foundation routine

Heat-Proof, Sweat-Proof, All Day Wear; Full Face Makeup for All Skin Types - Part 1 - Prepping the Skin:

"The universe did not breathe star fire into your bones just so you could burn yourself out over someone who treats you like a cigarette break. Hold out for the person who treats you like the sun. Because that is who you are."

- You Are The Sun to Someone; Nikita Gill

Hello my loves! I have been SO busy lately and between long hours and the warmer weather, I've been trying to perfect an entire full face routine that can last all day through just about anything... And I'm pretty sure I found it! This should work for any and every skin type which makes it even better!

* I have normal to combination skin, however I will add in products for dry skin as well!

Let's start with priming! Get ready to hear lots of "long wear" when it comes to these products :)

As requested, this will be broken up into two parts. The first is prepping and priming the skin, preparing it for all this long wear makeup and the second part will be eyes, lips and face!

Heat-Proof makeup - priming

Priming is key, no matter your skin type. Cleanse and moisturize your skin first and then go in with your primers! These three are my holy grails right now and work amazing together. This will be perfect for normal to oily, and if you have dry skin... The next photo is for you!

Benefit's Porefessional: A pore minimizing primer. Pat this into areas of your face with larger pores you'd like to hide. Patting motions will help the product sink in better!


tarte's Clean Slate Poreless Primer: A silicone primer that helps to smooth small imperfections. This holds my oils really well! I'd suggest a more moisturizing primer for those with dry skin.


Smashbox Primer Water: This is a priming and hydrating water. This doesn't prime my skin well enough on its own but used in conjunction with other primers, I love it! You can also use this to foil eyeshadows!



bullet proof makeup for dry skin tips

For my dry skin babies, you'll need as much moisture as a base as possible. This will not only help the foundation look perfect and prevent dry patches, but it will also help your skin to maintain moisture throughout the day. Apply your favorite beauty oil and let it sink in for 5-10 minutes before or after you apply your primers. Also a moisturizing spray can work wonders, MAC's Fix + is a perfect example but I've also found that this Smashbox Primer Water adds a nice amount of moisture as well. Use the oils and a spray together and your skin will be prepped for foundation!

Smashbox Primer Water or MAC Fix +

tarte's Maracuja Oil (sample size): This oil is so versatile! From moisturizing the skin and hair to reviving gel eyeliners! I can't be without this!!


Boscia's Tsubaki Beauty Oil: Tons of benefits from the skin from protection against free-radicals, firming, brightening and hydrating. I absolutely love this, although those with oily/acneic skin should be careful and use this sparingly! When my skin is extra dry/irritated, I'll use this mixed with my moisturizer at night. Great for dry skin!



heat-proof, sweat-proof makeup. priming the eyes

Eyes are very similar to the face, priming first is SO important! Even when I'm not wearing shadows, I still prime my eyes to prevent any mascara from smudging or running throughout the day.

Lorac's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer: This is the sample size I've received with my Lorac Pro Palettes. This is a nice primer, it has a little bit of pigmentation to it to help cancel out slight discoloration or veins on your lids. I don't think this would last the longest on super oily lids!

$21 for full size

MAC's Paint Pot (in Painterly): Paint Pots are a must for me and are usually the only primers I use. The others above, I occasionally grab for but I love these so much. Painterly is perfect for my skin tone, it cancels out any discoloration and leaves the perfect base for any eyeshadows. It keeps shadows on all day and I'd say this would be good for just about anyone! If your lids are more on the dry side, apply your moisturizing eye cream 5 minutes before; I've found this can be slightly drying at times.


NYX Eyeshadow Base in White: I've used this for years! It's basically the jumbo eye pencil in milk, except in a pot form and for some reason, this works better for me. Once it sets on the eye, it doesn't budge and because it's white, your eyeshadows really pop! Also, the consistency leaves the shadows clinging on for dear life and they last all day :)


Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion: This formula is anti-aging but I love just about all of them! Some have pigmentation to cancel out discoloration and they all seem to hold up pretty well on even the most oily of lids. I keep these simple sizes in my kit because I know they are always dependable.

Pricing ranges on size and amount of product. You can purchase sample sizes, full sizes as well as kits of a few primers in one!



I can't stress enough the importance of prepping the skin! Starting with a fresh, clean base and applying products that will help not only to keep your skin moisturized and healthy, but giving you that flawless base to apply your cosmetics on. You will see a world of difference when you take the time to prep first!

