Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Everyday Face Routine.

Natalie Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Everyday Face Routine


This post isn't really supposed to be hugely informative, but I thought it would be a fun post to quickly go through my typical day makeup. My routine is never really "solid" as I change up products from day to day, otherwise I'd never get through any of my products.

On a daily basis I keep my eyes very simple. The colors always change, but what stays the same is that I always apply MAC Brule all over my lids as a base and smudge color across my top and bottom lashline, followed with lots of mascara.

Products Used (in order used)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Medium
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny (applied with Real Techniques Stippling Brush)
MAC Eyebrows Retractable Pencil in Spiked
Spoolie Tool
Guerlain Meteorites Powder (applied with a Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush)
Becca Flamenco Bronzing Powder (applied with Coastal Scents Destiny Kabuki on a Stick Brush)
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder (applied with Kirkland Stippling Brush)
Nars Dolce Vita Blush (applied with Kirkland Stippling Brush)
MAC Brule, Club and Nehru Eyeshadows
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick
NYX Nude Peach Mega Shine Lipgloss

I'll be doing individual posts on application technique (how to apply concealer, blush, bronzer, etc) because I'd like to explain in detail, rather than briefly in a quick tutorial.


The first step is always starting out with a completely clean and moisturized face. I rarely ever use a primer, as I feel that my skin doesn't necessarily need one.
I then start by applying my concealer to the area under my eyes, underneath my brow (to conceal any redness or brow stubble) and around my nose. I usually use the "triangle method" which refers to applying the concealer in an upside down triangle shape, rather than a half-circle. It gives the illusion of wide awake eyes and added definition to the cheeks.

Moving onto foundation. I always give the bottle a good shake to make sure the product is mixed, and I apply a dime-sized dot of foundation on each of my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Then, with a stippling brush and a light-hand, blend each area of my face in small circular motions. I sometimes spend up to a minute blending to ensure that there are no harsh edges.

For my brows, I'm using my favorite eyebrow pencil called 'MAC Eye Brows'. I lightly follow the shape of my natural brow, coloring the sparse areas with small, quick strokes. To blend the product together and to soften any harsh lines, I go over my brows with a spoolie (clean mascara wand).

I always wait a couple of minutes for my foundation to properly dry before applying a setting powder. Most of the time I apply my setting powder with my favorite Sigma F30 Powder Brush. I love Guerlain Meteorites because it never looks cakey or powdery and it gives my skin a natural radiance. All I do is dab my brush in the pot and swirl the brush all over my face in small, circular motions. I use a little more pressure than I do when I apply my foundation, to ensure it's really buffed in my skin.

Next up is bronzer, blush and highlighter. I always apply bronzer first, starting in the hollows of my cheeks (the hollow space under the cheekbones), blending it up to my temples and into my hair line. I continue around the outline of my face. I love this bronzing powder from Becca because it's sheer, but buildable, blends easily and never looks harsh. 

Usually I only apply my highlighter along the top of my cheekbones, but with this particular product, since it acts as a highlighter and blush, I like adding it to the apples of my cheeks (normally where I'd apply blush). The pinkish glow instantly makes my skin look plump and radiant. I always apply this using a stippling brush.

Next up is blush. Because Nars Dolce Vita is a very pigmented blush, I always use a stippling brush so I don't make the mistake of applying too much color. I lightly brush this on the apples of my cheeks. If I applied too much, I'll usually blend out the edges with my foundation brush.


Now, I apply MAC Brule all over my lids using a tapered blending brush. It's a light, sheer beige that doesn't provide much color, but it helps even out the tone of my lids and it absorbs any natural oils from my eyelids/foundation, creating a blank, even canvas for my colored eyeshadow.

With a small pencil/crease brush, I smudge MAC Club along my top and bottom lashline. I usually only apply the color half-way across my lashline for a more natural look.

To deepen the color a little bit, I've added MAC Nehru with an angled brush to the same area where I applied Club.

I then curl my lashes very tight, apply Shiseido Mascara Base (I can't live without it!) and a few coats of Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara.


The last step is applying MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipstick to my lips (very lightly) and apply NYX Nude Peach Lipgloss over top.

The look is complete!





*I'm still working on the lighting situation for FOTD's, I haven't done any since I've had my new camera because the camera really washes me out. I'm actually pretty tan right now, and in these photos, I look much lighter.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


103 comments :

  1. Great look! I especially love it when you wear pinks, maybe it's the blush and lip combo together but it really makes your skin tone glow.

