I mentioned the other day that I have simplified most of my daily routines, one of which was my daily makeup routine. Although I still go to my larger collection for special occasions, my everyday makeup routine has been simplified and today I wanted to share it and some of the tricks I use to make it look perfect every day.
Step 1: Moisturize
Starting out with a clean face I apply moisturizer all over to balance out the harsh dry air in the winter time. I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer for quite awhile now and I absolutely love it because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and I can easily apply my makeup on top of it.
Steps 2 & 3: Prime and Eye Shadow
Next I prime my entire face, lately I’ve been loving the the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth and although I don’t use a ton of drugstore products these days when I find a good one I cling to it like this one. At the same time I prime my eyes with my tried and true Urban Decay Primer Potion. Once my face is ready for makeup I like to start with my eye shadow, because applying eyeshadow before foundation allows you to clean up imperfections later, it’s like a built in magic eraser! Right now I’m using the Tarte Apple of my Eye palette grabbing the auburn color for my crease, making sure to only sweep it about halfway over my eye with windshield wiper motions because bringing the darkest color too far in only accentuates dark circles, and then I do little circular motions to build up the product in my outer corner. Next I grab the lightest color in the palette and swipe it across my entire lid to brighten everything up. I love this simple look for everyday.
Steps 4 & 5: Foundation, Conceal and Touch Up
Now it’s time for foundation! I’ve been using the Real Techniques makeup sponge lately to apply my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer all over my face. Then I apply my Bare Minerals BareSkin Concealer in a large triangle under my eye, bringing the product all the way down in this shape and over past the outside of your eye helps cover up dark circles and draw the eye away from this problem area. After blending the concealer in I will go back in with the brushes I used to apply my eyeshadow and add a little bit extra product in case I cleaned up too much during concealing. When I do this I never add more eyeshadow to my brush, I just use the leftover product on the brush to add a touch more pigment.
Steps 6, 7, & 8: Powder, Add Color, and Set
I love cream products for their coverage and ability to sink into the skin rather than sit on top of it leaving it looking dry, but to keep it put all day I go over my whole face with a light hand of powder, lately I’ve been using the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. Then making a lovely fishy face I apply the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to my face using the 3E method to hit the outline of my upper face, under my cheekbones, and under my neckline. I add a little more color to my face with one of the Maybelline Master Highlight Blushes, and then finally set all these products with another one of my tried and true favorite products, the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray.
Steps 9 & 10: Mascara and Lips
Once the setting spray has dried I go in with the final products of my everyday makeup routine, my mascara, currently Cover Girl Lash Blast, and my lip color, currently Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready.
And that’s the final look that I wear everyday. What are your go to everyday products? Do you go for a full face, or something simpler day to day?