Fresh-faced Make-Up, and the Little Things in Life

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I wanted to start Lipstick & Brisket so that I could be inspired by, and more thoughtful about, even the seemingly smallest details of life. I am someone whose most exciting part of the day can sometimes be when I have it together enough to take the girls out to Target. So because my schedule can feel like a whirlwind of diapers and bottles and cutting fruit into tiny little pieces, it’s important to me that I try to stay thoughtful about the day. Whether it's inviting a friend over I haven't seen in ages for coffee, taking drives with the girls to special places like the lake or unique shops, or putting the phone away and enjoying some reading and tea at night (or getting extra sleep!) - all these things can make the days feel more intentional and meaningful, and the ideas are endless! Getting creative with the “little things in life” – from home DIY projects, to experimenting with new recipes, to exploring what your town has to offer – has actually become quite a huge movement, especially in the blogging world (check out ohjoy.com, sugarandcloth.com, ohsheglows.com).

One little thing that I personally tried to delve into a while ago was learning how to do my make-up better and buying products more thoughtfully. With my daughters waking up early, I often don't have time to put on make-up (I do try to brush my teeth though...), but when I do find the time, whether it’s before dinner plans or a friend’s wedding, it’s come to feel much more special. Rather than just getting it done as quickly as possible, make-up has become a way to “pamper” myself and experiment with different ideas. I also try to clean out my make-up drawer and throw out things I don't love - a great philosophy for life!

So for this post I thought I'd share some tips I've learned for creating a more "dewy" make-up look. This is great for people with dry skin and a perfect way to feel refreshed for spring. Here are some ideas that have worked for me: 

Illuminating and Moisturizing Primers
Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer - $34
Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer - $6 (Not pictured)
Primers have  become very popular and when I'm not in a rush I usually put it on. They even out the skin and make your foundation look smoother and last longer. When skin gets dry, certain primers can help the skin look fresh and dewy. When Estee Lauder threw in a bag of free make-up for a $35 purchase, I decided to try their Illuminating primer. It has a tiiiiny bit of shimmer to it and feels silky and light on the skin. It's a bit pricey and to be honest, I even like Elf's Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6) a bit better, which is very moisturizing, but might feel a bit too oily for some. 

Cream Blushes
NYX Rouge Cream Blush - $5.49
If you're trying to keep your skin looking as silky and creamy as possible, then I suggest trying out cream blushes. The NYX one pictured gives just a bit of extra shine and is highly pigmented so a little goes a very long way. 

Dewy Foundations
Neutrogena Healthy Skin - $12.79
Foundation makes the biggest impact on how your skin will look and feel. If you have an oily skin type, you may not want to go for something with a dewy finish. You can try satin or semi-matte instead of matte which has no shine at all. Another way to keep your foundation's shine is to skip the finishing powder, or to apply it only to the oilier parts of the skin. 

Lipsticks with Shimmer
Clinique High Impact Lip Colour, Extreme Pink - $16
If you don't love lip gloss, lipsticks with a bit of shimmer are a good alternative. A little shimmer can keep your lips from looking dry, but make sure to look for lipsticks that go on smoothly and don't dry out. My mom gave me this pretty, upbeat pink shade and I think it goes fantastically with the other products. 

Illuminator
St. Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator - $22.50 (Not pictured)
I've never really experimented with illuminators, but some people really love them. I usually stick to blush and bronzer for a bit of shimmer, but I've definitely seen that certain illuminators can give a much better shine and subtle reflection to the skin when added to the cheekbones. So while I haven't tried this Illuminator, it came very recommended by a source I trust.