Makeup of the Moment: My Current Favorite Products

I've reached a point where I feel like I've tried enough makeup to really know what I like, what I'll never buy again, and what I'll continue to purchase for the rest of my life. Some favorites, like blushes and eyeshadow palettes, change with the seasons, but staple products like foundation, mascara, and eyeshadow primer have stayed pretty consistent for me within the past six months. If you're curious as to what all of my current favorite makeup products are, I'm here to break it down for you.

E Y E S

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I've been using this stuff since I started doing makeup. My eyelids get suuuper oily super quickly, so I have to use a good eyeshadow primer to make my eyeshadow last all day. I can't do that crazy concealer-powder combo some of y'all are out here doing. Out of all eye primers I've tried, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is the most reliable and fool-proof. My shadow never creases when I use it, ever.

Eyeshadow: ColourPop Cosmetics Sweet Talk Palette



This peach-toned palette is just so pretty. It's honestly probably my favorite eyeshadow palette Colourpop has ever launched. I feel like peach tones can be pulled off from spring through fall, so this is a palette I definitely have been getting a lot of use out of, and I expect to continue getting use out of it until winter hits. And I mean, can we have a moment of appreciation for the shimmer shades? So good.

Pencil Eyeliner: Morphe Color Pencil in Dark Room + Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in Silky Nude

I don't use eyeliner a lot, but when I do, it's almost always one of these two. If I need a black liner, I go with the Morphe pencil. It's super black, super creamy, lasts all day, and is easy to apply in the upper and lower water lines. If I need a nude liner, I use my Essence pencil. I like it for the same reasons I like the Morphe pencil: it's super pigmented, creamy, long-lasting, and easy to apply. Can't ask for much more.

Liquid Eyeliner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner

I use liquid liner even less than I use pencil liner. It just takes so much time and effort, you know? But, if I feel like being extra fierce, I'll use my NYX Matte Liquid Liner to paint on some wings. I like that the liner is matte rather than shiny, and I also like the brush applicator. It's sturdy enough that you have good control, but it isn't so inflexible that you have to really press into the eye to get it to apply. It also doesn't get all fuzzy and worn out after a few uses, if you know what I mean.

Mascara: L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

This is another holy grail, will buy-til-I-die kind of product. I've tried a lot of mascaras; I'm a mascara ass bitch. The L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise is the best best BEST mascara that's ever graced my lashes. It's thickening, volumizing, lengthening, blackening, everything you could want in a mascara for $10! People say it's a good dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, but I've tried that one too, and I think the L'Oréal is way better. Like... Way.

Lashes: Ardell Wispies #700 + Lilly Lashes in Goddess



I love false eyelashes so much. The way they transform a face and a makeup look is so cool to me, especially since there are so many different styles that have so many different effects! Two of my favorite pairs are Ardell Wispies and Lilly Lashes in Goddess.

You can find Wispies at your local Walmart, Target, CVS, etc. for just $3. They're dramatic while still airing on the natural side, which is perfect for me. If you take care of them, you can get quite a few uses out of them too.

Goddess lashes from Lilly Lashes are like my splurge lashes. They're on the more expensive side, $20 per pair, but I can make them last for 30-50 uses if I really take care of them. They're a little more dramatic than the Wispies, just because they have a less natural structure/hair pattern, but they're still more natural than dramatic in the grand scheme of false lashes.

Eyebrow Powder: Benefit Cosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder



I used to think brow powder was ridiculous until I actually used it. Brow powder, in my opinion, is hands down the easiest way to fill in eyebrows. I love the Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder because the formula is creamy, easy to apply, isn't patchy, and the compact includes two shades, one lighter one darker, so you can get that good-good dimension in the brows. On fleek, baby.

Eyebrow Pencil: Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil

Before discovering brow powder, I was a brow pencil kind of girl. The Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil is definitely my favorite brow pencil out there. The shades are awesome, the formula is the perfect balance of creamy and grippy, and I can always appreciate a spoolie on the end of a brow pencil. And that is precisely why I use it for my brows. Que the corny drum roll, please.

Eyebrow Gel: Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

When they say that the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel is like glue, they aren't lying. This shit will keep your brow hairs sky-high until you wash off your makeup, no joke. It's the perfect brow gel. And you know what my favorite part is? The glue doesn't dry around the top of the tube, which keeps it from being a nightmare to unscrew every time you use it, unlike the Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter, which glues itself shut every time I use it and is a total pain in the ass to unscrew, especially when I have lotion on my hands... Is this an appreciation blurb for the Anastasia gel or a shit post for the Benefit gel? Idk anymore, but you get the point.

S K I N 

Primer: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil + Touch in Sol No Poreblem Prime Essence



I love the Wander oil because it's super light-weight, it sinks into the skin quickly, and it gives me the extra boost of hydration I need to keep my foundation looking skin-like all day long.

The Touch in Sol primer is totally different than the Wander oil—it's great for creating a smooth base because it acts a lot like a silicon pore-filling primer without it actually containing silicon. The texture is similar to a milky serum, rather than being thick and gelatinous like a silicon primer.

