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My Skincare & Makeup Routine

Claudia Di Capua

Skincare

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My beauty routine always starts with skincare! I find this to be 1000x more important than having perfect makeup all the time. Makeup is meant to enhance your natural features in my opinion, so I like to keep those features in pristine shape. I make sure to moisturize twice a day and exfoliate regularly with masks and peels. It's the small things that not many people do that makes all the difference. I apply things like sunscreen in the morning to combat sun damage and eye cream before bed to get a head start on wrinkle care. I love taking care of my skin, so check out my routine below! 

1. Exfoliate

Similar to my moisturizers, I have a lighter one and a grainier one. The Aveeno scrub is much more soothing and has very fine exfoliating agents. I use this one in the morning or on a day without much activity. The St. Ives scrub is a little rougher, but is perfect for after a workout! I love using that one and then applying my ponds lotion at night. I feel super soft! Usually once per week or every other week I will use a charcoal mask or a peel to get a little bit deeper than the exfoliating scrubs can. 

2. Moisturize

As I mentioned earlier, I use moisturizers and exfoliators. In the morning, I use a lighter moisturizer by First Aid Beauty sold at Sephora because it absorbs well and doesn't make my face look greasy throughout the day. I like to use a ponds face cream before going to sleep along with an origins eye cream because it is a little bit heavier and repairs my skin well overnight. 


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Makeup

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Ever wonder how I do my makeup for events or my blog posts? Well, I'm about to tell you how! While I always start with my skincare routine, a little makeup adds the finishing touch. I don't like super bold or obvious makeup, so I normally lean towards neutral/natural tones and products that give a natural glow effect. I don't wear anything like foundation or other heavy products because I like to keep it light and comfy. Check my exact process below!

1. (More) Moisturizing

After I apply my First Aid moisturizer, my next move is to apply the Nars tinted moisturizer in St. Moritz. It has an additional SPF, so while it evens out my skin tone, it also protects my skin! 

2. (Occasionally) Conceal

If I look a little tired, I like to blend two different Nars Concealers in shades Custard (lighter) and Biscuit (one shade darker) under my eyes. This helps to brighten up the area right under my eye and add a little vibrance. 

3. Contour (Lightly!)

Like I said before, I like everything to look natural, so I apply products very lightly! I don't even use a real contour kit for this, I just apply products that I have to simulate a contour. I start with a Sephora Collection matte bronzer just under my cheekbones and guiding it into my hairline. 

4. Highlight/Blush

This is the one step that I like to add a little extra because I love a nice glow or sheen! I switch off between using the Nars highlighter in Albatross and a Becca highlighter in Opal. Both are great! Albatross has a gold shine to it and Opal leaves more of a rose gold shimmer (great if you are tan)! I don't always use blush, but when I do I use Nars in Orgasm and apply it sparingly on the apples of my cheeks. 

5. Eyes

Next, I add a nude eye shadow as a base by Bare Minerals. Then, I line the area closest to my lashes with a smokey grey or charcoal color. I love the cream shadows by Benefit! I put enough on to know it's there, but not an overwhelming amount. Lastly for the eyes, I apply a Benefit Mascara, which is kind of hard to take off, but looks great when it's on!

6. Lips

I keep the lips quite basic and occasionally mix some of my favorite nude shades. Anais by Marc Jacobs has always been a go-to, but I love Buxom in Sultry Mauve if I'm looking to go a little darker and rosier. I layer any Revlon or NYX I have if they are nude! For matte lipstick, I have been loving Candy K by Kylie Cosmetics (Don't judge me)! It actually works well and looks greta with my skin tone!

Best Nail Colors for Spring/Summer By Brand

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ESSIE

We can always trust that Essie will have tons of go-to colors and constantly be adding new shades! Here are a few of my new faves and some that I need to try this spring/summer!

OPI

OPI colors are like the cadillac of nail polish colors for me. I can always count on OPI to have quality polishes. I've recently tried out their gel colors and I love that they don't dry too thick! Alpine Snow is my all time favorite by them.

 

Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen polishes have been around forever and are trusted by so many. I love that they sell a bunch of different products to give you a unique look. The crackle prints and nail stickers make your nails eye catchers. For everyday-wear in the spring and summer, I like to play it simple by using one of the shades to the left! 

1. Gilty Party

2. Mudslide

3. In Full Blue

4. Barracuda

5. Sheer Ecstasy

6. Let's Snow

Favorite Lipsticks + How They Look On

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Excited to show you all my favorite lipsticks plus how they actually look on (Those are my lips with the various colors)! These are my favorite shades for all occasions at different price points. Use the links provided to be directed to where to purchase each lipstick.

 

 

Marc Jacobs: Anais

I love this color because of how neutral it is. It looks so natural and works with every look I have on! I usually wear this with a smokey eye because it helps to tame the look and make it more sophisticated. Anais is truly my go-to color and looks very elegant on!

 


 

Benefit: La La Land

This shade is slightly darker than I normally wear, but benefit has some amazing products! I love the creaminess of this color and how evenly and smoothly it goes on. La La Land helps to enhance the natural color of my lips. I don't usually use lip liner, but this color would look great with one. Also, this color looks great with a sheer gloss or neutral lipstick or gloss.


 

Revlon: Pink Truffle

Pink Truffle is by far my favorite drug store lipstick find! It is such a pretty plummy/rosy pink color and adds a nice pop to your makeup without being overwhelming. Not to mention, it was super inexpensive. Honestly, I'm not sure why I haven't tried some of Revlon's other shades, but it's probably because I love this one so much!


 

 

Laura Mercier: Peony

This color is slightly out of my comfort zone, but I love the brightness of it. I normally stick to more neutral and muted tones, but this Laura Mercier color is a light and pretty for spring. I like mixing this color with my nude shades if I want to tone down the brightness.


 

 

Buxom: Satin Mauve

This is a new purchase for me and it was definitely the right move! I would estimate that this Buxom shade is about one shade darker than the Laura Mercier shown above. It is also slightly more purply. I love the look of darker lip shades and this lipstick made it easy to ease my way into it. 


 

 

Butter London: Black Cherry

So far, this is the darkest color I have worn. Black Cherry is an amazing plum purply color and looks amazing on olive or pale skin tones. I love the saturation of this shade and how it strays away from the classic deep red. One thing I will say is that if you plan to wear a dark color, make sure you exfoliate your lips because the dead skin WILL show up and it will leave dark specks on your lips!