A little bit of this, a little bit of that – putting your face on

Foremost, I want to thank each and every single one of you that took the time to share your thoughts about the whole weight debate. I appreciate it more than you can imagine.
I shifting gears here this time; realizing that in the almost five years of this bloggin’ gig, I’ve never done a beauty or makeup sort of post. And I’m going to be honest with you, some days I could really care less about having any make up on. Others, I’ll put a little more effort into it. I laugh thinking about all the times I had gone to the gym and see girls wearing FULL on makeup while working out. To each their own, but there’s always a time and place for everything. Some people can work with what they’ve got and keep it very natural, others like to put a little something on.
I always start and finish with one important basic. My beloved Jojoba Oil. When ever I see other bloggers posting about their skin regiments or wanting to try something new, I always suggest this. I use about two or three drops (the bottle lasts forever!) right after I wash my face in the morning and right after I go to bed. It provides a nice dewiness as the base to my makeup, but never feels greasy. I even put it on my hair sometimes, it doesn’t hurt. But I also put Moroccan Oil in my hair. Speaking of which, you might see that I have had a haircut, but I just did it myself. I’m sure there’s tutorials on YouTube for this too, but if you ever want to cut your hair in layers, just flip it over your head and snip away. I’ve been doing it for years prior to letting it grow out, and since I was coming upon 2 years without a haircut, I felt it was time for something new.
I hope I don’t scare you away with this – but this is me with my Kelly Kapowski hair right after a shower. Hair is a hot mess and I have nothing on my face.
Sometimes I let it air dry over night and get these sort of messy waves, or partially blow dry it so it still gets some shape. I have no clue what goes on with my hair anymore because it used to get curly, now it gets curly only on the bottom, wavy at the ends, and straight at the top. I’m gonna jump from wet hair right into big hair after blow drying it and setting it with hot curlers. I wont go through that here because I’m sure you all know your way around a brush and blow dryer – if you don’t or want to know how to use hot rollers, there are probably hundreds on YouTube.
I have more makeup than this but these are the basics that I stick to when I do put anything on. And some days are just blush and mascara days. Some are concealer and primer, and a little bit of lip. There are no rules in makeup. It has taken me about 15 years of experimenting with makeup to figure how to do it, and still learning from that first moment my mom let me borrow her lipstick.
1. L’oreal green primer -supposedly to offset the reds in your face, I only use this sparingly when I need it.
2. Rimmel makeup – I’ve actually really enjoyed this and the price can’t be beat. My other go to foundation was by Clinique, but now that I know this is good, I probably wont go back.
3. Rimmel primer – great base for makeup, or by itself and leaves your skin feeling smooth.
4. Physicians Formula circle rx – I got this because it says it’s supposed to fix under eye circles, but it doesn’t, it just covers them up.
5. Elf brush from Target – best $1 ever spent, this is for the face
6. Little bottle of silvery dust for your eyes, gives a good glimmer, especially at the points of your eyes
7. Eye crayon thing, in a charcoal gray so it’s not as dark as black.
8. Maybelline mascara – only thing better than this is free mascara!
9. Estee Lauder black eyeliner pencil, got this with a “gift with purchase” type of thing, but Wet N Wild has a really awesome $1 eyeliner that is just as good
10. Sephora smoky eye kit brush, there’s a set of brushes but I mostly only use this one.
11. Dusty peach eyeshadow. Looks good everyday, I have only a few more eyeshadows, but this one right now is good for everyday.
12. Light pink blush by Givenchy, was given to me as a Sephora sample
13. Christian Dior bright pink blush, also given to me as a Sephora sample (by a former employee, not Sephora themselves)
14. Kabuki brush that came in a thingy from Ulta
15 and 16. Red L’ancome lipstick and Berry Estee Lauder lipstick. I might have to do a whole other post with just lipsticks, they don’t get much love on this blog, but I really love me some lipstick!
Sooooo! Let’s fast forward from wet hair to getting primer on your face!
I have different primers because not every part of my face is the same, just like no one’s face is that same to another persons. Use the brush to blend!
Dab some of the makeup on, not too much. Then blend that in too
If you have any problems areas (and we all do!) just dab some concealer on it, preferably with a brush so you’re not touching it and so that it’s less obvious. I just use the same stuff that I put under my eyes cause it makes some spots look less red.
And honestly that is it, I can leave the house like this. And I’ve left with less! But get less of the “You look tired” comments when I put a little bit of makeup on from people that have no souls.
No frills, just simple makeup that should last you through the day. Granted you aren’t working up a sweat or get your face wet. So if you saw me, this is what it would look like
I like that my face looks healthy and that my cheeks are highlighted and make me look happy.
But this isn’t the end of it – what if you wanted more in your look? Easily enough you can add on right into this and use it as the beginning to adding more to your face. Like if you were going on a date or if you simply like having more makeup on.
Get your brush and apply eyeshadow to the top of your eyelids. I don’t get crazy and do anything fancy because I still want this to be a simple look. Plus we all have different eye shapes, find a technique and brush that suits you best.
Here you can line your eyelids with a not so dark eyeliner or crayon type of thing. For me, it works to pull your eyelid taut so that you can leave a smoother line. I also lightly line the lower lid lash line, but careful not to get any into my eye or poke the eye itself. This is why I commend makeup artists – I could never have the hands to do this on someone else without hurting them.
I know a lot of people go on about fancy or pricey mascaras, but I found that this tried and true Maybelline pink and green tube works well, doesn’t clump and goes on easily. The first thing I do when I get a mascara is gently tilt the brush so that it now applies at an angle instead of being straight.
Then put your lipstick on, this one is called Sheer Berry. It is darker in the photos, I like this for the daytime because it is not dramatic and easily fades as the day goes by.
And again that is it! This is what I would look like if you saw me. Easy enough right?
And one more in more dramatic lighting.
Let’s pretend that you had a different occasion, maybe something that required even more makeup. We can go back to the initial makeup (I just brushed off some of the eyeshadow, and wiped the lipstick off, so lets pretend). I’ve also parted my hair down the center for a different look.
Sorry for the awkward face, but lightly dust your eyelid with the silvery eyeshadow then go ahead and use a black liner to line your upper and lower lids. But make the upper one thicker than before, and give it a little swoop at the end for a cat eye.
Here I put on the pinker blush, trying really hard not to laugh in this photo.
If you’re going to be using a darker or not as sheer lipstick you’ll usually want to use a lip liner just so that your lipstick has a base. Fill the whole thing in, don’t just line it because after a while you’ll probably just be left with the chola lines around your mouth when you least expect it.
Then just take your lipstick and go over.
And you’re done again! Just check that you don’t have lipstick on your teeth, or if you’re like me and sneeze every time you put on mascara and make your mascara smudge. You should be good to go!
It doesn’t take much to be easy, breezy, yadda yadda yadda. Just some trial and error and a few years under your belt. Unless you’re one of those makeup mavens that is born with a brush. But not all us are, so be easy on yourself. When in doubt ask for help – in person, online, in books!

