Today’s post is a bit different, but I’m excited nonetheless! I love reading others’ blog posts or watching others’ videos that are full of personal recommendations. If I’ve been following along with them for long enough, then it feels just like a friend sharing favorites with me! I love that! So, my hope for this post is that you simply feel like you’re sitting down with me as we chat about all things makeup today. 🙂
I’ve recently been reworking my whole makeup routine and I’ve discovered some amazing new-to-me products that I know I’ll be using for a long time. Besides listing them below, I’ll offer a description of each product or an explanation as to why I like it! This is going to be detailed!!
A side note about wearing makeup: Getting ready pretty much every day matters to me. (I don’t want to focus on it too much in a vain way, but I do think it’s totally okay to be the kind of person who likes to wear makeup each day.) My personality just likes to feel like I’m ready for any errands, people stopping by, an outing to the post office, etc. I like wearing makeup because I feel myself be more friendly and honestly, I worry about myself less throughout the day. When I feel presentable, I’m better able to focus on others (instead of wondering when I’ll get a few minutes to pull myself together). There are seasons when I think the whole “getting ready” thing can be set aside as other things are most important. When Sophie was a newborn, I wore sweatpants all day and didn’t worry about my hair or makeup, unless we had a doctor’s appointment or grocery shopping to do. It’ll be interesting to see how I’m able to approach it with two kids someday…but for now, I’m really loving the feeling of calmly getting ready for my day each morning while the house is still peaceful and quiet, before Sophie wakes. 🙂 I’m naturally a morning person, so I really soak up a bit of this alone time during the morning. (And actually, if I feel nervous or jittery about anything in the morning, having a very concrete task to focus on, such as putting on makeup, always seems to calm me down.)
A note about skin tone: For your reference as you read about these products, I have very fair skin – typically either the lightest shade or the second-to-lightest shade in most makeup, and I’m pretty sure my skin has a neutral to cool undertone. I’m not a makeup expert, of course, but since I’ve been loving my makeup routine lately, I thought I’d share the products here, in case these recommendations help you find new products you’ll love, too!
My Current Makeup Routine (Including All the New Products I’ve Been Loving!)
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I’ll be listing the products in order of application. Some of the products are used in more than one way, so you’ll see them pop up again in the photos. I’ve photographed every single product I use, except for my blending sponge and my lip color. This is the blending sponge I use! It’s seriously such a game-changer when it comes to applying makeup; I’ll never turn back! And I’ll describe my favorite lip color more at the end of this post.
Let me mention skincare for a second. I use Rodan + Field’s Redefine skincare regimen, which is their anti-aging regimen. It’s extremely important to take care of our skin, especially with preventative measures in our 20s and 30s! I’m a Rodan + Fields consultant (but I’m never pushy) – feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com if you have any questions about skincare products! (There’s a reason R+F is #1 – it works!)
Okay, moving on. 🙂 I’ve been using Physicians Formula’s The Healthy Foundation and I love it so much! I have it in the shade LC1. It comes with a thick wand applicator inside, so I use that wand to swipe the foundation onto the main areas of my face. For me, it’s the perfect balance between offering some coverage and not looking unnatural or heavy. I use the flat end of my blending sponge to apply it. (I do apply it past the edge of my chin, and continue blending almost where I start to go down my neck. I never want my face to be completely different from my neck!)
Next, I use Tarte Shape Tape Concealer under my eyes. I tend to get dark circles under my eyes no matter how much sleep I get, but I think this undereye concealer is the best one yet! (I wish I’d had it years ago.) I don’t like concealer creasing under my eyes either, and this Shape Tape concealer creases the least out of any concealers I’ve tried! There’s a reason people gush about Tarte Shape Tape! It’s pricier but it does work. I use the little wand inside the concealer to swipe a little concealer under each eye (actually in vertical stripes), and then I use the pointed end of my blending sponge to work it in well.
About a year ago, I learned a concealer trick from a makeup artist that stuck with me: don’t just apply concealer directly under each eye (as in, right underneath the bottom lash line area and nowhere else). That can actually make dark circles look worse. Blend a little more concealer downwards under each eye in a kind of wide upside-down triangle shape. This will create more of a highlighted space that’s opened up underneath each eye, reflecting light and taking attention away from dark circles. Basically, just spread any undereye concealer down and out a bit more than you may have originally thought to. Then go back and blend everything well. 🙂
^^ Pictured above: my EcoTools Eyeshadow Brush Set, Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in the shade Sun Light (021),
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Milani Baked Powder Blush in the shade Luminoso (05),
Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad in Sunlit Bronze, and ColourPop Highlighter in the shade Flexitarian ^^
Next, I start my eyes. I’ve been using an eyeshadow primer for a long time now, and I’ve found it helps my eyeshadow stay on all day. I use Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I dab this onto each eyelid quickly with my finger – a tiny bit goes a long way, so this stuff lasts a long time!
