The Dallas-based fashion blogger behind Brooke du jour gets real about her serious devotion to mascara (and red lipstick!) as well as her penchant for mixing drugstore and prestige beauty products
My “In Case of Emergency, Put Mascara On Yourself Before Helping Others” makeup bag is full of beauty goodies from drugstores and designer makeup counters. I’m all about mixing and matching inexpensive with more luxurious products. Whatever works, right? In the morning, I first slather L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Texture Perfector on my face and neck. I dab Estée Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup under my eyes to hide any dark circles. Then I use a dry sponge to smooth Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup as my foundation. Next, I dust my T-zone with Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder using the Forever21 Romantic Rose Cosmetic Brush Set. I’m a firm believer that no one should ever leave the house without mascara! My favorite right now is L’Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara. It makes my eyelashes look insane!
At this point, I’m ready to dash out the door; however, if I have more time, I’ll define my eyebrows with European Waxing Center Milan Eyebrow Powder. Elayshia at European Waxing Center taught me to do this, and I want to hug her with gratitude every day. I’ll also prime my eye makeup with L’Oreal Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer. Then, I’ll line my eyes with Benefit BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner. Next, I’ll blend Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 79 Spices. Last but not least, Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 119 Wild Rose is my go-to lip gloss when I want a simple lip with a hint of glossy pink.
Overnight skin ritual:
I probably should hone a better overnight skin ritual but honestly, I just use Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub and take off my makeup with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I like to leave these towelettes in my nightstand in case I’m too lazy or exhausted to travel to the bathroom.
Who cuts/colors your hair:
I don’t go to one particular person to get my hair cut, but I’ve had great experiences at Osgood O’Neil. Also, except for a disastrous highlights incident in the 9th grade, I don’t color my hair.
I’ve tried every shampoo and conditioner under the sun to remedy my dry and damaged hair. I really like the KMS Moist Repair line. I curl my hair with Nano Titanium 20 Roller Set by BaBlyiss Pro. So retro, I know. Lastly, I heavily spray Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to seal the deal!
Favorite eye look:
I love a dramatic black cat eye for a girls’ night out.
The redder the better!
Nail color of the moment:
Essie Bottle Service offers a scorching neon hue that screams summer.
Chanel Allure makes me feel like a grown up.
“Never without” product:
I keep Burt’s Bees lip balms in every purse for emergency dry lips.
Secret to staying young and beautiful:
My boyfriend who tells me I’m the most beautiful without any makeup on (liar!)
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