Unless I’m going on a date night with Rob or attending a wedding, my makeup routine is pretty basic. Simply put, I don’t like spending a lot of time getting ready, so I don’t do anything too fancy. But at the same time, I want to look put together enough—especially if I have meetings or a work day with friends. And, if I’m being 100% honest, most of the time, this makeup routine is all I’ve done for shoot days. It’s classic, simple and timeless.
Anytime I do want to dress up my a look a bit, I start with this routine as a base and then add more dramatic eye makeup or lips! If listed all the products that I’ve used here and a few more favorites. You can find them to the side or at the bottom of this post!
Before this year, I’d actually never used a primer, but after reading about this one on Courtney’s beauty site, I decided I’d give it a try. Gals? Life-changing stuff. The smoothing primer (light grey tube) really does make my skin look insanely smoother and the mattifying primer (dark grey tube) is amazing if you have oily skin like me!
Courtney also recommended this foundation and I’m sold. It’s lightweight, but provides the perfect amount of coverage. You can always layer it for more coverage where you need it. I do that instead of using concealer. Why? Because I’m lazy and I don’t want to add another step. And, why should I when this works perfectly well!
I’ve been using this powder for years. I love that it’s light, not very expensive and has an SPF built in!
One time a makeup artist told me I had a big forehead and that I should put bronzer on my forehead to make it look smaller. I thought it was pretty rude, I mean, what can I do about my forehead?! Shrink it? No. Despite her comment, I did like her trick, and I still use it today.
I apply this matte bronzer around my hairline, my temples and under my cheekbones. I love that it doesn’t have any shimmery qualities, so you’re not left with a glittery face. It’s adds more dimension to your face, makes your cheekbones look more prominent, and yes, apparently makes your forehead look smaller, ha!
On my eyes, I use eye-liner and mascara. Occasionally I’ll use eyeshadow, always something neutral, but when I can skip it, I do. Here I’m using this Clinique Skinny Stick which is really convenient, goes on easily and gives you a lot of control! I just ran out of it though and went back to my tried-and-true Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil. This one is less crisp, but I like the nice, subtle smokey eye that it gives me.
Before applying mascara, I curl my eyelashes. Another thing I didn’t do until this year. Curling them makes them look infinite longer. I can’t believe I never did it before! I typically use drug store mascara and right now I love this one. My tip: don’t get waterproof! It makes your eye-lashes brittle!
If I had to go to a desert island and could only bring one makeup product, it would definitely be blush. Without blush, I look washed out and a bit tired. Rosy cheeks are always my finishing touch! Just make sure it’s blended well and not over-applied—you don’t want to look like I’m ready to join the circus. #badclownjoke
Lastly, the lips! Like going without blush, nude lips make me feel washed out. I always apply chapstick first and then add lipgloss. I have bizarrely sensitive lips and usually never wear lipstick as it dries them out so much. My favorite gloss for the past two years is this Kevyn Aucoin gloss in Valentina. I wore this color (Valentina) at my wedding and have been wearing it ever since! It has just the slightest purple undertones which really bring out blue and green eyes! I’m looking to get a few more shades of the same gloss for fall and right now I’m deciding between Peonine, Pasiflora and Beaugonia. Any favorites?
The Final Look!
I realize this list looks long, but I swear it’s super fast. I timed it last week just to make sure. Total time from start to finish? Six minutes. Yep, that’s it!
What does your everyday makeup routine look like? Do you have any tips and tricks I need to know about?! Share below!