Hey loves! I’m about eight months into my hormone replacement therapy journey, and for the longest time I’ve been searching for the right makeup look. For months I wore full face makeup with eyeliner and lipstick on the daily (and that is totally fine for you to do as well) but it got to a point where I dreaded getting ready every morning. It wasn’t good for my skin and sometimes it did the opposite of what I intended it to do, for I kept getting misgendered. So I learned to start doing less; I feel better about my skin, and I am able to pass much easier. And although I know for some of you passing is not a concern, I am aware that for others passing is a matter of safety and security.
So let’s get into this makeup look!
First things first, priming is very important!! Now I know from paying hormones and other things I have to do financially, I have a pretty tight budget. However, through the help of the internet and some makeup YouTubers, I’ve discovered this very cheap primer. It’s NIVEA for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm ($5). It works like magic, and it is cheap! The glycerin in the formula helps your makeup stay on all day long. Also, I shave my face right before doing my makeup, therefore an after shave balm really helps. You’ll kill two birds with one stone!
Next up, I like to color correct my five o’ clock shadow, which is mainly my upper lip and chin area. I use Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lipstick Just Peachy ($1.50). Because my facial hair has a blue-ish undertone, I am using an orangey/peachy color before my foundation to cancel it out. I apply and blend it out with my middle finger.
I like to let it sit for a bit, so to save time, I move on to concealing/highlighting/priming- all with one product! And that is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Neutralizer ($7). I apply it on the bridge of my nose for a subtle highlight, under my eyes for brightening, and on my eyelids for priming the eye makeup!
So once I look like I belong in The Lion King, I use a damp Drugstore Beauty Blender ($4), and blend it all out with patting motions. Be gentle, but really work in the products.
Viola! So now we move onto foundation! I used to wear liquid foundation every day, but I found that it was drying and too cakey for a daily look, so I moved on to bb creams! An lawddddddd, they work wonders! It’s light and breathable, yet is buildable and can cover up problem areas, such as the peachy orange color concealer I use. My current favorite is Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation, 90 Honey Beige ($9). I apply it with my fingers all over my face except for the color corrected areas. I will get to that after with a different application!
I learned that it is not necessarily what brand of makeup you use that makes you look incredible, but the techniques and the brushes are what will do you wonders! So for the bb cream I am using E.L.F’s Powder Brush ($3), which is meant for dry products, but the density and surface of the brush makes for a perfect buffing brush. So blend that in!
Now all you are left with is your upper lip area and chin area that has the peachy tone lipstick on it. So what I do is I take more of that bb cream, and put it on my middle finger, and apply a generous amount on top of the areas. Afterwards, I use the bottom part of my beauty blender and pat that in, making sure to blend out the edges so I’m left with one unison color for my foundation.
Yay! Foundation is all complete! Now because there is quite the thick layer on my upper lip and chin area, I need to set it so it does not move or smudge throughout the day. So what I do is I use Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, Naturally Neutral ($5) with my beauty blender, and pat a generous amount on my chin and upper lip. This is called baking, where you let the powder cook the makeup and set it really well.
Can’t forget about the rest of the face! So what I do is I take a little amount of that loose powder and apply it mostly on the highlighted areas, such as the under eyes, and the bridge of my nose. But this time, I use a little bit and blend it in really well. Because the deweyness of the bb cream is lovely, and you don’t want to take that away!
While I bake, I like to move on to the eyes. I start with highlighting beneath the brow, with Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer, Classic Nude ($8). I take the top pinkish highlight color with my ring finger and apply that under my brows for a nice shimmery highlight.
Next, I move on to the eyeshadow, which will actually be the bronzer that I use. I like to keep the eyes simple and nude neutral, for a more natural look. I bought
Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer, Bikini Contest ($3) bronzer at the dollar store, and it is by far one of my favorite bronzers to date! I will apply it with E.L.F.’s Eyeshadow “C” Brush ($3) and pack it on my eyelids. After, I use E.L.F.’s Blending Brush ($3) and blend out the edges to smoke out the eyeshadow.
Next, I highlight the tip of my nose, inner corner of my eyes, and cheekbones with ColourPop’s Glo Up Highlighter ($8), all with my ring finger. It has a more thick powder consistency, and I find using my finger to be the easiest method.
The reasoning for highlighting is that because we have concealed, applied foundation, and powdered our face, adding shimmer brings back a glow to the face. Also… highlighters are so pretty!
So the next step is to dust off the powder on the chin and upper lip with a very light and fluffy brush.
Now, I move on to contouring/bronzing. I like to use one single product to do the job. Contouring and then bronzing is too much work, and I’m not going for a night time party look, therefore a warm and bronze glow will do the job, if done strategically. I use E.L.F.’s Complexion Brush ($3) and the bronzer earlier and work it right above the natural hollow of my cheekbones, and blend it in in circular motions, whilst blending in the highlight on the cheek too, to make one uniform look.
