Just like many of you makeup-lovers, I love trying new looks, tips + tricks, and products with my makeup. I have an unhealthy habit of thinking I need to try every type of everything in the makeup aisle, even if it’s not something I’d usually be into (not good for my bank account…oops). Because of this, I often times use new or different products when doing my makeup – sometimes intentionally to test out something new and sometimes literally just grabbing the first thing I see in my organizer. However, even though my product list changes here and there, the type of product I use and my makeup routine and techniques always stay the same.
Right now, my routine is the same as it’s been for years but with the addition of some newer products, all of which are TO DIE for. I will most definitely be buying more of each once I run out!
Here’s my everyday makeup routine with my current products! Enjoy beauties!
Step 1: Prep + Prime
I’ve been both a lover and a hater of primers. It really depends on your skin type and what primer you’re using. Whether it’s designer or drugstore, I’ve come to the conclusion that, for me personally, using a primer isn’t worth the hype. It’s an extra step and an extra expense I don’t need. Instead of a primer, I prep my face by applying a simple daily moisturizer – preferably with SPF assuming you’re doing your makeup in the morning!
Cetaphil is always a classic daily moisturizer and my go-to drugstore moisturizer. It is actually recommended by dermatologists, so you know it’s a safe bet.
To Use: I apply a thin layer all over my face and neck with my fingers.
Step 2: Foundation
I’m a die-hard lover of full-coverage liquid foundation. My most used foundation is L’Oreal True Match in N6. I’ll try out some other foundations here and there but always end up resorting back to this one. If you’re looking for a good foundation without blowing your budget, I suggest this one. (See more of my “holy grail” beauty products here).
The foundation I’m using now, and am completely impressed with, is Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Foundation in Pure Beige. It’s a foundation I had constantly heard about from bloggers and makeup artists, so I decided to give it a try for myself and oh my gosh, was it worth it.
To Use: I apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender. I run the beauty blender under water for a couple seconds, squeezing the blender to absorb the moistnesses. I pour a nickel-sized amount of foundation on the back of my hand, then use the fat end of the damp beauty blender to pick up the foundation evenly. I then use the blender to apply the foundation, dabbing (not wiping!) the makeup all over my face. Think about gently pressing the foundation into your skin. When applying, I always make sure to blend the foundation down my jawline and onto my neck and ears. The beauty of the beauty blender is it gives an airbrush finish without caking it on. I really can’t express enough how much of a different the blender makes!
Step 3: Under-eye Concealer
Now this step is one I’ve really been back and forth on. If you watch all the beauty bloggers and tutorials, you’ll see how much they stress the importance of under-eye concealer and how you “just can’t live without it.” I tried it out and hated how it made me look, then tried later and loved it, then hated, then loved it, and so on. My issue was that it looked too caked on and unnatural – too white for too much of my face – giving me triangles under my eyes that intensify by 1,000 in pictures with a flash. (I kid you not, there’s pictures of me out with my friends with just the most horrifying whiteness under my eyes…it was mortifying). Through all the trial and error with the under-eye concealer, I finally learned what works for me and what doesn’t.
To Use: After my foundation, I use a lightweight concealer – my favorite and current concealer being Maybelline ‘Instant Age Rewind’ Concealer. I apply the concealer lightly under my eyes, creating a triangle shape going from my tear duct and go down the side of my nose to about the top of where my nostrils start to flair, and then connecting to the outer corner of my eye/temple area, filling in that triangular shape. I then take the same beauty blender I used for my foundation, but this time using the thinner, pointed end. I lightly dab and press the concealer into my skin, using a very soft hand and taking the time to blend fully and completely.
Sometimes when I’m really wanting to do a full face and have the extra time, I’ll use the same concealer to create a more highlighting effect on the rest of my face. I’ll apply a thin layer of the concealer down the center of my nose, on the center of my forehead a couple centimeters above my eyebrows, under the hallow area of my cheekbones, and on the center of my chin. I blend all these areas out the same way with the same beauty blender.
Step 4: Setting Powder
A good rule of thumb for makeup is whenever you use something liquid or creamy, you always need something to set that makeup. A lot of bloggers will use very light, almost white or yellow powder to set the under-eye concealer. That was a little too dramatic for me, so what I do instead is use just one setting powder all over my face, setting my foundation and concealer as one.
To Use: The setting powder I’m using now and am in love with is Laura Mercier ‘Translucent’ Setting Powder. All I do is tap some of the powder into the cap, take a big face powder brush – I use Sigma F30 ‘Large Powder’ Brush – and apply evenly and fully all over my face. Simple as that.
My favorite brushes which are the greatest quality for a reasonable price, are Sigma brushes. You should check them out.
Step 5: Brows
If you were to ask me what the most important, must-have part of my makeup routine would be, I’d easily say my brows. Brows frame the face, balance the face, and give you a more striking, enhanced look. I used to use Anastasia ‘Brow Wiz’ in Medium Brown, because it was really popular with makeup artists online, as well as some of my makeup idols, like Kylie Jenner (not even embarrassed about it). The brow wiz does a good job of shaping brows, so if you have pretty thick and even brows, this product may be the best for you. However, even though my hair is almost black naturally (and I have a lot of it!), my eyebrows are sparse and light for my face, so I transitioned to a different kind of product.
