When I’m Not Blogging or Reading, I’m… is a monthly feature based on this post of the same name from The Day Dreamer and Candy Eater. I read her post, loved it, and immediately asked if I could borrow it for use on my own blog! In this feature, I showcase a hobby or something that interests me outside of blogging and reading.
One of my hobbies outside of blogging and reading is playing around with makeup. I’ve been interested in it ever since I can remember, and recently I started getting even more into it — looking at different techniques on Pinterest, following makeup blogs, and asking to do my friends’ makeup!
Today I’m going to share with you guys my everyday makeup routine. I don’t always go all out every single day, but when I do want to look nice for work or whatever, this is the process and these are the products that I use.
If you’re not really interested in makeup and just want to skip to the before-and-after shot…scroll down to the bottom!
My main battle is making my face look a normal color, because I have a skin condition that makes my face (especially my cheeks) really red, and also trying to make my face look thinner, because I’m a curvy girl. Keep in mind that I also have a lazy eye. People don’t really ever notice it in person, but it’s super obvious in most photographs, so that’s why my eyes might look a little “weird.”
Okay…are you ready? Am I ready? This is what I look like without a stitch of makeup on!
Blegh. I honestly don’t think that I look that hideous without makeup…but, man, those red cheeks are a killer. Oh, by the way, I did this little makeup session on my day off so that I’d have plenty of time to take pictures, so that’s why I’m wearing my boyfriend’s oversized t-shirt and my hair is super super messy, because honestly I don’t really care, and this is about makeup, not hair! That’s a whole other story for a different day, haha.
Step #1: Moisturizer
Great…now I just look red and shiny 😉
After I get out of the shower in the morning, before doing my makeup, I always make sure to give my face a little extra moisture. Especially in the winter! Right now I’m using Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Creme with Royal Jelly and really love it. Basically, I’ll use anything that’s made specifically for facial use. I have sensitive skin, but I’m not too picky because most facial moisturizers are called “facial” because they’re extra sensitive.
Before I go to bed at night, I also like to use the Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturizer and CVS’ Night Firming Cream (which is the generic version of the Night of Olay Firming Cream) for around my eyes.
Step #2: Foundation and Pressed Powder
Phew! Much better. All the redness is gone 🙂
My absolute favorite foundation product is Covergirl Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation (in 305 “alabaster”) — but it was actually discontinued last year. Luckily I still have some leftovers that I had saved up, but pretty soon I’m going to have to switch to something else and I’m pretty bummed about it. Any recommendations for cheap but amazing liquid foundations?
After applying foundation with a foundation brush (I like the EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush), I brush on some pressed powder (I use Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder for normal skin in 105 “Ivory”). It’s not a good idea to use powder if you’re older and have wrinkles that the powder could emphasize, but for right now it works just fine for me and helps set the foundation and makes it last all day. There are other non-powder products out there that do this job, but I just personally like using powder.
Step #3: Eyelashes
After curling my eyelashes, I use two coats of mascara to get them looking long and luscious. My absolute favorite one to use is L’Oréal’s Voluminous Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara. I wish I had done a close-up so that you could really see, but I love how it makes my eyelashes nice and plump without clumping.
I don’t always do this, but today I also used Maybelline’s Falsies Big Eyes Volum’ Express for a thin coating on my lower lashes.
Step #4: Eyebrows
To be honest, I’m not super happy about how my eyebrows came out here. The right one (left side of this photograph) looks a little weird, I think. Like too done-up. So I’m sorry about that…normally I think they look pretty natural.
I love this video tutorial (below) of how to do your eyebrows. As you can see in the previous photos, I have really thin eyebrows. I still have to pluck them for stray hairs and stuff, but they’re very low-maintenance and are barely even there. But I think that filling them in a bit with makeup really helps define my face a little more and it does look really good when done right.
Right now I’m using the EcoTools Bamboo Flat Eyeliner Brush with the darkest shade of the Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow in “Canyon Classics” to fill in my brows. I also use the Covergirl Brow & Eyemakers Pencil in “midnight brown” to help me out.
Step #5: Highlighting and Contouring
And this is the final product!
The last step I took to achieve this everyday look was to highlight and contour my cheeks. I used the Sephora Classic Must-Have Angled Blush Brush to swipe Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in 15S “Linen” onto the apples of my cheeks. There are highlighting powders and creams specifically made for this, but a pearly nude/white eyeshadow is a cheaper option that does the same job!
Across my cheekbones, I used the same brush to swipe on some contouring powder (or, in this case, pressed powder one-to-two shades darker than normal). Right now I’m using Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder in “light medium,” which is perfect for my very light skin. Because it is so light, usually any bronzer looks too unnatural on my face, but a lot of people do use bronzer for contouring. But my fair skin, combined with the fact that I don’t really like the shimmery bronzer look on my face, means that I just use a darker pressed powder instead.
Before taking this photo, I also swiped on some Nivea chapstick, because I’m not a huge fan of going crazy on the lips for a normal day. But my favorite low-key lipgloss is the L’Oréal Infallible Lip Gloss in “barely nude.”
And we’re done! Here’s the before and after shot:
Holy crap, what a difference a little makeup makes, right? Look at how much thinner and more evenly colored my finished face is compared to the no-makeup face!
Let’s look at the complete transformation:
*takes a bow*
What about you guys… Do you wear makeup? How often? Do you have an everyday routine like me? Are you interested in makeup or do you think it’s overrated? What are some of your favorite products?