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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SBU chapter.

I have a complicated relationship with makeup. I grew up with cystic acne and chronically oily skin. I was never skilled with makeup. When I put it overtop my skin, it would look patchy and cakey. Flash forward to last year, when I was prescribed Accutane for over a year. Though the pill came with some negative side effects, my skin has certainly improved. I still get breakouts, I still have oil, but nowhere near as much as I did during my freshman year.

Now that my skin is finally on its path to healing, I am more confident in my skin with and without cosmetics. I have perfected my simple spring routine that makes me feel put-together in a pinch. Here are my recommended products:

elf primers

I thought primer was a hoax until I tried the ELF Primers. I use the ELF Power Grip Primer every single day. Its gel-based formula feels light and refreshing. My makeup literally glides on after I put on the primer.

Elf Power Grip Primer

L’oreal matte foundation

As an oily girl, I will only wear matte foundation. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s the perfect base for my face. Plus, after a highlighter and setting spray, my face looks radiant and glowy while still keeping the oil at bay. I’ve tried several good drugstore foundations, but the L’oreal Matte one is my favorite.

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation

rare beauty blush

I tried to fight this one at first. I thought this would be just another PR trend. I didn’t want to spend $23 on a blush but was easily persuaded after my best friend swore it would “change my life”. She was right. I use the shade “Hope”. I like its subtle hue that is not too pink or red- especially coming from someone with rosacea.

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

kosas brow gel

I am biased since this was my free birthday gift from Sephora. I first fill in my eyebrows with a pencil and then go in with this brow gel. It gives my brows the perfect laminated look.

Air Brow Gel

sephora mascara

My favorite part of my makeup routine is my mascara. I have tried just about every kind on the market, from drugstore to high-end. The Sephora Size Up one is my go-to mascara. It is the most volumizing and curling mascara I own.

Sephora Size Up Mascara

fenty lip glosses

My holy grail product is any of the Fenty Lip glosses. I have an addiction. My favorite shades in the Universal Lip Luminizer line are Fuschia Flex and FU$Y. I also love the shade Hot Cherry in the lip plumer collection called “Heat”. This is the only gloss I’ve tried that lasts all day and doesn’t leave my lips feeling tacky.

Fenty Gloss Bomb

Katie is a social media executive for Her Campus at St. Bonaventure University. Her experience with social media, advertising, and writing allow her to combine her passions and advance her university's chapter of HC. She has been a part of Her Campus since freshman year. It has been her favorite on-campus extracurricular to become involved with. Katie is a second-year student studying Strategic Communication and Marketing. She finds joy in being involved on campus through various organizations including Her Campus, Jandoli Women in Communication, and College Democrats. She is Vice President of SBU's Freshman Leadership Program. She is also a full-time student ambassador who enthusiastically leads tours for prospective students. (Request her as your tour guide!) In her free time, you can find Katie reading, hiking, and laughing with her friends. She loves spending time outdoors, especially in the fall. Her guilty pleasures are copious amounts of (iced) coffee and country music. Some of her favorite artists include Chris Stapleton, Fleetwood Mac, and Luke Combs. Katie will eagerly engage in any conversation about her beloved hometown, Buffalo, New York. She will likely attempt to convert you to become a Buffalo Bills fan, and could talk about Josh Allen for hours. Post-grad, Katie hopes to be using her creative talents towards a fulfilling career in the world of advertising.