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Go-To Makeup for Photos + Friday Favorites

I always like reading about people's favorite cosmetic products, especially if they are like me and prefer "tried and true" favorites rather than trying all the latest and greatest options. So if you're a little like me, I hope you'll enjoy today's post! Plus, since I wear the same makeup in almost every photo you see on the blog, I thought it might be useful to have it all linked in one place since I don't really go into those details in my outfit photos. When I first started taking full outfit photos with my face, there was some trial and error in finding that certain lipstick colors or other products didn't photograph well. So nowadays if I know I'll be taking blog photos that day, I use the same products every time.

In person it looks like a more "done up" face than how it ends up looking in photos, but without using some of these products I end up looking really washed out in pictures.

ONE: MAC Studio Fix ($30). Whether taking pictures or not, this powder foundation has been my go-to for the last twenty years. There might be less expensive options for less but I just don't want to go through the hassle and expense of finding a new product with a good color match. One compact of this lasts me about a year, so I don't mind the cost. I wear NC15, but I'd recommend going to a MAC counter to get the right color match for you. I also just use the sponge that comes with the compact to apply! Nothing fancy but it works fine for me!

TWO: BH Cosmetics Blush Palette ($10). I use either the top center color from this palette or the top row, second from the left color. The latter has a little bit of shimmer. I can't tell a big difference between the two in photos so I just use whichever one I feel like that day! I think this palette has a color that would work for just about any skintone. I've used blushes by MAC and NARS and I really can't tell the difference between those and these except for the price!  I currently use MAC Brush 116 ($35) to apply. I've had that brush for ages, but I think when it comes time to replace I'll most likely get something less expensive. I've been perfectly happy with my BH Cosmetics & e.l.f. brushes for a fraction of the price.

THREE: ELF Bronzer palette in Golden ($4). I can hardly tell that I'm wearing this in person, but I really do think it makes a difference in my pictures. It just warms up my face and makes it a little more healthy looking or something. I use BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brush 3 ($5) to apply, and I just randomly swirl it around the three darkest colors and apply it just like I apply my blush. Then I use e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush ($3) to apply the lightest shade as a highlight on top of my cheekbones. Again these colors are very light and almost imperceptible in person, but they seem to help with photos somehow. UPDATE: As of June 2019, I started using this Milani Bronzer Palette. The colors have a lot more pigment, and I'm finding I like that result. I can apply with a light hand for and use the lighter shades for a more subtle look, or I can use the darkest shade and/or a heavier hand for a bit more impact.

FOUR: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Under My Spell ($5-10). This is a plummy shade that really anchors my lip color. I line my lips with this and fill them in about 70% before applying lipstick. I will say that this is a little bit flaky on application, but once I add lipstick and gloss it blends nicely.

FIVE: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate 08 ($11). These next two lipsticks are the exact same color on me. So this ends up being a save vs. splurge option. I own both and keep this one in my car and MAC Syrup at home, so what I'm wearing in pictures depends on where I last applied my lipstick! I can't even tell them apart myself in photos, but if you have a brand preference these are both the same color.

SIX: MAC Lipstick in Syrup ($18.50). While this is the same color as above (even though it doesn't look like it from the stock photos online), I think it's a slightly more of a moisturizing formula and goes on slightly more sheer/glossy than the Rimmel version. I don't know if I'll replace this once it runs out though...it's hard to justify the higher price when I have a nice duplicate option for less.

SEVEN: MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl ($17.50). I only use just a tiny, light layer of this to give just a little shine to my lips. In everyday wear, I do feel like this product help lock in my liner + lipstick and make it last longer. This color is very sheer and almost invisible, so I use it more for the shine and lasting power factor.

Here's a Flashback Outfit from Fall with the same makeup but slightly different lighting.

For my everyday makeup when I'm not doing photos, I use all of the same products, I just apply them with a bit of a lighter hand. I also usually opt for a lighter, more neutral lip color for everyday wear. My photo-friendly lip color looks a little more bold in person than it does here, but my everyday lipstick doesn't show up at all in photos so now I just stick to my plummy color combo for pictures.I also still like using LipSense on days when I want a really long wearing lip color, but I'm also not crazy about how any of those colors photograph on me. They end up looking too brown or too bright pink in pictures, even when I don't think they look that way in person.

