I’ve been talking about it for a while but I finally sat down and snapped some step-by-step pics of my standard makeup look. I like to switch things up depending on my mood, outfit, or time on any given day, but this is the basic foundation of pretty much all of my makeup looks. I’ll not take up anymore time. You’ll find a list of products I use at the end of the post. Let’s get to it!
Yikes. No Makeup…
To start, I’ve already moisturized my face. I like to do this 5-10 minutes prior to starting my makeup to give the moisturizer time to really sink in to my skin.
I prime my face to make some sort of attempt to hide my Grand Canyon sized pores. I just pat the primer onto my cheekbone and T-Zone areas.
One pump of foundation on the back of my hand is just about all the product I need. I first swipe some on my face with my finger and down my neck, then I use a dampened beauty blender (this one from Real Techniques) to disperse the product. I use dabbing motions with the sponge to make sure the foundation gets into my pores and evenly covers my skin.
For concealer I go for a shade a bit lighter than my normal skin tone to brighten up my under-eye area. I swipe the concealer in a triangle shape under my eye for the best coverage, then use the same beauty blender to dab and blend the product in.
To set I use a translucent powder under my eyes and in the T-Zone. I only set those areas as they are my oily spots. I avoid the rest of my face to keep it from looking dry. I use a dense kabuki brush to press the powder onto my skin.
I’m not much for Kardashian style contouring. Instead I like to dust some bronzer in the hallows of my cheeks (or at least where they should be), under my jaw, and right at my hair line on my forehead.
I tend to reach for a peachy/pinky blush to pop onto my cheeks for a little color, without looking too much like a doll or something out of the 80’s.
After the blush and bronzer I take a stippling brush and do a little blending for a more natural look.
Using a gold-toned highlighter, I brush that on the tops of my cheeks, my temples, a bit on the tip of my nose, and the middle of my chin.
For my brows I mostly just fill in and shape slightly. I don’t want too much of a sculpted look, but I do have some bare spots I have to fill in, thanks to a bad brow job back in college that left me with some bald patches.
A must for me when it comes to eye makeup is shadow primer. My lids tend to get oily by the end of the day, so a primer keeps the shadow in place without creasing. I spread the product out gently with my middle finger to keep from being too rough on the delicate skin around my eyes. As you’ll see, I also brush shadow on the lower lash line, so primer goes there too.
For a basic look, I’ll dust one color, something brown or golden in tone all over the lids. Then with a nude matte shade and a fluffy brush I’ll blend from the crease to the brow.
I’ll then take the same color on my lids and sweep that right under my lower lash line for an added oomph for my eyes.
When I’m not going for a heavy cat-eye liner look, I’ll go the exact opposite with no liner on the lid at all. I just use a black kohl pencil liner to tight-line my upper lash line. And that’s it. I’m not a huge fan of the look of liner on the bottom lash line. I feel like it makes my eyes appear smaller than they really are.
Next step is to curl the lashes with a lash curler, or as the hubs calls it, a medieval torture device.
This is totally optional, some say it’s necessary, some don’t. I like to pop on a mascara primer. I feel like it helps add more volume to my lashes so I can avoid too many layers of actual mascara.
For mascara I usually do a couple coats for that falsie look without the actual falsies. Applying actual false lashes is a skill I just can’t get the hang of.
Also, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the fact that I was able to snap a pic proving the impossible…applying mascara without your mouth gaping open…
The lips are the last step. I’ll use a nude liner/lipstick duo. I don’t so much go for the Kylie Jenner look so I stick to my natural lip line.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Light Beige)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (#20 Sand Sable)
NYX Cosmetic Studio Finishing Powder (Translucent)
Nars Steven Klein Blush and Bronzer Palette
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champagne Glow)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (Medium Brown)
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner (Perfect Black)
Merle Norman Mascara Primer
Merle Norman Wicked Lash Mascara (Black)
MAC Lip Pencil (Edge to Edge)
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick (Satin)
Do you have a go-to makeup routine?
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