A couple months ago, I was doing my makeup in my mom’s room and thought I’d try out her Anastasia ‘Duo’ Brow Powder in Medium Brown, and seriously, it was love at first site. Even after trying out other brow powders and similar eyeshadow colors to see if it really was one-of-a-kind, I have yet to find a similar product that is as pigmented, natural in color, long-lasting, and effortless as Anastasia. So I’ve used this product ever since.
Powder on the brows, I’ve come to find, has a much more natural, softer look than pencil. This has easily become a holy grail product for me.
I start by drawing a line, creating kind of an outline, on the bottom base of the front end of my brow. I follow along the natural shape of my brows when outlining, reaching all the way to outer end of my brow. I do the same outlining technique along the top, but just a little less dramatic and precise. I then fill in the outlines as needed, using soft, like strokes and little product at a time. For me, the most sparse part of my brow is the inner bottom base, so I really have to make sure the line I’m drawing is accurate and shapely with the rest of my brow. The other main part I like to focus on is the arch. My arches are slightly different in my brows, so I have to do some extra shaping to make sure they match.
Another rule of thumb – if you draw a line starting from the bottom corner of your nostril and run through the outer corner of your eye, your eyebrows should extend all the way to that imaginary line (the way to do this is to use a long makeup brush or any long straight object, and use it as a ruler to find that imaginary line and use it to help trace out the rest of the brow. It should guide you directly and easily spot where your brows should end).
The last thing I do after filling in and shaping my brows, is run a spoolie tool (an eyebrow tool almost like a mascara wand, with a tapered head and soft bristles) through them, brushing up and along the shape of your brow. This helps and ensures that all the makeup is blended in evenly and naturally.
Step 6: Eyeshadow
Out of all the steps, this one is where I switch up products the most. There’s just so many shades and combinations out there, I just want to try them all! I’ve come to find that, in my opinion, eyeshadow is more about the technique and tools used when applying than it is having the more expensive products. No matter what shades I’m using, for the most part, I always apply them the same way with the same brushes.
I love palettes. Urban Decay ‘Naked 2’ Palette (basic right?) was my first shadow addiction and always a great option for shadows. I’ve used so many different shadows, it’s hard to judge which are the best! One of my most favorite palettes of all time is the Tarte ‘In Bloom’ Eyeshadow Palette. It’s darling.
The palette I’m using right now is Kylie’s Kyshadow ‘Bronze’ Palette. It really has a great array of neutral, earthy shades, making it suitable for eyes of all colors. The shades are versatile enough to create both a subtle daytime look and a sultry nighttime look. They have great pigmentation, so the shadows last all throughout the day. I’m a basic b***h for using this palette, I know I know. But I love it and totally recommend it.
To Use: To start my shadow, I use the Sigma E40 ‘Tapered Blending’ Brush to apply a neutral transition shade all along my crease from inner to outer corner. I mix ‘Barcelona Beach’ and ‘Frappe’ from the Kyshadow palette for my crease.
Next, I take a smaller blending brush (Sigma E25) and a slightly darker shade (‘Cocoa Bear’) again in my crease, intensifying the line and color. I really like to emphasize my crease, because it gives the illusion of making the eyes look bigger and more of a doe-eyed look.
I then take the darkest of all the shades I use for the final part of the lid. I use the same medium blending brush as the previous step to lightly apply the darkest shade (‘Cherry Cola’), on the outer v area. Starting at the lower outside corner, I lightly apply the shadow in soft strokes, working it towards the outer half of the lid and up into the crease. I do this with a light hand and with a light amount of shadow. Blending is the key here so apply a little at a time, blending fully and completely, and then if you want it to be darker, repeat this step until the shadow is to the intensity that you prefer.
For the lower lash line, I like to apply a pretty generous amount of shadow compared to most. I think emphasizing the bottom part of the eye balances out the intensity on the top and again, makes for a larger, more doe-eyed look. I use the Sigma E30 ‘Pencil’ Brush and just roughly apply a mixture of ‘Cherry Cola’ and ‘Cocoa Bear’ along my lower lash line. I apply the shadow and blend it out with the same brush in one step, stretching from the inner to the outer corner and connecting up with the outer corner shadow of the upper eyelid.
Lastly, I take just any small shader brush, I use the Sigma E55 ‘Eye Shading’ Brush to apply the shade ‘Vanilla Bean’, or any highlighting shade, right beneath my eyebrow along the base. This trick helps to both clean up and highlight the eyebrow, as well as cut the transition shade in the crease from reaching the brow. This sharpens the shadow and makes it more define.
