I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my current makeup routine, especially eye makeup, since that is all anyone sees of us anymore, so I thought this would be a good time to update and republish this post.
Currently (as of July 2020) this is my makeup routine.
Current Makeup Routine: Face
Foundation: My latest obsession (I know, that word is overused, but I do love this stuff!) is my La Mer soft fluid foundation. It is ridiculously expensive, and I hate to share about it because I realize not many people want to spend three digits on foundation, but I’m often asked how I get such glowing skin, and this stuff really does have a way of making your skin look luminous.
While I’ve used the iconic LaMer moisturizer off and on, I had never heard of their foundation and would have never tried it, except I got a free sample with a makeup order last summer.
I was amazed when I put it on the first time. It’s very light, kind of runny, and it has such a gorgeous finish.
When I looked it up and saw the price, I did a double-take, but I had some Nordstrom Notes to use, so I splurged, and I absolutely love it. I use 22 NEUTRAL in the winter, and 32 BEIGE in the summer.
I always apply my foundation with this Sigma Kabuki brush.
Other Foundation Options: If the La Mer price tag is totally out of range (and I get it, trust me!) I’m also a big fan of MAC Studio Sculpt. It’s a bit heavier than the LaMer, but it goes on easily and has a nice finish. Another one that is good for those with more oily skin is Estee Lauder Double Wear. I tried it and liked it okay, but it was too drying for me personally. A lot of women love it, though, especially in summertime.
I also sometimes use the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, especially in the summertime when I want a lighter look. It’s buildable, and it lasts all day if you spray it with their Balance Hydration Spray. I use Latte in the summer, and Warm Sienna in the winter.
Another nice lightweight option is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. This product has a bit of a cult following, and for good reason. It has more coverage than your typical tinted moisturizer, and it’s lightweight and has a really nice finish.
Concealer: The concealer I’m currently using is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away, and it’s also an amazing product. I love the way it blends in, and it doesn’t crease too badly throughout the day. (I have yet to find anything that doesn’t crease at all.)
I use color #4. I apply it with the sponge applicator, and then I blend it in with a damp BeautyBlender. (Make sure to wet your BeautyBlender before using!)
In the summertime, I find I don’t need this every day, and I mainly use it when I have a photo shoot and want extra coverage. I don’t intentionally tan my face, but it does get some color, and the concealer doesn’t seem as important now as it does in the winter.
Powder: I have the LaMer powder as well, and it’s lovely, but I don’t think it’s necessary, and I probably won’t replace it because $$$$.
I also really like I.T. Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores for a setting powder. It smooths everything out and gives my skin an airbrushed finish.
And sometimes I just use the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base on top of my foundation. (I’m currently doing that because the Latte color is a bit darker than my foundation, and it matches my neck and arms better than the foundation alone.)
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. (It’s also at Ulta and Nordstrom.) I apply it with a Sigma F10 Powder/Blush Brush.
Current Makeup Routine: Eyes
Let’s face it, right now all anyone really sees is our eyes, unless we are eating out, so I’ve been taking extra care with my eye makeup lately.
Eye Shadow Primer: My 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.
Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued, and the only place I can find it right now is on eBay.
I just snapped up a new one on Amazon from a 3rd party seller, and I hope it lasts me a couple of years!
Eye Shadow: I love and adore the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, but it’s been discontinued. Lately I’ve been using my Trish McEvoy eyeshadows most of the time because they do a better job of not creasing throughout the day, especially this time of year.
I use a combination of white peach, rose quartz, golden fig, and blackberry granite. They aren’t cheap, but I like how you buy each color separately and fill your compact with only the colors you need.
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 anything that sticks. If you have a better solution, I’m all ears!
I also use this brush to apply the darkest color eye shadow on top of my eyeliner, to smudge it into the lash line. Sometimes I forego the eyeliner and just use eyeshadow for this, to create a more natural look. That works really well with the Trish McEvoy blackberry granite.
Mascara: I love and swear by Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara in Black (also at Ulta and Nordstrom). 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 (also at Nordstrom) 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.
I do not currently use an eyelash primer, although I really like the Givenchy. When it ran out, I didn’t replace it, and my eyelashes still look great as long as I’m patient and use 2 thin coats of the Lancôme and 1 of the They’re Real on top.
Eyebrow Pencil: I cannot live without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in Ebony (also at Ulta).
I buy these two at a time because they run out without warning, and I can’t be without it. Even after microblading, I still need to fill in a bit with pencil.
Current Makeup Routine: Lips
Finally, LIPS… I use a lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss to get the appearance of fuller lips. #oldladyproblems
This is the only lip liner I’ve tried that prevents my lipstick from bleeding into the skin around my lips.
It goes on super soft and easy, and you can use it to build out the appearance of fuller lips. (I use the Pillow Talk Original.)
I line my lips and fill them in lightly with this liner to help my lipstick last longer.
Lipstick: I am so excited to tell you that Nordstrom has restocked my favorite Charlotte Tilbury color — Rose Kiss!!!
It was an #NSale beauty exclusive at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale several years ago, sold along with the Pillow Talk lip liner and another lighter lipstick shade. They didn’t sell it separately for the longest time, but evidently they do now!
Finally, I keep all of my makeup in this travel makeup train case from Amazon. Even though it says it’s for travel, I like it for full-time use. I keep it in my bathroom closet and pull it out each day to use it.
I store my skincare products on the bathroom counter in this revolving acrylic makeup organizer.
Oh, and this is my favorite self tanning lotion (also at Ulta and Nordstrom). It has a light, pleasant scent, and it goes on well without streaking. See my tips for applying self tanner, if you need help with that.
I think that’s it! Let me know if I forgot anything.
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