Lets start out with foundation. I rotate between 2 different foundations, one is from the drugstore and the other is high end. My high end foundation is Chanel Vita Lumier Aqua. I love this because it doesn't feel like you are wearing heavy makeup, but gives you incredible coverage. Because it is from Chanel it is very pricey at about $50.
The only drugstore foundation that I have found that I love is Revlon's Colorstay. It is a pretty heavy coverage foundation so if you don't like a semi-heavy foundation I would not recommend this. I, however do not mind at all and love the flawless coverage. The Revlon alternative gives the same affect for a fraction of the cost at about $9.
Let's move on to bronzer. I feel like bronzer is important to wear because your face should be multi-dimensional, and not one color. You can use it by dusting along your cheeks and forehead or a more drastic look by contouring the cheek bones. A great high end bronzer that I own is Nars "laguna". Its a perfect, non-orange color with just a hint of shimmer. This product runs for about $26. I have found the most amazing dupe for literally about $3. I actually like the drugstore version better, and that is NYC "sunny" bronzer. This one is actually matte which I prefer.
Now for blush, these 2 products are not alike in color, but are both perfect for everyday wear. My high end product is Nars "gaiety", a gorgeous hot pink. In the packaging it looks extreamlely bright, but when you put it on it gives you the perfect flush. A wonderful drugstore blush that serves the same purpose would be Elf "candid coral", a warm shimmery peach. You can get any Elf products at target and it is only $3.
Next is eye shadows. One color every girl should have is a good taupe color because it goes with every eye color. It is such a simple color to simply sweep over the lid and go. My high end shadow is Mac's "satin taupe". This is a beautifully pigmented purple toned taupe. This sells for $15. The drugstore dupe for this eye shadow is Covergirl "tapestry taupe". It is really pigmented just like the Mac one but have more of a golden tone to it, but just as beautiful. I believe Covergirl eye shadows just for about $4 each.
It's always a good idea to have a good palette to take with you on the go. The high end one that I own and LOVE is the Urban Decay naked palette. It includes 12 eye shadows ranging from a highlighters to crease colors to dark colors to line your eyes. The palette is about $48 but has proved me to be well worth it. A good dupe is a Revlon quad in "addictive". It contains a matte highlight, a shimmery all over the lid color, a great taupe, and a matte dark brown. This would be great for anyone starting out with make up because it has all the essential colors. I can't remember how much it costs but no more that $8. In the picture I picked out a few of my favorites from the Naked palette to swatch.
Here is another case where I pick the drugstore option over the high end. Mascara. Everybody needs to own Covergirl lash blast if they like long, thick lashes. I love this mascara so much and always find myself repurchasing it. It sells for about $9. A very similar high end is Benefit's bad gal lash. I would say that this mascara gives you more volume rather than length, but is an awesome mascara none the less.
Personally I love wearing a nude lip everyday. My favorite high end nude lipstick is Mac's creme d'nude. It blanks out the bright pigmentation in your lips but without making you look like you are dead. Mac lipsticks run for about $15. A drugstore lipstick that is almost identical is Revlon's soft nude. They are a bit different in that the Mac one is a bit more pink toned and the revlon more brown toned. The Revlon lipstick can be bought for about $8.
Stay tuned for my next post which will be a tutorial on how to get an adorable vintage floral design on your nails.
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