Hey everyone! The post I had planned for today fell through to some photoshop problems, so yesterday I last minute decided to do a post loosely based on Ride or Die Makeup Tag, even though I’ll be doing it as a blog post instead of a video, but the general idea is the same, so I’ll be sharing my number one product in each category!
I know it is SO typical Caitlin to not be able to decide on the very first category. I promise this is the only one that I have two products for, and there is a very good reason for it! My favorite makeup primer is the Becca Backlight Face Primer. It does a great job of giving my skin a glow from within and keeping my foundation in place all day, but I only wear it for special occasions because it tends to make my skin break out a little bit if I wear it every day. That being said, my skin’s favorite primer is the Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer. The refreshing feel of coconut is amazing on dry skin and it absolutely does extend the lifetime of my makeup. I feel like the Becca one just works the tiniest bit better for extending wear, while the Marc Jacobs one is much kinder to my skin.
Too Faced makes my all-time favorite eyeshadow primer. It keeps my eyeshadow in place all day, is easy to apply, and doesn’t clump at all. The best part is my eyeshadows and eyeliners NEVER smudge when I apply this primer first.
My favorite foundation and concealer duo is this Urban Decay Naked pair. My number one requirement for a foundation is being lighweight, because more than anything else I want to not feel like I’m wearing 18 pounds of makeup on my face. This one has the added benefit of being extremely bendable and easy to apply.
I bring this Anastasia Contour Kit with me pretty much everywhere. I use ‘Java’ for contouring and ‘Banana’ to set my under eye area, but I also frequently use ‘Havana’ and ‘Vanilla’ so there was no way I couldn’t include this gem.
My favorite bronzer is the NARS Laguna bronzer. I know I can always use this to add a bit of color to my face, even if I am a ghostly winter shade of translucent white. The Becca Opal Highlighter never fails me and is my go to shade 100% of the time. My favorite blush is also by Becca, in the shade Flowerchild, which is the perfect peachy-pink shade.
My eye makeup routine has really evolved over the years since swiping on brown eyeliner and mascara. I start with the Urban Decay Subversion eyelash primer, which has been a total game changer for me. Then I coat my lashes with the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, and line my lids with bareMinerals Lasting Line Eyeliner in ‘Lasting Brown’ or ‘Absolute Black’. I do my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz Pencil in ‘Taupe’ and the Tinted Brow Gel in ‘Caramel’.
Eye shadow palette was possibly the hardest category to choose. There have been so many great palettes that came out last year (both of Anastasia’s are on top of my list) and my friend Kelsey gave me a Vice palette a few years ago that I absolutely adore, but at the end of the day the Naked Smoky is the one I always turn to when I need to do a quick look that I know will look great. Whether I’m going on a date or to a basketball game or just out shopping, I know I can always create different levels of sexiness and intensity with this palette.
My favorite lip products are always rose or mauve colored, and these ones are no exception. I have been absolutely obsessed with the sheer finish on this matte mauve lipstick by NARS (in the shade Catfight) and the rose color of Marc Jacobs’ Pretty Thing.
I am not a huge liquid lipstick fan at all, but this Kat Von D Lolita II Shade is a total exception. This shade is so pretty and unique it’s totally worth wearing a liquid lipstick.
Last but most definitely not least is this Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. They recently revamped the packaging so mine looks a bit outdated, but I can assure you this quality is the best out there, bar none.
Primer: Becca, Marc Jacobs
Eye Shadow Primer: Too Faced
Foundation: Urban Decay Naked
Concealer: Urban Decay Naked
Contour Kit: Anastasia Beverly Hills
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Highlighter: Becca ‘Opal’
Blush: Becca ‘Flowerchild’
Mascara: Urban Decay ‘Subversion’ Primer, Urban Decay ‘Perversion’
Eyeliner: bareMinerals ‘Lasting Line’
Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in ‘Taupe’, Anastasia Brow Gel in ‘Caramel’
Eye Shadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked ‘Smoky’
Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter