The base I choose normally differs on an everyday basis. Sometimes, I'll opt for my much beloved Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream because the grey-tinged shade cancels out redness and leaves my complexion in dewy perfection. Nevertheless, the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is also on the cards. Like the BB, it's slightly dewy, and provides the perfect dose of coverage, while the color match is spot on. Whatever formula, I apply initially with fingers, and then blend everything over with a brush to blend the product into my skin. As per usual, I apply the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on any imperfections, and blend it in with a brush. Throughout winter, powder was set on the back burner...but it's back, baby. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light was a favorite last summer, and I've crack it out again and apply it on an everyday basis, because, apparently, humidity equals shine. Then I go onto bronzing with the gorgeous NARS Laguna Bronzer and a fluffy powder brush, applying under my cheekbones, on my temples and the bridge of my nose; it's the best shade that imparts a hint of a healthy glow with some secret sculpting power. For blush, I've been keen and admiring the RMS Lip2Cheek in Muse*. The coconut oil base prevalent in all RMS products makes it sheeny and dewy--almost like a blush and highlighter two-in-one--and the shade is a muddy peach that adds a hint of color to my face, completing the "healthy glow" theme. I've been opting out of brow pencil and, instead, just brushing my bushy friends with a spoolie. Then, I use the Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Violet Smoke, stolen from ma mère. The purple tone is surprisingly flattering and adds some extra volume to my lashes. I only apply it to the very outer halves of my lash line for the ultra flattering finish, then I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curlers and apply the L'Orèal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara for length and curl holding doe eyes. Last, I slick on the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip for hydration and sheen, and if I want an extra punch, I also pat on some of the Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Alexandria Rose* for a coral pinch.
With a solid array of products, I've squeaked my routine down no more than five minutes; that means more time in bed, so I neither feel nor look like bridezilla. And hopefully there are no more tears.