A Simple Everyday Makeup Routine

A Simple Everyday Makeup Routine With the exception of a new shade of blush, bronzer, or type of mascara, I have stuck with the same simple everyday makeup routine for the last few years. I have been a die-hard bareMinerals gal since my freshman year of college. The products I use on a daily basis give me that polished, yet seemingly natural look I want to achieve. Point blank, the small handful of products I use? They work.

OK, fine. Ten products (with five corresponding brushes) does seem like a lot, but the results are very natural looking.

I love when the following statement — or is it a question? — comes out of someones mouth: ‘you don’t wear a lot of makeup, do you?’ BINGO! That’s exactly the look we’re going for, people!

So allow me to walk you through my daily make-up regime. I try to have everything from primer to lip color completed in under ten minutes:


Once I began incorporating Smashbox Photo Finish into my routine (at the tender age of 19) I was hooked. Foundation primer is completely essential in securing an even matte-finish. It allows your foundation to last all day. Seriously, all day!

Next, I liberally apply bareMinerals serum concealer on the dark circles under my eyes, old acne scars that never seem to disappear, and current pimples that are bright red and unsightly. I work them in with a cheap-o brush I bought from CVS.

And that is IT for the liquids (you know I have a strong hesitancy for using anything liquid).

OK, and now for the loose powders that get everywhere in the bathroom while applying…

bareMinerals A Simple Everyday Makeup Routine

4 bareMinerals powders, 4 separate brushes. Starting with a conservative amount of foundation (the original formula) on the brush, I work in small circles over the areas I applied the serum, in order to smooth it out. Then I work in larger circles to ensure I hit every surface area of my face.

Next, a ridiculously small sprinkling of bronzer with a Sephora brand brush (#46, bronzer). The smallest amount of bareMinerals Faux Tan goes a long way. Needless to say, that 0.03 oz of this stuff lasts a long time.

I’m a little more loosey goosey with blush (I love rosey cheeks). After running the bareMinerals blush brush up and down my cheekbones, I even dab a bit on my forehead, chin, and the tip of my nose.

I finish off with Mineral Veil (and a Sephora brush, #78 their AirBrush blender). Mineral Veil is a total godsend from bareMinerals. Ask anyone that uses it: total freaking magic.


When it comes to eyeliner, I’m a MAC girl, all the way. Focusing solely on my upper lids, I use MAC’s Penultimate liner to sweep a clean, and thin run of black across the lash-line. The Penultimate liner is amazing, and takes away the frustration of, well… everything that comes with applying liquid eyeliner. It rolls on so smooth and sharp — like a fine point gel pen on delicate paper.

And then I do something that grosses out most people (read: men) to watch: I apply Pro Longwear (non-liquid) to the inner, upper eyelid. Oh come on! It’s not that gross! It completes the look, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

I finish with Volum Express, The Falsies Waterproof Mascara. Cheap, drugstore mascara that is 100x better than the expensive designer stuff. I could go on a super long rant about why cheap, drugstore mascara is the ONLY way to go, but I’ll save that for another post (read here).


I have really pale lips that practically blend into my really fair skin. I absolutely must wear some sort of color, or I don’t look human. I mentioned in a previous post how much I adore Fresh’s SUGAR lip line. I swipe a dab of Rosebud Salve as a base, because… winter, and then I alternate between Fresh and stowaway (specifically their Cranberry shade) for a pop of a pink-lip.

And here is the finished result —

A Simple Makeup Routine

That’s it! What does your daily makeup routine look like?

  • Your makeup looks so natural! I love all of the products you use. I’m with you on the drugstore mascara being better than designer brands. I’ve tried them both, but drugstore buys always win out. Thanks for sharing!


    • So glad you are in the know about drug store mascara!

  • Thanks for sharing your makeup routine with us. Your face looks flawless and so natural. I love a more natural look myself. Have a great weekend!


    • Thank you Kathy, so nice!

  • I tried smashbox photo finish primer recently and I loved it!! Great recommendations! Have a great weekend!!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • It is the BEST! I have no desire to try any other brand. Smashbox for life!

  • Such great post, very inspiring, I love it, thanks for sharing, you look very beautiful!!!



  • I absolutely love the FRESH sugar lip products too! I definitely want to try the “Falsies Volum” mascara!
    Very pretty!!

    • FRESH is the best! I go through them so quickly, and yes I highly recommend the Falsies Volum, it’s like $8! 🙂