Everyday Makeup Routine

29 August 2017

Disclaimer: I do not feel as though I "need" to wear makeup, but I have fun doing it! I do not feel as though anyone "should" wear makeup, but for those of you interested in my daily routine, I've provided this little tutorial. Remember you are beautiful just the way you are--makeup is meant to be for fun and for yourself only, not for anyone else. Please be kind to one another! 
Hello, there, everyone! I bring to you today my first ever makeup post! I've been wanting to incorporate beauty into my blogging for quite some time now, (regardless of my lack of skill in the application process) so the best way to start, I thought, was with my go-to every day look! This is typically what I wear nearly every day to work, to meet up with friends for coffee, or running errands on my own. I will switch one or two things up each day, but this is the most common makeup look I wear! If you've been interested in how I do my makeup or what products I use, here we go!
Before I apply any makeup, I always apply moisturiser, because I have incredibly dry skin, especially around my nose and eyes. I either apply it alone or mix it with my foundation, if I want less coverage and a more dewy finish. For this look in particular, I applied my moisturiser by itself and let it sink into my skin for a few minutes, then applied foundation with a damp Real Techniques sponge. On rare occasions, I will put a primer on after moisturising and before foundation if I want a bit of longer wear. My primer of choice is Too Faced's Hangover because it's moisturising and feels cool on the face! After my foundation, I apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer to keep my eye makeup in place.

Next comes my favourite part--blush! I love to really overload the blush and give myself a bright, youthful look. I'll typically start on the apples of my cheeks, swooping up towards my cheekbones, and then add a little bit on my nose and chin for a natural flush. I then add a matte bronzer for a bit of contouring. If I'm feeling a bit flat, I typically add a bit of highlight to my nose and cheekbones. For my everyday look, however, I wanted to keep things mattified. (My favourite highlighter is theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer)

Next up is my favourite feature to bring attention to--my eyes. I always start by filling in my rather light and particularly sparse brows with my handy-dandy Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Auburn. This pot I have has lasted me nearly two years and it's nowhere near used up--which is especially impressive considering it is one product I use every day if nothing else. My brows are naturally arched, so I define that with a heavier hand and an angled brush on the mid-to-outer brow, and then make light vertical strokes on the inner brow and then use the spooly bit end of the brush to blur them out for a more natural look.

And now for my classic cat eye! You will rarely ever see me leave the house without flicked eyeliner, and I've been perfecting it since I was in high school (almost ten years now, ahh!). I'm still no master and have bad days where I just can't get it right (the struggle of hooded eyes). To start off the eyes, I cover my lids in a light nude matte eyeshadow that closely matches my skin. If I'm feeling like I want more dimension, I'll add a soft matte taupe in the crease. My go-to mattes are in the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eyeshadow Palette.

I find the beloved cat eye easiest to create with a brush tipped liquid eyeliner. I've used Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner for years, but my current favourite dupe (that I actually like a lot better) is NYX Epic Ink Liner (a close second being Soap and Glory's Supercat). The pointed tip and flexible bristles provide an effortless clean line. I'll typically make the triangle shape on the outside of my eyes (relatively flat for my hooded eyes) and then connect it through my inner corner and fill in.

Once I'm happy with my eyeliner, I finish off the eyes with any volumising mascara. I haven't found my perfect go-to mascara yet, but some of my favourites are Too Faced Better That Sex Mascara and Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara. In this look, I am using an old favourite that's wildly affordable--Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes. The tear shaped applicator brush really packs on the product on my outer lashes, giving a lovely "fanned-out" effect, which is how I prefer my lashes. Maybelline, however, is not a cruelty-free company, so I will most likely not repurchase, but if being cruelty-free is not something important to you as a consumer and you like lots of volume on a short budget, I would highly recommend this one!

The lips are what truly completes my makeup look. I feel so exposed and unkempt unless my lips are done, and a red lip always makes me feel so elegant, and pairing it with a cat eye is such a timelessly decadent look. I typically try and exfoliate my lips every so often to ensure softness (I use French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish) and then a lip balm for moisture (I use Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean). This will allow the colour to glide on more smoothly and give me the look I desire. This Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is great because it allows me to line and fill my lips all in one, and it's my perfect red shade.

To finish off my face, I add a few final touches here and there--including filling in my freckles that are too light to be seen under my foundation, as well as using a dark brown liquid eyeliner to accentuate my moles (or "beauty marks" as some may call them), my favourite being the one on my cheek. For my freckles, I use a very, very light taupe or brown and gently press into my skin, focusing mostly on my nose and twist the pencil. If the marks are too dark, I will dab my beauty blender over them to soften.

And we're finished! I know this isn't the typical "every day look", but it is definitely my go-to. I love looking like a glamorous old Hollywood star and live like one each and every day! It is simple, yet elegant, classic, yet timeless, and one of the most versatile looks there is. A red lip and cat eye are my favourite accessories, and very few outfits I have are complete without them!

I hope you enjoyed my first ever makeup tutorial! I know it was a bit lengthy, but I had fun going through my process step by step. It's been many years of practice and figuring out what works best with my skin type, eye shape, etc., and I am happy to finally have found a look that I feel most comfortable with!

  1. Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation in Light 42 Neutral
  2. Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette
  3. Soap & Glory Speed Plump All-Day Super Moisture Marvel
  4. e.l.f Cosmetics Blush with Brush in Blushing
  5. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  6. Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes
  7. Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
  8. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip-Brow Pomade in Auburn
  10. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  11. Wet n' Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner in Taupe of the Mornin'
What are some of your favourite beauty products at the moment? Do you have any cruelty-free alternatives to the products I used above? Let me know in the comments! I am always interested in learning about new products and updating my makeup kit!

x Sarah

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