The Make-Up Thread

Here is your semi-regular make-up thread, to discuss all things make-up and make-up adjacent.

Do you have a make-up product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want to offer make-up tips? Searching for hypoallergenic products? Want to grouse about how you hate make-up? Want to gush about how you love it?

Whatever you like—have at it!

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As you know, I am pretty committed to quick and easy make-up routines, but occasionally I like to take my time and get all gussied up for a night out. Here is a recent evening look that I really loved:

image of me standing in a hallway in my home, wearing glasses and a grey sweater, with my hair up and make-up done

To get this look, I started by moisturizing with Drunk Elephant's Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Then I applied my absolute favorite primer of all time — Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Primer — followed by Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. I used some of Nyx's Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam across my cheekbones, then Nyx's Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Coralicious on my cheeks.

On my eyes, I started with a layer of Urban Decay's Virgin all over the lid, then added Urban Decay's Hustle in the crease and outer corners. On top of just the lid, below the crease, I used Nyx's matte Lid Lingerie in Iconic. (This is one of my new favorite products! I LOVE IT. It goes on so smoothly, and you don't even need a steady hand to apply it. You might have noticed I never wear liquid eyeliner, because I've never gotten the knack for applying it, but this liquid eye color from Nyx is A DREAM.) I then went over the inner corners of my eyes and along my brow bone with Thrive Causemetics' Brilliant Eye Brightener, dabbed my lashes with Thrive's Liquid Lash Extensions, and finished my brows with Ardell's Brow Sculpting Gel in Clear.

On my lips is L'oreal's Infallible Paints Metallics in Galactic Foil. (Best name ever!)

(As always, I'm not affiliated with any of these companies in any way, nor am I getting anything in exchange for these recommendations. I just like the products!)

I know that sounds like A LOT, but each item goes on very quickly, so the whole routine doesn't take long. And I hate the feeling of heavy make-up on my face, so all of these products go on light. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all.

These products are also all good for combination skin. After much trial and error, I've finally found a good collection of products that don't make me break out. Which, given my fussy skin, is nothing short of revolutionary, lol.

Anyway! What's up with you?

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Please note, as always, that advice should be not be offered to an individual person unless they solicit it. Further: This thread is open to everyone—women, men, genderqueer folks. People who are make-up experts, and people who are make-up newbies. Also, because there is a lot of racist language used in discussions of make-up, and in make-up names, please be aware to avoid turns of phrase that are alienating to women of color, like "nude" or "flesh tone" when referring to a peachy or beige color. I realize some recommended products may have names that use these words, so please be considerate about content noting for white supremacist (and/or Orientalist) product naming.

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