Me, But Better

Me, But Better

I come to you today with a semi-detailed post about my current everyday makeup routine, the same routine that I've been doing for like 3 months now. I'm not a morning-person nor am I comfortable with wearing heavy makeup on a daily basis so I like to keep it as quick and light as possible. My makeup literally takes no more than 10 minutes. As a disclaimer I'd also like to state that the lip color may vary, but it's always some nude shade of brown for the most part.

Aside from having quick makeup, I also like for my makeup to look natural. I ain't about no nose contour, highlighting 70% of my face with NW15, baking, full coverage foundation, nah nah nah none of that. When I put my makeup on, I still want to look like myself, just more polished. When I take off my makeup, I still want to look like myself. I used rely on makeup to boost my confidence but once I took it off, my confidence was gone. So keeping my makeup minimal and natural helps to sort of keep me grounded and keep my expectations realistic, if that makes sense. I like the fact that I don't look that different with and without makeup, I don't like drastic changes in my appearance because I'm comfortable with myself and I like the way I look. And I want my makeup to enhance that so I can be Erni 2.0.

I debated for a long time on whether or not I should post a picture of myself without makeup because I look like a beetle and it would ruin my reputation of being flawless, but then I was just like fuck it who cares (I do). Thankfully I don't have skin issues anymore and I don't have to worry about concealing any dark spots, but I still have dark circles that are even more pronounced in the winter because of the severe lack of vitamin d, as well as hyperpigmentation around my mouth and on my lips that has always been there and always will be. 

For my base, I usually like to prep with the Glossier Priming Moisturizer because it pairs so well with the Skin Tint, but lately I've been using the First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer *catches breath*. I have a love-hate relationship with the Coconut Skin Primer because I find that it has the tendency to pile up and roll into little pieces when I'm rubbing it in. It's quite sinister if you ask me. But I love it because it has this subtle sheen to it that makes my skin look so glowy without looking greasy or oily, so I'm going to try my best to work with it because I want this relationship to work.

After I moisturize, I always always always use the Glossier Skin Tint in Rich. It looks super dark in the bottle but it's so sheer and blends so nicely that it just works out for me. I used to use my hands to blend this in cause I was afraid a brush would soak up all the product (a sponge definitely will) but I've been using my Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to blend it in and it works just as good as my hands, but even better because there's no mess afterwards. Since the skin tint actually dries down to a satin finish that's more on the matte side, I rarely ever use face powder actually. I always end up getting oily about 2 hours after application anyway so there's no point. But if I do want it to last just a little longer or if I want to touch up during the day for whatever reason, I'll use my NARS Light Reflecting Translucent Powder, the pressed version. If my dark ass can rock that powder, anyone can. Go ahead and get ya one ladies, cause I know I did!

To combat these horrendous dark circles, my NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in Cafe comes to the rescue. My MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW50 used to be my go-to but I've run out. I'll probably return to it once my NARS one runs out though. The MAC is a bit fuller coverage than the NARS, but honestly the NARS one works just as well. I kind of prefer it only because it has a doe-foot applicator and it cuts the application + blending process in half. Just swipe it on and blend it out with my Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, takes like a minute. Literally. I also love to use it on any faded dark spots I have if I feel like being particularly flawless that day (I did so in the picture) because it blends so nicely into the skin and is very natural looking. Since I STILL haven't found my holy grail under-eye powder yet, I just set it with my Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder, pressed. Again, I only use it for convenience, not because it's my holy grail like the other products I use. That and the NARS powder is all I have so if you have any powder recommendations, please let me know! But keep your Banana and Buttercup powder to yourself, I beg.

For some reason I like to do my entire base before moving on to anything else, so the last step to that would be hiiiiighlighter. I literally do not leave the house without my Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. I will never stop raving about this because I have yet to see or try another highlighter like this, I really think it's one of a kind. I specifically like Quartz because it's extremely natural looking on any skintone, including dark skin. Why Quartz and not Topaz, you may ask? I will tell you why, my friend. When you're not wearing makeup/highlighter and light is reflecting off of your skin, it's not gold. Because nobody's skin naturally looks like straight up gold in the light, instead your skin has this shiny, pearly white sheen to it and Quartz mimics that perfectly. I get compliments on my skin all the time at work and I think this highlighter is partially responsible for that. I just rub my finger on it and apply it to my cheekbones, brow bone, above my brow, and sometimes the tip of my nose. Voila. 

These days my brows are a force to be reckoned with because the shape just does not want to cooperate with me since they're growing out, but I'm trying my best. I've fallen in love with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, but if I find a shade from the NYX Microbrow Pencil that's an exact dupe, I will be switching over and saving myself $10 if we're being honest. I like to use as little product on my brows as possible because I just think they look best when the hairs are showing, so I just fill in any noticeable gaps and sparse areas, and that's literally it. Those areas are usually around the arch and the front of my left eyebrow. 

After filling in my eyebrows, 9/10 I brush through them and set it with my Glossier Boy Brow in Black. I also have a love-hate relationship with this product because it's a bit ashy and can dispense too much product onto the brows, but it has such a good hold. So I'm really fucking excited that they came out with a clear one, it's literally the brow gel of my dreams. The only thing I'll ever need to set them. I always make sure to brush my brow hairs up and out to help them look fuller and fluffier, especially the little hairs in the front. Muy importante, mujeres.

I recently discovered one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread and it is the Diorshow Mascara. I see a lot of people, especially celebs, rave about this mascara but I thought they were bullshitting cause I'm like "no mascara can be THAT good". But ladiez,.. I'm shook. I literally cannot tell you how many mascaras I've tried because it's too many to count, but NONE of them come close to this mascara and what it does. Diorshow does all of the above; it lengthens, separates, defines, and gives volume all at once without ever clumping. Does it sound too good to be true? Well unlike the boy you're currently talking to, it's not. This mascara is a gift from god and I don't even care if it costs like $30. I'm not really into makeup like I used to be so I don't like the idea of hoarding a bunch of makeup products the way I do with skincare, so I would rather have a few higher end products that I use consistently and just end my collection there. And this mascara will be in my makeup bag until the end of time.

As for lips... like I said, it varies. Lately I've been loving my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dubai and it is SOOO gorgeous. It's the nude lip of my dreams, it's a taupey-brown color that manages to be on the cooler side but still flattering on dark skin. And the gag is I'm not even wearing lip liner. So I think I'm gonna wear the shit out of this until I run out. Then I'm gonna buy another one and do the same thing. But if I'm not wearing this I'll probably reach for my Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Leo or my Colourpop Lip Pencil in Taurus with my MAC Chestnut Lip Liner.