Every day I spend maybe 5 to 10 minutes on my makeup. I have better things to do than fuss about my face, so I have streamlined my routine as much as I can. And as you know, I love to share beauty tips with you guys because it is so easy to spend money on products that don’t work. So here is what’s in my makeup box that I use everyday!
For me, I would say the most essential part of my routine is mascara. So if I could only choose one thing it would be that! Mascara that you see here is Maybelline Full ‘n Soft, which is the brand I’ve been using since high school. I love it because it’s waterproof and smudgeproof. Yet it comes off easy when I wash my face at night. I don’t like non-waterproof mascara because it runs so easy and it’s bound to give you raccoon eyes. This stuff runs about $8 on average, and if you scope out a coupon, you can get it even cheaper!
I don’t always use concealer but if it’s been a long day (or week, or month…) then I might add some concealer below my eyes and to the inside of my eyes as well. The concealer that I use is Mary Kay in Beige 1 (which is fairly light, to compensate for the darkness). This goes on before the foundation, naturally. This stuff works very well and a single tube will run you $10 but lasts for months. I’ve had mine for about 6 months now and it’s still half full.
My skin tends to be a little splotchy sometimes, and I’ve tried a good selection of foundations over the years. What I recently bought at Sephora has turned out to be my newest favorite. It’s the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. It also has a SPF of 15 to protect your skin as well. What I love about this foundation is that it covers so well but it’s not heavy, it’s super lightweight which is what I specifically asked the clerk for when I went into Sephora. I’ve had this bottle for about 2 months now and I’ve still got a ton of it left so this will last me a while! And it should, for $38! But I’d say it’s worth the money. You can also purchase a Tarte foundation brush to go with this but I apply it with my fingers and it works just fine.
This is my second must-have right behind mascara. It makes your eyes pop and seem larger, so it’s no wonder why I couldn’t live without it. Now like I’ve said before, I absolutely adore Eyeko liquid eyeliner – it’s amazing! But in this photo, I wanted to highlight another eyeliner that I use. That is the Sephora angled brush along with the Make Up For Ever Professional eye shadow in black. It stays so well, and it makes a very smooth line. I use this when I’m in a hurry and need something drastic fast.
As always, I would love to hear what you guys think and/or use! Leave a comment with your two cents 🙂