Sometimes it helps to get your makeup professionally done at a counter so you can see them do it to you and they have tips (I think for a nominal fee or even with a small purchase, just ask, most of them are bored anyway). Just be confident in how little or much makeup you’re wearing. What you’re trying to do is enhance your own beauty and bring out your own features. Don’t worry about how someone else puts on their makeup. Try it, but then figure out what looks good on you.

  • Anonymous

    um, this amazing! you look stunning!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    OMG your hair is TO DIE FOR!!! What an amazing post!
    Have a great week girl!


  • Eli

    thank you 🙂 I really think it's a combination of not getting haircuts, moroccan oil, and blowdrying sparingly. I dont even flat iron it anymore cause it's just too long. I dont get haircuts because I'm trying to grow it out even more since I had very short hair just two years ago, plus, hair dressers always chop off more than you want!

  • Imelda

    This post is great, I really enjoyed reading it!
    You look great in the pictures! Love the different looks.

    And your hair, wow!!! I'm jalous, it looks stunning! I've never realised it was so long 🙂

  • Susana

    Me encanta tu pelo asi. Ya lo tienes bien largo, te lo pintas rojo?

  • Vintage Lady

    What is that top/tunic/dress thing youre wearing, its so cute!

  • Rad in BK

    Thanks for sharing your regimen. You are just one of those lucky gals who looks radiant with no makeup, and even more so with just a little on. I am also in awe of your beautiful, movie star hair.

  • WendyB

    Great tutorial!

  • Eli

    Thank you gals, you make me blush.

  • jamie

    whoa! you are so pretty.. i dont know why i havent done this yet, but im totally adding you to my daily reads <3 muah!

  • Eli

    That's so sweet thank you 🙂 I added you the other day as well!

  • Eyeliah

    Gorgeous! I haven't worn makeup in so long, I miss it sometimes but a) I don't own very much of it anymore b) my face can't handle the chemicals after being away so long 🙁

  • Jenny

    You look so lovely! I am impressed with your makeup skills. You must teach me your ways. xoxo

  • Vanessa

    I love the exaggerated cat-eye looks in the last pics, and I of course love love the deep lipstick! So pretty with your coloring.
    Fantastic photos, too!

  • Eli

    Hailey, I always thought you wore a little bit of makeup! So I'm impressed at how beautiful you look without it!! Im sure if you wanted to get back into wearing makeup you could find a brand that uses no chemicals. Like mineral makeup.

    thank you gals, Im quite flattered 🙂

  • Carla

    You are so pretty!
    Can I just say that your hair is absolutely gorgeous?
    It looks like a shampoo ad.
    Thanks for sharing this:)

  • lauren kirsten

    great tips! thanks for sharing


  • Eli

    Susana – si, mi pelo naturalmente es como un cafe oscuro. Aun que de niña lo tenia rojo. Tenemos que tener cambio de vez en cuando no? 🙂

    VL – I guess I did fail to mention it! It's a Jonathan Saunders for Target cotton dress thingy!

    I just also want to go on the record and say that my hair isnt always this fabulous! I wish it was, maybe if they figure out how to do a keratin treatment that doesnt secretly make you sick

  • Sales Rack Raider

    You look absolutely gorgeous, whether with minimal makeup or more of it!

