My Everyday Makeup

Terrific Tuesday beauties!
Today's post is all about my makeup routine. Before entering the workforce, I almost never wore makeup. It just wasn't my thing. Once I graduated college, I realized that like clothes, wearing a bit of makeup and looking like you put in some effort because you actually care about how you present yourself on the job is important. In fact, studies show that women who wear a some makeup (not overdone, just an enhanced version of yourself) is beneficial to women in the office. 

  1. First thing I always do is moisturize. I don't like wearing a lot of makeup outside of my blog so I opt for taking really good care of my skin instead. Moisturizing is key. I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. This is all I use to prep my face.
  2. I used to not wear BB creams because the Asian ones I tried in the past felt way too heavy. I find most foundations too heavy and BB creams were heavier than that so I would stay as far away from BB creams as I could. I'm still usually a tinted moisturizer kind of girl as I honestly don't need the coverage. Recently, however, my good friend recommended the Philosophy Hope in a Jar A-Z cream and I decided to give it a try. This is the most lightweight and airy BB cream I have ever tried in my life!! It seriously feels like there's nothing on my face! It gives a sheer to medium coverage that is buildable. It's not quite matte, but it's not dewey either, it's in between. Just like natural skin. I definitely recommend this to everyone who likes natural, lightweight makeup. I usually apply this with my EcoTools foundation brush. Other days when I really don't need the coverage, I just lightly dust this Etude House Compact BB Cream. I will do a review on this product soon because it's been one of my favorites lately. Finally, I swab a bit of concealer in areas I really need it. I put on concealer after BB cream because that way I can see where I need more coverage. I've been loving my Benefit Fake Up for my undereyes. 
  3. I think rosy cheeks are the cutest! To achieve this, I like to give my face a little help with my Nars Multiple in 'Portofino.' I feel like this shade is a hit or miss with people but I like that it gives a warm glow to my cheeks. I like to use this cream blush because I find that it stays on longer than just using blush. On other days, I go for my Milani Baked blush in 'Rose D'Oro.' It's a pretty shade and costs much less than the Nars Multiple. 
  4. I work on the eyes at this time. I love this Naked 3 palette because it's very versatile and perfect for both neutral and dramatic looks. For most days, I sweep the shade "Burnout" on my lids and and a mix of "Nooner" and "Factory"on my crease and outer V. I use "Strange" as a highlight shade while using "Blackheart" as an eyeliner. I use my NYX super skinny eyeliner over "Blackheart" for a three-dimensional look. I am extremely ungraceful with liquid liners so I like these felt tipped ones. I do a small and simple cat-eye as I find that shape the most flattering.
  5. As for my lips I like to use this Dior Addict Lip Glow. This thing works with the pH on your lips to revive the color so how it looks on my lips will not be the same as how it looks on others. It is perfect for those "natural' makeup days which I'm always all about!
  6. Finally, I swipe on two coats of my Maybelline Cat-Eyes waterproof mascara. I have non-existent, sparse, sticks-straight-down eyelashes that could always use some help. This is the only mascara I have tried that will not weigh it down.

Tell me about your winter makeup routine - do you guys use more or less products? 


  1. I really like the Naked 3 palette too. I find that for everyday I have a very simple routine that involves minimal products, but still keeps me looking fresh and put-together. I really really enjoy makeup, though, so when I have a bit more time I use it to play around with my look and practice different techniques for when I'm doing someone else's makeup. I like being comfortable enough to rock lots of makeup if I choose or absolutely nothing sometimes.

    Sweet Spontaneity

  2. I love hearing about the products people use! I might have to give that Naked palette a try!

  3. I find that I use more eye shadow in the winter, because in the summer, it's too hot and seems unnecessary. Also, when I have a tan, I feel like I look better and need less makeup.

    No matter what though, I always moisturize AND ensure I have some SPF on my skin :)


    Something About That

  4. I love the Naked 3 Palette too, there are so many different looks I can achieve with it! I tend to use more products in the Winter and less in the Summer for some reason :)

    Rebecca Coco

  5. Dear Deborah,
    thanks for sharing, this is interesting and helpful. I was surprised when I read you don't use BB creams as the Asian ones you tried were too too heavy for you. I normally use daily BB cream but from the German brand Garnier. Maybe this BB cream is a try worth for you?
    Happy rest of the week!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    International Giveaway: Zatchels Bag as Thank-You for the Supporter of my Hobby

  6. This sounds like the perfect fresh, everyday makeup. And that lip product sounds so neat! My routine varies a lot, but I tend to use more products if it's cold outside. My lids crease pretty bad if it's hot out, even with primer, so I kinda forego eyeshadow entirely in the Summer. In general, all makeup tends to feel too heavy in Summer for me, so the less, the better. :)

    xx Alyssa — fragments of memories

  7. Hi deborah,
    your everyday make up is really stunning!!! I use the same mascara!
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

  8. It was so interesting to read about your makeup faves! I, just like you, only recently have gained more interest in makeup as before it was all about clothes!
    Boy, I would like to get my hands on that Naked 3 palette, I have heard and read so, so many amazing reviews on it!

  9. It's a little sad but totally true about the "enhanced" made-up version of yourself correlating with your success in the office. It's also very beneficial outside of office jobs, like my job as a beauty consultant. Unfortunately no one would think I'm that great if I didn't have my makeup done. It's how it worked in the salon too. I didn't wear any make or do my hair when I worked there, and a lot of clients commented on how they didn't think I'd be much help on first impression. Anyway, haha...

    I've never heard of the A-Z cream but would love to try it. By the way you describe it, it sounds like something I'd want to wear. I also really want to try the Dior Glow lipstick. The packaging is too cute to not add at least one to my collection.. Hahah

    Much Love!!


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