I’ve always dreamed of being one of those girls who never needed makeup, the ones with perfect skin and dark lashes and brows. I wanted my beauty routine to consist of washing my face and leaving the house.
I’ve finally figured out how to do that. Or at least how to look like I am.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer, Benefit The POREfessional, Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick, Minerologie Natural Cream Concealer
The real secret to going makeup-free is having great skin, which starts with liberal sunscreen use (ideally in your 20s, or sooner) and daily cleansing. I also see my dermatologist twice a year and I use a prescription gel every day, to combat acne and wrinkles. Yes, I have both. Life is not fair.
But now that I’m in a good maintenance groove, the actual makeup part of my day is super easy. I start with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer, a light tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 20, and follow that up with Benefit’s The POREfessional, to minimize pores and manage shine in my T-zone. A little bit of concealer, applied with a brush, evens out my eyelids and covers any dark circles under my eyes. I’m really loving Minerologie’s Natural Cream Concealer right now; it’s light and creamy, not cakey, and the color stays true all day.
I have fairly sparse eyebrows, despite the fact that I have them tinted every three weeks, so I fill in a bit with SmashBox’s Brow Tech Trio (a powder filler and a wax to seal and style); since I also have my lashes tinted, I skip mascara the majority of the time. Lash and brow tint are the best money I have ever spent on a beauty product or service, hands down. I’m not even kidding. Not having to mess with mascara has changed my life.
I add a little dab of cream blush and some lip gloss, and I’m out the door. The whole thing takes about three minutes. So easy!
What are your everyday makeup essentials?