Recently I shared a simple summer makeup routine for women over 50 on my YouTube Channel. It was, admittedly, a fairly long video. It doesn’t take me but about 10 minutes to apply my makeup in real life, but when I try to explain what I’m doing in front of a camera and at my dining room table…well, that’s a different story. So today I thought I’d simply run down the list of products that are in my makeup drawer for summer. I’ll briefly share a little about each, but if you have questions, please ask.
I’m really happy with what I’ve got going on makeup-wise right now. That doesn’t mean I won’t be trying more new things soon because that’s just the nature of the job. But I wanted you to know that I’m extremely happy with these products. So I can highly recommend any of them.
Before I apply my makeup these days, I’m applying the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector and the Line-Blurring Wrinkle Filler, both from City Beauty (gifted). As mentioned in my recent YouTube Video, you can get 35% off your purchase at City Beauty for a limited time (about one more week) with code KAY35. After that, the code will be KAY15 for 15% off.
It’s pricey, but I’m really enjoying the amazing quality and the results of Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Hydrating day cream. I use the formulate without the sun protection, but it does come in a formula with SPF 30 also. Both products come in three different sizes, 15, 30 and 50 ml. Actually my Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Hydrating day cream also comes in a 100 ml size. But you might want to start with the 15 or 30 ml size if you’re trying it new.
A little bit goes a long way with this extremely silky, creamy formulation. It has truly improved the elasticity and youthfulness of my skin. It feels very hydrated and well cared for. I still heartily recommend the L’Oreal and Mary Kay products I’ve shared in the past, but right now I’m finding it worth the cost to invest in the Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Hydrating day cream. I also use the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum before applying my moisturizer and am loving the results I’m getting from it, too. And I use the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm to wash my face in the evenings. But this post isn’t really about skincare, so let’s move on to the makeup products.
Makeup Products in My Makeup Drawer Summer 2022
Let’s start with my eye makeup because that’s where I usually start with application. But I won’t actually go in order of how I apply the products. I’ll just share what I’m using.
Before applying my eyeshadow I’m using the Tarte Shape Tape Eye Cream. Then I prime the area for eyeshadow application with City Beauty’s Lid Lifting Treatment. I may not really need to use both products, but they do feel very different. The Tarte Shape Tape Eye Cream is very creamy and light, feeling more like a skincare product. Whereas the City Beauty Lid Lifting Treatment feels thicker and a little dry, more like a primer.
For eyeshadow I’m enjoying two Tarte palettes, the Tartlette Amazonian Clay matte palette and the Tartlette Tease clay palette. I’ve enjoyed the Amazonian Clay matte palette for several years now, and it’s still my go-to for the easiest and most natural looks. But I’m also enjoying creating very subtle looks with the slightest bit of shimmer with the Tartlette Tease clay palette, as seen below.
I’m not using any eyeliner these days. I know sometimes it looks like I do in my videos, but I think that must be because of my very light colored eyes.
Before applying my mascara, I use the City Beauty City Lash serum. I really think this serum is giving me amazing results. I’ve always had very thin, sparse lashes, but they are definitely growing in fuller and longer now. As I’m writing this post, the City Beauty City Lash serum is sold out. But you can leave your name and email for them to notify you when it restocks.
I continue to use Lancome’s Definicils lash primer and mascara. I love the results I get when I prime my lashes with this creamy formulation. And I do think it helps keep my lashes soft. The mascara goes on very wet and thin, which is how I like it. It never feels dry and clumpy. But I have also been using the City Beauty Beyond Mascara (gifted) and really like the results I’m getting there, too. I do think it goes on thicker, but still isn’t clumpy. I’ve used the City Beauty Beyond Mascara in the photos I’m sharing today. I think I applied three coats, as usual. Remember, use code KAY35 for 35% off for a limited time. Then KAY15 will get you 15% off later.
