I am not a morning person – never have been, never will be. This makes it really hard for me to get up in the morning and get ready for work – getting ready just takes me longer than a regular person, in general, so I try to keep my makeup pretty simple.
With that being said… my skin is really oily, and is acne-prone, and gets red easily. I’m honestly just not comfortable skipping makeup completely. People already think I’m much younger than I am, so makeup helps me maintain a sense of professionalism. After trying out a few different makeup routines, I feel like I have my good, everyday makeup look down pat.
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I never, ever skip foundation. I think it helps keep my oil a tiny bit under control, or at least helps me look put together when the oil starts to shine through. Even though I’m not looking for heavy coverage, I need something that stays, and isn’t going to start to wear off when I start to get oily. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (I use shade number 1) has been my “holy grail.” It matches my skin and doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing heavy makeup, but it stays on until I wash it off at the end of the day.
I like to set my foundation with a light coat of powder, but I hate that most powders have silica in them. I know that silica absorbs oils – but then the powder gets all clumpy on your skin, and it looks like makeup. A few years ago, I found the T. Leclerc Banane powder (I use pressed, but they also sell loose). It’s really hard to find, but it’s the only powder I’ve ever found that doesn’t get clumpy when my oil starts to show through.
I’m currently using one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes (Radiant Magenta). It’s incredibly pigmented – I use such a small amount – and it really does stay all day! I’ve also used the Nars Orgasm blush, and love that as well.
Mascara is my final step! I have used the same mascara for more than five years now – the Le Volume de Chanel in Noir. I think the mascara brush is more important than the formula itself – I will only use the kind that are more plasticy bristles, not the ones that are more brush-like. I HATE when my mascara gets clumpy, and I feel like the brush-like ones always end up with clumps.
That’s it for my everyday routine! I’ll share in another post what I do when I want a little more – eyeliner, brows, eyeshadow – but I keep it pretty simple for every day.
Let me know in the comments if you have any product tips for me!