Makeup Lately #4

Welcome to another edition of Makeup Lately, where I show you what I've been slapping on my face for the past week or two. In the past few weeks I've gotten really quick at doing my makeup, allowing me to put in a little more effort and squeeze in a few more products and still make it to work on time. It could be that a few of these products are new (and featured in my Beauty Haul from last week), so I wanted to put in the extra effort to use them, but overall I've really been loving how my makeup's been coming out.

If you read my "Your Skin But Better Bases" post this week you'll know I've fallen head over heels for the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. It packs a powerful punch of coverage, yet still looks incredibly natural on the skin. It gives more of a velvety/satin finish, and as I'm still really into the strobing look I've been mixing it with some of the MAC Strobe Cream. It adds a little bit more luminescence to it and makes it feel even more nourishing and creamy on the skin. This is a combination I can't see myself dropping for awhile.

I'm going to whizz right by the brows because, like always, I'm still using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. As for eyeshadows, I've stepped away from the ultra-metallic cream eyeshadows for now and have been embracing the most natural of looks with matte eyeshadows. Last week I was wearing the Naked2 Basics palette every day, and this week I switched it up with the Tarte Tartelette Matte Eyeshadow Palette. I just take one of the lighter creamy shades all over my lids and then blend a little of a softer brown/gray into the crease, just for the smallest hit of definition. I've been keeping the eyeshadow so simple because I've been loving painting on a bit of the L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black. I had all but given up on anything but pencil eyeliners, but trying a gel eyeliner again instead of liquid has helped me feel like so much less of a failure (I really, really can't get liquid eyeliner to work!). I really like the brush it comes with too, and the gel formula gives you so much control. I've got fairly hooded eyes so I can't do a dramatic wing like I'd like to, but I can still do tiny wings (a kitten eye, I like to call it) and get the wings to be even on the first try. The formula is super black and opaque, and it doesn't smear and smudge all over like some other brands I've tried. It's a super quick step for me that looks like I've spent ages on my makeup. For lashes I've been exclusively reaching for another new addition, the Maybelline Full 'n Soft Waterproof Mascara. I don't know where I first heard of this (probably Into the Gloss), but it's a great find. It gives the lashes just a natural bit of oomph without making them crispy and crunchy and holds the curl all day long. Yet another drugstore mascara added to my arsenal.

For my cheeks I've still been reaching for cream blushes, but this time it's been the Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow. It comes in the most divine packaging first of all, being from her Norman Parkinson Collection. It's such a pretty color as well - a brightening peachy pink that really does mimic the look of a natural flush on the skin. The formula almost feels balmy rather than creamy, and it lasts throughout a whole workday without needing any touchups. I can't do my makeup without including some highlight, and lately I've been reaching for the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop over and over. I'm sure you've heard about this one already, but it's really one of the prettiest highlights I've ever used. I could probably do with a shade that's cooler and lighter, like Moonstone or even Pearl, but I just love the believable dewiness this color adds to the skin - added to the right places on the face, you just look like you're beaming from the inside out. It's quite an intense highlight, but that hasn't stopped me from dousing myself in it before I head off to work.

As for lips, I've been reaching for a combination that's exclusively Marc Jacobs and were both impulse buys. I haven't decided yet, but I might write a whole post dedicated to the combination because it's so perfect. I line and fill in my lips with the Marc Jacobs (P)Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim(rose) (you might remember me raving about this in my July Favorites), and then go over it with the Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Role Play. This is a darker pinky nude that just goes perfectly with the lip liner for a slightly darker, my-lips-but-better look.

What products have you been reaching for lately?

See the previous posts in this series: Makeup Lately #1, Makeup Lately #2, Makeup Lately #3