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When it comes to beauty products and skin care, I am constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest, especially when it comes to updating my makeup for Summer. Of course I have my ride-or-dies, but there are a ton of new products that I have recently worked into my makeup routine and wanted to share with you. As it gets warmer, I want my makeup to adjust as well – I’m talking sunkissed colors, luminous primers and setting sprays, and warm eyeshadows – but where to start? And what is really worth the hype?
While I continue to learn about beauty, I realized that there were still a few areas of my makeup routine that were lacking: my powder left a cakey finish, my eyeshadow never blended exactly how I wanted it, and my contour shade wasn’t quite right. Thankfully, after multiple visits to Sephora and Ulta and even dipping my toe into the Hush App craze, I had found a routine that I’m sticking to this Summer.
Let’s start with the basics. While your tools aren’t the most exciting purchase, they’re definitely the game changers and can make or break your makeup look.
Morphe M441 Creasing Brush: I was skeptical about this brush at first for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s not as soft as other shadow brushes I have used. Secondly, it’s only $6! But clearly, I have been opting for the wrong tools. This brush has changed the way I apply shadow for the better and at this point, I would honestly pay anything for it. It’s perfect for laying your crease color and has made my shadows go on so smoothly. Plus, at such an amazing price, I have gone back for a few more (one for darker colors and a clean one for blending). I don’t know how I lived without it!
Morphe M432 Flat Liner Definer Brush: Before stumbling across this brush, my shadow application below my waterline was either too dark or too light. Either I went in with a heavy hand and a thick brush, making me look borderline gothic or I went too light and made my eyes look smaller. Enter Morphe’s M432. I use this flat brush to tightline under my waterline and then I go back with a fluffy brush to blend out the shadow creating a smoky look. The flat, straight edge makes it simple to pick up shadow and deposit it evenly and exactly where you want it.
Hush’s Bad Habit Arabesque Palette: I have been using Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Soft Glam Palette for about a month now, but I wish I had waited because Hush just dropped dupe perfection! If you haven’t heard about the Hush App, it is a one-stop shop for cheap makeup. They carry popular makeup brands like NYX (which by the way are all 25% off today) and ELF, as well as popular dupes of high-end brands.
I was so excited when I received a package in the mail from Hush because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I about died when I saw the Arabesque Palette because it is beyond spot on. Look at them side-by-side in the above photo – they are IDENTICAL! The colors are super pigmented and the shimmers apply well with a little Fix+ or glitter glue.
The one draw back of this palette is that is does have quite a bit of fallout. The colors go on equally as pigmented as the Soft Glam palette so if you don’t mind a bit of mess, than this is a great alternative. My one complaint is that I commonly use a black shadow to do a cat eye and to line my lash line and the black shadow fallout on my face can mess up my undereye makeup.
Hush’s Bad Habit After Palettes: If you’re looking to try a ton of eyeshadow colors from Hush for one low price, I would recommend the After Palettes bundle. You get four unique palettes for only $30. My two favorites are the After Dark and After Party palettes if you’re looking for both a warm neutral and a cool neutral look. Between them all, you have 36 shades to play around with.
Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Fine Line Shodo Pen: I mentioned before that I have always done my cat eye with black eyeshadow, but Feline Flick has me rethinking my process… or at least upgrading it. This liner is so pigmented and long-lasting, I now apply it on top of my shadow line to lock it in. But if you have a steadier hand than me, I would go straight to this product. The tip is seriously so thin and easy to handle!
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara: I have sworn by Loreal’s Telescopic Mascara for years, but honestly the combo of these two together is giving me life. I first apply Telescopic and then follow up with 5 Star Mascara. It keeps my lashes from clumping and gives them a full, defined look. Honestly, there’s nothing a hate more than my lashes sticking together and this one does the trick. It is also a miracle worker on my lower lashes!
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer: This primer is EVERYTHING! I am such a stickler on primers because my foundation (NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation) tends to oxide with most luminous, dewy primers. This has been such a bummer for me because I love a shimmery, moisturizing primer on my dry skin. Thank goodness I finally tried CT’s Wonder Glow Primer. Not only does it give a warm, glowy look to your skin, but it also minimizes pores and blurs everything out. Until this product, I had yet to find both in one!
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Pallete: I have to warn you – this palette is pricey but a little goes a long way. The contour and highlight shades are just perfection. The contour color is the most natural shadow tone and the highlight is a soft, yet noticeable everyday shimmer that doesn’t bring out any texture in your skin. I had recently been skipping highlighting all together until this product. Plus, I’m a sucker for packaging and it is STUNNING.
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed: Urban Decay went and dropped the perfect bronzer in the most adorable palm tree packaging. I recently tried their entire new Beached collection and most of the shades were a little wild for me, but this bronzer has me hooked. It also comes in the shade sunkissed which is a bit warmer so if you have olive tones to your skin, I would try that one instead.
Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder: This is easily the most unique product I have seen in quite a while. Becca’s Hydra-Mist Powder is made up of 50% water and feels cool and wet when it’s applied to the skin. It’s such a crazy feeling that I even put some on my husband face to try it out too! But not only does it feel amazing, it looks amazing. There is nothing I hate more than cakey face makeup and Becca’s Set & Refresh powder is the remedy to this.
MAC Fix+ Pink Lite: Thank you MAC for creating this product!! I have been a fan of Fix+ for years, but Fix+ Pink Lite has changed the game! It is the same formula that is perfect for setting your makeup, but they have added a soft pink shimmer to it and it is such a natural way to look more radiant. I even purchased it for both my mother and mother-in-law. Here’s hoping this is a permanent fixture at the MAC counter or else I will have to begin hoarding them 😉
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Resize and Reshape Liner in Pillow Talk: This lip liner does exactly what it’s name says – it allows you to overline your lips, giving them the illusion of filler while still looking natural. I have been using Wet & Wild’s liner which is AMAZING, but I have to continuously reapply it throughout the day. I couldn’t believe how long lasting this liner was! I just pop on a little gloss throughout the day, but this liner stays put. And after trying so many that are too dark or too light, Pillow Talk is so universally flattering and goes on so smoothly.
Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Exposed: I like to call this color your lips, but better. It’s the perfect mauve, neutral everyday shade and it dries down so quickly. Like any liquid lips, make sure to exfoliate your lips before applying but once it’s on, it ain’t going anywhere. My issue with most liquid lip colors are that the colors aren’t wearable for every day life so thank goodness that Tarte finally created a normal shade (if you know what I mean). The packaging is gorgeous and it’s limited edition so if you’re wanting to try it, I would move fast!