Every morning I gaze into my Riki Skinny supa dupa vanity mirror and say to myself, “Who shall I be today - girl boss, barely-there beauty, lippie lady?” Then I press a button on the mirror and presto; my makeup look wish is granted! Not really, but I like to think that if this mirror is good enough to make Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019 list, then it must have magical powers. Thankfully, you don’t need a mystic mirror to get your dream makeup look just perfect. You really only need fantastic products that fit your lifestyle.
Now before I launch into what makes for a fantastic product, I want to share with you exactly why I love chatting about makeup in the first place. It’s quite simple. For me, makeup is a splendid way to pamper myself at the beginning of every day. I get that some women prefer to leave the house without a speck of sparkle on the face, and I like my bare face days too, but I’m enchanted with makeup’s ability to highlight the best features and transform a face into something otherworldly. Makeup senses my mood of the day and gifts me with a way to fully express my inner feelings. With so many colors, finishes, and cosmetic solutions, it allows me to be as creative as I wish. I fill in my eyebrows because eyebrows frame my face. I wear bronze eyeshadow to make my blue eyes pop. I highlight just above my top lip and then fill in with a pink-neutral liner because my high cheekbones stand out stronger with the complementary balance of fuller lips. By the time I walk out the door, I feel a little more daring and ready to take on the world. Besides, life is so much more fun with a stroke of eyeliner or glossed up lippie. And that lovelies, is why I love makeup.
SHOP MY INSPIRATION
Have I got you excited about makeup yet? If so, your next question might be what do you pick out with so many different brands to choose from. Well, not all makeup products are created equal. The latest, greatest new thing isn’t necessarily the best in my book. I’m seeking out those tried-and-true favorites that truly deliver results. The mascara that will never flake, the my-skin-but-better foundation that doesn’t budge all day, the bronzer the makes me look like I’ve just been on a beach. In other words, makeup icons. And now for the good stuff. In this lovely jubbly video, I’m sharing with you the cosmetics that I kept coming back to in 2019. From concealer to lip gloss, these are the staples that landed a permanent place in my cosmetic bag, and I plan to carry them over into 2020. These are the products that never let me down!
All Photo Credits: Leah Jonas