I'm so used to getting up every morning and painting my face for the day, usually taking an hour each time. I mean, the blending alone can take 15 minutes per eye! I've been working for corporate cosmetic brands for over a decade and a typical day would involve some sort of creativity in my look. Quarantine has since changed my entire routine.
"I have a finer appreciation for my job as a makeup artist and what I was able to do for people. I wonder if I will remember how to work with clients again...that is if this ever goes back to they way it was before"
Since the new store closings rolled out and phases in place, my job as a makeup artist has been rendered obsolete. I was one of the last brand vendors still in store in my zone, working up until they closed the doors to Ulta's and Sephoras and sent me home. I even remember the last customer I had. She was a Youtuber visiting Seattle from Denver. She has a crafting channel and as I did her makeup she explained how she was going to be speaking on a panel to a crowd of subscribers about her crafts. We now follow each other on Instagram.
So, I put away my brush belt and focused more on my own skincare and day to day easy looks for possible Facetime or Zoom calls. Here's what I found to be my go-to makeup kit for just that.
I keep this bag downstairs. It's easy to reach and most of the time I'm putting it on in my living room while catching up on my current binge, whatever that may be on t.v. (Below Deck, reruns of Rupaul's Drag Race, Forensic Files...)
Most of it can be applied with my hands so there's only one brush in there. I feel that for an easy look, my fingers work in the product better for more natural looking skin, plus it's quicker.
So What's Inside?
I like Tarte because it's natural. I worked for the brand for a year and loved the team. This is the BB cream in "medium" with an SPF of 20. I like the wear of it with just a tint of color and I work it in with my hands.
I actually do like the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It has a sponge applicator that makes application go on super easy. The coverage isn't incredibly intense, which is good with a BB. You don't want full coverage concealer with a minimal coverage base or vice versa. It looks off.
This blush is PIGMENTED. A dash with your brush is all you need to paint a little color on your high points or the apples of your cheeks depending on where you like to place it. I do intend on buying a cream stick blush so I can apply literally everything with just my fingers.
Laritzy is a new brand to me. I received this stick in a beauty subscription box. I use it down the sides of my nose, under my cheekbones, and under my chin then rub it in with, you guessed it, my fingers. It adds a hint of tan to my face as well as contours very subtly.
Morphe makes a $5 brow pencil that is a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Definer. It's really thin