When I was a young girl, I remember trying on my mother’s lipstick. I’d dip into her makeup bag wanting to emulate the stars on television. I knew I liked what I saw when celebrities would adorn our favorite magazine covers, concerts and awards shows, but I didn’t know how to achieve those looks.
Learning Makeup Tips at YouTube University
When I became serious about makeup, I went to YouTube, like most people did to learn how to do something new. In high school, I always got my eyebrows waxed and neatly trimmed to perfection but I didn’t start filling them in until I graduated. Such beautiful change comes about from doing that section of your face. One Youtuber I gravitated towards is Chrisspy. I loved how she broke things down simply and suggested different products to use that were budget friendly. Looking glamours can come with a hefty price, ladies!
But First, Brows
So starting with my eyebrows, the first product I tried (which continues to be only one I use) is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in the color Chocolate, the Base 1 Primer to carve out the eyebrows and the tool for filling it in which is a dual sided angular brush with a spooly on the end for brushing the hair into place.
The above products will get you the achieved look, but it takes patience and LOTS practice. I used to take a full half hour and now it takes me five minutes, so it can be done! Your brows are what frame your face. Master that and the rest will be minimal effort. You can see my eyebrows waxed and bare compared to the finished look below.
NextUp, the Base
In regards to my skincare, I’ve never had a set routine besides washing my face with a simple face wash and then applying my foundation and setting powder. I only use Clinique Beyond Perfecting in the color Sand and along with that The Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It has been great to me over the years. I love that they have options for a variety of skin tones and it gives me a nice matte finish. Living in Florida, make up can easily run down your face. So if you are looking for something to withstand the elements I would give them a try.
My skin is nowhere near perfect and has its flaws. I have many dark spots from picking at my skin as a teen and I find that Clinique covers it better than other products I tried. See my before and after photos below.
I have my simple “au natural” make up days where I look like I have nothing on…
And I also have days where my skin is not cooperating and I have to put more makeup on, but even so I love that the Clinique I wear doesn’t look caked on and still offers coverage.
Easy, Simple and a Perfect Fit
So I don’t have a ton of product in my makeup bag. And you really don’t need to. I love the simplicity that you can achieve with the great products I mentioned. There’s also that confidence and natural beauty it brings out. Makeup should compliment your natural beauty, not disguise it. It can take a lot of time and effort to find that perfect fit, but it’s worth it. I found that the combination of things I use work well for me. I hope you find what works well for you. Don’t be afraid to explore until you do ☺️