Just a quick disclaimer, I didn’t go anywhere special for spring break….just home lol. So, my makeup bag doesn’t have any products that are specifically geared toward a waterproof face, or sun-kissed skin, or even the “no makeup” makeup look…these are just my staple products that I would travel with, regardless of where I’m going.
I’m also not going to include brushes, since I’ll probably do a separate post about that. But, without further ado: my current makeup essentials/fake spring break makeup essentials post.
To begin, here are the products I use to create my base:
♦ Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ♦
I’ve gotten into the habit of using this primer every day, even though I probably shouldn’t. This stuff does exactly what it promises, and it does it well…too well. This primer mattifies my face excellently, but sometimes at the expense of the rest of my makeup. What I mean is, sometimes (most of the time) it dries my face out so much that even though I am applying cream and liquid products on top, my face still feels a bit uncomfortable sometimes. I usually prevent this by making sure to only apply a pea sized amount (and no more), or making sure to really rub it into my skin (which can be hard because it dries so fast).
If I were writing this with the intent to go somewhere warm for spring break, like Cancun, I would definitely recommend this. If you put this on as your base, you will not see a drop of oil for the entire rest of the day, regardless of how hot it is.
♦ Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Medium to Tan ♦
I didn’t buy this because of hype, but because it was December 27th and my VIB status would not renew if I didn’t spend another $43 by December 31st. So yeah. It’s a cool palette, and I like that there are a good range of shades (there are 4 – fair, light to medium, medium to tan, and deep). I got this one because the store I went to didn’t have any more of the deep one, and I figured that these shades would be good for mixing (not only on my, but on others I do makeup on sometimes).
I usually use this to conceal my eyes and the area right around my nose. Mixing the first and second shade on the bottom row usually give me a good match, and if I want to highlight a bit I mix in the first shade on the top row. I’m not really into contouring and highlighting for that glam look, but regardless this is a great palette.
Being that it is a cream palette, it would also be a good choice if I were on a real spring break trip, since cream products are much more resistant to water. Plus, this is versatile since you can mix these to make a foundation, use them as concealer, or highlighter and contour.
♦ Kiss NY Aqua BB Cream in Medium ♦
I’ve written about this before, so I won’t rave about it here. Since the cream contour palette has a thicker consistency, I usually opt not to use too much of this, just enough to even everything out and blend. But this product is great since it’s very build-able, doesn’t dry too fast or slow, and has a wonderful consistency that is neither too thick nor too watery (and the coverage is great).
♦ L’oreal Paris True Match Powder (optional) ♦
I set my face with this sometimes, but lately no just because the primer sucks every drop of moisture from my face, so adding this is overkill (sometimes). It’s a great powder though, and if you forego such an intense primer, you could get away with using just this powder and some concealer to have a nice light face.
♦ Milani Baked Bronzer in Glow or Benefit Watts Up Highlighter ♦
I’ve abandoned contouring (well the baby contour I would do), and instead started focusing more on highlighting since I prefer the healthy glow look to the cheekbones carved from marble look. The Milani Baked Bronzer is a great choice because it isn’t as pricey as anything you’d get from Sephora, and it comes with a lot of product. The L’oreal Lumi liquid highlighter is also pretty nice, I just prefer powder and creams to liquids. The Benefit Watts Up is an oldie but goodie, since this little sample has lasted me for about 2 years now.
Again, if you’re looking for longevity (if you’re actually on spring break), I’d opt for the Watts Up or a liquid highlighter since those wouldn’t wash (or sweat) off as easily as a powder
Well these are the face products I’ve been rocking with for the past couple months/the staples I packed for my spring break (at home)/ what I would probably recommend for a real spring break.
Hope you enjoyed!