The Birthday Face

I'm like a 5-year-old when it comes to my birthday. Tomorrow (April 3rd) I'll turn 24, and you'd think I'd be nearing the age where you kind of dread your birthday, but to me it's still always a day I look forward to. Except for my senior year of college - I had a killer physical chemistry exam the day after my birthday that year so I couldn't enjoy it. But generally, it's one of my favorite days of the year. I'm not a huge outgoing center-of-attention person, so it's nice to get a day when I am, you know?

Being my birthday, I've already been thinking about what makeup I'll be wearing - I'll want to go for products that make me feel the most special. Today I'm going shopping with my boyfriend to pick out my birthday presents (the consensus on Twitter was that you guys wanted to see a post on what I pick out, so stay tuned for that next week), and tomorrow my parents and grandparents are coming down for dinner. I picked through my collection and found a few old favorites that lend themselves well to the occasion.

I'm going to start by priming my face with the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I haven't used this is ages, but I absolutely love it - it's the only primer I own. On top of that I'll put the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. I've barely been wearing any base products lately, so I thought I'd ease myself back into it with this. It feels super light on the skin but still packs a good whack of coverage and gives a nice, healthy glow to the skin. I've been breaking out quite a bit lately (from overindulging in Easter chocolate), so I'll also be using the Glossier Stretch Concealer - it doesn't get cakey and dry, even on spots. I've mostly been reaching for bronzer over blush lately, but I thought I'd go back to my beloved Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed - the tawny pink shade really helps to both warm up and slightly sculpt the face. And you can't have a birthday without piling on the highlighter, right? I'll be dousing myself in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Starlight.

For the brows, I'll be going for my everyday combination of the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. I've been gushing about the Tartelette in Bloom Palette so much lately, but I thought I'd go for the original Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette. That middle row of shades will always have my heart. I'll finish off the eyes with my usual Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara.

Since the eyes will have a little bit of a plum vibe going on, I thought I'd go for the Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick in Cassis. It's still pretty neutral and wearable for everyday, but it just has a bit of a cool violet tone to it that makes it something a little more special. I'm absolutely in love with the formula of these - you can read my full review of the four shades I've got here

What makeup do you reach for on special days? And when's your birthday? I always like knowing other people's birthdays.