Continuing with the “back to school” theme, I’m comin’ at ya with an everyday makeup routine.
There are a million and one of these on YouTube, and I think it’s really interesting to see what people consider to be an “everyday” look. It’s so different from person to person. If you had asked me a year ago what my everyday makeup routine was, it would be much different than this. Everyday makeup for me used to be a full face of makeup – winged liner, full-on contour and highlighter, bronzed smokey eye, high coverage foundation. I love makeup, so doing that every single day wasn’t a big deal to me.
Nowadays, though, I don’t have the time or energy to go through all of that every single day. I still probably wear more makeup than most people on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean everyone else needs to do the same. YOU DO YOU. I just freakin’ love makeup, and I have a lot of it, so I like to use it.
Therefore, this is MY interpretation of an everyday makeup look. This is the look I usually wear to class or on a day when I’m not doing anything fancy. It’s fresh, glowy, and makes you look wide-awake. It normally takes me about 10 minutes, and sometimes I can do it even faster if I’m really efficient. My skin is combo/oily, so the products I’ll be mentioning are products that keep the oils at bay. If you have dry or normal skin, you might want to switch out some of these products for things that are not targeted toward oil-control. (If you want specific product recommendations, shoot me a message!)
Everything I used for this look is from the drugstore, so it’s all very affordable! I honestly think this is the perfect makeup look for high school, college, work, whatever. It’s simple but makes you look very put together, and anyone can do it. I’ll explain exactly what I did and what products I used in this post, but if you want a super fast vid of me actually applying the makeup, check my Instagram!
Sidenote: Don’t mind my crazy hair/bun. REAL LIFE: I wear my hair like this when I’m running late to class.
To begin, I spritzed my face with the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. After letting that dry for a few seconds, I went in with my all-time favorite primer, NYX’s Shine Killer. Next, I dotted foundation all over my face with my fingers and buffed it in with a foundation brush from Real Techniques. I used the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless, which has been my go-to daily foundation for awhile now. I like to build this up in light layers to get the coverage I want. It does its job of covering redness, but it doesn’t completely hide my skin. I like when some of my freckles still show through! For an everyday look, I want to look polished but not like I’m wearing a full face of heavy makeup.
After I applied two thin layers of foundation, I went in with my Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal under my eyes. I normally like to use a Beauty Blender to blend out my undereye concealer, but if I’m running late to class or work I usually just blend it out with my fingers. It works just as well, but make sure you PAT the concealer in – DON’T RUB! Your undereye area is very delicate. I like to set my undereye concealer immediately after applying it to prevent creasing. I used the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder to set my undereye area. Again, pat the powder on, don’t rub. Otherwise you’ll just wipe away some of your concealer. I love this translucent powder because it’s very finely milled and does its job of preventing creasing throughout the day.
Next, I used the same concealer to cover any redness and blemishes on my face. I love that this concealer is thin enough to be used under the eyes but also full enough coverage to be used to cover blemishes. That’s a rare find. It also has incredible lasting power that rivals some of my favorite high-end concealers. Next I went in with a light layer of the NYX Stay Matte Powder Foundation with a big fluffy brush to set my foundation and concealer. Again, I tend to dab or lightly swirl it on my face to make sure I don’t wipe away the makeup I just applied.
After applying foundation and powder, I used the NYX MICRO Eyebrow Pencil to fill in my brows. I didn’t start filling in my eyebrows until I got to college, and let me tell ya – IT’S A GAME CHANGER. This pencil is also totally amazing, just sayin’. First, use the spooly brush on the end to brush your brows up and then to the side. Then follow the natural shape of your brows and fill in any empty spots. You can totally create a different brow shape if you want, but for an everyday look, it’s probably faster and easier to just stick with your natural shape. After using the pencil, I like to go back in again with the spooly brush and brush up and to the side once more to blend everything out.
Now that we’ve got a nice canvas to work with, it’s time to add some color back into the face! I used my NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny to warm up my face. This bronzer has been one of my favorites for a very long time, and it works with pretty much every skin tone. It’s the perfect shade – not too warm, but not too cool. I like to take that through the hollows of my cheeks, in the corners of my forehead, and along my jawline to create some dimension. Really buff it out so it blends in. Then I went in with Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso. I think this blush is pretty much everyone’s favorite. It looks incredible on everybody and brings a beautiful, natural glow to the face.
To finish off the face, I used my Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face and Eyes from Physician’s Formula. This product is incredible. You can use it for highlighter, blush, bronzer, or eyeshadow. I put the far right shades, which are the lightest shades in the palette, on a highlighting brush and brushed that on the top of my cheekbones for a natural glow. You can also add this to your cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose, chin, and in between your brows for a more intense highlight.
For the eyes, I went back to my NYC Bronzer and used a fluffy brush to work that through the crease. Carving out the crease with a bronzer provides amazing definition and looks much more natural than using any other color. Plus, your bronzer’s already out, so it saves you from dealing with another product. Then I smushed my fluffy brush to make it fit under my lower lash line, and I worked the bronzer under there as well.
I then went back into the Physician’s Formula palette and put the light gold shade on the bottom right all over the lid. I always like to pack on the color to get the most pigment. Finally, I took the lightest shade in the palette and placed that on my inner tear duct, on my brow bone, and under my lower lash line closest to the tear duct to give a nice pop of highlight to the eyes. After that, I took my fluffy crease brush again and blended everything out one last time.
Next up – eyeliner. I used the NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner to line my upper waterline. Lining the upper waterline is an easy way to make your lashes look thicker while also hiding the fact that you’re wearing liner at all. If you wear eyeliner on top of your lid, it’s definitely more obvious. Lining your upper waterline is also very quick. If you’re having trouble, feel free to lift up your eyelid to make sure you don’t stab yourself in the eye (that would be bad). You can add liner to your lower waterline as well if you like, but I don’t usually do that on a daily basis because it can make your eyes look smaller.
After adding liner, I curled my lashes and applied a generous amount of mascara. I always spend a long time building up my mascara because I feel like mascara has the biggest effect on the overall look. Long, thick lashes instantly make anyone look wide-eyed and awake. Plus, my lashes are blonde, so without mascara they’re practically invisible. I used the L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock in Blackest Black for this – waterproof all the way. This is one of my all-time favorite mascaras because it’s very buildable and provides length and volume. I always prefer waterproof mascaras because they don’t smudge on my eyes, and they also hold a curl much better than regular mascaras.
After finishing the mascara, I spritzed my face with the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray again to lock it all in place. To finish it off, I used the Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Bare It All. This is the perfect everyday nude shade for pretty much every skin tone, and it’s less than $2. It won’t wash you out, but it’s still a natural tone.
After that, you’re all done! Obviously feel free to add or remove any steps you want. Customize this look to fit your needs. As long as you feel confident, that’s all that matters! What are your daily makeup must-haves? Let me know in the comments! XO