My First Makeup Loves

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I can't believe the weekend is already here! This week passed by quickly thanks to Monday's holiday. I'm already looking forward to brunch on Sunday!

Today's theme of the April beauty challenge I'm taking part of on Instagram is first makeup loves, so I thought it would be fun to post about the first makeup products that really stole my heart. I've been wearing winged liner since I was 13, but I didn't wear much makeup other than that until I was about 16-17. As you can tell, it was all downhill from there because here I am now!

I look back and laugh about some of the products I swore by way back then. Some of the products I used were truly abysmal quality, I just held them close to my heart because they were the first "real" makeup products that I added to my collection on my own. I've selected a small subset of my first makeup loves to talk about based on how frequently I used them. These were truly my ride or dies for quite some time before I decided that change is not so scary after all and there was a reason makeup at Sephora is more expensive than the drugstore.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: This was the first high end makeup product I ever bought for myself. Admittedly, I got caught up in the Naked palette hype that most beauty noobies somehow get sucked into. I used this palette for eyeshadow as well as for filling in my brows daily. Some of the shades have quite the dent dug into them! Hpwever, as I've tried different eyeshadow formulas I've realized that the Naked palette is not my favorite. I always experience a ton of fallout with the shadows and I wish there were more matte shades that could be used in my crease. However, I still reach for this palette on occasions where I'm feeling nostalgic.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Palette: This was a great introductory face palette, as it contains a bronzer, a couple of blushes, and a few cream illuminators/concealers. It allowed me to play around with different types of face products without having to spend a fortune on individual items. I really liked the powder bronzer and blush on my complexion. However, this is the first product that made me realize that in general, I really hate cream products. The concealer was very thin and messily settled into fine lines, and the luminizer and brightener were both quite sheer. I also very distinctly remember using the luminizer that's full of shimmer underneath my eyes instead of on the tops of my cheeks and attempting to contour with the warm toned, shimmery bronzer. *Shudder*.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup: This was the first foundation I really fell in love with, which is not too shabby if you ask me! It is lightweight but can be built up to fuller coverage, has shades targeted towards warm, neutral, and cool undertones, and doesn't dry me out. The only major con is that there's no pump or dropper in the bottle for easy distribution. I think the fact that I used to apply this using just my fingers yet still somehow got even coverage is a true testament to the quality of this foundation.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: I cannot even tell you how many of these pressed powders I went through before realizing that applying a matte powder all over my dry ass face was not a good look. It definitely mattifies foundation and does a great job controlling shine for people with oily skin, but it clings to dry patches like you wouldn't believe. This is a fantastic drugstore product when used appropriately. It is not so great for people who have no concept of the fact that different skin types exist and have different needs.

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Benefit Fake-Up Hydrating Concealer: After going through many chubby stick and drugstore twist-up concealers that oxidized instantly on me, I bit the bullet and bought my first high end concealer. This purchase was clearly made after I realized that my skin type is, in fact, dry. I really loved using this concealer underneath my eyes. It is super hydrating and creamy. However, it did not cover red blemishes super well, only has a couple of shades, and you get way more of the balmy moisturizer bit than actual concealer in the tube. The cons ultimately drove me to try higher coverage concealers, but this is still a nice hydrating, light coverage undereye concealer.

Almay Liquid Eyeliner: You guys. This was my GO-TO product since my middle school days. It's super easy to use and allowed me to learn how to perfect a crisp wing early on. It never stung my eyes, stayed on all day, and dried down quickly. The only reason I finally moved on to my now beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is the fact that the Almay liner has a sponge tip that would sometimes disintegrate and I wanted to try a liner with a finer brush tip. But my heart will go on for you, Almay Liquid Liner.

What were your first makeup loves? Leave a comment below so we can laugh about it together!