Everyday Makeup Routine
Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans for the holiday? Everyone in my family is coming over to my house and my mom is cooking a big turkey!
As I was looking through some of my previous posts, it dawned on me that I have never shared my everyday makeup routine with you! What a bad beauty blogger LOL. So, that’s what I’m going to do today - which you probably already figured out based on the title of this post.
When I’m not experimenting with new products or I just don’t have the time to think about my makeup, my everyday makeup routine consists of products I know will never fail me and techniques that I don’t even really have to think about when doing it.
I have to warn you. My everyday makeup routine is LONG. I know I’m extra when it comes to my makeup and most people don’t have the time for such an elaborate routine. But, I do LOL. Even on work days when I start at 7! And somehow, more and more products keep being added to my routine as time goes on. Be prepared. Or, be entertained. :)
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
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I’ll be honest. I only wash my face with water in the morning. On the rare occasion that I use a cleanser, I use the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser.
So, as my first step of my everyday makeup routine, I swipe my entire face with Pixi Beauty’s Glow Tonic on a cotton round to prep my skin for all the makeup that’s to come. This also gets rid of any oil buildup that happened overnight. The refreshing scent also helps wake me up in the morning!
Also, aren't those mini bottles cute?! Perfect for traveling!
After letting my face air-dry from the Glow Tonic, I apply the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum all over my face. This stuff is honestly magic. It has helped even out my skin’s texture so much.
With the round scraper-spatula thing that it comes with, I apply about a pea-sized amount of Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I focus it mostly on the middle of my face, which is the area that needs the most smoothing.
Before I started using this primer, I didn’t care much for smoothing primers. They always seemed to make my foundation slide around too much. But this primer is life-changing. You can actually see it instantly smoothing out your skin when you apply it.
Yes, I use two primers. I told you I’m extra!
I’ve been using this primer for over two years and I don’t see myself putting it down any time soon! It’s the best moisturizing primer that I’ve ever tried, hands down. I like to layer it on top of the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer because that primer isn’t moisturizing at all. Being someone with fairly dry skin, a moisturizing primer is a must!
Plus, it makes my foundation look great. I don’t like a flat-matte finish for my foundation and using a moisturizing primer definitely helps with that.
I’ve been really into a glowy finish lately and while it may be excessive and probably unnecessary for most, I literally cover my face in the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter before applying foundation. And it really helps get that glow-from-within look.
This is another trick I use to get a really radiant finish to my base makeup. I mix in about a pump (sometimes a little less) of the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops with 4 pumps of the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
This foundation is seriously my holy grail and I will reach for this foundation almost every day of the week. The only times I won’t use it is when I am testing out other foundations or I’m just doing a quick errand and I don’t want to waste this foundation LOL. It’s expensive okay!
While you could definitely use the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter to mix into foundation, I prefer the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops because of its gel consistency. It’s very similar to the consistency of the NARS Natural Radiant Foundation so it doesn’t alter the consistency in any way. (I’m personally not the biggest fan of liquidy foundations.)
For a point of reference, I use the shade Deauville in the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
I’ve tried a lot of concealers since first trying the Tarte Shape Tape and right now, nothing can beat it. I have really dark under-eye circles and this concealer is the best at covering it up.
Some people don’t like how thick it is, but I really like that aspect of it because it doesn’t sheer out much when you’re blending it out. Once you put it on, it’s there to stay!
Shade I use: Fair
I use the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer as a spot concealer, whereas I use the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in the areas I want to highlight.
If you want to highlight and spot conceal, I definitely recommend using two different concealers, or at least different shades, because the concealer you highlight with should be about 2 shades lighter than your foundation.
I have a lot of hyperpigmentation from old acne scars and I also have active acne, so spot concealing is a definite must for me. The Maybelline Better Skin Concealer is my favorite drugstore concealer because it’s full-coverage, blends out easily, and it doesn’t sting!
I have sensitive skin and so many drugstore concealers sting, especially in the area around my eyes. And I like to use the concealer I use for spot concealing as an eyeshadow primer so it definitely comes close to my eyes!
Shade I use: Ivory
GUYS. The Maybelline FitMe Loose Powder is a total dupe for the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. The only difference is that there are shades to the FitMe Powder.
I use this powder to set my under-eye area and the other areas I applied the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer - nose, middle of forehead, smile lines, above cupid’s bow, and middle of chin. I don’t really bake these areas, I just really press the powder into my skin with a damp sponge.
Tip: If you have trouble keeping your foundation from slipping off your nose, powder your entire nose with loose powder to really lock it in. This also helps control oil production.
Shade I use: 05 Fair
In the areas that I didn’t apply the Maybelline FitMe Loose Powder, I apply the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Glow with a fluffy brush. This powder has really tiny reflective particles in it - so yes, it’s another product I use to get DAT GLO.
This product is actually a recent addition to my routine. Before Laura Mercier released this Glow version of the Translucent Setting Powder, I would use the Maybelline FitMe Loose Powder in this step.
But, that powder mattifies the foundation more than I like and kind of takes away the glow that I worked so hard to get in previous steps, so this version of the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is really a game changer in my everyday routine.
I have a lot of bronzers. And it was difficult deciding which one to put in this list because I actually change up my bronzers quite frequently.
However, when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to think about my makeup, I definitely reach for the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It’s the perfect shade to warm up my skin without making it look too orange.
I apply bronzer to the perimeter of my forehead, my temples, under my cheekbones, and my jawline. It’s kind of like a subtle contour because bronzing these areas help focus attention on the center of your face.
