I intentionally included ‘current’ in the title of this blog post, because my ‘everyday makeup routine’ changes constantly. Whether I’m trying out a new product, or switching things out seasonally, I won’t have the same product line up in a month. That said, these are tried and true favorites of mine, that I default to when I have an easy day ahead and don’t need ‘long-wearing’, ‘full coverage’ or the like. This is a very natural look, because it is primarily cream based, with the exception of powder based products I use for touching up throughout the day.
I feel it’s important to note my skin type: my t-zone is oily, but the rest of my face can get dry and patchy, so I have the definition of combination skin. I plan to write about my skincare routines soon, because it has truly been a science figuring out what products work for me, but when you treat your skin well, you’ll ultimately have a great canvas to work with when it comes to applying your makeup!
- BeautyBlender: these little beauties can be used in a myriad of ways. I love the sets they come out with around the holidays!
- Makeup Brush Sets: I recently replaced some VERY old makeup brushes with the Makeup By Mario x Sephora face and eye sets which are sadly no longer available. Luckily, there are always great brush sets on the market. When maintained well, brushes can last a long time so keep that in mind if you’re shopping for a new set – it’s an investment.
- Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush: most big, fluffy brushes do the job, but do they have turquoise brush hairs and a gold bamboo handle like this one?
- Trish McEvoy Eyelash Curler: an important tool in anyone’s cosmetic bag.
I haven’t had the best of luck with makeup primers, so when I came across the Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, it was an instant hit. Not only does it act like a pore-filling primer for smooth foundation application, it’s my daily SPF! It also smells heavenly, as do all Tatcha products.
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER
Atop the SPF, I apply the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet (I’m shade 20-Beige) all over my face and down my neck, and spot conceal using the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Madeleine under the eyes, Custard on the face) with a damp BeautyBlender. The Chanel foundation is light but buildable, and even adds a bit more SPF! And the NARS concealer speaks for itself being a true cult favorite – great color range, and lasts.
Once my foundation and concealer are applied, I either follow up with setting spray, or powder AND setting spray (really just depends on my mood). I have tried several powders, and am head over heels with the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. I have also tried many setting sprays, and while I was late to the game discovering MAC Fix +, I am a true believer now – I especially love this Cucumber scented version.
Up next, and in my opinion the most important part of makeup application: contour, blush and bronzer. Some might argue that setting your face with powder and spray before contour, blush & bronzer is VERY wrong, especially considering cream usually needs to come before powder, but this routine works for me. Don’t knock it until you try it! And if you try and hate it, I apologize in advance.
In the mornings, I contour with a BeautyBlender and the Benefit Hoola Contour Stick along my hairline, jawline and right underneath the length of my cheekbone to add definition. Some contour shades are too orange, or too gray – this one is just the right warm neutral. I also use the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (shade Medium) in the crease of my eyes and shaded along the sides of my nose – trust me, you’ll thank me for the eye contour tip, even for the simplest of makeup looks. Throughout the day, if my face contour needs any touch up, I use the powder.
blush & bronze
I didn’t love blush the way I do now for many years, but have come to realize it really makes you look more awake, and who doesn’t need that. I have quite a few cream and powder favorites, but have been reaching for the Sunnies Face Airblush cheek tint (shade Doll) the most. It applies and builds beautifully with a BeautyBlender, and is a great pink without looking too ‘doll-like’, funnily enough. Next, I warm up my face by bronzing my hairline, cheeks and neck (don’t forget the neck) with the bareMinerals Endless Summer Bronzer (shade Faux Tan) with a big fluffy brush, like the Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush.
If you haven’t tried Honest Beauty cosmetics, DO. I discovered the Magic Beauty Balm Stick and use this as my highlight. If I need to touch up my highlight during the day, I reach for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. This face palette is as beautiful as they get.
EYES & BROWS
My everyday eye look is very simple. At this point, I would have already contoured my crease. I’m a big fan of the Nudestix Magnetic Luminous Eye Pencil (shade Smoke) because it acts like an eye liner AND shadow, and is majorly fuss free. I line both my top and bottom lashes and blend out with a small brush for an instant smokey eye. To finish up the eyes, I curl my lashes with the Trish McEvoy Eyelash Curler, followed by a few coats of the Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara. It’s VERY waterproof, let me tell you.
I use ink end of the Urban Decay Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain (shade Neutral Nana) for filling in the inner part of my eyebrows, and the pencil side for filling in the tails. The result is very natural! I use a spoolie to brush up my brows, and the Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade to stick them in place.
Believe it or not, this makeup look only takes me about 15 minutes (if I’m fully awake, of course) and leaves you looking very polished! Is there anything Beauty you’d like to read about? Comment ideas and questions below!