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Remember the simple days when we first began to experiment with makeup? You would actually apply your makeup with your hands. No primers, sprays, or anything extra (I do not know how I did that.) I began to experiment with makeup at 13 years old. You would die if you saw my eyeliner…

These days are the prime point when it comes to beauty influencing. There are always so many new techniques, products, brands, and many other things that are gaining “hype” per say. Makeup is an art form. You decide what works best for you, you decide what products make you feel more confident! I believe in embracing natural beauty and that no one truly needs makeup, however makeup is just so much fun to play with. Personally, I feel so confident after I do my makeup. It makes me feel like I accomplished something fun.

As a former Ulta Beauty employee, being around beauty products daily really gave me a chance to try new products and figure out what I like and dislike. I want to share my makeup routine with you and tell you what products I love using! Now that I have rambled forever—let’s get to it!

e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer

This primer creates smooth skin and preps it with Squalane to moisturize and grip makeup for all-day wear. The velvety texture glides over the skin, smoothing over imperfections for a poreless effect.

Anastasia Beverly Hills “Brow Wiz”

This eyebrow pencil adds texture and creates the appearance of fuller brows with ease and flexibility. It is perfect for adding definition!

NYX “Control Freak” brow gel

I use this after I fill in my brows to seal the deal and hold them in place. 

Loreal “Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation”

I swear by Infallible! It goes on so smoothly to give a fresh, healthy-looking complexion that lasts. Color stays true and blends in evenly, so your makeup looks fresh all day!

NARS “Radiant Creamy Concealer”

I personally have very bad dark circles, and this concealer not only eliminates them, but it hydrates the under eye as well.

Laura Mercier “Translucent Loose Setting Powder”

This powder has 16-hour-wear and does not cause caking. It sets the under eye flawlessly, eliminating flash back and creasing. This can also be used to dust on the face wherever you choose.

Morphe “Glamabronze”

I love this bronzer not only for the price, but how it blends like butter. It is so easy to blend and it is buildable.

Kylie Cosmetics Blush
Benefit “Cookie” Highlighter

A swirl of golden pearl! Stroke Benefit’s silky-fine Cookie Powder Highlighter along cheekbones for a soft-gold shimmer. Love applying this on my nose, cupids bow, inner eye corners and brow bone as well!

Morphe “Continuous Setting Mist”

This micro-fine mist sets liquid or powder makeup with a radiant finish, guaranteeing your face stays on-point all day. I am obsessed with this! (Also, the smell is amazing.)

PUR “Extreme Visionary Palette”

My big got me this palette and I am OBSESSED with it. The mattes and shimmers are to die for. It is a perfect palette for a natural day or a glam look. Super pigmented and vibrant!

Kiss Naked Drama Lash Couture in “Chiffon”

These fake lashes are everything and more to me… I mean it. They are super affordable and cause such a dramatic, girly look!

Maybelline “Lash Sensation Sky High Mascara”

As someone who has little to no lashes (my lashes suck), this gives the volume and length I lack with no clumping. Love her!

Mac Lip Liner in “Spice”

Mac liners are so easy gliding and gorgeous. I love this for a nice neutral lip.

ULTA “Juice Infused Lip Oil”

In multiple flavors, these lip oils are to die for. They are very hydrating and stunning.

I hope you enjoy these products! If you try any of these, please let me know. Remember, true beauty is within.

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.” – Lady Gaga

“I feel beautiful without makeup on, but when I do put makeup on, it just gives me this extra pop.” – Cardi B

“Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-a** red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

Catherine is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major at Marshall University. She is the captain of the 2020-2021 Marshall Majorettes, as well as a member of Delta Zeta. In her free time when she is not working at her job at Ulta Beauty or attending practice, you can find her thrifting, making new playlists, ordering her fifth coffee of the day, or analyzing astrology with her roommates. She has very strong opinions on politics, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, and racial equality.
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