My Current Makeup Routine
Happy Thursday, friends! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my current makeup routine, so I decided to update and republish this post for today.
Currently (as of April 2020) this is my makeup routine. I’m pretty much all or nothing when it comes to makeup, so yes, I wear all of this *almost* every day.
My Current Makeup Routine
Foundation: My latest obsession (I know, that word is overused, but I do love this stuff!) is my La Mer soft fluid foundation (also at Nordstrom). It is ridiculously expensive, and I haven’t promoted it before for that reason, 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. (It also happens to be 15% off right now!)
While I’ve used the iconic LaMer moisturizer off and on, I had never heard of their foundation and probably wouldn’t have tried it, but 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’m on my 2nd bottle now because I had to change colors for winter. I’m currently using 22 NEUTRAL.
If you are interested in splurging on any of the La Mer products, they’re currently part of the Saks Friends & Family Sale.
I 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.
I also sometimes use the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base. In fact, sometimes I layer it on top of the LaMer foundation, but it’s also nice worn alone. It’s buildable, and it lasts all day if you spray it with their Balance Hydration Spray. It’s a bit dry for me in the winter, but I use it a lot in the summertime.
Another nice lightweight option is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (also on sale at Saks). 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!)
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.
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.
Eye Shadow: I love and adore the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, but it has been discontinued.
For a while, I was using some Trish McEvoy shadows, but I don’t like the colors as much as the ones in my Naked Smoky palette.
The Urban Decay eyeshadow is okay in the winter, but in the summer when I’m sweating more, I’ll probably go back to the Trish McEvoy.
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.
This product seems to be discontinued because I can no longer find it at any of the major retailers. I just ordered some from Amazon because mine is getting low, and I am afraid I won’t be able to find it again.
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. 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.
FYI, my eyeliner and both mascaras are on sale at Saks. In fact, all Lancôme is on sale at Saks.
Eyebrow Pencil: I cannot live without my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in Ebony.
I buy these two at a time because they run out without warning, and I can’t be without it. It’s also at Ulta.
Even with microblading, I still need to fill in a bit with pencil. (I never got back to my microblading touchup appointment, due to the coronavirus.)
I hope that once I get that done, I won’t need to use pencil, but I may still want to fill out my brows a bit for special occasions.
Finally, LIPS… I use a lip liner, lipstick, and lipgloss to get the appearance of fuller lips. #oldladyproblems
Lip Liner: I love the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk. It goes on super soft and easy, and you can use it to build out the appearance of fuller lips.
I line my lips and fill them in lightly with this liner to help my lipstick last longer.
Lipstick: My favorites have all been discontinued, so I really need to find something new because I get asked a lot. As far as formulations go, I like the Bobbi Brown a lot. I’ve been wearing an old color from that line, so I may order one of the current ones to try.
Lipgloss: I’ve been using this MAC Lipglass in Cultured over top of every lip color I wear for years. It adds a nice sheen to the lips, and it’s moisturizing without being sticky.
I recently ordered a few more concentrated colors to try, in an effort to eliminate the lipstick step from my routine. I’d love to be able to just use lip liner and the Lipglass.
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.
And that’s about it! Let me know if I forgot anything.
Oooh, my favorite self tanning lotion is on sale too!
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