My Daily Makeup Routine
I usually just wear: concealer, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick.
Concealer is a little bit difficult to put on due to the dryness. I’m using Almay Clear Complexion Concealer because it’s honestly just the cheapest one I could get at CVS!
I’ve had the most success with putting on a medium-to-thin layer of moisturizer.
If you use a layer that is too thick, the moisturizer will start to “gum up” and look like patchy skin. Essentially, the makeup won’t stick to your face if you have too much moisturizer on. However, if you don’t have at least some moisture, you’ll probably crack and peel throughout the day. I fix this by applying a single thin layer of moisturizer on my entire face, and I usually have to wipe off the area around my nose and upper lip, because too much moisturizer collects in that area.
You also have to make sure that the moisturizer has been mostly absorbed.
Applying makeup over straight moisturizer just looks terrible, but I think that if you apply the concealer when the moisturizer is at the stage between tacky and dry, you get the best finish and application.
Eyeliner is actually easier to wear and lasts longer, because my skin is no longer oily.
Mascara looks clumpy if you get moisturizer in your eyelashes, so I try to avoid getting lotion in my eyebrows or eyelashes. I’ve also noticed that if I get lotion in my eyebrows and then comb them with a spoolie, the lotion flakes and looks terrible.
Just a heads up!
Lipstick is a little bit tricky, as my lips are really dry. Matte lipsticks are almost entirely out, unless I apply them (for color) over a moisturizing lipstick.
I wore Mac’s Up The Amp today and it seemed to stay and look nice, but my lips were dry again very soon. The only solution I’ve really found for this is to just reapply lipstick whenever your lips feel dry, or use a really hydrating lip gloss.
I like Buxom’s lip plumping glosses because they stay sticky forver on me, so my lips stay hydrated for a while.
If you’re looking into makeup for the long term, I would recommend going into Sephora or Mac and testing out some high-end products. If you’re just planning on using makeup in the short term, you’ll probably be okay with drug-store products.