If you've kept up with my blog from the beginning you probably remember my basic makeup + skincare picks which can be found here. I didn't go into much detail on my actual routine because it was already a longer post so I decided to now make a separate one for those interested in my full makeup routine!
If I was to be honest, I would have to say there will be at least 2 days out of each week that I don't apply makeup. I know, most of you that know me and know I've been doing hair/makeup professionally for about 7 years now assumed I went all out and contoured each time I put makeup on, but in all reality I like to keep it simple for my "everyday look". Justin also prefers me without or with minimal makeup on, so that's a plus too.
So what's my go-to products and how do I use them?
Over the years I've transitioned from liquid to powder foundation. The only times I would have a full coverage foundation on is during a time that I had a major allergic reaction to some shampoo/conditioner I tried that caused some temporary adult acne. For those that don't know, I am allergic to the entire nut family, including an intolerance to soy. At the time I got this new hair set, I didn't realize coconut was the second ingredient… boy was that a mistake. Within a couple days I had hard cystic knots on my cheeks and these led to acne for about 6 months. So needless to say, I check every beauty product before applying it to my skin. With powder foundation, I found the perfect amount of coverage for my skin, and I love the weightless feeling of it. Now, don't get me wrong, there are plenty of liquid foundations that are lightweight. It's just a preference of mine, and I'm sure in 5 years it will change. I'm currently in love with the MAC SkinFinish natural powder in shade: Medium Plus.
Below I've put into steps my full routine with the option of adding on for a "night out" look.
1. Moisturizer + Eye Cream: I can NEVER apply my makeup without these two first. It's like glue for your makeup. I've been switching between these items all summer testing different brands. I do like the ones pictured below which is the Tarte Eye Cream, and Estee Lauder moisturizer. If your foundation doesn't have an spf in it, make sure your moisturizer does then.
2. Concealer: I love this creamy concealer over many others I've tried. The key to concealer is instead of the "half moon" shape, create a triangle with the inner corner of your eyes being the starting point. Then draw a line down to the edges of your nose, and outward to the tops of your ears. This will create the illusion of a lift. I use my Beauty Blender (cheaper version) with a spritz of Mac Fix + and blend.
3. Foundation: This is where my powder comes into play. Because I'm using a powder foundation I have to do my concealer first. I do recommend doing it reverse if you're using a liquid foundation. Using a powder brush, I complete circles all over my face and over the blended concealer. I'll also apply some on my jawline and down on my neck so it all blends evenly.
4. Blush + Bronzer: THIS is my go-to palette for cheeks. You've got 3 cheek colors and 2 bronzer options so even when you're a lot whiter in the winter you can use one option. I'll alternate between blush colors. THIS is also a favorite of mine for cheeks.
5. Brows: I go back and forth of using powder and a cream for my brows. Powder always tends to be more natural looking, but you can get better definition with the cream or pencil. My hair color pulls ashy so I use an Ash Brown pomade, like THIS one. My brows only need filling in from the mid section to the ends.
6. Eyes: This step typically consists of mascara only, with the possibility of some eye shadow on my bottom line for liner. But if I am going out or have a shoot, I love these two palettes here, and here. I love to use a champagne color on my lid, then blend up with a soft tan shade. If you're wondering what colors you should wear based on your skin tone, see my blog post about undertones HERE. My go-to mascara is the Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte, and I love all the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye liner pencils.
7. Set & Go: I have a duo of setting sprays I use. The Mac Fix + I use throughout my makeup application. I usually will spray it after I get my powders on, then again at the end. I've recently became in love with the Tatcha Skin Mist which gives a nice dewy glow.
Would this be something you guys would like to see a video tutorial on? Let me know in the comments!