I booked an appointment with a make-up artist (one that was not specifically associated with any of the brands), and I just told her to use HER favorite products. The products that were GO TOs for her when she was doing her make-up as well as client’s make-up.
The experience was AWESOME.
I fell in love with many of the products that she recommended, and 2 years later I’m still using many of them, so they have definitely stood the test of time.
I get questions about my make-up routine every so often, so I thought it would be
fun to re-visit this makeover post….with some updates.
I will highlight the items that I’m currently using in turquoise!
Some of them will be the same products that were recommended during my initial consultation, and some of them are new!
Now let’s be clear.
I am IN NO WAY a make-up expert.
I put on my make-up from start to finish in under 5 minutes, and I like it that way.
Still, I know what products I like, what works for me, and I thought y’all might be interested!
Yep, you heard me. I’m about to get real.
I snapped this pic before walking out the door to head to Northpark. With no make-up.
I feel like I should have earned some sort of Girl Scout badge for that.
Because if you didn’t hear me, I went to NORTHPARK. WITH NO MAKE-UP.
Caitlin (the Nordstrom beauty consultant) got right to work!
She started with my eyes, and she said she always starts with eyes.
(Oops. I’ve always done my eyes last.)
Her reasoning for starting with the eyes? If there are smudges or if eye shadow drops onto the cheeks, you can wipe the area clean and not disturb other freshly applied make-up.
Well, that makes perfect sense Caitlin.
So, let’s just jump right into this.
First up, my eyebrows.
Also, several reviews mentioned “no sharpening needed”, which is also great.
Click HERE for the Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper Pencil.
It has 22 5 STAR Reviews. (Update: Now it has 29 5 star reviews!)
I think this is an awesome product, especially for somebody with less full brows.
This next product was the one that probably surprised me the most!
What was it?
I was like WHAT? What is eye base? Why does anybody need eye base?
Caitlin insisted that it was a must have product, but I didn’t “get” it.
But you know me, I heard the words “must have”, and I was intrigued! 🙂
On a regular day I wear eyeshadow, but nothing fancy, and I feel like the eyeshadow does it’s job.
I told her I use the Bobbi Brown product that is similar and that I love it (found HERE), but she used this on me because she said her clients have better luck with this product not drying out.
Click HERE for this eyeliner in Noir.
Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush HERE.
Okay, so the crossed out part above WAS TRUE when I wrote this post a year ago, but I’ve since gone back to THIS type of eyeliner (57 5 STAR Reviews). I had a sponsored post for Lancome last year sometime, and their eyeliner changed my mind!
I found I was able to apply it more quickly, and I was just as happy with the results!
You have the eyeliner on one end, and a sponge to help you smudge it on the other.
If you’ve never used a make-up primer, I highly encourage you to give THIS one a try.
I’m still 100% DEVOTED TO THIS PRODUCT.
When applying, you can apply it with a foundation brush if you’d like, but you can also just apply it with the pads of your fingers. Caitlin recommends warming it up on your finger tips and then applying it on your face beginning in the middle and moving outward. (I have a new way to apply it that you will read about in a second)
After the original post went live, my sister recommended a product to me that I have sense fallen in love with.
THIS pink egg-shaped sponge.
This is how I now apply my NARS tinted moisturizer.
I seriously cannot imagine applying it with my fingers now. And if you try it, I PROMISE you will be hooked as well.
I agree with everything the above reviewer said.
I love that it gives me glow and warmth without making me sparkly.
I don’t like the glitterly look. No ma’m.
The color is also very natural and not orange-y at all.
Caitlin also used her favorite bronzer brush, which is now my favorite bronzer brush too.
A good bronzer brush is very important, and this one is awesome.
It went on smoothly and had a bit of a minty taste that was quite nice!
I’m now faithfully using Fashion Icon from Lancome.
Just like the eyeliner, I tried it during my Lacome post last year, and I became hooked. It’s the only lipstick I wear now. I have several lip glosses that I rotate between, but the glosses are always worn over THIS lipstick.
Remember, the color is FASHION ICON, and it’s not at all goth like it appears on the website! 🙂
It was so much fun hearing all of your favorite picks and getting to watch you work your magic!
It’s nice to feel your best, and I feel like you totally made me feel like just the best version of me!
I’m guessing the post might have become a little confusing with my edits, so I thought you might be interested in a pictorial round up of everything I am still using (as well as the new products I added to the mix). Just click on the product you are interested in! Remember, the lipstick color is “fashion icon” and the lipgloss color is “sweet dreams”. Just click on the picture you are interested in!
That’s it for today everybody!
See you here on Wednesday for my Bachelor in Paradise recap!!!
Charming Lucy says
Wow so many great products! Thanks for the reviews and links! I will be trying some of these out! Susan
Mix and Match Mama says
I say this all the time, but you seriously have the prettiest eye makeup. Like, it's gorgeous :).
Julie Connelly says
I LOOOVE to see other people's makeup routines/products!!! I will definitely have to try some of these products. What color do you use for the eye base??
Hi Julie! It's called "bare"! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Erika Slaughter says
Beautiful!! I just found so many goodies I need to try!
SOOO pretty!! Your makeup looks so great!! I need to try that primer!!
