I love sleeping. It’s one of my favourite things to do and one of the hardest things to stop doing. Pulling myself out of bed in the mornings is challenging most days, especially during these winter months when my bed is oh-so-cozy and the weather is so not.
As a result, during the week I don’t usually have a lot of time to pull myself together and need to get makeup work-ready in about 15 minutes. I thought I’d share my day-to-day routine that covers all of the basic steps of a complete look. It’s nothing fancy, but that’s why it’s my go-to – if I want to dress it up, I’ll usually add a swipe of red lipstick.
- Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation
- Benefit Erase Paste
- Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Compact Foundation
- Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade
- bhcosmetics Professional Blush Palette
- Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner
- Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
- beautyblender pro
I start by moistening my beautyblender and applying foundation all over using a stippling technique. In the past I’ve used duo fibre brushes and regular foundation brushes, but right now I’m really into the finish the beautyblender gives – I love the natural look and I find the product goes a little further.
Then, I take my Erase Paste and dab a few little dots under my brow and outside my eyes and blend. It’s a highlighting concealer – I learned the hard way not to use it totally under the eyes as I found it drew attention to my troughs underneath, so now I stick to the outer part. If I’ve had a particularly few stressful days or long night, I’ll grab a neutral or lavender concealer to cover-up and brighten dark circles without drawing too much attention (I love the Lise Watier Profesional Correctors Wheel for this).
And then it’s on to brows. For ages I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow and it’s still a product I love very much and highly recommend, but I did recently purchase Dipbrow and it’s right up there for me as a holy grail brow product. Admittedly, I went a little darker for these pictures than I have been now that I’ve gotten used to it – I actually have found just the teeniest bit goes such a long way for creating a really natural looking brow. Keep an eye out for a full review (and lighter brows).
I follow brows with liner, and depending on the day will go for a little or a lot of wing (sometimes, I don’t even bother). Right now I’m between the Revlon liner which is the best drugstore product I’ve tried, or Stila’s High Shine Liquid Vinyl Eyeliner (but it appears to be discontinued…just my luck). I’m still on the hunt for a liner that can handle my lids and has a perfect brush!
How does your routine compare?