Thursday, April 19, 2018

My Everyday Make-Up Routine

Last week on my Instagram i asked what y’all wanted the next post to be and you chose my everyday make up routine!  Before I dive into it though, I want to make sure that we’re all on the same page.

You do not need make up to be beautiful! Beauty comes from within. Beauty comes from your words, your actions and your overall view of the world. There’s nothing wrong with wearing make up or not, but I would never want anyone to feel pressure to do something they weren’t comfortable with. 

Today as I wrote this post, I’m not even wearing makeup! I ran out of time at the gym this morning when I was getting ready for the day and that’s okay! Sometimes I wake up a little early to put make up on and that’s okay too. It’s all about balance. 

Okay off my soapbox, let the fun begin. 

Before any make up goes on my face, I make sure of a few things:
  • I drink 3 to 5 liters of water a day. There are so many benefits to staying hydrated and one of them is clear skin
  • I take my make up off every night. Your skin needs a break and needs to be bare! It needs air.
  • I try to go one or two week days without make up on. That seems weird but if I’m just going to be behind a computer screen, I don’t mind maybe only having concealer on or no make up at all. 
  • I use a night cream and moisturizer. 
  • I clean my brushes. Maybe not every week but I make a conscious effort to make sure what I’m putting on my skin is clean.

In the next few weeks I’m planning on sharing a more detailed post with my skin care routine but I think those are some important first steps even before any make up is applied.

After applying moisturizer, I begin applying concealer. I use two for different blemishes. 


I spray all my sponges with Trader Joe's rose water facial toner, I feel that it helps the sponge absorb something other than my make up without diluting the products. I actually use the handle of my blush brush to get the NYX dark circle concealer and I apply it to my eyes like so:

After I apply the product right to my under eyes and sometimes other dark spots on my face,  I use the make up sponge to pat into my skin. Gliding or smearing products on your skin displaces them and they don't prove as effective in my opinion. I also apply the NYX HD Studio Photogenic concealer on other blemishes and pat it with the blender. 

After the concealer is blended, I apply a primer. I switch between the NYX #sansfilter primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I like these primers because if I don't feel like wearing foundation on top of the concealer and the primer then these also are tinted to blend with your skin tone, so you don't have to!

After the liquid base, I then apply bronzer. I don't use a "base powder" per say. I just jump straight to the bronzer and use it according to the season and my skin tone. Lightly dusting it on my face.

Now comes for the extra frills. I never contoured UNTIL I found this product. The NYX Wonderstick CHANGES LIVES PEOPLE! CHANGES LIVES! It makes contouring so easy and look natural. Another big component of my conversion to contouring was when Courtney Shields of BYOB did a contouring tutorial of what she does, this helped me perfect the everyday contour. 

I use the brown or side of the stick more of the stick, but when I'm taking a lot of time to do my make up for a date night or the night on the town with my friends, I'll use the lighter highlight side as well. 
I draw the with the contour stick to accent my cheekbones and the corners of my forehead. 

I spray my smaller sponge with Trader Joe's rose water facial toner and start at inner end of the lines around my cheek bones. I blend and dap at the same time into my hairline. Then I blend the forehead lines partially into my hair line and partially frame my face.

Then I apply the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Stick above the accent lines I just blended and then start in the middle of my face and blend it up and into my hairline. 

My eyelashes are naturally pretty thick and very dark, so I don't always wear eye make-up, but I figured I would explain what I do for this area of my face! I apply Ulta eye shadow primer, you need a small dab of this because a little goes a long way! I have a well-loved Ulta palette, but I love these palettes because there versatile but you also cannot mess up. After I dabble in the palette, I top it off with Ulta mascara. I make sure to start at the base of lash and run the wand through each section of lashes, sometimes I do a double coat. I make sure to evenly spread the mascara on my top lashes. I rarely wear mascara on my bottom lashes. 

This picture was too good not to post. But you get the point, I also comb my lashes through with an old clean mascara brush to further separate the lashes. 

I top my routine off with lipstick (hello!). Right now I'm obsessed with Too Faced Holy Chic! Liquid lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Tiramisu. I apply two coats of the liquid lipstick, let it dry and then add the NYX Butter Gloss

All of my beauty products are linked in the beginning and the end of this blog post. I am by no means a beauty expert. This is an easy, everyday and affordable make up routine though! I hope y'all liked this post and that if you want any video tutorials, please let me know! 

Cheers to having fun with makeup, but knowing that your beauty is what shines from within!
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