While I’ve been experimenting with hair techniques and products over the past few months, my makeup routine has stayed pretty much the same since last year. After I cut off most of my hair, I struggled to find a routine that encouraged lift in my roots and curls throughout my lengths. Most days, I felt like I had no body and only ringlets at the bottoms of my hair. I was applying my favorite gel through the entirety of my strands and scrunching upward using my t-shirt. As my hair dried with pulled roots, I discovered that I had no volume because everything was being weighed down when I slept. The winning technique appears to be running gel through my curls with my head flipped upside down and scrunching upward so I immediately have more lift in my crown area. My hair immediately doubled in size and when I wake up, I finish the drying process by diffusing the ringlets on warm heat.
Somehow my skin transformed during the summer and I no longer need a mattifying primer to start off. Instead, I apply my usual glow tonic, serum, and moisturizer, and go on to makeup. I’m still using my beloved IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Medium with the NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Custard layered on any hyperpigmentation or dark circles (I haven’t badly broken out since last semester!). The Glossier Wowder has truly amazed me as it keeps my skin fairly matte for over six hours. I use the shade Light! Last month I wrote about how the Pixi Natural Brow Duo in Deep Brunette has become my holy grail brow product because of its long lasting power and natural finish. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 03 has been my favorite since freshman year of college and I love how NARS Orgasm Blush adds the perfect hint of color and shimmer to my cheeks. I’ve been skipping eyeshadow in favor of clean lids with loads of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black to make my eyes look bigger. I finish with my favorite ever NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita dabbed in for a softer look.