Friday, October 5, 2018

10 Amazing Old School Favorites and How to Wear Them Today


When it was announced that the Urban Decay Original Naked Palette was going to be discontinued it marked the end of an era for many. The Naked palette was the very first eyeshadow palette that some of us ever purchased. Many YouTubers and Beauty Bloggers revisited that palette recently and created some new looks with an old favorite. 

This inspired me to revisit a number of my old makeup favorites. I generally like to combine a mix of new products and trusted staples in my makeup looks. For this post, I focused on 10 products that I used a lot back in the day, many of which were extremely popular with makeup lovers everywhere. 

Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration on new ways to wear your old school favorites. 

The 10 Products I Focused on for This Look Are:

1. Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in Light as my base. I love the coverage of this drugstore foundation and used to carry this product in multiple shades in my kit. When I like a product I tend to buy multiples, so I still have a few new tubes of this foundation in my stash. I advise everyone to be mindful of product expiration dates and never use anything on your face that may be old or have gone bad. 

2. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer - I love this product because it is truly full coverage. I blended just a dot under each eye with a Furless Cosmetics ME3 brush.

3. Milani Secret Cover Concealer in 03 Dark (or 04) used to be my go-to cream contour product. Long before Fenty created Matchstix or EM Cosmetics sold Chiaroscuro sticks, concealer sticks created for deeper skin tones worked wonders as a cream contour on fair skin. The stick format allows me to simply draw on my face and blend the product out with a brush. Today, I used my Furless PRO6F. I like using the brush I applied foundation with to blend my contour because the little bit of foundation left behind on the brush helps to create a more seamless blend.

4. Urban Decay Brow Box in Honey Pot is a little box containing 2 brow powders (one lighter & one darker) as well as a brow wax, mini brush & tweezers. I applied the darker of the two powders with my Aveda brow brush, brushing them in place with the spoolie end. 

5. Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Disobey is really more of a matte bronzer on my skin tone. Back when they sold this brand at Sephora in the U.S. I bought multiple shades of their beautiful face powders. I applied this along my cheekbones with an Everyday Minerals powder brush.

6. Physicians Formula Natural Nude Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette For Face & Eyes is truly a multipurpose product. It can be used as eyeshadow, highlighter, and even blush or bronzer depending on your skin tone. I used it in this look as a face highlight applying it with a Crown Brush Jumbo Fan brush.

7. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk was a staple on YouTube for years and with good reason! When applied in a thin layer under powder eyeshadow it really helps pigments appear more bold and lively. It is important to only use a little bit to avoid creasing. I drew it on straight from the pencil, then blended it out with my Furless Cosmetics PRO3M  brush.

8. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments was a palette launch that challenged us all to get more creative. While not all of the colors in this palette are deemed safe for use in the immediate eye area, I was able to create wearable looks for just about everyone using it. In this look I used Chaos (applied with a Real Techniques Pointed liner brush) & Gonzo (both eye safe) close to the lash line. Chaos was applied to the upper and lower lash line. Gonzo was only used on the lower lash line just under Chaos. To brush on Gonzo, I used a Real Techniques accent brush. I then blended the pigments with a Furless PPE2 brush. I applied a couple of layers, blending in between each application for a softer look. 

9. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss was the only lipgloss I used to buy. While I did have some problems with the packaging in the past, I liked the sanitary factor of a squeeze tube. The one I used for this look is in the color Midnight Cowboy.

10. Urban Decay Naked Lipstick was my number 1 neutral cream lipstick for a long time. Again, I had a love / hate relationship with the packaging, but the formula feels nice and moisturizing on my lips. 

To modernize the look, I brought in some staples from my stash.

After applying all of the cream products to my face, I set them with Hourglass Ambient Light Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This was applied with a Sedona Lace 919 brush.

Because the Physicians Formula Nude Palette can be used anywhere on the face, I did apply just a tiny bit just below my brow as a highlight. You can also use the lightest cokor in the palette to highlight the inner corner of the eye for a brightening effect.

I admit the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments can look intimidating. Pairing it with neutrals from their Naked Basics Palette really helps modernize the look. After blending out NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk on my upper and lower lids, I dipped into the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I applied a mixture of Foxy & W.O.S. as a base. Then I used a mix of Naked 2 & Faint through the crease of the eye with a Crown Brush blending brush.

After that, I moved on to the Electric Palette. To help balance out the boldness of the blue pigments, I used Crave from the Naked Basics Palette. I applied it to the top lash line with a Sedona Lace 772 brush.

To really make my eyes the focus of this look, I placed Urban Decay Glide-on Eye Pencil in Empire in my waterline and used it to tight line. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio - Hazel Eyes contains a lovely lavendar eye pencil. I used this color along the lower lash line, pressing and wiggling it in between my lashes. 


Keeping with the theme of this post, I found a fresh tube of Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara, which I painted on my top and bottom lashes. I used about three coats for this look. 

Here is the final look: 


To lock everything in place, a few sprays of Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater over my face did the trick. 

Here is a closer look: 

Some other old school favorites that I used to use religiously back in the day are: 

  • Physicians Formula Blushing Berry Multi-colored Blush 
  • E.l.f. Baked Blush in pinktastic as a highlight 
  • Physicians Formula Perfecting Concealer Duo yellow/light 
To help your look last all day, try using a primer. Too Faced Shadow Insurance & Lip Insurance are always in my kit. 


What do you think? What are some of your old school favorites? 


*All of the products in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews. I do have an affiliate link with Crown Brush. If you wish to shop through this link (which can be found in my Synthetic Brush Guide and in my Twitter profile) I will make a small commission. This helps support the site. 

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