A couple of weeks ago I discussed what I was planning to bring in my suitcase on my trip to New York (article here). Now I’m delving into my makeup bag the things that I’m glad I packed and what I could have done without.
I bought this bag on Amazon after seeing it featured on Instagram and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I love the shape and color and it has a top zippered compartment with a space for brushes and other smaller items that is super convenient. It held all of my makeup and there was plenty of room left over.
I know this looks like a crazy amount of makeup, but in my defense I knew I’d be going to a wedding, which would require a full face of makeup. Also, I brought along some new goodies that I was too excited about to leave at home.
Here’s what I packed:
Face: MAC Sculpting Powders in Definitive, Light Focus and Lightsweep (discussed here) // Dior ‘Diorskin Nude’ BB Cream (reviewed here) // MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark // MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast // MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW 35 (discussed here) // Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette (a trio of setting and illuminating powders that are actually worth the hype) // MAC Blush in Sweet As Cocoa
Eyes: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tisse Venitien (discussed here) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette (gorgeous shades and only $29) // MAC Pressed Pigment in Deeply Dashing // MAC Paint Pots in Quite Natural (discussed here) and Layin’ Low (used in this look) // NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia (gorgeous pewter shimmer) // MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy (Sometimes I use this to slightly lighten my brows. It’s very subtle but it creates a nice effect.) // Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige (I bought this because I thought it would be a low cost dupe for Layin’ Low, but it has a very cool gray tone that doesn’t work on my skin.) // Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude (discussed here) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Midnight Plum, MAC Lipglass in Flight of Fancy and Lipstick in Amorous (awesome plums, all reviewed here) // MAC Lip Pencils in Cork (neutral brown) and Nightmoth (deep purple) // NYX Lip Pencil in Sweet Bean (metallic gray brown, super unique but not quite sure how to wear this one) // MAC Lipstick in Craft (one of my favorite nudes, discussed here) // MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II (truly unique metallic taupe shade)
Tools: NARS Ita brush (weird shape but great for contouring) // MAC 168 brush (angled contour brush) // stila 9 brush (fluffy brush for blending out shadows in the crease) // MAC 227SE brush (smaller size because it was from a kit; I use this to apply powder to set under-eye concealer) // MAC 219 brush (pencil brush to smudge shadows along the lashline) // MAC 217 brush (super versatile brush that I use to apply shadows to lid, crease and brow bone) // MAC 266 brush (angled line brush) // stila 6 brush (covered lip brush that’s a must to apply dark lip shades flawlessly) // E.L.F. large face brush // MAC 129SH brush (classic blush brush with shorter handle that’s great for travel) // MAC 252 brush (large flat brush for packing shadow onto the lid) // NARS pencil sharpener
Wow, this sounds insane, but I really, truly needed everything! The MAC Paint Pots and Deeply Dashing eyeshadow were must haves, along with the Hourglass palette and Sweet As Cocoa blush. I used most of the brushes, face and the lip products, too. Promise.