticky nor does it have any of that gel-like, silicon texture that other primers have. I also don’t like primers with grainy or film-like texture, so this one works perfectly for me. This primer has made my beat look like a thousand bucks. Huda Beauty, Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife shade
I got mine from my sister some time ago and it’s been a crowd-pleaser for me ever since. It’s quite a thick formula even if you slide off the excess on the sides of the bottle’s mouth however, it looks really beautiful and full on your lips and dries out pretty quick and nicely too, unlike other matte lipsticks I’ve seen. One thing to keep in mind since it has a thicker consistency, is that removing it could be a bit tricky. The best way I found to do the job would be to use an oil-based cleanser like the classic make-up remover in Sephora. Benefit, Hoola Bronzer
In my limited exposure to products, I could say that Benefit is one of those brands with such nice range of bronzers, blushes and brow products. All of their other products stand out well too but the first two are the bomb-diggity for me. I use this bronzer as a powder contour since I don’t like how heavy contour creams can be. It’s great for my skin with just the right tone to give me some color and shade; plus it smells quite nice, too. Body Shop, Liquid Eye Liner
I didn’t expect Body Shop to come up with this good of an eyeliner but first time I tried it on, I was in complete awe. You just don’t really expect brands that are not make-up centric to push products like this, but it is a stand-out. The ink is very pronounced and the shape of the applicator makes it easy to switch and play with thin and thick lines, too. This product is quick-to-dry however, sometimes I experience easy smudging but that might just be me moving around a lot. I also noticed that this product causes a little bit of a tingling sensation on some occasion, when the product is first applied. Anastasia Beverly Hills, Glow Kit Highlighter
ABH has been a household name brand for everyone’s highlighter and eyebrow-on-fleek needs and I honestly wouldn’t blame them. The pots are a nice color, the highlight is blindingly beautiful and finishing a palette will take a while so it’s a good investment piece. My only take from my own pot however is it is quite difficult to enjoy the darker tones of a regular occurrence. What I found as another way to utilize them is by using them as a glitter shade for my eyeshadow looks, which I noticed are a lot more pigmented than your usual glitter shadows.
These are all just basic makeup finds. Though I love dolling up, I keep my makeup products to a minimum because I prefer to use them up before I try out something new. I would do another installment of my favorite products (maybe skincare, too!) next time if you guys enjoy it.
What is your take on these products I’ve listed. Have you tried them? If yes, did you or did you not enjoy them?