I often get asked how I do my makeup, by friends and strangers. I once did an Instagram video in which I broke down each step of my makeup routine, but I realized that it’s something I never talked about on my blog. So I wanted to share it with you guys and since some people are visual learners, I made sure to take LOTS of pictures. I hope you enjoy each and every one of them. Let’s get right into it.
First, we want to start off with a nice fresh face. For me, I do more of my in depth facial cleansing at night when I’m taking off my makeup and all the oil and dirt from the day. In the morning, I just freshen it up with some witch hazel. I use cotton pads that you can find at Walmart, Target, and even the dollar store. I pour some onto the pad and wipe it all over my face, over my eyes, and down my neck. I feel like it really helps to wake me up too. This one just so happened to also be infused with rose water, but I don’t usually buy this one; It was just the only one left in the store. To be honest, I don’t see a difference between this one and the original plain witch hazel so I wouldn’t sweat it if you’re not able to buy this exact one.
After I’ve freshened up my face, I’ll apply my daily SPF. I have recently been paying more mind to preventing skin damage, especially when it comes to my face. It can just really cause premature aging and even melanoma so it’s really important that we take sun protection seriously. This one is a natural one that I got from Amazon. I try my best to switch as many products as I can to natural ones. I don’t do it for all of them though, as you’ll see, because I still want my products to work a certain way and if I can’t get that with the natural ones, I’ll just use conventional ones.
Next, I put my makeup primer on all over my face. This one is another natural product. I love how it moisturizes and really makes my skin feel alive. It has such a pretty glow to it too, making your face look so dewy. I would say moisturizing your face, in some way, before you put makeup on is so vital! It’ll help make the application process so smooth and will leave you with a more natural look. It’s as if the foundation and makeup is able to melt into your skin instead of just sitting on top. From my experience, if I don’t moisturize, my makeup will look dry and pasty and not at all how you ideally would want it to look.
After I moisturize my face, I then do the same to my lips. I just hate my skin or lips to feel dry and tight so I like to get this done right away. It’ll just irritate me if I don’t😂 I like to use Carmex because it’s easy to layer onto your lipstick later on in the day if it’s starting to wear off. What I often will do is apply it on top of my lipstick mid-day, rub my lips together, and voila you look like you just reapplied new lipstick when really all you did was put a little lip balm on.
Next I think it’s important to note that I always dampen my sponge. I have had days where I was too lazy to do so and just skipped this step which resulted in my makeup looking dry, textured and pasty; basically not how anyone wants their makeup to look. So I would say a damp sponge is a must!
Now we apply foundation. I love, love, love this Milani conceal and perfect one. I have tried to switch to others, in hopes of finding one that’s better and immediately end up regretting it. This one just has such good coverage and without looking unnatural. It covers what it needs to without looking like mask. But it is also very breathable and not heavy at all; to the point that I sometimes forget I even have it on as I carry on with my day. I feel like my skin can breathe and like it’s not at all suffocated with this one (which I know is a big concern when you’re using high coverage makeup).
Next, we move on to concealer. This is my tried and true favorite. It again has such a good coverage but doesn’t look unnatural or heavy. I use the color “natural” in the summer time since I have a little tint from the sun, a little more color. But normally when I’m not tan, I use the shade “vanilla”. I just apply it to the typical place you would apply concealer for contouring: down my nose, underneath my eyes, on my chin, a little triangle on my forehead, and a little above my jaw.
Then just like with the foundation, you want to dab that into your face. With all my makeup, I dab, no brushing across or sweeping (unless we’re doing loose powder). Dabbing your makeup on helps to build coverage instead of accidentally taking some off; which is what happens to me if I try sweeping my makeup across.
Now onto bronzer. This is just a picture of me showing you the one I use: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. It is the best! I again have tried other ones but none have been as pigmented and smooth as this one has. Other brands tend to be too light for me (even when I use their darkest shade) and it ends up looking like you have no bronzer on whatsoever. I’ve also used ones that were so patchy it made me look like I had a skin condition. So I always revert back to this one. It’s just what I need.
