A Vanity of My Own: Makeup for the Minimalist in College (Photo Diary)

via The House on Mango Street

A vanity doesn’t have to be a vanity, it just has to be my own.


It’s early in the morning. See, my lamp is on.


NARS Eyeshadow Primer

I bought these brushes one year ago.

To wash color over the lid: e.l.f. Eyeshadow “C” Brush, To contour lid: e.l.f. Contour Brush, To blush with grace: e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush

I should probably wash them more.

The palette that renders the simple and the versatile: Shade + Light Eye Contour

This illuminates my inner eye corners.

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted

Or one of these shades do.

If I’m feeling especially capricious.

Pinking of You Palette

This is travel-sized.

Better Than Sex Mascara

As part of my cosmetic prep for junior ball, a MAC counter artist dusted me with this mineral powder.  It even-tones my red T-zone.

My zone looks more I-ish.

MAC Mineral Powder in Medium Tan

Only I can tell when I’m wearing blush.

Milani’s Luminoso is inclusive to all skin tones

Contouring is beyond my skill. This was a hand-me-down.

It’s perfect for natural eye looks.

Or the only looks I have the ability to apply.

Totally accessory, but cool nonetheless

My palettes, my impulsive purchases, my primer that I searched and navigated online reviews for. My supply of makeup is all I’ll ever need. Nobody to tell me different, nobody to cast doubt. My vanity is rooted in self-confidence, not the other way around.


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