My Current Makeup Routine

I get asked this question so much, I decided to write a post about it and link it under the Beauty tab on my Menu Bar. You can find it there if you ever want a refresher, and I’ll do my best to keep it up to date.

Currently (as of January 2019) this is my makeup routine. I am pretty much all or nothing when it comes to makeup, so yes, I wear all of this *almost* every day.

My Current Makeup Routine

Easy Everyday Makeup Routine for Women Over 40

FACE:

Foundation: I’ve been wearing MAC Studio Sculpt for years, but I recently switched to Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Foundation. I’m still undecided about it but I think I like it; it just seems a little more drying than the MAC Studio Sculpt, but I like that I can apply it with my fingertips (I preferred a brush for the thicker MAC foundation) and it’s buildable. I only switched because I wanted a color change, and I was with a friend at Nordstrom one day and she recommended this brand so I decided to try it. The more I use it, the more I like it!

Concealer: Another new product within the last few months, I recently ordered Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer after Cyndi recommended it so highly. I don’t have major dark circles under my eyes, but I do have some weird bags that are more visible in pictures than in person. I have tried a few products, but I’m not sure there’s an easy answer aside from surgery — a solution I’m not a fan of! So I thought I’d give this product a try. I like how it lightens the under-eye area, but it doesn’t really solve the issue of my under-eye bags on camera. Oh, well! I still use it because I like it better than the MAC product I was using before. I just guessed at a color when I ordered online (I got16N Fair-Light Neutral) but it’s actually worked out very well. It goes on heavy, but it blends into my foundation and my skin after a few minutes.

Powder: I use Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Matte Powder to set my foundation and concealer. I purchased this when I got  my Estée Lauder Liquid Foundation so it’s also a relatively new product for me. Sometimes I also use I.T. Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores at the very end of my makeup application (after I do eyes and everything else.) It smooths everything out and gives my skin an airbrushed finish.

Blush: I use Nars Orgasm. Hate the name, love the blush. It’s so pretty on. I’ve tried others, and I always go back to this. I apply it with a Sigma F10 Powder/Blush Brush.

EYES:

Eye Shadow: I love and adore the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, but I just switched to the Naked3 for a change. Urban Decay eye shadows have so much pigment, and they go on so smoothly and rarely crease as long as you apply over a good eye shadow primer. You can see my full eye shadow tutorial HERE.

Easy Eye Shadow Tutorial with Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked3 Eye Shadow Palette

Eye Shadow Primer: My current favorite is this Dior Backstage Eye Prime Longwear Eye Primer. This is a nice product because it’s skin colored, so it evens out your skin tone, and if you don’t want to deal with eye shadow, you can wear it alone for a natural look. It also goes a long way towards helping your eye shadow stay on all day and preventing creasing.

Eye Liner: I’ve been using Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir for a few years now, and I love it. It’s self-sharpening and easy to apply, and it doesn’t rub off on my eyelids except in the worst of the summer heat, and in that case, I haven’t found nothing that sticks. If you have a better solution, I’m all ears!

Eyebrow Pencil: I cannot live without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. I buy these two at a time because they run out without warning, and I can’t be without it.

Mascara: I love and swear by Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara in Black. I’ve been wearing Lancôme mascara since high school, and I always regret trying something new. The key is to apply two or three very light coats, and let it dry in between each one. Sometimes I use Benefit’s They’re Real Lengthening Mascara as my final coat because I like how it separates and lengthens my lashes. The key here is patience. If you rush, your lashes will get all glompy, but if you’re patient, your lashes will be AH-mazing.

LIPS:

Finally, LIPS… I use a lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss to get the appearance of fuller lips. #oldladyproblems

Lip Liner: I have recently switched to Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk because I purchased a limited edition gift set last summer during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I am smitten. This lip liner goes on even softer and easier than the MAC lip liner I swore by before, and the color is the most perfect rosy neutral. I line my lips and fill them in lightly with this liner to help my lipstick last longer.

Lipstick: My favorite for everyday is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Rose Kiss — also from that limited edition gift set. The Rose Kiss hasn’t been restocked, but I’m thinking of trying Stoned Rose. It looks similar.

Lipgloss: I love MAC Lipglass in Cultured. I put this on top of almost every lip color I apply.

And that’s about it! Let me know if I forgot anything.

Oh, and I love this Petunia Pickle Bottom Travel Train Case for housing my makeup and skincare products when I travel. At home, I use an acrylic organizer from Amazon.

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