Everyday make up routines are such an interesting topic and something I haven’t gotten into much on my blog. Some days I’m content with throwing on some blush and hitting the road, and other days I feel better leaving the house with a full face of neutral tones. I guess it all depends on how late I’m running, and how much energy I’m willing to put in to look somewhat presentable. I’ve come to the conclusion that make up is far too expensive to lather it on if I’m going to lay around the house all day; and if I plan on spending the day studying, better believe I’ll be wiping my tears (and make up) away for the majority of the day.
In other news, the more I experiment with various brands and products, the more my “everyday” routine seems to change. Again, everyone’s preferences are different — If you’re comfortable rocking minimal make up on a daily basis, cool. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable with a full face of glammed out make up, also cool (and kudos for all that hard work). For the most part, I stick to the following products on an everyday/casual basis. Enjoy, and feel free to use my contact tab for any questions regarding some of the products listed below!
Primer: Nivea Men’s Aftershave Sensitive Skin Balm
About a year ago, Nivea Men’s Aftershave practically broke the internet as a dupe of countless pricey skin primers. This balm is ideal for a dewy and creaseless finish, and the best part is that its under $20.
Foundation: Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer in “Golden Neutral” or NYX Cosmetics HD Foundation in “Soft Beige”
These two products are my “go-tos”. I’ve been using the Clinique foundation for the longest time now and I love the overall coverage and quality of this product. I recently purchased the NYX HD Foundation as a cheaper alternative after reading countless reviews for more “economical” make up products. I find that this product leaves my skin with a dewy finish. The particular shade I bought was a little bit darker than I normally use this time of year, so I haven’t been able to use it too much yet, however, I love the way it looks and feels, and can’t wait to experiment with it more in the sunnier months to come.
Concealer & Contour Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation/Concealer Stick in “Banana”
This concealer stick is ideal for highlighting the high points of the face for a contoured look (undereye, nose bridge, forehead, chin). Be careful with the Anastasia stick contour products, as they can leave your face looking chalky if used in excess (I found this out the hard way).
Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
I never paid much attention to setting powder until about a year ago. This product was the first and only setting powder I’ve used, and is arguably the most reputable product in its category. I use this to set the undereye and highlighted areas that tend to crease or collect oil. The idea behind setting powder is to absorb oils and allow different products to apply with a smoother finish.
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in “Blonde” and Brow Wiz in “Taupe” & Mac Pro Longer Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” to highlight brow bone and conceal edges.
Depending on how dark I want my eye make up (and how late I’m running), I either use the brow wiz which is more natural and light, or the dip brow which leave my brows a little bit darker and more defined. Additionally, I use the Mac paint pot to clean up the edges for sharp, flawless brows because we all know brows can make or break a look. If you’re not familiar with brow products, I recommend the brow wiz. It’s very easy to use and it’s almost impossible to mess up. The dip brow was the first brow product I purchased about two years ago and I’m guilty of overdoing it, however with practice, I’ve determined its all about your brush and a little bit of product goes a LONG way.
Bronzer: NYX Matte Bronzer in “Light”
As I mentioned in a previous post, I used to be a ride or die Chocolate Soleil fan and recently purchased this product for “economical” purposes. This by far exceeded my expectations and I recommend to anyone looking for a matte bronzer for contouring and sculpting those cheekbones.
Blush: Pur Cosmetics Blush
I purchased this product forever ago and should really invest in a new one sometime soon. I don’t use too much blush, however, I feel like Im missing something without at least a little bit. Pur Cosmetics is a drugstore brand; and although I’ve leaned away from drugstore products in the past couple years while experimenting with different options and preferences, this remains one product that gets the job done for a great price.
Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills “That Glow” Glow Kit (typically in “Bubbly” and “Dripping in Gold”
Everyone knows Anastasia Beverly Hills makes amazing Glow Kits and although I’d like to experiment more with various shades and products for highlighting the high points of my face and emphasizing the “glow”, this product is great for it’s neutral shades and pigmentation (with the right brushes of course)!
** Depending on how I’m feeling or the occasion, my go to neutral eye palette is the Morphe 35O palette. Prior to doing so, I typically use Mac “Soft Ochre” Paint Pot to conceal my eyelids, followed by setting powder to prevent creasing and smudging.
Various Looks With These Products: