Cult products that are worth the hype

best cult makeup products

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A cult makeup product is considered to be so good, it’s a classic. A cult classic. An awesome product. A product you can’t live without. Obviously cults are not a good thing, but when there are so many people raving about that one product and swearing by it… well, I guess you can think of it as a cult.

The good kind – the kind that shares great makeup product tips and helps you to improve your life. Through awesome makeup products.

Because at least my life changed when I found these products. Are you ready? Here are some cult products that are definitely worth the hype.

best cult makeup products

Cult makeup products – the best of the best

estee lauder double wear review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is as good as they say. It’s probably the most long-lasting foundation I have tried. It also provides full-coverage, it leaves a beautiful semi-matte finish and it’s quite easy to blend. It’s one of those foundation that are great for an important day (such as a wedding!) or for photoshoots (perfect-looking skin guaranteed). The only downside to it is that if you’re prone to breakouts, it might break you out. Read my full review with before and after photos on it here.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup* $42 Sephora

laura mercier transluscent powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Laura Mercier’s loose powder is a great powder. You can find great powders with less money, but to be honest, there are no other downsides to this product except it’s price. The packaging is nice and luxurious. The powder doesn’t look that fine, but it is. It leaves the smoothest most beautiful finish on the skin. Whenever I’m wearing this powder, I just want to touch my face and feel the smoothness. It also keeps my skin nice and matte throughout the day.

Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder* $39 Sephora

urban decay primer potion

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Urban Decay’s primer potion is a no-brainer to me. I am not letting go of this eyeshadow primer, ever. I trust it and I never do eyeshadow without it. Actually even when I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, I apply some of this on my lid. Just because it keeps my lids non-oily. Next time I’m going to try out their Eden version though, which provides more color and coverage. This original version is quite colorless.

Urban Decay Primer Potion* $24 Sephora

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle

MAC’s Soft & Gentle highlight is a warm peachy/golden highlighter, that suits neutral warm and olive skintones. It’s not too golden, but it’s also not too light. The shimmer it provides is very fine and looks beautiful on the skin. It’s also great as an inner corner highlight or as an eyeshadow! Sometimes I also apply it on top of my eyeshadow on my lid – and it works great like that as well.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft & Gentle* 35,99€ asos

 

benefit hoola bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a classic matte bronzer that I actually mainly use for contouring. Since I have some warmth on my skin, a warm bronzer looks more natural on my skin than some cool toned contour shade. I also sometimes bronze with this. It blends like a dream, it has great pigment, but it’s not too crazy and I actually also like the brush that comes with it. It’s surprisingly good! And it has a great shape for carving out those cheekbones.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer* $30 Sephora

 

best cult makeup products

The beautyblender

Beautyblender is a classic and if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to. It makes applying foundations and any cream products so easy. It’s also great for any thick foundations since it kind of sheers them out. The downside to it is that it’s a bit pricey considering one sponge lasts only for about three months. I almost want to learn to live my life without this and start using my foundation brushes again (because it would be more ecological), but I just can’t seem to keep away from this amazing sponge.

P.S. Luckily there are some options for beautyblender that are almost just as good. In this post I shared my two favorite makeup sponges – the other is fourth the price of a beautyblender!

The beautyblender* $20 Sephora

 

ysl rouge volupte lipstick corail a porter 41

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick – Corail a porter 41

I bought my YSL Lipstick as a Christmas present for myself. So far it’s the most I’ve spent on a lipstick, but I think it’s worth it. The packaging is everything – it’s so luxurious and I love to see it on my makeup table or keep it with me in my purse. The consistency is the lipstick is very nice. It feels smooth and moisturizing on my lips. It’s not the most long lasting, which I don’t mind, because it wears off quite nicely and I love to reapply it. The scent was not my favorite at first – it’s this fruity melony scent (and I’m so used to vanilla I guess), but now I’ve learned to like it.

My shade is Corail a Porter, 41, which is this beautiful coral color. It’s quite pink on the lips, but with a touch of coral.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick* $38 Sephora

 

 

What are some cult makeup products you love? Or is there something missing from this list? Let me know in the comments!

