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The Makeup Lineup

As promised in my beauty lineup post, I wanted to also share my go-to makeup products​​ with you all. (And, of course, learn more about the products you swear by!)

On week days—well, most days really—I tend to keep things really simple. I was definitely never one of those girls who ripped the beauty section out of magazines in high school to perfect the tricks of the trade, and I don’t consider myself a Sehpora junkie now. But along the way, I’ve found some products that work extremely well for me:

Tarte Eyelash Curler—In the past, I was never a big advocate for eye lash curlers, but my friend Monique really turned me onto this one, and it’s become an integral part of my beauty routine. It really helps add a little something to my lash game. Pro tip—put your lash curler under your hairdryer for 5-10 seconds prior to using it for even better results.

Benefit High Beam—Highlighter is one of my favorite things to wear for a night out on the town or drinks after work. This one works like a charm. I only own sample sizes of it, and they last forever, so I know the regularly priced $26 one is also worth it.

​​L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara—I used to be a huge fan of Benefit’s “They’re Real”​ Mascara, but also really grappled with spending $23 on a tube of mascara. My mom bought me some of this L’Oreal mascara a few months ago and let me tell you, I am hooked. This stuff does not go on clumpy and has a two-sided wand so you can easily apply and then fan out your mascara to create that full-lash look we all lust after.

Benefit Hoola—On the days I decide I want to contour my face, this is my go-to bronzer. I brush it over my cheek bones, forehead, and chin for a nice tanned look. It looks so natural, and even has a slight rosy tint to it.

Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liner—I have sworn by liquid eyeliner (this exact one!) since high school. It stays on all day with minimal smudging, and the applicator is really easy to control. I have also tried the  popular Stila liquid eyeliner, but I think this trusty Revlon one works better—and is half the cost!

Naked Eyeshadow PaletteHands down, my favorite eye shadow ever. I don’t even bother with anything else anymore because these colors are so complimentary and really stay on. I’ve had my palette for a year and only slightly worn down my two favorite colors (Sin and Sidecar). You can also buy Urban Decay eyeshadows individually if you’re like me and tend to lean towards a few favorites, which is probably what I will do in the future, but this is a fabulous “sampler pack.”

Urban Decay PrimerA great compliment to my Naked Eyeshadow, this primer makes sure nothing smudges on my eyelids throughout the day. I’ve even used this stuff at an outdoor wedding in the middle of July with no complaints!

Supergoop Daily Correct CC CreamLuckily, my skin is naturally pretty clear so I don’t wear foundation everyday—partly because I am lazy, and partly because I hate the “caked-on” feel. When I do wear foundation, I love this CC cream that I discovered through Birchbox. It’s self-adjusting to match your exact skin ton, and goes on so light. I seriously cannot recommend this stuff enough.

Benefit Bella Bamba—On the days I do wear foundation, I like to put some color back on my face, and this is my go-to blush. It’s a nice, light pink that’s perfect for the office since it’s so subdued and natural.

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I’d love to know—what’s in your makeup lineup?

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28 Comments

  1. Tiffany wrote:

    Where did you get those fantastic makeup brushes?!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Santa brought them to me a few years ago, but I think they were from Sephora! ;] xo

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  2. T Austin wrote:

    the benefit Hula is also my fave! No sparkles in sight! 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Could not agree more! I love how natural it looks. xo

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  3. That eyeshadow pallet looks great! I love more of the neutral colors, so it definitely looks like my style.

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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes! They have two more as well – the third one is on my list to buy since it’s a lot of rose/pink colors!

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  4. Saying “hello” from Blog Love. I’m really liking your site. This is my first visit and not my last. I’m a makeup junkie and I like to hear how others like (or don’t) a product before I buy. I used this mascara and for some reason stopped, so I need to give it a try again!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Definitely give it another go :]!

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  5. I’m a huge fan of Super Goop! I love their self tanner and their sunscreen. Never tried this CC Cream. Sounds pretty amazing!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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    • Katie wrote:

      I will have to try their self tanner + sunscreen! Thanks for the tips! xo

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  6. Lee Anne wrote:

    Such good pics! I love anything by Tarte!

    xoxo
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifeinatx.com/

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Lee Anne! xo

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  7. Kara wrote:

    I have really sensitive skin so can’t wear a lot of makeup, but I LOVE the naked products too!

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    • Katie wrote:

      They seem to be a fan favorite! xo

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  8. Kristen wrote:

    I love naked pallets! They are so great! Im going to have to try CC cream. I’ve never used it but I’ve heard so much about it! Thanks for sharing this! I always love new makeup ideaS!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Of course girl! Glad to hear you like Naked too :] xo

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  9. I love so many of these brands! I have the Naked 2 palette. They really do make the best eyeshadows out there. I have been a L’Oreal mascara devotee forever. I use the Voluminous carbon black but I’ve heard great things about the Butterfly formula too. I am forever obsessed with my Nars blush. I have drugstore blush that I love (Milani) but I always reach for my Nars. I’ve been curious about the Supergoop line for a long time but I’ve never tried any of their stuff. My skin loves mineral makeup but I do wear bb cream on occasion.

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    • Katie wrote:

      YAY! I am so glad we have similar picks, Miranda! I will have to give the Voluminous Carbon Black a whirl then, too! I am always down to try new mascara. Nars blush has been on my list for a while, too! Thanks for all the recs. xo

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  10. Mikkaela wrote:

    Ahhh, I LOVE the Naked palettes, they are truly amazing! My friend did my makeup recently and she was all over using Naked!
    xx, Mikkaela

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    • Katie wrote:

      Ah that’s so cool! xo

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  11. These are great products! I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows…definitely couldn’t live without them!

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    • Katie wrote:

      They seem to be the fan favorite of the day! Thanks for stopping by, Valerie! xo

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  12. Christie wrote:

    Great picks! I love the Naked palettes and I couldn’t live without the UD primer!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    http://www.theclosetbychristie.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Could not agree more, Christie! xo

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  13. Love this post! Interesting the number of Benefit products you really like. I really think I’m going to have to try the L’Oreal mascara! Nothing seems to be working for me at the moment.

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    • Katie wrote:

      Give the mascara a go for sure! Benefit is definitely one of my favorites! ;]

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  14. Maddy wrote:

    1. I love the Naked palettes – I have two! One is more browns/golds and the other is more rosy pinks.

    2. I LOVE that UD eyeshadow primer – I swear by it!

    3. Thanks for the eyelash curler tip! I usually skip the curler in my routine but I feel like I should give it another shot…

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    • Katie wrote:

      Ah, I am jealous you own two Naked Palettes! More are definitely on my list! Give the curling a try – even if it is just for special occasions! xo

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