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In addition to a good skincare routine, an expertly applied base is essential to a ‘flawless’ makeup look. Although I used a full-coverage foundation, I added a few drops of a glowy primer to sheer it out a little and made sure to work in multiple thin layers rather than one thick one. I used a damp beauty sponge to blend out and remove any excess foundation, concealer, and cream bronzer, and I even used a separate one to apply my setting powder — which I melted into my skin with a hydrating face mist.

Revlon PhotoReady Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primer

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

City Airspun Loose Face Powder Translucent Extra Coverage

Heritage Store Rosewater and Glycerin Spray


Bronzer, blush, and highlighter are especially important when wearing a full-coverage foundation because they prevent you from looking flat. I used a fluffly brush to apply a generous amount of a matte, warm-toned bronzer in a 3 shape along the perimeters of my face. If you find your bronzer looks muddy, try waiting a few minutes for the face makeup to set or powdering the entire face beforehand, and tap or ru off the excess product from your brush. For lifted cheekones, I sweeped my blush and then a small amount of highlighter upwards and outwards from the apples of my cheeks to my temples.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in ‘Deep Bronzer’

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in”Pillow Talk’


The secret to creating a stunning eyeshadow look is gradually blending out a variety of matte transition shades through the crease and outer corner. I used a cream shadow to carve out the crease and then dampened a flat brush before topping it off with shimmery champaign shadows. several similar After tightlining my waterline and lower lashline and creating a feline flick, I applied false eyelashes, extending the outer corners slighlty beyond and above my natural lash line. I also patted on a small amount of setting powder along the edge of my winged liner to create a cleane line and a cat eye effect.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in ‘Dark Brown’

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Scintillance’

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in ‘Perversion’

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in ‘Blackest Black’

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Ardell Demi Wispies


I rarely wear something other than a nude lip, and over the years, I have learned that using a lip liner the same hue as my natural lips not only improves the longevity of my lip color but also makes my lips look more defined. I applied a creamy, pinky nude shade all over, and then dabbed a paler nude in the center to create the illusion of larger, poutier lips.

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in ‘Whirl’

MAC Cosmetics Amplified Creme Lipstick in ‘Half ‘n Half’

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick and ‘Honeylove’

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