I’ll just dive right in.
The most important thing I must put on every day, without fail, is lip colour. Even though I have full lips, the pigment in my lips looks less than alive and uneven. I use Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick in True Vintage (the swatch on the website looks like a dark mauve but it is actually a muted matte red!) or Balistic (a brighter, truer red for special occasions). It’s also really cheap and Rexall often has it on sale for less than $4 a tube.
I always use Nivea lip balm. It is so basic and also nonsense-free. I found a lot of Blistex formulas stung my lips. I also don’t like using lip balm from a tin pot/tub because I don’t like using my fingers. I have gone through at least 3 of these tubes in a year. On the right is a USB key version of the lip balm, haha! I want that! I don’t know where it’s from, I just found it on Google search.
I wear minimal to no foundations, but I have a big dark birthmark as seen here:
I use Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige to cover it up. It’s thicker than most foundations so I use it like a concealer and only on that area. I blend it outwards and I usually don’t need to apply it all over my face to “match”, it is very close to my skin tone already. It’s pretty expensive too, so I only use a little.
I’m often recommended to wear sunscreen with my daily moisturizer but it stings my face and I still looking for an alternative for my sensitive skin. I previously used Nivea (which I can’t imagine how, because it is so thick and full of fragrances) and a bunch of others like Marcelle (a Canadian brand) until I settled on Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin. It’s a no-nonsense moisturizer that I can apply without being afraid of how it will react near my eyes. My only complaint is that it’s not moisturizing enough for the winter, but excellent for the rest of the year.
I don’t wear eyeliner every day. When I do, I use MAC Cosmetics’ Fluidline in Blacktrack. Check out Chris’ post on the Fluidline here.
I use an angled paint brush that I found at an art supply store. I have an angled brush from MAC Cosmetics but the bristles are a little scratchy and I find art supply stores to have a biggest selection of bristle textures and thicknesses. I highly recommend checking out an art supply store for your makeup brushes. Just wash them really well before you use them!!
I think I have covered everything in terms of daily beauty stuff. I don’t wear mascara because I am usually pressing my eyes against a camera and I don’t like getting mascara gunk on the viewfinder pad. I don’t wear blush but sometimes I use a bronzer for the cheeks but I don’t think I use it often to really describe how I use it in detail.
To remove all makeup, I use baby oil and remove the oil residue with baby wipes. I have always used this method. I have tried using makeup removers, wipes specially made for makeup removal, and I have reacted badly to them. They sting, leave me with pink eye, and so forth. I stick to the baby products and won’t deviate. They’re also super cheap when they’re on sale!
What are constants in your daily beauty routine?
I’d love to hear what you must put on every day and why? Out of habit? Makes you look more awake/perky? Reminds me of a particular memory?