Purple Cut-Crease + Red Lip: Makeup Look

This is a more dramatic makeup look and let’s be honest, I probably would not wear this as a daily makeup look BUT I absolutely love how purple eyeshadows and red lips go together! Doing a cut-crease really does take a lot of precision, so this did take a little extra time, but I loved the result and it was definitely worth it!

Keep scrolling to see a list of products that I used.

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Products Used:

Eyes

  • To get a precise winged effect, I used tape as a guide.
  • I applied a bone colored shadow from my Morphe 35O palette from my crease up to my browbone.
  • Applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo in shade Creamy Beige as a base all over my lid up to the crease.
  • I went in with MAC eyeshadow in Sketch (deep purple shade) and started to map out the cut-crease. I blended out the line with a pencil brush and a lighter purple shade from NYX (sorry I am not sure what the name is since I depotted it).
  • From the lid to the crease, I applied the matte bone shades from both the Morphe 35O palette and the Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics palette. It is not necessary to go in with two shades from two different palettes, but I was just being high maintenance (lol). Any bone shade will work perfectly!
  • For the winged liner, I used the Maybelline gel liner in shade Eggplant.
  • For the bottom lashline and waterline, I applied the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in shade Purple Velvet and just blended this out.
  • I applied two good coats of Maybelline Falsies mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • I applied MAC Nylon eyeshadow to the inner corner and brow bone.

Face

  • I concealed any blemishes and discoloration with the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in the medium shade.
  • I skipped a liquid foundation today and just applied the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte powder foundation in shade Sun Beige.
  • I used my L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in shade Creamy Beige under my eyes and on other high points of my face.
  • I set my undereyes with the NYX HD banana powder.
  • I used the Wet N Wild contour kit in shade Caramel Toffee for an extreme contour. I also dipped into the banana shade from the palette to sharpen up the contour underneath.
  • I applied the Maybelline Master Highlight in shade Mauve (I think these are being discontinued but they are so good!).
  • For highlight I used the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in shade Radiant Lights. This is a frosty pink shade and it is GORGEOUS!

Brows & Lips

  • For my brows I used the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in shade Dark Brunette.
  • For my lips I used three products (high maintenance, I know). First, I used the Elf Matte Lip Color in shade Riach Red. Then I went in with the Revlon ColorBurst matte balm in shade Standout. Lastly, I topped it off with the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in shade Chocolate Apple.

I hope y’all enjoyed this look! It was a little outside my comfort zone but it was really fun to create!

What’s In My MAC Palette?

I LOVE the empty MAC Pro palettes! For the empty palette alone (inserts not included), they are only $8 and FREE SHIPPING on the MAC website! I love these palettes because they are sturdy and great for traveling. I definitely recommend using a little extra magnetic tape on the bottom of the pans (for non- MAC shadows) for a better and more secure hold.

I have a double sided pro palette which holds my ABH contour kit shades and some Wet N Wild blushes that I depotted, but I am just going to show my single one today because I personally think the colors are more exciting. Also, both the double and single sided palettes are $8. Purchasing these empty palettes will save you a ton of money because on the MAC website, the eyeshadow pans are only $6 rather than purchasing the pan in the compact. The individual pans from MAC come with a magnet already on the bottom so you can just pop it in the palette! This will also save you space and help declutter your makeup stash.

** If you depot 6 MAC eyeshadows, you can bring back the empty compacts to a MAC store and trade them in for a free eyeshadow or lipstick!**

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I like how the cover is clear so I can see my shadows. The plastic cover is very thick and not as flimsy as the Z-Palette covers.