I start with applying the bronzer on the top of my forehead. Again, to do this I dab it on. If you were to smear it or try swooping your brush, you could potentially wipe away the foundation from underneath, giving you a patchy look. As a side note, the reason why you would want to wear bronzer is to bring some warmth and color to your face (as foundation can sometimes wash your skin out). It also gives your face depth by defining your facial features; it makes your cheekbones pop, gives a tightened and toned look to your jaw, and it helps define and slim your nose (if that’s what you want). I just wanted to add that in there because I’ve had friends ask me what the purpose of contouring and bronzer is all about.
I then go on to do the hollows of my cheeks to define those cheek bones. I’ve recently been trying a new technique of just using the side bristles of my brush (so not the whole width of it) to help only mark a small thin area of my cheek so it can be more clean and defined rather then if I just powdered my whole cheek brown. I hope that makes sense with the way I’m explaining it.
Next, I go along my jaw line. You want to make sure that for this one, you’re going underneath your face. I use to do it on my face directly which ended up making me look silly since I’d have a brown line all along the bottom of my face. Make sure you keep it tucked in and hidden by focusing it more beneath the jawline.
Next we just bring that bronzer on down your neck. You don’t really want to be adding much bronzer to the brush, if any at all, during this step. This is more so to help blend the bronzer you already have on your face, with your neck so that there will be a smooth transition in color. You wouldn’t want your chest to be white and then your face or neck brown. So bringing the bronzer down your neck just helps to fade it all in so it transitions better.
Now I go on to contour my nose. I just use a small eye shadow brush to apply bronzer to the sides of my nose. I make sure to go all the way up to where my eyebrows start and then down again to the tip of my nose. If you feel that the bronzer is noticeable and just looks like brown markings on your face, don’t worry. Once we apply the setting powder, it’ll help to blend everything out.
Next I like to go in with blush. Some people like to skip blush all together but in my mind, how can you? I love a rosy pink cheek; I think it’s so feminine and cute. This one is from the Honest company so it’s another natural beauty product (you see, I’m trying😄) I again dab this onto the tops of my cheeks. I used to do my whole cheek but that just ended up making me look like a clown, unbeknownst to me. But you make makeup mistakes sometimes, and you look kind of crazy on those days, but you learn from it and get better from there.
Dab, dab, away✨
Now we set and blend it all in with some loose powder. This big jar was only $6 on Amazon. A friend recommended it to me and so far, so good. I take a medium sized sturdy brush, dip it in the powder, tap the excess on the side of the jar, and then just apply it to the especially oily areas, mainly my t-zone. When it comes to brushes, just use the one that makes the most sense to you and that gives you the results you’re wanting. I’m so certain I’m not using the brushes correctly or as they’re intended to be used but that doesn’t matter to me. I think that as long as you’re happy with the end result, then you’ve done your makeup right. That’s why you don’t really see me specifying the exact brush I use for each step. Just play around with them and see which ones you like to work with best.
This step is a new one for me. I literally just started incorporating lip liner into my routine maybe a week or two ago. I always had a friend who would basically tell me I should use it, I saw Youtube videos of girls who made a dramatic difference just by using it so I thought, why not just try it all ready. So I bought this pink one from Rimmel London. My lipsticks tend to be pinkish nude colors anyways so I figured it would work. You want to choose a lip liner that is a pretty close match to the lipstick you’ll be using it with so it blends together nicely. Again, I find that moisturized lips help make the process so much smoother since the liner can just glide across your lips instead of it being jagged and constantly stopping. I just line the inner and a bit of the outer of my lips and that’s it.
I next apply my lipstick. (Sorry it’s upside down in the picture. I didn’t notice that while I was taking it). This is my favorite lipstick that has been my go-to for probably a year now (maybe a little more too). I’ll try other lipsticks from time to time but again always revert back to this one because it’s just a favorite. I really like the formula in this liquid matte lipstick because it doesn’t feel too tight on my lips. You know how matte lipsticks can be, drying, tight, peeling. But with this one, I get none of that. It looks streaky at first when you put it on, but just allow it to dry and then you’ll have a nice full coverage look.