Foundation: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

I have normal-to-oily skin, and this is the only foundation I've tried so far that doesn't ever look dry on my face but also doesn't get crazy oily by the end of the day. It's has the perfect amount of coverage, glow, and staying-power of all the foundations I've used, and I don't have to powder it. I feel great about my skin and makeup when I wear it. Ten-out-of-ten.

Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer + Fenty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer



I love how hydrating the Too Faced concealer is because it never makes my under-eyes look dry or crepe-y. If you apply too much though, it will crease because it's so emollient.

I like to use the Fenty concealer over top of the Too Faced concealer. On it's own, the Fenty is too drying for my under-eye area, but when layered over top of a super hydrating concealer, it adds the perfect extra dimension and smooth finish to that space of the face.

Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

This stuff is no joke. For me, it's the absolute perfect powder because it does not dry me out no matter how much I use. It sets things in place, keeps me from getting too shiny, and doesn't build up in my creases. It's expensive, but the product justifies the price. They really we're lying when they included "flawless finish" in the name.

Highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

I will repurchase this product until the day I die—it's that good. I've never used a highlighter that's more natural or ethereal. It gives a lit-from-within, this-could-be-my-skin-if-I-were-a-model type vibe. Aaaaand the bottle holds SO MUCH product, and you need SO LITTLE of it each time you apply it. Not saying you should use one bottle for two years, just that I wouldn't be surprised if one bottle could last for two years. If you needed a justification to purchase it, she's long-lasting af. Now go buy it.

Blush: MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Joy



I probably won't continue to use this blush as much now that fall is rolling around, but this was my favorite summer blush this year. It's the perfect blend of brown, tan, and sun-kissed tones, which obviously sounds like a summertime dream. It just makes the skin looks super bronzed and sun-touched. Plus it has the most subtle glowy/sheeny situation going on, which I love in a blush. I guess I'm just trying to say that if you want to be a sun-kissed summer goddess, this blush will do that for you.

Contour: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand

This stuff is magic. If you can't tell by now, I'm a hoe for some Charlotte Tilbury. The formula of this contour is so light-weight; it's a dream to blend out with either a sponge or a brush, although I prefer a brush for more control. It gives the perfect shadowed effect without making the skin look muddy. Again, it's just one of those "model skin" products, which is basically CT as a brand.

Bronzer: Physician's Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer



I usually prefer higher-end products to drugstore products, but I have yet to find a bronzer I like more than the Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer. I also really enjoy the Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer, but it has a different vibe ( sheeny/shimmery ) than the Butter Bronzer ( silky soft matte ). Something about the shade, the finish, and the smell—Caribbean beach paradise, basically—makes the Butter Bronzer unbeatable for me.

Priming and Setting Sprays: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water + Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

I didn't think that it could get better than MAC Fix+, but boy oh boy does the Smashbox Primer Water blow Fix+ out of the water. I love to use this spray as a primer ( extra hydration before foundation ), a melder ( melt products together to look skin-like ), and a refresher ( crusty-dusty makeup eliminator ). 

While I love the Smashbox Primer Water, I definitely don't love using it as a setting spray. It's just not meant for that. So what spray do I love for setting my makeup? The Morphe Continuous Setting Mist. The mister on this product is heavenly. The spray smells like a delicious man. It does a great job of melding all of the makeup together while also making it set down and last. Check, check, and check.


L I P S

Lip Liner: MAC Lip Pencil in Oak



MAC Oak is my perfect lip liner. It pairs amazingly with literally any type of nude, it's a great contouring shade ( hello illusion of big lips ), and the formula is the perfect balance of creamy and grippy, which I find is a make-or-break in a lip liner. It glides on and around the lips without being too slippy or too dry. I think this is another product that will be in my makeup collection until I die—catch me wearing it when I'm Tia's age.

Lip Gloss: Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow + Dose of Colors x Desi & Katy Lip Gloss in Over the Top

I love lip gloss. It's the best type of lip product, in my humble opinion. I'm just so over the crusty, dried out look of liquid lipsticks, so I've been obsessed with anything that makes the lips look hydrated and plump. And let me tell you: these two glosses are holy grails in the Hydrated and Plump department.

The ORIGINAL ( very important ) Fenty Gloss Bomb is some hot fire shit. The color is perfect for literally everyone, it's so hydrating that it works better than some lip balms, and it virtually erases any crease lines in my lips. I'll also be making this product permanent in my collection, til death do us part.

I just typed out an entire eulogy for the Dose of Colors x Desi Perkins and Katy DeGroot Over the Top Lip Gloss because I thought it was no longer available, but it turns out you can still buy it! What a happy surprise. As long as this is on the market, I will continue to repurchase it. It's the perfect clear gloss with the most angelic gold reflect. It has a similar effect as the Fenty gloss; I'd just say that it doesn't stay as moisturizing for as long as the Gloss Bomb. It's still major though; don't get it twisted.

Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K



If you're searching for the perfect nude pink lipstick, search no further. I've found it for you: the Charlotte Tilbury Kim K lipstick is pure perfection. It's a stunning light pinky beige shade that pairs amazingly with MAC Oak lip liner. The formula is creamy and hydrating, which is my favorite kind of formula. To sum it up: if you want angelic pink lips, this is your lipstick.

What products are you currently loving? Do we share any favorites? Do you hate any of my favorites? Lets chat in the comments below!

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