I am not really a “make-up” person. (Well, compared to my sister who is VERY addicted to makeups) I used to go out wearing nothing on my face (on daily basis), not even a single layer of face moisturizer or face powder; basically, I didn’t care about how “shitty” I look. (But I do love playing with makeup and making myself look “pretty” when I feel like it.) I think it was just last year when I got conscious of how I look when I go out so I started using emollients and other cosmetics.
Numerous people have been asking me to share my daily make-up routine; and also what kind/brand of makeup do I use. In all honesty, I didn’t think there will come a point in my life where people would ask me to share my “makeup/skincare regime”. Like seriously I don’t do or put much stuff on my face, sometimes I just simply wash it with water then that’s it. My skin is not even flawless to start with.
Any hoo, this is what I normally do. (That rhymed!)
After taking a shower, I apply a thin layer of Cetaphil face moisturizing cream along with Shiseido sunscreen.
I was advised to ALWAYS apply sunscreen before going out (and re-apply every four hours) because according to google, too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer and applying sunscreen daily slows down the development of wrinkles. I believe(d) so, so started using it since then.. (but no, not every four hours) just in the morning, before I apply any make up. I use Anessa by Shiseido whitening UV protector with SPF50+.
After those, I now apply a small amount of makeup. I am not a fan of using foundation/BB cream on daily basis because it isn’t really necessary; and I don’t think I need it. I mean, I want to look as normal and simple as I could. I don’t even use concealer to cover the dark circles under my eyes and other visible marks on my face. The only reason why I wear makeup daily is because I don’t want to look like I just got out of the ICU.
But I do use light coverage foundation and concealer when I’m about to (uhm, let’s say) go out on a date, get together with friends, or could be a simple family day out– during special occasions! I use Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder foundation in Medium-04.
This foundation goes on like butter– smooth and creamy. It has a really great texture and does improve my complexion a bit while looking like I’m wearing nothing at all! I really love how light it feels and how natural it looks on my skin. It has SPF 35, too! So it’s fine if you do not have or forgot to apply sunscreen, yeah?
For my eye bags, I use C219 colour corrector from Suesh. It really is made to cover dark circles as you may have noticed with its orange tone. Some say that you still need to apply another layer of concealer (that matches your tone) after applying any colour corrector cream but I don’t do that anymore for this CC does act like the concealer as well, so I go straight to foundation already after this.
Oh by the way, if you are not familiar with the use of colour correctors (and still uses a concealer that matches your skin tone to cover dark circles, pimples marks, etc.) then you may use this chart as a guide.
After the concealer and foundation, we now go to face powder. I use this Mattifying compact foundation from Sephora in Medium-25. I love this powder because it’s really matte and it lasts all day.
So I’ve come to realize that a good cheek/lip tint is a must in every girl’s kikay kit. I use liquid tint to color my cheeks on daily basis instead of using blush mainly because it looks more natural. I find it hard to work with at first because it dries quickly and leaves red patches on my cheeks but they are great once you get the technique down. I so love cheek tints!
I use Dear Darling tint from Etude House and Aqua Tint from The Face Shop. I use them for my lips as well! (Like, all the time!)
I don’t put any eye shadow or eyeliner unless there is a special occasion or a party that I need to attend to. People often ask me if I do apply brown shadow because my lids are naturally tawny for whatever reason– but no, I don’t. The only thing I do with my eyes is curl my lashes; and Shu Uemura eyelash curler never fails to do its job. I never had a problem with it; it never pinched my lids and never crimped off my lashes. If you need/want a good lash curler then I’d recommend you this. Stop wasting your money on drugstore curlers that ain’t even good, go for something that will last.
For my brows, I use (light) Browzings by Benefit. I love it because it’s got all you need– pigmented wax (for shaping), brow powder, hard angle and blending brush, and tweezers. I’ve noticed a lot of girls have been struggling with sparse and bald brows, and I am quite lucky I am not one of them. I have fairly bushy brows so I don’t put much effort on defining them anymore. I do shape it a little and fill in some spots, brush it then apply layers of brow tint.
Browzings’ blending brush is a bit too soft for me so I rarely use them. I have this hard angled brush that I stole from my sister’s kit and I use it pretty much all the time.
Sometimes I prefer using this waterproof brow kit from in2it. (I actually use this often!) It comes in three shades of brown (lightest to darkest with different undertones) and an angled brush (that went missing). I like this brow kit because it’s not chalky and does not give fall outs unlike other brow powders. It also doesn’t wear off easily and very affordable. (P300)
So how do I shape my brows? I outline my brows through spraying a little water on the brush before I nudge it on the powder. (I don’t wet it thoroughly) The streaks look better when you apply it with damp brush, believe me. If you want to achieve a clean and sharp eyebrows then use a damp hard angle brush.
If I end up having too dark brow makeup, I simply brush it continuously until it lightens up.
When I’m pretty lazy, I use (MAC Brunette) brow pencil instead.
After the filling in and brushing, I always apply brow tint for a good tone and finish. I have Mac Brow Set in Red Chestnut and Nichido Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette. They’re somehow the same; they have almost the same shade, it’s just Mac stays on longer (of course) and sets perfectly well. But if you are looking for a good brow tint to use on daily basis then I’d suggest you go for the cheaper one. Nichido’s brow tints are nice, affordable and much appropriate for daily use.
When I am extra lazy, I only apply tint on my brows then that’s it.
For my lips, I use EOS Lipbalm during the day (then a dab of lip tint right after) and Nivea A Kiss of Moisture at Night (before I sleep). I like EOS balms because it’s not too shiny when applied. I HATE wearing lipgloss or even shiny lip balms simply because it draws much attention, and shiny lips look weird on me for some reason. Haha!
Dear Darling tint doesn’t stay on so long on my lips (because I eat all the time!) and I am still in the midst of looking for the perfect lip stain that doesn’t rub out easily. Anyhow, I am totally fine with re-applying every 3-4 hours. I want to try Vincent Longo’s lip/cheek stain, though!
Wait, I don’t think I’ve clearly discussed my daily makeup routine…. noh? Well to sum it all up nalang, I only use these products on regular basis: (In order of application)
– Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
– Anessa Sunscreen
-Brows (in2it then tint)
– Cheek and Lip Stain
– Sephora Pressed powder
That’s basically it. Bakit ang dami ko pang sinabi kanina? Nag ala-makeup guru pa ako ng slight. Haha! #FeelingMadamingAlam