15 minutes because let’s face it, I wear a lot of makeup and 5 minutes won’t give me the look I desire. Although, this could easily be broken way down into a 5 minute routine.
I’ve been wanting to get my daily makeup routine on the blog for a while, but I’ve just been so busy the last few months. But I actually took the time to document my routine this morning so now I’m sharing it with you.
**I am NOT a trained makeup artist or anything, so if any of this routine isn’t technically correct, I apologize.**
L to R Top Row: Picture 1- Start after washing and moisturizing, Picture 2- After BB cream and concealer, Picture 3- After brushing concealer in. L to R Bottom Row: Picture 1- After liquid and solid foundation, Picture 2- After Blush, Picture 3- End after total application.
Before I apply any makeup, I wash and moisturize my face. I usually do this in the morning when I wake up. I use African Black Soap as a face wash and usually whatever moisturizing cream I have on hand. Currently I’m using Lancome Bienfait Multi-vital.
When I’m ready to do my makeup I find all of the stuff I am going to be using that day so I’m not digging in my cosmetic bag.
L to R: Covergirl BB Cream, Sephora Perfecting Cover Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Foundation, Ulta Fabulous Face Natural Finish Concealer, MAC Beauty Powder
First, I start with the BB cream. It evens out my skin tone and allows for even foundation coverage. Then, I add my concealer. I dab it on where I need it then use my foundation brush to “rub” it in.
Once my concealer is applied I use my liquid foundation. I dab it on with my finger then use the same foundation brush I used for my concealer to apply the liquid foundation. Next, I apply my powder foundation using my all over face brush.
All Over Face Brush
Next, I even everything out with my Airbrush brush. It’s especially helpful in the creases.
Finally, I add a bit of blush to give my face a little bit of color.
TOP: Urban Decay Naked2 palette. BOTTOM L to R: Kat Von D Autograph Pencil, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.
First, I apply Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel to my eyebrows. It sculpts and smooths them out. While that dries, I apply Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids. Then I apply my eye shadow. Today I used Half Baked, Chopper and Snakebite from Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette. These are my main day look colors. The ones I always go to. They give me a long-lasting day look without looking too dramatic. I use my all over shadow brush to apply my base (half baked) all over my lid.
All Over Shadow Brush
Then I apply my second color (Chopper) into my eye crease and to a little bit of my outer lid with my crease/blending brush .
Finally, I add my final shadow color (Snakebite) to the far outer part of my lid and a little underneath my bottom lid with my all over shadow brush. After I have applied my shadow then I blend it all together from the outer lid inward using my crease/blending brush. When you apply the shadow it doesn’t have to look perfect because blending will even everything out.
TOP: after shadow application before blending. BOTTOM: After blending and mascara and eyeliner application.
Then I add a little eyeliner to the top and bottom lid in the outer corners. Finally, I apply my mascara. Once all of that is finished I go back to my brows and fill them in. I use Blackout from Urban Decay’s Naked2 with a brow brush.
TOP: MAC Lip Liner in Redd. BOTTOM L to R: ELF Lip Exfoliator, Forever21 Matte Lipstick in Brick.
Finally, I do my lips. I start with ELF’s Lip Exfoliator to rid my lips from dry, cracked and dead skin. It smooths and moisturizes my lips allowing for a smooth lipstick application. Then, I apply my lip liner to prevent my lipstick from bleeding. Finally, I apply my lipstick. (Side Note: This lipstick from forever21 is amazballs. It goes on smooth and lasts long. It’s pretty great for only costing $3.50)
This seems like a lot of steps, but it really does only take me 15 minutes to apply everything. You could modify this into a quick 5 minute routine by just doing the face steps along with filling in your brows. Once you’re done applying your makeup, you should clean your brushes. Its increases their longevity as well as keeps breakouts and bacterial infections at bay. ELF makes a really good daily brush cleaner and it’s only $3.00. And it lasts a while. Plus, you should deep clean your brushes every two weeks (which I am terrible at) but there are tons of really good tutorials on pinterest.
Anyways, I hope these tips are helpful. And again, I am not a makeup artist so please don’t take these tips as what you NEED to do. There are tons of beauty routines out there and they all vary based on a person’s personal preferences. Also, I apologize for this pictures. They’re not super high quality.