Flawless Face on a Budget

in , by Katie Margaret, November 15, 2014

I am always searching for new makeup products for my face.  I love testing out different products and seeing what works best with my skin.  I used to be a huge fan of BareMinerals.  It was my favorite foundation for a long time.  But when I started to cut down on my spending habits, I just couldn't justify spending $27 on one single makeup product anymore.  That's when I started searching for another foundation.  My skin tends to be on the oilier side, so it's hard to find a good foundation that will keep my face from shining up after an hour.

About a year ago, I started watching a lot of makeup tutorials on YouTube.  I love learning different ways to apply my makeup.  After watching some tutorials on foundation, I decided I wanted to try some liquid foundation.  I've always been a little hesitant to try a liquid foundation, because of my oily skin.  I started doing some research on the best drugstore foundation brands.  I tried out a few that I liked, but it wasn't until recently that I found my favorite liquid foundation so far.  At Ulta, I stumbled upon a foundation called Ready, Set, Gorgeous, by Covergirl.  Usually, it cost around $7.99, but on this particular day, it was on sale for $5.99. I just had to try it.

One thing I've learned about makeup is that you can't just use foundation and be done. Here is my daily face routine, using my Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation.

  1. First I like to start with a good primer. I haven't always used a primer, but now that I do, I feel like it's an important step that I don't like to skip.  It helps even out my face and most importantly, it helps my foundation last through my long workdays. I've been using Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer. It's the perfect primer for oily skin. Best of all, the price is right! It was only $6.99 at Ulta. 
  2. Next step, I move on to my Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation. I like that this foundation has a light to medium coverage. I hate makeup that feels heavy on my face. It's perfect for oily skin.
  3. To apply my foundation, I always use my Elf Studio Powered Brush.  I like the flat top on the brush.  It helps apply my foundation evenly and gives it an airbrush finish.  I try to stay away from using my figures to apply my foundation because my fingers have oils in them.  I always feel like I'm just putting oils back into my face when I use my fingers.
  4. After my foundation is applied, I use a concealer to high light under my eyes, my forehead and down the center of my face.  I've been using an NYC concealer.  I've always liked NYC products for the price. This concealer was $3.99.
  5. To apply my concealer, I've been using my knock off Target beauty blender.  I've heard great things about the original Beauty Blender.  Apparently, it's a magical sponge that blends your foundation perfectly.  Well, I may never use a real Beauty Blender, because I don't think I will ever be able to spend $20 on a sponge.  For now, $4.99 for a knock off beauty blender, sounds like a much better price.  I'm not crazy about using this blender for my foundation, but it works perfectly with my concealer.  The shape is perfect for getting under my eyes and around my nose.  For the price, this sponge is worth trying. 
Once I have my foundation on, I move on to my eyes, then complete my face with some blush, bronzer and a little finishing powder.

 Hopefully, you've learned something new, or you might be thinking about trying out a new product.  It's important to have fun with your makeup and never stop looking for what works best for you!

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