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From Left to Right:

Prestige Cosmetics eyeshadow in “Hocus Pocus” (great dupe for MAC Blue Brown pigment)

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Stealth”

MAC eyeshadow in “Greensmoke”

MAC eyeshadow in “Sketch”

NYX eyeshadow in “Flirt”

MAC eyeshadow in “Star Violet”

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Bitten”

MAC eyeshadow in “Copperring”

MAC eyeshadow in “Antiqued”

MAC eyeshadow in “Bronze”

MAC eyeshadow in “Swiss Chocolate”

MAC eyeshadow in “Corduroy”

Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Lost”

MAC eyeshadow in “Soft Brown”- THE BEST TRANSITION SHADE EVER

MAC eyeshadow in “Satin Taupe”

MAC eyeshadow in “Nylon”

MAC eyeshadow in “Tempting”

The four square pans at the bottom are from a Sephora Desert Sunset eyeshadow palette from a while ago (I think it was limited edition)

The two rectangular pans are “Blackout” from the UD Naked 2 palette and “Blackheart” from the UD Naked 3 palette (I also depotted all the shadows from my Naked 2 and 3 palettes and put them in another pro palette, that way I could toss the bulky packaging and have them all in one spot).

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and go out and buy your own Pro Palette or saw some shadows that you really liked. It is so satisfying to depot eyeshadows and reduce some of that clutter!

June Beauty Favorites!

I have a bunch of beauty products that I have been loving this month! Some of these I have had for a while that I have re-discovered and have been using the heck out of!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Bikini Contest” 

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This bronzer is GORGEOUS! It is the perfect bronze shade. The texture is very smooth and the pigmentation is great. This is not a matte bronzer, but it is also not glittery at all. It just gives the perfect bronzed and glowy look, perfect for summer. I would not recommend using this as a contour shade or if you are very fair because it is very warm- toned.

Covergirl Tru Blend Bronzer in “Bronze”

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This is another drugstore bronzer that I have been obsessed with. This one is more subtle than the Wet N Wild one and is not as warm. This bronzer will work better with a wider variety of skin tones. Again, this is not a matte bronzer, but is not super glittery and gives a gorgeous summer glow.

Lancome Blush Subtil in “Blushing Tresor”

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This is a beautiful blush that I have been using almost everyday. It is a peachy toned blush with golden reflects in it, so it gives a natural flushed and highlighted look.

MAC Eyeshadow in “Nylon”

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This is one of MAC’s most popular eyeshadows and in my opinion, it is the perfect brow bone and inner corner highlight. It is a frosty highlight shade with a slight yellow undertone and it absolutely gorgeous. After using it for the first time, I understood why everyone always talks about this shade!

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette june 1

This highlighting palette is so pretty! The colors are gorgeous and can be used individually or you can mix them all together. I love how the strips are big enough to dip your brush into each one if you just want a specific shade. There is a lot of kick off when you go to pick up the product with a brush, but the pigmentation is great and it looks beautiful on the cheekbones.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Air-Dry Waves foam 

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I am not a big fan of putting styling products in my hair, but I love this stuff! It does not leave my hair feeling “crunchy” and gives a beachy wave look. My hair is already naturally wavy/ curly so this just enhances in a way that looks natural and effortless. All I do is I apply 2-3 pumps into the palm of my hands and massage/ squeeze it into my hair from root to tip. It gives great volume and reduces some of the frizz.

Murad Oil- Control Mattifier  

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This product has been a life saver for me all month! You apply it as a moisturizer (I only like to use it on the days I am going to be doing my makeup) and it does a great job of keeping oily skin at bay. I also do not have any issues applying makeup over top of this, but you can still use your everyday makeup primer overtop of this between the Murad and your makeup. It is a pretty thick consistency (feels like my normal facial sunscreen) but it does not feel heavy and sinks into the skin quickly.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 

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This might seem like an odd product, but this has been my favorite way to clean my brushes. It leaves them feeling extremely soft, rinses out really easily, and of course gets every bit of makeup out of the brush hairs.

Elf Stipple Brush

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This has been my favorite brush to apply bronzer and even blush. The brush hairs are really soft and not too dense so they apply product very softly and evenly. Love it!

