Great Beauty Finds
Lately, I’ve been rejuvenating my makeup collection. I’m swapping products that no longer work for me with those that are easy to use and create great natural makeup looks. I don’t like wearing a full face of makeup often, so I generally stick to a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and a bit of powder for a typical day. Between my go-to powder foundation and the three base tinted moisturizers listed here, I always feel put together. Read on for details on my current great beauty finds that you’re going to love:
Products for Natural Makeup Looks
The top image here highlights the broader-range products I rotate through — tinted moisturizers, foundation powder, and bronzer-highlighters. I’m starting with these because they are the most prominent of my everyday natural makeup look routine. The second image highlights other beauty favorites, like sunscreen, concealer, and mascara.
Great Beauty Finds for the Face & Cheeks: Tinted Moisturizers, Foundations, Blush, Bronzer, & Eyeshadow
The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer has long been a favorite of mine. However, I often rotate between it and the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint. I find that the former gives me a bit more coverage, while the latter offers more hydration. If you’d rather go with something colorless, I highly recommend the GLOWSTARTER™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. I got a sample tube of this from Sephora and am obsessed; once it runs out, I will be buying the full sized jar.
Top Row: Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter Palette by Urban Decay | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector | GLOWSTARTER™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
Bottom Row: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint | Mini Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette | Sephora Collection Microsmooth Multi-Tasking Baked Face Powder
Any of these base moisturizers can be used with or without powder for natural makeup looks. I typically add a dusting of a baked foundation on top for shine control, though. Currently, I’m loving the Sephora Collection Microsmooth Multi-Tasking Baked Face Powder. This powder is both vegan and affordable (more on that product and the Sephora Collection line here!).
To round things out, I add a bit of my favorite Urban Decay Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter Palette and some basic nude eyeshadow. I’m currently working my way through some older Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes. However, I plan to purchase the Mini Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette once they’re done. This Mini palette has some of my favorite daily wear colors. However, it can also help you create a more dramatic look, as well.
Great Beauty Accessories & Accent Products
Moisturizers & Sunscreens
This section highlights some of my go-to accent products, like eyebrow pencils and concealer, along with my current favorite moisturizers. Living in Florida calls for daily sunscreen, and the Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion Sunscreen truly lives up to its name. It works well with my skin and doesn’t have a metallic sunscreen smell.
At night, I go with the Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Therapeutic Moisturizer. While this Obagi product was recommended to me by my dermatologist, it is available without a prescription. It is actually quite affordable, too! The Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-aging Hand Treatment is another night-time favorite of mine (because of the retinol); it’s a great hand lotion that helps keep the skin looking young.
Top Row: Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion Sunscreen | Milk Makeup Kush Lip Balm | Anastasia Brow Primer | Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Therapeutic Moisturizer
Bottom Row: Tarte SEA Mini Hydrocealer™ Concealer | Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil | Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-aging Hand Treatment | Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
Concealer, Eye Makeup, & Lip Color
As for the colorful products shared here, the Tarte SEA Mini Hydrocealer™ Concealer is my most recent discovery. Like the Glamglow moisturizer in the first image above, I first got this product as a Sephora sample. I have since repurchased the mini version a few times; it’s affordable, comes in a ton of colors, and lasts for a good amount of time. Since I don’t use concealer as often as tinted moisturizers or powder, I like to go for mini versions where I can. Since I don’t use them up quickly enough, I find that they often dry out or get weird textures.
The Anastasia Brow Primer and Perfect Brow Pencil are simple and straightforward; they’ve been favorites of mine for some time. The pencil lasts all day, but is easy enough to wash off at night. The same goes for the Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara; I love a mascara with staying power that doesn’t require makeup remover to wash off. Top it all off with a tinted lip (I am loving the Milk Makeup Kush Lip Balm in the “Nug” color right now). Then you’re good to go!
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*This post was originally published on December 28, 2019. It was most recently updated on February 3, 2022.