You are correct – the Beauty Blender is the BOMB! Cannot even fathom putting on my makeup without it! Best make up invention ever!!!!
Tracy K says
Hi Sheaffer! Gorgeous before & after!!! Do you remember which shade she used in the eye base? I couldn't find it if you told us. Thanks!
Hi Tracy! It's called "BARE"! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Betsy Kramer says
Have been looking for a good tinted moisturizer, and will be trying out the Nars product, but sister… let's talk about your make-up removal process… your skin is amazing! The before picture… lets just say that I am jealous!! What cleanser/toner/night creams do you use? #helpagirlout #pleaseandthankyou
Hi Betsy! You're so sweet. That picture however was taken two years ago, and I feel like I'm dealing with more "issues" now. I'm pretty good in the wrinkle department, but I'm dealing with sun spots and enlarged pores. I use Rodan and Fields redefine line! If you are interested, my friend Erika is a distributor. You can go to her blog and look at her post on Friday. She has a fun special going on right now! http://www.tabanderika.blogspot.com/ xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Great post! I am also a freak for the BeautyBlender as well, I try to stockpile a few of them so I never run out, and I keep a makeup bag packed for travel with one in there as well. My favorite brushes are the IT Cosmetics one (I also use their CC cream) because they're SO SOFT. I try to get them when I get the sweet 20% off everything coupons to Ulta, that the Platinum spenders get. I also use a few other products by them, like their pressed blush cheek stain and will buy that at QVC.com to get the brush with it.
Sheaffer you look so beautiful! Seriously. Flawless. I was curious what kind of under eye concealer did your makeup artist use (or do you like)? I am always on the lookout for the best under eye concealer!! 😉
I don't remember her using one?!? Sorry I don't have more info!
I never thought to put my eye makeup on first! I tried it this morning and wow did it feel strange but best idea ever! I did save mascara for last since my foundation is powder form and I also use it to soften eye makeup. I didn't want to get it on already done lashes. That brick eye shadow is beautiful. I need new eye shadow and might give it a try.
Vanessa Piot says
SO stoked to hear your review of the mascara…I know where I'm going today…straight to MAC;-) Apparentely, all three of my children inherited the "long eyelash" gene from my husband bc this mama needs help in the eyelash department! Thx for the tips!
Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost says
I used the NARS tinted moisturizer back in the day and had absolutely forgotten about it until I saw this post. I'm thinking I may need to look into using that again! I've heard so many rave reviews of the Beauty Blender so maybe I'll just put that on my stocking list for Santa this year 🙂
Is the tinted moisturizer and bronzer you winter makeup routine as well?
Susan Hoover says
You can also find select Real Techniques brushes at Walgreens! I use their blush brush daily to apply bronzer. (Shhh..don't tell anyone!)
Did you see Nordstrom is price matching the brozner?! It's $37.50 today!!
So pretty!! Have you considered getting your brows shaped? The Benefit Brow Bar does a beautiful job. It will really open up your eyes! I always thought I had blah brows. Benefit gave me gorgeous brows!!!
You should try the Real Techniques Sponge – it's orange and a great dupe for the pink beauty blender, and around $5!
prudence yeo says
All these products sound amazing and your make-up looks so natural and radiant! Thanks for sharing these wonderful make-up tips!
Tobi-Velicia Johnson says
You are naturally gorgeous and the make-up really enhances your true beauty!
I love love love the MAC false lashes mascara! I too got it as a sample first and have since been hooked!!
I just found your blog today, and I LOVE this post! I have used the Trish McEvoy eye base for years, and never want it to be discontinued. I'm gonna have to give the brow pencil, and some of your other suggestions, a look.
Robyn Marrie says
Thanks for all the goodies reviewed! Curious…so you don't use a foundation at all? Just the tinted moisturizer?
Hi Robyn! Yes, just the tinted moisturizer!!!! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Is the lip color exclusive to Nordstroms? Went to purchase at a different store and was told it was discontinued!
I have no idea?!? Sorry I'm not any help! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Would you ever consider posting a video of how you apply your makeup at home? Does the bronzer really do a lot? I've never used one before!
Hi there! I love the bronzer. I feel like it really warms my face up! I've never thought about a video tutorial before, but I could maybe do that. I'll think about it! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Megan // Honey We're Home says
Girl, your skin is perfect! Gorgeous!
Do you use any powder to set your makeup? Is there one you recommend? Thank you!
Hi Stephanie! I don't. I just use the bronzer over the moisturizer! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Sarah E Henning says
I found a makeup sponge just like that in the checkout of my TJMaxx. It was $3.99! And I love it!
Nadine Raley says
I have always found that Nordstrom color swatches are the pits as well. How do we get them to fix it so they are more "real"? I'd buy more online if I could count on the colors being true. I know I can write to them directly but they will tell me it's my monitor. Glad to hear others making the same comment.
Lysa White says
Love, love, love this post! You always have the best info. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 My complexion is similar to yours, so I can probably use all the same shades. Which do you use for the BB tinted moisturizer and Perdis eye dust? And I saw the lip gloss color was Sweet Dreams, but couldn't figure out what brand it was…thanks in advance!
Hi Lysa! The tinted moisturizer I use is NARS, and the color is GRONELAND. The "Sweet Dreams" lip gloss is NARS as well! Hope this helps! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