Next we go on to eyeshadow; one of my favorite parts! I just love how you can be so expressive and versatile when it comes to eyeshadow. It’s fun. This is a cheap palette I bought from Amazon for only $11. The quality is very good so that’s why I continue to order these kind of palettes. This one is called Sweet Mint from the brand Best Land. I’ll have all the products linked below to make it easier for you to find each product.
The first color I used is this light pink. Unfortunately they don’t have their own names so I can’t tell you what each color is called. But I used this blush pink all over the base of my eyelid.
Next I went in with this shimmering burnt sienna color for my lid. You’ll notice that for me I tend to use warm pinks, oranges, and browns. They just tend to suit me best as I am a fall tone, after all This one I just covered my lid with. You may have to go in a few times with the color just to make sure you’re getting the opaqueness that you want.
The color ended up coming in darker than I wanted (it was very red) so I just went in with my beauty blender and tapped it on my lid a bit to help lighten it up. I then used my finger to kind of blend in the concealer that was transferred from the blender. This isn’t something I normally have to do, simply because I usually don’t have mistakes like this. But on this day I just so happened to put too much. It’s a good opportunity though to show you what I do in a situation like this when I needed to correct my makeup.
After I fixed that little mishap, I next went in on the crease with this brown shade. For my crease, I use a small slanted brush (I’ll try finding a link for that too) and then I just dab it into my crease. I don’t add too much color on my brush when doing this because a little goes a long way. So start with a less and you can always add more if you need to.
Dab it into your crease.
I also will use the same color that I used for my crease for under my eyes. Our eye shapes will vary so what suits one person won’t suit another and vice versa. For me, I notice that my eyes look best when there’s a little something lining the bottom. I feel like it gives my eyes more balance and just evens out the look for me. So again you can play around with it and see what works best for your unique eye shape.
I’m then going to go in with this sparkle white color and dab that into the inner corners of my eyes. I love adding a little pop of shimmer to this part of the eye because it’s such a small thing but it really makes a difference in your overall look (and it makes you glow a little more😊). As a side note, sorry the pictures aren’t as crisp and clear. Hopefully I can soon invest in a better camera for you guys to see all the sharp details in my pictures. Just know that it’s something I’m working on.
Would you like to have some glitter? Yes please!✨
Next I go in with my eyeliner. Since taking these pictures, I’ve recently moved on to using a liquid eyeliner pen. It’s literally the same application and everything. I just feel that with the liquid one, it can be seen better so it’s more noticeable. I sometimes have the issue of this pencil eyeliner being too light that you can’t even tell it’s there. I’ll link both products down below so you can decide for yourself which one you want. What works best for my eyes is for me to just do a flick on the side. My eyes have a natural curvature on the side of my eye (maybe it’s just a wrinkle😂) so I just follow that line. I don’t line the top of my eye which I know may sound weird to some but each and every time I try it, it just ends up looking bad. I’ve done a perfect winged look before but it just didn’t suit my eyes. It ends up making them look really small and my eyes are already on the smaller side. Every time I try to make it work, I never end up liking the way it looks. So I just don’t do it.
Next I like to start prepping my lashes. I love this L’Oreal voluminous primer. It really helps to define, lengthen, and thicken the look of your lashes. I am so glad I tried this about 2 years ago because it has been a game changer and a staple in my routine. I just apply this on my lashes like you normally would with mascara. I make sure they’re coated from the root to the tip. I then give that a second to dry while I move on to eyebrows.
For eyebrows I love to use this E.L.F brow pencil. I like the shade Taupe since it’s a lighter brown and won’t give me such a harsh look to my face. I first like to brush them out just to see what we’re working with today.
I then line the bottom and top of my eyebrow with a thin light line. Remember, less is more and you want to keep it tight meaning that it’s really in your brow. You can always add more product later but with eyebrows it’s hard to take off extra if you just so happen to use too much. So start with a little bit.
A picture of the product ⬆
I then use an angular brush to fill in my brows with the color that we lined it with. I go up in hair like strokes all throughout my brow. I really want a natural look that’s not too harsh and still gives me a friendly and approachable look.
