Current Favorites – Makeup Basics

We all have our own makeup tricks and staples that we pull out for that special occasion or date night, but for every day I’m a big fan of the five minute face (okay… maybe 10 minutes). As I’ve gotten older I have found that it is more important to me to spend money on my skincare and watch what I am putting in my body rather than spending a lot on my makeup. Now that I have found skincare products that work wonders on my skin (see my First Aid Beauty post here) I find that I am more comfortable wearing less makeup. Having a good base means you just need a few products to enhance your natural look!

Current Favorites - Makeup Basics

I have a few tried and true products that I wear and layer in different steps depending on what look I am going for. I start with my e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer in Radiant Glow #83404 to give my skin a natural sheen under my foundation. I put this on over my First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 cream and it layers perfectly. Next I follow with my Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation. For me, the easiest way I have found to apply my foundation is with my Beauty Blender. This foundation has great coverage but still looks natural and feels light on my skin. I have never liked heavy, super thick foundation so this one from Covergirl is my go-to. I will top off my face with either bronzer or blush depending on what I am wearing.

Current Favorites - Makeup Basics

My eyes are my favorite thing to highlight and what I get the most compliments on. I have been wearing winged eye liner for as long as I can remember (I have Lauren Conrad to thank for that!) Because of this I have tried many different eyeliners and in my opinion you can’t beat Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This is by far the best long-lasting liner and easiest to apply. It helps to apply a good primer to your lid before you apply the liner. I use this one from Urban Decay. And if I am going to wear eye shadow, I apply that before my liner to make everything pop! I finish my eyes off with multiple coats of mascara. I LOVE this one from Maybelline.

Current Favorites - Makeup Basics

I love a good lip color. I think it transforms your whole look. You can go neutral with winged liner and add a pop of color on your lip and it’s instantly retro. This Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Electric Orange has been my favorite color this spring (seen here). When I don’t feel quite so bold, I reach for my Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill. This is the perfect nude shade and I love the matte finish because it looks so natural, versus a gloss.

Do you have some favorites that I need to try? I always love to test out new products! Happy Wednesday!

xo Bryn

19 thoughts on “Current Favorites – Makeup Basics

  1. Amy

    Great roundup! I actually haven’t tried any of these products but plan to do so now that I’ve read this! 🙂

    xo Amy


      Thanks Amy! Hope you find a few that you love! xo bryn

  2. kali

    ill have to try that madeline! i recently found the NYX matte creme lipsticks and am obsessed with them!


      I love NYX too! They have amazing colors! xo bryn

  3. adele

    Would love to give that mascara a try, great post! I love your blog too, let me know if you want to follow each other! x


      Thanks Adele! The mascara is amazing!! Hope you try it out! xo Bryn

  4. Bridget Rose

    I keep seeing great reviews on the Kat Von D products and I think the liner sounds amazing!

    Thanks for sharing!


    Bridget ||


      It seriously is the BEST! You have to try it! Thanks for reading! xo Bryn

  5. Raina

    Looks like great products! I’ll have to try the mascara since I’m always on the hunt for new ones 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    xo Raina


      I’m obsessed with it! Thanks for stopping by Raina! xo bryn

  6. Tamara

    I love the UD eyeshadow primer! Great round up!


    Tamara –


      Thanks! Isn’t it the best?! I’ve used it for years! xo Bryn

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