Now that your skin is all prepped for makeup, give it one more spray with your Fix + or Primer Water and let's jump into the fun part :)

See Part 2 here!

Holy Grail Foundations:

I got a request to do a post on the foundations I use.. Thank you for the request!!

I have combination skin, acneic and sensitive to many skin care products (lots of allergic reactions over the years). It has taken me a long time to put together a skin care regiment that keeps the breakouts under control. For many people, the most important thing to remember when putting together a skin care routine is it will more than likely be trial and error for you. What works for some may not work for others. It can be a frustrating process for those with difficult skin but very rewarding once you find the right regiment for you. <3

My two holy grail foundations are the original Revlon Colorstay and the Colorstay Whipped.

(I know there are many reviews on this so forgive me!)

*I borrowed a friends camera for the time being but am still getting used to the settings so I apologize the pictures aren't the best.. But they are better than if I'd used my iPhone :)

The original Colorstay comes in a dry/normal formula and one for combo/oily skin. It's medium to full coverage and is great for covering up any imperfections you want to hide, but it can feel a bit heavy on the skin (and sometimes cakey) if not applied with a light hand. I use this on days when I have a blemish or two and feel I need more coverage than usual (I typically like more coverage than most prefer, even on my good skin days). This sets pretty quickly on the skin so you need to move fairly fast to blend once it's applied. The staying power is great and although I can't speak on the 24 hour claim (who wants to wear foundation for that long?!) it has lasted me throughout the day and does not move, even in the summer.


I have combination skin.. My shade in the summer is 250 Fresh Beige and 200 Nude in the winter.

(Sorry again for the photos! I'm trying to learn how to use this darn thing! lol)


I use the Sedona Lace FB 07 Flat Top Buffer Brush when applying this. I will pour a small amount onto the back of my hand, then dip the brush in, buff it into one side of my face, then grab some more and buff the other side. Then I usually take whatever is left and go over my whole face one more time to make sure everything is blended well.


Me with the original formula (and my old red hair! :) )

Colorstay whipped has become the foundation I use almost daily and has a lighter feel on the skin than the liquid formula. I don't have a problem with this looking cakey and it gives an airbrushed looking finish. It has build-able coverage, however I don't think it has as good of coverage as the original formula. If I do have a spot that needs to be covered up more, I've taken a dab of the foundation and used it as a concealer too and it worked well. The staying power is great, but with oily skin it may not last as long as the liquid formula. I usually need to reapply pressed powder to my t-zone after maybe 5 hours of wear (again, I have combo skin so oily may need to apply it sooner to soak up some oiliness and to tone down any shine).


My shade in this is also 200 Nude. You may have trouble finding your right shade because these jars do NOT show the true color well. Be sure to keep your receipt just in case; I had to return mine the first time.


I apply with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Unfortunately, with the jar I usually just dip my brush in, which isn't the most sanitary (you could purchase a stainless steel spatula and use that to scoop some of the product out, then wash the spatula for the next use. There are also disposable spatulas but could get pricey buying them after a while).. I stipple it all over one side of my face, then buff it in. Then do the same with the other side. Then I will take a little more and apply anywhere I need a little extra coverage, then make sure everything is blended.

(Having to explain what I do in words is a little difficult, hopefully you understand what I'm trying to say... Blogging makes me tempted to do videos but I'm a little shy for that yet!)

***With this foundation, I think it's more your preference when it comes to application. I've heard many people say love the look when using their hands, a beauty blender (or drugstore version), and others preferred with a buffer brush. I've tried all of these and didn't like the way it looked. The stippling brush gave me the best finish on my skin. So you may need to play with different ways of application to find the one you like best.


& me with the Whipped formula.

You can find these foundations at any drugstore, Walmart, Target, etc.

Revlon Colorstay - $12.99

Revlon Colorstay Whipped - $13.99

* Search around, you can sometimes find them a few dollars cheaper! The drugstores almost always have Revlon buy 1, get 1 %50 off.

Lastly, I always set the whipped foundation with a pressed powder (I typically don't need to apply powder with the liquid formula). My holy grail pressed powder is Rimmel's Stay Matte. I have the translucent shade and absolutely love it. It sets everything perfectly and helps add to the airbrushed, matte looking finish. This keeps any shine away and does not end up looking cakey if you apply it throughout the day as needed.




I apply the pressed powder with the Elf Powder Brush. I press the powder into my face versus buffing it so it sets the foundation better.


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