I have a confession to make – I hardly ever wear eyeshadow these days. In between hitting the snooze button one too many times and squeezing in episodes of Jessica Jones right before I absolutely have to get out the door, I find that I just don’t have the time.
But it’s not just because lazy and lack time management skills. I love creating intricate eyeshadow looks, and if I don’t have the time to perfect it I just won’t bother. But there are days when I do need the little extra umph to pull my look together. Enter the nude eyeshadow – it’s like my lips but better, but for your eyelids.
These three eyeshadows are my go-to when I just want to swipe something neutral on my eyes and not worry too much about blending it out and making it perfct. And the best part is, these colors are all brown girl/brown guy friendly.
- Elf Smudge Pot in Brownie Points
This is my all time favorite brown lid color. I love the deep brown color and the fact that it has a slightly metallic finish. I am obsessed with the Elf Smudge Pots because the texture and pigmentation is unbelievable, and the price is unbeatable!
- BH Cosmetics Missy Lynn Palette (light brown shade)
The Missy Lynn eyeshadow palette is a godsend for brown girls/guys everywhere. The two brown shades in the palette are perfect when used as a transition shade – or all over the lid! I like to use the light brown shade by itself when I want to just throw something neutral on and get out the door quickly. If you have darker skin, the darker brown shade in the palette may be the perfect neutral shade for you – try it! This palette is very affordable and versatile.
- Urban Decay Smog Eyeshadow
I’ve had the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette for about two years now, and the one color I have been using consistently since day one is Smog. Smog is a cool brown color with hints of gold that I use either to blend out in the crease for smoky looks, or just all over the lid by itself. It isn’t a true neutral color since it is quite gold, but I love how elegant this eyeshadow is. It looks so perfect by itself, no blending necessary.
(l to r: Elf Smudge Pot in Brownie Points, Missy Lynn Palette light brown eyeshadow, Urban Decay Smog)
Foundation is the most important beauty invention known to man, and I will argue with anyone who says otherwise. If you’re one of the lucky elite with perfect, blemish-free skin then foundation may not be as crucial for you as it is to me (and if you’re one of those people, please share your skincare routine and I will send you a box filled with kittens and chocolate candies in return).
This year I stepped outside of my comfort zone and experimented with different foundations. I’ve been using MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid forever, and although I liked it the beauty addict in me just had to see if there was something more flawless, more perfect, and likely more expensive than MAC. This was the year I set out to find my Holy Grail foundation, and I think I found it.
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is hands-down the best foundation I’ve ever tried, the best foundation ever, and my favorite beauty find of the year. It’s the most expensive foundation I’ve ever used, but I would happily repurchase it over and over again. I’m currently on my second bottle, after scraping my first one clean to get every last bit of it out. One bottle lasts forever because I only need to use a tiny bit to cover my whole face and get the coverage I need.
This foundation is perfect for my oily skin because it has a matte finish. One layer covers all of my dark spots, but you can easily build it up even more by applying more foundation to your trouble areas if needed. I exclusively apply this using a makeup sponge and my skin looks so flawless yet natural. And it lasts all day. All. Day. I could sleep with this on, and literally wake up flawless.
Honorable mentions for other great beauty finds of the year go to the L’Oreal True Match foundation and ELF mineral blush and bronzer. I don’t know where I would be without the ELF mineral bronzer! I’m guessing probably curled up in a ditch somewhere, or some awful city in Ohio.
What was your favorite beauty product of the year? I know it’s hard to choose just one!
Let’s just say my lips give Death Valley a run for its money. I won’t go into detail about how dry my lips are, but I know one of the signs of healthy lips is not constant peeling, cracking and flaking. I think. If it is then I’m in much better shape than I expected.
Still, my lips have been in a pretty decent state ever since I dumped my Chapstick addiction and graduated to more sophisticated lip care products. But during the winter months the cold air sucks all of the moisture out of my lips and just applying lip balm doesn’t cut it anymore. Yes, it’s gets cold in LA. Yes, it’s upsetting and I don’t want to talk about it.
But my new three-step winter lip care routine is like a spa treatment for my lips. If you suffer from dry winter lips too, hopefully this will help you!
I’ll be the first to admit that I never really understood the nude lipstick trend until now. All of the nude lipsticks that I’ve tried in the past always made me look like a zombie. I’ve since discovered that you can make almost any lip product wearable with a healthy dose of lip liner (and confidence). My favorite is still NYX’s Nude Truffle lipliner, which is the perfect nude shade for me.
I bought Milani’s Teddy Bare lipstick a couple of months ago after YouTuber Jackie Aina called one of the best nude lipsticks for dark skin. After watching her video, I rushed out to buy Teddy Bare and quickly realized after trying it on that there was no way I could ever wear it out in public. Although the formulation of the lipstick itself is wonderful, I thought it still made me look like I was an extra in The Walking Dead. View Post
Kids these days have it so easy.
I started wearing makeup before the dawn of the YouTube beauty guru. When I started wearing makeup, Michelle Phan was just a girl in art school. Back in my day, makeup advice was passed down from mother to daughter, friend to friend, and if you had good connections maybe your cousin knew a cosmetologist who could do your makeup for you for homecoming.
But these days things are very different (and that’s a great thing)! I love that I have a platform that I can use to share makeup advice with hundreds or thousands of people. If you’re new to makeup and curious about the basics, you’re in the right place.