Real Techniques Small Setting Brush & Retractible Bronzing Brush 

 

The small setting brush is the only brush I have been using to set my under eye area and other places I have applied concealer. I have also been using this brush to clean up my contour underneath the cheekbone because it is just the perfect size!

The retractible bronzing brush has been my go-to brush not for bronzer, but for foundation. It is a stipple brush, but the brush hairs are more densely packed than the Elf stipple brush, so I find that it applied foundation beautifully without leaving patches and soaking up too much product.

Lip Combo: Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in “Just Peachy” and NYX Butter Gloss in “Fortune Cookie” 

I have been using this lip combo basically every time I have done my makeup the past few weeks. Y’all already know how much I love the NYX Butter Glosses, but this shade just looks so good just applied in the center of the lips overtop of the Wet N Wild lipstick. This combo looks so pretty with bronzed makeup!

How To: “Kylie Jenner” Lip Color

Yes, I know this is something that is over-talked about and has been a trend for over a year now, but I have FINALLY found the perfect “Kylie Jenner Lip” from the drugstore!

I am going to give you a more expensive MAC option (for all you MAC fanatics out there who probably already have these) and I am also going to give a drugstore option which is way less expensive but still gives the same effect.

First, the liners:

Lining your lips (or over- lining your lips if that is something you’re into) is key to achieving the infamous “Kylie Lip”. For more staying power, line and fill in your lips completely with a liner before going in with a lipstick.

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Left to Right: MAC Spice ($17), Jordana Rock N’ Rose ($2), Milani All Natural ($4)

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As you can see by the swatches, these liners are all basically the same. The only difference is that the MAC one has more of a red tone to it, but you will still get the same result with any of these liners. Also, the Jordana and Milani liners are more creamy than the MAC formula, but I find that they last just as long!

 

Next, the lipsticks:

My favorite MAC lipstick of all time is Velvet Teddy and this is the shade I use to get the “Kylie Lip” look. I have found a great drugstore dupe though that I like just as much!

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Left to Right: MAC matte lipstick in Velvet Teddy ($17), Maybelline matte lipstick in Nude Nuance ($5-6)

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The Maybelline lipstick option is deeper than the MAC lipstick but it still gives the same look. I almost prefer the Maybelline lipstick because it is a much creamier formula than the MAC one! The only downside is that it does not have the same staying power, but I personally do not mind having to reapply throughout the day because it is more moisturizing. I also added a NYX Butter Gloss on the side in the shade Madeleine if you want a glossier finish!

 

I hope this helped anyone who is still on the hunt for drugstore (or MAC) options to get that infamous lip color! I still love the dusty rose tones and feel that it looks great on any skin tone!

 

May Beauty Favorites!

These are all the products that I have been loving for the month of May!

 

First is my favorite lip combo this month! I have been obsessed with lining and filling in my lips with MAC Spice lip liner ( I have owned this for a while and just rediscovered how much I love it), then applying Maybelline’s matte lipstick in Nude Nuance (Maybelline has the best matte lipsticks at the drugstore), and over top of that applying NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine (I have a post all about my love for the Butter Glosses!).

(Check out my Morphe 35O eye look from a previous post to see this lip martini in action!)

 

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer- Light/ Medium

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I have already talked about how obsessed I am with Maybelline concealers but this one is by far my favorite! It makes the under eye area look absolutely flawless, gives great coverage without looking and feeling heavy, and DOES NOT CREASE!

 

Original Nivea Creme

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I have been using the Nivea Creme not only as a hand lotion but to also hydrate the under eye area. A little of this stuff goes a long way so I just pick up a little bit of product with my finger and pat it under my eyes (NEVER rub in). Doing this has really helped with creasing and makes me look more awake. I also love how small and compact this product is and it is only $1!

