Guys. We’ve made it to Wednesday! Cheers!
I planned to share another post that I’ve been working on for months… It’s one of those high-strung opinion posts that I’m not sure I’m ready to share. But I’m sure it’s been a long week for us all and sometimes we just need to look at makeup, right?
I hope I’m not alone here, but I absolutely LOVE reading about the routines/products others use. Those are honestly my favorite posts to read and I’ve tried so many products because my favorite bloggers shared them.
This will probably seem like a lot to most of you, but I’m a high maintenance, routine person. My life functions better that way.
My everyday routine:
I start by applying bareMinerals Complexion Rescue as my base. This covers everything: it provides moisture, color, and SPF. Some days I use this instead of foundation because the coverage is buildable. I then prime my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. This product is a must-have and it lasts for months. Then I fill in my brows using an Anastasia Beverly Hills powder and set with NYX’s Control Freak.
Eye shadow, liner, and mascara are next. For the work week, I stick to subtle shades. I use Urban Decay’s Foxy on my lids and the elusive NARS shadow for the crease. I cannot say enough about Urban Decay’s shadows: I own four and they’re my absolute favorite! I prefer single shadows to palettes because I feel you get your best use out of the singles. Ulta runs 50% off sales on these sometimes and it’s the perfect time to stock up! Eyeliner is NYX, and I do a winged eye always. Can’t help myself. Next I curl my lashes using the Shiseido eyelash curler. This is my go-to curler, though I know a few of you were unimpressed with it. I love how it doesn’t pinch or crease. As most of you know, I swear by Maybelline’s Falsies mascara. However, I’ve started wearing Too Faced Better than Sex mascara with it and I may have a new favorite! I purchased the travel size during the VIB sale and wow. The Falsies may have finally been usurped.
My eye makeup definitely takes the longest. Even if I skip everything else, you will never see me without mascara and eye brows. Some days I skip foundation, but I’ve been suffering from breakouts lately and need a little extra coverage. I’m currently using Stila’s Aqua Glow Serum Foundation. I love it and it provides a gorgeous glow, though I don’t think it will work well for me once the temperature heats up since I have such oily skin. Concealer goes on after foundation. I apply Maybelline’s Age Rewind under my eyes and NARS Radiant Concealer on blemishes. After foundation I apply blush, and I’m still loving NYX’s Ombre Blush in Sweet Spring. After blush, I set everything with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder. This is nothing to write home about. All setting powder is the same. Save yourself some money and buy it at the drugstore.
Highlighting comes next. I always have several highlighters on hand, but I’m currently loving Urban Decay’s 8 Hour Powder Highlighter in Aura and NARS The Multiple in Copacabana. On bad allergy days, I’ll add Benefit’s Ooh La Lift Under-Eye Brightening Boost product under my eyes to cover the dark circles. Setting spray is last. My go-to is Urban Decay’s De-Slick Setting Spray.
I have it down to a science now and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. Sometimes it takes longer, depending on how well I can wing my liner. 😉 I wake up at 5:00 every morning, work out, get ready, watch tv, and eat breakfast. As an introvert I need all of that time to myself before I start the work day. It’s better for the world.
What’s your routine like? Are there products you use every day? Let me know!
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