Alright, if we are being honest this isn’t my everyday look as I don’t put makeup on every day. Usually it’s mascara, brow mascara, lip balm and a little blush. But the rest of the time I have this little routine I love. Ten products that I adore and repurchase, 5 minutes. Max. The reason I don’t usually wear face makeup isn’t because it takes too long to apply but if I’m just working from home I’d rather let my skin breathe.
Right after moisturizing I apply a thin layer of Laura Mercier’s radiance primer. I LOVE this stuff. It has light reflecting particles and I like to think that it makes whatever I apply over it look a little more dewy and radiant. I really love Laura Mercier’s products, especially her face products – the shades are really good, they wear well, and they never make me break out or irritate my skin. After primer, using my beauty blender, I apply W3LL People’s bio tint in light. I love this as it’s natural, contains SPF 30, and just makes me look really good. I used to use Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer but have been making an effort to use more clean products and this is a good natural dupe. I don’t use concealer every day but if I have dark circles or a zit I love Laura Mercier’s long wear concealer. My color is 2C. Just dot a little on wherever you need extra help. I am pretty sure the tube is going to last me the rest of my life.
For bronzer, I use Benefit Hoola. I’ve been using this since I lived in Boston (which is 12 years ago) but I haven’t found anything better. It’s a really awesome product. A little goes a long way (use a light touch!) and I only need to buy this every couple years, despite using it almost daily. And for blush a newer obsession is this blush from bareMinerals in “Pretty in Pink.” This one is so natural, if I wanted to I could put it all over my face and look like I just had on an IRL rosy filter. Blush can be a little intimidating and I love this one as it’s ultra flattering and pretty on everyone. I apply bronzer everywhere (I know your not supposed to but whatever), blush to the apples of my cheeks and anywhere else that looks dull, and then I’ll swipe this NARS highlighter (in “Fort de France”) on my cheekbones, collarbone, + the bridge of my nose.
I am high maintenance about my brows. Not really but I use two products and am obsessed with darkening them. I fill in any holes or areas that are looking sparse with Benefit’s pencil and then I use Covergirl’s brow mascara (in soft brown) to groom + tint them.
Last is eyes. I don’t wear eye shadow in my day to day (too complicated, but I do have favorite eye shadows when I’m being fancy) but this $7.99 mascara is my absolute favorite right now, and I was using Bobbi Brown’s gel liner pencils but realized that this L’Oreal liner works just as well so I have been buying that instead!
photography by Trent Bailey.