UPDATE: This post was written in 2016, but I went back through in 2022 to update any discontinued products with my new favorites (they’re italicized). Also, dead at these weird faces I’m making LOL! 🙂
Right after “what mascara do you use?!” [this one] the most common question I am asked is “what kind of makeup do you wear?!” I am always happy to spill my favorite products + tips with others, so I figured it was about time to share them with you guys as well! 🙂
My everyday makeup routine is so easy, and can be completed in 5 minutes…seriously, I timed it. And fun fact: I use all drugstore makeup! I’m not against high end or pricier products by any means, but I believe that anyone can achieve an equally as gorgeous, flawless face …for a 1/4 of the price. 🙂
I love to play around with fun looks, but on a day to day basis, I really don’t do anything crazy. I’m going to walk you through each step of my routine + share the products that I use! [Prepare for some bizarre photos].
Are you ready?! Here we go…
Step 1. Moisturize. This oil free moisturizer is my absolute favorite, it’s a CVS dupe for Neutrogena’s version (here is another one I currently love). I have pretty bizarre combination skin, but this product works really well for me + keeps my face hydrated all day long. Plus it has SPF. 🙂 I apply it all over my face + neck.
Step 2. BB Cream. For everyday, I prefer BB cream over foundation. This anti-acne Garnier BB Cream in shade Medium/Deep is so lightweight + provides pretty decent coverage (here is another one I currently love). Using my fingers, I just apply it over my face + neck to even out my skin tone.
Step 3. Concealer. Revlon’s Photoready Concealer is my go-to (currently love this one too)! I prefer cream concealers to any other kind + have been loving this one [in shade 001, Fair] for probably 2 years now! I apply it under my eyes, between my brows, down my nose, above my upper lip, and over any discolored areas or blemishes. I usually blend with my finger or a damp beauty blender.
Step 4. Powder. Once all of your wet products are applied, you *must* set them with a powder! This step is so crucial + often skipped by many. For winter, I’ve been using + loving Maybelline’s FIT Me Powder [in shade 120, Classic Ivory]. I apply it all over my face + neck.
Step 5. MY FAVORITE PART… BRONZER!! Thank you, Jesus! Honestly, this step makes me so, so happy! I dust bronzer around the perimeter of my face, down my neck + over my décolletage [if I’m wearing a scoop or v-neck shirt]. I switch up my bronzers all of the time because I go through so many of them. In this tutorial, I’m using Milani’s Even-Touch Powder Foundation in shade 06, Caramel (currently loving this one in “Sunset Striptease” too)!
Step 6. Contour + blush. This Elf Contouring Blush + Bronzing Powder palette was such a good find (here’s something similar)! I use the bronzer to lightly contour my nose + cheek bones. I then dust the blush over the apples of my cheeks. 🙂
Step 7. Eyebrows! Okay, maybe I take back my bronzer statement, this might be my favorite step. Filling in your brows makes such a difference! Once CVS stopped selling New York Color products, I started using a Milani pomade, but I recently came across an NYC display + stocked up on my favorite taupe pencil! (Disregard the previous products, I’ve been using THIS $3 brow pencil for 4+ years and it’s the BEST!)
Step 8. Eye shadow. This Wet N’ Wild trio is perfect for everyday (so are these)! Just light, neutral colors.
Step 9. Time to make your eyes pop…with mascara! Obviously, I use my favorite! Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara in the shade Blackest Black [non-waterproof version].
Step 10. Lips. I am a chapstick junkie! For everyday, I’ll either use a NYX butter balm, or this combination here. Just a regular chapstick [any flavor] with NYX Butter Gloss in shade Vanilla Cream Pie .
And that’s it!!
A little before and after action for you…
This routine may seem like a lot of steps to some, but once you’ve got it down, it really doesn’t take very long at all. Many days I’ll even skip the blush, eyeshadow + mascara. But never the brows…and never the bronzer! 😉
And just a little FYI…all of the products TOTAL cost just under $70 [that barely covers most high end foundations]! I like to stock up on these items when they go on sale, I come across a coupon, or when I receive a few of those wonderful CVS extrabucks. 😉
I hope you guys found this post helpful! My everyday look is just meant to even out your skin + give your face a little life. Like Aunt Becky always said…
Oh so true.
How long does it take you to do your makeup everyday?
What are some of your favorite products that use regularly?