Everyday Makeup Routine

Everyday Makeup

You know how some bloggers have a FAQ section? It nearly always contains the question “what makeup do you use?” This post was inspired by those, except that not a single person has ever asked me that question. Whatever, I’m going to try not to be offended and I’m going to tell you any ways. Sometimes you just have to be that girl.

Recently I’ve been trying to make the switch to using more cruelty-free products. Since I’m a vegetarian and an animal lover, it’s just the natural next step for me. I’m still clinging on to a few old favorites as I slowly find new products to replace them with. Here’s what I’m using now:

Foundation: I have simultaneously dry and acne prone skin. It’s just lovely. For days when my skin is visibly dry, I use the Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin (I use the shade called Buff). It does a great job of not emphasizing the dryness or getting weird and peely. When my skin is being normal, I prefer the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation because it provides good coverage but doesn’t feel makeupy. I apply both of these with this EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush. I wish I had discovered how easy foundation application could be sooner! This brush is perfect for lazy applicator/makeup dummies like myself to get a great finish with minimal effort. The pushy Ulta lady tried to sell me the Tarte brand $30 version of that thing but oh-hell-no I’m not paying more than a couple bucks for a brush. EcoTools rock and they are reasonably priced.

Concealer: I only use concealer under my eyes. Beauty bloggers rave about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer (duh, that’s why I bought it) and it’s pretty freakin awesome. I use the Buffing brush to rub it in. Probably Definitely the wrong way to do that but I don’t care.

Blush: My newest favorite beauty product is the NYX Illuminator in Chaotic. Reminds me of Nars Orgasm, which I have always been too cheap to buy. It’s just slightly shimmery but not obnoxious so you look all glowy and not all 7th-grader-got-carried-away-with-glitter.

Eyes: Let’s start with a story. One time I clamped my eyelash curler down on my eyes and all my eyelashes broke off and were just sitting pathetically on the curler. Ho. Ly. Fuuu. Took a solid 3 months to grow back. And that, my friends, is why I do not use waterproof mascara anymore. It’s so drying! Naturally (because I’m dellusional) I didn’t blame the fact that I curl my eyelashes every chance I get. I’ve had my Revlon Eyelash Curler since I was like 19. Still use it errryday.

Back to eye makeup though. This E.L.F. eyeliner is $1 and it goes on smooth and easy. It even comes with the sharpener. Score. I also recently purchased this Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara. It’s not quite Benefit They’re Real Mascara but it gets the job done. My usual go-to is L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara because of its non-clumping and curl holding power but I like to try new mascaras and am easily distracted by the pretty colored tubes.

So that’s my beauty routine. Sometimes I switch it up and wear a BB cream, sometimes I just do concealer and mascara. I rarely wear eyeshadow because I still haven’t perfected the “darker color in the crease” situation. Maybe I’ll go ahead and add that to my 30 before 30 list. I’m 25. My lack of beauty skills are pretty pathetic.

Have any amazing products I should try? Have you considered switching to cruelty-free products? Tarte, NYX, and E.L.F. are all cruelty-free!


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  • Samantha

    It makes me SO sad only certain brands/products are cruelty free 🙁 And I’m 26 and still don’t know how to wear blush. Fail.

    • Nadine

      I just got hooked on blush in the last few months. Bronzer is where I completely fail at life. Hello, Nadine. The Oompa Loompas called and they want their bronzer back. It’s horrific. Blush is easier!

  • I also use Tarte foundation and love it! I’ve tried so many different brands and this one def gices the best coverage and lasts the whole day/night.

    • Nadine

      Definitely agree. If you apply too much it can look a little cakey but I try to start light and add where I need it.

  • That eyelash story is the scariest thing I’ve ever heard. I use Arbonne cosmetics and skincare (and everything, I’m drinking their shake as I type this) as much as I can – the company is vegan certified and formulated without all the nasty toxins in the majority of products!

