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While I love everything about makeup, somedays I just don't want to get all dolled up completely but I don't want to go completely makeup free. I still want to look polished, even on my day off. When I first started playing with makeup when I was younger, Neutrogena was my go-to brand. Well, as I discovered the wonderful world of beauty I started playing with lots of different makeup and looks. I'm finally returning to my roots for my day off makeup that lasts all day and falling back in love with Neutrogena's products!
Even before applying makeup, I make sure to start with a clean face and moisturizer! This is so essential in ensuring that my makeup application is flawless. No one likes a caked on look, especially on a day off!
Step 1: I use Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear Makeup (I use classic ivory) to even out my skin tone on my face and neck. This is a great medium coverage foundation that is buildable. It also has SPF 20 so I don't have to worry about damaging my skin while I'm out and about running errands and such! The bottle says it last for 12 hours and I can definitely vouch for it's lasting finish, even with the humidity and heat we've been experiencing this summer!
Step 2: Neutrogena's Healthly Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush is the perfect blush to add a subtle flush to my pale skin! The colors blend flawlessly and I love that it adds a touch of highlighting to my cheeks (you all know how I love to contour and highlight!)
Step 3: I am all about mascara. If I decide to go makeup free for a day, I'll still put on just mascara. I guess you could say that mascara is my soulmate - it brings out my best feature - my eyes. Neutrogena's Healthy Volume Mascara puts my eyes at the center of attention with a good about of volume and length. I apply mascara to the base of my lash line and then slowly wiggle the brush up my lashes a few times. This ensures a clump-free look!
Step 4: My skin is a combination of oily and dry depending on the season. With it being summer, my skin is more oily than dry. To keep shine at bay Neutrogena's Shine Control powder is to the rescue. This is probably my favorite product from the brand as it eliminates shine all day. I can layer it over my makeup because it goes on translucent! Rather than using the makeup sponge it comes with, I recommend using a kabuki or powder brush!
Step 5: Lastly, what makeup look would be complete without a great lip color?! Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth color sticks have made their way to my purse. Not only do they provide the moisture of a lip balm, but they add subtle and beautiful color. Fresh Papaya is my go-to color stick!
This day off look was inspired by the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere! She was one of my favorite actresses growing up and now she's starring in a TV show called Nashville. Check out how she uses Neutrogena's products, too!
I ran to my local Target to pick up these products when I found out the Cartwheel app had a coupon for 20% off Neutrogena products! (Offer is available until 8/30/14)
Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th. Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times.
Why, oh why, did I ever stop using these products? If I could go back in time, I would definitely tell my younger self to keep a good stock of Neutrogena on hand!
What are your favorite products from Neutrogena?
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