Don’t forget the forehead, sides of the nose, jawline, and down the neck. I also blend some on the upper lip and chin because the powder earlier can make the areas look slightly ashy. Blend, blend, blend! Very important!
For my eyebrows, I like to use
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara ($6) because it darkens my brows, and the waterproof formula keeps it in place. Eyebrows frame your face, they are very important, so experiment to see what works best for you!
You can honestly end right here, but I like to do mascara. I find that applying mascara on my eyelashes helps feminize my eyes. Take a looksie!
As you can see, simply curling them makes a big difference. Now let’s apply the mascara! My favorite is L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, Waterproof Blackest Black ($6). Unfortunately, my genetics did not bless me with the best eyelashes, but this mascara knocked me off the park and gives me length I never thought I could have! Look at the difference in the two eyes.
I focus the mascara mostly on the outer corner because it almost gives it a darker smokey/gradient eye look. Now do the same for the other eye and we’re almost done!
For the lips, I like to line them with Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner Pencil,
Café Au Lait ($3), and fill them in with CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Stick, Sultry ($2)
Because I’m going for a more naturalistic look, I like to make the lips more matte. Here’s the trick: You take a tissue paper, put it over your lips, and use a fluffy brush and a loose powder and lightly brush it over my lips for a matte effect.
AND YOU’RE DONE!!
Now finish up getting ready, and live your life!
You can either add more, or take it all off. At the end of the day, your makeup is your own art, so go with whatever you are most comfortable with!
Hey guys! So there’s been a ton of new products coming out lately at the drugstore but the Maybelline Rocket Mascara has been catching a lot of attention. Here’s my review that you can gander over before making a purchase.
The brush reminds me a lot of Covergirl’s LashBlast but the Maybelline one has more tiny, prominent bristles that are a lot harder. Kind of like rubber and plastic fused as one. The one downside is that because it’s so hard, it feels uncomfortable when it hits your waterline. The bristles are also very short. So you have to spend a little bit more time than usual getting product on. (The blue part isn’t where the bristles start btw, it’s just inside the clear part)
Here’s a comparison of other popular drugstore brushes to the Rocket:
This mascara is definitely buildable and does such a great job lengthening. However, It doesn’t volumize my lashes at all but usually I combine mascaras anyways so I could use any of my volumizing mascaras with this and it’ll probably be amazing! I’m not sure how the regular formula is but the waterproof version does a decent job of holding my straight lashes. *Also, I noticed that the waterproof version only had up to “Very Black” while the regular version went up to a darker black “Blackest Black”
Overall I think this is an amazing lengthening mascara! Great price as well (about $5-6 at Target) Btw I don’t have double lids, it just looks like it because I was looking up LOLL. Anyways, thanks for reading!
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sry this is rly shitty editing bc i cut it down from 18 mins also ive never edited anything before so i just kinda did some shit…ANYWAY some of u guys asked me to post my daily makeup routine so here ya go! i didn’t explain what i was doing bc im not good at teaching this stuff lol pls msg me if ur confused on anything. oh ya & sry bout the lighting a dorm room is not ideal for shooting a makeup tutorial :/
- NYX shine killer primer
- Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation for combination/oily skin in shade 150, Buff (applied w/ Real Techniques beauty blender)
Because I want to hear about the products you love, and because you’re probably looking to procrastinate anyway, I made you guys a beauty questionnaire! Tag #frenemybeautysurvey so I can see your answers!
1) What are the 5 products you would take with you on a desert island? Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice Detangler, Maybelline The Rocket Volume Mascara, EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm, Tweezerman Tweezers, and probably a Venus Gilette.
2) What are the 3 products you would splurge on if somebody gave you a giant gift card to Sephora? Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, Glam Glow Mud Mask, and a foundation brush from Marc Jacobs
3) What’s the beauty product you are most afraid of using? I tried to put on false eyelashes and was afraid the glue would fall in my eye and I didn’t like putting the tweezers near my eyes so I totally stopped.
4) What’s the lipstick that makes you feel the most powerful? Duh, MAC Diva with MAC Nightmoth
5) What’s your every day makeup routine? Makeup Forever HD Foundation in Sand, NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla for under the eyes, NARS Blush in Deep Throat, Anastasia Brow Wiz, NARS Laguna bronzer to deepen my eye crease, Elf Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, Covergirl Clump Crusher, and whatever lip color I feel like.
6) Top 3 drugstore finds you cannot live without? Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice or Divine Wine, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, and Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner.
7) Top 3 higher end finds that were actually worth the splurge? Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, and Makeup Forever Aqua Brow.