I have the mini-size because I got it as a sample in one of my Sephora orders a few months ago. I’ve used it a lot and you can still see the HOOLA imprint! It’ll definitely last a long time.
This is definitely an extra step that’s totally unnecessary LOL.
I use this highlighter as a bronzer topper. Yes, I know - you’re probably thinking that I look like a disco ball at this point. But, this step does wonders for getting an all-over glow!
(The link goes to Amazon because it’s much cheaper there than at Sephora)
The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Contour Powder is my all-time favorite contour powder. I really struggle finding contour powders that aren’t too warm for my skin tone. Until I found this contour powder, I swear I was walking around with an orange contour.
If you also have a fair skin tone and are looking for more of a cool-toned contour powder, this one is your answer.
I usually contour under my cheekbones and nose and if I really want to get rid of the double chin, I’ll contour my jawline and under my chin. You have to be careful with this though because it can look like a beard if not blended out well.
I love this blush. The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is the prettiest peachy pink with a hint of shimmer. And it’s really similar to the NARS Orgasm Blush if you don’t want to shell out $30 on blush.
I use the same Maybelline FitMe Powder as I used to set my concealer to bake under my cheekbone contour. This really cuts the contour! Sometimes I’ll bake the sides of my nose to emphasize the contour there, too.
Of all the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, the Brow Definer is my favorite. Although it took some getting used to, the thick angled tip makes filling in my brows so quick! It makes it really quick and easy to draw the bottom line of the brow then fill in the rest with hair-like strokes.
With the ABH Brow Wiz, even though it’s probably the most popular ABH brow product, I always felt like I had to use so much of it to fill in my brows the way I like to. And it runs out so fast! That pencil is definitely for those that want a more natural brow.
If you like bold brows, the Brow Definer is the way to go!
When I don’t have a specific look in mind, I always reach for either the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette or the Morphe 39A Palette.
My everyday eye look is usually a dark brown smoky eye with a gold glitter lid and both of these palettes provide the right matte shades to do that look.
Even when I’m feeling a little adventurous with my makeup, I’ll probably reach for one of these palettes because both include a variety of shades. And even if I have an ‘oh shit’ moment while being adventurous, there are enough shades in each palette to easily fix it.
They are definitely both one-stop palettes, which is what I like the most about them. In the mornings of work days, I hate having to look through different palettes for a certain shade that I want. These palettes are both easy choices for when you don’t want to think.
I mentioned above that my everyday eye look is usually a dark brown smoky eye with a gold glitter lid. Well, the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are definitely at the top of my list when it comes to glitter shadows.
In my experience, pressed glitter/shimmer shadows just don’t perform as well as the Super Shock Shadows do. And it’s SO EASY to use. I just swipe some across my lid with my fingertip and it’s an insane amount of pigment every time.
The shades in the photo are three of my favorite shades and definitely the ones I use the most: Fluffy, Set to Stun, and Birthday Wish.
The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is seriously the only eyelash curler I will ever use. It curls the lashes so nicely and your lashes never get stuck in it, it never hurts you, and it lasts forever. I think I’ve been using the same one for a few years now LOL. Of course, I clean it! And it comes with an extra pad that you can change out.
I always stock up on them when I’m in Japan because it’s so much cheaper there. But, Amazon also has it for a reasonable price!
I always tight-line my eyes with a dark color because I’m a fan of that dark, sultry look. These two are my favorite formulas because they are highly pigmented, go on smoothly, and do not smear throughout the day.
I listed both because the Pixi one is black and the Marc Jacobs one is dark brown. So, whichever one I choose to use on any given day just depends on what color suits my look the best.
Of course, there is a black shade in the Marc Jacobs pencil, but the Pixi one is cheaper LOL. Dark brown is surprisingly kind of a hard shade to find in eyeliner pencils that work on the waterline. So, knowing that the Marc Jacobs pencil is highly-regarded as one of the best, I splurged on it. And it definitely did not disappoint!
The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara is a classic! Everyone and their mom knows about this mascara!
I use the Carbon Black version because I love a really dark, thick lash without the use of falsies, and this one does the trick! It has a nice tapered brush that both separates and thickens your lashes, and the tapered tip makes applying the mascara to your lower lashes a breeze.
I have a ton of highlighters. It’s like an addiction - every time I see a new highlighter released, I NEED to have it! I’m sure many of you can related LOL.
However, I always find myself going back to these two. The Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter has been my holy grail for a while now. I mean, look at that pan! This is the only highlighter I have ever hit the pan on. I do have a brand new one that I could’ve used for the photo, but I wanted you to see how much I really do use this highlighter.
The Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo in Subtle Sunrise is a fairly new favorite on mine, but by looking at the photo, you can tell how much I’ve used it already! I mostly use the gold side of the duo and the shade is actually quite similar to Ofra Rodeo Drive. It’s a tad bit more gold and glittery, whereas Rodeo Drive is more finely milled and gives you a beautiful champagne sheen.
This setting spray is almost everyone’s holy grail, right?! And for good reason. It really locks in your makeup and extends the wear of your makeup drastically.
I love spraying this all over my face after doing my makeup - it feels so good! It’s refreshing and also adds back some moisture into your face if you used a lot of powder products. I usually use a ton of setting powder, so a setting spray really helps my face look less powdery.
End of routine!
Isn’t my everyday makeup routine ridiculous?! I don’t know how I’ve allowed it to get this long LOL but every single step of my routine feels necessary to me!
What’s your routine like? It takes me about 50 minutes to do this every day. Do you think I’m crazy?! Definitely let me know down in the comments!
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Thank you for reading and until next time! <3
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