 

Anthropologie Vanille Perfume

may 5

I am not sure if this is a well- known product or not but this has become my favorite perfume this month! I heard beauty vlogger Jaclyn Hill rave about this perfume in a favorites video from a while ago and I definitely understand why! This perfume is sold exclusively at Anthropologie stores but I have found it on Amazon as well ($10 for travel size, $20 for full size). IF YOU LIKE VANILLA PERFUMES YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. I am head over heels in love with this perfume and it lasts all day.

 

L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara

may 4

Y’all have definitely seen this mascara before but it lives up to all the hype for sure! This mascara is black as all get out and gives my lashes so much volume it’s ridiculous! I don’t need to say anything else about this other than I love it and you need it.

 

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser and Zero Oil Mattifyer

 

These are the only two products from Origins I have and after trying these two this month, I am definitely going back to pick up some more! If you have oily skin, I definitely recommend the Zero Oil cleanser. It has a minty smell and feels so refreshing on the skin. I apply it with my fingers in the morning and with a complexion brush at night. Using this, I have noticed my pores have tightened and become smaller and I am not as oily throughout the day. I also had a few acne scars on my jawline that this stuff took care of really quickly!

The mattifyer is a liquid to powder formula. All you do is drop a little bit out onto your finger and pat, not rub, the liquid onto the areas that are getting shiny or oily and BOOM- instant mattification (is that a word?). You can use this with or without makeup on, and when I use this over makeup, it does not disturb it at all. I love keeping this on me at all time so instead of blotting and picking up product off my face with a tissue, I just dab on some of this and I am good to go!

 

 

NYX Butter Glosses 

I am absolutely OBSESSED with the NYX Butter Glosses! They are by far the best lip glosses I have found at the drugstore and are very affordable at around $5 each.

They are opaque, not sticky, and smell so freaking good!
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These are the swatches of the shades that I was able to get my hands on. From left to right: Angel Food Cake (mauve shade), Tiramisu (pinky nude shade), Madeleine (beige/ brown nude shade), and Fortune Cookie (peachy nude shade). I love using these over a matte lipstick when I want a glossier look and they last a really long time (depending on your day). I especially like to use the Fortune Cookie shade in the center of the lips to make them appear more plump and give a slight “ombré” effect.

They do have a few more shades at the drugstore that were sold out but on their website they have a larger variety. But if you are looking for a great lip gloss option, definitely give these a try!

Makeup Products for Combo to Oily Skin

These are my favorite products that I love to use for combo to oily skin types. There are drugstore and a few higher end products listed and some products that I have not mentioned before on my blog! These are all products that I will continue to repurchase time and time again when I run out.

Primers:

  • Benefit POREfessional pore minimizing face primer ($31)
  • Monistat Chafing Relief powder gel ($6- I have a post dedicated to explaining this product it is awesome!)

Foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless liquid foundation ($8)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte liquid foundation ($12)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte powder foundation ($10)
  • Georgio Armani Luminous Silk liquid foundation ($62- this stuff is really good for people who want a luminous finish without looking too shiny or greasy).

Setting Powders:

  • Coty Airspun Loose setting powder in Translucent ($7- be careful with flash photography because this stuff can cause the dreaded flash- back!).
  • Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Translucent ($4)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills pressed setting powder in Banana ($40 in whole contour kit, $14 for individual pan- this is great for setting the under eye area, not necessarily for the whole face).

Eye Primers:

  • Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos ($5- These are great if you have oily eyelids and need a good primer or cream eyeshadow that does not crease. I like to use them as a base for my eyeshadows, especially the shade Creamy Beige from the Leathers line).

Concealers:

  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer ($20)
  • L.A. Girl Pro Concealer ($3)

Bronzers:

  • Rimmel Natural Bronzers ($4)
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($13- this has a very slight shimmer but it is almost undetectable on the skin)

Blushes:

  • Wet N Wild Color Icon blushes ($3- the matte and shimmer shades are all fantastic!)
  • NYX HD blushes ($7- matte and shimmer)

Setting Spray:

  • L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender setting spray ($15- a bit pricey for drugstore, but you get A LOT of product).

