So you want to drop some hard-earned cash at Sephora? It’s easy to go overboard and suddenly find yourself hitting the triple digits even though you feel like you bought three things and they are in a tiny bag. To me, around 50 bucks (not including tax I don’t know where you LIVE) is the “listen, Imma go all out and treat myself a bit” range without being explosively insane. Feel free to pick and choose to fit your budget, though. Below, I give you a starter guide to some of the best bangs for your buck, depending on the kind of shit you are looking for. May it help you in the darkest (or most florescent, lighting-wise) of places.
For a Natural Look:
1. Benefit Gimme Brow! (22.00)
2. Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm (13.00)
Sephora’s Color Reveal Lip Balm is a dupe for Dior Glow, and basically it’s a balm that enhances your natural lip color to create a subtle, rosy look. It’s very, very pretty–surprisingly so. This is one of my favorite products when I want to look like me, but with prettier non-food-stained lips. This plus strong, natural brows is an easy way to get a simple, pretty look.
For Acne Prone Skin
1. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (20.00)
2. NARS Creamy Concealer (29.00)
FAB is the best shit. It really takes care of sensitive skin and gets rid of stubborn little breakouts. This stuff cleared me up relatively fast, and NARS is hands-down my favorite concealer. It’s creamy, comes in a bajillion tones to fit any skin color, and covers up volcanoes, red marks, and things I’ve unfortunately popped and made bloody and worse.
For Dry Skin
1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (12.00)
2. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (35.00)
Like I said, FAB= the best shit. This stuff is creamier than gosh darn cream cheese frosting and gets rid of patchy weirdness almost immediately. That layered underneath some moisturizing cc cream–this one by Clinique adds a little bit of glow, coverage AND hydration..and you’re good to go. Although honestly I think makeup companies throw the word “glow” around a lot..like, nobody’s GLOWING calm down.
1. Naked Basics Palette (28.00)
2. Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darling (20.00)
For somebody looking to try out new makeup AND cult favorites they see on Youtube and shit, this combo is great. The Naked Basics palette has great matte, neutral colors if you’re learning to do a smoky eye, a brow highlight, or a natural day look. The Too Faced kit is filled with stuff some are too afraid to dive into full-sized–like primers and bronzer, which are definitely not for everyone–and a great mascara.
1. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (23.00)
2. Sephora Cream Lip Stain (13.00)
3. Boscia Blotting Linens (5.00)
In my book, great fake-looking lashes are the easiest way to go from a day-to-night-out-oh-god-i’d-rather-stay-home look. This one is my favorite Sephora Mascara. Although I do believe buying drugstore is preferred, it’s nice to have a glam one lying around. Okay. So, when I want to look sexy at night, that means not melting my makeup away in sweat. So–blotting linens to get the oily gin-and-tonic sweat out discreetly in a bar bathroom, and Sephora Lip Stain it is. Baby doll, I talk about this lip stain all the time because A GRENADE COULD NOT GET THIS OFF. It’s pigmented, beautiful, and non-drying. Buy the red and thank me later.
Spring Trends Look
1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball (22.00)
2. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee (22.00)
3. Sephora Nano Eye Pencil (5.00)
Marc Jacobs Rollerball is a jumping into the daisies, spring-ass flower explosion, but any floral-y “oh god, it’s getting warmer” rollerball will do. I also added Josie Maran’s beautifully light and fresh pigmented cheek jelly thing because it adds a light flush to your cheeks and isn’t so heavy because baby, your body is just remembering how to sweat again. Top off with some eyeliner on the bottom lash line in white or blue for some trendy “I saw this in a magazine” realness.
1. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (15.00)
2. Formula X Nail Lacquer (12.50)
3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (18.00)
Saved my favorite for last, obviously. If you want to look like you might kill a man, this is the trio for you. The Black Honey Almost Lipstick is a translucent berry-black, and looks great on all skin-tones. It adds a darkness, almost…bloody wine Malefecint…look to your lips, and also doubles as a scary-good rust look for your eyelids. That plus some Formula X in their insanely great pigments–grainy blacks, holographic golds, blood reds–would almost complete the look..but oh no! Add a huge, sweeping cat-eye with Kat Von D’s tattoo liner, which is beloved by many evil and beautiful women for a reason. Then, put on some ripped tights and break some hearts, ladies.