Definitely try out Loreal Concealer Crayons or Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Sticks! They are both creams that dry to a more matte/powder finish making them great to use all over the face to contour and highlight! Just choose a shade a few shades darker than your skin tone and shade a few shades lighter than your skin tone to use to highlight and contour.
Since they are both stick concealers it’s super easy to place in the hollow of the cheeks, down the nose, temples, etc all the places you’d contour and highlight and then use a brush, sponge or fingers to blend it out.
Try highlighters like more pinky highlighters like
NARS Luxor Multiple. Such a beautiful subtle, pale pink sheen! Copacabana is a great option if you want more of an intense, shimmery highlight with less pink and more beige undertones.
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightscapade. This is a newer addition to the MSF family! A very pale champagne, almost white but goes on more sheer (not ashy or white) with a more subtle sheen.
Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl. A pale champagne with a decent amount of shimmer, you can get quite a glow out of this!
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Too Faced Candlelight Glow. Comes with a pale creamy shade and a pinky shade, can used separate or mixed together!
Check out some brands/lines with fun colors like
NYX Macaron Lipsticks
OCC Lip Tars
As a skin care enthusiast and junkie I love trying out (and hoarding) new products and brands. Although I love many higher end brands sometimes I want the results and feeling a high ender brand gives me but with products that are a little easier on my wallet. Most of these products range from $7 - $20 so still relatively affordable but still great quality. So if you want to splurge a bit on your skin care but not spend an arm and a leg try out some of these brands!
Some of my favorite more affordable, high quality brands are
- The Body Shop
- Mario Badescu
I love The Body Shop for it’s wide range of products and lines. They have a line for every skin type and skin need. Tea tree line for acne, Aloe for sensitive/dry skin, Vitamin C for dull, discolored skin, etc. You’re likely to find a product that works for you! They also have many sales and promotions through out the year so I like to stock up then, right now they are having a buy two get one or buy three get two free promotion!
- Some of my personal favorite The Body Shop products are the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil to remove make up, Aloe Vera Eye Defense as a light weight eye cream, Vitamin E Cream Cleanser for a gentle, non irritating cleanser and the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash when my skin is feeling extra congested and yucky.
Boots is the most affordable of the bunch and makes high quality yet affordable skin care ranging from cleansing balms, eye creams, night creams, serums, facial oils, etc. They even have a Boots Botanics Organic line if you want to try the all natural route! They’re really on trend with products like facial oils and cleansing balms which is hard to find in a drugstore brand! You can find boots at Target, Walgreens and Drugstore.com.
- Some of my personal favorite Boots products are Bontanics Rosewater Toning Spritz to set my makeup or as a hydrating toner and Botanics Iconic Clay Mask to deep clean and tighten my pores.
Mario Badescu is great for acne prone, discolored and aging skin because they make many products with powerful ingredients like glycolic acid and AHA that will chemically exfoliate but for half of the price as more high end brands. They even have starter kits like an acne starter kit, an oily/combination skin starter set and an anti aging kit! You can find Mario Badescu at Ulta and Nordstrom.
For hooded eyes I like to take a lot of inspiration from Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and Gisele Bundchen. All extremely gorgeous women with hooded eyes!
One thing Blake Lively does a lot is a bright inner corner. It really brightens up and draws attention to the eyes without having a prominent lid shade!
Another tip would be to play up your lips with a bright or bold lipstick. Since eyeshadow can get a lost in hooded eye lids try to play up another part of your face like the skin, lips or cheeks!
When Kate Hudson does a smokey eye she tends to put quite a lot of emphasis on and smoke out the bottom lash line since sometimes hooded eyes prevent you from seeing the lid color. So try smoking out the top and bottom lash line!