Sunday, February 11, 2018

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hi All!
I've gotten a lot of questions recently on what makeup I wear on a day to day basis. I keep my makeup pretty simple, as a classroom is not really the place for winged eyeliner and glitter eyeshadow, although I'm sure my students would compliment me! I wake up around 5:30 every morning and am dressed and fully ready by 6 each day, this means my makeup routine can't take up much time. On average I can do my makeup in about 10 minutes, if I really needed to I could do it in less time but there's no need to rush. Below I'll share with you the products I use from start to finish to achieve a simple yet put together look. 

FACE // 

Since my makeup is a basic look, I like to focus on evening out my skin and creating a nice radiant finish. To do this I use a few different products, everything except the translucent powder I've been using over a year.

Bare Minerals // Complexion Rescue 
I've been using this product for years now and I can say there is nothing better than this tinted hydrating cream. I use this as my foundation as it has the coverage I like, which is a light coverage. I never like a foundation to be too heavy as I think it looks very unnatural. This one creates a light dewy finish. I apply this just with my hands and rub it in like I would a lotion. In the winter I use the shade Buttercream 03.

IT Cosmetics // Bye Bye Under Eye 
This product creates the perfect illuminated under eye. Sometimes concealers can be drying and cakey when placed on the skin beneath your eye, this one does not crease and helps to brighten any dark or dull looking skin. I apply this after my foundation by putting a little on my middle fingers, warming it up and then dabbing it under my eye. A little goes a long way with this product! I use the shade light during the winter months.

Nars // Soft Matte Complete Concealer 
I've yet to find another concealer that is as full coverage as this one. I use this product to cover up any spots that were not covered by my foundation. This works great to cover any dark spots or pimples. It stays put all day and you don't have to use much. I use the shade vanilla in the winter. It's important to make sure you choose a shade that's close to your skin tone or else you will end up making the spots you are trying to conceal more noticeable.

Maybelline // Fit Me, Matte & Poreless Powder
I use this product two ways. One way I use it is to set areas that I want a little more coverage, for example, my chin area. This provides a nice light additional coverage. Another way I like to use this is on days I'm not using any liquid foundation. I will apply a little concealer and then use this powder to even out my skin. This is a great product for the price and gives you a nice even skin tone.

Laura Mercier // Translucent Setting Powder 
I had been hearing about this product for so long and so many women had raved about it but I just recently tried it out about two months ago. This is a great setting powder. What I love about it is that it doesn't leave a white cast on your face which some of these powders can do. I apply this after all of my foundation and concealer is done. I find it helps to blend all the products together nicely. Make sure you purchase the translucent shade and not the tinted shade.


I've mentioned this blush so many times before as it's my favorite blush. I have almost every color in the line and love them all. What I love about this blush is the color payoff and the blendability of the product. Some blushes will get splotchy as you try to blend them. This blush goes on smooth and gives the perfect pop of color! One of my favorite shades is 'Paaarty'. 

Wet n Wild // Bronzer 

I've also mentioned this product before and I've been using it for about 2 years now. When I find something that works I stick to it! This bronzer is under $5 so you can't go wrong! Since I'm on the fair side some bronzers can leave me looking orange which is not cute. This product gives me a subtle sunkissed glow. I use the shade 'Ticket to Brazil'. 

EYES // 

This palette truly is the Ultimate Basics palette. I've brought this palette on many trips and have had all the colors I need. On a day to day basis, I like to buff a light brown or taupe shade into my crease and call it a day. I then will use the darkest shade in the palette with a pencil brush to line my lower lash line. This creates a nice diffused look vs. using a harsh eyeliner. 

I use this palette and the Urban Decay palette equally. What I like about this palette is that it allows me to create some different looks as it has both matte and shimmer shades. I'm able to create a day look and then easily transition it to night by adding one of the shimmer shades. 

I'm not too picky when it comes to mascara and I usually stick with Covergirl but I decided to try this one out from Ulta and I love it! It makes my lashes look so incredibly long and full- I've gotten so many compliments on them! I also like that this product doesn't get clumpy or make my lashes stick together. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills // Brow Wiz 
This product took me a while to get the hang of. You definitely need to use a light hand while applying this. What I like about this product is that it allows you to create a natural looking brow. I'm able to fill in just the sparse areas vs. with a brow powder where you apply it to the entire brow. I use the shade 'Medium Brown'.

LIPS // 

IT Cosmetics // Je Ne Sais Quoi 
I've been using this product for about two months now and I love it. It's a great mix between a lip balm and a lipstick. The color of the product reacts to your body and changes so it will look a little different on everyone. For me, it gives off a light pink tint which is perfect for everyday wear. 

L'Oreal // Lipstick 
If I'm going to wear a lipstick this is the one I grab. I've been wearing this shade for over 2 years now and I love it. It's my perfect nude shade and gives my lips just the right amount of color. This is a great lipstick to have in your bag as you don't have to think much while applying it- it doesn't require any lip liner! The shade I wear is '370 Jennifers Nude'.

What are your everyday makeup products? I'd love to know!

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  1. I've heard the NARS concealer is incredible! Now I definitely need to add it to my make up routine. I'm pretty low maintenance and like to get ready quickly too so I love this!

    xo Brie

  2. I've heard great things about the NARS concealer! I have the naked basics palette too and love it.


  3. There's a Wet n' Wild eyeshadow trio that I really like but I've never tried their brozner- I should!!!

    xoxo A

  4. I totally need that NARS palette in my life! I use the LM finishing powder every day too! It's perfect!

  5. oh, you use so many good products! the bareminerals foundation is actually amazing for a summer day! definitely going to get a 2nd bottle soon :)

  6. My makeup routine simply consists of facial moisturizer with SPF. Basic, I know 😩

  7. I have heard really good things about the bye bye under eye!

  8. Yes to the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette! I love that palette and it's great for everyday and for special events!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  9. SO many yes-es on these products! I LOVE Bye Bye Undereye, such a good concealer and the Tarte blushes are amazing. They're not super powdery and lay on the skin nicely giving it a natural-looking flush.

  10. You get a lot done in 10 minutes! I am very slow with makeup application but always try to make time for lip color and mascara. That Brow Whiz product is intriguing, though!

  11. Ive heard awesome things about Nars I need to check some of these products out! Thank you for sharing.

  12. That Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is one of my favorites for every day. Also, Tarte blushes are the BEST!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  13. I love that IT cosmetics lip balm! I got it at College Fashion Week and have been obsessed since then.

    -xo, Azanique |

  14. Bye Bye Under Eye is my JAM. I also love love love my Naked palette. You go girl, waking up at 5:30 to get ready! I wish I were that motivated.

  15. I've heard amazing things about bye bye under eye!

  16. I love reading about other people’s make up routines. It gives me an idea about products I should try in the future. I’ve heard so many good things about that Laura Mercier translucent powder that I’m really tempted to try it!

  17. I LOVE posts like this! That Complexion Rescue is such an amazing product. I use IT Cosmetics concealer right now, and I am definitely going to switch to the illuminated version when I run out. I've played with it in store, and I can see why you love it so much!