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  2. Love the way you paired the VG Nicki!

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    1. They go together so well! One of my favorite pairs. :)

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  3. I love the way your eyes stand out!
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  4. Very natural and nice routine! thanks for sharing!

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  5. Very pretty! This was a good post, I like how you use Nehru :)

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    1. Thank you! I love using Nehru as a liner as opposed to using black all of the time. It really makes my eyes stand out. :)

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  6. very pretty :)no offence- but in my opinion the foundation looks a bit cakey + the concelar under the eyes makes the small wrinkles more visible. Maybe the lighting for the photos was too harsh??

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    1. heh.. seriously? her skin looks pretty flawless if u ask me.. ;)

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    2. Thank you! It could have been the lighting, I'm working on getting the proper lighting for FOTD's. The colors were really washed out for these photos.

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    3. Aw, thank you Miss Delirium!

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    4. You look fabulous darling. There was not a cakey look in the pictures at all! I look forward to your posts, you are quite informative.

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    5. Not cakey at all!! Love the look!

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    6. hi, love all your posts!!!! i was wondering if you have any kind of idea what kind of foundation and blusher i should wear to look like cheryl cole??? please help!! thankyou (if you reply, reply back here and i'll check back) thanks

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  7. Love the lip combo! Not sure what the anon above me is on about, the foundation and concealer doesn't look cakey, but rather flawless! xx

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    1. Thank you! NYX Nude Peach is an amazing lip gloss! If you like pinky-peaches, you'll love it.

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  8. Lovely look, love how u do ur eyes, natural but very pretty :-)

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    1. Thank you! I usually like my eyes pretty simple, otherwise I feel like it's just too much (for the day at least). I always load on the mascara though. lol

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  9. Really natural and pretty :) Love this look!

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  10. really pretty- love the gloss

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    1. Thank you! It's a definite must-have. :)

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  11. Wow! Love it very natural pretty look!

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  12. so pretty. love the step by step guide. so gorgeous.

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  13. I just got my estee lauder double wear & mac powder because

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  14. gorgeous look! thanks for breaking it all down :) I am curious about trying the triangle technique now!

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    1. Thank you! I'm going to do a separate post on concealer where I'll talk about it. Try it out to see the difference it makes! :)

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  15. Natty, I want to say thanks for reccomending the real techniques duo fiber stipp brush. I use it to apply my estee lauder double wear and I love it. It gives a flawless look and thats what I have been looking for. So again thanks!

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    1. Hi Monica,

      I'm so happy you like the Real Techniques brush. It's such a good brush - I love that it's dense, but not overly dense (still has some softness), the size isn't too small or overly large, so you can really get to small areas with it and it does an overall fantastic job! Thanks so much for the feedback!

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  16. Can you please do a hair tutorial!? I've always admired your voluminous curls!!!! :)

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  17. Great post! I love how you show the application with cute handwriting when editing the pictures, you can really tell that you put so much effort into it.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback! I really appreciate it. :)

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  18. Great post Natalie, and I love the end result. You look absolutely stunning! xo

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  19. Wow that's really pretty & beautiful look.. and your photography is so clear :D!

    I'm surprised of Nicki Viva glam giving you a nice color "saw it in an older post where u were wearing it alone"

    I have yellow undertones "Nc25 - Nc30" & I bought it thinking it will be an easliy to wear pink

    but I still didn't figure a way to wear it! when I wear it alone it makes my skin looks weird.. kinds greyish or tired!

    I don't know if if should use it with a certain lip liner to get a lovely color??

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  20. I haven't even finished reading your post yet but had to jump on here to say a huge THANK YOU for doing this!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Loved this look. You do such an amazing job with your posts!!

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  22. You are so stunning! Alas, your coloring is soooo different from mine, but I love your suggestions nonetheless! Could you please tell me which Guerlain Meteorites powder you use? (The number or name?) Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you! <3

      I use Mythic, it's a discontinued shade. It's very similar to Teint Rose.

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  23. You're so beautiful!!! <3

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  24. Love this look, your foundation looks flawless, not cakey at all like a blogger mentioned. I especially love that lip color on you. I'm also obsessed w/ that necklace! Where did you get it if you don't mind me asking?

    Xo

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    1. Thank you, honey!

      I got it from Karmaloop. The brand is "The Extras" and it's called "The Alison in Chains" Necklace.

