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.

Now…Shake…Shake…Shake…

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

Top 5 Makeup Tips

1. Beautiful makeup starts with great skincare! Your skin needs to be clean, fresh and moisturized before you start your makeup! If you’re struggling with acne, be sure to read our Acne 101 post here:

Pimples, Zits and Blackheads…Oh My!

 

2. Start with your eye makeup! This might seem backwards, but if you’re applying eye shadow or even powder eyeliner, it will sprinkle down on your face and ruin the rest of your makeup. So, do your eye shadow and eyeliner first. We still like to save eyebrows and mascara for later, but do the powdery stuff on your eyes, then wipe away whatever residue falls on your face before applying the rest of your makeup.

 

3. Before we apply face powder or foundation of any kind, we like to start with primer! Primer smooths the skin, it helps conceal imperfections, it creates a prettier finish, and it makes your makeup last all day! Our favorite is by Smashbox.

 

If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, try the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer LIGHT.

If you aren’t acne prone, you can go with the original formula.

4. Be extra careful when choosing foundation, or the base of your face makeup. Two things are important when it comes to foundation: 1.) You must pick a color that matches your skin perfectly 2.) You need to choose just the right type or formula. For color matching, go somewhere like Sephora and get as much help as possible matching the color to your skin! Try it on in the store. We strongly suggest walking outside with a mirror to see how the makeup looks on your skin in the natural light. To choose the right type, you must educate yourself and know the differences before you go shopping. It’s also helpful to shop somewhere that will allow you to return whatever you’re not satisfied with. Sometimes nailing down the right makeup formula takes several tries before you find your favorite.

 

5. Never overlook your eyebrows! Eyebrows might just be the most important and overlooked step in a makeup routine. Eyebrows frame your face! If you have light hair, this step is especially important for you! Always fill in your eyebrows, ladies!