I’ve had a few readers reach out since my New Year, New Blogger…… post to ask me to share my everyday makeup routine, so I’m sharing it with you all today! I’ve laid my full routine out step by step and product by product so that you can recreate it or see how you can incorporate the steps into your personal makeup routine. Enjoy!
Prepping my skin plays a big part in getting my makeup look just right. I like to deep cleanse my skin at night, and in the morning, to avoid stripping it too much prior to my makeup application, I use Garnier Micellar Water to lightly clean off any dirt and oil that accumulated overnight. I follow this up with a spritz of toner (I prefer to use pure Witch Hazel) and a gel-based moisturizer. I am loving l’Oréal’s Hydra-Total 5 Moisturizer because it keeps my skin perfectly balanced. One of the biggest skin care mistakes I’ve made is under-moisturizing my skin to avoid oiliness – it simply does not work. Oily and combination skin need moisturizer to restore the proper moisture balance to the skin – you just need to find the right one for your skin. I have also found that using a slightly heavier moisturizer or serum overnight (I love Pura Botanical Sweet Face moisturizer at night and my go-to serum is Marula Beauty’s Pure Marula Facial Oil) keeps my skin in perfect balance.
When my skin is at its best (read: when I’m not having a hormonal breakout), I like to keep my base very light. I’ve been using Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream for ages to even out any hyperpigmentation or discolouration. When my skin is not cooperating and after a breakout, I adore l’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation which is oil free and offers amazing matte coverage. For specific areas that would normally require concealer, I prefer to dot a bit more of this foundation on instead of a concealer, as I find the shades blend much better this way. Although Beauty Blenders are fantastic for these types of products, I tend to use my fingers to apply my product, because most mornings, I’m just trying to get out the door as quickly as possible.
I cannot live without blush. I am painfully pale without a hint of blush, so if I had to pick one product I can’t live without, it’s blush. I have been using a few products on the daily lately, including Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple (a creamy formula that is buildable), followed by a small swipe of Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour to create some semblance of cheekbones. If I’m really under the weather, I tap on a small amount of powder blush to enhance things a bit – lately I am loving Benefit’s Dandelion Blush, a light and happy baby pink. It also looks fantastic on its own for an easy, natural look.
I then use a powder brush to tap on a small amount of Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter on the tops of my cheeks (over my blush), around my hairline, along my chin and on my cupid’s bow (the area between your nose and upper lip) to add just a hint of highlight. This product is literally a goldmine – amazing consistency, perfect colouring without being glittery, and under $5! Once that is done, I tap Essence Cosmetics All About Matt on my t-zone. This is another amazing product for my combination skinned girlfriends; it actually keeps the greasies away like no other powder I’ve tried. So long as I have been moisturizing my skin properly, a bit of the Infallible Pro Matte foundation and this powder will last for nearly six hours, no touch up required. It’s that good. A quick swipe of e.l.f. HD Finishing Power and my foundation and blush is set.
My brows are my least favourite part of my face, so I spend a decent amount of time getting them in shape daily. To start, I lightly outline the bottom and top area to be filled in with a brown eyebrow pencil. I’ve used the l’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer in the past and am currently using the Essence Cosmetics Eyebrow Definer in 02 Brown. I have to emphasize that I use the pencil very lightly – you do not want a harsh outline. I then use a combination of Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown and Benefit’s Ka-Brow in 04 Medium to fill in the sparse areas, using a very thin eyeliner brush – my pick is Essence Cosmetics. Once I’m happy with the brows, I use Benefit Gimme Brow to comb the hairs in place. If I had only realized how important brows are when I was a teenager in the 90s.
I reach for the same eye palette every day – the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is perfection. These nude shades can create a subtle everyday look or a more dramatic smoky look with the flick of the wrist and the right shade. I tend to use Foxy all over the eye, then highlight the brow bone with Bootycall and the lower lid and crease with a combination of Chopper and Verve. For eyeliner, I prefer to use a dark shadow and wet eyeliner brush – I typically use Blackout from the Naked 2 palette, but also love a deep brown or navy shadow for liner. For my eyelashes, I am obsessed with the combination of l’Oréal Voluminous Primer (as seen here) and Benefit Bad Gal Lash for a perfect mix of volume and thickness.
What I wear on my lips depends largely on what clothes I’m wearing and my mood. On days when I’m craving something more dramatic, I love Lipstick Queen Saint or Sinner Lip Tint in Wine and MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel. For days when I feel like being more understated, my love of Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne is well-known by now (as seen here).
There you have it – my complete makeup routine. A perfect mix of budget friendly drugstore finds and higher end splurges. What are your go-to products? What makeup item can you NOT live without? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,