Beauty Buzz-What To Wear?

Makeup has a diverse and plentiful community. As someone who has been immersed in the beauty community for as long as I can remember, I would like to talk about my routine, and some of the best products I’ve tried in my years. 

Makeup doesn’t have to be high-end to be good; in fact, there are many drugstore brands and products that are dupes or even better than the high end product. Now as someone who is on the budget of a freshman in high school, I don’t use very many luxury products- in fact- I mostly use drugstore items. Let’s talk about some of my favorites:

Prep – I start off with a good base prep.  This includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and a primer. As a cleanser, I use Clean and Clear’s Deep Action Cream Cleanser for $8.33 at Walmart. For moisturizer Nivea’s Soft Moisturizer, for $8.79 at CVS is a good one. For primer Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Long Wear Primer for $6.96 at Walmart.

Foundation – I use Juvia’s Place I am Magic Velvety Matte in shade Aruba for $20.00 at Ulta. Juvia’s Place is an amazing brand; their foundation is amazing. It’s matte and very full coverage, but doesn’t look cakey. Since the foundation is so full coverage, it’s a little bit on the thicker side, but can be thinned, and sheered-out with moisturizer. I use Elf’s Foundation Buffing Brush to apply. The brand is black-women owned, and can only be found online or at Ulta. All their other products are phenomenal according to MUA reviews, but I can’t speak on all of them because I’ve only tried their foundation.

Concealer – I use the ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer in shade Medium Sand for $6.00 at Target. This product is very hit or miss for a lot of people. It works on me, but might not work for others. I use a damp beauty blender to apply. This concealer is matte and full coverage. If the whole matte full-coverage thing isn’t your cup of tea, the Flawless Brightening Concealer is also amazing; they’re around the same price range. Elf, as a brand, is very well-rounded. If you know anything about makeup, you’ve probably heard about their “poreless putty primer”, but that’s not their only viral product. Almost all Elf products have gone viral at least once; this is for good reason. They’re affordable and perform as well as high-end products.

Powder – I use the Wet and Wild Photofocus Loose Setting Powder in Banana for around $5.98 at Walmart or Target. This powder is so blurring and brightening. I use a damp beauty blender to apply it, pressing it into the skin rather than baking with it. Their translucent powder is actually a dupe for the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, which is an expensive staple in most MUA’s collection. This powder is around $40 dollars, so it definitely is on the high-end side. The Wet and Wild powder is basically the same thing but cheaper. I love this powder so much- definitely a holy grail! 

Blush, Bronzer, and Highlight – For blush, I use a mix of Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso ($6.50 – $9.99), and their Cheek Kiss Cream Blush in Merlot Moment ($7.83). I’m a sucker for blush; I love it, wear a ton of it, and am very particular with it. These two blushes are amazing. Milani’s Baked Blush has gone viral; it’s glowy and radiant, it gives off an almost highlighter-ish effect, and their cream blush doesn’t take off your foundation like others do, It’s very pigmented. I use an angled brush to put my blush on. For bronzer, I like to use Revlon’s ColorStay Pressed Powder in Toffee for $7.92. I also use an angled brush for this (a different one obviously). Now, this isn’t an actual bronzer, but I like to think makeup has little to no rules. You can use products for basically anything and everything. I used to use the Elf Primer Infused Bronzer, but they discontinued my shade. For highlighter I use the Wet and Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in shade Bloom Time for $6.49. I’ve used this highlighter for years, and it’s never let me down. It doesn’t look greasy or chalky or anything, but when putting it on, use a light hand because it can be very blinding. I use a fluffy highlighter brush, sometimes my fingers, to apply. 

Eye Makeup and Eyebrows – For eyeshadow, I use Morphe palettes. Morphe as a brand can also be very hit or miss. Some of their products are really good! And some of them absolutely just are not that good. Now, Morphe isn’t exactly drugstore, but it also isn’t high-end or luxury. They’re notorious for having chalky powder products, and collabing with really problematic creators, but their eyeshadow is pretty solid. Elf and Milani also make good shadows. Specifically, I use their 35M Boss Mood Palette for $24.00. For my eyebrows, I use the James Charles Palette for $20-30.00. Although he may not be seen as  a very good person, the palette was gifted to me. Morphe’s shimmers are pretty lackluster, so I use a little thing of loose shadow that I found at the Dollar Tree, it’s the LA Colors Loose Shimmer Shadow in shade Radiant for $1.00. For mascara I use the Essence Lash Princess, the green one, for $4.99. This mascara went viral, but honestly, I think it’s pretty mediocre, it’s not the best, it’s clumpy, and the lower lash line transfers really bad, raccoon eyes at the end of the day. I don’t really use a lot of mascara because I wear falsies (Kiss Lashes in Hollywood $7.99 – $8.48). I only use a little on my top lashes to blend them into the falsies, and I put some on my bottom lashes to make my eyes look bigger. This mascara gets clumpy really fast. There Are better options out there. The Benefit Bad Gal Bang for $14.00 – $27.00, is really good, but I can’t buy it very often since it can get very expensive. Apparently, Wet and Wild’s Mega Length for $2.99 at Walgreens is a good dupe, but I’ve never tried it. And I just use a random black pencil liner for my waterline and to tight line. 

Lips – I’m very very picky with lipstick, lip gloss, lipliner – all of that. My favorite liquid lipstick of all time is the NYX Lingerie XXL in Stripd Down for $8.97 at Walmart. I love, love, love NYX’s lip products, and this line is probably my favorite. For the lipliner, I just use some random one I stole from my mom. It’s a dark brown pencil liner. NYX has good liners and I personally think the liners you can sharpen are the best because of how easy it is to blend them out. I line all around my lips with it and kind of blend it out with my fingers. Then I take the same pencil liner and put it kinda in the corners of my bottom lip and blend it out with my finger. Then I put lipstick in the middle and top it all off with Ulta’s Plumped Up Pout in shade Candy Slick for $10.00. Or sometimes I skip the lipstick entirely and just line my lips and gloss them up. 

And finally, I set it all with Milani’s Make It Last Original Setting Spray for $8.97 – $12.97 at Walmart. 

This is my routine and my favorite products. I recommend these to anyone that’s just starting out with makeup – or just needs new products. Try them for yourself and see if you like them! And remember, even if these products work for me, everyone is different- what works for me might not work for others!