Confession: I don’t leave the house without mascara. I own so much mascara that I have an entire section of my makeup drawer with just mascara in it. I can have zero makeup on my face, but if my eyes are done, I feel polished. I’ve found some awesome products and stuck with them for a few years now. I’ve been rocking the same look for almost 10 years, but when I look in the mirror I’m happy with what I see (even in photos aren’t always so kind). Here are my favorite products:
I start with brows. Why? Who knows. I am hooked on all things brows from Benefit. I don’t have the big, beautiful brows that currently all the rage. In fact, I have had the same eyebrows since I was a toddler, and they currently aren’t in fashion (but I bet they will come around!) I cannot achieve the big brow look, but these products get me close! Precisely My Brow is my everyday tool. I add the Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Gel and Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape and Fill when I try to get them a little fuller. Plus, Benefit has great kits like this, this, this, Boss Brows and the Bomb Ass Brows Kit if you want to try samples before you dive in (and a sample size will last a while). This grooming tool is also pretty helpful.
This is all about eye color. There’s good article from Elle to help you find you’re best color palette(s). I have teal blue eyes, and have been very happy golds, pinks, browns, nudes, and jet black with M.A.C. palettes and Naked 2 & Naked 3 For a really simple palette, try Naked Basics.
If I use liquid liner, I use Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I just got a sample of Benefit Roller Liner and it was super easy and smooth to apply. But I rarely use the real thing. Instead, I use M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Carbon. I wet a really fine angled liner brush, like this one from Nars. It’s very easy to put on, easy to wash off and a looks just as good.
Where to start?! Again, Benefit is my favorite. Bad Gal is awesome because of the huge brush. But I recently learned that little brushes applied in a side-to-side motion (rather than up and down) can get major extension. I tried that with Roller Lash and I have loved the result, but be warned, the formula is tacky and you need makeup remover. They’re Real is also amazing, but you seriously need a special remover to get it off. I only use it for special occasions. Adding a primer, like this one from Dior makes the product pop even more.
This is my guilty pleasure. Duo is the best glue to use, and the new brush on is very easy to use. I love M.A.C. lashes in 70, or 36 and Lilly Lashes in Luxury Goddess, but save them for special occasions. For every day, I’ve had a lot of luck with T.J. Maxx and Target. If you struggle to apply lashes, here is a really good YouTube video from James Charles (!) at 23:00 that explains application well. I personally put a dot of glue onto my hand, drag the lashes through and wave them dry for a few seconds. Enjoy!
XOXO, Mrs. Make It Rainka
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