If any of you reading this are like me, you definitely understand what it’s like to be completely lost when it comes to finding which types of makeup and makeup tools work best for you. You long for that flawless look that makeup artists seem to achieve with ease. Here are 5 products that I’ve found most useful to help me channel my inner makeup guru.
1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT
I absolutely LOVE this kit. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ products are awesome in general. However, this little guy here is perfect for beginners. It contains 6 different shades; 3 for highlighting and 3 for contouring. It’s shades are versatile, and you can apply darker shades for a night out on the town or lighter shades for a softer day look. I also like that the colours come in a powder form so that it doesn’t feel too heavy on your face, as can using a cream or liquid foundation. Here’s a tutorial by a freelance makeup artist, Evon, on how to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit:
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is $52 and can be found at Sephora.
2. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD COMPLEXION STARTER KIT
I have tried COUNTLESSS foundations. My skin itself is not so bad, however we all know the feeling of putting blush on bare skin. Sometimes you just need something to hold it all together and give you coverage all day. This complexion kit gives you all the basics to either give you a base for the rest of your products or just something to give you a little coverage for an everyday look. It comes with a primer, foundation, a finishing powder, and a kabuki brush. The primer is awesome, as it minimizes the size of your pores before applying the foundation. The foundation itself is super light and does not make you feel as though you’re wearing a mask all day long. The finishing powder is by far the BEST thing about this kit. It’s a microfinishing powder, so the powder particles are very small and give you a beautiful matte finish. However, I wouldn’t recommend this product for those of you who require a lot of coverage because this foundation might not be thick enough to give you complete coverage.
The Make Up Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit is $92 and can be found at Sephora.
3. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCIL
This eye pencil lasts ALL DAY long. It doesn’t bleed and give you raccoon eyes. But that’s not what I love the most about this pencil. It’s the fact that it comes in over 30 different colors, which range from neutral to extremely bright including pinks and blues. I always find this to be my go-to pencil especially for a night out. Most of the bright colors have a shimmery texture, which gives you a really pretty glitter finish without looking tacky. It’s also wax based so it goes on very smoothly without irritating your eyes.Here’s a tutorial by Sona Gasparian on how to get beautiful eyes with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil:
The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is $24 and can be found at Sephora.
4. NARS SATIN LIP PENCIL
I personally HATE lipstick. I feel like it wears off and that I can’t find a color that’s pretty, but neutral enough for me to wear to work. However, I just recently purchased a Nars Satin Lip Pencil and I have been using it for everything. I use one coat for work, and maybe 2-3 for the evening. It stays all day and doesn’t dry out my lips. I personally love the LODHI-Coral colour. It’s perfect for any skin tone and leaves behind a beautiful pink color. Just a tip, do use a lip pencil before applying ANY lipstick; it’ll just help give your lips a defined shape before applying your lipstick. Here’s a tutorial by Salina on how to apply lipstick and lip liner:
The Nars Satin Lip Pencil is $30 and can be found at Sephora.
5. SHISEIDO FOUNDATION BRUSH
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this brush-enough to say it three times. The application I get with this brush is simply amazing. It’s incredibly soft and is shaped at an angle. Most foundation brushes imitate a paintbrush, which tends to give you those streaks and lines that make you look cakey. However, due to the bristles of this brush being more circular and cut at an angle, you get even, streak-free coverage without the foundation lines. I usually use this with the Make Up Forever HD Foundation listed above, however you can use it with any foundation, including cream, liquid, or powder. Here’s a tutorial by Shannon on how to give yourself a flawless foundation finish: Foundation Tutorial
Although the tutorial doesn’t use this brush, you could definitely use it in place of the foundation brush used by Shannon.
The Shiseido Foundation Brush is $35 and can be found at Sephora (online purchase only) or Hudson’s Bay.
I hope these 5 products help you in overcoming your beauty challenges. Please leave your comments below and let me know if you’ve also fallen in love with these products the way I have 🙂
Kiran Gill xoxo