We live in a world where makeup is an expected everyday routine, and while it may have negative affects it can also be used in a tactful manner. Personally I’m comfortable in my own skin and don’t mind going out of the house without a trace of makeup on at all. I wear it because it’s enjoyable to me to apply it in the mornings. That being said, I’ve been asked more than a couple times before about what my beauty routine is, and I view that question as one with two different categories. One is my actual makeup routine, and the other is the routine that happens before I even put makeup on my face – being my skincare routine. Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of skincare products and makeup brands and products. Now I have finally settled on what products and techniques I like and the ones that I don’t. Over this period of time I’ve also put some thought into what works for my personal skin and what dosent which has helped a lot.
When I was thirteen my mom took me to a local Merle Norman where she had set up a session with an esthetician and makeup artist that taught me the ins and outs of skincare, and then how to properly apply makeup and use it tastefully. This was a real blessing because I now knew how to use everything in the world that had just opened up for me. While I didn’t necessarily wear full makeup or even really wear it a lot back then at thirteen, I did add the skincare tips to my already perfected regime. My grandmother was an esthetician and I grew up watching her take care of her skin, so I already knew a little bit about it.
I was sixteen when I really started to wear makeup – as in more than just face powder and barely-there mascara. Growing up I was never makeup-crazed, I was comfortable in my own skin and wasn’t ashamed to go barefaced. Now I basically have two default makeup regimes- what I call “full” and “half”. What I mean by full is a fully done and perfected makeup routine. This includes three different layers and highlighting of my T-zone. My “half” regime means a lightly done regime with soft highlighting.
Today I will be blogging on my favorite and most used makeup products, with a post on my skincare regime coming up sometime soon.
The Full Routine
- Starting at the base, I apply my liquid foundation which is L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup in “Soft Ivory/Classic Ivory”.
I start by using the dot method at my chin and then work upward taking time to do both my cheekbones and lightly doing from my chin down, blending it into my lower neck. I like this liquid foundation because it is not oily, matches my skin perfectly and doesn’t wear off easily during the day or even a workout! At Walmart it is $10.97 and is worth every penny!
- After this, I set my foundation with L’Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation which is a powder. It sets the liquid foundation perfectly and lasts a long time!
The powder is $11.97 and is a staple in my beauty box. On a half routine day, I use this as a base instead of a liquid foundation.
- This is followed by L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Shine Eraser Face Powder. I use this on a “full routine” day and a “half routine” day because it gets rid of any and and all shine – all day long.
While it took my a little longer to find this one and after using lot’s of products as experiments, this one took the prize for being the best shine-buster. At Walmart it’s $10.15 and lasts for several months, as you mostly use it in trouble spots like your T-zone.
As far as foundation wise, thats the routine for a full day. Let’s move on to eyeshadow and my favorite mascara!
- I’ve always been fairly light on the eyeshadow, and prefer to use blush tones that may or may not have a light sparkle to them. Usually I reserve the lightly-sparkled palettes for holidays or special occasions, but not always. Currently I’m using Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay and The Blushed Nudes by Maybelline New York.
The Naked 3 palette is my absolute favorite and is $53.00 at Ulta Beauty, but recently I fell in love with Maybelline New York’s The Blushed Nudes which is modeled after the popular Urban Decay palette but at a fraction of the cost at only $9.98! It’s much more economical and so similar!
- After I use the eyeshadow I apply my mascara. In the recent years I’ve started using waterproof mascara year-round because I find it stays on longer and doesn’t rub off or come off in the rain. I’ve become a loyal fan of Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara in Brownish Black.
It fans my lashes to a full shape and lasts for hours and hours no matter what I’m doing – even an intense workout at the gym. It’s $5.94 at Walmart and a smart move if you’re looking for all day wear.
- For my lips I opt for natural color and moisturizing affects that I can only find in Bert’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in the color “Hibiscus”.
It’s the best lip product I’ve ever used. Ever. I simply love this lip balm, and it’s tinted perfectly plus its organic and natural which I absolutely adore. Its $6.49 at Walmart and $4.99 at Walgreens.
Thats my “full” routine, it provides full coverage with special attention to my ever-oily T-zone and roughly takes me about 8-10 minutes to pull off.
The Half Routine
The half routine is simple and effective for everyday, and only takes 5 minutes or less to achieve a lightly done look.
- I use the loose powder.
- This is followed by my shine-buster.
- I then apply my eyeshadow, lightly with less of a layered effect than the full routine.
- Then comes the mascara, which on the half routine I pay half the attention to getting each lash separated and perfect. (But I do take the time to get any lumps out.)
Thats the Half Routine which takes barely any time and is what I use for an everyday look whether I’m working on the farm, running errands or just doing housework.
I lean towards mineral-based makeup and organic ingredients. Honestly, I don’t wear makeup because I’m afraid of being in my skin out and about – I wear it because I enjoy applying it every morning. That’s it! I don’t feel pushed to wear it and I’m perfectly okay with going out of the house with not a trace of makeup on – but I honestly enjoy putting it on every morning and trying new tricks sometimes.
My goal is to achieve a natural barely-there look, which is why I never go color crazy or do smokey eyes. It looks good on some people, but I’ve just never preferred that look on myself. Always remember to use makeup as an enhancer – not a definer of your person. God made you beautiful just the way you are. He created you unique and one of a kind!
I hope this post has helped someone with their confidence in the own skin, and maybe even brought some light on a product you’d like to use!
XOXO – Autumn