In no way are Kim and I beauty experts, we’re just two girls with a makeup obsession. We’re constantly trying new makeup products. So Kim and I, have gathered some of our favourite makeup products that we’ve been loving this summer! These products will help make your skin look flawless.
1) Benefit POREfessional Face Primer
Having oily skin I’ve had to look for different techniques and products that will help minimize how oily my skin is, as well as lengthen the amount of time my makeup lasts. This summer my oily skin is bound to bring endless amounts of blotting paper and retouching with powder. One tip I picked up from beauty guru Nikkia Joy, was to apply a primer after my setting spray at the beginning of my routine, next set it with translucent powder, then foundation! It honestly, has made such a difference! This primer by Benefit is the right consistency smoothes skins, blurs pores, and controls the amount of oil on your face. Pretty darn good if ya ask me! –Kimberly Gaye, Co-Creative Director, ForeverMursal.com
Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, $16, Sephora
2) NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Almost every makeup fanatic raves about this foundation, so I eventually caved and I bought it. After using it I understand why it’s so popular. This is my second bottle and I’ll be buying it again when it’s finished. It’s pricey, but it’s so worth it! The colour I use is Stromboli in medium three. I’ve had a hard time finding foundations that have a yellow undertone and this foundation does, so it’s a great colour match for me.
It is made for dry skin because it does have a satin finish. I have a mixture of oily and dry skin so I do get oily in my t-zone when I use this. However, if I set my face with powder and setting spray I don’t have an issue. It blends so beautifully and makes your skin look radiant. It evens out your skin tone, has a dewy finish and gives just the right amount of glow.
It’s a medium coverage foundation but you can definitely build it up if you would like more coverage. They have a huge shade range and it contains ingredients that will help make your skin look healthy. –Mursal Rahman, Creative Director of ForeverMursal.com
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, $59, Sephora
3) M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix + Spray
M.A.C’s Fix+ is miracle water! Not only can you use this setting spray to help give you dewy skin, but you can use it to intensify the pigment of your eyeshadows. After setting your concealers with a loose powder and dusting the excess off, use the setting spray to blend the powder into your foundation to make it look completely seamless. If you want a more intense highlight you can also spray some of this setting spray on your brush and your highlight will look popping! I’ve been using this for four years now, and will continue to purchase it again.- Kimberly Gayle, Co-Creative Director
M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix + Spray, $28, M.A.C
4) Pixi Glow Mist
I love any product that will give me glowing skin. Once I heard Judy Travis talk about this in one of her favourites video I knew I needed to have it. You can feel the hydrating and nourishing effect as soon as you spray this onto your face.
It contains fruit extracts, aloe vera, numerous natural oils, and an ingredient called propolis. We all know their many beneficial qualities oil has for skin, but I wasn’t sure what propolis was. When I looked it up, I learned Propolis comes from bees. It is a mixture of beeswax and organic substances from poplar trees. It has many healing properties and is used in medicine. It’s supposed to help the skin heal, so it is used in cosmetics as well.
The mist has such a refreshing scent. You don’t have to use this mist after applying makeup. You can just spray this on your face to help nourish your skin and give you a luminous look. It’s supposed to help your makeup set, but I’m not sure about that. I feel like it gives you more of a dewy finish. I usually use two setting sprays. I use the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set to lock in my makeup and then I use this mist to give me an overall glow. –Mursal Rahman, Creative Director
Pixi Glow Mist, $20, Shoppers Drug Mart
5) L’Oreal Brow Stylist Frame & Set Eyebrow Gel
I’ve been curious about brow pomades for quite some time. I normally use eyebrow pencils or powders, I wasn’t sure how a pomade look like but found one and I love it! Again, because I have oily skin, it’s a bit more evident when my brows are pencilled or shaded in with a powder. Using the gel I’ve found that my oily skin doesn’t show through too much, and that makes me very happy! –Kimberly Gayle, Co-Creative Director
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Frame & Set Eyebrow Gel, $10.96, Shoppers Drug Mart
6) L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
I’m a huge fan of L’Oreal, it’s a more of an expensive drugstore brand, but I’ve been impressed with many of their products. Before I discovered the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara I was using the L’oreal Telescopic Mascara, but I think the Lash Paradise is their best mascara yet. A huge part of me wanted this mascara because of the pink packaging. After watching both Tati Westbrook and Kathleen Lights talk about how amazing it was, I decided I needed it as well.
I have the colour blackest/black and once you put one coat on your lashes they instantly look lengthy and voluminous. It looks like you have lashes on! My lashes almost reach my eyebrows when wearing this mascara. -Mursal Rahman, Creative Director
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, $16, Shoppers Drug Mart
7) Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped
Sundipped is the perfect glow kit for women who have deeper skin tones. These highlight shades are very intense and pigmented. I wouldn’t recommend if you like more of a subtle highlight. I really love the top two shades, Bronzed and Summer, it’s definitely a good purchase for the cost. -Kimberly Gayle, Co-Creative Director
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Sundipped Kit, $52, Sephora
8) E.l.f Studio Blush Palette
There is no need to buy any blushes when you own this palette. This is the light palette, it comes with two pinky shades and two peach shades. These colours are so pigmented and it stays on your face all day long. It’s perfect if you’re going for a natural look and is great for layering on top of one another. –Mursal Rahman, Creative Director
E.l.f Studio Blush Palette, $7.97, Walmart
9) MAC Lipstick in Steady Going
It’s very well known that MAC lipsticks are amazing, this one is no exception. This colour is a light pink matte, and it lasts all day long. It doesn’t feel drying on the lips and I have worn this colour non-stop this summer. -Mursal Rahman, Creative Director
M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Steady Going, $23.12, Nordstorm
10) Forever 21 Matte Lip Gloss in Nude
I’m a sucker for a nude lip – especially a glossy one! Forever21 isn’t necessarily everyone’s go-to spot for purchasing makeup. Many are sceptical about trying their beauty products. However, I found a gem and it has become a part of my everyday life. The consistency is sheer when applying it, but has just the right amount of shimmer. This lipgloss has a slight cinnamon taste and has a doe-foot applicator.-Kimberly Gayle, Co-Creative Director
Forever 21 Matte Lip Gloss in Nude, $7.90, Forever 21
Make a habit of reading the ingredients on makeup products to see if you might be allergic to anything. It’s important to know what’s going on your face, so if you’re unfamiliar with some of the ingredients take time to look them up.
Please let us know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think!
Photo Credits : Kimberly Gayle