while that little collage of my favorite beauty products is b u s y up there, really this is the simplest makeup routine I have found myself in since.. well ever. when the twins were really young I still made time for getting myself ready and out the door- I was late about half the time, but I was pretty put together for the most part. when Baker was born, and actually this started when I was pregnant and exhausted, it was a success for me to have just been able to fix my hair.. not even wash it, just get it out of the hair-tie mess on top of my head, let alone put on makeup! I was busy getting myself and three kids ready for whatever and I was always last on my list for being completely put together. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to church/dinner/work without makeup on or my hair in a topknot from the night before. this is coming from a former “I can’t go anywhere without having full face makeup and hair washed and dried “. finally, I have fallen into a routine that has me looking put together well enough and it takes me probably just about 15-20 minutes to get myself ready.
I start with lotion containing SPF (I use R+F for my skincare) and then layer with benefit POREfessional.
I got this as a sample- and they always get me. after running out of the tiny bottle I immediately got myself a full-size tube. I follow this primer with tarte full coverage foundation
. I’ve used this foundation for a couple of years and I really love it. I’m not picky about my foundation makeup really, but I have to find one that doesn’t clog my pores and actually lasts as long as it says it will. lastly, I finish off my base look with concealer.. and another sample product I received. I swear they know what they are doing when they hand out those tiny little samples..benefit fake up
quickly has become my favorite concealer. this one boasts a crease-free formula, and it follows through with that claim with flying colors!
I’ve mentioned my newfound love for the benefit eyebrow system, and if I don’t do anything else aside from my base makeup- I always do my brows. I never EVER messed with them before- mainly because I was clueless and a little intimidated as to how to achieve a more full look. I start with the gimme brow
; brushing evenly over my brows. I then line just under my brow line with the high brow
pencil (I love this stuff!) and set my brows by brushing on the ready, set, brow setting gel
. EASY and takes about 5 minutes or less. serious.
while we are talking about eyes.. kind of.. I can mention my go-to eye shadows. I am a lover of MAC and urban decay- but LOVE L’Oreal’s infallible eye shadow
. I wear this shadow in Amber Rush
almost every day. If I am not wearing this, I’ve got urban decay snatch
on my eyes. since I have lashes, I don’t wear mascara very often unless we are going out or taking pictures or I need a fill really bad:) when I do wear mascara it has to be oil-free to not affect the lash glue, and so I use benefit BADgal lash.
I finish my look with my FAVORITE blush ever- urban decay afterglow.
I wear this blush in fetish
– which is a warm coral color. I always gravitate to warmer colors for my olive skin. they have a huge array of colors in these, so you can definitely find any color that you love!
I’m kind of a snob when it comes to my makeup brushes. I have used the cheap ones.. and the brush hairs get all in my makeup and stick to my face because they so easily fall out. I make a splurge on new makeup brushes about once a year (hello, they are the perfect stocking stuffer!) and MAC is always my go-to for brushes. the three main types I use.. a powder blush brush
, and foundation brush
, and my favorite and super tiny angle brush
. I shop at ulta A LOT, and I found a great brush cleanser
by IT cosmetics that I use about once a week. it doesn’t take much and the bottle lasts forever. I haven’t tried this DIY recipe, but my favorite beauty blogger has a super easy tutorial to DIY your own brush cleanser HERE
. after you read that.. google her youtube tutorial on how to tease your hair
. it will change your life.
at any given time I have about 4-5 glosses in my bag. I love lipgloss- and I have a lot and tried a lot. my favorite right now? buxom full-on lip polish
. I wear dolly
(a mauve color) most often and for a little more color I wear Isabella
, which is more of a plum color. there we have it! easy and quick and with super minimal effort- all good things in one sentence. any quick beauty tips and makeup routines you got for me, I am all ears!
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. a daily makeup routine doesn’t have to take a ton of time or a lot of work. remember to keep it simple.