I need some self-care, and I have a substantial tax refund coming to me soon. Everyone knows tax refunds aren't like, real money, so I'm gonna treat myself to some serious makeup.

I'm pretty good on lipstick and eyeshadow, the fun stuff. But I am in desperate need of some guidance on foundation, concealer, highlighter, bronzer, and blush.

My major skin concerns are some patches of dryness, awful undereye circles (just darkness, not puffy) and general dullness to my skin. I have a very round face so I've been trying to contour and while I think I've got the technique down, I need some better tools. I've also been having trouble with my face looking very made up, which I do not like. Basically I'm going for a natural-looking healthy glow.

Here's what I'm using right now:
-Eyes: Benefit's Erase Paste covers the darkness pretty well, but it's also very cakey and creasey which I don't like. I was using Clinique's Airbrush Concealer pen which I LOVED but just ran out of, plus while I really liked the feel and dewy effect it wasn't enough coverage on its own.

-Foundation: I just ran out of the Smashbox BB cream (in fair). I love this shit. I would be happy going back to this if no one has any better suggestions. In the meantime, I've been using Clinique moisture-surge but I think it's a shade too dark for me at this time of year, plus I've been having trouble blending it. In the past couple days I've been using L'Oreal TrueMatch liquid in the lightest shade in cool, and it has good coverage and blendability and matches my skintone, but it also leaves my skin dull and has kind of an odd greasy/gritty feel?


-Highlighter: I have a sample size of Benefit's Watts Up but it's soooo glittery that I can't seem to get a natural-looking glow. I had been using the Clinique concealer as a highlighter and that worked okay but didn't do as much as I liked.

-Blush: I've got a Nars Orgasm but I can't seem to figure out how to put it on so that it shows up but still looks natural. It's either not really there or I look like a clown. I've also got an ELF one that is similar to Orgasm but a lighter color and more finely milled glitter, but it's hard to put just enough on.


-Bronzer/Contour: I've been using Tarte's Park Avenue Princess and I like it quite a bit actually, I think I just don't reallllly know how to do it. I'm so scared of putting too much on since I don't really know how to blend it all together.

So my questions for you, dear GT: What products do you use to make your skin look phenomenal? Also how do you blend makeup?


ETA: I forgot this essential info: I'm super pale and freckley with greenish-hazel eyes and cool-toned skin and red-brown hair.