Current Makeup Routine

It has been a full year since I last blogged about my complete makeup routine, so I thought it was time for an update. (FYI, the post is not sponsored in any way.) I’ve been getting more questions that usual about my makeup… I honestly don’t think I’m very good at makeup, but I do plan on doing a YouTube video soon so that you can see what the products look like on my skin.

As a preface to this post,  I do want to say how important it is to wash your face and take off your makeup at night – I can visibly see a huge difference in my skin the next morning if I don’t. I use this face wash and this moisturizer every night before bed and am completely obsessed with both. The combination of the two has completely transformed my skin! (Read about my struggle with acne here.) My makeup looks so much better on because my skin is smoother and more moisturized, which I attribute to the face wash and moisturizer.

Now let’s get started with makeup… 

1. Primer
I always begin my makeup routine with this face primer – I have raved about it before – it feels like silk on your skin! Just a little bit goes a LONG way, so one bottle will last you a really long time. It makes my makeup look smooth and flawless on top.
2. Foundation
I have used this foundation for the past three or so months and really love it. It’s really hydrating (which is great for my sometimes dry skin) and I really love that it has an SPF of 55+ for the summer months. I don’t have to apply sunscreen on my face which is so nice, because sunscreen clogs pores! I use this foundation brush to apply the product – and lately I’ve been mixing in this liquid bronzer with the foundation to create a bronzed look. I literally mix the two products right on my makeup brush, dab small amounts all over my face and then blend in a circular motion.

There are some days that I don’t want to wear much makeup or go through my entire makeup routine… on those days, I turn to this product. It covers incredibly well, blurs imperfections and just makes my skin look really natural – the perfect “no makeup makeup” look.

3. Under Eyes
Next I apply this BB Cream in “fair” right underneath my eyes and down the front of my nose. The key is blending REALLY well into my foundation. I like a bright under eye, but in the past I have made the mistake of applying too much! You want your eyes to look bright and youthful, and for the under-eye concealer to blend into the rest of your makeup.
4. Contour 
This contour kit is the best – I have tried a few others and didn’t like them as much. The shades are perfect for applying around my hairline and underneath cheekbones. I also like the highlight shade that comes in the kit – I’ll apply this on my forehead, chin and down my nose. I use this bronzer for contouring the sides of my nose – the brush it comes with is the perfect contour brush. 
5. Blush
I have used this blush for years and keep coming back to it because the formula is so nice – it goes on really smoothly and is long-lasting. Right now I’m using the color “pastel pink” (t’s perfect for summer) but I also have “nude pink” and it’s also gorgeous and suitable for all skin types. I use this brush with all of my blushes and it’s perfect for applying on the apples of your cheeks! 
6. Highlight
I picked up this highlighter at Sephora in Charleston a few weekends ago when my previous highlighter busted in my makeup bag. I didn’t even test it out before buying because I had heard so many good things about it – and it has lived up to the hype! This is a beautiful glowy highlighter that blends into your skin flawlessly. The great thing about this product is that you can build it up for a stronger highlight, depending on what you like.
7. Mascara
My mascara routine hasn’t changed in a long time… I start with L’Oreal Double Extend primer from the drugstore (I only use the white side) and then top it with either this mascara or this one. Both are amazing and work INSANELY well over the primer. I promise you won’t be disappointed by this combination!
8. Eyebrows 
I only recently realized how eyebrows can really frame your face and highlight your eyes. I use this eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows (in the shade medium brown). I start by applying a few strokes with the pencil side and filling in any sparse hairs, then I comb it with the other side of the eyebrow pencil. I HIGHLY recommend this product, even if you already have dark brows! 
9. Finish 
This is my favorite part of my makeup routine (not sure why!). I love this Bye Bye Pores powder and save it for last to “set” my makeup. I swirl the powder onto a fluffy brush and blend it into my skin in circular motions… while I’m setting my makeup, it also mattefies by skin, preventing shine, blurring imperfections and decreasing the sizes of my pores. It’s a literal miracle product!

