Makeup Favorites

If there's one positive thing that came out of this whole makeup obsession thing, it's that I can assemble my own face when the situation calls for it. For instance, we weren't able to book a makeup artist for my friend's wedding so I had to wing it, and I think it turned out okay.

It also held up amazingly well against tropical heat, crazy wind, and the occasional splash of seawater, so consider this a list of my tried-and-tested, hulas-proof makeup favorites.

Facial Assembly Tools

I didn't realise how many products I actually used until I gathered them for this post. I could've sworn I used only the bare minimum.

Facial Assembly Tools

Base: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light {Intensity 2.0}
This is my go-to foundation for when I need my makeup to last the entire day, and it has yet to fail me in that respect.

Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer {Medium2 Ginger}
This stuff is awesome. It's probably the only concealer that can cover my dark circles without looking chalky. I'm already halfway through my second tube - I love it that much.

Bronzer: MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder {Nude on Board}
Blush: The Balm Instain {Houndstooth}

Face Brush: Real Techniques Buffing Brush
It's a shame you can't purchase it individually, but this brush is so good it almost justifies the cost of the face kit.

Facial Assembly Tools

Brows: Tarte Eyebrow Mousse {Medium Brown} + MAC Brow Shade {Ivoire/Walnut}
Lately I've been all about the brows, and after going through dozens of products I find that the Tarte eyebrow mousse has the best staying power (runner up would be the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow). The dual-ended brush that comes with it is also of very good quality, which is a surprise since most free brushes are total crap.

Eye Primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
If you have lids as oily as mine, you have to get this. Beats the crap out of Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Eyeshadow: Chanel Eyeshadow Palette {Charming}
It's a scaled-down Urban Decay Naked Palette sans the crazy shimmer and the half a dozen identical shades.

Eyeliner: Shu Uemura Painting Liner {M Brown}
I still find gel liners to be superior in terms of ease of application (I use a MAC 211) and staying power, and this particular shade is not as harsh as black, but not so glaringly brown either.

Mascara: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander
Crying at weddings = waterproof mascara = Majolica Majorca (no question)

NARS Descanso

Lips: NARS Satin Lip Pencil {Descanso}
Oh, NARS. They make this wonderful lip pencil formula that does not dry your lips out even after an entire day of frequent reapplication, and they release it in the perfect nude shade, and then they tell you it's limited edition. Why.

That's okay, though, because I have two backups. Hah.

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