The (HUGE) Unabridged Sass Guide to Makeup, Part 1


I felt especially pressed to post a makeup guide/tutorial on how I do my makeup after I was at Whole Foods with Jojo and our favorite cashier was looking at my face, and studying my makeup. She commented that she absolutely loved it, and she totally wanted to know how I do my makeup.

And then I felt VERY pressed to post a tutorial after I went to my parents’ house for the holiday and my mother told me that she absolutely loved my makeup and thought that it was very natural and pretty. This COMPLETELY shocked me because as my mother, she usually has small criticisms, such as…

  • Fall 2014- Lipstick too light
  • Winter 2014- Eye shadow too light
  • Spring 2015- Lipstick too bright
  • Summer 2015- Bronzer makes face look too dirty
  • Fall 2015- Not enough blush
  • Winter 2015- Eyebrows too dark
  • Spring 2016- Mascara too spidery
  • Summer 2016- Lipstick too weird colored
  • Fall 2016- Eyebrows too pointy

But this time she said it was on point, and I was completely floored.

Effortless, natural, easy makeup that has people asking what you use and how you do it….plus mother approved?

I had reached exactly what I wanted.

Plus, Jojo had asked me a few weeks ago to teach her how to do makeup, and after watching her go from confused to a total makeup pro, I now feel confident to give my full-on advice, and to share some tips and tricks I shared with her.

Before I even get started on the actual tutorial part, I have a few… “beliefs” or “guidelines” that I follow.

With makeup there are no rules, but I have a few beliefs…

  1. Wear as much makeup as you want. Just because you wear makeup does not mean you are obligated to wear a full face. I don’t wear mascara. It’s just not for me. On the flip side, if you want to use more products…use more products!
  2. Makeup is something that is meant to enhance, not camoflauge. A lot of people are under the belief that the sole purpose of makeup is to hide who you are and create new features. That is fine for them, but I don’t believe that is what makeup is for. I believe that makeup is used to enhance your already beautiful, unique features.
  3. Some areas will need a little more work or makeup than others. I pick one aspect to REALLY try to perfect, and for me that area is my eyebrows. My eyebrows, surprisingly enough take the most effort and work to perfect, clean, and do. It’s just something that I’ve accepted. But on the other hand, my face makeup? Not so much. I just blend in some tinted moisturizer and that’s it!
  4. Everyone is different. What works for me, might now work for you. That’s the beauty of makeup, everyone is different so everyone uses different techniques and products!
  5. Do not use pictures of makeup as a strict guide. Use it for inspiration–what looks good on one person may not look good on another.
  6. Makeup is meant to be fun. It really is–so do not be afraid to have fun with it!

And lastly, this “guide” isn’t meant to be a strict, definitive set of rules or to push you to do your makeup like me. A lot of people ask how I do my makeup and what products I use…so I’m showing them how I do my makeup!

Anyways, let’s get started…with what I use.

I want you all to keep in mind that this is what works for me, and it might not be your cup of tea. I like effortless, easy makeup. I like a more natural, but polished kind of look.

ALSO, my eyes are very sensitive.

What I Use

  1. COTZ Natural Skin Tone
  2. Neutrogena ® Skin Clearing Complexion Perfector
  3. NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer
  4. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  5. Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner – Black
  6. NYX Microbrow Pencil in Chocolate (Brown) 
  7. Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara
  8. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter
  9. Lovatics Lip & Cheek Tint – 004 Cheeky Berry – .3 oz, Red
  10. Colourpop Super Shock Cheek (The Hello Kitty Collection one)
  11. Physician’s Formula Butter® Bronzer in Light
  12. Various lipsticks.

As you can see, I use a really nice mix of drugstore and high-end! There are some products I chose to invest in, and some that are really amazing for less than the price of a latte! It all depends.


I am a lipstick junkie, but I’m not going to say that you need one in every color. This is what five lipsticks I would only own, if I had to choose.

This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Bittersweet (discontinued)

e.l.f. Matte Lip Color (I love Cranberry, and Berry Sorbet is my signature lip!)

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Crush

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Fighter

I generally do not wear nude lipstick, ever.

