Almost everyday I wake up eager to do my makeup (for real). Admittedly, a lot goes into manipulating my facial features. So how much does my face cost? Well, let’s find out.
I begin by applying MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20 ($24 CAD), followed by MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C4 ($32 CAD). FYI, I’ve been using Studio Fix since I started wearing makeup (age 14). In fact, I’ve never used foundation!
Following my ‘face base’ I then proceed to my brows which up until a couple of months ago I completely ignored on account of my bangs. Of course, now I feel like my face is incomplete if my brows aren’t filled (and goodness knows they need to filled). I use Caryl Baker Visage Brow Blend in Brunette ($21 CAD) after which I use Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama in Transparent (approximately $13 CAD, depending on retailer).
Once I’ve perfected my brows with said products, I then proceed to my eyes which tend to consume the most time in my makeup routine. I use Caryl Baker Visage Prime Perfection ($28 CAD) to ready my lids for eye shadow. I always use eye primer as my skin is naturally oily and even with concealer as a base I feel that my lids need a little extra help. I tend to use the Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette ($35 CAD) on the daily. Sadly, this palette was a limited edition but you can shop other Morphe Brushes Pro Makeup Palettes (which I highly recommend) here.
After eye shadow comes eye liner. I use NYX Slide On Pencil in Jet Black (approximately $10 CAD, depending on retailer) and NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner (approximately $12 CAD, depending on retailer).
Mascara is the final step and for this I use Xtreme Lashes Length & Volume Mascara ($29 CAD). I often switch up mascaras that range from budget friendly to ‘high end’ but this is the one I’m currently using.
When my eyes are complete (are you exhausted yet?) I proceed to powder my nose and chin with Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine ($39 CAD) prior to contouring and highlighting. There was a time when I didn’t use an anti-shine powder, but exhaustion from blotting my face multiple times throughout the day eventually gave me the push to incorporate one into my daily makeup routine.
Finally (or almost) I contour and highlight with Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light to Medium ($52 CAD). I’ll admit that a kit such as this isn’t necessary to contour and highlight, but it certainly makes it easier particularly when you’re more or less a novice like me. I then sweep e.l.f. Golden Bronzer ($4 CAD) on my cheeks for a soft flush of illumination.
While I don’t necessarily wear blush on the daily (depending on my eye shadow), if I do use one it’s typically a MAC Powder Blush ($26 CAD). I often wear lipstick to finish the look and most often this is a MAC Lipstick of some shade ($20 CAD) though I’m certainly not adverse to other brands.
And so I’m left with a grand total of $345 CAD – woah.
You’re likely wondering just how long I spend applying said products. On average, it’s about 20 minutes (give or take a few depending on whether or not my winged liner cooperates). Of course, keep in mind that these products – particularly the powders – last me a good while, so I’m not necessarily spending upwards of $341 each month on makeup (though how I wish I could)!
How much does your face cost? Take the challenge, friend.
May we all rot in hell with beautiful makeup.