    • Nadine

      It was honestly really horrible. I’ve heard you mention Arbonne cosmetics before so I’ll have to check them out!

  • I have been wanting to try the Tarte foundation but wasn’t sure if it would be good. Maybe I need to give it a go! I liked their mascara that I have used before, but Benefits They’re Real is my favorite. I have an E.L.F. bronzer brush that was $1 and I love it!

    • Nadine

      The Tarte foundation has good coverage and doesn’t make me break out. It really just feels good on the skin. Give it a try! And I love everything E.L.F. although some of their face products aren’t oil free so I can’t use those.

  • Katie (@TheStyleDunce)

    Yes! I’m all about using cruelty-free make-up products. My favorite is probably Urban Decay, but since that stuff is expensive, I usually only get it with gift cards or on special occasions. Also, I accidentally damaged the eyelashes on my left eye once with a curler and it was traumatizing. But what I want to know is why some of those curlers cost upwards of $20–what can they be doing differently?

    • Nadine

      I have seen tons of different curlers for a range of prices and I can’t imagine they’d be any different. I have used the same one for forever! But seriously, as someone else who has lost their eyelashes, those suckers take WAY long to grow back, right?! I was like naked on one eye for 3 months!

  • I am glad you answered it even though no one asked!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Uh…I’m 24 and my makeup skills are pretty pathetic as well. You’re lucky if I even put it on…mostly I just have on mascara. Which I just bought a new one. The CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast. I love it, the curved brush, the bright green tube, and it doesn’t clump. Well, for me it hasn’t yet…

    And Noor is gorgeous!! I want her hair!!

    • Nadine

      I heard that you can pay for makeup lessons. Is it embarrassing that I’ve actually thought about doing that? It’s the eyes that I have trouble with.

  • I love how minimal your make up routine is! I’m a big make-up newbie and I really gotta learn how to put on foundation and concealer on properly – I hate the dark circles I hate underneath my eyes but I’m too afraid to use concealer and not blending properly, haha. I’ve seen girls with non-proper blended foundation/concealers and it was just a horror story.

    • Nadine

      The EcoTools brush I mentioned makes it foolproof! It doesn’t even have to be that brand, that’s just the cheapest one I’ve found that is a good quality. It’s a flat buffing brush and it really does make it easier. Give that a try!

  • Oh my goodness moment when reading about your eye lash curler experience! I don’t really use one and when I do it’s rare. I mainly just pump up my lashes by getting to the root and soft and quickly, in a back and forth motion, going up towards the tips of the lashes.

    Stay lovely,

    Mel from Silk And Chai

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  • I have the opposite problem as you – I have oily and acne prone skin (equally as un-cute, especially during the summer). I’m definitely a HUGE fan of Tarte products. I use their concealer and eyelash curler religiously, but have used a bevy of other products made by them. They’re awesome! I love Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, but have used Rocket Volume as well (it reminds me of an improved Lash Blast). Mascara is the one thing I’m always experimenting with and can’t seem to commit to just one brand. I loved Dior Show for awhile until I bought it in waterproof and managed to take off about a third of my eyelashes in about month. Also, one time I forgot to take it off before bed and there is one beautiful eyelash stain on one of my old pillow cases that just won’t come off no matter how many times it’s been sent through the wash. So, there’s that. Haha! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nadine

      Mascara is the one thing I really won’t commit to. I’ve tried all brands and have a few that I’ve really liked but none as much as the Benefit They’re Real mascara. I’ve heard great things about Dior Show. If I ever gain up the courage (and $) to buy a $20 something dollar mascara again, I’ll give that a shot!

  • Liquid foundation with a brush? I may need a tutorial on that one…

  • I have a friend who swears by the dark circles concealer. I tried it, but it’s just so light. It didn’t work for me at all.

  • I’m pretty big on finding cruelty free makeup too for the rare times I wear makeup ha ha. I’ve never been all that skilled in applying makeup..

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