Trying to come up with a solid everyday makeup routine was actually a lot more difficult than I first anticipated. I began this journey of makeup discovery several probably back in second year (2013), when I decided to move beyond just basic foundation and a touch of mascara. Since then, my makeup selection has increased drastically — so much so, that this past summer I had to buy a big trunk to keep it all in. Two shelves in this are filled with just my lipsticks alone.
I thought it would be fun to give you a step by step of my go-to daily makeup routine, complete with my favourite products. Simply click the photos included in the post to be directed to their online product pages!
1. Mac Prep + Prime Fix+
I start off with Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ to lock the moisture into my face (and prevent my skin from drying out). I spray each quadrant of my face once, then wait for the mist to dry completely before beginning with the rest of my makeup.
2. Physician’s Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick (in green)
I put this on first, covering up any red spots on my face (and sometimes neck, if I’ve gotten the odd blemish there). I find that the days I’ve run out of it and am not able to put it on, it makes a big difference and the red marks can show through my foundation. Because of this, I always buy a few at once and make sure I’m always stocked up on it.
3. Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (mine is currently in NC 25), applied with Mac 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush
I alternate between different Mac foundations because I find my skin type is often changing from oily, to combination, to dry. Right now I’m sitting at a relatively combination skin type, and I find this is working. Come summer, my skin usually begins to get oilier and I switch to Studio Fix (in the summer, I mix NC 25 with a touch of NW 20, so that it matches my skin perfectly)
I find that the days I’ve run out of it and am not able to put it on, it makes a big difference and the red marks can show through my foundation. Because of this, I always buy a few at once and make sure I’m always stocked up on it.
4. Mac Pro Longwear Fluidline (in Blacktrack), applied with Mac 266SH small angle brush
I apply my eyeliner first (always winged), so that I can put on my mascara right after and allow it to dry while I touch up the rest of my makeup (see below for reasoning of this). I find of the few different Mac brushes I’ve tried, the 266SH small angle brush has the greatest precision for the winged look I go for. I also will sometimes put a bit in the lower outside corner of my eyes.
5. Mac In Extreme Dimension 3D Dramatic Lash
Because my lashes are so long, curling my lashes prior to applying my mascara doesn’t work; I end up with mascara all over my eyelid and under my eyebrows. Despite having long lashes, I use the In Extreme Dimension 3D Dramatic Lash mascara, a product that lengthens them even more without making them overly voluminous and causing them to clump together.
6. CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous concealer (in the light shade)
I use this product to add some additional coverage to anything the green concealer and foundation didn’t full cover. I blend this in with a sponge (those triangle ones you can pick up from the dollar store).
7. Clinique Pretty Easy Brow Palette
Next are my eyebrows! A necessity. After doing my eyebrows for the first time, I couldn’t go back (especially because my thyroid tends to fluctuate on me despite being controlled by medication, resulting in the hair from from my eyebrows, in addition to my head, falling out). I absolutely swear by this palette for everyday use. You can read my full review for this on Influenster by clicking here.
8. OPTIONAL STEP (some days I do it, some days I don’t): Contouring using Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle and Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze, applied with Quo Professional Eye Angled Contour Brush
I basically just contour my nose, philtrum, and cheekbones. I use the angled brush intended for applying eye makeup only because it applied the powders nicely, and then I blend partially with the brush, but mostly with my finger. I used to contour a lot more regularly, especially during the summer, but in all honestly, I’ve gotten kind of lazy over the winter with my early morning classes and a desire to sleep in that outweighs the need for contouring.
9. NARS blush in Super Orgasm, applied with Quo Professional Face Blush Brush
On the days I contour (or even on the days when I’m looking pale, which is really 9 days out of 10), I put some blush across my cheekbones with a soft blush brush. I find my Quo one that I got from Shopper’s Drug Mart works really well.
10. Spray again with Mac Prep + Prime Fix+
I actually curl my eyelashes with whichever eyelash curler I can find (usually a Revlon one I have). Once I have done this step of my routine, I just apply eyelash serum to my top lashes and maybe sometimes a little at the bottom. This makes such a big difference when it comes to applying my mascara. My lashes appear longer than they are and I’m all for it. Isn’t that what everyone is after? My mascara has dried by this point and holds my eyelashes better in place. I know most people curl their eyelashes first, but because mine are so long, it always ends up with a line of mascara around my eyelid when I curl first. After I do this, again, ending the same way I started (to lock in moisture), I spray each quadrant of my face once with Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ (see above for link to product).
The finished product:
And that’s my daily makeup routine! It seems a little tedious and drawn out, but it never takes me more than 10 minutes to do everything.
What’s your daily makeup routine? Let me know in the comments!