I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a few of the comments I’ve received. They are usually so nice and uplifting, making me feel like the prettiest girl in the world. Yet behind their words I can hear a little self doubt and comparison. My goal in blogging is to help other women feel empowered. I want to teach you how to grow longer hair and how to style it a billion different beautiful ways! I want to share with you my style so that it makes shopping a little bit easier. As a blogger, I get to choose which photos you see and which ones you don’t. I share only the prettiest moments of my life. In doing so, you don’t ever get to see the “before” me, the one that isn’t dolled up and has been taking care of babies all day. I’m usually wearing sweats and my hair is usually in a ponytail. But I don’t usually share that with you!
So today I’ve decided to hold nothing back. I’ve picked the most honest before picture I could find. And sorry … I look like I’m ready to murder someone, huh!? Well, there’s nothing like posing for the camera when you don’t have your face on! I want every woman reading this post to remember that anyone can achieve outer beauty. Anyone. It’s all about playing up those features you love about yourself and diminishing the ones you’re most self conscious of. As far as inner beauty goes? I’ve known some of the prettiest people who are just purely ugly. Annnndd … that’s all the time we have for that subject! Haha!
So here you go. My before and after beauty routine. See what a difference a little makeup can do for someone? Haha, yeeeesss!
My beauty routine 1 of 19
BEFORE! —- eeeek! 2 of 19
Straight from the shower, my friends. My bangs have started air drying.
Blow dry 3 of 19
I've been using WEN, and it's literally rocking my world. Review to come soon! I also love my Jose Eber Infrared Blow Dryer. It uses innovative infrared light to infuse a gentle heat deep inside the hair cuticles, decreasing drying time by half and eliminating hot spots, burns, and damage.
Primer 4 of 19
You've really gotta have a good primer. If you've never used primer before, you're really missing out. You use just a little bit and put it on a clean face. It diminishes pores, evens your skin tone, and grabs makeup.
Conceal me baby 5 of 19
After I've primed, I conceal. This is where I begin making that blank canvas. I conceal any blemishes, large pores, or uneven skin tone — something I was blessed with in abundance.
Mac Studio Fix 6 of 19
I've been using this stuff for years and years. There's nothing better in the whole wide world. It gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte, full-coverage finish. You've gotta try it.
Mac Studio Fix $27
The blank canvas 7 of 19
It's really important that you have a good blank canvas to work on.
Mac Paint Pot 8 of 19
This is a highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy. It creates seamless coverage without weight or caking and blends so smoothly over the lids. I use this stuff as a base to help my shadow stick to my lids.
Paint Pot $20.00
Sila In The Light Palette 9 of 19
The eyebrows 10 of 19
Being a blonde, I have really light features. Painting on some thicker eyebrows is an absolute must. Can you see what a difference it makes?! I used a thin eye brush and that darkest color in the Stila palette.
Liner 11 of 19
I really loved the smudge stick that came with my Stila palette. But I used it all and haven't had time to get a new one. It's well worth the money. Cover Girl Perfect Blend works great, too!
Eyelashes 12 of 19
I don't use fake lashes, because, well ... I'm a mom, and who has time for that?
Before we highlight and contour 13 of 19
This would be an acceptable after picture. However, we've missed my favorite part — and one that makes all the difference!
Highlighting! 14 of 19
We talked enough about highlighting yesterday that I feel alright leaving the picture to do all the talking. This highlighter adds just a touch of light and banishes shadows and signs of fatigue from the eye area, hollow of the chin, contour of the lips, and sides of the nose.
Bahama Mama 15 of 19
This is a fabulous matte bronzer to use when contouring. It doesn't have any shimmer to it, and it won't make your skin look muddy.
Bahama Mama $19
Brushing it on 16 of 19
You want to brush the bronzer under your cheeks and around your hairline to really thin out your face and push your cheeks forward.
Blush 17 of 19
Any blush will do. This is the cheap mineral stuff from Target. Lightly apply it to the apples of your cheeks.
Diminishing the nose 18 of 19
We are basically pushing forward the parts we like with the highlighter and receding the parts we don't by contouring with the bronzer. I've always been self conscious of my nose, which I think most people are, and so I'm diminishing it here. Make sure to really buff out that line.
The after! 19 of 19
That last step is a bold lip, which we talked about last week! If you missed it, you can find that post here!
I hope you enjoyed this post and learned a little something new about makeup. If you’d like to see a specific tutorial, list it in the comments below!