Inside My Makeup Bag

I am doing something a little different and a little crazy today.  I am sharing the contents of my makeup bag with all of you!  Now, let me start this adventure with a little disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form a beauty blogger.  I don’t have perfect skin, beauty bloggers everywhere would probably cringe knowing how I apply my makeup but I know what I like and what works for me.  It has taken me a really long time to find products that work for my skin and that I can use individually for an on the go look or all together for a full made up face.

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For any of you who don’t personally know me let me tell you a little about my skin.  I have had red, blotchy skin since middle school (thanks for those genes, Mom!), my skin is a combo of really oily in some areas and dry in others plus I have larger pores in my T zone area.  Sexy, right?  After years and years of wearing only MAC product I recently decided to venture out of my comfort zone and have found product that is better suited to my needs.

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So what is my process?  After the usual wash, moisturize, protect…

Step 1 – I love this Algenist eye cream and use it every day before as a first step to my make up and every night before bed.

Step 2 – I have struggled to find the right primer for my combo skin but FINALLY (thanks to the help of an amazing associate at Sephora) found this Make Up Forever Mattifying Primer.  I put a little on my fingers, rub it together and then press into my face.

Step 3 – I started listening to the podcast “Straight Up With Stassi” a while ago and Stassi kept talking about her amazing airbrush foundation from Sephora.  I finally broke down, tried it and fell in love!  I wear LIGHT and use a Beauty Blender to smooth over my skin.

Step 4 – I adore this MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (in NC20) for those days I want FULL coverage.  Just a little goes a long way under the eyes and around my nose.

Step 5 – My MAC BB Cream (in Medium) gives a great dewy finish over the airbrush foundation that can be a touch dry.  I use a flat foundation brush to apply a little bit on top of the foundation.  If I am having a low key day running errand I skip steps 2-4 and pick up here.

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Step 5 – This Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Coverup is perfect to set foundation.  A little bit gives you a really light coverage or you can layer for a fuller coverage depending on your needs.  I use Petal in the Winter and Champagne in the Summer when I have a little tan.

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Step 6 – This Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer smells like HEAVEN!  I use a little on my cheek bones, my temples, and down my nose for a bit of contour.

Step 7 – This Becca Shimmer Powder in Opal gives just the right amount of highlight without looking greasy.  I highlight the same areas I just applied bronzer to with either a blush brush or my finger (don’t judge) depending on the day.

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Step 8 – A quick sweep of Benefit’s Galifornia on my cheeks for that sunkissed glow.

Step 9 – I always play around with my eye shadow palettes but am currently loving this Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Golden Hour.  I mix and match colors depending on my mood but always start with a bone color from lash line to brown bone and then a neutral on my lid.  Oh, and I always line my eyes in MAC’s Technakohl liner in Graph Black and finish with this Buxom Lash Mascara.

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Step 10 – On a daily basis I use Benefit Gimme Brow in 1 to fill in and shape my brows then use the Becca Shimmer to highlight but for a more dramatic look I prefer the Fiona Styles Brow Sculpting Wax.

All in all my full made up look takes me about 15 minutes and I can be out the door with just some BB Cream, Powder, Bronzer, Brow & Mascara in 5.

Just curious, how many of you would like me to do an Insta Stories tutorial of how I do my makeup?

XO, Niki

Shop all products below!

Make Up Forever Step 1 // Sephora Airbrush Foundation // Algenist Eye Cream // MAC Concealer // MAC BB Cream // Benefit Hello Flawless // Too Faced Chocolate Soleil // Becca Shimmer // Benefit Galifornia // Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette // MAC Technakohl Eyeliner // Buxom Mascara // Benefit Gimme Brow // Fiona Stiles Brow Wax

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