My (current) work-day makeup.
I've always loved beauty products. Even thinking back to childhood, when I would score my allowance for successfully completing chores (thanks, mom!), I would use my hard-earned cash to buy a new nail polish or lip-smacker (I think we can all agree that Dr. Pepper was the best flavor, right?).
Fast forward 20 years later, and I've gone through a lot of different beauty phases over the years. From the days where I had no clue what color eyeshadow worked for me and happily purchased a bright blue shade, to doing an elaborate smoky-eye for going out in college (those days are long gone), I like to think I've settled into a happy medium in my current work-day routine. Time is obviously precious in the morning, but I do like to spend 10-15 minutes sipping on some kombucha (a morning must-have!) and doing my makeup before making breakfast. I wanted to share the products I'm currently using below. My daily go-to products change from time to time, especially because I've focused on subbing new eco-friendly products when I run out of something. Now let's get into the daily routine...
1. CC Cream -- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (Natural Glow)
I recently ran out of the other BB cream that I've been using (it lasted over a year with using it almost every day!). I decided to try something new, so I've been using the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC cream. If like really natural looking-skin, this is for you. With just a touch of coverage, I'd say this is more skincare than a tint. If anyone has recommendations for an eco base product with a little more coverage, I'm all ears. That being said, I think this stuff is pretty good, and I'll continue to use it in the meantime.
2. Concealer -- NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Custard) // Glossier Stretch Concealer (Medium)
With such a light base product, I've been needing use concealer afterwards for under my eyes and on any areas of redness (hello winter skin). I love the NARS soft matte concealer. Don't let the "matte" scare you - I find this to be a nice natural finish, and I use it wherever I need a touch more coverage on my skin. Under my eyes, I love Glossier's stretch concealer. Again, this stuff is super light coverage, but I love that it still covers a little bit of my dark circles, while still looking natural. Now, if I have a blemish (which let's be honest happens a lot more than I would have hoped at 26 years old), neither of these are going to cut it. In that case, I use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2 with a tiny eyeliner brush to pin-point conceal where I need it. This has been in my stash for four years now - it's a little tricky to work with at first, but I LOVE it now. Try warming it up on the back of your hand if you have any trouble.
3. Brows -- Glossier Boy Brow (Blonde)
I typically use a little bit of brow pencil (Anastasia Brow Wiz), and then use Glossier Boy Brow to quickly brush them up. I love this stuff (it was a 2017 favorite!) because it keeps my brows in place but never looks crunchy. No one wants a crunchy-looking brow. And even better, this takes approximately 30 seconds to apply because it has the perfectly mini brush that I can swipe on quickly.
4. Powder -- W3LL People Bio-Brightener Invisible Powder
I've found that my makeup won't last me all day if I don't set it in the morning before work with powder. This eco-pick is a basic loose powder, but to be honest, that's why I like it. It doesn't make me look cakey, it sets my makeup, and it's just easy.
5. Blush -- Kjaer Weis (Blossoming) // Bobbi Brown (Sand Pink)
I've been loving both of these blushes, especially for winter when I find that my fair complexion needs some color. I typically pick blush over bronzer in the winter, and the Kjaer Weis is eco-friendly, and such a beautiful, rosy, natural flush. I pat it on my cheeks (before powder), and I'm good to go. I also love the Bobbi Brown because it's a more plum-based shade, which I find fitting during the winter months.
6. Eyes -- Burberry (Gold Copper)
This is a unique product -- it's a cream, but dries immediately to a powder finish once applied. I swipe this on in a minute flat and eyes are done. I don't really wear much eyeshadow anymore, but this one is subtle and the perfect "no-eyeshadow eyeshadow." Sometimes if I'm feeling fancy, I'll do a quick smudge of brown eyeliner, but that's pretty rare these days.
7. Lashes -- L'oreal Voluminous (Black)
Since I ran out of my W3LL Bio Extreme Mascara, I didn't feel like repurchasing, so I repurchased my favorite drugstore mascara. Get the curved brush version of this - always looks good and never smudges or flakes on me. Love.
8. Highlighter -- Perricone MD No-Highligher Highlighter
Very very rarely (maybe if it's Friday) I put on some highlighter for work. I've tried the RMS Living Luminizer previously, which is beautiful, but unfortunately broke me out. This product is my current favorite - it's a thin liquid that just makes you look like you have that inner glow, without being glittery or over-the-top for daytime. Highly recommend!
Here's the finished product below. Super natural, quick, and easy -- love it!
What are your go-to products for a work day?