I’m a late bloomer when it comes to a lot of things and makeup is definitely one of them. I didn’t really wear makeup until after college. Tinted moisturizer was as far as I went for coverup and eyeliner and lipstick for special occasions. I added a few more products to my makeup repertoire along the way but never consistently. I think it was okay back then. I was still young and looked relatively presentable even on minimal makeup.
As I got older, I would often get comments like, “You look tired,” “You’re so pale,” or even worse, “You look sick.” It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the world of blush, bronzers and contouring. These not only add a healthy glow to your face but also provide dimension and definition. I’m still learning the art of face contouring and sculpting and I’m sure there are many other products that I have yet to try but I wanted to share a few of my favorite makeup items I’ve encountered so far, that I use on a regular basis.
1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer
After putting on my foundation, I go straight to this bronzer. It adds color to my face without being overwhelming. I love the fact that it’s waterproof. I add it right beneath my non-existent cheekbone to create the illusion of one. I add it to my jawline, to the outline of my temple and on either sides of my nose from the bridge down to the tip, all of which add definition and dimension to my features. The result is subtle but noticeable.
2. Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer
For extra definition on special occasions and photo shoots, I use Tarte’s The Sculptor, a recent addition. It helps by allowing more precise application of the dark areas. The contouring also makes my face look slimmer…I hope. To minimize harsh lines, I use Tarte’s contouring brush to blend in the product.
3. Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful
Coming from someone who rarely used blush before, it’s surprising that I can’t seem to live without it these days. I am in desperate need of that extra flush in my cheeks after the long winter we’ve had (Yes, I’m still talking about it.) I really like Tarte’s Cheek Stain because it’s super easy to use. Just dab it on the apple of your cheeks and blend in for a natural healthy glow.
4. Benefit Coralista Blush
I also like to add a little bit of shimmer to my cheeks, especially if I’m going out at night. This particular blush from Benefit adds a subtle peach hue to my cheeks and softens the whole look.
5. Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
I like to finish off with Tarte’s Smooth Operator Finishing Powder. It not only sets the makeup but it also blends in everything for a more natural look. If you have oily skin, this is perfect for eliminating that extra shine.
6. Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter
I like to apply my highlights at the very end so it doesn’t disappear under the finishing powder. I love adding this champagne hued accent to different areas of my face such as the brow bones, the middle of the forehead, the corner of my eyes, the center of the cupid’s bow and sometimes my cheeks. This adds a dewy glow to strategic spots and lights up the face.
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