I love eye makeup! I love playing with color combos and finishes, so that’s the part of my routine that I definitely look forward to. It’s close, though, to the moment where everything comes together in a complete look.
I schedule the QOTD posts 1-2 weeks in advance, so this answer is coming to you written on 2/9 technically… but the Marc Jacobs Steel(etto) palette, which is a cooler toned, more taupe-leaning palette… and performed incredibly well!!
I don’t; if you don’t use it, what’s the point? If you’re not using it, then its purpose has to be something other than just sitting in a drawer — it should be displayed or used in some other way. I’ve learned over the years that there’s always another product that’ll catch my fancy, so even if I eventually use something up and can’t replace it exactly, there are so many awesome shades that I want to use that maybe it’s just time to move on!
I have some natural light that comes in through two windows, but they’re the opposite side of my vanity in a larger room, so I rely more on a simplehuman magnifying mirror and recessed lighting, all of which have light that mimics daylight (white light but not too cool-toned).
Since I test without primer, I’m really used to NOT using it or relying on it, but I’m inside most of the day, and my coworker is my husband, so looking 100% polished from 6AM to 10PM isn’t necessary either. I think using primers is a good step for ensuring the canvas you start with is smoother, takes makeup better, and does typically help improve longevity (especially fading and some breakup of foundation).
For staple products, like brow gel, mascara, moisturizer, and the like, I’ll purchase a backup if I’m running low (and intend to keep using it) or if there’s a particularly good sale. I try not to buy too many backups of products in general, and when I do, I try to limit it to just one (unless it’s something I go through VERY quickly!). I’m very, very selective about purchasing backups of limited edition products – like maybe one or two a year.