When I am heading to work or having to run some errands and decide to throw on some makeup, I want it to be quick. I’m never late to work or appointments, but I am famous for waiting till the last minute to get ready. Every time. Don’t ask me why, I just do. So, since that is always the case, I need a routine where I feel put together, still feel like me, but doesn’t take me 8 hours to do. Here it is.
So, if you are curious to see how I get from this:
Then just keep on reading!
I love makeup. It is such a therapeutic and artistic outlet for me. The only problem?? I tend to do the same makeup day in and day out. The only variation really is the lip. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll switch up the products, but the overall look tends to be the same. It’s simple and quick. Once complete, usually in about 15 to 20 minutes, I feel put together and ready to take on the day. Or stare at myself in the mirror for 15 to 20 minutes admiring my handiwork. 😜
The most important thing is to start off with a clean and moisturized canvas. After I have let my skincare sink into my skin, I start out with primer. Honestly, the only reason I use primer is to use up my stash. I have yet to find a primer that actually makes a significant difference. Currently, I am using the Milani Prime Shield Mattifying + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer. With my fingers, I dab a little bit on my cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Basically, my T-Zone to help somewhat diminish pores and to possibly help keep me matte longer.
For foundation, I do a concoction of 2 pumps Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate in 01 Alabaster and 1 pump Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation in 1.5. I mix them together, then with a damp beauty sponge blend it into my skin. I am not fond of using a brush to blend in my foundation. For me, I tend to always get streaks, then have to blend with a damp sponge anyway, so I just stick with a sponge.
For me, this mixture gives me a beautiful, medium coverage with a long-lasting natural finish. It never feels heavy or gets cakey throughout the day. Next, on to concealer and setting the face. Currently, I am trying to use up the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Fair and the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in 05 Fair. They both work wonderfully, unfortunately, they are not cruelty-free.
With the concealer, I put a little under my eyes, on the sides of my nose where redness tends to peak through, and on my lids as an eyeshadow base. Then blend it in with the same damp sponge that I used to blend in my foundation.
After I have blended that in, I will lightly bake under my eyes, my eye lids and my T-zone for about a minute with the Fit Me powder, then gently dust away the excess. I will also lightly set the rest of my face with a large, fluffy powder brush, mostly to help keep me matte and set the foundation so it is not longer sticky.
Next is bronzer, contour, and HIGHLIGHT. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good highlight? For bronzer, I really love the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer, however, I have yet to find a person who doesn’t love that. It is easy to build and blend, and thank you JESUS doesn’t look orange on my pasty ass. With a medium sized fluffy brush, I dust it along the hollows of my cheeks, at my temples and a little on my jawline. For contour, I use the Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance and go in the same areas, just with a slightly smaller brush. This is such a phenomenal contour shade for me, as you can probably see from the pan showing through the lid.
Onto the highlight, one of my favorite parts (honestly, I pretty sure it is a favorite part for many). With highlight, I usually go for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator, which they discontinued (fucking pissed about that). However, I recently hauled some products from Black Moon Cosmetics that I am testing out in order to give a full review on in the future (click here if you’d like to check out that post). For today’s look, I decided to go with the Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Centipede. With a highlight brush, I dust it on the high points of my cheekbones, lightly on the tip of my nose, and just graze my upper lip.
For eyeshadow, I keep it immensely simple. You know the trick where you take your bronzer or contour shade and work it into your crease with a fluffy brush? Yeah, that is what I do. I stick with my contour shade because I tend to enjoy cooler tones on my eyes. It looks simple yet put together.
On to the rest of my eyes and face. As you most likely saw from the previous photo, I shave off the end part of my eyebrows. Unfortunately, my eyebrows tend to give me quite a bit of trouble. I have had them shaped and filled professionally quite a few times, but they never seem to fit. My eyebrows naturally are a bit sparse and when I let them grow out, they still never seem to work well with my face. So, I said fuck it and shaved most of them off. Honestly, best decision yet! It is so much easier and quicker for me to do my brows now! For brows, on my quick days, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite. If I have a little extra time, I will use the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in Granite. To set the brows, I just brush through with a little clear brow gel. Right now I am trying to use up my NYX Control Freak Brow Gel.
Before I throw on my mascara, I do like to set my face. I don’t really have a ride or die setting spray, as long as it melds my powders into my skin we are good. Currently, it is the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, although not for long! Empties spoiler: I have maybe one or two uses left and it will be in the empties bin! For mascara, it is 99% always waterproof. Being a dog groomer, with water splashing, hair flying, heat melting you away, the mascara really needs to last, mostly so I don’t end up looking like a raccoon by the end of the day. The L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black is such an amazing mascara for me, unfortunately, not cruelty-free. Sad panda. I have three additional tubes as back ups, so once those are all used up, it will be back to the Essence I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara, which is half the cost as the L’Oreal one and just as good, just dries out quicker. Don’t I look so enthused in this picture below? Lord. Smile Leah! lol Also, look at how brows just balances my face!
Lastly, to finish off this face, I put on a lip color. I do not have a preference, whatever color tickles my fancy that day is what I will slap on. This day I went with Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in the shade Grave. Still testing out this line, as mentioned earlier, so I want to give these products as much play time as possible.
And here is the finished look!
For me, start to finish, it takes me roughly 15 minutes to slap this all together. If I’m not hella tired, or getting side tracked a million times. Well, this turned out to be quite a long post. Let me know if you liked this kind of post, or if you found it somewhat helpful. I always enjoy reading or watching people do their almost everyday type of makeup. Let me know what you thought in the comments down below! What type of products do you use for your everyday look? Or, do you even wear makeup? Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!
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