  • Bryce

    LOL at the Chola remark. Haha. (Un)fortunately we don't have those here where I am right now. 🙂

  • Nubiasnonsense

    Your hair looks great. I love how you took us through every step, You look beautiful

  • Anna Bonfiglio

    Hello beautiful! I love your outfit! Come to my blog and tell me what do you think.. I accept the criticism!
    Excuse my English!


  • A.A.

    I use the same Maybelline mascara, seriously amazing. I dont know why others splurge for like Dior mascara when this stuff is just as good.

  • MissNeira

    This is an awesome post! you are gorgeous! and i love your hair girl

    Miss Neira


    lovely looks!
    the lip colors are gorgeous =)

  • watchafind

    You are beautiful. And your hair is so gorgeous it hardly looks real!!!

    Angela @Whatcha Find?

  • AsianCajuns (Cath)

    What a great/wonderful post! I always love seeing style bloggers' beauty routines. I love how you start out simple – and you look gorgeous in every photo!

  • Eli

    Thank you everyone, I'm very glad you enjoyed the post! Now I feel hella lazy not wanting to fix up my hair all the time!

    Oh and Bryce, those Cholas only exist in the US and maybe Tijuana 🙂

  • veronika, tick tock vintage.

    your everyday look is so, so pretty – i love it!

  • Raez

    holy shiaaaat! you are gorgeous my dear! with or without makeup. you have such lovely eyes:)

    xx raez

  • I've been reading your blog for a while now. You've got great hair and I want to steal your closet.

    I run this comic where one of our characters wears outfits from different fashion bloggers. Today she's wearing one of yours! Hope you don't mind. It was an adorable outfit from a while back with that Miu Miu-borrowing cat dress from Zara and a polk-a-dot shirt. I actually went to almost every single Zara in Barcelona looking for that dress and am insanely jealous that you own it.

  • Zarna

    awesome post! it's so great to know your makeup routine!

  • katie jean

    love seeing new makeup tips! especially that green foundation stuff 🙂 I have that same rosy face and have a tough time evening out my complection. And your hair looks gorgeous!

  • Eli

    Thank you everyone 🙂

    And Clara, you totally made my day!!

  • kris

    Really beautiful. I know nothing about make up application and it drives my girlfriends crazy. They're always taking me to artists or to the make up counters at Department stores. Reading your expert tips is a great wake up call. You are always gorgeous, so blessed you are with natural beauty.

  • Jenny

    Those rabbit are so adorable. My favorite blog of all time is actually disapproving rabbits. I visit it daily to get my bun bun fix. Thanks for sharing the link my dear! It made my day 🙂


    AH GOOD CALL FOR THE MAKE-UP POST. You look amazing. I love seeing HOW you look so amazing. (Though you obviously looked amazing before!). And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colour of your lipstick. So fierce.


  • thursday

    I adore this post Eli. And yea, your hair – holy shoot it's awesome! Do you want to know a sort of embarrassing thing about me? I'm totally addicted to those makeup gurus on YouTube. I've been watching those videos for almost two years now, but I only recently started 'trying' to wear makeup. Anyway, I'm rambling on about silly little things when all I'm trying to say is that you're a super cute chick and I really liked this post 🙂

  • Eli

    Eeeeep! thank you so much everyone! Especially since someone from this Jersey Shore thing came to my blog then called me a fat loser… Which is just absurd.

    Thursday, you've seen the Michelle Pham videos right? she's my favorite!

  • Veronica

    cute blog and cute post!
    You're very pretty!
    Follow me? I'll be very happy if you do it!
    Thank you so much!

  • goodbadnfab

    Wow, amazing product review! I'll have to check it out soon! I'm now subscribing to your blog on my google reader!
    Please check out my blog when you get a chance.

    a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night…I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

  • Lisa

    you are so beautiful, love the tunic/dress!

  • Yvonne

    You have the most perfect little rosebud mouth!! I wish mine looked that good! You look really pretty – even without makeup. Moroccan Oil is good for the skin too actually – if it is pure. Jojoba is amazing stuff – I use that too!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!!

  • jamie

    hello pretty lady, thank you for commenting on my career change <3 i think i'll be fine. im just a little dramatic, lol. i actually LOVED accounting. it was so fun and stimulating to me (nerd, i know!) but i know myself and i know i wont be happy stuck in a cubicle or stuck in another corporate rat race. i hope all is going well darling 🙂

  • Feathers Atlanta

    I am in LOVE with your hair! I wish I could get mine to do that!!!! Beautiful, love this whole blog entry!


  • nicolette

    i love this post!!!! and girl… your hair is amazing. like, i need it on my head.

  • Lindsey Turner

    You have such beautiful skin! Love your blog! I have a thrift blog as well called Thrift and Shout http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com and love connecting with other thrift bloggers.

    Lindsey Turner

  • Elisabeth

    I loooooove both lipstick colors. And I'm with you, lipstick is my fave lately!

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  • Adam

    Your absolutely beautiful without any make up!