TAG: The Makeup Tag

by - September 24, 2014

So I'm having kind of a weird week, which is the reason for A) random posts, and B) my perhaps not feeling 100% all in on the random posts. I feel like there's something that comes around this time every year that just makes everything feel like it takes just a little bit more effort than usual and it makes me just wanna hermit in my house with a quilt and rewatch Doctor Who. Which I'm doing. In fact, I've managed to harass my boyfriend into watching with me. We're almost through the first season (the 2005 first season, that is, not the 1963 first season...) and I think he almost might be starting to like it. Maybe. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, since I'm having one of those off weeks and I saw this tag over on Meg's Makeup Bag, I figured it was a good time for me to do another tag as well. You know how I love a good tag. 

Anyway... Here we go! Commence Makeup Tag Sequence. (And maybe stop being a nerd at some point in life. Maybe. Ahem.)

1. What foundation do you use?
I have a bit of an obsession with foundations and always have more on the go than I should. Lately, though, I've been pretty much loving the Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation. Or my forever favorite Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream, which really is basically just foundation. It has a bit of a grey tone to it, which I don't think I've ever mentioned on this blog before, and I feel like I should mention it now because I know that's a bit of a turn off for some people. Not for me, but for some. 

2. How about concealer?
I just tried MAC Pro Longwear for the first time (I KNOW!) and I'm pretty much a full out convert. I love the coverage and the staying power, but what actually won me over the most was the finish. I just love the way that it sets. I also still have my Maybelline FIT Me concealer on standby, because that's a long time favorite as well. I find it gives really good coverage to my undereyes and blends really, really seamlessly into the skin. The FIT Me is a concealer that I'll use when I don't want to wear any other makeup since it can blend so easily and give a really natural look to the skin while successfully camouflaging my dark circles and blemishes.

3. What do you think of fake eyelashes?
They always look so beautiful on other people, but I have a really hard time making them work on me. Generally I just end up ruining my eye makeup whenever I try to put them on and then I'm uncomfortable all night. That said, I tried out some half lashes recently and I found them both a lot easier to use, a lot more natural looking, and worlds more comfortable to wear, so I might play around with those a little more in the future.

4. What brand of mascara do you use?
I'm pretty much always trying out something new when it comes to mascara (because they constantly tempt me with new ones!), but my Holy Grail (thus far) is the Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara. It's spendy (especially in Canada) but it's so gorgeous on the lashes. Another favorite of mine is the Cover Girl Clump Crusher, which I think is just a really easy, no brainer every day mascara. And about ¼ the price of the Tarte...

5. Sephora or MAC?
For me, this one is easy. Sephora. Sephora by a mile. For me, if I'm having a really bad day and I want to just decompress, I feel like I can go and wander around Sephora for a half hour (and you can actually easily wander around Sephora for even longer than that) and I just feel a little bit better. Plus, you can't beat the selection there. They have more than you could ever ask for.

6. What make up tools do you use in application?
I'm definitely a bit of a makeup brush junkie, so most of my products get applied with a vast series of blushes, but I also love my Real Techniques Face Sponge and my JULEP eyelash curler. My favorite brushes lately are from Sonia Kashuk, but I also love my Real Techniques brushes.

7. Do you use a makeup base/eyeshadow primer for the eyes?

Absolutely. I either like to use a cream shadow, like my MAC Paintpot in Painterly or one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, or I'll go with a traditional primer, usually the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I always really feel like I can see the difference within a couple of hours if I forget to use something to prime my lids  before makeup.

8. What is your favourite eyeshadow/colour/shade?
Hmmmm. This is a hard one, but I pretty much always default to a taupe shade if I'm going really classic. One of my absolute favorites is Nutty by Wet N Wild. I swear, that shadow cost me less than $2 and it's probably my favorite single shadow in my collection.

9. What do you think of pigment eye shadows?
I don't really use pigments all that often at all. While they can have really, really beautiful colours, I feel like the mess isn't worth the punch. At least for me.

10. What is your favourite lipstick?
Um. How does one go about picking a favorite lipstick. My favorite lipstick of the moment is my BITE Beauty Luminous Créme Lipstick in Retsina. It's a really gorgeous true nude shade that manages not to wash me out or look like concealer, and the formula is absolutely to die for. I can't say enough good things about this particular lipstick formula.

11. What is your favourite blusher to use?
Blush is another product that I have and use many of, but the one that I've been reaching for the most recently has been the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 05 Sweetheart. It's a really pretty true pink shade with a bit of a glow to it that just gives a really healthy life to the skin without looking over the top. It's really great for every day. And it's really, really affordable.

12. Do you like drugstore makeup?
I actually love drugstore makeup. I think that it's come a long way in recent years and the quality and performance is continuing to improve, making it a lot more of a competition with the higher end brands. I mean, really, if you can get something that performs just as well at half the price, why go high end? I mean, unless you're me and you just want it all.

13. Name a makeup crime you hate?
Too much contour. I get that Kim Kardashian's contouring took the makeup world by storm, but it's getting pretty ridiculous out there lately. I think that the memo that contouring is supposed to create highlight and shadow in the face that tricks the eye got lost somewhere, because I look at these girls and all I see are these crazy stripes on their face that just look like too much makeup.

14. Do you like colourful shades of makeup or neutral ones (lipstick, eye shadows, etc.)?
I'm definitely not one for bright colours when it comes to my makeup, possibly because with my fair skin it would take a really well trained hand to keep me from looking like a circus clow, so I tend to stick with a combination of neutrals and deeper fall tones like coppers, warm plums, and deep reds.

15. If you could leave the house with just one makeup item what would it be?
BB Cream. I feel like a good BB cream wakes me up, covers my imperfections, and gives me that little boost of confidence that I need.

16. Could you leave the house without any makeup on?
Sure, I don't think I need to have makeup on at all times. That said, I would be more comfortable with it if I had slightly better skin texture. I don't need to have a full face of makeup, but I always feel quite a bit more confident when I've used a little bit of makeup to smooth out my skin tone and texture.

17. In your opinion what is the best makeup line?
I think, like most makeup junkies, it's pretty much impossible for me to pick a favorite line over all the rest. I think every brand that I've tried has their ups and their downs when it comes to their products and no one of them really stands head and shoulders above the rest.

18. What do you think of makeup?
For me, makeup is really about play at it's core. It's about experimenting and having fun and trying new things. Also, while I think there are really complicated issues surrounding women and their beauty identity, there's always going to be something to be said for being able to put on your makeup and get that hit of confidence. Beauty, to me, isn't rooted in makeup, but I think that sometimes you need a little help to feel beautiful and makeup can be one of the helping hands. Also... I just really love makeup. I really do.

Is it just me or does this seem like it's missing 2 questions. I think I have mildly compulsive tendencies, which is not shocking, so the fact that this ALMOST reached 20 questions but didn't drives me bonkers.

ANYWAY, I tag anyone who read this post and I'd love to see your tag posts or videos! Please link me down below if you do or have done this tag!

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