My Go-To Soft Glam Makeup Look Featuring My Sephora Sale Recommendations


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The Sephora Holiday Savings Event is here, and I’m walking you through my go-to soft glam makup routine using my top 11 products. Each of the items reviewed below are ones I consistently reach for and would without-a-doubt repurchase.


Starting this look off with one of the most iconic products in my collection, I am applying the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: a light-to-medium, buildable coverage with a natural finish that looks like a better version of my skin. If you can afford to splurge, I highly recommend splurging on this. ‘Shade 6.5’ matches me perfectly.

For added coverage, I reach for the Kosas Revealer Concealer: a medium-to-full coverage formula with a hydrating, natural finish. As you can tell from the video, it’s great for concealing blemishes but also highlighting my under eyes, which can be challenging to find in a single formula. I wear ’06 O.’

I’ve always been reluctant to wear let alone invest in setting powders because of my dry skin, but the Kosas Cloud Set Setting Powder is a game-changer. It helps my makeup last longer and minimizes my texture, but it never looks cakey or overly matte. The baked formula actually offers a subtle luminosity. I wear ‘Cushiony,’ which I like to apply with a clean, damp beauty sponge.


To acheive a sculpted look, I rely on the Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Creme Contour & Powder Bronzer Duo. The medium shade, ‘She’s Sculpted,’ includes a cool-toned cream to contour and a neutral to warm-toned powder to bronze. Both are highly pigmented and blendable.

For blush, I’m starting with a small amount of the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, which is just as amazing as everyone says it is: pigmented, long-lasting, and easy to blend. ‘What more could you ask for? ‘Encourage’ is a beautiful neutral mauve.

I’m also applying one of my all-time favorite products: the Patrick Ta Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Crème and Powder Blush. The sheer, glossy cream is intended to layer on top of the silky powder, and it applies so beautifully. Today, I’m weariing ‘She’s Blushing,’ a shimmering neutral rose, but I also adore ‘She’s So LA’ and ‘She’s Baked.’

I find myself reaching for highlighters less and less, but the Merit Day Glow Dewy Highlighting Balm will always be a favorite. I apply ‘Bounce,’ a dewy rose gold, to the tops of my cheekbones, and the formula melts into the skin without ever disturbing the makeup underneath.


Everyone needs a high-quality neutral eyeshadow palette, and the Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palettes are an absolute masterpiece. Today, I started with ‘Transition’ and ‘Absolutely’ from the original palette as transition shades through my crease. I used ‘Romance’ from the rose palette for a wash of rose gold all over the lid, followed by ‘Mother’ and ‘Legendary’ from the original palette to deepen the outer corner. Finally, I used ‘Scandal,’ a matte dark brown from the original palette, to line my eyes.


Lip liner has become an essential step in my makeup routine, and I recently fell in love with the Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencils. Because of the gel formula, these glide onto the lips for comfortable yet long-wearing color. I’m wearing ‘Contour’ for a slightly darker, cooler look but also ‘Structure’ for a slightly lighter, warmer look.

I don’t typically invest in lipsticks, but the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks are beyond creamy and luxurious. Of course, ‘Pillow Talk’ is a universally-flattering pinky nude, but as you can see, I’ve also been loving ‘Very Victoria’ for a more true nude.

Essentially a high-shine lip gloss in a solid form, the Makeup By Mario MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serums are the most unique lip product I’ve ever tried. ‘Mauve Glow’ stunning on its own and on top of a more matte lip color.

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