That does it for the makeup portion of my favorites, but I do have a few other things to share here today!

1. My favorite Spring/Summer pajamas are back in stock at Target!
One: Target Pajamas ($22) | Two Amazon Pajamas ($40 or $31 for the shorts version)

In the past couple of weeks I've started mixing these in with my favorite long sleeve/long pants pajamas from Amazon. The Amazon pair does have shorts/short sleeve option as well, but the Target version is still cheaper so I'd get that while you can! The fabric on these two feels exactly the same to me, so I often sleep with them mixed and matched, e.g. Amazon long sleeve top with the Target shorts. For size reference, I have a Small in the Target Pajamas and XS in the Amazon pajamas. I don't necessarily think either one runs small or big (maybe the Amazon pair runs a tiny bit big) as much as it came down to my personal fit preference on the shorts...I especially wanted those to be relaxed.

2. Flashback Friday: My favorite Daily Ritual Striped T-Shirt Hoodie is back in stock so I wanted to share another outfit for Flashback Friday! Every time I've posted this hoodie it's been sold out in most sizes in the striped version. This was my very first piece from this line and I still love it! It's just so soft and comfortable!

I ordered a Small in this to have extra length for wearing it with leggings. You can see the front view of this tucked/untucked and styled a few more ways in this post.

3. Favorite Book this Week: I finished Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson earlier this week and loved it! It was a great page turner with cat-and-mouse suspense! I'll do a full review in my May Book Reviews, but that's almost a month away since I just did April Reviews on Tuesday. I didn't want to wait that long to share this one!

4. Spring Break Getaway! Later this weekend I'm heading to Big Bear with my family and I can't wait! We decided not to do a big trip this year but we did want a little getaway. It really helps us spend more quality time together when we're not at home with all of our distractions. Big Bear is a small mountain town a few hours away from San Diego. We've never been but have heard good things, and we have a cute Airbnb cabin in the woods reserved so we're hoping for a fun little adventure. I'm not active on social media so there won't be anything to follow along, but if it ends up being worth it, I'll share a blog recap for other locals or those who just enjoy travel content in general.

I'll be prepping some content in advance so I will still have new posts up on Monday and Wednesday. On Monday I'll be sharing some top view outfits lately, so I'd love for you stop by and say hi!

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  1. We leave on SB this weekend too and I am sooo excited. I love reading others makeup routines, I tend to stick to the same ones too. I do really want to try that MAC lipglass. I hope you have the BEST and relaxing time girlfriend!

  2. Have a great trip Gina and enjoy getting away from it all! Love seeing what make up you use - I am really enjoying the Elf palette I recently purchased, so affordable and so good!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I love seeing your makeup routine and the products you use! MAC studio fix was my go-to years ago until I switched to bb cream. Love their lipglass and lipsticks! Enjoy your weekend and trip!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. Love this simple makeup routine, I went back to powder foundation. I love this target PJs, I hope they make it in leopard print again.


  5. Thank you for sharing your make up routine for blog photos. Yours is simple - and something I could probably handle. I typically only wear lipstick and mascara for blog photos - so I need to find some foundation and blush - to enhance the photos. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time with your family on spring break!

    Daily Style Finds

  6. I use Mac studio fix and have for years. Still a great product!

  7. How cute and easy is this make up routine that you've got.

    www.SatinOfLux.com | Fashion Blog | by Dess

  8. Una entrada estupenda! Espero verte pronto por mi blog! Feliz día! 🌼🌼🌼

  9. These sound like great products! I've never really thought about using makeup just for photos! I do know it makes such a difference if a have a bit of coloured lip balm or a lipstick on in pics though! I only wear makeup to the office, the rest of the time it's just a BB cream or nothing, but I always need a little touch of something on my lips for pics. The Maybelline baby lips are great for that, haha!

    Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you! I'm heading to a blogger brunch today and I'm really looking forward to it :)

    Away From The Blue

  10. I'm almost out of my current bronzer and wanted something a little lighter so I need to check out the e.l.f. one you recommended! I use a few things from e.l.f. and really like them!


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