Valentine’s day makeup for deep set eyes

valentines day makeup

Happy Valentine’s day – a bit early. Do you have any plans? I don’t and by the look of Risto’s face when I mentioned him the day, I doubt I should plan on anything special. Besides, every day is Valentine’s day with him.

When I think of Valentine’s day makeup looks, I think of pink. And shimmer. And these beautiful yet subtle looks. So obviously I had to use a touch of pink in my look as well. But just a touch! Otherwise, I kept this look quite fresh, warm and glowy.

before and after makeup

Before & after.

Valentine’s Day makeup

I ended up taking lots of photos and even showing you what brushes I used. I also put together a little tutorial for working with deep set and hooded eyes. The eye look is pretty simple, but the metallic shimmery colors on the lid make it interesting. I used a new eyeshadow palette that I got sent in pr. It’s Makeup Revolution’s Kisu palette.

For my base I used NYX Total Control Drop foundation* – that is an awesome foundation, since you can decide how much coverage you want. And the consistency is so dreamy and thin. I wore my YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in the shade 41* on my lips and as my blush. I have to say I love that YSL lipstick – definitely worth the splurge! For highlight I added ‘Khaleesi’ highlight from the Kisu palette.

Brows were done with my usual recipe: mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler in Blond and jane iredale’s Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde.

yves saint laurent rouge volupte lipstick 41

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 41.

Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial for deep set eyes

valentines day makeup tutorial

  1. First I primed and set the primer with a light matte color ‘1991’. Then I contoured my eye with a nude color ‘Cookie Dough’. Then I darkened my contour with a brown ‘Cat Lady’. Below I have a picture where I explain exactly how I do this.
  2. For my lid I used beautiful metallic shimmers ‘Royal’ and ‘London’. I applied them half and half on the lid and blended the edges carefully.
  3. I also applied ‘Cookie Dough’ and a touch of ‘Cat Lady’ on my lower lashline. Then I applied ‘Royal’ there.
  4. For my inner corner highlight I used ‘Khaleesi’. Also wore that highlighting shade on my face.
  5. Liner, mascara and lashes. Done!

makeup revolution palette tutorial

Basic eyeshadow technique for deep set and hooded eyes

+ showing you what brushes I used

basic eyeshadow shape for deep set and hooded eyes

In the first photo I circled the area I want to hide and contour. That is where my brow bone/lid pushes forward, making all the rest of my lid and eye appear very deep set. If you have hooded eyes, this could also be your hood drooping on your lid. On my eyes it does droop slightly. The idea is to contour that bump with a matte shade. That way the lid appears lighter making it appear as if, well, it wasn’t that deep after all.

I also pretty often keep my eye open like in the photo, to see exactly where I want to hit that shadow. By applying it right there and making that spot the darkest, it lifts up my eye. You want to blend it well, but don’t take the shadow that much further away (to the left, in the photo), because that can make your eye look a bit sad, when the shadow makes it drop in the outer corner. You could even leave your eyeshadow like this and you get a nice lift.

But pretty often I make a straight line from there to my lash line. The line should be straight and if you’re wearing eyeshadow on your lower lashline, make sure it fits the line as well.

For this, I love to use Zoeva 225*. Since I have a lot of lid space I want to contour, I can use a fluffy brush like this. If you have smaller lid space, use something smaller. (By the way, Zoeva has awesome brushes and all my most used brushes are from them.) I connected the line in the outer corner with Sigma* E56.

 

eyeshadow brushes

And as for the lid colors, I used quite flat brushes. Just because flat brushes make laying on the color easier, especially with metallic shimmers like these. First one is from Coastal Scents brush set*, second is look good feel better Eye Shading brush* and the last is Sigma* E47.

 

valentines day makeup idea

makeup revolution kisu palette

Makeup Revolution Kisu palette

Makeup Revolution’s Kisu palette has both eyeshadows and two highlighting shades in it. I’ve been using that palette quite a lot lately and have to say I’m impressed by the quality. I love the metallic shimmery colors that go on very smoothly when applied with a finger (but also work with a flat brush). The powder highlighters are a bit too dry for my taste, but I still wore ‘Khaleesi’ on my face for this look. The colors are perfect – just what I use right now.

valentine's day makeup tutorial

This post ended up being way more throughout than I meant to do. I hope you find it useful. What do you think of the look?