Pleased in Plum: Full Face Drugstore Makeup


Happy Fall, lovies! Even though here in Louisiana it’s still 95 degrees daily, I’m trying to make the most of it, lol.

I’m really excited about this post because it involves two of my favorites: saving a lil’ bit of money and beautiful makeup! This is a fall-inpsired, soft-glam/full face of all drugstore products. (Please excuse my crazy eyebrow! It–like my hair–was being completely uncooperative.) I’m going to show you everything I used to achieve this entire look, step by step. I didn’t take pictures during because I’m not sure how helpful that would be without being able to watch it being done, but if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know for future posts!

STEP ONE: After washing and cleansing my face, I moisturized with Cetaphil Moisturizer for all skin types.  My skin is on the way oilier side, so I don’t normally use something this heavy to moisturize, but my face was feeling extra dry and in need of a heavier moisturizer. I like using Cetaphil because it does exactly what it says it does. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it moisturizes without feeling like I’ve just dipped my face into a vat of moisturizing cream.


Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, $12

STEP TWO: After I moisturized, it was time to prep my skin for foundation. I used my favorite drug store primer, e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer.  It’s got salicylic acid, which helps to prevent any more breakouts, plus it applies very smoothly and increases the longevity of my foundation. I just rubbed it in lightly all over my entire face with my fingertips. e.l.f. has a ton of different primers in their line for all types of skin, I highly recommend checking them out! I find mine at Target.


e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer, $6

STEP THREE: Once my face was prepped and primed, I poured about a quarter-sized amount of my Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless foundation (My post-summer shade is in 220 Natural Beige) onto the back of my hand. I do this for a few reasons. One, my favorite beauty vloggers say it warms up the foundation before applying it to your face, making it easier to blend and apply. Two, because if I poured it directly onto my sponge I would literally get it EVERYWHERE and have a huge mess all over my face and sponge (and presumably the floor and mirror etc.). Three, because pouring the foundation on the back of my hand FIRST allows me to see if I need to mix any other foundations with the shade to make it a closer match to my skin color as well as allowing me more precise application to my face from my hand rather than straight from the facial sponge.

I, personally, appreciate the Nicol Concilio technique of applying the foundation to my face where I use my fingertip to dot my face with foundation. I’ve tried lots of other methods, and I found this one to be the easiest to work with, wielding the best blending results.


Maybelline Fit me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, $8

I then used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend my foundation all over my face and neck.


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $7

STEP FOUR: I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair under my eyes and on the inside corners of my eyes where they meet my nose, and blend with the same blending sponge.


Maybelline Fit me! Concealer, $7

STEP FIVE: Once my concealer and foundation were blended on my face, I set my entire face with my L’oreal Infallible Pro-matte powder, using an e.l.f. flat brush. I simply pressed the powder from the brush onto my face by patting it instead of brushing it.


L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, $13


e.l.f. Powder Brush

Okay! If you’ve made it this far, you have your base! Takes longer to read than it does to actually apply, lol. But with it being a full face, and not an every day look, we’ve got a few more steps to cover!

STEP SIX: I used my essence bronzer to contour under my cheekbones, forehead,  under my chin, and to warm up my face and neck with a Wet n’ Wild contour brush. Then I used my Wet n’ Wild blush brush  and Wet n’ Wild Color Icon blush in Mellow Wine to brush some color onto my cheeks. Y’all-from here on out I used nothing but Wet n’ Wild brushes. They are so inexpensive and they work so well! The blush is extremely, extremely pigmented. A little goes a long way, so be super careful to tap the excess off the brush! **I’m including everything for the cheeks as one step, if you couldn’t already tell.** Lastly on the cheeks, I took my essence pure nude highlighter and swept it above the blush, on the tip of my nose, and on my cupid’s bow (right above my top lip).


essence sun club bronzer for lighter skin, $5


Wet n’ Wild Blush in Mellow Wine, $3


essence pure nude highlighter, $5


Wet n’ Wild Contour Brush, $2

STEP SEVEN: I used the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil to pencil in my eyebrows, I promise they looked more tame in person. If your eyebrows are being unruly, like mine were here, you could also use some NYX brow mascara. For reference, I have the Nyx Micro Brown Pencil in the shade Taupe.


NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $10


NYX Brow Mascara, $7

STEP EIGHT: YASSS! WE’RE ALMOST DONE! We’ve got a full face, eyebrows done, all that’s left is eyes, and my favorite–lips! I used two different drugstore palettes for my eyes. The matte cream-colored shades in the Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements palette for my eye base and under my eyebrow. I used the toffee-colored shades in the same palette for my crease. For this eye shadow blending I used the Wet n’ Wild large eyeshadow brush and the Wet n’ Wild crease brush. Pro-tip: these matte shadows are NOT the easiest to work with! Don’t be afraid to keep building and blending them until you get the shade/coverage you’re looking for. The second palette I used was the Maybelline the Nudes. I used the darkest brown towards the outer corners of my eyelids and outer corners right underneath my eyes. Lastly, I used the darkest gold shade in the same palette with the Wet n’ Wild small eyeshadow brush to pack my lid with color. I used the same brush to put the same shade in the inner corner of eyes and mix with the dark brown that was already underneath. I winged my liner with Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Liner and my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara was last for my eyes! The eyes always take me longest because of the shadow blending and trying to get my eyeliner on both eyes to match. More often than not I just go with whatever I end up with on the first try, whether they’re even or not.


Makeup Revolution Iconic Elements Eyeshadow Palette, $7


Maybelline The Nudes Palette, $10


Rimmel London Exaggerate Felt Tip Eyeliner, $6


L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black, $10


Wet n’ Wild Small Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99


Wet n’ Wild Crease Brush, $0.99


Wet n’ Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush, $0.99

STEP NINE: Lips are always my favorite! For this beautiful fall plum look, I used the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Obsession. Obsession is right because I am obsessed with this shade! A little bit about the Milani matte lipsticks–They’re liquid lipstick that are comparable to almost any high-end matte liquid lips. They’re long-lasting, pigmented, smooth, and comfortable to wear. I picked up three more shades after this post! You can find them in most CVS or Walgreen stores.


Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Obsession, $9

STEP TEN: GUYS. If you made it all the way through this post, you deserve to treat yourself with some of this makeup I’ve listed in this post! But this is my very last step! I set my whole face with L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Spray. This stuff is seriously amazing! It’s totally a dupe for Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, but half the price.


L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $17

All in all, even though I used A TON of products for this look, I still saved just as much money! I hope y’all enjoy this post and even try to recreate this fun fall look for yourselves!

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