Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Daily Makeup Routine


Look guys, being decent looking is really tough for some of us. It takes massive amounts of effort in the morning to look normal. Like, take the amount of time it takes you to put your makeup on in the morning and multiply it by 4. I'm talking Kardashian levels of makeup here. Does that sound gross? WELL IT IS! I can't help it. I've been wearing makeup since I was 5. Srsly. In our family photos from when I was 5-years-old I have red lipstick all around my mouth. It's disgusting. Ever since then I've been a makeup fanatic. It took me YEARS to perfect my routine but I've got it down to a science now. Coat after coat to reach the perfect point where "No one's skin is naturally this color" meets "It's like she paints it on with a roller in the morning." Ah, my happy place.

I'm semi-kidding, of course. I do wear a lot of makeup though- and I'm proud. Applying makeup well is a skill! My goal is always to look "dolled up natural" if that makes any sense. Like if you took a naturally pretty girl and added some makeup. (Those of us who wake up looking like this in the morning just have to put in a little extra effort.) I also love mixing expensive makeup with cheap ass drugstore brands. For some stuff, you really just don't need to shell out the big bucks to get a quality product. Here's my step-by-step routine:

1. Covergirl Smoothers Concealer- I start out by shellacking this shit under my eyes until it looks like I actually sleep. I go for about 7 shades lighter than my skin because my under eye circles are just that dark.

2. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer- Okay, I know this is supposed to actually go under eyes, but I use it as concealer. It works so well! I put it on any dark spots or blemishes. (NOT THAT I HAVE ANY!)

3. & 4. Cetaphil Lotion & Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup- So my foundation doesn't look caked on, I mix equal parts Cetaphil & foundation. I dab it on so it doesn't ruin the concealer. Smart, right?! Plus Cetaphil is really gentle and doesn't make me breakout. Holla!

5. Bare Escentuals Foundation- Okay so instead of using a normal powder that wears off halfway through the day, I layer on another coat of foundation in powder form. It seals in the other makeup and adds a great finish that won't wear off. Bare Escentuals is my favorite.

6. Clinique Bronzer- Year round tan? Yes please! I try not to layer it on too much so that my face isn't a totally different color than my neck. That's never a good look I just add a bit of color so I don't look like a vampire. I'm no Edward Cullen... I just don't have the bone structure to pull off the pale look.

7. Covergirl Cheekers Blush- I'm a big fan of blush. Always have been. Nothing is better than Covergirl blush for me! They have so many great shades. I go for Deep Plum for a great contrast against the bronzer. 

8. Sephora Liquid Eyeliner- Okay, I have to admit that I just started using this. I LOVE it. It's the perfect liquid eyeliner. (If I'm not in the liquid mood, I go for Wet & Wild black eyeliner. 99 cents- YEP.)

9. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- This green & pink tube is one of my longtime loves. It never fails me. I've tried other lash lengtheners and bullshit. This little tube adds the perfect amount of mascara without taking me into Tammy Faye territory.

Now you know my entire beauty routine! A lot of people tell me they can't imagine waking up early and putting on a full face of makeup every morning. But to me it's just so routine. It doesn't take that long and I honestly feel so much better and happier when I feel like I look pretty. That might be shallow but it's true! Looking good & feeling good go hand in hand for me. What about you guys- what are your beauty staples?

17 comments:

  1. I've never used blush because I have pink undertones (which are a pain in the butt!) but I really like how blush looks on other people. I too am a faithful user of the pink and green mascara. It's awesome, and usually pretty cheap!

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Jess

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    1. Pink undertones means you probably look gorgeous without the help of blush. Lucky lady!!!
      Srsly the pink & green mascara is the best! I don't know why anyone would buy anything else.

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  2. I love reading other people's routine for makeup! Usually so different to mine. I'm so unhappy with my skin at the moment, it feels really dry. I'm going to try your moisturizer/foundation trick!

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    1. My skin always gets super dry in the winter, too. I hate it! It sounds silly but I usually try drinking tons of water all day & moisturizing right when I get out of the shower. It really helps!

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  3. i seriously LOVE your blog posts.
    i was so happy to find you through srsly liz.
    you're totally hilarious and i'm pretty sure i just might be the joey your chandler has been searching for...
    ANYWAYS.
    i totally used to do the powder foundation as a powder! this made me want to do it again, because i remembered how great i used to look when i did it. (Don't mind the conceit! I mean, it's no big, really...)
    might have to pick up bare escentuals now! : )

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    1. Thank you so much lady! Your comment made my day!! I will officially call off my search to find my Joey. Let's be friends!

      Bare Escentuals is the best!! It makes me feel pretty for whatever reason, so I totally know what you mean!

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  4. I use the same Clinique foundation and Great Lash mascara and have for years. I might have to try that Sephora liner though.

    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Aw yay I'm glad we have some of the same makeup staples! Defs pick up the eyeliner- it's expensive but worth it!

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  5. I used to have a makeup routine but then I lost my makeup bag and that all went out the window. Love mayballine mascaras.

    xo erica

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    1. Awww no! Bummer :(
      That happened to me once and it took me forever to build my stock back up. Definitely started back with drugstore stuff. Maybelline is amazing!

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  6. i used to use the whole cetaphil line, i loved it so much. my friends all said it was made for old ladies, but hey, it's great. also, i've been listening to "wasn't expecting that" pretty much every day. which makes me cry every day, but it's SO GOOD.

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    1. Cetaphil kind of is for old ladies, but it works!! I don't care that I look like I'm a 50-year-old woman when I buy it haha
      Glad you're loving Jamie Lawson- I cry every time too! So good :)

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  7. Hey girl! I love Cetaphil & i never thought of mixing it with foundation great idea! I love the laura Mercier primer. I recently bougt it & makes my makeup & skin look so soft! I also like Rimmel mascara, I feel it's the only mascara that makes my lashes long & also love Makeup forever line. Xo

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    1. I've actually been thinking of trying out Rimmel mascara, solely based on the fact that Zooey Deschanel is their spokesmodel hahah

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  8. I've always thought about using Cetaphil but mixing it with foundation? Brilliant! I've still yet to master the art of eyeliner, I'm not very good at it. lol

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    1. I'm not that good at eyeliner either, but from far away it looks okay hahah

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  9. I love my bare minerals but I'm definitely going to give that cover girl concealer a try!

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