When it comes to makeup, I'm all about quick, simple and natural. I start with a healthy base by taking care of my skin each morning and night. Then, I use products that highlight and accentuate my natural features - I love wearing makeup but I like my routine to be simple! I also love my makeup to give me a glowy look so I use a lot of products that have subtle shimmer and highlight. I periodically try out new products, but I tend to mostly stick with what I've found that works for me. Check out what's in my makeup bag below!
PRIMER - Becca Backlight Priming Filter
After applying my daily moisturizer, I prime my face for makeup with this priming lotion from Becca. It's lightweight and sheer and gives my skin a little extra glow - which is great for work days when my skin looks tired and dull. With or without anything over it, I like the way this primer makes my skin feel. It's not at all greasy yet makes my face feel moisturized. And it's free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates, all of which I try to avoid.
Available at Sephora, $38
BB CREAM - Ulta BB Cream Beauty Balm in Illuminating
I never wear foundation because luckily my skin is pretty even on its own and I don't like how heavy it feels on my face. When I do need a little extra coverage I use BB cream. This illuminating balm from Ulta is great! It has a subtle pearlescent effect to it which really brightens up my face, it goes on easily and it has SPF 20 to protect from the sun.
Available at Ulta Beauty, $14
CONCEALER - Ulta Color Correcting Foundation & Primer Stick
After I apply my BB cream, I use this foundation stick as a concealer wherever I need a little extra coverage. I rub some under my eyes and nose to cover up any dark circles or redness, and I blend over any blemishes. I have tried lots of concealers but I always come back to this one! It goes on so smooth and it's really easy to build coverage as you need it. The center of the stick is green, which helps to cancel out any redness.
Available at Ulta, $14
BLUSH, BRONZER AND HIGHLIGHT - Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette
At first I was hesitant to buy this palette because I wasn't sure that it would work on my fair skin. But I LOVE Chrissy Teigen so I decided to give it a try. I ended up loving it! The colors look super bright but they are all very buildable. I apply a light layer for day and add a little more color for night. The color lasts all day! I love the two highlighters - I brush them on my cheekbones after applying my blush and they really brighten up my face.
Available at Ulta, $46
POWDER - Bareminerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil
This powder is great for setting my makeup, controlling excess oil, and blurring any imperfections. I use just a little bit on the t-zone because I like my skin to have a little shine/dewiness.
Available at Ulta, $27
HIGHLIGHTER - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
I love this highlighter! It's in a nice cream which makes it super easy to blend. After applying my finishing powder, I dab some down the bridge of my nose and under my brows for a soft, shimmery, highlighted effect.
Available at Ulta, $38
EYE CRAYON - Ulta Cream Eyeshadow & Liner
Can you tell I love to highlight?! I use this eyeshadow crayon in the light "Naked Truth" shade to highlight the corners of my eyes - it really makes me look more awake and makes my eyes look bigger. Plus it's paraben free and waterproof!
Available at Ulta, $8.50
EYE SHADOW PRIMER - Ulta Tinted Eye Primer
I don't use eye primer on a daily basis, but it's great for special occasions or long days when I'm wearing darker colored eyeshadows and don't want them to smudge or crease. I love this primer because it has a gorgeous, subtle tint and shimmer to it - and by now you know I love my shimmer! I just love my makeup to have an ethereal look to it! My favorite shade is "Satin Taupe" but it comes in a few different colors. This primer is also paraben free!
Available at Ulta, $12
EYESHADOW - Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
I love a good eyeshadow palette, and this one from Urban Decay has served me well. I use the lighter, golden shades for work and daytime, and I layer on some of the darker shades for special events and nights out. Some of the darker shades work well as eyeliners too! They last for a long time without creasing. This palette won an Allure Best of Beauty award and it's currently on sale at Sephora!!
Available at Sephora, $27 SALE
EYELINER - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
I have been using this eye pencil in the shade "Zero" for yearssss because it is SO GOOD. It goes on easily so I don't have to tug on my eye and then you have about 20 seconds of blending time before it sets and stays put. I am very loyal to this eyeliner.
Available at Sephora, $20
MASCARA - Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For The Mascara
My mom gave me this mascara for Christmas last year and I've been hooked ever since. It works really well! It doesn't flake off during the day but it comes off easily with my makeup removing cloths at night. Even when I'm hot and sweaty this stuff still stays put!
Available at Ulta, $22
LIP COLOR - Ulta Matte Lip Crayon
I have been using Ulta's lip crayons for years and I love them! They are super easy to put on and come in a ton of fun shades. They also don't dry out my lips or flake off like some lipsticks do. I always have a ton of these in my purse so that I can choose between colors each day.
Available at Ulta, $8
SETTING SPRAY/SKIN REFRESHER - Makeup by Sarah Lord Rose Water
Once I finish my makeup, I gently spritz my face with this delicious-smelling rose water. It helps my makeup to set and gives my skin a little glow. It's also great to spritz on throughout the day to refresh your skin! I love knowing where products come from, and this rose water just happens to be handmade by my friend @makeupbysarah.lord. Check her out - she is amazing!
Available from Makeup by Sarah Lord, $25
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.