Makeup Essentials: Face | Part Two

This post is part of my makeup essentials series. You can read part one of my essential face products here!

Today is the second installment of my makeup essentials series – part two of my essential face products.

I tend to keep my routine for “add-on” face products pretty simple. A little contour/bronzer, some highlighter, a pop of blush, and … BAM! I’m done. Like what I did there? I was trying to make it more dramatic than it really is. #fail

The Too Faced bronzer is my year-round go-to for contouring and bronzing. It is the perfect matte bronzer, and it isn’t orange-y. As an added bonus, it also literally smells like chocolate – Ryan even thinks it smells good! Clinique’s bronzer also has been a longtime staple in my collection, but since it has a shimmery finish, I solely use it in the summer when I want to add a highlighting sheen all over my face. 

I waited quite a while to get my hands on the Lorac powder highlighter, and let me tell you – it was worth the wait! It is the perfect shade of champagne, and I think it would work on a variety of skin tones. It gives off the most subtle sheen on the skin, and I almost feel that my skin looks young and angelic when I have it on. 

Blush is how I experiment most when changing up my makeup look. Through much trial and error, I have narrowed down my all-time favorite blush brands and colors to three brands. Yes, THREE. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need drawers upon drawers of makeup to prove something. Exposed (Tarte), Rebel Rose (Estee Lauder –> my wedding day blush!) and Smoldering Plum (Clinique) compliment my skin tone well and provide the right amount of variety from season to season. I’m not saying these are the only three blushes I ever wear, but on a daily basis, it’s a pretty safe bet that I am sporting one of these on my cheeks.

My essential eye products will be up next Wednesday!

Tell me: what are your favorite bronzers, highlighters and blushes?

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  • Biana Perez

    I’m definitely in the same boat!! Love to use bronzer year round and rotate between Benefit’s bronzer and too faced snow bunny!! Also love benefits la bomba blush – it’s the perfect shade a pink!! MAC has this highlighter that my sister has used for a couple years now and I keep meaning to try it!!

    • Snow Bunny by Too Faced is definitely on my list of products to try! MakeupbyTiffanyD on YouTube has raved about that product in the past.

  • Biana Perez

    I'm definitely in the same boat!! Love to use bronzer year round and rotate between Benefit's bronzer and too faced snow bunny!! Also love benefits la bomba blush – it's the perfect shade a pink!! MAC has this highlighter that my sister has used for a couple years now and I keep meaning to try it!!

  • I’m in need of a natural matte bronzer! I usually use a smashbox matte bronzer but I hit pan ages ago so there’s not much left of it! Does the TF bronzer lose the scent after it’s applied? I can’t decide if I would like something that smells like chocolate 🙂 I haven’t tried many tarte products but that blush color looks like something I would love!

    • Nobody has ever said my face has smelled like chocolate, so I think it is safe to say that the TF bronzer doesn’t smell once you apply it. 🙂 I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in it! And yes, the Tarte bronzers are awesome – they literally last all day until you take it off, and they have a wide variety of colors.

  • I'm in need of a natural matte bronzer! I usually use a smashbox matte bronzer but I hit pan ages ago so there's not much left of it! Does the TF bronzer lose the scent after it's applied? I can't decide if I would like something that smells like chocolate 🙂 I haven't tried many tarte products but that blush color looks like something I would love!

  • Snow Bunny by Too Faced is definitely on my list of products to try! MakeupbyTiffanyD on YouTube has raved about that product in the past.

  • Nobody has ever said my face has smelled like chocolate, so I think it is safe to say that the TF bronzer doesn't smell once you apply it. 🙂 I don't think you'll be disappointed in it! And yes, the Tarte bronzers are awesome – they literally last all day until you take it off, and they have a wide variety of colors.