Hey there, beautiful! How about a big YAY for the very first post on the new blog?! I am so excited to get this party started and to share a small part of your journey with you. Posts on this site will vary. Some days we’ll dig deep and talk life. Other days, like today, we’ll keep it light and fun (I didn’t want to scare anyone with the very first post). That said, if there’s a topic you would like me to write about, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can do.
For today’s post, let’s talk makeup. I’ve recently gotten
really into all things hair and makeup. Ever since I got myself a Birchbox subscription, I’ve become a lot little obsessed with trying new products. I also read several different beauty blogs. Two of my favorites are The Small Things Blog by Kate Bryan and Lauren Elizabeth by Kate’s sister, (you guessed it) Lauren. These two are always teaching me about new hair and makeup products, as well as new techniques for getting ready. Each of them recently filmed a tutorial talking about their daily makeup routines. You can watch Kate’s here and Lauren’s here. After watching those, I got a little Google crazy and started reading about other women’s daily beauty routines. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for a quick makeup routine that will leave me feeling put together, but won’t take a ton of time.
I love switching it up when it comes to my makeup, but below is a step-by-step you’ll find me doing on the daily during a busy work week.
Primer is the very first step in my makeup routine. Not a day goes by that I don’t apply primer. It’s one the best ways to make your makeup look a bit more fresh, as well as last longer. I use two different primers. The first is Tarte’s Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hour Brightening Primer, which I apply all over my face and neck. The second is Urban Decay’s Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion. I like to use Urban Decay’s eye primer simply because it works more specially for the eye and helps my shadow last way longer than if I were to just use Tarte.
I apply my eyeshadow first because there is nothing more frustrating than the dust from your shadow falling on your freshly painted makeup. After priming, I sweep a thin layer of powder over each eye to help create a stronger foundation for the eyeshadow. During a typical work week I’ll alternate between two different shades in my Naked Palettes. I love the simple matte look of the shade Naked from the original Naked Palette and the shade Tease from the Naked 2 Palette. I like to apply one or the other to my crease using a big fluffy shadow brush, focusing on blending.
In the past year I have found THE foundation. The foundation I love above all others. The foundation that can never be replaced. The foundation that provides the perfect coverage. That foundation is Clinique’s Even Better Foundation with SPF 15 in the shade Ivory. For application, I alternate between using the Swissco Precision Blending Sponge (similar to a Beauty Blender, but cheaper and works just as well!), or the Full Coverage Foundation Brush by Pixi.
Similar to my foundation, MAC’s Studio Fix Powder is a powder I don’t see myself switching from anytime soon. I dust this powder over my foundation to give my face a matte finish and soft glow. The brush I use is the Large Powder Brush No. 01 by Sonia Kashuk. The shade of powder is N5.
Before I use my concealer I like to apply a little corrector under my eyes. This gives me extra coverage on my dark spots. The corrector I use is the Correction Concentrate by Pixi in Brightening Peach. I just apply this guy gently with my ring finger. After that, I apply the MAC Select Moisturecover in NC15 under my eyes, to my forehead (just between and above my eyebrows), the ridge of my nose, a bit above my lip (just under my nose), and to my chin. I also use my blending sponge to blend this in.
Some days I’ll use bronzer while other days I’ll contour. It really just depends on my mood. If I contour, it’s a very light contour that is simple for work. I’m loving Pixi by Petra’s Natural Contour Powder. For Bronzer I’ve been using Merle Norman’s powder bronzer in Pool Side. I like this bronzer because it’s matte and doesn’t have any glitter in it, but it’s not something I plan on buying again. I also recently received Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer in a Birchbox that I LOVE! I’ll definitely be switching once my Merle Norman runs out. To apply the two powders I alternate between using the Sonia Kashuk Contour Brush No. 30 and the Sonia Kashuk Blusher Brush No. 101. To apply to liquid bronzer I use the blending sponge.
I love a good highlighter. I sometimes even use it on days when I wear no makeup at all because it brightens the face so much. I’m a big fan of NYX’s Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam. I simply apply on my cheek bones, above the eyebrows, on the ridge of my nose, and on my chin. Blending with, you guessed it, my blending sponge. Another great highlighter I was recently introduced to and love the Au Naturale Organic Creme Highlighter Stick in Rose Gold. It’s stunning and is super lightweight. I apply with my ring finger in the same places as the NYX.
I keep it simple when it comes to blush. I apply a small amount onto the apple of my cheeks. Sometimes I’ll use powder blush from Merle Norman, applying with the Sonia Kashuk Domed Blusher Brush No. 29. I’m a big fan of liquid blush, as well, especially when I’m wanting a light, dewy look. Arrow by Birchbox makes a Cooling Cheek Tint that I’m really liking these days. I use the shade Pink Punch and apply with my blending sponge.
Eyeliner is as basic as a quick swipe across my eye lids. I’ve been using Clinique’s Ouickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Aubergine. And it’s not as intense as it sounds!
Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is hands-down the best. I use it every single day. Also, you will notice I set my makeup before applying mascara. This is because if I spray this setting spray right after I use mascara, it causes the mascara to smudge and/or run. Yes, I could wait for the mascara to dry before setting, but most of the time I’m running short on time and need to get to work so this just makes my process move a little faster.
For a normal work week I’m a two coats and done when it comes to my mascara. I love Benefit’s Roller Lash because it’s a buildable mascara which means it can be as light or heavy as I need it to be.
And that’s it… Some might say that contour and highlight are a bit overkill for an everyday look, but I simply like the way each brighten my face and make me a look a little more alive so I go for it.