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  25. You look so pretty and your skintone is gorgeous. I like this shade of tan, it looks totally natural.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think I like it this shade too. It's not over the top like I use to have it. It's somewhere in the middle.

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  26. you are absolutely stunning! and i always love how your hair looks. beautiful xoxo

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    1. Aw, thank you!! I'll do a hair tutorial soon. xoxo

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  27. I love the way you used Mac's club eye shadow. I own it and never use it. I will be trying this look out.

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    1. Thank you! I tend to neglect it as well, but I've been trying to use it more lately. :) Try it out!

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  28. I love it! Love all of your tutorials actually. You look stunning!

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  29. Thanks a lot...I learned something new today (really...:-). Cheers!
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  30. You are gorgeous!! Hands down one of my fav bloggers. Love your detailed descriptions/captions. Makeup is always flawless!!

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    1. You just brought a huge smile to my face!! Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me! :)

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    1. Wow, thank you!

      Your blog is amazing - I love your photos. <3

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  32. Awww MakeUp that makes a pretty face even more pretty!! Love your look and your hair is amazing!!
    Love, Janine
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  33. Thank you SO much for sharing, I love posts like this. As for the camera situation, you look great so I wouldn't worry about that:)

    I'm a big fan of your blog, thanks so much for all the posts you do!

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    1. You're welcome! Aw, thank you.. I really appreciate it. I have been fussing over the lighting for a while now. I can't seem to get it right yet. I have to do a little research and see how I can get pictures to go smoothly without having to invest as much time.

      Wow, that means so much to me - thank you so much!

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  34. Gorgeous. You could skip the makeup. I love that meteorites powder looks great, definitely going to check that out. Love the look
    X

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  35. Thanks for showing us your everyday routine! Believe it or not, it really IS informative.

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  36. Beautiful! I love seeing girls beauty routines :)

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  37. Thanks for sharing Natalie! You are beautiful, and your application is flawless. I really enjoy your blog.

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  38. justtttt came across your blog ... and glad to see the look ... you are sooooooo beautiful , the makeup is flawlesssss :D
    hey i am NC 40 and MAC nicki minaj doesnt suit me ... can you suggest a trick ??
    we dont have NYX mega shine gloss in this particular shade .. pls suggest something for medium to dark skin tone :D

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  39. I just discovered your beauty diary and I'm inspired! You look stunning in every look you post! One question, how do you keep your teeth so pretty white?!

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  40. That's amazing post,you are looking gorgeous,I love your makeup style thanks for sharing here..Natural Skincare

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  41. I love this look, and I love your hair. I've been debating wether to die my hair black like yours, which color did you use?? :)

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  42. Natalie, I'm a new follower here, but I am really considering this look for my wedding, which is exactly one month from today!

    Thank you so much for sharing this...looking forward to reading more. :)

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  43. This is a really great post and tutorial. I found you through a pin on pinterest and I am your newest follower now. Feel free to visit my fashion blog anytime :)

    kisses Keke (Pakize)
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  44. do you have a youtube channel? ur highly beautiful nd talented

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  45. you have very white teeth! how did you get them like that? or is it natural?

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  46. This is truly good... thank you for sharing your face routine.. it will help me too ..

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  47. Beautiful look! Very Natural! Can you also show a demo of how to apply an eye liner? plssss

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  49. Great job! Flawless application. Love it! xoxoxox Makeup Kitty http://makeupkitty.com/

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  50. Great advice, your makeup looks lovely

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  51. You are very pretty, wish my everyday look could look as amazing as yours does! Lovely... x

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  52. i really like the natural way you post. your make up is very nice. thank you for sharing.

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  53. Very beautiful! I wish I took the time to do my makeup, Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Great blog! Could you please take pictures with your hair a little more pulled back? it's hard to see your "finish product" when you do that. Keep up your wonderful blog :)

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  55. I was reading that they changed the formula for Shiseido - The Makeup Mascara Base . Are you still using their current one, and if not what base are you using now?

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  56. Your routine looks awesome, but I don't have that much time in the mornings. But your step by step pictures are really nice because they actually let us see what you do and how you do it :) I usually use Eye Majic Instant Eyeshadow because it takes like a minute to apply and it's really pretty :)

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  57. I enjoyed reading this post. The colors you used really compliment your hair color and the tone of your skin. You look great! I'm getting in the habbit of applying makeup daily and I really like your eye shadow tip. Thanks for sharing!

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  58. I absolutely love your tutorials. Have used them quite a few times : )

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