Everyday Makeup

Every once in a while, I like to switch up one thing or another in my makeup routine. However, for the most part, my routine stays the same on a day to day basis. I’ve been using a lot of the same products for years, rotating out a few to find my perfect match. I don’t think I will ever have the perfect makeup routine, but I’m really loving this combination of products and I’ve been using it for a while now, so I thought I would share it with you!

MAKE UP FOREVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (Pink Porcelain) – $43

This is my most recent addition to my makeup routine. I’ve used many different foundations (Laura Mercier Silk Crème, Tarte Amazonian Clay, etc.) and they never really did it for me. I was hesitant to use this foundation at first because it is marketed as a medium coverage foundation. However, when I was at Sephora, an employee explained to me that this foundation is known for being extremely buildable, so I can make it into a full coverage foundation if I choose. I love that about this foundation. I can use a little bit less and have a light to medium coverage on my good skin days. On my bad ones, I can build it up to feel a bit more covered. To apply, I use 1-2 pumps on the back of my hand, use my finger to dot it all over my face, and then use a damp BeautyBlender sponge to blend it in.

MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer (NW15) – N/A

Much to my dismay, this concealer has been discontinued. I ran out of my supply a long time ago, but my friend had an extra stashed away and decided to give it to me. I was so thankful and I’m loving being able to use it again, but I’m dreading the inevitable day that I run out of it again. It’s a thick, creamy consistency that covers any blemish you have. I save this for my larger or more troublesome blemishes. I apply this with a flat shader brush and then blend it in with my damp BeautyBlender.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38

I have been through two of these powders and I am still loving it. While I have been tempted to switch to other translucent or colored powders, I’ve found that the Laura Mercier one still catches my attention. It’s technically a translucent powder, but it has some color running throughout it, making it a semi-opaque color. Some people prefer to have a completely translucent powder, solely for the purpose of setting their foundation. I prefer to have a powder with some color in it (white translucent powders tend to make me look ghostly in photographs). Powder foundations tend to be too heavy to go on top of my other foundation, so this powder works perfectly for me. I use my BeautyBlender to pat this onto the most oily areas of my face, let it sit for a few minutes, and then remove excess and blend it in with my kabuki brush.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft and Gentle) – $32

I’ve had this highlighter for years, recently rediscovering and falling in love with it all over again. I love the way that this gives my skin a natural-looking glow, making it look healthy and vibrant. I use an angled contouring brush to apply this to my cheekbones and above my brow bone in a “C” shape.

NARS Bronzing Powder (Laguna) – $39

This has been my favorite bronzer for years. I am an extremely pale person, so finding a bronzer that doesn’t make me look orange is a significant challenge. Laguna is the only bronzer I’ve found that gives me a natural glow. I use a large powder brush to apply this on my forehead, my nose, and under my jawline.

MAC Powder Blush (Well Dressed) – $22

While sometimes I rotate out different blush colors, this is my go-to. It’s a basic and light baby pink color that complements my light skin tone. It gives a flushed, natural look to your skin without making it look like you’ve been smacked in the face. I use another angled contouring brush to apply this to the apples of my cheeks.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow (Buck) – $19

This is the color that I use for my eyebrows. I’ve used this color for a while, but I will give a quick disclaimer: it’s not my favorite. It has nothing to do with the quality of the eyeshadows or anything like that. I just find that it is a bit too dark for my eyebrows, so I’m currently on a hunt for a new color. The one that I am using came in my Naked palette, but you can purchase the eyeshadow individually as well. I use an angled eyeliner brush to apply this to my eyebrows in short lines, reshaping and filling them in as needed.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – $29

If I decide to wear eyeshadow on a given day, this tends to be the palette that I reach for. Regardless of whether or not I decide to wear a full eyeshadow look, I always apply a highlight color under my brow bone using a large eyeshadow brush and on the inner corners of my eyes using a flat shader brush. I find that this technique makes me look more awake and energetic.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Black) – $22

While I do enjoy this liquid eyeliner, it is not yet my holy grail. I love the application process and the brush that comes on the end of the pen, but I find that the staying power is a bit less than perfect. It stays well and fine throughout an average day, but I would love for it to be a bit more long-wearing. I also find the waterproof thing hard to believe, just from experience.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara (Black) – $7

Mascara is probably the one thing that I rotate out the most. I rarely purchase the same mascara twice in a row. I will go back to mascaras that I have loved and used before, but I get bored with mascaras very quickly and decide to switch it up. Right now, I’m using the Colossal mascara, but who knows what it will be next month. This is the first time in a while I am using a non-waterproof mascara, so that aspect requires an adjustment. I find that without the waterproof mascara, my eyelashes fall flat rather than holding their curl.

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15 – $3

To be perfectly honest, I’m not a big lipstick or lipgloss wearer. Sometimes I will go for a bolder lipstick to change things up, but on an everyday basis, I stick to lip balm. I have been using this Blistex lip balm for ages and it’s my favorite thing to keep chapped lips at bay.

What are your favorite everyday makeup products? Let me know in the comments below!


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