Last night Caroline texted me while she was in Ulta, “I need a better makeup routine. Yours looked so good for the wedding. I just don’t even know where to start.” We ended up having a long conversation about my favorite products and eventually she had all of my essentials in her cart. She said that I ended up saving her about $50-60 by purchasing less expensive options that I suggested (WOOO!). Continuing on with the conversation, she joked about not knowing what to do with any of it and I sent her long texts explaining each step of the process. She suggested I blog my list and steps and well… Here we are!
I explained to Caro how I did my makeup for the wedding but I figure that instead of going from 0 to 60 in three point five, I’ll start by explaining what I do on daily basis and move on from there.
I keep my makeup routine pretty simple because let’s be honest, I like my sleep so I do the minimal amount that I need to do in order to not look like I just rolled out of bed. Not only that but I work in a food plant and wear steel toed boots, a hairnet, and a bump cap every day so I don’t think it’s worth it to put too much time into my makeup when I basically have no chance to begin with… HAHA! However, there’s a flip side to all of this. If I’m not wearing makeup I feel like I look so dull and tired which makes me feel less confident so I want to make it clear that I spend 5 minutes every day doing this unless I’m not leaving that house at all. Some people might not think it’s enough but for me it has done the trick for quite some time now so I’m going to stick with it. By the way, I’m not expert at this whatsoever! Like I said, it just works for me so I’m sharing it with you!
You should be able to find most of these products at your local Target or drug store. I’ve tried so. many. products. that have ranged from the high end to the low end of the price range. If I can find a less expensive product that works as well (or better!) as the “high end” option than you can bet that I’m going to use that one! My every day makeup routine-
- Daily moisturizer. Right now I use this Arbonne Restorative Day Crème but it’s only because I use such a small amount that it has lasted me a really long time. I like the product, don’t get me wrong and I think taking care of your skin is so important but I typically don’t drop do-re-mi like that on moisturizer. When I run out of this I’m going to try out something like this.
- Concealer. I use L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in the shade 301 fair and LOVE it. It has lasted me such a long time and it has really great coverage.
- Turn the water on in your sink and turn it off. Dab a beauty blender into the “leftover water” at the bottom of the sink so that the blender gets wet.
- Squeeze a small ‘dot’ of concealer onto the wet part of the beauty blender.
- Gently tap the blender under the eyes to cover any darkness. You can do this multiple times if you need some extra coverage. Make sure that you get the inner portion of the eye near the bridge of the nose and blend blend blend it in with the beauty blender.
- Bronzer. I used to only do this on my ‘fancy days’ but I’m so obsessed with this bronzer (more specifically the way it smells) that I’ve started using it daily. I only put it along my hairline on my forehead and starting right under my cheek bone near my ear I make a line from there until about an inch from the corner of my mouth. Then I blend blend blend!
- Blush. I was looking for blush in Target one day and found the e.l.f. Studio Blush: Mellow Mauve. Let me tell you all… For $2.99 I’ve been so impressed with it! A lot of blushes that I see (and have bought) are around $10 and I just can’t justify spending that on some blush. This mauve color works really well with my skin tone; it’s not too pink but it’s just enough to give me some color on my cheeks. They had plenty of other options as well!
- Using a fluffy brush, cover the brush with the blush and then tap off the excess on the edge of the blush container.
- In a gentle circular motion, put the blush on the cheek bone and spread upward just slightly. Layer until you reach the desired amount on your cheeks (usually I just have to do it once on each cheek and I’m good to go).
- Mascara. This product is the most expensive but when I say I love this stuff I mean I love this stuff. In fact, I bought it as Christmas gifts for my friends that I love it so much, haha! I use both the waterproof and normal versions but I only wear the waterproof on special occasions (i.e. this will be worn on my wedding day). This step is seriously what makes the world of a difference for me!
- Put mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. I try to get as close to the lid as possible on the top when I’m doing this (PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF PETE DO NOT POKE YOURSELF IN THE EYE!) so that they look even darker at the “root” to give it an eyeliner effect. Add layers if you want them to look fuller, longer, and darker!
- You can start out by curling your eyelashes if you already do that daily but I usually forget and/or I’m too lazy to do that every day.
…and that’s it! Like I said, I keep it really simple… It takes me about 3-5 minutes to complete and I feel a lot more awake and vibrant afterward.
Granted, I have a Hawaiian tan so that works wonders but here’s an example of my “every day look” (concealer, blush, mascara).
If I want to add a little bit more dimension to the look or have to wear something other than my usual lumberjack attire I use the CoverGirl Roses TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette. You all, this is another one of my favorites! These palettes are all so pretty and apply so beautifully on the skin. For a very basic “every day” look-
- Apply the matte pink color (three in from the left) all over the eyelid.
- Add a bit of dimension by adding in the sparkly pink (four in from the left) in the crease using a windshield wiper motion with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Blend blend blend!
- Lightly add the light pink/white color (on the far left) to the natural arch and outward below the eyebrow. Blend blend blend!
Honesty hour: I tried to take pictures of my makeup and failed miserably so here’s a picture of my every day makeup + the eyeshadow techniques mentioned above (with a splash of sweat and oil), along with some beautiful friends and a beautiful caramel apple.
Some of you may be thinking, “You don’t use foundation?!” Nope, not usually! I decided a while ago that I was going to let my face breathe during the day so I only use foundation if I’m going ‘fancy’ with it or if my skin is especially freaking out and even then I don’t like to put foundation on broken out skin because that’s just making the problem worse. When I do use foundation I use L’Oréal Lumi Cushion Foundation which is my all time favorite. It covers so nicely and my skin doesn’t have a panic attack after wearing it. When I do use foundation-
- After applying moisturizer I use this brush and dip it straight into the cushion of foundation and I spread evenly over the face. I usually can get my entire face covered just going over it once but if you want extra coverage you can layer more on. I have never had an issue with this foundation making my skin look “cakey” at all!
- Apply concealer and continue onto the next steps listed above.
I hope all of this helps! If you all have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave them below in the comments.