I recently shared with you my super-quick makeup arsenal. It gets me through the grocery store and the post office, but if I’m doing anything social I usually step my game up a bit. A very tiny bit.
Here’s my “average day” makeup routine.
First comes the Devita SPF 30+ moisturizer and Clinique Repairwear eye cream. Keeping my face together under the makeup is a must. I give the moisturizers a little time to soak in, and stare blankly into my closet at all the “nothing to wear.”
Then comes Rimmel London Primer (apparently now in the lead in the battle of the primers). It just feels a little more moisturizing than my Make Up For Ever primer, and it makes me look more natural in the day time.
I smear on about two small pumps of Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #145 or #150 ($42) near the center of my face and then buff it out with my foundation brush.
The Sephora Pro Foundation Airbrush #56 ($32) amazes me. As long as it’s clean, it buffs liquid foundation out to a really smooth, even layer. The trick is shampooing this brush often, because after about three days, the bristles are so stuck together with leftover foundation they’ll leave straight-up stripes on your face.
Next, I tap on Benefit Erase Paste in Medium ($26) under my eyes, using my finger. It’s a little lighter than my skin, but its crazy miracle formula blends right into foundation. As advertised, it really does brighten up dark circles – but it takes a very tiny bit to look good and not like a reverse raccoon.
To set the erase paste, I use a wedge sponge to dab on MAC Studio Fix in NC35 ($27). Then comes the big powder brush to buff on a very light powder layer. I know it’s kind of foundation-over-foundation, but it works.
Then blush. The three I have in heavy rotation right now are: Milani Blush in Luminoso ($7.49), Cover Girl Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach ($3.99) or Benefit Bella Bamba ($28). I just follow my heart.
Next I use the Sephora Complexion Brush #53 ($19) to add a little Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess ($29). The brush is not my favorite, and I don’t especially care for it.. but it’s big, and it’s here, so I use it. The bronzer goes just under my cheekbone for a liiiittle bit of contouring – I’m no crazy 80’s freak, but I like a little definition. This is a perfectly subtle warm color.
Then again, the eyebrow fill-in with the darker brown in Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Coffee Shop ($19.50) and an angled shadow brush.
A quick swipe of Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 0L ($18) along the top waterlines and lash lines.
I set the liner with tokidoki Cromatico Eye Shadow in Adios matte black ($15) and the flat side of Sephora’s Classic Dramatic Eyes brush ($7 on sale). I might even be fancy and go for a little bit of a cat-eye (ooh la la.)
With the opposite end of the Dramatic Eye brush, I sweep a little of the Tarte bronzer from the outside corner of my eyelid along the crease. It’s the no-eyeshadow eyeshadow.
I do a little highlighting with a small shadow brush with Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in Sugar Sugar – shimmery white and/or Starstruck – shimmery light nude ($15) in the inner corner of my eye, along the inner bottom lash line, and just under my eyebrows.
Then I curl my eyelashes and choose between Smashbox Hyperlash or Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara (both from Splurge Steal or Skip awhile back) – depending on how humid it will be, or whether I plan to cry later in the day. Who knows!
Lastly a tinted lip balm if I’m keeping it casual, maybe some lipstick if I’m being a fancy guy. But more on that later.