Daily Makeup Routine

My relationship with makeup started a little later than some; I was one of those girls who really didn’t touch the stuff until 9th grade. And oh, man, did I ever need somebody to teach me how to use it well back then. Over the years, I’ve worn various amounts of makeup and tried out different products and “beauty trends,” and I feel like I’ve finally found the right blend at the ripe old age of 23. Hey, I had to get there some time, right? (:

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I thought today I would share my daily makeup routine with all of you! I prefer a more natural look, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving the house bare-faced, either. Here’s what my beauty process looks like:

One: Wash, Tone, Moisturize

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I have sensitive skin, so I love this Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser to wash my face when I first get up. I follow that up with a swipe of Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner on my face and neck.

My daily moisturizer is this Olay Complete “All Day Moisturizer” with SPF 15. It doesn’t make my skin oily, and it’s very smooth and silky. You only need a teeny dab to get the job done. If I know that I’m going to be out in the sun for more than half an hour, I put on some sunscreen meant for faces with a higher SPF value (at least 30). I really believe in the power of sunscreen–not only does it prevent sunburn, but it can protect your skin against early aging. I sound like I’m giving a lecture, but please please wear sunscreen! Your skin will thank you down the road.

Two: The Typical Day

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  1. Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Light Beige – I pretty much always have a blemish or uneven spot to cover up. This coverup stick is effective and doesn’t seem to inflame or anger the blemishes, which is good!
  2. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder in Light – I’ve been faithfully using this foundation for years, and while I’ve really loved this product, I’m going to be looking for a new foundation once I run out of my powder. My skin is much clearer than it used to be in high school and undergrad, and I’m ready to move on to a liquid foundation that makes my skin more dewy than matte. But I would highly recommend Pur Minerals–great coverage, very light feeling on your skin.
  3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach – This blush is amazing. Cream blush all the way!
  4. Almay Intense I-Color liquid eyeliner in Brown Topaz – I recently started using this eyeliner and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day without smearing, and the brown topaz color isn’t so intense or dark. I love it.
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow powder in Dark Brown and Clear Brow Gel – Filling in my brows is one of the most important steps of my makeup routine. Without it, I feel like my eyebrows look uneven and splotchy.

Three: The Occasional Products

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  1. Model Cosmetics bronzing powder in Shimmer – Some days I feel really pale and like I have a very flat complexion (hello, winter!), so I like to dust a *tiny* bit of bronze under my cheekbones to add depth. Helpful hint: after putting bronzer on the brush, give it a good tap to shake off excess powder.
  2. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black – Recently I’ve moved away from wearing mascara every day. My lashes are really long, and I feel like they look too intense when I wear mascara during the day. When I first started wearing mascara in high school, people actually asked me if I was wearing falsies. Yikes. But anyway, I really like this mascara on occasion.

So that’s my basic day-t0-day makeup routine! It works well for me, only takes me about 10 minutes to complete. If I ever woke up really, really late and didn’t have time for all of it, I’d make sure to use coverup, a little pressed powder, and fill in my eyebrows. Those three are a must for me.

xo.

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All About Eyebrows

My eyebrows and I have kind of a rough history. I was always “well-endowed” in the eyebrow department, meaning they have always been thick, dark, and long. I even sported a (very subtle) uni-brow back in the 6th grade before I started tweezing them. But the hairs were still long and unruly, and they didn’t fit into a neat eyebrow shape. Plus, I was always self-conscious that they were so dark when I had such blond hair. It was a weird time.

I like to think that I’ve gotten a little better at managing my brows, and in the last year I actually started to fill them in to help them be a little more unified. I love the full brow look (hello, Cara Delvingne!) and I’m pretty glad that I have a lot of eyebrow to start with, but I’ve found that taking care of them really works for me. It makes my eyes pop, and it’s such an easy part of my makeup routine.

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This picture isn’t the best, and it is kind of hard to tell, but the “before eyebrow” is this kind of weird ashy-brown color. There are spots that are a little bit bare, and the hairs have a mind of their own and refuse to conform into any type of shape. After filling my eyebrows in with a brow powder, I use a little brow comb to blend the color and shape them. Then, I use a clear brow gel to set my brows in place.

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They aren’t necessarily perfect, but I’m pretty happy with the way they look. It takes all of 2 minutes (or less!) in the morning, and I feel like they make a really big impact. If I was running horribly late and didn’t have time to put on makeup, I’d probably still quickly fill in my brows. They somehow just bring the whole look together.

I’m still a newbie incorporating my eyebrows into my makeup routine, so I’d love to hear what products you use. I’ve really liked the brow powder, but I know some people prefer pencils.

xo.