 

 

 

April Beauty Favorites!!

These are the products that I have been absolutely loving for the month of April!

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The first three are brushes that I have been using every time I put on my makeup and all of these are very affordable. The first one is the Ultimate Blending brush from ELF cosmetics ($6). I have been using this for my liquid foundation and it applies the product flawlessly. The second brush is the Contouring brush from Wet N Wild ($1). This brush is extremely inexpensive but feels very high quality. It is very soft and makes it very easy to blend out product. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the new brushes from Wet N Wild. The last brush is the Morphe M527 brush ($15, also a good dupe for the MAC 145 brush) . This is my new favorite brush to bronze the face (check out my previous post to see what my top 3 favorite drugstore bronzers are). Morphe brushes can only be found on the Morphe website, but lots of beauty bloggers on YouTube are affiliates with Morphe and have discount codes so look out for those!

 

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The Photo Focus Setting Spray from Wet N Wild ($4) has also been a favorite of mine this month. It feels like water but I have noticed that it does prolong the wear of my makeup and makes everything look refreshed.

swiss chocolateI feel like I am a little late on this one, but I purchased the MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate (I just got the pan, $6) and I have been obsessed with using this in my crease to blend out shadows or all over the lid for a rusty brown smokey eye look. I love MAC eyeshadows and this shade is really unique. (FYI: MAC has free shipping with no minimum spending requirement).

 

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My next April favorite is this MAC Large/ Duo sided Pro Palette ($8, FREE SHIPPING on MAC website). That’s right, this whole empty palette is only eight bucks! I have depotted some of my MAC shadows and other eyeshadows and put them in here and I love how I have everything in one palette and can get rid of excess clutter in my makeup bag. I also have the pans from my Anastasia Contour Kit in here and three Wet N Wild blushes. There is also a plastic tab in the middle to separate the two sides. This palette is very sturdy and durable, however the magnetized sides are a little weak so I did have to use some magnetic tape on the backs of the pans for extra strength. Also, if you have 6 empty MAC compacts you can trade them in at a MAC store for a free eyeshadow or lipstick!

I have also become obsessed with these two products, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte liquid foundation ($12) and the Infallible Pro Matte powder foundation ($10). Together, they are a match made in Heaven but I also use the powder over other liquid foundations and I love the way it looks with them as well. I use my ELF blending brush (the one mentioned above) to apply the foundation and it is perfection. Both of these products stay put all day and work really well for oily/ combo skin. The liquid foundation does not dry down to be 100% matte, so this could also work for dryer skin types as well.

nyx concealer tanThe NYX HD concealer in shade Tan ($5) has been my favorite product to use for cream contouring. This is so easy to use when I do not feel like spending too much time on my makeup because it blends out like a dream and is the perfect shade.

nivea balmOf course I am going to include this as a favorite because I have been using this almost every day. I already have a post about this product so I won’t go too in depth but it is an awesome primer and moisturizer and I love it!

Lastly, these two products have been lifesavers this month! My hands and body have been so dry recently and I have been using these every day. The EOS hand lotion in Berry Blosson ($2) is an awesome hand lotion. It melts into the skin and does not leave them sticky, but is really hydrating. Also, the smell is amazing! The Nivea Essentially Enriched body lotion ($5) is also a great product for dryer skin. I apply this all over right after a shower and it soaks into the skin really nice and again, feels very hydrating without being sticky. It also gives the skin a nice glow because it contains Almond Oil.

 

My Sister’s Wedding Makeup!

The beginning stages…

The finished look…

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And some last minute touch ups…

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(that’s me in the purple!)

