Updated January 2021
I’m not one for much makeup as I like to look as natural as possible and I definitely cannot be bothered for a full-on face of makeup every day of my life, especially as we’re stuck in lockdown again at the moment! This is my perfect everyday makeup routine, I love it as it barely takes any time and is quick and simple! It’s perfect for days when you’ve slept in a bit too much, want to make an effort without spending hours getting ready or you just feel like applying a bit of makeup. It’s such a natural look that it barely feels like you’re wearing any makeup which I always like too.
Step 1: Primer
Firstly, this is a step that you do not want to miss out, particularly if you suffer from incredibly oily and acne-prone skin like I do. I find that primer helps to keep my makeup on for a little bit longer and stops the shine from appearing too. One of my favourite primers at the moment is The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer as it’s such a bargain and it helps to even out my skin tone and smooth the texture of my skin too. It’s like using skincare instead of makeup and my skin looks better with this on but still natural which I love.
Step 2: Eyebrows
Eyebrows are one of the most important steps of any makeup routine. Luckily, I have naturally quite thick brows so I don’t tend to add too much to them in order to get them how I want but it’s completely up to you how you do your eyebrows! For me personally, I tend to use a brow gel to keep them in place all day long as it adds a bit of thickness to them and fills in any gaps without going OTT. I like to keep my eyebrows quite natural but still groomed so this is a minimal effort with maximum results for me!
Step 3: Eyeliner
This step depends on how much effort I want to put in to on that particular day but if I’m feeling particularly fancy then I’ll line my eyes with the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner. I don’t do any snazzy flicks as I can never get them right so I just do a small line on my lash line. I’m a big fan of this eyeliner as it’s really black and lasts all day. I hate when you look at yourself halfway through the day and realise you have black smudged around you. If you’re running short on time or want this look to be even more natural then you can skip this step!
Step 4: Mascara
The Maybelline Lash Sensational is my absolute favourite mascara! I use it all the time and don’t even bother trying others as I never like them as much. It adds length and volume without going clumpy and it doesn’t smudge on me either so its earnt its holy grail status! I like how it keeps your lashes looking natural but it adds just enough to make them look that little bit better.
Step 5: Concealer
I never wear foundation so I’m a big concealer fan. The one thing I struggle with is finding shades that match my skin colour as I am incredibly pale and most are often too dark. I’ve found that Barry M and Makeup Revolution have a good range of paler shades so if you’re like me and struggle I would recommend checking them out. I use concealer only where it’s absolutely necessary so tend to focus underneath the eyes and on any spots, blemishes or redness around my face. I don’t like the feeling of having loads of makeup over my face so I use concealer carefully and only where I really need it to keep the look as natural as possible.
Step 6: Blush
Like I said, I’m pale so for me blush is an essential step to stop me from looking like I’ve just risen from the dead. I don’t go mad on blush as I don’t want to end up looking like a clown but a subtle hint of pink blush is perfect for me. I often like ones with a tiny bit of shimmer in them so it doubles as a highlighter too without the extra effort!
Step 7: Powder
I cannot go anywhere without powdering as my skin gets so oily so powder is a complete essential for me! I just lightly dust this over my face to try and keep the oil at bay and stop any shine from coming through. I also make sure to carry blotting sheets with me wherever I go so that I can touch up and manage the oil throughout the day.
Step 8: Lipstick
Last but not least is lipstick – my favourite part! At the moment, I’ve been using tinted lip balm so it’s not as intense as lipstick but still adds a little bit of colour. I like to keep things as natural as possible so a ‘your lips but better’ shade is what I tend to reach for. I don’t tend to like matte finish lipsticks as I find they dry my lips out too much so anything with a little bit of shimmer works perfectly.
That’s it for my natural everyday makeup routine! It seems like a lot of steps when I write it down but it doesn’t take much time to do at all. It’s such a simple and natural look that I find this is the sort of look I go for almost every day that I decide to wear makeup!
What do you use in your everyday makeup routine? What are your holy grail products?