Makeup {Bug Out} Bag Part I


A little while ago, I read Maskcara's post on her personal makeup capsule, and I was inspired to create my own.  Instead of trying to narrow down my collection into just a few pieces, I imagined what I'd put in my bug out bag in case of the zombie apocalypse, so I picked my favorite item in each category of Skin, Eyes, Lips, Brushes, and Tools.  This week I'll cover Skin and Eyes, so stay tuned for the rest of the list coming next week.



1. Primer

Embryolisse Hydra Mat: a moisturizer that's matte without oil-absorbing properties and perfect for dry skin

2. Foundation

Armani Luminous Silk: it's been my go-to for several years because it looks like skin and is lovely in photos

3. Tinted Moisturizer

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: sheer coverage that lasts all day and provides sunscreen

4. Powder

Creme de la Mer The Powder: weightless, sheer happiness that never cakes or looks heavy


5. Concealer

Under Eye - Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer: covers dark circles with no creasing

Skin - MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer: excellent coverage that looks like skin

6. Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: a gorgeous whisper of color that doesn't look like blush

7. Bronzer

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze Fusion: a brand-new formula that's practically imperceptible except for the warmth in your skin


8. Contour

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour in Fawn: a grey-based contour that perfectly fakes a shadow

9. Highlight

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lift Concealer: with dry skin, I prefer a cream highlighter, and this one brightens and makes the skin look flawless

10. Setting Spray

Urban Decay All-Nighter: never fails to live up to its name




1. Primer

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: although truly smudge-proof, allows shadow to effortlessly glide over it

2. Base Shade

Urban Decay Foxy: for my skin, this is a brightening option that can easily stand alone

3. Crease Shade

MAC Cork: a warm shade that blends seamlessly

4. Liner Shade

Urban Decay Blackout: a deep, dark matte that I can also blend into a smokey eye

5. Accent Shade

NARS New York: such a versatile shade that brings out the green in my eyes


6. Top Eye Liner

MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder: tried and true GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)

7. Bottom Eye Liner

MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge: a new favorite that actually stays in place


8. Mascara

Maybelline Falsies in Blackest Black: I always, always come back to this

9. Brows

MAC Brun eye shadow + Benefit Speed Brow: my favorite combo for natural, long-lasting brows

10. Palette

LORAC Pro: an equal amount of shades in matte and satin/metallic gives you endless options for every occasion


Valentine's Eyes and Cheeks

There are so many great examples of Valentine's makeup, but since many of my favorites seem to focus on pink or red lips, I created a couple of looks that highlight the eyes and cheeks. Whether you're going out for a romantic date or, like me, having a movie marathon with family, pizza, champagne, and cupcakes, both looks are quite wearable (aka no fake lashes) and require little makeup elsewhere.

The first look is inspired by Cara D. (tan and perfect bone structure optional, clearly):


1: Primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer where necessary

2: Set face and eyelids with powder

3: Apply a dark shade of shadow underneath lower lash line and in crease (MAC Embark)

4: Tap a slightly lighter shadow in the same color family onto lid (MAC Folie); using a windshield-wiper motion, blend both shadows together with a clean brush, then line eyes

5: Mascara, fill in/set brows, and add a little bronzer to cheek hollows and perimeter of face

6: Add a little concealer to lips, then lightly line with a neutral pencil so they don't disappear

This second look is freakishly easy, but it made my husband do a double-take since I rarely wear blush (visit this post for ideas on what colors look best and where exactly to put said blush):


1: Primer and foundation/tinted moisturizer/whatever you use; set face and lids with powder

2: Add a bit of bronzer or light brown shadow to eye crease; line eyes

3. Brows, mascara, and a neutral lip (or concealer trick mentioned above)

4: Tap on tons of bright blush that works with your skin tone.  NYX Cosmetics offers several wonderful options at great prices!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!