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Makeup has always been my favorite form of self-love. It makes me feel more confident, more creative, more myself. I created The Beauty Book to empower you in the same way that makeup empowers me. The following pages feature my most used and loved beauty products that I can without a doubt recommend. I highlight what I appreciate about each and every item while keeping all budgets in mind. You’ll also find my tips for achieving a beautiful makeup look as well as links to my top-performing tutorials and blog posts. I hope this is a truly valuable resource — one that beginners, experts, and everyone in between can come back to time and time again. Whether you’ve supported me for seven years or seven days, thank you.
xoxo, makena 2
Q & A
+ What is your skin type?
I have dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin.
+ What is your skin tone? I have medium-tan skin with warm-to-neutral olive undertones. My Sephora Color IQ is 2Y08.
+ What is your favorite type of makeup look? I love timeless ‘natural glam’ looks with an emphasis on radiant skin, and I typically stick to neutrals.
table of contents
TABLE of CONTENTS SKINCARE BASE CHEEKS EYES LIPS TOOLS TIPS TUTORIALS MORE CONTENT
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SKINCARE a gentle yet effective physical and chemical exfoliant
a multi-purpose mask for ultimate hydration
the perfect second-step cleanser for sensitive skin a purifying, brightening toner
my secret to tan, glowy skin without makeup a rich cream to make dry skin dewy
wake up with soft, hydrated lips
a skincaremakeup hybrid for a dewy glow
locks in other moisturizers overnight
effortlessly removes makeup but not moisture
wears well under makeup + on all skin types
my must-have moisturizer for morning + night
an affordable, hydrating cream for normal to dry skin
a sheer, lit-fromwithin illuminator
the prettiest liquid illuminator a gel moisturizer for smooth skin before makeup
FOUND light-to-medium coverage with a dewy finish
medium coverage with a dewy finish
sheer coverage with a dewy finish
light-to-medium coverage with a natural finish
DATION full coverage with a satin finish
medium-to-full coverage with a natural finish
medium coverage with a satin finish
full coverage with a natural finish
medium-to-full coverage with a natural finish light-to-medium coverage with a natural finish
medium-to-full coverage with a satin finish
medium coverage with a natural finish
BRONZER creamy, natural + affordable
easy to use for every day
a luminous, luxurious formula for a lit-fromwithin glow
pigmented + long lasting for definition
the most blendable, buttery cream bronzer
a silky matte for both contouring + bronzing a sheer, glowy wash of color
the best matte bronzer at the drugstore
BLUSH my favorite glowy drugstore blush wearable + radiant
a warm-toned nude shade
DE W PO
the most beautiful blush with a pop of highlight
perfect for a fresh, rosy look
a buildable + easy-to-use formula a matte, longlasting stain
sheer + dewy
an intense, shimmering highlighter
melts into the skin
a cool, icy pink + a warm, golden champagne
a true lit-from-within radiance
SET & FORGET for ultimate lasting power
a loose powder for baking on all skin types a finely milled translucent powder for an airbrushed effect
a soft, subtle luminosity ideal for dry skin
boosts radiance + wear time at a low price
the most versatile neutrals
forever in love with this rose gold
truly a must-have in every collection
a sophisticated, metallic cream shadow the color stories + textures always inspire new looks
the quality + shades are A+
the highest quality at the lowest price
ALL ABOUT THE EYES
my favorite mascara for volume
tinted fibers for a fuller brow
the most wearable falsies
for a fluffy, lifted brow an easy-to-use, long-lasting gel liner
brow powder for a classic look
my favorite mascara for length
the most luxurious formula
my go-to nudes
affordable + buttery insanely long-lasting yet somehow comfortable an everyday take on a liquid lip
the most long-lasting lip liner
'iconic nude' lives up to its name a wonderful shade range comfortable + affordable
my favorite a dupe for my favorite lip gloss lip gloss formula ever formula ever
a hydrating + the dreamiest lip glossy warm nude balm for layering over liner
the beauty sponge I cannot live without
a set of 30 high-quality — not to mention stunning — makeup brushes
a sponge specifically for setting powder
TIPS 1 Skincare is the most important step in any makeup routine.
2 Mix a moisturizer or liquid illuminator with your foundation for custom coverage and glow.
3 Dampen your beauty sponge with setting spray before applying makeup for extra longevity.
4 Thin layers are always better than one thick layer.
5 Your bronzer, blush, and highlighter make the perfect eyeshadows for your skin tone.
GET THE LOOK
a no-foundation makeup routine
the perfect rosy glam look
Why Makeup Is the Ultimate Act of Se
Best of Beauty | 2021
ON THE BLOG
My Top Sephora Recommendations
10 Quick Tips for a Lifted Makeup Look
Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit
For in-depth and informative product reviews, elevated and everyday looks, and so much more, visit makeupbymakena.com. Use the search bar to learn more about a specific product before buying.
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Thanks for reading!
xoxo, makena 31