Everyday makeup is much different than special occasion makeup, but at work it’s fun to express yourself by emphasizing one of your features. I’m currently on an eyeshadow kick, and wear shimmer to work. Is it too much? Who cares!
If your just getting started with makeup, or want to freshen up your routine, here is a list of my everyday products I highly recommend. Again, I’m in my early 30s, have very slight wrinkles around my eyes, dry, pale skin, and freckles (sometimes even acne, but less now. Do you want my skincare routine? Let me know). So here’s my routine, which is admittedly excessive, but hey, I love makeup and hate life. All links are affiliate links and your purchase supports my sarcasm and ruthless reviews 🙂
I start with moisturizer. I personally love this award winning Laneige Water Bank cream. It has changed the texture of my skin over time to be much smoother. Don’t skip this step, even if you’re oily.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, 1.6 Ounce
Next is primer. I used to think primer was a waste of money. It doesn’t even have any color. Geez. But if you get the right one, it helps everything last longer and your skin appear smoother and more “real”, less like you’ve caked on a bunch of makeup. This Maybelline one is affordable, but you have to apply it with a brush. Trust me on this one, it makes a huge difference for some reason
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer, Blur + Redness Control, 1 Fluid Ounce
Foundation is your foundation. heh. I like many foundations, but my favorite, Elf Acne fighting foundation, has been out of stock for many weeks now. My second favorite right now is Milani conceal and perfect, but I HAVE TO use self tanner to get myself to match their lightest shade. If you have medium to dark skin, they have a great selection, but for the ultra pale, 01 Creamy Vanilla is what I would call a medium shade with yellow undertones. You can always blend it with some lighter concealer around your jawline and bronzer on your neck so it matches better. Here are the colors:
Next comes concealer. I always come back to this one. It is moisturizing, blends out immediately, and brightens the face. I use the lightest shade, and it’s perfect on my light skin. Go a tiny bit lighter than what would match you. I apply this under my eyes, on top of my eyelids up to my brows, and dot it on my chin and bridge of my nose.
Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Concealer Dark Circle Eraser Concealer, Light Shade, 0.2 fl oz
Have I forgotten to mention that you need this sponge for application? Yeah you need it. It’s much cheaper than a beauty blender and softer. I have it on subscribe and save for delivery every 3 months:Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, 0.9375 ounce (Pack of 2), Latex-Free, Polyurethane Foam, Multi-Purpose, Round Bottom Makeup Sponges, Ideal for Blending
This next product is for yer brows. Unless you have been blessed by the brow gods and have full, dark, well-shaped brows, you’ll need to feather a little color in to make them more defined. I recently started using this, and even as a blond it works well on me. It says universal, and I believe it. Unless you have deep black hair, this color will work
Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil
Okay, I used to put on foundation with my fingers and call it good. I turned everything I touched a lovely beige-orange color because I’d touch my face and it would transfer. A hug with someone wearing a white shirt? Uh oh…
To avoid this you have to use powder. Now with powders I tend to buy higher end because cheap talc can contain asbestos. That’s right, the stuff that gives you lung cancer. So get yourself the Laura Mercier translucent powder and set your face with a light dusting to avoid giving your white-shirt friend a permanent impression of your face. It’ll last you a looooooooooong time too.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, Translucent, 1 Ounce
What you do next is up to your artistic creativity. You could do a defined lip, or a smokey eye. Pink or copper or whatever you please. I’ll be giving step by step instructions in future posts, or if you can’t wait, look for a tutorial on youtube, the source of all DIY knowledge. Here are a couple of my favorites at some different price points.
L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow, Nudes, 0.42 Ounce
theBalm NUDE ‘dude Eyeshadow Palette
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, Fairest Nude, 0.13 oz.
E.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick Ravishing Rose, 0.11 Ounce (yes, ELF lipstick is phenomenal)
Milani Baked Blush, Luminoso, 0.12 Ounce
E.l.f. Blush Palette Light, 0.56 Ounce
And the best bronzer of all time
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, 0.38 Ounce
I’m going to save my pick and discussion of mascaras for another post, and besides that this post has gotten out of control long. If you’ve read the whole thing leave a comment that says happy birthday to the ground, or I’m an adult. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go google one of those phrases and thank me later. I hope you got some new suggestions from this and have fun looking at the products. Happy shopping!