For the longest time I watched YouTube tutorials from the best of the best, who rocked layers of makeup and made it look so effortless! I tried product after product and everything just seemed to build up on my face and it was noticeable. I felt like you could tell just how many products I was wearing on my face. I hated it! I finally came to the realization that I actually looked better with LESS makeup on, and less attempted correcting (contouring, overlining, super long false lashes). Today I’m sharing my Non-BeautyGuru Makeup Routine with you and let me just say, you won’t find no clown contouring here friends! If you too find yourself in the vicious YouTube tutorial fail cycle, try these tips to simplify your routine. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
**All products used will be linked at the bottom of the post**
PS. I apologize for the low quality images, my camera was giving me trouble so I had to shoot on my iPhone!
I start with a clean canvas. I wash my face with a gentle cleanser when I wake up and add a lightweight toner. I’ve been using different cleanser samples and still haven’t found a favorite, so please give me your suggestions! My go-to toner for years has been the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner.

 

 

Next I prep my face with either a lightweight moisturizer or face primer. Today I am using Benefit’s Porefessional pore minimizing primer.
After letting the primer set in for a few seconds, I use my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. I place this in a light layer over my dark circles, redness around my nose, and any other blemishes I may have. I blend this out with my Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush.

 

Next I take a powder foundation to set the concealer. I love the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation from Mac. I use the shade closest to my skin color, which is NC30. I am using Elf’s Studio Complexion Brush.
Once the foundation is complete, I apply my blush. My favorite at the moment is from Too Faced’s Le Grand Chateau set. It is the shade “Mademoiselle”. I apply with a traditional blush brush. Mine is super old but these can be found just about anywhere.

 

I follow up by highlighting my cheekbones & the bridge of my nose with my Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’. I use a Mac 184 fan brush to apply. This makes the powder go on extremely subtly, I love it!
Most days I don’t apply any eye shadow, but for the sake of going through all the steps, I’ll show you my favorite combination!

 

I again take the blue palette from the Too Faced Le Grand Chateau and put ‘Pot du Creme’ all over my lid, using an eye shadow brush. Next I throw the tiniest amount of ‘Fifi’ in the crease using my IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105. (The shades in the Le Grand Chateau Palette are no longer available, so I will link dupes below!) 

Before applying my mascara, I set my whole face using Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

 

For mascara I use Maybelline’s Volum Express Falsies Flared mascara, followed my Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. This combination though!! Seriously makes my tiny short lashes look so full and voluminous. 

Lastly, I apply either a hydrating lip balm and call it a day, or a lipstick. Today I am applying my favorite everyday shade from Mac, called ‘Faux.’