Last week, I was chatting with my lovely friend Hoi Yin Li, who mentioned she was interested in seeing what I products I use on a daily basis when I get ready for work. I’m not sure how on earth I managed to get this post done so quickly considering it usually takes me a few weeks to prepare and edit a blog post, and on top of that I’ve basically been coming home only to sleep – but here it is.
I have to admit that I do a full face of makeup for work every morning – eyeshadow, brows, foundation, and even highlighting and a little contouring. It’s probably a bit much for a lot of people. However, even though I do the whole works, I feel like my makeup still looks quite natural and work-appropriate. I remember on two occasions male coworkers have told me that I don’t look like I wear too much makeup (I don’t remember how this topic came up as usually male coworkers avoid mentioning anything about the way their female cohorts look, haha). At the time, I took it as a compliment/good thing, but now that I’m thinking about it, it could also mean “you look rough, you should put some makeup on once in a while…”
Anyways, today I’m sharing with you the categories of products I use every day; I may not necessarily list specific products for some of the categories because I tend to switch those up a lot (eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters). For the makeup categories where I use the same product every day, I will mention what I’m currently using. In addition to listing the products/categories, I will also list my makeup in the order I apply them on my face.
1. Brow Product
I feel like most people don’t do their brows first, but the reason I do them first is give my eye and face cream time to absorb into my skin while I’m doing my brows. Currently, I’m using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade Granite. It’s a good product, but I find it more fussy/time-consuming to use than an eyebrow pencil. This particular product is quite pricey though, so I do want to try finishing it up.
2. Eyeshadow Primer
I ran out of eye shadow primer a long, long time ago, so I started using this MAC Studio Finish concealer as a lid primer because it doesn’t match my skin tone anymore and thus can’t be used for its intended purpose of concealing. It actually works really well as an eyeshadow primer because it’s a bit tacky without moving all over my lids. I’m not going to lie, this product is really old, and I probably should have thrown it out already, especially considering it’s a cream product. However, the smell doesn’t seem to have gone off yet and I do wipe it down with alcohol often, so I’m keeping it until I finish this baby up. Then I can Back to MAC it!
Like most people who own a lot of eye shadow, I switch up my eye looks almost every day. Regardless of what look I’m going for, I do have to give a shoutout to one palette that will almost always make an appearance in my morning makeup routine: the original Tarte Tartelette palette, which consists of all matte shadows. I always end up using a shade from this palette, whether it’s one of the transition colours, the deep browns to darken my crease, or a matte browbone highlight.
After applying eyeshadow, my next step is to line the eyes. In general, I prefer using liquid liner because I like the cleaner edges, but I also think that pencil liner is less fussy and more forgiving to use when I’m in a rush to get ready. The pencil liner I’m currently using for work is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, which you’ll have seen several times in my Project Pan.
Because my lashes are pretty much non-existent, curling my eyelashes and using mascara is pretty much a “must” in my routine. There’s been several times when I’ve forgotten to apply mascara before work, which annoys me to no end because having eye makeup with no mascara looks off to me. For the last 5-6 years, I’ve been using the Shu Uemura eyelash curler to curl my lashes, and the current tube of mascara I’m using is the Maybelline Total Temptation mascara (review to come!).
After finishing my eyes, the next step is base makeup. I know that some people prefer doing their base makeup first, and others like doing their eye makeup first. I actually don’t have a preference – as I mentioned earlier, the only reason I do my eyes first is to let my skincare sink in, but if I haven’t washed my face and moisturized immediately before makeup, I’m totally fine doing my base makeup before my eyes.
6. Foundation Primer
I never used to be a primer type of gal, but a girlfriend introduced me to the Becca Back Light Priming Filter last year, and I haven’t looked back since. I wear primer mostly to help keep dry patches at bay and to give my skin a bit of glow underneath foundation, rather than to help make my foundation last longer as primer was originally intended for. The Back Light Priming Filter gives my skin the prettiest, healthiest glow without looking crazy or shimmery.
After primer comes concealer, which I use for covering under eye circles and for spot concealing. The Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme is the concealer I’m currently going through. I’ve mentioned before in my review of this product that I don’t love it for under the eyes, but I’ve been having some issues with hyperpigmentation lately and I’ve been appreciating the high coverage of this concealer for that purpose.
About a year ago, I rarely used foundation, but I’ve been using it regularly for the last few months and now I’m addicted to using it! The one I’m using right now is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup, which is almost finished up.
I started contouring a year ago and now I can’t stop doing it on an every day basis. I know, I know, it seems super extra for an everyday look, but it’s not a crazy contour routine where I sculpt my whole face. I only do the cheeks, which only adds half a minute to my makeup routine! Currently I’m using the NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe as a contour – I took this on a weekend getaway this past weekend knowing full well it would shatter, and I was not wrong. But I have no regrets! Alternatively, in the summer I tend to bronze instead of contour – for that, I have been loving the Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in the shade Bronzer.
After contouring comes blush. I don’t actually own a lot of blushes, but I tend to switch up my blushes every day based on the season or to go with my eye looks. I can’t pick a favourite – I love both natural shades and bolder blushes as I think they serve a different purpose!
Besides eyeshadow palettes, highlighters are the other product that I own the most of, and are also my weakness! Although I currently have a highlighter in my Project Pan and am thus using it every day, I otherwise switch up my highlighters every day as well. While things like eyeshadow and mascara have been in my every day routine since I started wearing makeup, highlighter (like contouring) is a fairly new addition – I used to only do it on weekends or special occasions. This is definitely an extra step that is not necessary for work, but I…just love highlighter.
12. Translucent Setting Powder
Lastly, to finish everything off, I powder my face! I really only powder my forehead and avoid the other areas because I have dry skin, and powder tends to enhance the dryness. I’ve been using the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder for the last two years and it’s a really great, finely milled loose powder.
Aaaand that is it! 12 products in my every day routine, which gave me a “yikes!” moment because I never realized I put that many products on my face! What do YOU use to get ready for work, and how many products do you use?