My very first post plus my face makeup routine!

I’ve had a few requests from users on /r/makeupaddiction to do a tutorial of my face makeup so here we go!

First off, we always want to start with a nice, clean slate. I usually wash my face at night using the oil cleanse method and follow that with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I also use Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir 3-5 times a week and it has helped dramatically with these dry, flaky patches that seem to plague my face lately. In the morning I will wash my face with a wash cloth and warm water, apply my CeraVe and then apply a layer of sunscreen. Wait about 15 minutes or so for it to set then I’m ready to get started with my makeup!

Here’s my bare face. My skin isn’t too bad but it can always be better, right? First things first though, apply a primer!DSC_0026

Today I’m using a Beauty Blender to apply my foundation. Beauty Blenders need to be used damp so I hold the sponge under running water for about 15 seconds then squeeze out as much of the excess water as possible. I pour a little of my foundation onto the back of my hand, dip my Beauty Blender in it and then apply it using a stippling motion. DSC_0037

Foundation, check!DSC_0043

Next I apply my concealer. Today I’m using my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer that I got recently and I love it. The coverage is great and it gives me the least problems with creasing of any concealer I’ve used.DSC_0054

And just like my foundation, I’m going to blend it using my Beauty Blender. Under eye circles, be gone!DSC_0069

Now we’re going to contour! I’m using Illamasqua’s Hollow and a Sonia Kashuk flat top sculpting brush. I’m going to apply my contour product before my highlight to avoid muddying up my highlight.

Cheekbones and jawline.DSC_0070

Jawline all the way to under your chin.DSC_0075

Forehead and nose too! My whole face contour pre-blending. Pretty, pretty!DSC_0082

After blending! I usually use a Real Techniques stippling brush to blend my cream contour.  When blending your contour product, be mindful to keep your motions pretty contained so you don’t end up with contour product all over your face. On your forehead, blend it upwards into your hairline. Under your cheek bones, keep your motions pretty precise while ever so slightly blending the product upwards (A tiny bit. Really. Just to soften the line.) and into your hairline again. Under your jawline you mostly want to blend in a downwards motion.DSC_0100

Moving on to highlighting! You want your highlighting product to be a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone. If you’re pretty pale you may be hard pressed to find a product in a shade that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone soo I just use white. Here I’m using Illamasqua’s Skin Base Lift in White, applying it with a Sigma F60 and blending it in with my Beauty Blender.DSC_0126

Hair up for a better view.DSC_0129

All blended in!DSC_0141 DSC_0147

If you’d like to set your face with some powder, now would be the time to do it! Use a light hand under your eyes though. The more product you put under your eyes, the more likely it is to crease and no one likes that shit.DSC_0151

Sometimes I like to top off my cheekbones with a little bit of Benefit’s Watt’s Up for a little more glow. I usually use my finger to very gently blend it  in.DSC_0160

Add a little bit of blush and ta-da! All done. At least for my face makeup, that is.DSC_0173


And here is it with a full face! A little heavy but what’s new? This amazing lipstick is NYX Shocking Pink, by the way. Their matte formulas are incredible. DSC_0251



24 thoughts on “My very first post plus my face makeup routine!

  1. Beautiful! I’m still fairly new the wide world of makeup and it’s great to see detailed tutorials on contouring because I have no grasp on it at all. Thanks for the great tutorial and I look forward to more posts.

  2. So many great ideas & techniques! Can’t wait to read your next post. I would like to learn more about makeup brushes, which one is best for what….

  3. I loved your tutorial but I’m more interested in learning how to do a more natural look, will you do one soon?

  4. I would LOVE to see some eye tutorials. Maybe some everyday type eye looks like in these photos. Awesome job!

  5. I loved the NARS Creamy concealer because it didn’t crease under my eyes as well, but I have such hideous dark circles so I had to return it because it didn’t provide the right amount of coverage for me. I love your lip/neutral eye combo! What mascara are you using?

    1. Thank you and what a bummer about the concealer! I’m wearing Maybelline Colossal in these photos.

    1. It’s a method of washing your face using mixtures of various, natural oils. I love it. There is a ton of great information out there if you Google it and a lot of good suggestions on what oils to use for your skin and where to start.

      1. And what concealer colour are you using with it here? I use MUFE 117 too and was looking for a great concealer match. Thanks!

  6. I LOVE this. I’ve never been able to find a good tutorial for contouring/highlighting for fair skin.
    We also have a similar face shape, which is twice as helpful.
    Thank you so much!

  7. This is the first tutorial I have seen that explains how to blend. Withthe nose, you kinda bring it down the sides of the nose right?

  8. I like your eye makeup here..can you please show us how you got that? or if you have a post for it already?

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