On my brows I’m using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade and their Clear Brow Gel. Many viewers of last Wednesday’s YouTube Video, shown and linked below, recommended different more permanent brow solutions. And I may check into some of those. But for now I really like the control I get with the Dipbrow pomade and Clear Brow Gel combination. I use the shade taupe. If you’re interested in trying the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, I suggest you begin with the No Fade Brow Set ($30 limited offer), which includes the brush you’ll need for application.
Before I apply my foundation I apply my sunscreen and primer. I’ve been using the City Beauty Skin Perfecting Daily Veil for a combination sunscreen and primer, but they’ve discontinued the product just after I made last week’s video. So I’ll be returning to my CeraVe Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. This tinted SPF 30 product amazingly works for any skin tone. It’s light and creamy and I don’t feel it after application. I apply it onto my neck and decolletage, too.
After my sunscreen has set, I use the Elemis Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer. This lightweight products leaves my skin feeling smooth and perfectly textured for makeup application. It makes a big difference in how the foundation goes on and stays put. Be sure to wash your hands after applying the Elemis Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer or your makeup won’t apply well from your fingertips.
For concealer, I’m continuing to use the Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer. Just an FYI, I’m using shade 12N. You can use Tarte’s handy matching tool to figure out your shade. It goes on creamy and doesn’t dry out with wear.
I’m continuing to use the Tarte Babassu Foundcealer foundation in 22B, light beige. I just haven’t found anything that beats this mid-priced foundation for creaminess, smooth application and buildable coverage.
I’ve got two Nars blushes in my makeup drawer for summer 2022. I’m using the Nars amour blush for a cool pink and the Nars behave blush for a little dustier pink. Both are really pretty shades that go on light for buildable pigment.
I also have the Tarte tarteist ™ PRO glow to go highlight contour palette, which I reserve mostly for “going out” looks or photo shoots and video taping. It is fun to have a contour and highlight option in one palette for those special occasions. I have the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in my makeup drawer for summer, just in case I need it. I only use it occasionally really.
I’m most excited about the lip makeup I have in my drawer for summer. City Beauty introduced me to their City Lips lip plumping gel a couple of months ago, and I immediately began getting requests for my lip color and “what was I doing differently to my lips???” But I knew it wasn’t the lip color they were after. I was still wearing the same Lancome Peut-Etre lipstick I’ve been wearing for at least a few years. I’ve also added the Lancome Vintage Ruby Cream lipstick for a warmer option.
But since I’ve been applying the City Lips lip plumping gel at the beginning of my makeup routine, my lips are healthier and plumper, making my lipstick look so much better. Sometimes I apply more City Lips lip plumping gel on top of my lipstick, as I did above, but not always.
You can get the City Lips lip plumping gel in clear, which is what I generally use, other glossy shades or a few matte or opaque shades. I generally apply the clear City Lips lip plumping gel at the beginning of my makeup routine so that my lips are soft and plump when I get ready to apply my lipstick. Then I sometimes apply a glossy shade on top. I wore a matte shade, Rosy Mauve, that they don’t seem to have in stock now in the photo below.
Well, I think that’s about all I have in my makeup drawer for summer 2022. I do have the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray that I use occasionally if I foresee lots of sweating. Ha! But otherwise, that’s a wrap.
Let me know if you have questions. And don’t forget to use that code KAY35 (for a limited time and then use KAY15) at City Beauty for deep savings. Everything else you can also shop through the shopping widget below.
Blessed for My Day
I do not like conflict…at all. I dread hard conversations that I fear will not go well. And I itch to move on when I’m in the middle of said conversation. Afterwards, if everything hasn’t been tied up neatly with a bow, I long for the day when things will feel right again.
But sometimes hard conversations are necessary. Otherwise things go unsaid that need to be discussed. Feelings get stuffed and they grow to unproportionate levels. Intentions are misunderstood and motives are assigned that may not be accurate. Assumptions are made, making it even harder to clear the air further down the road. If you need to have a hard conversation, I understand how hard that is. But I encourage you to prayerfully and graciously proceed when the time is right, which is probably before you think it is. Listen. Weigh your words carefully and sprinkle them with lots of grace. And then listen some more. Pray, pray, pray. But don’t put off what needs to be discussed.
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:20