I absolutely love the act of getting ready for the day. I love testing out new beauty products, and once I find something good, I stay loyal to it. So grateful for my job because I often get sent new products to try and review. I don’t accept a lot of PR anymore, but when I do, I always make sure it’s the products from brands I absolutely love.
In this blog post, I’m sharing with you my full coverage makeup routine and steps with all of the products I use. Most of them are my holy grail for years, and some of them are new. I hope you find it helpful.
Scroll to the end of the post for my Get Ready Video and tips for a long-lasting makeup application.
MY MAKEUP ROUTINE
I have a medium skin tone with an olive undertone. My skin type is normal, leaning more on the dry side in the winter. My forehead and eyelids get very oily, so I never skip the priming steps! I don’t often wear faux lashes, but I try to for weddings, events, and when I know I have to take a lot of photos.
I’m super grateful for my job because I often get products sent over to test out and review. So far, it’s such a huge blessing because I don’t have to buy a lot like I used to anymore. I do, however, still spend on my holy-grail products and a lot of other things from brands I love but don’t have an affiliation with, of course.
In the morning after I wake up, I sometimes use a gentle facewash, but most of the time I only wash my face with water. Moisturizer and sunscreen are crucial even on days when I don’t leave my apartment. I love the sun and would find any corner of my apartment to sit and sunbathe whenever I can. I find getting a little bit of the sun on my face helps me stay focused and more productive during the day.
On regular days when I feel like wearing something on my face, I’d opt for a tinted moisturizer, add brows, mascara, a wash of eye shadow with an eye primer, and I’m good to go. Of course, I’d skip the sunscreen when I have to get ready later in the day for night events.
- Sunscreen (daytime)
- Primer (face & eyes)
- Foundation – medium coverage with natural glowy finish
- Brows – brow pomade and brow gel
- Concealer – under the eyes and to clean the brows
- Setting powder – loose powder to bake for full coverage and to control shine and compact for touch up
- Eyeshadows – matte & neutral shades
- Mascara & Lashes
- Bronzer & Contour
- Blush – neutral cool-toned mauvy rosy pink
- Highlighter – wet healthy glowy finish
- Lipstick – mauvy rosy pink
- Setting spray
- Touch-up trio I never the leave the house without: Compact Powder, Brush, & Lipstick of the day
Note that these are moisturizers that I use prior to makeup. I have different moisturizers for my nighttime routine.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Priming Moisturizer
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream with Squalane
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++
Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation (shade 6 and 6.25)
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation
SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Foundation Brush #56
ARTIS Elite Mirror Oval 7
beautyblender BEAUTYBLENDER pro Makeup Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Glossier Stretch Concealer
9. MASCARA & LASHES
KISSME HEROINE MAKE Volume and Curl Waterproof Mascara 01 Jet Black
Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara
Velour Lashes Vegan Mink Luxe Lash Collection in Sassy but Classy
Lilly Lashes Faux Mink Lashes in Miami Lite
Ardell Demi Wispies
10. BRONZER & CONTOUR
SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Blush Brush #93
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
MERIT The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation and Concealer Stick (darker shades for contour)
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick- Pillow Talk
14. SETTING SPRAY
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ –
15. TRAVEL TRIO
A compact powder, a brush, and a lipstick of the day are really all I need to touch up throughout the day.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
5 TIPS FOR A LONG-LASTING MAKEUP APPLICATION
1. Moisturize on Clean Skin – Good makeup relies so much on good skin. A good practice that I think anyone can or should do is to make sure you clean off all of the makeup residues before applying your skincare at night. Go to sleep with clean and well-moisturized skin. Then follow up with a light moisturizer in the morning and sunscreen! In order for any makeup to grab on, you’d need to make sure your skin is not dry or dehydrated underneath.
2. Always Prime – There are a lot of good priming products in the market right now. Those include a moisturizer that doubles up as a primer, and some even have sunscreen in it. I never skip primer on my eyelids because I know it would ruin all of the hard work I put into mid-day or at the end of the day.
3. Use Setting Spray – After the moisturizing step, you can spray your face with a good layer of setting spray. Do it before or after powdering your face. And do it after you’re done with all of the makeup steps to seal in everything. I’ve seen people really drench their skin with it, but I’d recommend it at the beginning and at the very end of your makeup application. Just make sure to wait for it to dry before moving to the next step!
4. Apply Setting Powder – I’ve found that if I spend some extra time baking the sides of my cheeks, forehead, sides of the nose, and chin, my makeup looks more full coverage and lasts a lot longer. A good compact powder is necessary, too, for touch-ups during the day, and I really make sure I press that thin layer of powder in.
5. Avoid Layering Too Much Products – I am guilty of this a lot of the time when I first start out with makeup. The tip is to always do your makeup at the window or wherever you get natural light. If I cannot see well, I’d tend to load up products and end up looking like a mess. You’ll get better with practice as you’ll know when to load on products. But less is always better!
Lastly, I hope you find this blog post helpful. I don’t just spend my money on all of these products at once. I’m constantly testing new products to find the next best things, but my steps and expectations stay the same. I’m not an experimental type of makeup person but rather choose to stick with what works and looks good on me. Neutral, natural, and clean makeup. I’d add some lashes on days when I have to take lots of photos, weddings, or events, but I’d choose no makeup most days.