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I'm Caitlin Wilson, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup. Thanks for reading!

August beauty favorites

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August has come and gone, which means it’s time for another round of monthly beauty favorites. This month, I’ve focused on bold brows and soft, smokey eyes. My favorite beauty products this month, however, have undoubtedly been for my lips. 

About a year ago, I was on the hunt for the perfect nude lip color, and the one that looked most natural on me was Marc Jacobs’ Moody Margot. I hate nude lips that make you look like you either a) are a walking corpse or b) piled concealer on your lips. Moody Margot is my perfect nude, and I’ve paired it with MAC’s Clear Water (from their Alluring Aquatics collection) to give it a hint of sparkle. Clear Water is currently sold out everywhere, but Marc Jacobs’ Magic is a great dupe.

I tend to steer clear of anything related to the 90s, but after seeing Jaclyn’s Kylie Jenner-inspired tutorial, I had to try out the brown lip trend. It’s been my go-to look for nights out on the town, and to achieve it, I fill in my lips using Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Innocent, apply Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Honey, blot my lips with a tissue and apply bellápierre’s Super Gloss in Vanilla Pink.

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For the rest of my makeup, I’ve kept things similar in terms of my base (foundation, concealer, primer, etc.), but I have added a new tool: a Beautyblender Micro Mini. It's so good for covering up blemishes and red spots … plus it’s mini, and we all know how adorable little versions of everything are.

I also recently discovered Sonia Kashuk’s line at Target. I know — it’s been there forever, but it has always seemed a little overpriced for “drugstore” makeup. Ladies: Run to your nearest Target today to get the Undetectable Cream Bronzer and the Eye on Neutral Matte Palette. Oh. My. Goodness. Both are so, so good, and the cream bronzer? I’ve been using it nonstop; it’s natural-looking and easy to apply. I don’t know that I’ll ever buy a powder bronzer again.

I’ve loved the look of a matte eyelid with just a pop of shimmer, so to achieve the glow, I’ve used either L'Oreal’s Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte or Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy. If I’m not lining my eyes with Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Brown(Out) (yay for 100-point perks at Sephora!), I’ve been creating a cat eye with gel liners. My favorite black one is Urban Decay’s Perversion, and my favorite brown one is Bobbi Brown’s Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

What beauty products have you been using this month? I’d love to hear in the comment section!

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