I am all about a beauty on a budget. ... using good products without breaking the bank and MAKING IT WORK.
I have finally mastered my beauty/make-up routine, for everyday wear, using lower end products from the drug store and Sephora. Here are the details :) *click all photos to enlarge* (IF you dare, hehehe)
I use Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser to wash my face. This cleans deeply, without drying my skin. It's a foam which I love, so the bottle lasts a long time. I usually rub the cleanser in and let it 'sit' while I am in the shower, rinsing it off right before I get out.
Here is my fresh face, just washed.
After my face is squeaky clean, I use NIVEA Creme to moisturize. I find that this gives me perfectly soft, well hydrated skin. Especially in the winter. The NIVEA Creme also acts as a 'primer' or base for my powder.
Next up is the Powder. I use Kiss New York, Pressed Powder, which is very affordable at about $10 at the beauty supply or drug store. I am lucky enough to only need 'light' coverage and I rarely need touch-ups. Because it is a "Powder of Mineral", my skin harmlessly absorbs the powder as the day goes on, giving me a natural glow. After trying quite a few, much more expensive powders, this is hands down the best!
I use "Creamy Cocoa" :)
Next step is mascara. Lash Blast is my favorite. I love how fat the handle is and how close-together the bristles are on the brush. I go for a more natural look during the day, sometimes even wearing dark brown mascara. I normally use about 3 coats. When I am going out at night, I pump it up by putting on maybe 6 coats of blackest black.
About 3 coats.
Eyeliner is next. I keep it simple and use the old fashioned pencil that needs to be sharpened. For my everyday look, I just apply the pencil along the inside of my bottom lid. For an evening look, I apply a dark line right on the line of my eyelid.
After the eyeliner on my lower lid.
I apply the bronzer on my cheeks while smiling. :)