After I used the angular brush to distribute the product, I then go back in with the pencil to fill in my sparse ends. Remember to keep it light, with gentle soft strokes. You don’t want to use it as if it is a crayon, that would make your brows look too harsh, dark, and angular.
This is a new product that I’ve just been using for about 2 weeks now and I love it! It is the E.L.F clear brow gel (there’s also a side to be used as a clear mascara). I just brush it up throughout my brows and it gives it an even more natural and fresh look for the summer. It helps define the little hairs in your eyebrows and it was really cheap too (I believe it was only $2).
Now that the mascara primer is dry, we go in with the actual mascara. I just coat my lashes with it as you normally would, maybe with one or two coats, depending on how natural or glam I want them to look for that day.
After that I go in with my setting spray. This is a natural one but to be honest with you, I don’t really like it at all. I feel as if it does nothing for the longevity of my makeup and in some cases, I feel like it makes things look worse. The one I would recommend to you is the NYX setting sprays (either matte or the dewy one, both work really well from my experience. It all depends on what look you’re going for when it comes to choosing between the two of those). So I most likely will be ordering one of the NYX ones this week. I just feel that they really help to seal in your makeup so well and helps it from wearing off throughout the day.
And there you have it: Voila, the finished product! I feel that this is a really nice and natural everyday makeup look. If you wanted it to look more dramamtic, my favorite thing to do is to add a plum lipstick. That deep purple will really look nice with the light pinks and it’s just such an easy way to quickly transform your look. (I just feel a bit weird wearing such a dark color during the summer daytime. That is something I would for sure do during the fall and winter season though).
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post and if this is the kind that you guys are into, please let me know in the comments below so I can be sure to make more like this. As I mentioned, if there are any products you guys liked here and want to buy for yourself, I’ll have them all linked below. I hope you guys have a wonderful day!🌞
Until next time,
- Witch hazel– https://www.amazon.com/Dickinsons-Enhanced-Witch-Alcohol-Hydrating/dp/B00KX32J26/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=witch+hazel+dickinsons&qid=1593140051&sr=8-1
- Natural SPF– https://www.amazon.com/Andalou-Naturals-Resveratrol-Antioxidants-Lightweight/dp/B0052P0XBO/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=natural+spf&qid=1593140183&sr=8-13
- Pacifica Crystal Primer– https://www.amazon.com/Pacifica-Crystal-Primer-Powered-pack/dp/B079SZFJ8G/ref=sr_1_1?crid=23ZU79CS01UTC&dchild=1&keywords=pacifica+crystal+primer&qid=1593140315&sprefix=pacifica+cry%2Caps%2C340&sr=8-1
- Carmex lip balm– https://www.amazon.com/Pacifica-Crystal-Primer-Powered-pack/dp/B079SZFJ8G/ref=sr_1_1?crid=23ZU79CS01UTC&dchild=1&keywords=pacifica+crystal+primer&qid=1593140315&sprefix=pacifica+cry%2Caps%2C340&sr=8-1
- Beauty Blender– https://www.amazon.com/Makeup-Blender-Sponge-Pcs-Set/dp/B07GWJRPTS/ref=sr_1_26?dchild=1&keywords=beauty+blender&qid=1593140448&sr=8-26
- Milani foundation (I use #2 in “Natural”)– https://www.amazon.com/Milani-Conceal-Perfect-Foundation-Concealer/dp/B01CC0GUD6/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=milani+foundation&qid=1593140572&sr=8-5
- NYX Concealer (I use the shade “Natural”)–https://www.amazon.com/Milani-Conceal-Perfect-Foundation-Concealer/dp/B01CC0GUD6/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=milani+foundation&qid=1593140572&sr=8-5
