Tina Made Up

What’s your morning makeup routine? A few months ago I took a private makeup lesson from my friend Renee at Beauty Makeup Studio and she revolutionized the way I apply my makeup. (Read my extensive Yelp review here for what the lesson entailed!). Here’s what I do for a fully made-up face:

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[FACE] After moisturizing and applying sunblock to my face, I mix a tiny glob of Make Up For Ever’s (MUFE) HD Foundation in shade 125 (quarter pump) with an equal amount of MUFE’s Full Cover concealer in shade 5 (a shade/two lighter than my skin). I apply this to conceal redness, blemishes, and also highlight the face (apply wherever the light would naturally catch on your face). I learned that it’s really unnecessary to apply a full face of foundation/B.B. cream if you conceal correctly. I also use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat in shade 2.5 (also a shade/two lighter than my skin) as an under-eye concealer, and carry this around for brightening throughout the day. Then, I ‘set’ my face with a super-duper light dusting of MUFE’s HD Powder.

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[FACE, cont.] Next, I apply Nars bronzer in the shade Laguna, and Nars blush in the shade Orgasm.
[EYEBROWS] I use Anastasia’s Brow Wiz in shade Soft Brown to lightly shape my eyebrows, and fill in with DuWop’s Browwow powder.
[EYES] I’ll also use Browwow as an eyeshadow (it’s a taupe shade) to add some depth to the eyes.

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[EYES, cont.] Night-look: If I’m going out or feeling ambitious, I’ll add some type of creamy eyeliner (pictured: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Guilty Grey, Urban Decays 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Bourbon;  Solone Gel Like Smoody Pencil in Forest Green) blended out with a shimmer eyeshadow from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette.
[EYELASHES] Finally, I curl my eyelashes with the Shiseido curler (though after this one breaks I’m going back to Shu Uemura’s, which fits my eye shape better) and add a coat of Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara (which I bought after trying out Sephora’s birthday sample this year). My go-to mascara is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear but I like this Benefit one too.

Final look pictured in my bio picture here. It’s tough work applying makeup to make yourself look like you’re not wearing much at all. The whole process takes about 20 minutes– is this long or short?? Do share. 🙂

PS- If you’re like me and never ‘properly’ learned how to apply makeup, a private lesson like the one I took is HIGHLY recommended. Though makeup seems like one of those things you just “figure out” over time, in actuality there are so many tricks and techniques the average person doesn’t know– they can completely change your look (for the better!). Anyway, if you want to consider a lesson, check out Renee’s portfolio here and her website here— she’s amazeballs and worth every penny.