Salut tout le monde! Hi everyone! J’espère que vous avez un bon week-end! I hope that you’re all having a good weekend!

Continuing the request for my basic daily beauty routine, today I’m going to tell you nothing, because I am naturally beautiful and don’t need any makeup.

Ha, I wish! I really do envy those women who wake up and are just beautiful. I need to put a little more work in, but, hey, I also enjoy the process. If you have to do it, at least love what you do!

Disclaimer: I know it looks like a lot, but I don’t use all of the things pictured all of the time. So relax. 😉

DSC_1013Clockwise from top left: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
SPF 15, Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit

I need to start with the 2 products I feel have really changed my life. With my oily skin, I have not only tried all the skincare I could to control my oil, I’ve also tried pretty much every mattifying and/or oil-free foundation out there. And then I read about Hourglass cosmetics and their Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, I read the reviews, and I went to the Barneys counter to see for myself.

Despite all the other things I use, I have never been a regular user of primers. But the person at the Hourglass counter gave me a sample of the Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 and said it made the foundation work even better. Armed with my new foundation and my primer sample, I went home, not knowing how momentous my decision was. There are so many other people who feel the same way as me about this foundation, they even made a video about it.

Combined with the new skin care regimen I had just started, for the month of March, my skin was flawless. I have never not had to touch up my makeup at the end of the work day. I usually needed to blot by lunchtime and maybe even reapply or powder at the end of the work day. I barely needed to blot by the end of the day.

I’ve already talked all about the changes my skin has gone through this past year. One thing that hasn’t changed is my use of the foundation. It was an expensive purchase, but it was worth it.

Sadly, when my skin started feeling dryer, using the Veil Mineral Primer made my skin look too papery and dry along with the foundation. So I started playing around with other things. I know people who swear by Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer. They say it really keeps their makeup on, even in the most humid of days. I have to say that I really HATE the way this feels on my skin. It feels sticky. My makeup does stay on all day, but I don’t reach for this too often.

I’ve gotten samples of several other primers that I’ve been trying out. Because of the pink in my skin and after reading about it here, I’ve been trying Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness. It has a mousse-like consistency and I like the way it feels. The yellow color helps to neutralize the pink in my face. I’ve also been trying MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer #5 Blue, which is also good for pale and pink complexions.

DSC_1016L-R: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, Clinique Pore Minimzer Instant Perfector, Brush On Block Instant Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

On days when I’m super dry, I have a sample of MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I set that with By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, which I picked up in Paris after also reading about it on gh0sparties. I would use the powder every day, but the Hourglass foundation really doesn’t need it, and it makes it feel too dry if I try. For those days that I don’t use the Hourglass foundation, I do need to touch up my foundation. A product no one ever talks about but I swear by is Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. It’s a flesh-colored mousse-like cream-to-powder that eliminates shine and makes my (large) pores disappear. It instantly fixes my look.

A product I’ve been using for years is Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, which is always listed in every magazine’s beauty awards and makeup artist tips. I use this under my eye. To cover blemishes, I use the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. It has a great consistency, and has a setting powder included. (The only setting powder I use when using the Hourglass foundation.)

DSC_1018L-R: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder

When I bought my Hourglass foundation, the makeup artist used their Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light on my face, and it instantly glowed. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I bought it and I use it every day. Another thing I’ve just started using a little while ago is bronzer. As someone with pale skin, I’m usually quite proud of my pastiness, but one day I caught my reflection and realized I needed a little help. Reading up, everyone talked about Guerlain’s Terracotta, so I bought Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Bronzing Powder. I use it at my hairline, on my nose and chin, jawline, and to contour my cheeks, and I look a little less undead. 🙂

After my foundation and blush is applied, I use Brush On Block Instant Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, which is an amazing product that I discovered. Ideally, I would have SPF in my moisturizer, but I’ve found the ones that do have sunscreen don’t feel good on my skin and they don’t work as well, so I have to use something else. There is SPF 15 in the Veil Mineral Primer, but that’s not enough for my fair skin, especially since I use a retinol on my skin. It’s great to have it in a mineral powder that disappears into my skin. I can carry it around with me and reapply as necessary.

DSC_1025Front to back: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Stila Stay
All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Lorac eyeliner brush (old school, from when the brand first debuted at Henri Bendel!), Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner

I’m the kind of person who changes up my eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick depending on the day, my mood, or my outfit. So these change daily. But here are the eye products I use regularly.

I do not know how I ever survived without eyeshadow primer. Because of my oily skin, my eyeshadow would melt off by the end of the work day. If I wanted to go out after work, I would have to bring my eyeshadow with me and reapply. A few years ago, I read about Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This was another life-changing beauty moment. Now, my eyeshadow stays on all day. One thing I notice with the Urban Decay primer is that the eyeshadow adheres to the primer so well, that it makes it hard to blend. I’ve been alternating with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Once in a while, using this one, my eyeshadow is creased by 11 pm. But I also feel like my eyeshadow blends better when I use it.

As I’ve said, these days I primarily use minimal, neutral eyeshadow and black cat eye/winged liner. My go-to for the past year and a half has been Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. It really does last all day, and pretty much all year. I’ve only had to buy 2 in all this time. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the very tip of the felt pen eventually gets a little out of shape and/or dried out. I usually wind up snipping off tiny wayward fibers. On days when I just do “regular eyeliner,” I use Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner with an eyeliner brush. I have it in both black and brown, and I use it on my upper and lower lashline. For those days when I want winged liner, but black seems too extreme, I use Hourglass cosmetics Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo (not pictured because I forgot to include it!).

DSC_1027Front to back: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-brush Mascara

Yes, I use 2 different mascaras, okay?! My best friend in college had THE most amazing lashes. They were full and long, and when she blinked, it was like a fan fluttering towards her face. She used L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, and to this day, so do I. I have long lashes, but they’re thin and light-colored at the ends, so I need the volume this provides. I’ve tried others, but always go back to this one. I prefer the Carbon Black for ultimate drama.

I once read that using waterproof mascara on your lower lashes helped provide a good base for eyeliner to adhere to so it doesn’t migrate down during the day or melt off.  But I don’t like wearing waterproof mascara in general, because it’s so hard to get off. Also, Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-brush Mascara is amazing for your lower lashes, be cause it has a smaller, thin brush, to get the little hairs.

My eyebrows are sparse, so I do have to fill them in, but they’re also unruly as all hell, so I have to use a clear gel to keep them in place. I’ve just started using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil and Clear Brow Gel. I really like the color of the brunette pencil and how it makes my whole face look more finished. And my brows don’t budge when I use the gel. (Although I really do want to try the Surratt eyebrow pencil once this one is used up.)

And somehow, with all of this, I actually manage to get out of the house!

What is your basic beauty routine like? Do you have any products that you swear by and can’t live without?

8 comments on “Beyond basics—My everyday beauty routine”

  1. Aww yeah – L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara!!!

    That really is my one true mascara love but I admit that I've been promiscuous, with Maybelline Full N' Soft, and some other Maybelline mascaras.

    I think I'm ready to go back to being in a committed relationship with Voluminous though…

    • I have spent money once or twice on department store brand mascaras, and I really see no difference, so why spend the extra bucks?! I tried Great Lash, because it's one of those cult beauty products, but it didn't really do anything for me. I need volumizing, not lengthening. I think monogamy in mascara use is a good thing. 😉

    • I have, and I wasn't sold on how it looked. When it got a little caked, I thought it looked strange. Anastasia Beverly Hills also has a tinted gel, and I've heard good things about the Benefit one. I think that your best bet is to go try one on at Sephora and see how you like it. (I could seriously spend hours there. :p)

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