Then I use my EcoTools Eyeshadow Brush to apply Rimmel London Natural Bronzer into the crease of each eyelid (yes, you read that right!). I use another side of the eyeshadow brush after that to apply Milani Baked Powder Blush in the shade Luminoso (again, you read that right – thanks, Natalie Bennett, for that tip!) all over the lower part of my eyelid.
If I remember (haha), I’ll also apply the dark cocoa color in my Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad (I have the eyeshadow quad called Sunlit Bronze) to my eyelid, closer to my lash line.
Finally, I gently pat some of the light ColourPop highlighter (in the shade Flexitarian) onto my finger, and apply that to my eyelid as well, focusing mostly on the center of the eyelid. I use one of the ends of my EcoTools Eyeshadow Brush to blend all the eye shades a bit so they’re more smooth-looking.
^^ Pictured above: L’Oreal Brow Stylist in the shade Light Brunette, Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade Dark Brown, and Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara in the shade Deep Cocoa ^^
Once my eyeshadow is done, I quickly line just my top lash line with my Maybelline Ultra Liner Eyeliner. (I have yet to get comfortable with or really like the look of lining my lower lashes, so I don’t.) I love this eyeliner because it’s brown and not black. I’ve really been liking using brown shades instead of blacks for my eye makeup lately.
While the eyeliner dries, I do my brows. Years ago, I never would’ve considered brows important…but now, I feel they’re just as important as mascara! I feel so much more put together if my brows are done! I heard the tip a long time ago that your brows should be once shade darker than your hair color, so that’s why I go with the Light Brunette shade with my L’Oreal Brow Stylist. This is technically a “brow mascara.” It just helps my brows be less…invisible. 🙂 I apply this with a very light touch, building on as I notice other little areas I want to fill in. (I’ve made the mistake of applying it too heavily before, and that’s harder to backtrack from..so now days, I start with very little and build on from there.)
Next, I apply a couple coats of mascara. I’ve been liking Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara in the shade Deep Cocoa.
^^ Pictured above: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in the shade Sun Light (021), Milani Baked Powder Blush in the shade Luminoso (05), Physicians Formula Pressed Powder in the shade Transluscent (1640), EcoTools Blush Brush, and EcoTools Large Powder Brush ^^
Next, I use the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer again – this time, for the tiniest bit of contouring. Saying this makes me want to laugh, because I know virtually nothing about contouring…but I saw that you can suck in your cheeks to make fish lips, and quickly apply bronzer along those lines in your cheeks…so that’s what I do! Haha. I apply this with my trusty EcoTools Blush Brush. Don’t ask me any questions about contouring, though. 😉
Moving on: I then apply blush to my cheeks. I found Milani Baked Powder Blush a couple months ago and I use the shade Luminoso. I LOVE this blush color so much! It’s just gorgeous. It’s pretty in the above photo, but even more lovely in person.
Finally, I look over my face to make sure that everything is blended well. If anything needs a quick blend, I do that now with my blending sponge. If all’s well, I use my EcoTools Large Powder Brush to apply a small bit of Physicians Formula Pressed Powder in the shade Transluscent.
The final steps in my makeup routine involve a setting spray and my lip color. I don’t typically apply lip color until right before I leave the house, but I love my lip color so much, I’ve been wearing it more lately. But first, the setting spray: I use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This is a product that the old me never would’ve thought I’d use. But doing about 2-4 small sprays of this on top of my finished makeup in the morning really, truly, helps to keep my makeup in place all day! Hooray! I’m a busy mom of a one-year-old, and I’m not overly cautious about not touching my face during the day, so I used to struggle with my makeup rubbing off during the day and needing to be reapplied before heading out the door again. Not the case anymore! Blair Lamb recommended this on her YouTube channel and it sparked my curiosity, since I was sick of reapplying makeup. It is a bit pricier but I think it’s worth it because it is saving me the time, effort, and money involved with reapplying makeup later on in the day when I don’t want to worry about it. What a neat product! A little goes a long way.
This lip color is one of those new-to-me products that I know I’ll be using for a long time. I use Physicians Formula Lip Cream in the shade Pinkini, and I don’t know that I’ve found a shade for my lips before this one (Pinkini) that feels as flattering! I have a very fair skin tone (and one with a cool undertone, I think). I do love pinks and reds, but I don’t like to go too extreme. This lip color boosts my natural lip color perfectly and makes me feel put together. I only need to apply a little bit of this creamy color at a time, so I know it’ll last me quite a while.
There you have it! I’ve written this whole makeup routine in pretty painstaking/extreme detail, haha, but don’t worry – it’s not actually a long makeup routine! I just wanted to provide you with all of the exact information and explanations as to why I like each product and how I personally use it.
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Do you have any of these products already? What are your favorites or “must-haves” when it comes to makeup? I’d love to hear! Please share below. 🙂