If you guys have any product recommendations, I would love to hear them. I’m always looking to try out new products!! 🙂


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  1. Great products! 🙂

    LOVE those sunnies btw 😀

    xo Vanessa from

  2. Great post! I love cleansing with oil too. One of the best beauty tips was shared by my aesthetician years ago. She said to cleanse twice, once as normal by splashing the cleanser off with warm water, and then repeat and remove cleanser with a soft warm washcloth. It exfoliates dead skin and truly removes all the makeup. I went from constant breakouts to flawless skin. Have a great week!

  3. Anonymous

    Love this! Can't wait to see your YouTube video 🙂

  4. Love that palette! The colors are perfect and your sunnies are so cute!

    Rachel /

  5. Lovely products and everything looks great plus I love how you do your makeup so can't wait for the video.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  6. I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette! I just posted about it and coincidentally I was just in Charleston!! Lol


  7. Primers and under the eyes creams are my favorite these days, I never used to wear products for these and it has been life changing! The foundation stays for longer and I'm protecting my eyes a lot more, that area is so sensitive, it's the best.

    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  8. I'm going to have to try some of these. I get used to the same routine and I feel like my skin looks dull so I need to switch things up.

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  9. This is super helpful! Can't wait for the video!

  10. Great post! Lots of fabulous products!

  11. I'd love to see a makeup video! I've also been dying to try the hourglass ambient lighting palette and primer!


  12. I love makeup posts! I've been obsessed with the Becca highlighter for awhile now but I went to Sephora recently and tried the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Twinkle highlight palette. Omg I'm in love! It's gorgeous!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

  13. All of these products look amazing!

  14. I really need to try that contour kit! I still have no idea what I'm doing when I try to contour!! Looking forward to your youtube video!! XO


  15. Thanks for sharing, I'd love to see a video!

    xo, Carey

  16. love love the makeup post. Your makeup always looks so great. How do you use the ambient lighting powder? I have seen so many post about it and would love to try it but not sure how to use it exactly.

  17. I feel so inspired when I see posts like this I always end up wanting to shop though!! I always think the best recommendations are those of people using the products daily!

    Sophie –

  18. Love the products you mentioned! I'm a huge fan of anything IT Cosmetics!

    How 2 Wear It []

  19. Thanks so much. I can't wait for the video. I would love to see your eye shadow and eyeliner routine also!

  20. Thanks for sharing! That contour kit looks amazing! I can't wait to see your video because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to contouring!


  21. Thanks for sharing! That contour kit looks amazing! I can't wait to see your video because I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to contouring!


  22. Great post! I use the Hourglass highlighters, they're amazing!

  23. I just ordered that foundation. I'm so excited to try it!

  24. That highlight is on my wishlist!! I'm obsessed with Jaclyn Hill; I watch her videos every day! Did anyone see her highlighter challenge? She's so funny! Not surprised she delivered a great product!!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

  25. Great post! I love seeing what others like to use on a daily basis for ideas.


  26. I love a minimal product routine in the summer!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  27. Love your little Louis Vuitton Makeup Bag! <3

  28. Anonymous

    Hi! A couple questions….

    Mascara….have you ever used Benefit's They're Real? If yes, would you suggest these over that?

    Foundation…I saw the infomercial for the It Cosmetics line the other day and was REALLY tempted to order! I currently use MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, have you ever tried this brand and how do you think it stacks up to the It Cosmetics BB cream if yes?

    Thanks in advance!


  29. How do you use the ambient lighting powders? I saw it in the picture but didn't see you mention it anywhere. I think you're make up always looks so beautiful! I bought the eyelash primer because of you! (Can't wait for the YouTube video)

  30. I've been wanting to try the Hourglass Ambient highlighter/brush/bronzer products! I definitely will have to take the plunge soon and give them a go! 🙂

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

  31. What eye shadows do you use?

  32. I was looking for a new moisturiser so I am definitely checking the one you mentioned out! I also added the highlighter to my shop-list.

    I just started blogging and would love to hear your opinion! I hope you have the time to check it out.

  33. That mascara looks lovely! Great picks 🙂


  34. I love everything about this blog post, from the products (which I totally love also) to the photo and the sunnies 🙂 Most important tip: All of us need to prime before we apply foundation. Super important ladies for that flawless looking finish!