Hi Pretties! This week I posted an article in our Pretties Facebook group about quarantine makeup and whether you’re wearing it or not. And I was kind of surprised by the answers that a lot of you are deciding not to wear makeup during quarantine. One of the reasons why you weren’t wearing your makeup was to save money by not “wasting” it. I know this trick, I tried to do the same thing too when I first started working from home but the fact is, you’re makeup is going to eventually expire regardless of whether you’re wearing it or not. It broke my heart when my favorite makeup expired with plenty of product left. But that’s what I wanted to touch on today, the article as well as some of the benefits, for lack of a better term, of putting on makeup and staying in a daily routine. Plus I’m going to share with you my morning makeup routine and the products I use. For more details and to watch my makeup application, click on the video below.
Prep the Canvas
Prepping the canvas is very important and in this case, the canvas is your skin. By laying out a good foundation this will help enhance the details of your makeup and allow for better staying power. It’s always good to moisturize before applying your foundation and I love It Cosmetics Confidence In A Gel Lotion Weightless Moisturizer.
For the past few years, the one foundation I keep coming back to over and over and over again is actually a CC cream from It Cosmetics. I have a few variations but the one I use almost every morning is the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+. I have this in a few different colors because in the summer my skin is a little darker and in the winter months it lightens up. I apply it with a beauty sponge and start in the middle of my face and kind of work my way out, then go down and work my way down on my nose. Don’t forget to bring it down onto your neck. You shouldn’t have to do too much blending if the color match is good. This product is pretty lightweight, but it has a decent amount of coverage.
I used to use a lot of powder then I got away from that because powder really does settle into lines and accentuates them. Now I only apply powder sparingly and the powder that I’m going to use is again another It Cosmetics product, Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder. And if you don’t like the feel of a liquid foundation, you can use this as an all over powder. It’s a nice lightweight powder that gives you great coverage too. I use the medium color and apply a little bit right between my eyes, a bit around my nose and in my T zone. I also use it on my eyelids because I think it helps my eyeshadow go on more smoothly.
Adding a Little Color
After I’m done with my powder I add a little bit of bronzer. Typically that’s all I do on a daily basis. I use the Tarteist PRO Glow To Go Highlight & Contour Palette by Tarte and the bottom color Chisel is my go-to! It’s a matte bronzer and I use a stippling brush and apply a little bit of bronzer in the places where the sun would naturally hit – up along my hairline, a little down my nose, on my cheeks and along my jawline. Remember, a little goes a long way so you don’t need that much. This palette also has a highlighter in it which is also good to run down the center of your nose, just above your top lip where your cupid’s bow is and a little on the top of your cheekbone swiping up towards your hairline. Then be sure to feather it out and you’re good to go!
Yes, surprise, another It Cosmetics product but I love their Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks. It’s a really pretty blush and has just a little bit of shimmer to it. I swirl my brush a little bit and then I apply it to the apples while smiling and blend up. Don’t forget to smile, smiling makes you happy. Got a smile when you put your makeup on.
All About the Eyes
I have two eyeshadow palettes that I love. One is Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette. You can come up with a lot of different color combinations with this palette and it’s perfect for everything from everyday, natural looks, to dramatic, evening looks. The other palette I love is Superhero By Day Eyeshadow Palette. This is more of a daytime palette that has some softer colors in it. I usually pick one of these two palettes and for years my base lid color has been either a pale shell pink or a champagne color. I’ll start with the shell pink color called Magical and go over my whole lid. Sometimes I’ll stop right there but today I’m going to add this soft brown called Aura and add it above my lid and then blend it into the crease. Then I might add some liner but instead of using a pencil or liquid liner, I use my eyeshadow to line my eyes. Today I’m using the black shadow called Superhero and I line my top lid and then only do one-third of my bottom line.
2. Eye Lashes
Like I said you can stop at any step but I am going to show you my eyelash falsies. I used to do eyelash extensions but then I quit because I became allergic to them so now I use the KISS Ever EZ Lashes #11, Multipack and Kiss I-Gloo Strip Black Lash Adhesive. The size 11 lashes just seem to fit better and have more of a curve to them. I still had to trim them just a little but I love the way they look. They are reusable too, just peel the glue off of them after you take them off. After you’ve ensured that they’ll fit properly after trimming, run a small line of glue on the lash line of the Kiss Lashes then using tweezers, sit them right on top of your lash line and work the lashes in until you know they are secure. You can also use clear glue if you don’t want to use black. They can be tricky at first but practice makes perfect.
Finally, on to my brows. I did have microblading done a little over a year ago and I’m due for a touchup. Until then I go in with my It Cosmetics Brow Powder and fill in where the hair is a little sparse. Once I’m satisfied and I think they look even then I’m done and ready to go!
You Do You
All in all, when I’m not chatting, my makeup routine takes me about seven minutes. For me, it’s all about doing what makes me feel good and taking my makeup routine as far as I want to take it for that particular day. Some days it may just be some foundation with my SPF so I can enjoy being outside or other days I may feel like doing everything and then topping it off with a nice pink lip. If you’re looking at all this and saying, “man this is just not for me,” then I totally respect that. There is no judgment here! You do you and what works for you!
Your turn! What does your makeup routine look like during the quarantine? Are you using this an opportunity to try out some new looks?