The tools of the trade:

  1. H&M Eyeshadow Brush (I have used the same one for years, originally bought on sale for $3 my freshman year of college. It’s the best).
  2. Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

  3. Hands (CLEAN and washed hands)

I use the eyeshadow brush to apply my: eyeshadow

I use the UD brush for: the tinted moisturizer, and the bronzer at the end

I use my hands for: COTZ sunscreen, Benefit highlighter, NYC cheek stain, Colourpop highlighter


Where do you buy makeup?

Target, CVS, Sephora depending on the brand.

When I have to go pick up my Essence brow gel, I stomach Ulta but other than that, that is a no from me.

Why do you hate Ulta?

My short, polite answer: the sales associates always act very snobby and unhelpful whenever I go, and I prefer to go to the drugstore to get my drugstore products because of coupons and deals. And for Sephora products, I would rather go to Sephora.

Why don’t you use concealer, foundation, powder…?

I used to use all of those, actually! BUT, I have found that I prefer lighter face makeup. So sunscreen, plus tinted moisturizer is perfect for me. I have really oily skin.

Why don’t you use mascara?

I just don’t like it, and it isn’t for me.

Long answer, here.

What is your favorite budget lipstick?

e.l.f. Matte Lip Colorwithout a doubt. Amazing lipstick for $3, and there’s a really wide variety of colors!

Do you have a dupe for the Naked 2?

Unfortunately, no. Before I used the Naked 2, I used an ELF palette that is long discontinued…and even when I had a “break” from my Naked 2 I still used Urban Decay shadows, and a bunch of weird eyeshadow sticks. I don’t want to recommend something that I haven’t tried, but if you go on Pinterest and look there and look up dupes there’s great ones! Pinterest is great for inspiration.

If you could only use makeup from what brand, what would it be?

AHHHH, I hate this question because I use such a big mix of products!


Drugstore: ejsrfjslkjfslkdjflkdsjkflsjflksdjlkf, I’m struggling. Drugstore would be L’oreal.

High-end: Urban Decay

Why do you use such a big mix of products?

I think that each brand has their strengths and weaknesses, and I pick from what I like best about each of them!

Why the liquid blusher?

It is long lasting, and easier to blend! Powders look really powdery on me, and my blush always “blows away.” I live in Chicago, remember?

Why two highlighters?

The Benefit one is light, soft glow that I like for highlighting cheeks, nose, under brow subtley. The Colourpop is a nice POP that I use on my cheekbones.

Why two brow products?

The pencil is to draw and define, and the gel is used to set.

What is your favorite lipstick formula?

I prefer the traditional bullet-style lipstick, rather than matte.

Why no lipliner?

Honestly, I’m lazy.

Tips for Buying Makeup


*note these are based on my personal experience

  • Foundation: L’oreal
  • Eye Primer: NYX
  • Brows: NYX
  • Eyeshadows: Colour Pop
  • Eyeliners: L’oreal
  • Blushes: Wet N Wild
  • Highlighters: Colourpop, Wet N Wild
  • Bronzers: Physicians Formula
  • Lip products: Colourpop, Revlon


  • Foundation: Bare Minerals
  • Eye Primer: Urban Decay
  • Brows: Benefit Cosmetics
  • Eyeshadows: Urban Decay
  • Eyeliners: Stila
  • Blushes: Buxom
  • Highlighters: Benefit Cosmetics
  • Bronzers: Too Faced
  • Lip products: Urban Decay, Bite Beauty, Kat Von D


Like I’ve said before, I will obsessively research a product before I buy it.

But like I said before–products are different for each person, so don’t take reviews TOO seriously. People hate my Neutrogena tinted moisturizer but I love it!

MakeupAlley lots of great reviews and feedback from people!

Pinterest I think there is SO many great resources, lists, graphics, etc on here! Theres tons of dupes and different recommendations that it’s great to get ideas.

Beauty Bloggers- I always love seeing what they have to say about a product. Sometimes a review will spark my interest in a product.

Google– JUST GOOGLE IT! You’ll find tons of reviews!


Now that we’ve got the background and informational stuff down…next is the actual tutorial and how-to.

Stay tuned for part two…


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