8) What’s your nighttime skincare routine? Garnier Cleansing Oil to remove makeup, Philosophy Purity Cleanser, possibly a Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar Face Mask, First Aid Beauty Repair Cream, pimple cream from Neutrogena, and Origins Ginzing Eye Cream.
9) Products you keep buying even though you have too many? Brow products and lipsticks
10) Eyeshadow colors you gravitate towards? If you could only keep one eyeshadow palette, which one would you keep? Shimmery warm Coppers, matte browns that are warm or cool, and rose golds. And the Naked 3 Palette.
11)What’s the one makeup brush in your collection that you would keep if you had to get rid of the rest? The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
12) What’s the one product you hate putting on? I fucking hate putting on mascara because I get it all over the place and then I end up smearing it everywhere.
13) Best makeup tip you love telling other people about? Putting your undereye concealer in an upside down triangle shape, blending it with your ring finger, and then immediately applying powder under the area makes such a damn difference.
14) Is there a product you started using recently that you can’t believe you didn’t use before? I just started using translucent powder on my t-zone because I was so lazy, and now I can’t believe I didn’t do it every time I go out for a whole night.
15) Best Beauty Advice? Wear as much makeup as you like, find a lipstick you love, and don’t be afraid to sometimes accentuate both your eyes and your lips
Autumn I remember you had a list of your favorite makeup products from sephora a while ago and I was wondering if you could do the same thing but with drugstore/inexpensive products? I think it would really help since I'm just starting out with makeup. Thank you so so much!!
Yeah, angel, I’d be super happy to help! I hope you’re having lots of fun with makeup as of yet and learning what you like/dislike. I’m sure you’re looking absolutely gorgeous. :-)
L’Oreal True Match Lumi
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation
Revlon Cream Blushes in Coral Reef and Flushed
Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Sunset
Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint in Peach Flush
NYX Tango Mosaic Bronzer
Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Shine
Milani Bronzer XL Powder
NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator
E.L.F. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter
Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel
Milani Brow Fix Shaping Kit
Prestige Brow Perfection
Wet ‘N Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner
Almay Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner
Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
Neutrogena Nourishing Pencil Eyeliner
L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Pencil Eyeliner
Maybelline The Nudes Palette
L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette
NYX Love in Paris A La Mode Palette
E.L.F. Smoky Look Palette
Jordana Best Lash Mascara
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
L’Oreal Million Lashes Mascara
No7 Maximum Volume Mascara
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet and Rum Raisin
Rimmel Kate Moss Collection Lipstick in 08
NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie and Pops
Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour Lipstick in Ultimate Blush
L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Saucy Mauve, Sugar Plum, and Courageous
Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Bare Secret
*Please keep in mind that this is a list of my personal favorites, as some things may not work for you as well as they might have for me in the past. Nonetheless, I hope this leads you in the right direction. Makeup is all about a journey in which you come to conclusion on what looks best to your own liking, and of course, comfort zone. X
Hello everyone! The other day I posted a pic of this make-up that I’d created thinking about about Rainbow Direction, takemehomefromnarnia , and its amazing work with the LGBTQIA community and its supporters. Since some of you asked me for a tutorial, I took some pics while I was recreating the same look for you (I apologize if the quality of the pics is not the best but I don’t have a good camera so I had to use my mobile). I think this colorful make-up could be another way to show your support for the LGBTQIA community next time you are attending a One Direction concert (but let’s be honest, everyday is a good day to embrace the Rainbow Power). I hope you’ll enjoy the look, let me know what you think about it and, if you try it yourself, send me a pic, please!
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(If you wanna, start of with a primer.) For foundation you could use the Dior Airflash foundation. It’s a lightweight finish and blends in well with a fluffy brush or beauty blender. To get rid of any blemishes or to cover of pimples or dark circles the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is perfect! Apply on the areas needed and blend in with a beauty blender or what you usually use to blend in your concealer. To set everything you can use any powder you want, eg the NYX powder foundation. Grab a big fluffy brush and put it all over your face. The colour of your blush depends on your skin tone so make sure the colour you choose matches yout skin tone and that it looks natural. A very nice blush is the Make-Up Forever HD blush. To give your face a natural sun kissed look (if you’re a pale face like me) the Rimmel Natural Bronzer is a very nice way to do so. Before applying eyeshadow make sure you prime your eyelids. A nice primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Just apply it with your finger. For eyeshadow you can use the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette. Start off with taking a flat eyeshadow pencil and apply the colour “naked 2“ all over your lid. For some depth take a fluffy brush and apply “faint” onto your crease. To lighten up your eyes a bit take your flat brush again and add “w.o.s.” onto your inner eye. To make your eyes pop even more apply some mascara. A great mascara is the Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Mascara. Because the eye is so simple the lips can be as bold as they want. Red is always a great choice to look classy. For Lipliner Nars Velvet Lip Liner in Nihiwatu and the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Annabella are a great duo.