I’ve talked about my everyday look before (I always give my skin a few days a week of no makeup to breathe though), and since I love watching people do step-by-step looks, I’d figure I’d do my own here!
Products that will be used:
POND’S Dry Skin Cream, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, Covergirl Invisible Concealer, ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Shark Attack, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel/Pencil, Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Blush, ColourPop Julep Lip Liner, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Julep. I use an angled blush brush for blush, a dense, round brush (not sure what it’s for, but I think it’s a powder brush) for concealer, and a small, dense stippling brush for the ColourPop eyeshadow.
While this is now my everyday look, my tastes change so quickly it could be entirely different in a month from now. Keep in mind that when I started this blog, and even up to just a month and a half ago, I hated blush and found it useless; now blush is my favourite cosmetic. As for now, though, and for over a month, this has been my routine:
When I first wake up, before bed, and right before I apply my makeup, I dab on a quarter-sized amount of POND’S Dry Skin Cream, and gently massage it into my face using circular motions and upwards strokes. Then, I let it absorb for about 10 minutes before I apply my makeup.
After I’ve waited, I put on my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light. I don’t use a brush to apply this, applying it more like moisturizer than foundation. I dab it on the parts of my face that most need coverage, then just use my fingers to blend it around and gently drum it in. Then I let it sit for a few minutes to completely dry.
After that, I use Covergirl’s Invisible Concealer in Fair (you can tell this is a beloved tube, because all the lettering has worn off). It’s nearly empty, and while I might extend the usage one more time with a bit of water in the tube, I’ll soon be switching over to a different concealer, so I won’t repurchase. I use more concealer than I probably should, but ey. I apply it to the most problem areas, and using the short, dense, round brush, stipple it in with fast patting motions.
Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll use a different eyeshadow, but normally only one unless I’m using Tarte’s Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette. I normally stick with ColourPop’s Beauty Call, a light matte blue that matches my tank top perfectly. Today, I felt like shaking things up a bit and using ColourPop’s Shark Attack, a shade I bought a bit ago that I have only worn a few times. For cream eyeshadows, I use a small, dense stippling brush to lightly dig it out.
I’ve tried it with a number of other brushes and my own fingers, and nothing else gives me quite the pigment. I swipe it on my lid as I would with any other brush, using a windshield wiper motion, and then dip again and repeat for the other eye.
Afterwards, I curl my eyelashes. I’m not very particular about eyelash curlers, having used an old one from Dollar General for years with beautiful results. I start at the very base of my lashes and close it fairly tightly for about ten seconds, then again about a quarter of the way down my lashes, not quite at the tip, and past the halfway point. This time I only hold it for eight seconds. Repeat for the other eye, then time for mascara.
Like my eyeshadow, I vary which mascara I wear for everyday. Normally it’s something subtle, like Hard Candy’s Ginormous Lash Mascara, or Wet n Wild’s megaplump Mascara. Today, to go with the more subtle eyeshadow, I wanted to go bold with the mascara. One of my boldest mascaras is Maybelline Lash Sensational in Blackest Black.
To apply it, I do something I never see makeup bloggers talk about: I hold it to the base of my lashes, and blink. This makes it crazy thick and dark, and I’ve sworn by it for ages. Then I go through it a few more times, starting at the base and wiggling it from the base to the tip. I finish it by stroking it through quickly in an upwards sweep, then repeat the process for the other eye. I don’t really worry about the parts of it that have transferred, or how thick and clumpy it is now.
I wait for my mascara to dry, then take my comb/brush duo and comb through my eyelashes. This makes such a huge difference. I comb it almost the same way I put on mascara, first putting it at the base and wiggling it out, then sweeping through it a few times. Because they often stick together at this stage, I rotate my comb so it’s vertical and wiggle between each lash to define them. Repeat for the other eye. When I’m all done, I clear away the parts of the mascara that transferred to my skin by gently wiping it away with a makeup remover and touching up with concealer, or if you’re as unsanitary as I am, just licking your finger and wiping it away takes it off.
I can’t go too far without a tinted brow gel. My right brow hairs grow downwards, and the left eye’s sideways, so a brow gel is really essential. Revlon’s Brow Fantasy in Brunette is a dream, making my brows a nice, rich, warm brown. I never use the pencil side, instead just holding the gel brush horizontally, instead of vertically so the bristles go the direction of the hair. Then I drag it across, pulling my brows in the same direction. Some people brush them upwards to make them look fuller, but I like the nice, clean look of just brushing them horizontally.
I’ve got my reasons for liking this blush, even if it isn’t normally quite what I look for in a blush…
This is Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Blush in Natural, and to apply it, I take a large angled blush brush, swirl it around in the tin, and then swirl it around at the very edge of my cheekbones. I go around in a circular motion until almost all the pigment is gone from the brush, then brush it up towards my eye and nose. I doodled a picture to show what I mean!
The last thing is lipstick, and I always wear the same shade every day, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Julep. Since I got the matching lip liner, I always apply it first, and it’s so nice to have the colour held all day. I always go slightly outside my natural lip line, then fill it in gently over most of my lip.
Afterwards, I put on Julep. That’s it, except for the final step…
I should put on my setting spray before my mascara, but I forget every time without fail. Ach! A few sprays onto my face, let it dry, and I’m done! I’ve gotten used to this enough that I can do it in 10-15 minutes, not counting the time it takes for the face cream to absorb at the beginning,
Final before and after.
Thank you for reading! What does your everyday makeup routine consist of? How long does it take you?