Products I used for my sister’s makeup:

FACE:

  • Primed with Nivea Men aftershave balm
  • Primed with Monistat chafing relief powder gel (Yes, I know it sounds strange but I will explain this in a future post!)
  • NYX green concealer (color correcting)
  • Estee Lauder Double- Wear foundation (I highly recommend this foundation for any wedding or special occasion it is FANTASTIC)
  • NYX concealer in tan (cream contour)
  • L.A. Girl pro concealer in creamy beige (under eyes and highlight)
  • L’Oreal Matte Infallible powder foundation to set face
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills banana powder to set under eyes
  • NYC bronzer in Sunny to bronze face
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light palette to contour/ highlight face
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Wet N Wild bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana to highlight (I applied this to the tops of her shoulders and collar bone as well for that extra glow).

EYES:

  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer as eyeshadow primer
  • Mixed MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate shadows in crease as transition shade
  • Applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in beige to lid
  • Applied MAC shadow in Satin Taupe to lid
  • Applied MAC shadow in Sketch to outter V of the eye and halfway into the crease (I kept repeating this process of adding these four colors and blending until I got the desired look)
  • Applied Maybelline gel liner in blackest black and winged it out slightly
  • Applied a mixture of Sketch and Swiss Chocolate to lower lash line
  • Curled lashes and applied one coat to top and bottom lashes with Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof mascara
  • Applied Ardell Demi Wispies lashes
  • Tightlined and lined water line with L’Oreal black eyeliner

LIPS & BROWS:

  • Filled in brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz in dark brown
  • Set brows with Milani clear brow gel
  • Lined lips with MAC Spice lip liner
  • Applied Kat Von D liquid lipstick in shade Lovesick

Lastly, I set the face with the L’Oreal Infallible setting spray and a few sprays of MAC Fix +!

My sister has normal to dry skin and it can be a little splotchy in certain areas but this makeup lasted on her the whole night and stayed looking flawless. Makeup typically patches off of her face throughout the day, but this makeup DID NOT BUDGE! I did not even have to touch up any part of her makeup during the wedding (and the ceremony was outdoors). Every product I used is great for photography as well and there was no flashback.

Top 3 Favorite Concealers

These are my top 3 absolute FAVORITE concealers! I use all three of these as both an under- eye highlight concealer AND as a normal concealer for blemishes.

The L.A. Girl Pro concealer comes in 24 shades (including shades for color correcting) but I use the shade Creamy Beige for my under eye area and for blemish concealing. I do not think that this concealer can be found in an actual drugstore, but I got a pack of 3 on Amazon for $9. Creamy beige is a very popular shade and it looks very orange when squeezed out of the tube, but when applied it will look much better (the shade toast is also a great cream contour). This concealer has a brush tip applicator, which I actually don’t mind. I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand to warm it up and then apply it under my eyes with my finger before blending out with a brush or beauty blender. The consistency is thick but very creamy. This is definitely a full coverage concealer, which is why I thin it out a little on the back of my hand for a even application because a little bit of this stuff goes a long way! I do have to set it with powder though, or else it will crease, but I use this concealer every day.

The MAC Pro Long-wear concealer ($21) has always been a cult favorite. This concealer is also full coverage and DOES NOT CREASE. This concealer is also great as an eyeshadow primer and will keep the shadows in place all day without creasing. The only thing about this concealer that I do not like is the pump because it does tend to dispense too much product and is a little hard to control. Other than that, this concealer is awesome and definitely worth the money!

Lastly, the NYX HD concealer ($5) is another favorite. This concealer does not have as thick of a consistency as the other two, but the coverage and thinner consistency still does the job. This concealer comes in 11 shades (including color correcting shades). I use the shades yellow, beige, green, and tan. The yellow shade is great if you are into that famous “banana” under eye highlight look and I like the beige shade for concealing blemishes. The green shade is perfect for color correcting redness and blemishes before applying foundation overtop. I use the green shade everyday and it blends out nicey. The tan shade is my favorite cream contour product at the moment. It blends out very nicely and is the perfect contour shade, especially for olive skin. This concealer blends out perfectly and has a lighter feel, but I do need to set it with a powder.

I feel that concealing will be a trend that never goes out of style, so hopefully this helps the next time you are looking for your new favorite!