I love make-up. Both trying new products, testing trends, and playing with various colors and application techniques. But I’m definitely a creature of habit…I generally stick to the same “look” and usually rely on faithful favorites. That being said, I’ve been adding tools like the beautyblender and swapping my go-to products more now than ever before and I’ve been loving the results.
During the day I tend to go make-up free (because I’m lazy and generally don't see anyone working from home). However, my schedule living in Dallas has gotten me away from my home office more often than not and I’ve been wearing more daytime makeup. Not feeling like going for my full night-time look (black liner, bold lashes) but also not wanting to go too minimal, I’ve found the perfect balance of simple and pretty in a palette that’s ideal for fall!
Nordstrom is always an easy one-stop-shop when it comes to all things beauty and I really trust the artists to guide me towards products that will work best for me. I’ve skipped over my face makeup and gone right into the fun stuff below but I’ll tell you that I’m wearing Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in Foundation (no. 4.25) on my face (applied with a beautyblender) and Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector (in Light Bisque) and Intensive Skin Serum Concealer (in Ivory) under my eyes. For my brows I use the Bobbi Brown “Light” Brow Kit with her Eye Definer Brush. A little bronzer by Benefit and that’s all before moving on to the below…
.Shadow // Did y’all know that Bobbi Brown is celebrating her 25th anniveray this year? I’m a BIG Bobbi lover. Her “nude” makeup look with natural touches of color speak to my simplistic soul. In honor of the 25th anniversary Bobbi came out with a collection of limited edition palettes inspired by three iconic cities (New York, Paris, and London) I love the “fool proof” nature of a shadow palette and have been using the Bobbi Brown ‘New York’ Palette (which has four nude shadows in matte and metallic finishes and a blush). How cute is the outside compact with the Richard Haines illustration?!
Before I use any shadow, or even if I’m planning on having a bare lid, I always apply NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Shadow Base. It’s the best eye base/primer I’ve tried (and I’ve managed to try several) in that it will NOT crease, or cake. It’s creamy but dries smooth and once I’ve got it on, I’m good to go with the below:
- First: I sweep the “Cream” shadow from lashline to browbone using the Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep Brush. This creates a nice, neutral base.
- Second: I dust “Birch” on my lower lid, from the lash line and up into the crease with my Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush. I love using the Blender Brush for this for added dimension and a slightly set-in look.
- Third: using the Bobbi Brown Touch-Up Brush (a great brush when using any shimmer, glitter, or metallic shadows!) I layer a bit of “Champagne Quartz” on the lower lid. It gives a day-time appropriate hint of shimmer that can be bumped up for evening.
.Liner // Typically I use a black liner (my go-to is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in black) since I use black mascara. But a black liquid liner is definitely pretty heavy for day time…so I have been using Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate as a softer alternative. I did NOT think I would like a brown liner but I love how much more natural it looks! I should note that the “Espresso” shadow from the ‘New York’ Palette can be used to line upper and lower lash lines but I prefer the gel eyeliner because it offers longer wear time, a more defined look, and is easier for me to apply. Speaking of application, I use Bobbi’s Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush for the gel liner. I make sure to coat both sides of the flat brush and gently scrape any “excess” off the sides of the jar before drawing along my upper lash line.
.Mascara // The Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Tint is my secret weapon…I’ve been using it for a couple years on my lower lashes because the formula is waterproof and the skinny, tiny brush is perfect for getting those smaller lashes. A few weeks ago I used it on my upper lashes (out of pure laziness) and was obsessed with how natural it looked while still adding some weight and length. I still like using a more heafty mascara for night-time but this is perfect for during the day. It doesn’t flake (ever – even when it gets to be on it’s last leg), can be layered under normal mascara as a primer or worn on top of normal mascara as a waterproof sealer. It’s also super easy to remove at the end of the day. Highly recommend!
.Blush // I love the blush from the ‘New York’ Palette – it’s a very nice natural hue – but I’m crazy obsessed with the color and formula of the Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint in Sheer Pink for during the day. I don’t love using my fingers for application so I love that the cream can be shipped along the apples of my cheeks and that I only have to do minimal blending with my fingers to do a natural-looking flush. It’s a sheer cream – so my skin and freckles can still be seen – and I think it gives a slight dewiness to my cheeks that I love for daytime!
.Lips // Generally, I opt for my RODIN Olio Lusso Lip Balm or the Sara Happ Lip Slip because I love a nude, natural lip. But I’ve been feeling like adding a little color to my kiss now that it’s fall and the below have been on rotation:
- Bobbi Brown Rich Color Lip Gloss in Aubergine: this isn’t as dark as it looks, which I love, but it has a medium coverage which means it gives more pigment than the next gloss…
- Bobbi Brown Tube Tint in Naked: this is like a “fall nude” as far as I’m concerned. It’s just a little darker than my natural lip and it gives awesome shine. (also here)
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella: my biggest issue with bold-colored lipsticks is that they can be either super shiny (and get all over my teeth and the area around my month) or super matte (which makes my lips look cakey and dry). This lip pencil literally feels like satin – no stickiness, no dryness, just a very smooth texture that stays put! I like this red for fall because it’s not a “holiday” red but has more of a red wine color…fun to wear during the day if I’m just doing jeans, a white tee, and basic heels.
.Highligher // My final step when finishing my make-up for either day or night is to add a little bit of highlighter. I’ve got tons of highlighter products so I’m always rotating between powder vs. cream, color vs. a neutral sheen, etc. Time of year my skin lacks the natural flush I get in the summer so adding a swipe from my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar is a nice hit of color and shin on top of my cheek tint. I use the Laura Mercier Fan Brush because I’ve found it distributes the lightest dusting. The Shimmer Brick is fool-proof – just hold the fan brush up vertically and lightly sweep through all five shades of the Brick, then dust lightly on cheekbones after your blush.
And that’s it…my current fall make-up routine that is perfect for day-time and can easily transition into a night out if need be!
P.S. If you’re wondering how I got my wavy hair, click over to this tutorial post!