Step 7: Eyeliner
I’ve done a wing liner since Lauren Conrad came out with her Style book like 10 years ago (lol!) So, when people compliment me on my wings or ask me how I do it, all the credit goes to my girl LC and practice, practice, practice. I used to use pencil on top until about 5 years ago, when I was introduced to liquid. My suggestion is, if you wear a wing or even wear top liner at all, do liquid. It’s so much cleaner, sharper, and longer lasting.
Right now I’m using Maybelline ‘Studio Master Precise’ Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I typically won’t buy the expensive brands anymore for liner, just because it’s something I go through pretty fast so that’s a lot of extra money. I’ve also found that the designer and drugstore products work both about the same, so drugstore it is!
To Use: I start by drawing my wing first, starting from the outer corner of my eye, in line with my lower lash line, and pointing to the end of my eyebrow. I make a line and adjust the angle and thickness before filling in wing and connecting it with the rest of the liner. I drag my liner all the way to the very inner corner of my eye, with the thickest line at the center of my lid above my pupil. I’ll slightly connect my wing to the outer corner of my lower lash line, just to make the transition between liner and no liner, and top lid and bottom lid, smooth.
I’ve been wearing eyeliner only on the top for years now, because of the way it opens up and brightens the eye without being too intense. On some occasions when I’m feeling badass and wanting a more dramatic look, I will wear a black pencil liner on my bottom waterline.
Step 8: Lashes
I’ve been a fan of waterproof mascara for a while now, but they just recently discontinued my all time favorite waterproof mascara. So I’m in the process now of trying to find a new mascara that I love just as much as my old one.
To Use: First things first, I always curl my lashes. I use a basic curler from the drugstore (I couldn’t even tell you the brand, I’ve had it so long) and curl my lashes, holding for 30 seconds. Sometimes when I’m feeling really into it, I’ll run the curler under the hair dryer for a couple seconds to heat it up and then curl my lashes. It’s literally like a curling iron for your lashes!
After curling, I immediately apply a coat of mascara. Right now I’m using the combination of L’Oreal ‘Telescopic’ Mascara in Black and Bobbi Brown ‘Smokey Eye’ Mascara in Black. I apply three coats – the Telescopic for the first coat. I wait a couple minutes for it to dry, then apply Bobbi for the second coat, wait for it to dry, then finish off with Telescopic again on the ends for the final coat. On the bottom, I apply only two coats – Bobbi first, then Telescopic.
**Side note: if anyone has any suggestions of some good waterproof mascara, PLEASE comment below and let me know! SOS.
Step 9: Contouring/Bronzing
I’m not sure if what I do is really considered contouring since it’s not the full out process, but what I do is apply a bronzer in all the areas I want to contour.
To Use: Right now I’m using L’Oreal ‘True Match’ Powder in Cocoa. Using the Sigma F40 ‘Large Angled Contour’ Brush, I apply the bronzer in the hallow of my cheeks, making a strong linear shade from my ear to the outer corner of my mouth. This sculpts and enhances the cheekbones.
I then apply some bronzer along my jawline, contouring the jaw and neckline. I also apply some bronzer on my temples and around the hairline of my forehead (I have a big forehead so I can do a generous amount, but if you have a smaller forehead, just apply the bronzer to the temples and then outer part of hairline of the forehead). The final area I contour is my nose, just ever so subtly. I take the large blending brush I used in my crease for my eyeshadow (Sigma E40), and without putting anymore product on the brush, I draw a line down the sides of my nose, outlining the center. I roughly bring this line up the bridge and blend into the crease of the lids. I just roughly bronze the bottom tip of my nose around my nostrils. This creates the illusion of a thinner, symmetrical nose and face.
After all the bronzing is done, I just take my big powder brush (Sigma F30) and with no product on it, blend out all the contoured areas.
Step 10: Blush
Blush is something I’ve always worn and worn a lot of. It’s creates such a feminine, healthy look that just perks up any look. So blush is a must for me.
When it comes to blush, I don’t mind spending a little extra money on it, just because it lasts you forever.
To Use: Right now I’m using Tarte ‘Amazonian Clay’ Blush in Blushing Bride. Using the Sigma F10 ‘ Powder/Blush’ Brush, I begin by tapping the brush very lightly on the apples of my cheeks, blending the blush out towards the outer cheek area around the ear and connecting to the contouring of the hallow cheekbone area. Some days I’ll wear it more intensely than others depending on where I’m going or the time of day. But if I do want a darker cheek color, I’ll just repeat the steps again, blending really well and going in with a light hand each time – just like we did for our eyeshadow.
To finish off my face, I’ll again, take the big powder brush (Sigma F30) and run it, with no product, all over my face, blending together the bronzer and blush, giving me a natural, smooth finish.
I would like to start getting in the habit of wearing a color on lips every day, but for now I’m an avid chapstick-user. You’ll hardly ever see me with no chapstick on!
There you have it guys! I hope I gave you some helpful tips and information that you can apply to your everyday makeup look! I’d love to hear what some of your favorite products and everyday makeup routines look like! Or if you have any questions or suggests, comment below and let’s talk makeup!
Stay confident and stay beautiful.