I know I haven’t talked about makeup at all on this blog so far, but I am going to mix things up a little. This first makeup related post is going to be a step-by-step of my everyday makeup routine. I do this really simple, minimal look pretty much every time I wear makeup unless it’s a special occasion. This look consists of mainly face makeup, brows, lashes, and sometimes eyeliner if I’m feeling like going all out. First, I am going to just give you a walkthrough of some of the products I am going to use, then I’ll go step-by-step and explain the process.
Step 1: Apply moisturizer to face and neck.
The first step to every makeup look should be moisturizer. Gorgeous facial moisturizer by LUSH is my favorite that I have ever used, but it is pretty pricey at about $85. I really think moisturizer is worth the investment; you get the quality you pay for. I generally just use my fingers and palms to apply moisturizer.
Step 2: Apply foundation, concealer, and set.
I like to use Maybelline Matte + Poreless liquid foundation in sun beige. This is one of my favorite drugstore products because I have oily/combination skin so this really helps reduce shine. I use a stipling brush to apply my foundation, but a beauty blender works just as well. I like to dot it all over my face, concentrating on the areas where I want more coverage. Then I blend and make sure that I blend out really well at my jawline and and hairline. Next I apply some concealer with a beauty blender for extra coverage on any problem areas, under my eyes and on my eyelids for a sort of makeshift eyelid primer. I like to use bareMinerals Bareskin concealer. Finally, I set my foundation and concealer with a light dusting of the powder version of Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation in natural beige.
Step 3: Fill in and define brows.
My favorite product to use on my brows is Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil. I start by brushing my brows into place with the spoolie end of the pencil. Then , using the pencil end, I define the bottom of my brows and fill in sparse areas going from bottom to top. I try to use short strokes to make it look more natural. Next, I brush out any harsh lines with the spoolie brush.
Step 4: Add highlighter and blush.
Next, I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks with an angled brush. I use Covergirl blush in rose silk, but honestly I’ve had it for so long, it’s probably time for me to find a new blush. Then I apply Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighter with an angled highlighter brush on my cheekbones and blend up toward my hairline. I add just a little highlighter to the tip of nose, under my brows, and on my upper lip. Then I make sure to find a clean brush and bend, blend, blend.
NOTE: My makeup routine generally stops here because eye makeup is usually way more effort than I’m willing to give. However, if I’m feeling like trying especially hard, my routine might include some of the rest of these steps.
Step 5: Apply eyeshadow and eyeliner.
I always use one of the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes, usually Naked 1. I dust on a little light pink or gold on my lid, like Sin or Half-Baked, and put a slightly darker color, like Buck or Smog, in my crease. Next I apply eyeliner either in a really thin line hugging my lash line or I do a cat eye. I like to use Benefit They’re Real Push Up liner to create the general shape of the liner and then I use Kat Von D tattoo liner to make the wing sharper and to darken and define my lash line.
Step 6: Apply mascara.
My favorite mascara of all time is Better Than Sex by Too Faced. I also really like to use Urban Decay Perversion mascara. Better Than Sex gives my lashes the most length but Perversion makes my lashes look very thick and dark. I like to do one coat on my top lashes, do a super light coat on my bottom lashes and then go back and add a second coat on my top lashes once the first coat has dried to avoid clumps.
There you have it, my easy-peasy makeup routine. If I do all 6 steps this takes me about 30-45 minutes but if I just do steps 1-4, I can be ready in 15 minutes.