Ava’s Makeup Routine and Favorite Products

I’ve had a few people ask about my makeup lately. So mom and I thought we’d share my makeup routine with links to our favorite products. Let’s look inside my makeup bag!

First, start with a clean face! Putting makeup on top of a dirty face is never a good idea. Not only will your makeup not settle in correctly, you are also in danger of clogging up your pores and causing breakouts.

Now, we’re ready.

It might seem backwards, but my mom says to do most of your eye makeup before you do the rest of your face. This will keep any eyeshadow dust from ruining your face makeup!

I start by blending in a little eyeshadow primer on my eyelids. A tiny dot will do. Just gently dab and blend it with your fingertips.

Here’s the eyelid primer I use:

Next, we use a neutral, sorta shimmery eyeshadow. It’s just enough to make my eyes pop! If it’s a special occasion, or I want to look a little dressier, my mom will help me use a darker color in the outer corner of my eye and blend it a bit in my eye crease. We also use the darker eyeshadow for eyeliner.

Here’s my every day eyeshadow. I use the gold:

We use this eyeshadow palette for special occasions:

For eyeliner, we use a thin, flat, angled brush like this one:

After eyeshadow, we push the pause button on the eye makeup (we’ll come back to it in a minute). We like to use a damp washcloth or a makeup remover wipe to get any eye makeup dust off my face. Then we moisturize my face and let it soak in.

We like these makeup remover wipes:

And this moisturizer:

The next step is primer. Just use one little pump and gently smooth it out over your face. This will make your pores look smaller, even out your skin tone, help your powder settle in, and make your makeup last longer.

This is a splurge, but well worth the extra costs:

We dab on a little concealer to help cover up any breakouts.

Then we use a kabuki brush and mineral powder. I use Jane Iredale powder because it won’t clog pores or cause acne. It also has sun protection. My mom says to rub the brush around on the powder pallet and always give it a quick tap to get a bit of the excess powder off. Apply it lightly in circular motions across your face. Don’t use too much. You don’t really want to look like you’re covered in makeup. Keep it as natural as possible.

Here’s a great brush for mineral powder:

Here’s a link to Jane Iredale mineral powder. It can be a bit difficult to find in stores. You can usually only find it at medical spas. If you live in Birmingham, you can try it out at Muse Salon in Vestavia (Our fave!). I use the color “Warm Silk.”

You’ll also want to get a refillable compact:

Next, we do bronzer and blush. Don’t laugh…but I make a fish face, so I can see my cheekbones. We use just a little bronzer under my cheekbone and blend it out toward my ears. Then we lightly dust on a bit of blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend it outward toward my ears.

This is my blush/bronzer duo. Mom says this tried-and-true combo works for everybody!

Now it’s time to go back to eyes. Mom says brows are one of the most important parts of your makeup routine. I have really, really light eyebrows, so Mom won’t let me go anywhere before I “put my eyebrows on.” Haha. She tells me, “One day you’ll thank me!” There are all kinds of eyebrow makeup! We’ve tried several on me, and we like the Great Shape Eyebrow Kit from Jane Iredale the best. It’s basically a colored powder that you use with a brush. You just use it to fill in your natural eyebrow shape and give them a little color. This is all we’re going to write about eyebrows today, but Mom says we could do a whole post just on eyebrows alone!

Here’s our favorite. I use the blonde kit:

Ok…now it’s the hard part…mascara. We’ve tried several types on me. Again, we’ve settled on Jane Iredale. It’s made for sensitive skin and eyes. I have very light eyelashes, so we use brown mascara instead of black. It just looks a bit more natural on me.

Here’s my mascara:

Now for the fun part! Lip Gloss! I love, love, love Lancome’s Juicy Shakers! You shake it up to mix the color before applying. Each color smells like a different flavor! We picked the most natural-looking color for me. It’s called “A Piece of Cake.” It gives my lips just enough color, but it kinda makes me hungry every time I use it! Lol.


Last, but not least…Don’t forget to wear a confident smile!

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