I like my sleep. Therefore, it’s important that I have a fuss-free and quick makeup routine every morning! It’s also true that heavy makeup will end up making you look older and more tired, so favour a fresh-faced, natural, “my face but better” makeup look.
I’m going to share my 7 daily makeup steps + how to use them with you guys in this post! I promise I take less than 10 mins for this entire routine everyday — so it’s really quite easy and fuss-free.
Step 1: Base and face
Of course, I believe that skincare is your best foundation. But, we don’t mind a bit of help now and then. If you’re looking for a great sheer, glowy base, look no further than the Heimish Artless Glow Base (pictured above, left) to ensure my makeup glides on smoothy and stays on all day. It feels weightless on the face too, so it’s comfortable for daily use.
Secondly, BB cushion. To even out your skin tone, moisturise your face, and give it a lovely lit-from-within glow, look no further than a good BB cushion. If you guys have been following my blog, you know how obsessed I am with the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion (pictured above, right). I’ve been experimenting with many different cushions to see if I can find a contender to the Sulwhasoo, but no luck so far.
Step 2: Under eye concealer
I have a really dry eye area that tends to flake after half a day out. The only under eye concealer that has been creamy and moisturising enough (while also giving me the perfect amount of coverage) has been Kevin BeautyMaker Aqua Eye Concealer.
Get it for $25.90 on BeautyMaker.com.sg.
Step 3: Eyebrows
If you told me I could only use 1 makeup product for the rest of my life — eyebrow pencil would probably be it. Eyebrows are so important for framing your eyes and balancing out your face!
I love love LOVE The Face Shop Design My Eyebrow pencil in #03 Brown. It is pigmented just right, has a texture that requires easy light strokes for application, stays on forever, and has a great variety of colours to match your hair shade.
Best news? This crucial makeup item is also the cheapest one in my makeup routine. Get it on qoo10 for under $5.
Step 4: Under eye waterline
Since getting my lash extensions, I’ve felt hardly any need for eye makeup, except for under eye concealer and a swipe of a champagne-coloured eyeliner on my lower waterline. Depending on how much of a fan you are of aegyo sal, that highly coveted pouch of fat under the eye, you can decide how thick you want to draw that line.
My favourite lower waterline eyeliner — Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil in #Beige Shine. Get it on Shopee for $10 – $20.
Step 5: Cheek
Blushers are probably my favourite makeup item to shop for. I just love how there are different finishes, so many different colours, and so many looks to choose from!
It was REALLY hard choosing 1 blush to feature in this post, but I decided to go with what I’ve recently been reaching for the most: the 3CE Blush Cushion in #Peach. It’s a lovely soft buildable colour, and dries to a semi-matte finish. It also doesn’t interfere with any of my makeup underneath, and I don’t have to touch it up during the day.
Using a peach blush is also quite versatile — it can go with a variety of lip shades, from nude to coral and red.
Get it on Shopee for $16 – $30.
Step 6: Contouring/ highlighting
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a really round face, so I always feel the need to contour it — just to add some shape! But having a preference for ‘natural’ makeup, I’ve searched high and low for a contour product that looks just as natural.
And I found it in the Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo AD #01 (above, left). It’s creamy enough to glide on comfortably, and easy to blend with my fingers (yes, I’m seriously too lazy to use any brushes for my makeup ever. Plus finger application looks more natural!). It doesn’t have that dreaded ‘grey cast’ that some bronzers out there have either.
Get it on Shopee for as low as $10!
The other side of the stick is a highlighter, which I find a little bit too white/ strong. So while you can use this stick to contour and highlight your face, I prefer to stick with my ride or die highlighter pen — the YSL Touche Eclat in #1 (above, right).
I don’t know how many of these I’ve been through. Possibly 20. Yes, it’s pretty pricey, but I find myself reaching for this baby every single day — to make my eyes look wider (and add 2 hours of sleep to them), to even out my skin tone under my eyes, to give my cheekbones some definition, and to give my skin a subtle glow throughout the day.
Get your own very cult YSL Touche Eclat at all YSL counters (Sehora, Tangs, Takashimaya, and YSL stores) for ~$62. I promise you won’t regret it!
Step 7: Lips
I’m a very low-maintenance lip person, so I love multitasking lip products such as the Guerlain KissKiss Roselip in #R329 Crazy Bouquet. It’s a gorgeous buildable sheer red that fades to a lip tint type stain throughout the day. It also doubles up as a lip balm, and I love that I don’t need to look into the mirror to apply this because it’s quite sheer.
Get it at Guerlain counters in Singapore (Sephora, Tangs) for $52.
And now.. it’s time for the…
Contouring and highlighting masterclass!
It’s actually ridiculously easy. Just refer to my diagram below to see where to apply your undereye makeup, blusher, bronzer and highlighter. Remember, the key to all of this looking natural is to blend blend blend. I like spritzing my face with a mist at the end of my makeup routine to make everything even more natural.
Eye: Try to apply in a triangular shape for a better blend.
Blush: I like putting my blusher towards the centre of my face (instead of blending it upwards towards the temple) as it looks more youthful and cheerful this way.
Bronzer: I know it looks quite alarming, but again, blending is crucial. This way of shading will make your face look slimmer and nose sharper.
Highlighter: To define the cheekbones, lift the eye area, and give your face a natural glow.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you are interested to hear more about makeup, and I’ll balance out my skincare posts with some more on makeup!
Until then, glow hard or go home ladies! Love,