Good morning and Happy 4th of July! I hope you spend the day celebrating with people you love. I’m so grateful to live in America and be able to take advantage of everything our great country has to offer. Thank you, thank you to everyone of you that serves our country so that we can live in the land of the free!
DRUGSTORE MAKEUP TUTORIAL
Last month, I shared my easy, everyday makeup routine with you and I got lots of requests to do a similar look using only drugstore products. I went on the hunt at Target, Walgreens and Amazon, since I know those stores are accessible to almost all of us. After weeks of testing products and much trial and error, I found several great products that I highly recommend.
I’m detailing everything I used to create the natural makeup look below and sharing a live video tutorial saved to my Instagram Story Highlights.
I’ve never used primer before, but heard rave reviews about this one and I agree! I have large pores, mostly on my cheeks, and this primer helps fill them in so that your makeup goes on super smooth and your pores are blurred out. A tiny bit goes a long way and leaves your skin looking fresh and glowy.
This concealer goes on a bit more liquidy than my ride-or-die Charlotte Tilbury Concealer but has good coverage for brightening your under eyes, along the bridge of your nose and in the center of your forehead.
I always prefer a full coverage pressed powder as opposed to liquid foundation, unless it’s a special occasion, because foundation tends to irritate my skin. This pressed powder gave the full coverage I like, while being vegan, cruelty free and oil absorbing. I also like the round sponge that came with it- better than a fluffy powder puff for applying evenly. I’m wearing the color “Fair.” It’s also worth noting that the packaging is very sleek – perfect for pulling out and powdering your nose.
This three-shade contour pallet has your contour color, highlight and blush all in one. The color was just right on my skin and also buildable depending on how deep you want to go. The highlighter isn’t too shiny, but does brighten your skin and the blush is a pretty pinky shade.
I was influenced by influencers and bought this contour palette because I’d heard such great things about it. Lots of women use only this palette to do both their face and eyes. When I first used it, I thought the dark shade was far too orange. But, when I used the contour first, then applied just a bit of the Malani Contour on top of it, I thought it gave a nice warm glow – much more like a bronzer than a contour.
If you don’t want to use several products to contour and add color to your cheeks, this all-in-one light bronzer is the best of both worlds. If you swirl you blush brush to mix the colors, it creates a natural warm glow to the skin that doesn’t look overdone.
Another great blush is this one also by Milani. I thought the “Coral Cove” would be too intense, but I really like it on – it’s a bright peachy color. For the look above in the picture, I used “Tea Rose,” which is more mauve.
For eyes, this 16 color “Warm Neutral” eyeshadow palette is awesome. There’s every color you will need to create depth and make your eyes look natural or more smokey.
I typically like a soft brown eyeliner to line my upper and lower lash lines, then blend with a soft brush so there’s no harsh lines. This liner is really pretty for accentuating your eyes and blends easily. I’m wearing the color “Golden Bronze”.
I’m super particular about my mascara and the brush has to be full and lush. I like big, bold lashes. Here, I have lash extensions, but they are about halfway due for a refill, so I used a little bit of this mascara to make them look filler and I also used it on my lower lashes.
I’ve become obsessed with creme brow color for the natural way it fills in and defines your brows. Even though my brows are microbladed, I still fill them in for a more defined, polished look. I used this creme color and love the spoolie and sharp angled brush it came with for applying. It lets you get a very precise application.
Daaanng! There are so many lip choices and colors at Target that I’m pretty sure I went overboard ordering! For the light everyday look above, I’m wearing the Elf Multistick in “Sparking Rose.”
It’s a little stick that you can use on your eyes, cheeks and lips to bring color to your face. I used it on my lips and then added a bit to my cheeks. It’s easy to apply with just your fingers and very blendable. I’ll definitely take this with me next time I go on a beach vacay. It’ll be the only product you need to liven up your face! And guess what? It’s only $4!
Then, I added a little bit of this shiny lipstick to give a bit of sheen to my lips in the color “Dulce Caramelo”.
This setting spray is LIFE! Not only does it set your makeup for hours, I feel like my skin gets way less oily during the day when I use it. Reading the ingredients closer, it has oil absorbing charcoal Charcoal powder and Silica to control shine and mattify for 16 hours. To use : after you’ve applied all your makeup, hold the bottle about 1o inches from your face, relax your face and close your eyes, then spray all over. It actually has a really pleasant scent too, like rose petals.
Okay friends, I hope this makeup tutorial was helpful for you! It took me a while to source eveything, but I really enjoyed trying out all these products and finding the good ones! Would you want to see more beauty posts here? What are your favorite drugstore makeup products? I’d love to hear!
Have a fun and safe holiday!