Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My Quick & Easy Everyday Makeup Routine

Hi, my name is Dorothy, and I am NOT an expert when it comes to makeup. I’m always flattered when y’all ask me what I use as makeup, but as a whole, my routine doesn’t change very often. Once I discover products I know and love, it takes me hearing a lot of positive reviews about something before finally testing it out (otherwise, a personal recommendation from a friend carries a lot of weight). 

The beauty (pun intended) of my thought process with this is that the products I use work really well for me and may be worth trying out yourself if you’re looking for something new to use. Better yet, my routine doesn’t take long to do, and overall the finished look is pretty natural. I was going to include a before photo of my face right before putting on makeup, but when I did, I didn’t think to smile and it looked more like a mugshot, so I decided to save y’all from that. Instead, there are more selfies and soft smiles in this post than any other I’ve done, but I wanted to include photos of the finished look both in natural light outside and inside. 

I’ve included a step-by-step of my routine below for y’all to read through where I’ve also included links to the products I use. Many of these items are currently on sale since Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale started yesterday for VIB members and will begin tomorrow for Insiders. Click here to read more about those tiers if you’re curious. 

I use this sale to stock up on any of my favorite Sephora products that I’ve run out of since the last sale and this year that’s not much. I am planning to repurchase a bottle of St. Tropez since I enjoy using it for a bit of color when I don’t have time to be out in the sun. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve shared all of my favorite previous purchases from Sephora that may interest y’all. 

Before I begin my makeup routine, I like to moisturize my face with lotion. I specifically use one from Cetaphil and have since I was in high school. Recently, I received a sample of Isle of Paradise’s Self-Tanning Drops, and I’ll use a drop of that in my moisturizer at night before going to bed. I’ve really liked the subtle, healthy dose of color it has given my face without any streaking! Having assumed both of those things have already been done, now we can get into my routine. 

While there are days I put on more or less makeup, this is a happy average of what I’d put on to go to work or hang out with friends on the weekend. Also, one last note, I know it’s probably a bit odd to some that I do my eye makeup first, but I find that’s what works best for me and avoids any lines/creasing in my forehead makeup! 

Step 1: Curl eyelashes using this eyelash curler.

Step 2: Line waterline with this eyeliner pencil

Step 3: Apply L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara. My friend Ellison recommended this to me a few years ago, and I have yet to stray. It’s affordable, can be picked up at a drugstore, and in my opinion, does a really great job.

Step 4: Wet your Beauty Blender (which apparently some people didn’t know is the correct way to use the product, *cough* Nell) and apply less than a full pump of IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I then (using the product on the beauty blender) put a dot of the product on my forehead, chin, and either cheek before rubbing everything in. I blend this down my chin and a little bit on my neck until everything is even.

Step 5: Oftentimes, I wait a few minutes after applying the CC Cream to do this next step to allow the product to sink in. Then it’s time to brush on some of my bareMinerals Mineral Veil. This provides a little extra coverage while setting things in place. I wouldn’t say this is completely necessary, but sometimes I like to tone down the dewiness of the CC Cream. 

Step 6: Next, I apply bronzer to “contour” my cheeks. Because I don’t actually know how to contour, I pretend I do by making a fish face and lightly brushing my bronzer into the darker spots of my cheeks and then do a little bit around my hairline. Then it’s time for a bit of blush applied to the apples of my cheeks.

Step 7: This is a step you can definitely skip, and I often do, but for a little extra finishing touch, I use this Becca highlighter (get the mini version since you don’t need much of the product and it lasts forever) and apply it up my cheekbones. 

Step 8: I often forget to do this until I’m on my way to work, but finish everything off with a swipe of your favorite lip balm or gloss! I typically go colorless especially given that we’re all in masks these days anyway! 

You can see the finished look in the selfie below taken in my room. 

Lastly, if you’re looking for even more recommendations while shopping the Sephora sale, here are past purchases I’ve loved. If you see something you’re interested in, you can click directly on it in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased! 

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