Friday, August 11, 2017

Everyday Makeup Routine

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Today I am going to share with y'all my "Everyday Makeup Routine". I get tons of questions about the products I use so I thought I would share an updated routine. This routine is what I do everyday for work, but I usually don't do bronzer, blush, and highlighter unless I am going out after work. It just takes more time to get those products on and blended.  In the morning I want to be quick, which means more sleep for me :). I had the collage made with the products in the order I use them so hopefully this is easy to follow!

1. After I moisturize my face and let it set for a minute or two I put on Benefit's Porefessional Primer.  It makes my pores look SO much smaller and makes all the proceeding makeup products go on smoothly. 

2. I found these CoverGirl Trublend concealers a few months ago and fell in love! I was using a different product and I thought it was clogging my pores so I went on the hunt for a concealer that would work for my skin. I like the consistency of these concealers a lot. They aren't too thick or too oily. A lot of the concealers I have bought when I try to cover a a pimple and blend it in, it just wipes away. That drives me nuts! I also hate when they are SO thick it doesn't blend at all and you can tell it is there after you apply foundation. I love that they come in such a variety of colors. I have 3-4 different shades depending on how pale or tan I am. 

3. This foundation is life! I searched and searched for a foundation for months before I came across this one. I wanted a foundation with no SPF in it. When I go out at night I hate having the white flashback in my photos. It is so hard to find a good foundation that does not have SPF. {My moisturizer has SPF in it already so during the day time I have that on, but if I am applying makeup to go out, I use a different moisturizer without SPF.}  A friend of my mine suggested I tried Estee Lauder Double Wear, which I did. It was WAYYYY to thick and very full coverage. I went back to Nordstrom to get some help and the lady who helped me suggested Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. As the name suggests, you get all the amazing qualities of Double Wear without the full coverage and thick formula. It is build-able too, so if you want it to be lighter coverage or very full coverage you can add less or more depending on what you want.  I have this foundation in 4 different shades and I just love it! I am currently using shade 2.0. 

4. I use my Beauty Blender to apply my foundation, blend in my under eye corrector, and to bake my under eyes with powder. 

5. I have used this Maybelline Dream Lumi corrector in the shade "Radiant" for years! I found it when I was in graduate school in 2013 and I have been using it ever since. I did stop using it for awhile when I found the YSL Touche Eclat. I went back to Maybelline eventually, because it is more than half the price and is honestly very, very close in quality to the YSL. For me it wasn't THAT much better to justify the cost difference. I apply this is a triangle underneath my eyes and blend it in with my beauty blender.

6, 7 , 8 & 9. Next, I set my under eye. I mix the Rimmel Stay Matte and the RCMA powder together and set my under eye with my beauty blender. I brush off the excess with the Elf Stippling brush (#9). Then I set my foundation on the rest of my face. I use the Sigma F30 (#6) powder brush and Rimmel's Stay Matte powder to do this. I love Sigma brushes and have been using them for years. They are a great price, awesome quality, and don't shed. I have tried so many different powders throughout the years and recently went back to the Rimmel powder.

10 & 11. When I am planning to go out after work, or going out in general, I always use bronzer, blush, and a highlighting powder. I am currently using Mac's Mineralized Skinfinish in color "Give Me Sun". I switch back and forth between a few bronzers depending on my skin tone at the time. I do love Bobbi Brown's bronzer as well. I loveeeee this Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush. It puts the product exactly where I want it and blends like a dream.

12 & 13. I have always loved Mac Blushes. They are really the only blushes I use except for one Milania Baked Blush I love. I rotate between a few different shades in Mac Blushes my two favorites are "Warm Soul" and "Love Cloud". I use the Sigma F40 Brush to apply to blush. The goat hair that this brush is made out of allows you to pick up the blush and distribute it evenly without a ton of blending.

14 & 15. Adding highlighter to the tops of my cheeks is the last step for my face makeup. This Becca highlighter in Opal is the ONLY highlighter I use. It has lasted me 2 years and I use it frequently. I have used Mac's "Soft and Gentle" before and still own it, but I never reach for it anymore. I use this Sigma F86 Precision Tapered Brush to apply the highlighter. I then go in with Sigma's F25 Tapered Brush to diffuse it and blend it in {I forgot to add that to this collage}. The F86 allows me to place the highlighter exactly where I want it and the F25 blends in into my cheek bones seamlessly.

16, 17, & 18. This next step is something I do every single time I put makeup on. If I don't do it, I look tired and my eyes just kind of disappear into my face. I need definition on my lower lash line to make everything look the way I like. I RARELY use eyeliner and I NEVER use it on my lower lash line. Instead, I use eye shadow. I mix two colors from the Naked Palette "Buck" and "Darkhorse" together with the Sigma E65 and use it along my lower lash line. I then blend it out with the Sigma E30. Once I have blended that out the way I want I am pretty much done with my makeup. I will go over my whole face with a powder brush to make sure everything is blended perfectly. 

Whoaaaa that was a long post. I hope if you read it you found some helpful tips, and products to incorporate into your own routine. I have very oily skin and live in a very humid, coastal climate. If you have very dry skin some of these products may not be ideal for you. However, you can't go wrong with a lot of the makeup brushes I have mentioned. They are all available at a great price point and mine have lasted years.

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