- Physicians bronzer (I use the shade “Bronzer”– https://www.amazon.com/Physicians-Formula-Murumuru-Butter-Bronzer/dp/B018B8Q5Z6/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=physicians+bronzer&qid=1593140742&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE1S0pUMjNOSUU5WVEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA4NDQxMDQyRTQ3Q01JTjVGTTNMJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA3NzI1NTYxMktLSVhIMzAxMjJNJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
- Makeup brushes– https://www.amazon.com/BESTOPE-Brushes-Synthetic-Foundation-Concealers/dp/B07DVXQKPV/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=makeup+brushes&qid=1593141031&sr=8-9
- Honest beauty blush (Peony pink)– https://www.amazon.com/Honest-Beauty-Creme-Cheek-Blush/dp/B07F45ZXNX/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=honest+beauty+blush&qid=1593141150&sr=8-3
- Airspun loose powder (In the shade “Translucent”)– https://www.amazon.com/Honest-Beauty-Creme-Cheek-Blush/dp/B07F45ZXNX/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=honest+beauty+blush&qid=1593141150&sr=8-3
- Rimmel lip liner (shade: “You’re all mine”)– https://www.amazon.com/Rimmel-Exaggerate-Liner-Eastend-Count/dp/B019F0FFVO/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=rimmel%2Blondon%2Blip%2Bliner&qid=1593141316&sr=8-1&th=1
- Rimmel stay matte liquid lipstick (Shade: “Be my baby”)- https://www.amazon.com/Rimmel-Matte-Liquid-Bliss-Fluid/dp/B072BYX1CC/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=rimmel%2Blondon%2Bstay%2Bmatte%2Blipstick&qid=1593141492&sr=8-4&th=1
- Best Land eyeshadow palette– https://www.amazon.com/Eyeshadow-Palette%EF%BC%8CProfessional-Metallic-Waterproof-Pigmented/dp/B07ZF71LJB/ref=sr_1_20_sspa?crid=2H7405HP4X5N&dchild=1&keywords=bestland+eyeshadow&qid=1593141673&sprefix=best+land+eyesha%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-20-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyM0RUMUZVMUI1S1lHJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTAyMTkwM001UkdFWVlaUTVSSSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTc5NjU1Mk9FOEhQU05WWkhTMiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
- Burt’s Bees Pencil (Shade: “Warm Brown”)– https://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Nourishing-Eyeliner-Brown/dp/B0793LFGMZ/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=burts+bees+pencil&qid=1593141802&sr=8-6
- Maybelline Eyeliner pen (Shade: “Matte Black”)– https://www.amazon.com/Maybelline-Eyestudio-Master-Precise-Eyeliner/dp/B07FYMBCS5/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=eyeliner+pen&qid=1593141864&sr=8-7
- Loreal mascara primer– https://www.amazon.com/Paris-Voluminous-Boosting-Conditioning-Mascara/dp/B01DPA6OHO/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=loreal+mascara+primer&qid=1593142014&sr=8-2
- Loreal Mascara (Shade: “Waterproof black/brown”)– https://www.amazon.com/LOreal-Paris-Voluminous-Original-Building/dp/B004BCXAM8/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=loreal+mascara+primer&qid=1593142074&sr=8-5
- E.L.F eyebrow pencil (I use the shade “Taupe”)– https://www.amazon.com/l-f-Essential-Instant-Eyebrow-Neutral/dp/B075QP1FM9/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=elf+eyebrow+pencil&qid=1593142202&sr=8-2
- E.L.F eyebrow gel– https://www.amazon.com/Pack-l-f-Clear-Brow-Mascara/dp/B019KVXYPW/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=elf+eyebrow+gel&qid=1593142377&sr=8-4
- Natural setting spray– https://www.amazon.com/Makeup-Setting-Spray-Organic-Green/dp/B00TXWKFKQ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=RBFL0QWLH9HO&dchild=1&keywords=bella+jade+setting+spray&qid=1593142526&sprefix=bella+jade+sett%2Caps%2C231&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzMFE0UzZFSjFEVDVBJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjc1Mjg3MVVPNkI2TURJSFhFTCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTExMDQ5MjZZWlRPTTlQNTVQSSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
- NYX setting spray– https://www.amazon.com/NYX-Professional-Makeup-Setting-Lasting/dp/B00B4YVU4G/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=nyx+setting+spray&qid=1593142576&sr=8-5